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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 5:16:30 AM
Wow thank you for all the information that is in this thread. I have learned so much about Pinterest and how to optimize my account.
Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 6:18:00 AM
Has Pinterest changed something with pinning the same item to two of your own boards? For instance, I just tried pinning a calendar poster to both my calendar board and to my music board because the poster's theme is music. First I pinned it to Calendars, then I repinned it to Music. It showed up as expected in Calendars, but looking at the music board's thumbnail, there isn't a trace of the new pin. It's there only when the board is opened. Are they discouraging such things or do they have yet another bug?

EDIT: I think the grasshopper needed patience along with wiping out its cache.
Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 8:38:26 AM
Thanks so much for this Pinterest info. My store is new there and this is very much appreciated.
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:31:41 AM
Colorwash wrote:
Has Pinterest changed something with pinning the same item to two of your own boards? For instance, I just tried pinning a calendar poster to both my calendar board and to my music board because the poster's theme is music. First I pinned it to Calendars, then I repinned it to Music. It showed up as expected in Calendars, but looking at the music board's thumbnail, there isn't a trace of the new pin. It's there only when the board is opened. Are they discouraging such things or do they have yet another bug?

EDIT: I think the grasshopper needed patience along with wiping out its cache.


I have found if I have something pinned and from Pinterest, I put it on a different board, it actually moves it and not copies it. It goes to the new board but disappears from the old one.

Best to go to the original source and pin the product to a different board from the source
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 5:14:03 AM
@Colorwash - Didn't see this when you first posted. If we EDIT it moves; if we REPIN, it should copy. I do it frequently without any trouble. Are you still having this problem?
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 5:17:25 AM
Are you using the "Organize" feature? If not... At the upper right of your boards, you should see the word "Organize". Click it. It will expand to provide 4 buttons: Move Copy Delete Done. Highlight (click on) the button(s) you want to "Copy". You'll see red bounding box(es) around the selected pin(s). Click "Copy", choose your destination board, and then click "Done". Your original pin(s) should stay put and your copied pin(s) should momentarily appear on the destination board.

Hope that helps! I just successfully copied pins last night.
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 6:22:05 AM
Re: repinning... randysgrandma is right. She wrote:

Quote:
Best to go to the original source and pin the product to a different board from the source.


Pinterest has made a number of changes this year for SEO and they favor 'new' content over repins if I've read everything aright. See bullet point #16 at the first link below especially. I've found the following links most helpful in coping with the changes:

https://louisem.com/251174/pinterest-marketing-practices

http://www.zazzlehow2.com/zazzle-how2-blog

https://persuasion-nation.com/pinterest-seo-best-practices-step-by-step-guide-2017-edition/

https://slayingsocial.com/2018-pinterest-changes-know/



Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:31:20 AM
I double Pin all the time by repinning a Pin I previously pinned. I often pin to my public Boards and then repin to hidden Boards for gift ideas for my family or another public Board that applies. I just did it this morning. Maybe my Pinterest is broken. I'm okay with that. ;)
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:33:54 AM
To clarify, I'm not talking about best practices, necessarily - I'm just saying repinning your own pins works. Typically, I don't duplicate content. I primarily dup on a hidden Board.
Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 9:19:24 AM
finally found a great intro to Pinterest...i'm a newbie there Shocked
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 8:51:41 PM
RoyK_is_a_She wrote:


- I just started getting some Zazzle-direct traction right as Collections broke, but I can track Referrals back to Pinterest too.



I'm new to Zazzle referrals and so far all I've been pinning is collections. Can you expand a little on how they're broken?
Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 3:02:11 AM
@CS Design Studio -- For an excellent summary of how collections are broken right now, see: https://forum.zazzle.com/technical/problems_with_collections
Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 8:45:46 AM
Saints_Aplenty wrote:
@CS Design Studio -- For an excellent summary of how collections are broken right now, see: https://forum.zazzle.com/technical/problems_with_collections


Thank you!
Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:44:25 AM
Since I posted on August 15, my views per month have steadily increased. I'm about to hit 500k. My strategy hasn't changed since my original post.
Posted: Friday, October 26, 2018 8:34:56 AM
Pinterest gives us 180 characters for a Board Title. For indexing purposes within Pinterest, the Title is an SEO marker. Nearly every board I see has a short title, and it's usually only 2 or 3 words. That's wasting a whole lot of SEO potential.

As in typical search engine marking -
- First word appears to carry the most weight.
- Exact matches appear to carry more weight than split phrases.

That means if I'm searching for Blue Cat Home Decor, ranking goes like this -

- 1st Blue Cat Home Decor and Crafts
- 2nd Blue Cat and Red Dog Home Decor

So putting keywords in the Title is good, but pairing them is better. For best results, pair according to what you're targeting.

Okay: Blue Red Green Cats Dogs Rabbits is loaded with keywords.
Better: Blue Cats, Red Dogs and Green Rabbits - Pet Supplies and Pet Lovers Gifts is loaded with pairings.

