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Where would a person go to find inspiration for a children’s birthday party, planning a wedding, funny quotes, adorable animal pictures and top-rated recipes? The answer isn’t Google; it’s the web’s rapidly exploding new social sharing site: Pinterest.

People are pinteresting, pinning, and re-pinning like crazy! If you haven’t caught on yet, you’re missing out.

So what is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Although the website’s definition is plain and simple, to millions of pinners it’s so much more than that. It allows users to post images, videos, items for sale, and categorizes them by genre with links back to the original content. The pins are then shared with other users on the site, then allowing them to re-pin what they like to individually created boards.

First time visitors on the site must first receive an invite to join, after signing up users must also integrate their social media accounts, like Facebook or Twitter. By incorporating those heavily saturated social sites, users are instantly surrounded by the boards, likes, and pins their social media friends have already created.
Pinterest Homepage

What does it look like?

Some of the sites most unique features are the layout and interface. Once users sign on, they are immediately flooded with a melting pot of images from different categories already shared by other users.

Recent studies have shown that products and ideas are much more readily accepted if it comes from a relative, friend, or acquaintance, like a stamp of approval. Pinterest follows this mentality by serving up not only content from strangers but from an individual’s Facebook friends.

Who is using Pinterest?

Although the website is predominantly used by women (I just don’t know too many men that would create an entire board dedicated to planning their dream wedding) but men too are quickly catching on. Because the site is separated by categories like: Humor, Crafts, History, Art, Weddings & Events, Apparel, Cars, etc. there really is something for everyone.

The graph below illustrates the astonishing growth rate Pinterest has experienced, especially in the last quarter of 2011. Beginning in January of 2011 the site had roughly 55K unique visits and by December roughly 7.2 Million!


Pinterest 2011 Traffic Growth

What does the astonishing growth rate mean for online marketing and search engine optimization? 

Let's say you are selling a cool new tablet that is 4G compatible with unlimited data.  You created a really cool picture of this hot new device that is sure to go viral.  You added all the right text and now it's just a matter of getting it out to the masses right?  Let the pinning begin! 

If it is good enough, at the end of the day, you could receive some serious linking from Pinterest directly back to the cell phone's product page on your website!

Senior Search Consultant, Zach Griffith states, "Pinterest is a force to be reckoned with from an SEO perspective.  If you aren't figuring out a way to incorporate it into your viral strategy, you should be."

Now that I’ve finished this post, I guess the next best question is, “What will I pin next?”

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