Pinterest For Dummies {Book Review & Giveaway}

I am excited to share about one of the newest books in the For Dummies series. Pinterest For Dummies {written by Kelby Carr} covers everything one needs to know about Pinterest, an online pinboard that is used as a social bookmarking site. The book is written for both Pinterest newbies and those who have been on Pinterest since the beginning.

For those that have never used Pinterest before, Kelby goes over how to request an invite and how to setup a profile on the site. She then talks about how to create boards, from what to name them to what category to put them in on the site. She also talks about pinning and repinning. About 40 pages are spent on these basics. For those that have been on Pinterest a while, these pages are good to review since there are still nuggets of knowledge found in the pages.

Next, Kelby talks about how to use Pinterest to interact with others. She shows how people can find their friends on the site and how to share the things you pin. She also talks about the features of Pinterest and how to like pins and comment on pins. She then shows how to customize pins by putting price tags on product pins and how to use hashtags to make searching for items easy.

After this she goes into the many ways people are using Pinterest. Most people use Pinterest for DIY/crafts and recipes. Some use it to plan a vacation, create a wish list of products they want, or creating a board of motivational quotes. {Personally I use Pinterest the most to find recipes for my menu plan and have about 15 boards devoted to food alone.} There is really no right or wrong way to use the site and pins about any topic you can think of. I really like that Kelby also talks about using Pinterest to support causes since there are some charities and businesses offering to donate money just for pinning something and I love that!

The last chapters of the book cover more advanced topics like using Pinterest on a smartphone and controlling privacy settings. There is a whole chapter for website owners that helps them create pin-worthy content and other ways to use Pinterest to drive traffic to their sites. She also has a chapter on pin etiquette and shares her do’s and dont’s for using Pinterest.

The end of the book has a couple lists. Kelby shares a list of Pinterest users people can follow {listed by what types of things they frequently pin}. She also has a list of ten businesses that are using Pinterest effectively. As a marketer I was especially interested in reading this chapter so I could learn what is working for businesses on Pinterest.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I normally think of the “For Dummies” line of books as being for those that aren’t familiar with the topic but in this case I think it’s useful for everyone. I’ve been on Pinterest since before it was popular {as I am with many social networks} and I found a lot of great information in the pages. It’s also nicely organized so you can easily find the topics you want to read about.


One person will win a copy of Pinterest For Dummies by Kelby Carr


{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) What do you use (or want to use) Pinterest for?

2) Follow me on Pinterest

3) Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends on June 24, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. Giveaway open to US and Canada only.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of Pinterest For Dummies to review but all thoughts are my own.)


  1. I’m not sure how to use Pinterest, so I’m hoping the book will give me ideas.

    clenna at aol dot com

  2. I follow you on Pinterest

    clenna at aol dot com

  3. I shared on my FB wall:

    clenna at aol dot com

  4. I like to use Pinterest for finding new crafting ideas and recipes. My daughter is 7.5 months old but I will start planning her 1st birthday by finding ideas on there too!
    [email protected](dot)com

  5. I love using pinterest to compile all of the ideas I have for dinner, my future baby’s nursery, and ways to make my house more awesome! :)

    Also, I followed you on pinterest (

    And I just publicly google+1’d.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Glenda Edwards says

    I want to use Pinterest to share my favorite things and to get new ideas and inspirations from what others have pinned.

  7. Glenda Edwards says

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  8. Glenda Edwards says
  9. Cheryl Abdelnour says

    I use Pinterest to capture recipes, jewelry, giveaways, pictures, ect , I love it!

  10. Cheryl Abdelnour says

    I follow you on Pinterest as cherylabdel.