The 'better' option targets as people are more likely to search, pairing -
- Blue Cats
- Red Dogs
- Green Rabbits
- Pet Supplies
- Pet Lovers
- Pet Lovers Gifts

'Better' is also only 73 characters.

How can you use that to boost your Zazzle Product Pins?

We all know by now that best practice is to mix in DIY, tutorials, etc., but we want our Products to take the lead. Even though Blue Cats, Red Dogs, Green Rabbits might be the terms we think should be first, I recommend reversing the 'better' option to capture the people who aren't looking for pretty pictures of "blue cats," but are looking for "pet supplies" or "pet lovers gifts."

So reworked, it might look like this -

Best: Pet Lovers Gifts Ideas and Pet Supplies for Blue Cats, Red Dogs, Green Rabbits captures -
- Pet Lovers (first, most important)
- Pet Lovers Gifts (also first)
- Pet Lovers Gifts Ideas (also first)
- Pet Supplies
- Blue Cats
- Red Dogs
- Green Rabbits

On August 15, my views had dropped to a non-existent 20k per month. Using my methodologies in OP and here, I passed 500k views October 23.

Happy pinning!
Smile
Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2018 8:29:21 AM
loraseverson wrote:
Wow! I clearly need to step up my pinterest game!
Thanks for the tips!



indeed...so do I...i'm going to read this again and again till i get it...it's the most comprehensive explanation i've found so far

this is how i feel about Pinterest (thanks to Zazzle for a very appropriate emoticon): Shocked
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 12:12:03 AM
Cudos to RoyK_is_a_She and Saints_Aplenty, thanking you both for your time in presenting this information about Pinterest guides for pinning! Roses
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 5:40:52 AM
Maybe I am just too impatient but the lure of using Pinterest to promote, has not been all I hoped for. I have increased views and followers on Pinterest, but all that is getting shared is DIY and craft tutorials. My views on Zazzle have not gone up for any of the products I have promoted on Pinterest. I have been accepted as an affiliate for some online retailers and that ship doesn't float either. Really the only thing Pinterest has done for me is given me the itch to start doing crafts again. Pinterest is just not worth the time and effort.
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 7:09:45 AM
randysgrandma wrote:
Maybe I am just too impatient but the lure of using Pinterest to promote, has not been all I hoped for. I have increased views and followers on Pinterest, but all that is getting shared is DIY and craft tutorials. My views on Zazzle have not gone up for any of the products I have promoted on Pinterest. I have been accepted as an affiliate for some online retailers and that ship doesn't float either. Really the only thing Pinterest has done for me is given me the itch to start doing crafts again. Pinterest is just not worth the time and effort.


I know that it works for some people, but I think most pinterest users are really not going to Pinterest for shopping links. I don't know a single person that does, including me. I go strictly to look for recipes and home decor and DIY ideas, etc. I do pin things from my Zazzle store there occasionally, but they never get repinned. I do however get tons of repins of my scrapbook, recipe, craft, etc. pins.

Maybe its more about getting your links out there, but I don't enjoy cluttering up my pinterest with that kind of stuff because I use it for fun and ideas. I only have about 600 followers and a personal, not business account.

I'll keep pinning my zazzle products sporadically, but I don't want to run my genuine followers off with product selling spam. I have had my account since Pinterest first opened and you had to request an invitation to join.
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 7:36:12 AM
- Pinterest gives you backlinks to your Products. That's a huge SEO marker.

- Like any promotion, consistency matters.

- Many users may not go to shop, but they do shop. They may just click your link to look at the Product (to make themselves even) and buy something else later or it'll get repins by someone who buys. The more repins of anything, the higher your popularity rating, and the more likely your future pins are to be seen.

- The highest level sellers are using it with success.

- Pinterest is filled with people selling their Products, and it's not considered spamming. The way Pinterest is set up, people who want to see Products will. The ones who don't, see DIY, etc.

- It's not my followers who see and repin me - it's people looking for what I pin. The algorithm there is accurate and fast. It shows people what they want to see.

- I don't worry about people pinning Products to DIY boards to copy the Design/idea. I have boards with "ideas" in the title that are for selling, and I mingle in Products. Lots of people think they're going to make things and then run out of time. They buy.

I get repins of Zazzle Product pins every day, and I can link traffic and sales to both my own website and Zazzle, plus the occasional Referral.

But I'm happy to take anyone's marketshare, if it doesn't seem a worthy endeavor.
Roses Grin
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 8:53:12 AM
Couple more quick notes -

- Per Wikipedia, "Pinterest has reached 250 million monthly active users as of October 2018."

- Also per Wikipedia, "In one case study of a fashion website, users visiting from Pinterest spent $180 compared to $85 spent from users coming from Facebook. These users spent less time on the company's website, choosing instead to browse from the company's pinboard.[56] Further brand studies have continued to show Pinterest is more effective at driving sales than other forms of social media.[57] A study carried out by Wolfgang Digital found that site traffic originating from Pinterest Business pages was more engaged spending up to five times longer on site.[58]"

- One of the categories we can choose for a board is "Products."

