Sometimes I can be a little bit slow on the uptake when it comes to all this technology that goes with blogging and social media. I don't tweet and I don't instagram and I'm not on LinkedIn. I also know that I should have been doing something a little more intentional with Pinterest but had resisted up until now.
Well, that is now a thing of the past! I have been reading Elena (from Fabulously 50 and living with Batman)'s blog on using Pinterest to increase blog traffic and she was very committed to the idea that it could be used for content bloggers too. She has a really easy to follow guide for how to set up Rich Pins in this post here and I got all enthusiastic.......except that it was really about how to set it up with a Yoast plug-in on Wordpress blogs and mine is a Blogger blog.
While I was still feeling motivated I thought I'd have another look around Google and see if there was an easy way to do it with Blogger. Everywhere I looked talked about updating HTML codes and it all looked a bit scary. I finally bit the bullet and followed the steps (that looked fairly straightforward) on this POST from Jenn at Hello Brio Studio. Amazingly enough it worked first time and then I took the next step and validated it with Pinterest (she has a link to follow for that once you paste in her HTML code). The Pinterest validation was done and dusted and email confirmed within 2 minutes of applying - I am stoked!
So what does a Rich Pin do that a normal Pin doesn't? Well, it's supposed to get more clicks and viewings for your Pin (and presumably for your blog). I don't know if that will happen - time will tell, but it does add more information to each Pin uploaded from my blog. I've included a sample below:
It gives 1.) my picture and blogsite address, 2.) the blog heading I used in bold, 3.) my description that I would have added anyway, and 4.) that it was pinned from my blog.
It added this automatically to heaps of my blog pins back to when I first started Pinning them. So I have now ticked off another "to do" task and I'm feeling quite proud of myself in the process. If you haven't done this yet then have a go and let me know how you went.
Final update - I don't get a lot of traffic to my blog from Pinterest, but these were my stats for the couple of days after I changed to rich Pins on August 5th: