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Donna Barstow
Donna Barstow

As I suspected, you're not an artist. It's so typical of online marketers to say about artists in a high-pitched whine, "Wah!!!! Someone will steal my work!!!"Your ridicule and glossing over of copyright is pathetic. Anyone can watermark anything. And there it goes, bye bye off into the internet for everyone. The point is to implement and understand copyright, and RESPECT the creators! Do you really want to be that guy that weakens copyright?Of course, Pinterest steals and devalues your work, ESPECIALLY if you aren't selling a product, like t-shirts.. The point is how to handle this, not pretend it isn't happening.My own diabolical plan is to post text on top of my cartoons, and then post on Pinterest. And then implement the no opt-in code. Fingers crossed.

Carmen Whitehead
Carmen Whitehead

Great info, I use pinterest everyday for my business and personal use. It does drive some traffic to my site. It's just one component of a larger plan. Here is my profile... Thanks for all your support! http://www.pinterest.com/vintagecw/

Barbara
Barbara

Here is also my pinterest :) and thank you again for your tips. I'm very glad I found this site as it has a lot of questions on some of my answers that I have been struggling with. http://www.pinterest.com/barbarapavlic/

Adrienn Ecsedi
Adrienn Ecsedi

Thank you for this guide Cory! I have only tried out pinterest a few months back, but I think I will give it another try. I have already made some reference collections before, but I like the idea of showing how I progress with an artwork.I have also updated the descriptions of my artworks on Pinterest, every url I put there turns into a link which is great. I like to add the title of my artwork, my name + my website link, then the medium and the year of made, and finally I write something about the artwork itself.My Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/adriennecsedi/

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Thanks for these tips on Pinterest! Since I started pinning some of my own work, I've noticed that random people started pinning some of the pieces to their boards. It's really important to have good descriptions so that other people can find your work through Pinterest's search.http://www.pinterest.com/ebnartstudio/

Karrie Bond
Karrie Bond

Hi there!Nice article, however I would invite you to update one piece of content on it. The line that says re-pinned images don't link back to the original source is abundantly incorrect. That is what makes Pinterest so appealing for marketers, the fact that no matter how many times an image is shared, it will always link back to the original source. Pinterest was cited in one study (the name of which escapes me) as now generating more traffic for the thousands of sites included in the research, over Bing, Yahoo, Ask and AOL (naturally the top traffic generator is still Google, but the point is that the link-back system that Pinterest uses is significant to driving visits to a pinner's site).Thanks for taking a look at this!

candra
candra

I would love to have you show case some of my art work. I don't know how to market my work.

Wayne Fair
Wayne Fair

Just getting started - but here it is :)http://pinterest.com/aftermonet/pins/Just discovered your blog - absolutely love it! I just got "let go" from my programming job two days ago - but am excited because NOW I can focus on my art! Thanks and kindest regards, Wayne

Katherina
Katherina

Awesome Web-site, Preserve the good work. Thank you!

Kim Minichiello
Kim Minichiello

Great article, clearly written and very informative! www.pinterest.com/kimminichiello

Jamie Wilson
Jamie Wilson

Great stuff! I actually get a TON of business from Pinterest. And honestly, it's mostly not even from my own pins or followers, but from people pinning the pictures from my website & then they end up getting circulated on their own. So I really feel like one of the most important things to add is to make SURE to include Pin It buttons (and set the description part too) on each & every picture on your site. There are tons of blog plugins to do this now, if you use a blog as your site. It's been amazing for me! Here's my pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jellybeanquilts/

sima schloss
sima schloss

Great Article- Its so helpful! I love Pinterest and have been posting my work regularly and appreciate all the tips and ideas! Thank you!

Lori Woodward
Lori Woodward

Thanks for the honest info and links Cory. You point out the main key of all social media... To get folks to your website and to sign up for your mailing list.That right there takes all the mystery out of social media marketing.

Kathleen Thoma
Kathleen Thoma

Thanks for the info, not ready to do it yet, but this is really good.

Janelle
Janelle

Thanks! I took lots of notes! My Pinterest profile is Janelle Nichol.

Cory Huff
Cory Huff

Hi Donna - I can certainly understand your desire to protect your intellectual property. You did create it, and you it would be great to be compensated for it.You may want to consider alternate points of view.There are artists who consider copyright anathema to what it means to be an artist. Copyright can actually stifle artistic and scientific innovation. See this episode of our podcast where we talk with Gwenn Seemel about it. http://creativeinsurgents.com/3/

ashar
ashar

oops shld be off

Cory Huff
Cory Huff

Congrats! Being let go was the best thing that ever happened to my career up to that point. ;)

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