November 2017 Pinterest added another layer of organization by creating the options to add sections to your boards. Even though this feature has been out since November I just discovered and started using them last month.
I’ve really been focusing on cleaning up my boards, pins, and images to improve my profile, SEO, and repins. Since Pinterest is a search engine, you want everything to be as organized as possible so people can find what they are looking for. So when I learned about boards I knew I wanted to explore, test, and write about them.
What are Sections?
Sections are basically mini-boards within your main boards that are more specific. Almost like a giant binder labeled “Knitting Patterns” but when you open the binder you have folders or dividers marked “sweaters” or “blankets” that way you can go right to whatever you are looking for.
Should I Use Them?
Adding sections to your larger boards make them easier to browse and looks cleaner. According to my research, sections do not affect your search impact or discovery. However, if someone sees a pin they like, go to the board to search for more and can easily find similar pins from you they’ll find more value in your profile and hang around or follow you.
Since, at this time at least, sections do not improve your search impact or reach I don’t plan to add them to all of my boards, just my larger ones that really need to be broken down. Such as knitting patterns, sewing, and cooking, things that are really broad but don’t need five individual boards.
How Do I Use Them?
Adding a section to an existing board
Here is my Knitting Pattern board without sections.
Click Add section
Name your section or pick a suggested one and click next
Select the pins you want to add to the section and click done. You can always go back and add more if you want.
Enjoy your new section!
Pinning to a board with sections
Pinning to a section is just as easy as pinning to a board without them.
Click the board you want to pin to
Pick what section you want to pin under or click the board name to not assign a section but pin to the main board
Organizing into sections later on
This is my Knitting Pattern board again. Go to the board you want to clean up and click Organize.
Select the pins you want to be moved to a section. I’m adding more pins to my Motif and Fair Isle section, you’ll see the selected pins outlined in red. Once you have everything selected click DONE
Click what section (Or other board) you want to move all the pins to and you are done!
What Do You Think?
Do you use sections? Do you like them or not so much?
If you want to learn more about using Pinterest for business and how to set up an amazing profile check out these posts