Monday, July 14, 2014

Ignorance is not bliss!

Way back in 10th grade my business teacher told the class that ignorance is no excuse in the eye of the law. In other words, just because you don't know you're breaking the law doesn't make it okay. The penalty is the same.

Tonight while listening to a podcast hosted by Cynthia Sanchez of Oh So Pinteresting, I discovered I've been unknowingly breaking a Pinterest Law. 

Had I been caught by Pinterest, they would have placed me in Pinterest Jail. I don't know about you, but I don't wear horizontal stripes well. Ugh.

That aside, I have a lot of goals in life. And one of them is to never go to jail. Even if the jail is virtual, I don't want to go there. 

What law have I been unknowingly breaking?  

If you use Pinterest to promote a product that you benefit from, then you are using Pinterest as a business. So if you have a board on your Pinterest page that is called - My Blogs - and your blogs are about your books, you are promoting yourself on Pinterest.  Your account should be a business account and not a personal account.

How can you tell if you are using Pinterest as a business account or a personal account? Look at your name in Pinterest. If it is just your first name, or first name and last name, you are using the account as a personal account. 

To change this to a business account you need to go to:  

Below is the page that will come up.  If you already have a Pinterest page, click on CONVERT NOW.  This allows you to keep all of your current boards.


Get discovered by millions of people looking for things to plan, buy and do.Join as a businessAlready have an account?
Convert now

Answer the questions asked. Click convert and that is all there is to it.

Until next time,

Lisa Wells
Social Media For Authors


  1. This is news to me but I am rarely on Pinterest. In fact, I accidentally have two Pinterest accounts and can't figure our how to join them. That's why I avoid it now. Thanks for the info. Good to know. We all want to stay out of jail!

  2. Hi Lisa - I had no idea! I'm on Pinterest almost all the time, but it's definitely a personal account & will probably stay that way for a long while. This is really great to know, though!

    I saw you speak at RWA 2014, at the Blog Bites workshop & wanted to say thanks for all of those great ideas!!!

  3. Wow. I didn't know that. Thanks for the info. Mine is now converted.