My system for scheduling a month’s worth of blog content in just one hour, using Tailwind.

My system for scheduling a month's worth of blog content in just one hour, using tailwind

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You know, you DON’T have to labor over pinning your original content every single day, or even every week. Tailwind (affiliate link) already makes it really easy to schedule lots of outstanding content in advance (saving you time daily, while offering you some other nifty features like looping!)

I’ve been working with clients for a good while now (several years) and I’ve gotten my processes pretty well streamlined. It takes me hardly any time at all to schedule pins for  an entire month’s worth of blog content.

And it’s your lucky day because I’ve decided that this system is just too good not to share!

First you need to identify which blog posts you want to promote via Pinterest in the next month. Not promote as in paid promotions, but promoting as in pinning to your various boards and tribes – getting your content out there. And yes, you want to look forward to the month ahead and see what content might be the most relevant for the time of year or any holidays/events coming up.

I typically pick 4-5 blog posts. Now, this is just OLD content that I’m re-purposing. But you could also pick last month’s blog posts or if you pre-write and schedule your blogs to be published, you could use pins for those too. You can always save a couple spots for any new posts you don’t plan out in advance.

What do I mean by a couple spots?

Well once you’ve identified what content to push, I use a handy spreadsheet to plug in all the info I’ll need for each post so that I can easily copy and paste it into my pin draft in Tailwind. Since I recommend pushing 15 visually different pins to various boards each month, I create 15 lines to represent those 15 “spots” for the pins that I will schedule out for the month ahead.

NOTE: I tend to upload most of my client’s pin images because a) I might not have access to embed the images into their blogs or b) they’ve already got images in their blog posts and we’re just creating several alternates that they don’t want on their site bogging it up.

My spreadsheet has columns for Month & Pin #, Blog/Source URL, Copy & Hashtags, File Name, Tailwind Interval Start Date, Upload Confirmed, and Added to Tribes? (Y/N).

Once I’ve created my graphics, I simply plug in all the info for each design. This spreadsheet helps me easily see when I’ve scheduled each pin to start going out to boards and whether I’ve already added that image to a tribe or not.

TIP: When I write my copy and hashtags, I use a free online character count program like this one. Pin descriptions can only be 500 characters long, so a character counter helps me utilize all of my space without going over and having my sentences cut off.

When I have my spreadsheet filled out for the month, I simply have to upload my images into Tailwind and then copy and paste the info in for each one.

The LONGEST part of this process is filling out the spreadsheet and it might seem tedious – I mean why type it all in the spreadsheet when you can just do it directly on the draft to begin with?

You’re right, you CAN do that – but I find that this method helps keep me more organized. I can at a glance see that I’ve scheduled enough content for the month ahead. I have a record of what content I’ve already re-purposed or made alternate pins for. I have a record of whether I’ve pinned that new blog post already or not. I can sit down in one day and have everything planned out and done and don’t need to keep it on my brain all month long. And if later in the month I’m struck with a sudden panic that I’ve somehow missed pinning something or forgotten to do it altogether, well then my spreadsheet is right there to remind me of what I did (or didn’t) do.

Trust me, when you’re doing everything solo, having a record like this can be a lifesaver. You’ve already got too much on your to do list, and it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks when you’re trying to keep it all in your head.

This method saves you from having to reassess day to day or week to week. You only have to do this once a month!

I mean, you could get totally crazy and do MORE than a month if you wanted to – that’s what makes Tailwind so great! You can specify the exact date AND time to start releasing each an every original content pin you upload or pin via the Tailwind browser extension.

Not a tailwind user? Still limping along using another scheduler or pinning manually.

Pro Tip: There is NO difference to Pinterest between using Tailwind to schedule your pins and pinning manually. I find that the time I save NOT manually pinning or working with a more basic scheduler is worth WAY more than what I pay to Tailwind for the service. Get a free trial HERE (affiliate link). 

If you need help setting it up, check out this guide – or contact me! AND (one more link) if you’re just not sure how Tailwind can help you, check out these real results from my clients and the Tailwind’s expected results.

So here’s what my spreadsheet looks like once it’s all filled out (note, I also group rows so that I can minimize previous months and only see the current/future months):

Pin Spreadsheet

I create my spreadsheet in Google Drive, so that I can access it from anywhere and/or share it with my clients/business partner. 

You can see here that I’ve got September scheduled (actually these pins will run through the end of October). In October I’ll get all the pins uploaded to run through November.

 

So that’s it! All in all, once my graphics are created, it takes me about an hour to input all the info into my spreadsheet and schedule it out in Tailwind.

If you’ve got your own system, I’d love to hear it! Leave a comment or tag me in our Facebook Community.

xoxo


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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

The Inside Scoop: Tailwind’s new Smart Loop feature will change the way you share content

Tailwind's Smart Loop Will Change The Way You Share Content

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OMG! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for Tailwind’s (affiliate link) newest feature, Smart Loop.

