If you’re an active Pinterest user, you’re probably in the habit of checking your notifications each time you log in. Pinterest notifications show you who has repinned items from your boards, who has started following you, and more.
There’s only one problem with Pinterest notifications.
Pinterest doesn’t notify you when someone pins one of your blog posts or website items.
Yes, you can enter http://pinterest.com/source/yourdomainname.com to get that info, but it’s really kind of hassle, and who has time to remember to do that every day or week?
PinAlerts allows you to get regular notifications of who has pinned items from your domain. Here’s how it works.
How To Get Email Notifications When Someone Pins Your Blog Post
Go to PinAlerts.
Enter your blog or website domain name (example: kludgymom.com) into the box.
Select how frequently you want to receive notifications of folks pinning items from your site. You can select once per day, once per week, once per hour, or as they happen.
Click “Create PinAlert” and you’re good to go! You can always go back into PinAlerts to change the frequency of your notifications.
At your selected intervals, you’ll get a nicely packaged email that looks like the one I get, below. The alerts show what item was pinned, by who, the date and time, and the name of the board they pinned it to.
Great, I Get Notifications. So What?
As I’ve said before, data is only worth something if it’s actionable.
Here’s what you can do with your PinAlerts.
1. See what types of boards your pins are being pinned to. This can help you with naming and giving descriptions to your images so they’re likely to be found by similar pinners.
I do a lot of font collection posts, and they’re typically pinned to font boards. However, holiday font collection posts are also pinned to holiday boards, so that information would be useful for me in describing my pins.
2. Grow your following. Because the pinner and the pinner’s board name are hyperlinked, you can easily click to follow individual pinners and individual boards (and hopefully, they follow you in return!)
By clicking through my PinAlert, and doing some research, I would have learned that Peg works for Guy Kawasaki and is a great authority on all things social media. In this case, I knew Peg and her background already, but it’s a great example of being able to see the authority and influence of people who are interested in the content you’re writing about – and obviously, she’d be someone I’d want to follow (if I wasn’t already).
3. Look for trends in the times that your items are pinned. This can help you figure out ideal times to pin your own items to your Pinterest boards!
Hope this helped you be a better pinner. And if it did…I would love a pin