Save tons of time with free scheduled pinning - tutorial
Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 9:37:52 AM
If you're curious about how to use Nifty to create an automated pinning schedule for up to 1000 products (yours or other's), get clicking! You can have up to 10 schedules going at any one time...

Here's the blog post showing you how in easy-to-follow steps. It's got lots of screenshots showing step-by-step how to make a nIFTTTy Scheduler applet in IFTTT: https://razamazazzle.blogspot.com/2018/10/automated-pinning-making-nifttty.html

For the sake of transparency, unless you get a subscription, it works on 50/50 referral sharing. This means that half the links will use your referral id and half mine. Don't worry, if your product sells, the royalty due is always all yours.

Questions? I'm happy to answer. Nice things to say? I'd love to hear your feedback Smile
Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018 6:16:04 PM
I have been running an applet for a few days now (Nov. 8- today Nov. 12) and I have it set to show the least popular items first. It has been very repetitive in pinning the same items several times and I have been periodically checking my board to delete the multiples. I was wondering if this is just the random nature of the rss feed or something I did wrong with setting up the information for the applet. I don't mind giving you the link to it if it would help.

Also, when setting it up, I thought that I set it up to pin 36 items a day and it is not pinning that many using the suggested for pinterest time slots. I am sure that is a user error because I wasn't sure if I was supposed to leave the "page number" part on "1" and not sure how many items to put in the number of items field above that so I put 36 there and left the page number at 1.

I hope I am explaining that clearly. I have never used an applet before. Grin

edited to add: There have been a handful of times where it says the RSS feed failed on the applet activity log.
Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018 7:21:08 PM
MelroseOriginals wrote:
I have been running an applet for a few days now (Nov. 8- today Nov. 12) and I have it set to show the least popular items first. It has been very repetitive in pinning the same items several times and I have been periodically checking my board to delete the multiples. I was wondering if this is just the random nature of the rss feed or something I did wrong with setting up the information for the applet. I don't mind giving you the link to it if it would help.

Also, when setting it up, I thought that I set it up to pin 36 items a day and it is not pinning that many using the suggested for pinterest time slots. I am sure that is a user error because I wasn't sure if I was supposed to leave the "page number" part on "1" and not sure how many items to put in the number of items field above that so I put 36 there and left the page number at 1.

I hope I am explaining that clearly. I have never used an applet before. Grin

edited to add: There have been a handful of times where it says the RSS feed failed on the applet activity log.

I've just seen this. It's way past my bedtime here in the UK (3:20am) so will get back to you tomorrow.
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 4:57:03 AM
MelroseOriginals - could you do me a favour and join the tools support group on Facebook. That way way we can use chat and we can easily do screenshots to get to the bottom of what's going on.

First, I can clear up a couple of points here for you.
12 is the most you can pin per day, 1 per timeslot.

The "How many to request" field is to do with pulling chunks of products from Zazzle, ready to do something with in Step 2, choosing your type of promoting.
Thankfully in our case it can be ignored as recent changes to the niFTTTy scheduler make sure it's always set to 20 'under the hood'.

Page number should be left at 1 unless you have a good reason to change it.

How many to request and page number are part of Zazzle's rss feed mechanism and its this that's used to get an initial batch of products to work with in the promoting section (Step 2).

Here's some background reading on Zazzle's rss feed with screenshots:
https://razamazazzle.blogspot.com/p/about-zazzle-rss-feed-mechanism-instead.html

I'll wait for your request to join the Fb group and we can take it from there. Here's the link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/581280082075739
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 8:53:24 AM
I don't want to put you through a lot of trouble and I actually do not have a Facebook account. I shut my page down about 5 years ago and I really don't want to reopen it or make a new account.

I read your link and I think I understand a little better about RSS feeds, but still wanted to show you what I meant about the applet log showing the rss feed failure:


I see now I might want multiple applets running and then directing to different boards based on keyword vs popularity.

