Pinterest Tips: Blogger's & Seller's 101

Have you discovered Pinterest yet?  I find myself spending more and more time on Pinterest.   When I discovered Pinterest, I felt like Alice when she tumbled down the rabbit hole.  I've always been a visual learner and Pinterest was the perfect fit for me.  I often find myself getting lost on Pinterest.  It is so easy for me to lose track of time when I am on Pinterest.  Are you the same way?

If you are a new blogger and/or TPT seller, you have probably discovered that Pinterest can be valuable tool for telling people about your blog and lessons.  Using Pinterest for business purposes, is different than for personal enjoyment.  I made many mistakes along the way and have learned a few things that I thought I'd share with you.  Please share what you've learned in the comments section below so we can all learn from each other.

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If you are using Pinterest to promote your business, you need to either open a Pinterest business account or convert your existing account to a business account.

What do you pin to your boards?
This is a decision that you will have to make for yourself.  At what ratio do you pin?  Some sellers pin 4 free lessons or ideas for every 1 paid lesson (4:1 ratio).  Others pin randomly to their boards. If you are not gaining very many followers change how you pin to see if you gain more followers.

When do you pin?
Experiment with pinning at different times of the day.  I have noticed that in the summer, teachers pin differently because they are on summer vacation.  Don't forget that there are teachers on a variety of time zones.  

How do you join?
I get emails from people wanting to join my collaborative boards.  There is a message on my board description telling that I am no longer accepting contributors to the board.  Some board will tell if they are accepting contributors or give an email address of who you can contact to join.  

If you find a board that is accepting contributors, be sure to follow that board before you contact the owner. The person who owns it can not add you if you do not follow the board.  

TPT sellers:  There are collaborative boards that you can join.  Go to this section in the sellers forum:

The best advice I can give you for growing your boards is:

  • Variety is the spice of life: Pin from a variety of sources.  Do not pin only your own stuff. You will be surprised at the amount of collaboration that happens in the teacher-blogger community.  Other bloggers will be more inclined to pin your posts to their boards and collab. boards that they belong to when they see you pinning their posts.
  • City ordinances: If I was a brick & mortar store, I would be expected to know about the city ordinances where my store is located.  Collaborative boards usually have rules.  Some owners post them in the descriptions and others tell you about them when you sign up.  These rules are like city ordinances.  As a business owner who is pinning (locating) my business (pin) in this new location (collab. bd.) it is my responsibility to know and stay updated on the rules. 
    • If you are a brick and mortar store, you pay taxes to the city so they have employees who can enforce the rules.  In the Pinterest world, you do not pay the collab. bd. owner a fee (tax) so there is not someone who is paid to enforce the rules.  Do you think the owner wants to spend her time policing her collab. bds.?  
  • 'Cause if you liked it, should have put a pin on it:  
    • ON THE GO 
      • I find myself pinning anytime I have a free minute.  I pin when I'm waiting for my daughter at her dentist appointment or when the line at Target is lengthy.  I can not see the rules of the board on my phone, so I only pin to my boards or the collab. boards that I know the rules.
    • AT HOME: 
      • When I am sitting down to pin for business purposes, I choose one group of collab. bds. at a time to pin to.  For example, I belong to Andrea Knight's grade level collaborative boards.  I click on one of the boards before I begin pinning to make sure the rules haven't changed.  Then I pin to each of them.   After I finish pinning to this group, I click on each board to check on my pins.  Sometimes my pins don't go where I think they did so I have to delete them or add more to the board.

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Diana said...

These are great tips! And thank you for linking to my blog as well :-)

Michelle Divkey said...

You're welcome! I loved your post.