Wait, yes I can – I am OVER THE MOON, to Jupiter and back, excited!

I can also tell you that this feature is going to change your life. I was lucky to be on the recent webinar with Tailwind, and learned all kinds of good stuff about Smart Loop – which I’m going to share with you!

So first, what IS Smart Loop?

Smart Loop is a brand new feature, currently in private beta, that helps you easily rehsare your best performing content, WITHOUT triggering spam flags from Pinterest. Tailwind and Pinterest worked together to make sure that the way Smart Loop reshares your content is healthy for your Pinterest account.


What can Smart Loop do?

Smart Loop can help you drive more traffic to both your evergreen and seasonal content. It also helps fill in those scheduler gaps, when you just don’t have enough time to source content.

Smart Loop provides stats on each pin, so you can also easily identify which content is performing best on each board.


How do we use Smart Loop?

This is the question of questions, isn’t it? Smart Loops SOUND amazing, but HOW do we actually use it?
Smart Loop has two types of loops for resharing your content: Evergreen and Seasonal loops.

Evergreen loops are meant for content that is good to reshare all year round. Seasonal loops are meant for content that you might only share around a specific holiday or season. The BEST part about seasonal loops is that they automatically reset for the next year, so you don’t have to remember to set up your seasonal content year to year! You’ll never forget to get your holiday pins out again! You can set up a seasonal loop to automatically start resharing your relevant content well in advance (we recommend 4-8 weeks in advance of any holiday).

Once you have figured out which type of loop you want to create you’ll need to name your loop. Suggestions for naming your loop include:

  • using specific categories or topics
  • using specific holidays, events, or seasons
  • using the names of specific boards

Next you will want to choose the boards that your content should be looped to and choose pins to add to the loop. Here you can filter the content shown to you by board, your website, most recent, or most popular. (Most popular pins are those with the most saves). You can also add additional boards to the loop per individual pin as needed.

You can also add individual pins to a Smart Loop during scheduling.

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Choose pins to add to your Smart Loop. TIP: Check out the most popular filter, since these pins are already performing well.

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Just a word of caution, if you use interval pinning and add the pins to a smart loop at the same time that you set up intervals, the looped pin MAY reshare too soon after the original pin. It is recommended that you EITHER:

  1. Add new content with intervals. THEN when the interval is finished, add to Smart Loop
  2. Add new content directly into a Smart Loop.

Which method you use will likely depend on whether you think you’ll remember to go back and add the pin to a loop and how well you expect the pin to perform. Personally, I’ll be using intervals first, then looking at the pin performance and adding only the best performing pins to my loops.

Once you have all the basics set up, Smart Loop makes it easy to see how many times per day you’ll be resharing content from each loop, how long it will take to loop all the pins in a specific loop, and your typical daily ratio of looped content to scheduled content.

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You CAN customize the number of times per day your loop posts, but Smart Loop is designed to automatically calculate this for you to avoid spam flags in Pinterest.

Finally, with Smart Loop, you don’t have to worry about violating any of your group board rules by pinning to them too often! Smart Loop includes a setting for board rules, so that you can restrict how many times a loop pins to a specific board per day.

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Board rules are customizable PER BOARD!

Whew, that’s a LOT of information! It’s obvious Tailwind spend a lot of time developing this feature so that it addresses both the needs of it’s users AND the rules of Pinterest.

So how much does this amazing, life changing, feature cost?

For ANNUAL Plus Plan members, you get 250 loop posts. (That’s 250 TOTAL, not per month). A loop post is defined as one pin to one board.

Now, if your loop pins that same pin to that same board several times – that’s still considered one loop post. So if you take one pin and loop it onto ten boards, that’s ten posts… Meaning you have 240 posts left.

For power users, 250 loop posts might not be enough. Tailwind has really generous plans, starting at just $5/mo (if paid annually. $7.50/mo otherwise), that you can add on to your yearly membership.

A couple things to note:

  • While Smart Loop will save you valuable time, it is NOT intended as a replacement to scheduling great content. It should be used in addition to scheduling content, as a tool to help you stay consistently active and to help you re-share older or seasonal content that your new followers might not have seen yet.
  • Smart Loop DOES automatically determine the best times for your loops to pin. These posts get ADDED to your scheduler OUTSIDE of your established schedule. So looped pins will not take up a time slot. This makes it easy for you to retain a good ratio of new scheduled content and looped content.
  • Looped posts are LOCKED IN place in your scheduler, so shuffling will NOT affect when your looped pins get posted.
  • Looped pins, like all pins originating from Tailwind, are ALWAYS pinned as a new, fresh pin.
  • Smart Loop RANDOMIZES the order in which is pins to the boards you have selected. This prevents the first board you place in the loop from always being the first board pinned to.

