Monday, March 24, 2014

Pinterest Business or Personal Page—Which Should a Writer Have & How to Convert Your Account

by Edie Melson

Pinterest has rolled out the option of having a business page. And although there isn’t currently any difference in how a business and personal page looks, there is a difference in the user agreement and in some aspects of how you sign up for an account.

Terms of Service Agreement

But to summarize the differences, Pinterest now states that anyone who wishes to use Pinterest for commercial purposes must create a business account and agree to the Business Terms of Service Agreement. Authors do fall under the business category.

Business Names & Websites
On the business pages, it’s possible to enter your entire business name without dealing with the FIRST and LAST entries. Pinterest has also streamlined the website verification process for businesses.

Step-by-Step Directions
If you want to convert your account to a business account here’s how to do it.

First, sign in to your Pinterest Account then go to

This is what you'll see when you go to
Once there, you’ll have a form to fill out. Under business type, I recommend you choose Professional. Fill in the rest of the form—there won’t be many blanks if you already have a personal account.

Then click Accept for the Terms of Service Agreement.

It really is very simple. Your boards and everyone who follows you will migrate to your account. You shouldn’t be able to tell a difference from before and after. I’ll continue to watch how Pinterest begins to differentiate between the two types of accounts and keep you updated.

For now, be sure to share any questions you have about Pinterest in the comments section below.

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  1. Thanks for an update on the options. I think I'll hold off for now- I'm not selling anything at the moment, and I'm thinking I jumped the gun with a Facebook page- I don't want to make the same mistake again!

    1. Julia, I totally understand your reasoning and it's sound. Fortunately, as of right now, Pinterest isn't running the professional and personal accounts any differently. Blessings, E

  2. This is good to know! While I don't need it for my personal account, I also manage other people's and just completed converting them.

    I actually like how they are separating the two account types. Because there are many blurred lines. One thing I would like to know is how you tell the difference when an account if already converted? (is the URL to the profile .business ... ? )

    Thank you!

  3. Edie - Do you think this will become a requirement to promote our books on Pinterest?