- Last month, Pinterest released a "tagging" tool that permits us to upload a photo of several products, then "tag" (link) to individual products in the image. It works like Zazzle's featured Products images, with a clickable dot to a product.

- The tagging feature specifically calls out "Enter product or affiliate link."

So if have a business account, Pinterest is encouraging you to pin your products, and the data shows people are buying.

Finally, I don't have a horse in your race. I'm sharing what I've learned, know, and believe to be true because I'm really excited that it's been working for me. But if you're not into it, that's okay too. No pressure to like me or my words.
Smile
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 8:56:45 AM
Promotion does take drive and consistency, and I do not have the drive for social media promotion and I am more than happy to let anyone who is willing to work the system have my share in it!Laughing

I didn't mean to imply that it was spammy to pin products on Pinterest (though I realize how I phrased it sounded exactly like that), it's just that a good number of my regular followers and repinners are people I know in real life and those are the people I don't want to unfollow me because they think I am always trying to sell them something. Otherwise in general I feel like if you don't like my pins, don't follow me.

And RoyK, you have given lots of good information for those who have the inclination and you are an example of one it does work for. I'm just a social media grump, but I'll keep on my half hearted attempts at promotion. Grin
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 9:33:08 AM
Also, I would like to apologize if I sounded negative or discouraging- especially in regard to the time and generosity involved in sharing what has actually worked. The information in this thread is really invaluable and will work if your keep at it and are consistent.
Love
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 10:13:41 AM
MelroseOriginals wrote:
Also, I would like to apologize if I sounded negative or discouraging- especially in regard to the time and generosity involved in sharing what has actually worked. The information in this thread is really invaluable and will work if your keep at it and are consistent.
Love

No need to apologize (to me, anyway), and you didn't sound negative, but if you did, you're allowed. lol

I used to feel like I shouldn't pin my affiliate products also. Then it dawned on me that the algorithm didn't show me the pins of people I followed - so it probably wasn't showing those people my pins either. Then they changed things and changed again, until we're forced to click a specific button to look at those pins.

Your designs are beautiful. The people who follow you would probably love to see them. Pin things you genuinely feel would make great gifts or you personally love. Pin a few and see what happens. Or not. Not trying to pressure you. But I didn't lose any followers when I started pinning products though, and I only pin things that I feel confident offer value. That's what I'm trying to say.
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 11:18:14 AM
I don't know if this has been mentioned but Pinterest has added back the stats views on your own pins without looking into the pin. AND we now have the following feed back!

Smile

On a side note, today I can't find how I add a website and do other adminy things. Stick out tongue
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 4:15:58 PM
My Pinterest account has just under 800 thousand avg monthly viewers and growing, and I was getting a steady stream of referral earnings, but in the last couple of weeks it just dried up, nothing. I hope it is just a temporary bump in the road. I will be patient and wait and see what happens.

Edit
Aha - all I had to do was gripe about not getting any referral earnings and presto - I got one. Should have done that a week ago. Laughing
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 4:59:10 PM
Emerald_Star wrote:
My Pinterest account has just under 800 thousand avg monthly viewers and growing, and I was getting a steady stream of referral earnings, but in the last couple of weeks it just dried up, nothing. I hope it is just a temporary bump in the road. I will be patient and wait and see what happens.

Mine didn't come close to what I'd call a "steady stream," but I was getting a few, until October 1 or 3. My Linkovers suddenly dropped drastically, and I haven't been able to figure out why.

Emerald_Star wrote:
Edit
Aha - all I had to do was gripe about not getting any referral earnings and presto - I got one. Should have done that a week ago. Laughing

So I'm going to gripe too and see what happens.
Grin
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 5:01:21 PM
LM Gildersleeve wrote:
I don't know if this has been mentioned but Pinterest has added back the stats views on your own pins without looking into the pin. AND we now have the following feed back!

I think they don't update mobile as often as desktop - I never lost my following feed. Or Explore, which P announced was going away.

LM Gildersleeve wrote:
On a side note, today I can't find how I add a website and do other adminy things. Stick out tongue

Click the three dots in the upper right corner and choose Settings. You should find a place there to add your website.
Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 5:15:47 PM
RoyK_is_a_She wrote:

Mine didn't come close to what I'd call a "steady stream," but I was getting a few, until October 1 or 3. My Linkovers suddenly dropped drastically, and I haven't been able to figure out why.


It was a thin stream, but fairly reliable.
Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 4:19:39 AM
Emerald_Star wrote:
My Pinterest account has just under 800 thousand avg monthly viewers and growing,


Do you find you really have to work at it to keep up those numbers? I had a personal goal of one million average monthly viewers. I got up close to 800,000 but as soon as I slacked off a little, those numbers fell fast. I think I’m down to 500,000-something now, and dropping. I’ve already lost interest in my experiment, lol.
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