If you haven’t already, go reserve your spot for Smart Loop. Per Tailwind, they hope to have the feature rolled out, to those who have reserved a spot, by the end of October. So those of you who have signed up – be on the lookout!!!

And if you’re not using Tailwind at all, you can get a free trial! If you’d like to check out the platform, I’d super appreciate it if you used my affiliate link to sign up. It’s no extra cost to you and helps me keep providing you all with great content and Pinterest tips! (Muchas gracias, in advance!)

If you have questions about how to set up Smart Loop, or our best practice recommendations, feel free to comment below! Or pop into our Facebook community and ask us anything! We’re happy to help 🙂

xoxo


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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

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What Can Pinterest Do For You? My Clients’ Real Results (August Analytics Reports)

What can Pinterest do for your biz or blog? Check out my client's real results! (August 2018 Reports).

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I’m going to be real transparent with you all right now and do something I’ve never done before.

I’m going to publicly show you a few of my clients’ Pinterest stats (anonymously, of course). These are real people and real accounts. The growth is real, as are the declines.

My purpose in showing you all this is so that you can see what Pinterest is capable of. You can see the growth client’s get when we start putting time and effort into their profiles and original content. You can see the ups and downs over time. You get to see REAL results.

I’m a big fan of being REAL with you all. I’m never going to promise you 30 day explosive results or overnight success. Ask anyone who has ever worked with me and they’ll tell you that I always recommend:

-a consistent daily pinning strategy
-a foundation of niche relevant boards
SEO SEO SEO in all the places
new boards monthly
-new original content WEEKLY
-a serious time and effort investment of at least 3-6 months. (3 months to see growth potential, 6 months MINIMUM to see results)

You can’t half-a** this. If you want serious results, you have to put in serious work. My motto is “Quality in enough Quantity, Consistently over Time”.

If you AREN’T seeing ANY growth, ANY results, and you are ready to GIVE UP on Pinterest – or if results/growth is just slow as molasses –  then it’s likely you have an issue with one or more of the following:

Quality: How’s your board topics, pin content, original content, pin visuals, pin captions, SEO, etc.?
Quantity: How many pins you are pinning of other’s and of your own content? How many boards do you have? etc.
Consistency: How often are you pinning? Is it sporadic? Is it spread out throughout the day or all at once? etc.
Time: Have you been trying your current strategy for two weeks? Two months? or Two years? When was the last time you changed up your strategy? When did you start really putting time and effort into Pinterest?

But I digress…

My point is, it’s one of my core values to be real with the information I give my clients and readers. So, to that end, check out these clients’ account stats!


Client A

Client A came to me with a Pinterest that had been run by an entity in India. (No offense to residents/natives of India, that’s just where her management company was based). The entity had very little understanding of how Pinterest worked and NOTHING was optimized. Her pins were very low quality, not optimized for Pinterest sizing, some images were not used legally, etc. She had been using them for a year! She needed a complete rehaul of her account, with niched boards, SEO, and better pin visuals/descriptions. We implemented that in July and in August focused on pushing out her original content and pinning daily. Here are her results:

Charts

Profile Graphs

Website Graphs


Client B

Client B came to me with a similar situation. She needed a complete rehaul as well. We did a POWER UP and then moved her into Ongoing Management in month two. We’ve created branded pins for her and have been using Tailwind (affiliate link) to pin daily, keep an eye on her top performing boards, and pushing her original content to tribes. As a basically brand new account, growth will be slow, but look at how her profile views jumped from essentially nothing to over 176K from May to August! She’s also starting to accumulate clicks to her website – low numbers, but you have to start somewhere. Pinterest has a snowball effect…

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Profile Graphs

Website Graphs


Client C

Client C came to me with a beautiful Pinterest account that was already performing well, but not getting her many clicks back to her website. She needed a little cleanup as far as SEO goes, and also needed a little board “restructuring” to bring in some more niche topics and to consolidate boards with duplicate content. We also began designing pins for her with a consistent branded look. She began to see an increase in clicks to her site and we’ve since been experimenting with promoted pins to get her even MORE traffic! Take a look…

Charts

Profile Graphs

Website Graphs

Now, you might notice in some of her graphs that things look a little wonky around the end of June – this is where we switched from using Board Booster to using Tailwind and things had to recalibrate a bit.


I’ve got loads more examples, but you should be able to see from the above that no matter where you are starting in your Pinterest journey there is *usually* room for improvement and growth! You can also check out this link to see typical results you can expect when using Tailwind (affiliate link)– which is the scheduling platform we recommend (and use for our own clients; we’ve used other platforms and Tailwind simply blows them all out of the water!)

