Estela from Irvine asks: I love pinterest, is there any way I can load my own pictures and stuff into pinterest? or I can only do it if I have a website or blog. My friend has an art gallery and would like to pin his art pieces but doesn’t have a website.
Estela, the short answer is Yes you can! It’s quite simple and I took a few screenshots to show you how, check them out below. But read on for the rest of my answer after the instructions
How to pin Pictures to Pinterest without having a blog or website.
1. Log into Pinterest.
2. At the top right corner you can click on Add +
3. This will pop-up a message with three options. You need to use the option in the middle called “Upload a Pin” click that.
4. After that, you’ll be presented with a standard message to select a file from your computer and upload it. click on Choose File and select the file that you want from your desktop.
5. The next step should be more familiar. Pinterests asks you to put in a description, assign the picture to a board and pin it.
That’s it, that’s how you post a picture onto Pinterest without having a website!
Now for the long answer…
While you can do this, I would not advise it for several reasons. The most important being that Pinterest is not yours, or your friends. At any time, Pinterest can shut down your account or their service altogether and you’re left with nothing. A better way of doing this is to get a website that you own, upload the photos there, then pin them.
This has two huge benefits. You can promote the gallery because you now have a website, and you can intereact with your visitors to your site on your own terms rather than Pinterest’s.
But getting a website doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. If budget is an issue, a simple way to get started is to find a free hosting blog service and use that. WordPress.com has such a service and it takes 2 minutes to setup and about 10 minutes to learn how to post your first picture. Tumblr.com also offers this and they even let you put your own domain on their blog for free (you still have to buy your domain for about $10/year).
The way you would use your blog or website is to post the picture up to the website, then pin that picture to pinterest. This makes it so people in Pinterest can enjoy the art and repin it, share it and all that fun stuff. At the same time, Pinterest users have a way to come back to the website where they can learn more about the artist and the gallery. Perhaps you can even sell art online like we do for samcarterart.com or cigartink.com
So yes you can do what you asked, but it would probably be more beneficial to add a website first, then pin pictures from the website to get more benefits, recognition and exposure.