Thursday, February 27, 2014

12 Reasons Why Some Teachers Might Not Be Making Money in Pinterest

Andrea Eldridge for wrote an amazing article­­ in the Huffington Post on February 19, 2014. I have made a summary for you, since the original is quite long. If you want to read the whole article, click here.

Pinterest is a fun way to create and share a visual, digital collection of the things you like, want to try or find appealing. Its images that link to webpages -- a mouthwatering picture of a pie takes you to the recipe, or an image of a scarf takes you to a blog post with a DIY tutorial. 

You can pin anything you find on the web, your own images, or re-pin something another Pinterest user has posted. Follow pinners with similar interests and as you share cool stuff other users will start to follow you. If you want to make the most of what Pinterest has to offer, though, there are some common mistakes to try to avoid. Here are the twelve top things that anyone who has used Pinterest has probably done at least once.

1.      Re-pinning without verifying that the weblink is legit: Before you repin, take a second to follow the pin to its destination. If don't confirm that the pin points to a legitimate website, you could be inadvertently aiding in the spread of spam or malware.

2.      Forgetting to update the pin description when you re-pin: Make sure that the description is clear, uses proper grammar, and doesn't reference someone else's children.

3.      Neglecting to pin original content: Re-pinning stuff you see on Pinterest is quick and easy, but pinning links to cool images, stories, crafts or recipes you find while surfing the net is what's going to make your boards fresh and unique.

4.      Not including searchable terms in your pin description: If you want to make it easy for other Pinterest users to find things you pin using Pinterest's search function, use accurate search terms in your pin descriptions and board names.

5.      Expiring pins: Periodically, check through your content to see that your pins still link to the intended content and purge those pins that send you to dead pages.

6.      Using #hashtags in your description: Did you forget that you aren't on Twitter?

7.      Not picking the right images: If you want your pins to stand out, they have to include engaging, beautiful or adorable images. Make sure you choose an image that isn't too small, blurry, or low quality.

8.      Going on a pinning bender: Decide on a reasonable time limit before you launch the Pinterest site and stick to it. The pins will be there tomorrow, I promise.

9.      Following someone just because they follow you: This is a no-no.

10.  Lack of organization One caveat: too many boards can be just as overwhelming. If you find yourself with a bunch of boards that have just one or two pins on them, it may be time to consolidate.

11.  Pinning gift ideas to public pages: Keep a few ideas to yourself by pinning them to a board you've made private if you want to take credit for being amazing.

12.  Forgetting to save the stuff you REALLY want to more than one place: If it's really important, save it (not just the web-link) somewhere else like Dropbox so that you can have a copy even if the original content moves or gets taken down.

 Andrea Eldridge is CEO of Nerds On Call, which offers onsite computer and laptop repair to homeowners and small
 businesses. Based in Redding, Calif., it has locations in five states. Contact Eldridge at

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