So, how can Pinterest help you? Well, it can get you:

  • more organic brand awareness/exposure
  • more traffic to your website/blog
  • more authority in your chosen niche
  • more sales/readers/followers/raving fans

and if you need help, I’m here for you!

  • Got a quick question? Comment below or pop over to our FB Group.
  • Need an account rehaul/clean up or some optimizing done? Check out our Power Ups! (I’ve literally built nearly 100 Pinterest accounts from scratch ya’ll)
  • Need someone to take the stress away and just magically make it all better? Check out our Management options!

And if you just need a shoulder to cry on, a hot latte, and a hug – because business is HARD sometimes – well, I can empathize with you, Google nearby support groups,. and commiserate with you via Zoom if you’d like 😉

Til next time,

xoxo


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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

Why Group Boards Are NOT the Best Strategy to Get Your Content Seen

Why Group Boards are NOT the best strategy to get your content seen on Pinterest

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Group Boards have been around for a long time, and up until this July they were an integral part of any content creator’s Pinterest strategy.

They are still around, but Pinterest has wised up to the fact that most content creators have been using group boards as a way to disseminate their content to the masses. And they’ve basically said “no more”.

Group boards, per Pinterest, were never meant to be a way to push content to viewers. Pinterest intended group boards to be a feature for pinners, who were collaborating on a project or event, to share pins relevant to that project/event with each other.

In order to get back to that original vision, and to discourage the growth of massive group boards with thousands of pins, Pinterest has DEPRIORITIZED content from group boards.

What does that mean?

Before the algorithm update of 2018, pins that were added to group boards had just as much of a chance of turning up (ranking highly) in search results and in the Smart Feed.

With the de-emphasis of group boards, Pinterest is actively suppressing pins that come from group boards in search results/feeds. Pins that are saved to self-curated, publicly visible boards, are thus “prioritized” over pins that come from group boards.

Does this mean we should leave all of our group boards?

Eventually, this might mean that group boards no longer have a place in your Pinterest strategy. HOWEVER, if you belong to very active, niched, groups where the collaborators are routinely visiting that board and repinning content from that board, I wouldn’t leave it just yet.

Because although the pins to add to that board may not be discovered in searches/feeds, they are still findable by group board members when they visit the board, and they may repin your content.

So, bottom line, what’s the recommendation? What should we do instead?

Only your individual Pinterest/Tailwind stats and website traffic can really tell you the right answer here. Just keep in mind that you can’t solely rely on group boards for your exposure now.

But you should definitely be keeping an eye on your pins and how they are performing on your group boards. If your pins are still getting repinned from those boards, if the boards themselves seem high quality, and if leaving the board(s) would cause a significant decrease in your reach/traffic – then I’d suggest that you keep the group board and keep contributing to it, until it’s no longer performing well.

Meanwhile, ALSO invest time into Tailwind Tribes (affiliate link). Find tribes that are active. Add some pins to the tribe and see how they perform. Over time, you may wish to replace pinning to group boards with tribe contributions completely.

ADDITIONALLY, be sure you are focusing on:

  • curating high quality boards of your own
  • using good SEO in all the key places
  • releasing fresh pin content on a consistent basis

xoxo


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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

 

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5 Cool New Pinterest Features

5 cool new pinterest features - August 2018 Edition.

 

Do you ever log into Pinterest and suddenly notice that things are a bit different?

I know, you’re thinking, “Who hasn’t?” Because it does indeed seem like Pinterest is CONSTANTLY changing things up. And while it can sometimes get annoying, because glitches, it’s also one of the things I love most about Pinterest. They truly do focus on creating features and experiences that users want.

Boards within boards? We asked and we got it!
Be able to move pins around? We asked and we got it!

Well, you might not have asked for these features specifically, but we think they are pretty cool – and just go to show how the Pinterest team is always thinking about how to make things better!

Multiple Log-in Toggle 

We (the collective pinning community) have been asking for this for what seems like FOREVER and it looks like we might  be are finally getting it!

I’ve only seen it under the Ads section, where you can add another ad account (or have someone share an ad account with you), so they *might* still be testing this feature. I am over the MOON excited though because I suspect this is going to lead into having a multiple account toggle for the login screen too (HA! I was right). If you have multiple accounts, perhaps a personal and a business account, or if you’re a Pinterest Manager like me, this feature is going to be a dream come true!!

UPDATE: 8/20/18 I found the multiple account toggle today! It’s under the three dots at the top right of the “toolbar” – where you’d also find “settings” and “logout”. FYI Pinterest Managers, it looks like currently, you can only add up to 4 accounts to switch between – but that’s better than nothing!!!

Combining Boards

Another great feature, which I discovered quite by accident, is the ability to combine boards SO SUPER EASILY that you actually kind of have to be careful not to ACCIDENTALLy do it.

