Pinterest for Dummies by Kelby Carr

Stars: ★★★★★

Wiley (2012)
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Pinterest is the hot new social network. I don’t know anyone who has started using Pinterest who has bad things to say about it. For those who are less tech-savvy, learning a new social network can be hard and no one makes new subjects easier to understand than the Dummies series.

Pinterest for Dummies covers everything you need to know to use Pinterest and a bit more. If you are envisioning the size of an average For Dummies book and thinking oh my gosh I’ll never get through that much info on Pinterest, fear not. This is a smaller for Dummies book at just over 200 pages but it still has everything you need.

Here is what is covered:

  • Introduction
  • Getting Started on Pinterest (joining, setting up profile, finding time for Pinterest)
  • Creating Boards (picking topics, creating/naming boards, rearranging, editing, deleting)
  • Pinning and Repinning (ways to pin, creating a new board as you pin, repinning, sharing pins)
  • Socializing on Pinterest (finding people to follow, sharing profile link, sharing pins)
  • Using Community Features (liking/commenting on pins, customizing pins, tagging pins, hashtags, price tags)
  • Finding Ways to Use Pinterest (planning a project, weddings/events, shopping/wish lists, self improvement, as a bookmark site, for business and work, to support a cause(
  • Going Mobile with Pinterest (App for iPhone, on iPad and other Tablets, Pinterest Mobile Site, Limitations of Mobile Pinterest)
  • Understanding Pinterest Etiquette (pin etiquette, quality pins, avoiding too much self promotion, crediting sources, copyright infringement, spam and reporting pins)
  • Controlling Privacy and Other Settings (privacy policy, keeping out of Google search, reducing email from Pinterest, social sharing, changing username, deactivating account)
  • Self-Promoting on Pinterest (Finding your site’s pins, writing a post/page that is pin worthy, optimizing images for pinning, installing pin it buttons, finding Pinterest linkups and places to share pins and profiles, adding a follow me on Pinterest button to your site, widgets/plugins, traffic referrals, engaging customers/readers)
  • Ten Companies Using Pinterest Effectively (Which companies, their profile urls, what they are doing good and what they could improve upon. Includes The Weather Channel, Etsy, Scholastic, Whole Foods Market and more)
  • Ten Power Pinners to Follow (Who they are, what they pin about and why you should follow them.)

As a regular user of Pinterest, I knew how to do pretty much everything in the book already but the last two chapters will be fun to go through and follow those I don’t already and see what they are doing. I will however be lending the book out to my friends and family who I’ve been trying to teach how to use Pinterest. I’ve already recruited my brother, mom, niece and friend full time and have been working on my dad and other friends.

The step by step instructions are all bolded so if you need those instructions, you can easily find them or if you just need the basic info and can figure out the steps yourself, you can easily skip it.
There is only one problem with this book… it’s already outdated. It was just published and yet Pinterest is changing so rapidly that it looks different now and so some of what it shows you is a little bit different. Unless you are completely lost when it comes to computers and the internet though, it’s close enough that you can figure it out. I hope they are planning a reprint soon though. I’m sure this is a common problem with books on internet subjects.

Despite that, it’s highly recommended for the regular user, blogger or business owner who wants to learn how to use Pinterest or use it more than just the basics.

About the Author: Kelby Carr is the founder and CEO of Type-A Parent, a social network and online magazine-style blog founded in 2007 for digital moms and dads, and Type-A Parent Conference, an annual blogging and social media conference in its fourth year that attracts major corporations and hundreds of parents who blog. She was an early adopter of Pinterest, and is active there daily with thousands of followers and hundreds of pins. Find her at, and @typeaparent

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  1. I’d like to learn how to better self-promote. lol I’m SO bad at it. I need to take better photos for my blog to start with!

  2. I would like to know more about books and navigating the sites I want to look at.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  3. I need to learn more about self promotion on pinterest.

  4. I would like to learn why the haven’t made private boards yet

  5. I’d like to learn about copyright on pinterest
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  6. I am with Shelly, I would love to have a private pin board. I would also love to learn more about the copyright hazards of pintrest.

  7. I have a pinterest account, but I am not quite sure what it means. I am sure I am using it wrong, and I want to learn more of the ins and outs…

  8. I’d like to learn all the bells and whistles with Pinterest!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  9. I like to learn everything about pinterest

  10. I love Pinterest but I know there’s a lot more to learn about it. Would love to learn how to promote my blog a little bit more through Pinterest.

  11. I’d like to learn how to promote my blog better.
    Whirlwind of Surprises

  12. I would like to learn how to promote myself as a blogger.

  13. I would like to learn more about how to search and organize pinterest boards.

  14. Wow! I can’t believe there is already a dummies book out there for Pinterest. Probably a pretty good read!

  15. I’d like to know how it will help for marketing my site.

  16. I need this. thank you for the giveaway!

  17. This is such an amazing book. I just finished reading it & it has tons of information.

  18. Pinterest is great. I’d love to know what companies are using it effectively, and just how to better use it myself

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  19. Lori Thomas says:

    `d like to learn how to get more out of using it

    ctymice at gmail dot com

  20. How to actually get things pinned and unpinned
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  21. I enjoy Pinterest but am fairly new so would love to check this out. Would love to learn how to creat a Private board. Thanks!

  22. I want to learn how to create a board that only people I invite to it can see it.

  23. I actually haven’t really used pintrest at all really yet. I have an account, but don’t really get it…

  24. This is something I could really use!

  25. how to get started. I’ve never used pinterest and knowing how best to do so would be awesome

  26. I would like to learn more about using pinterest to promote my website.

  27. Shirley says:

    How to look up other people’s pins that might interest me.

  28. Because I have no idea what I’m doing :(

  29. I would like to learn everything about it, because I’m lost.

  30. I would like to way to maximize the benefits

  31. I would love to learn to network and promote on pinterest without doing so shamelessly. ♥

  32. promoting my blog would be a big thing for me :) thanks for the opportunity!

  33. Navigating the site better

  34. I want to learn how it can draw traffic to my blog.

  35. I’d like to learn how to keep my page looking nice.

  36. How to better classify things!

  37. how to get pinterest followers to follow me on other platforms.

  38. Pinterest is the new facebook+instagram.So addicting!I think gonna need the book for self promotion. Thanks for posting!