I think I am going to play with making various applets and maybe having them run on hidden boards for a couple of days so that I can figure out what might work best for me.

Thanks so much for taking time to answer and help!
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:18:47 AM
Don't worry about Fb we can deal with it here.

About the Applet failed message. In a nutshell, don't worry )
The way the scheduler works is to produce an empty feed for IFTTT for most of the time. Only when one of the timeslots is active in the schedule does it make the product whose turn it is appear.

So if an Applet fails, it's nearly always outside the active timeslots. Even if it fails when one is active, IFTTT will retry a few times.

What causes the failures? Well, there's a lot of online to-ing and fro-ing going between various services and the internet does have its glitches from time to time.

When an applet finally runs out of products, it'll fail all the time and that's when to delete it / switch it off.


You're right about having multiple schedulers running at the same time - that's what the rest of us do (max of 10 switched on at any one time, unless you have a pro subscription when it's 25).

Shout again here if you need to Smile
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:33:56 AM
Good to know the rss failures are just normal glitches. I wasn't sure if it was a bigger problem because of the recent rss issues which led to you creating the PID scheduler.

Thanks again for your help and creating such handy tools,
Malissa

P.S. You need to be in bed waaaay before 3:20 am!
Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 9:24:30 AM
Hi! I've set up several applets for pinterest with the setting to show most recent items first. I find it awesome that it pins for me and that I don't have to do anything but here's my problem: zazzle store owners often create multiple products at a time, with the same design on all of them. So the result is that, for example in one day I could pin 12 slightly different iPhone cases with the exact same dog photo on them. I can check my boards and delete the products I don't want but my followers have already seen them in their feed and think I'm spamming.

I had previously tried to set the tool to show most popular items first. Unfortunately it pinned several times the exact same items, as if the same products re-appeared in the zazzle feed day after day as being the most popular, so I that's why tried to set it to show most recent items first.

Do you know a way to work around the issue of store owners publishing several products with the same design?

Thank you so much Smile
Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 12:08:09 PM
TheSillyHippy wrote:
Hi! I've set up several applets for pinterest with the setting to show most recent items first. I find it awesome that it pins for me and that I don't have to do anything but here's my problem: zazzle store owners often create multiple products at a time, with the same design on all of them. So the result is that, for example in one day I could pin 12 slightly different iPhone cases with the exact same dog photo on them. I can check my boards and delete the products I don't want but my followers have already seen them in their feed and think I'm spamming.

I had previously tried to set the tool to show most popular items first. Unfortunately it pinned several times the exact same items, as if the same products re-appeared in the zazzle feed day after day as being the most popular, so I that's why tried to set it to show most recent items first.

Do you know a way to work around the issue of store owners publishing several products with the same design?

Thank you so much Smile

Thanks for the question, SillyHippie.

Setting it to show most recent first will always have that downside to it.

I don't know when you last tried setting it to show most popular first. A goodly while ago for a short time there was a bug but since then I've not seen repeats happening and no-one else has reported it.

Maybe give that a try again?
Let me know how you get on.

Thanks again! Roses
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 11:44:41 AM
Thank you for the quick response!
I've tried one applet with the setting to most popular. Among the product pinned there seemed to be two products repeated twice. I'll let it run longer to see more results, but it significantly reduced the problem.

Thank you!
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 12:56:27 PM
TheSillyHippy wrote:
Thank you for the quick response!
I've tried one applet with the setting to most popular. Among the product pinned there seemed to be two products repeated twice. I'll let it run longer to see more results, but it significantly reduced the problem.

Thank you!

Cool.

If it happens again, check the product id on the repeated products by getting to their product page and checking the number at the end of the url in the address bar.

If they're the same, you really do have repeated products.

The only way that can happen is if you have more than one applet pinning and each manages to pin the same product. If you're using the multifeed option, the same thing can happen. It'll happen if the same product appears in more than one of the feeds in the multifeed.

Keep us posted Smile
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