What I mean is, you can now drag an entire board INTO another board and it will automatically create a new sub-board within the parent board. Pins from board A (the board you are moving) will automatically be moved over into the new sub-board on Board B, and Board A will be removed from your board lineup. How great is that?!

A word of caution though, I’ve nearly accidentally combined boards when simply trying to rearrange my boards via drag and drop. Be sure you know where you are dropping your board! And if you get a little pop up box, do NOT just automatically hit OK without reading, because you might just combine a board you didn’t mean to – and there’s no easy way to undo it.

Audience Insights

Pinterest Analytics are undergoing some updates as well. One of the things that has recently been introduced is audience insights. This report allows you to see what categories and general topics your followers are pinning. You can also toggle to see what interest trends are for ALL Pinterest users.

Additionally, this report shows you age and gender demographics, as well as what devices your followers are using (i.e. iphone, android tablet, ipad, etc.), and what countries and cities you reach.

More Ideas (for sub-boards)

Whenever you click into one of your main boards, you might see a little button at the top for “more ideas”. Pinterest seems to be trying to get users to actually utilize the sub-board feature more and is providing a few keyword topics that they think would be relevant or related to your main board topic. If you click on one of these suggested keyword phrases, Pinterest will automatically add a sub-board named with that phrase to your main board.

This doesn’t seem terribly refined yet, sometimes the suggestions aren’t a good match, but it’s a good feature to help you think of how to expand the board’s focus and bring in new related content – plus it SEO titles the sub-board for you!

Smaller Pin Thumbnails

If you have a board with hundreds or thousands of pins, it can be difficult to ever really see ALL the content that is on the board. You’d have to scroll endlessly forever to reach the bottom where the oldest pins live.

Pinterest has added a new button for a smaller thumbnails view, right within whatever board you are viewing. It’s at the top right of the board’s pins. Clicking it makes everything smaller and thus you can see MORE pins on one screen. I haven’t checked to see if this feature is on the mobile app, but it makes sense that for mobile users this would be an invaluable feature – since you have less screen real estate to work with.

I know there are likely many more features and changes Pinterest will introduce — It’s kind of their MO — so if you’re seeing a new feature I missed, please let me know!

I’ve got my fingers crossed for that multiple log-in toggle (CHECK!)…. and a business category (still).

xoxo

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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

Why (and how) you should now use hashtags on Pinterest

Why (and HOW) you should be using hashtags on Pinterest.

Oh Hashtags. They have taken over the internet. From #metoo on Twitter to #thisisthelongesthashtagihaveeverwrittenbecauseihavenolifewhatamitalkingabout on Instagram (yes that’s a real hashtag, go look it up), hashtags are literally everywhere. Including Pinterest.

Hashtags on Pinterest are intended to help you find content you are interested in. Because they are new-ish to Pinterest, most hashtags have been simple one or two word keyword phrases such as #giftsforher, #jewelry, #businessquotes, etc. Newer more “designer” hashtags like #nevergiveup, #bossbabe, #itsagirlthing, etc. are just beginning to show up. 

There are still lots of questions about how to use hashtags on Pinterest, but the WHY of it is easy to answer. Hashtags on Pinterest are just one more way your content can be found in a search.

How is this different from just searching Pinterest for the keyword phrase itself? I’m glad you asked!

If you were to type in jewelry, sans hashtag, you would get results based on the most popular and most relevant pins. If you type in #jewelry you are going to get results based on the most recent pins using that hashtag.

That means search results for #jewelry are going to be constantly changing. Which means unless you are using that tag on a significant number of your pins – or are planning to use it on every one of your own pins from now on – you won’t stay at the top of the search results for very long… if a lot of people are using that tag.

FYI: #jewelry has 474,559 pins tagged with that hashtag as of this post’s writing.

Okay, so what’s the recommendations for hashtags on Pinterest then?  Is it worth it to use them? 

Yes, on your own original content pins only. Don’t waste your time hashtagging everying that you repin – just tag your own stuff. Although the hashtag search results will change rapidly, it’s better to attempt to show up than to definitely not show up at all.

That said there’s a few things you can do to make hashtags on Pinterest work better for you:

First, understand that hashtags ONLY work in the description area of PINS. If you’re putting hashtags in your board descriptions, you’re wasting character space and time (for now…who knows? Maybe they’ll introduce hashtags to this space too in the future..)

Second, you do not need to use the entire 500 character descriptions space for hashtags. You should still write in a sentence with at least one keyword phrase in the description area and THEN add your hashtags to the end. Three to five hashtags is plenty, but you can add up to twenty per the Pinterest limits.

Third, you want to try to use the same hashtags over and over again so that you have a greater chance of appearing at the top of search results by having recent pins with that hashtag. Choose hashtags that are relevant to your brand/biz. I personally do not use designer hashtags, yet, because hashtags on Pinterest overall are still so new and it’s just too early to tell which ones will be good/established and which ones will fizzle out.