  11. Cheryl Abdelnour says

    I tweeted as mt4cb—–

  12. tina phillips says

    Oh how awesome!! I use pinterest to save things that I would normally clutter my hard drive with. Recipes, crafts I wanna make, scrapbooking sketches and layouts I like, home decor ideas…..I could go on and on!! lol

  13. tina phillips says

    I follow you on pinterest!! Anyone who wants can follow me as well…just look for Tina Phillips :):)

  14. I’d like to use it to organize all my favorites better

  15. I follow you on Pinterest (Hislove Endures)

  16. Jessica O says

    Followed you on Pinterest.
    [email protected](dot)com

  17. marilyn H says

    I am a member of Pinterest but really don’t know what to do there, this could be so helpful!

  18. marilyn H says
  19. Heather S says

    I use Pinterest to Pin images of stylish outfits mostly, but also home decorating ideas as well…

  20. Michele B says

    Right now I use it mostly for giveawaysbut would like to use it alot more.

  21. Olivia Rubin says

    i would like to use pinterest to organize nail art, but dont know how to find others ppins that well…i see something else and go off on a tangent

  22. Olivia Rubin says

    i follow you on pinterest

  23. Olivia Rubin says
  24. I use it for gift ideas

  25. I use Pinterest to help share all my favorite things.

  26. I follow you on Pinterest. ID: Lyndadawinda

  27. I am in the process of starting a new blog. I would like to use Pinterest to stay in touch with my upcoming followers.
    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline
    [email protected]

  28. I am following you on Pinterest.
    Pinterest ID: Pauline Milner
    [email protected]

  29. following you on pintrest

  30. Trisha McKee says

    To express my creativity. That is why I want to use Pinterest.

  31. Paul T / Pauline T says

    I use it to find giveaways, the latest trend in fashion, and recipes – emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  32. Paul T / Pauline T says

    Followed on Pinterest… …..( pls use emscout9 at hotmail dot com instead of gmail to contact me)

  33. Paul T / Pauline T says

    I tweeted about this giveaway @emscout9 (pls use emscout9 at hotmail dot com instead of gmail to contact me)…

  34. david basile says

    I want to learn to use Pinterest

  35. A co-worker at work loves pinterest and it has me interested, but I’m not sure I understand it.

  36. Tami Valentine says

    I have a Pinterest account. Mainly for giveaways….but I’m starting to have so much fun with it! I love looking at and repinning others’ ideas. It’s actually fun…I could do it all day. But I’m not sure the correct way to like, pin, follow…!

  37. Tami Valentine says
  38. ideas for my future wedding

  39. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    I use it to enter contests
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  40. Ed Nemmers says

    For recipes!

  41. Diana Hatch says

    I love looking for recipes on pinterest

  42. I want to learn how to use Pinterest to market my blog and my soon to be launched new business.

  43. Following on Pinterest akb2012

  44. I use it for finding healthy recipe ideas

  45. I follow you on Pinterest (Tee Kupon)

  46. for recipes and crafts

  47. follow u on pinterest

  48. shared on FB (carole c)

  49. Monja Blue says

    I’d love to create a virtual inspiration board of colors, ideas, interiors & exotic destinations!

  50. Tabathia B says

    I want to use it for finding great recipes and fashion ideas
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  51. would love to learn more about Pinterest. I have not been on it very long

  52. Tabathia B says

    pinterest follower (chelleb40)
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  53. Tabathia B says

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  54. follow you on Pinterest

  55. janetfaye says

    I would like to use Pinterest for recipes and learn more about it.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  56. janetfaye says

    I follow you on Pinterest – janetfaye

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  57. for my business

  58. Britt Brill says

    I hear everyone talk about pinterest, but know nothing about it. I think I would use it for crafting ideas

  59. I just started using it, but lack knowledge in all the details and how I can use it….hoping this book will help!


  60. I Tweeted the giveaway message as @ celticrn


  61. I’m following you on pinterest as sheila tf


  62. I can’t wait to learn all about Pinterest. I see all the wonderful ideas people are pinning. I would probably start with recipes or crafts.

  63. I want to use it for crafts
    email/ [email protected]

  64. pinterest follower shirley greenawalt zolenski / daveshir2005
    email/ [email protected]