Now, if you belong to a group of people who are all using a designer hashtag (like #bluefairypinterestrockstars – just kidding, I literally just made that up) then go ahead and use it. But I’d mainly stick to keyword phrases, for now.

Also, you want to keep in mind that the more popular (more pins tagged) a certain hashtag is the faster your content will get lost in the growing sea of content. However, if the hashtag pool is too small, then it’s unlikely that many people are searching for it/using it and your content likewise will just be lost in anonymity.

Alright, so where do we FIND these hashtags? How do we research which ones are good/popular? 

As far as I know, there currently isn’t any database or anything keeping tabs on hashtag counts on Pinterest. (If you know of one or are running one, please drop a comment and tell us where to find this magical resource!)

The only way to know how many pins are using a specific hashtag is to go pin something. Then, before you actually save it to the board, start typing your hashtag in the description area below the pin image. A drop down box of some suggestions will pop up and tell you how many pins are associated with that tag. Keep in mind that what you see is NOT an exhaustive list.

If your tag doesn’t show up in the drop down, you can search for it in the Pinterest search bar (be sure to include the #) to see how much and what kind of content turns up.

If you’re being super serious about Pinterest’s hashtags, it’s probably going to take awhile to find the ones that are best for you and you’ll probably have to change them up every so often as new hashtags gain popularity and others become too popular for your content to compete.

My personal opinion is that, unlike on Instagram or Twitter, hashtags on Pinterest are NOT a make-or-break strategy. This is because they are not the only way to get found or search for content on Pinterest (there are a myriad of ways to be found on Pinterest). As such, it seems counterproductive to spend too much time researching and worrying about them.

Use hashtags on your pins, sure. But honestly? You can probably throw up a few hashtags (try to use the same ones over) on your pins and call it good. Focus your time and attention on creating good SEO elsewhere on Pinterest and consistently pinning quality content, both your own and from other pinners, and you’ll do just fine – even if your hashtags aren’t 100% perfect.

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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

Why you should regularly create new Pinterest boards

Whyyou should regularly create new pinterest boards

You already know that boards are the system Pinterest uses for content organization. You’re free to create and curate boards on any topic, use any title, and include any content on these boards from any number of sources including:

  • Pinterest itself
  • Your website or any website with pinnable content (including video content).
  • Your computer via image upload, and attaching a redirect url.

But do you really know how to use this system to your marketing advantage?

If you’re using Pinterest to market your biz/blog, you’re probably in one of two camps:

1) You have no idea what boards to make

or

2) You go crazy making all kinds of boards. Possibly even boards that don’t relate to your target audience at all.

People in camp 2, this post isn’t for you. You typically don’t have a problem coming up with board topics, you have a problem with how you NAME them. So, this post and this post is for you.

Now, back to my camp 1 people.

Over the next few blog posts, I’m going to help you get through this brain block you’re experiencing when it comes to coming up with new board topics.

But before we get to that, it’s important that you realize WHY you need to create new boards.

If you’ve been following the blog or my FB group discussions, then you’ve probably seen me say that you need a minimum of 15 boards. This is your starting point, your baseline, your foundation. These 15 boards are the backbone of your Pinterest account and all future management/growth strategies.

But you can’t stop there.

Repeat, YOU CAN NOT STOP AT 15 BOARDS AND NEVER MAKE ANY MORE.

Why? Recency, that’s why. And SEO.

Part of the algorithm that tells Pinterest that your account, your boards, and your pins are valuable and worth showing to people is how often you actually put new, valuable content out there.

Now, yes, you could simply keep pinning to the same old 15 boards, theoretically forever, and that would count as putting new content out into Pinterest-land.

But here’s what would happen:

  1. Your original 15 boards would get huge. So big that they’d become overwhelming. No one could ever hope to reach the bottom. If you aren’t looping your old pins, those old pins would get lost forever and potentially never be seen again.
  2. Your content would get diluted. If you aren’t looping your pins, your older content is getting pushed farther and farther down and lost amid a sea of other content. Even if you are looping your pins,your content still probably isn’t coming back up often enough, since it will comprise such a small percentage of the total board content.
  3. Your board’s “duplicate content ratio” would skyrocket. Chances are, over long periods of time, you pin the same thing more than once. If you’re recycling pins manually to “loop” them, and you don’t have a process for deleting old or underperforming duplicate copies, then you will potentially have a LOT of duplicate content on your board(s). High duplicate content ratios indicate a lower value to Pinterest and the algorithm is less likely to show/suggest your pins to other users.

So creating new boards routinely isn’t JUST about recency. It’s also about maintaining order and quality.

And I mentioned SEO.

Creating new boards regularly, as part of a strategy for creating order and maintaining recency/quality, ALSO helps your search ranking because it allows for additional keyword phrases to be associated with content on your account. 

This ultimately helps you get found by users, since the number one function of Pinterest is as a search engine.

For example, you have a board for Fall Decor as one of your 15 baseline boards. Creating new boards, like Fall Mantle Decor, Fall Floral Arrangements, Fall Door Wreaths, DIY Fall Home Decor Projects, Autumn Tablescapes, etc.  help associate these additional keyword term phrases with your account.

So that when people use these phrases in the Pinterest search bar, Pinterest matches your boards/account with their search query and shows pins from your account among the search results.

Disclaimer: Recency/activity, relevancy/seo, and visual appeal/pin quality are ALL important to getting ranked higher. So you need to be nailing ALL of those key points.

I do NOT recommend that you go brainstorm and create tons of new boards all at once. While that would help your SEO, that would negate the recency (consistent activity) factor. It’s important to keep those two in balance.

What I recommend then is to create your first 15 boards. You can do these relatively quickly and don’t need to space them out. This gives you an SEO foudation, but also allows room to grow.

Then develop a strategy for creating new boards regularly. I recommend 1 to 4 new boards per month. That’s as little as once a month and as much as once a week.

Personally, when I am planning new boards for clients, I use a spreadsheet (or the Pinterest Planner) and I plan the board titles/topics, plus the dates to release new boards, for 1 to 2 months in advance. Then all I have to do is follow my schedule!

You could also create your new boards as secret in advance, and then just pin to them as you have time. So that when you need to release a new board, you simply toggle one of them from secret to public.

I recommend having 25 pins on each new board you make when it’s publicly visible, regardless of whether you pin to a secret board slowly over time or to a new public board all in once sitting. Give the board some “bulk” from the get go, enough pins on your new board for people who land on it to have something to scroll through.

If this all sounds really daunting to you, I promise it’s easier than it sounds!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about how to come up with all these new board topics so stay tuned! In the meantime, you might want to brush up on these 10 Pinterest Tips for establishing a good foundation.

Until then,

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xoxoDid you know there are EIGHT ready to go Board Topic Lists, based on popular niches/industries, in the Resource Library? These lists give you 15 board topic ideas to use and/or expand on so that you can get your baseline set up quickly and easily. Or you can use the ideas on these lists to fuel your future boards. Either way, you should definitely download these. Visit the Resource Library and grab yours today!

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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

A Course Review for Board Booster BOSS

In August, our shiny new course was released on Thinkific alongside our Resource Library. It’s called Board Booster BOSS and it teaches a complete set up for automating your Pinterest activity, in a way that is strategic and will give you the most benefit/bring you the best results.

Well we got our first blogger review back today and we couldn’t be happier! Not only did she LOVE the course, she totally wrote a rocking review that captures all the things I hoped others would see and value!

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m not one for bush-beating or stringing people along or for you know, promising the moon but delivering only a small sad rock. If you read our core values on our website homepage, you’d see that “real talk” is one of them; I don’t sell magic solutions. I sell pragmatic, strategic solutions that work – with a little effort and some time.

But even with “real talk”, I struggled to explain how this course is different from all those other courses out there. I know it is, I just couldn’t convey it in words.

Lucky for me, Allie over at Allie Nimmons Creative, did it for us.

Because really, I don’t want you to just take my word for it. I think quality is shown best by the testimony of others. My biggest hope for Blue Fairy Studios is that others will truly see and feel the value of what we are doing  and the information we are providing, know it to be true and genuine, and to share that with others who could benefit from what we have to give.

Please visit her blog and read the course review she did for us. It would mean a lot to me and my team here at Blue Fairy Studios, because we do everything we do for you (and we know this will help make your life easier).

xoxo

 

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Pinterest Resources: September

FREE educational materials for bloggers, sellers, and coaches. How to use Pinterest to market your blog & biz effectively!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to Q4! September is my FAVORITE month of the year! Soon, the leaves will be changing to a tapestry of oranges, reds, and yellows! I can’t wait for campfires and s’mores, crisp mornings and nights, apple cider and all things pumpkin!

I also can’t wait to load up NEW stuff for you in the resource library and membership materials! I’ve already put a few things up, but there is still more to come throughout the month. Here’s what FREE resources you can look forward to this month:

“What’s Trending?”

Each month I release a list of what is trending on Pinterest for each major topic category. You can use this list to brainstorm new board topic ideas, so that you can be sure to cash in on those trends and bring more traffic your way!

Pinterest Basics

This is a short video series I started to talk you through some of the very basic building blocks for Pinterest Marketing success. There are 3 videos (so far) and video #3 is uploaded already for September! This is a FREE resource, you do not need to be a member to view it.

However, if you ARE a member you get access to LOTS of other goodies, like the ones below.

Membership is just $12/mo and you can cancel anytime. Look at all the stuff our members are getting just this month!

Pinterest Case Study #5

Yep, I do one of these EVERY month. Case Studies are short 5-10 minute screenshare videos where I review a Pinterest account and provide my top 3 tips for improvement – plus a few bonus tips here and there. (Members Only)

Pin Pack #3

If you’re looking for a few templates to help make designing your pins easier, I’ve got you covered. These are created by my fabulous team designer, so they have that extra special professional touch!

Visit the library and grab this month’s downloads NOW! (Members Only)

Monthly eBook

I spend a lot of time writing blog posts that are helpful and full of tips and explanations. BUT for the casual reader, it can be a LOT to sift through. Not every post may resonate with you, and some posts may be JUST what you need right now. To make finding the information you care about easier for you. I’ve started to compile them into short ebooks.

The first one is for you bloggers out there and goes through 4 MUST DO’s to help you get the most out of Pinterest for your blog. Download it from the Library! (Members Only)

Monthly Tutorial

I like to make screenshare tutorial videos because sometimes it’s just easier to SEE how to do something than it is to read a list of instructions. Each tutorial video covers a specific piece of Pinterest strategy, that I use and recommend, to help you up your Pinterest game!

This month’s tutorial video will be “How To Use The Pinterest Search Bar To Create New Board Topics”. (Viewable by Members Only)

 

If you’re not ready to be a member, that’s ok! There’s still plenty of learning material available to you in the library! And Members and Non-members alike can ALWAYS visit the library to see what’s new!

Other opportunities for learning include:

Pinterest Mastermind Community on Facebook

Board Booster BOSS ecourse

 

As always,

Happy Pinning!-2

 

 

 

 

Pinterest Analytics Explained: Analytics Terminology

Pinterest Analytics Part 1: Analytics Terminology

Pinterest Analytics, available to Pinterest for Business users only, are a MUST for anyone using Pinterest to market or promote their own content (products, services, blog posts, etc.). But many users, especially those newer to Pinterest Marketing, are often confused by the terms and numbers. What do “impressions” mean? What numbers are important for me? What does it mean when the numbers drop?

This blog series aims to answer some of the more common questions about analytics. I’ll also identify and explain some of the stat trends you might see and what that means for your overall pinning strategy (i.e. what adjustments you may need to make).

To start, let’s do a quick tour of the analytics dashboard and discuss some terminology.

If you hover over the “analytics” menu button, you’ll see that you have 3 or 4 options in a drop-down box. Everyone should see “overview” “profile” and “people you reach”. If you’ve verified your website, then you should also see a “website” option.

If you do not see a “website” option, you need to go verify your website with Pinterest in order to see these stats. This is SUPER important if you are using Pinterest to market/promote your own content! If you’ve tried to verify your website unsuccessfully, and it’s been more than 24 hrs since you tried, you’ll want to put a ticket in with the Help Desk. They can help verify your site manually.

We’ll get into what each of these sections show us later in the series. For now, let’s iron out what each type of stat is:

  • An impression is the same as a view. That means a pin from your account showed up on someone’s screen as a result of the smart feed, a search query, etc.
  • A viewer is a single Pinterest user/account and is not the same as an impression. Several impressions may be attributed to a single viewer.
  • Pinterest shows a stat called “average engaged”. This represents the number of viewers taking an action and is different from an engagement. An engagement is an action taken on a pin by a viewer (save, click, etc.), it documents the number of actions taken. Average engaged documents the number of people taking action.
  • A save is the same as a repin. That means someone added your pin to a board. Where this gets tricky is that once a pin from person A is added to person B’s board, saves from person’s B’s board count toward THEIR analytics, not yours. So the save stats you see here are direct repins from a pin that links to YOUR Pinterest account (regardless of whether the content of the pin belongs to you).
    • Pinterest counts any pin you add to any board as YOUR pin. This includes:
      • all of your uploaded pin images
      • all of your saved pin images from anywhere on the web
      • all of your saved pins from anywhere on Pinterest
      • So, if YOU clicked “save”, then that pin is yours – the CONTENT may not be yours, but the pin is.
I know that’s super confusing! We’ll dig deeper into this and I’ll show you examples as we go through the series.
  • A click registers when someone is redirected from a pin on Pinterest to the website link associated with that pin. Again, this doesn’t mean they visited YOUR website, but this click is counted under your stats because the pin is saved from your Pinterest account.

Okay, we’re going to stop here and I’ll give you all until next week to wrap your heads around this info!

If you’re confused about any of the above terms, join me in my Pinterest Mastermind Community and let’s talk about it!

Check out the Resource Library for the case study video & more Pinterest Tips  HERE!

Until then,

Happy Pinning!-2