So, we now know that having a Pinterest presence will more likely add viewership to your blog than not. But how can we maximize our presence on Pinterest?
There are many suggestions you can find online on how to do it. I know of one, for sure, and that is by joining a group board. And that’s why I have started a group board for us. A group board for and by Fiesta Friday Blog Party participants. Here is the board:
You may have noticed that there are already more than 100 pins on it. I created this board when I started Fiesta Friday as a way to promote Fiesta Friday features. It’s now been transformed into a group board that we can all pin to.
To join the group board,
- You and I must be following each other on Pinterest. This is not my rule, this is a Pinterest rule.
- You must have participated in Fiesta Friday Blog Party, at least 3 times. Why 3? I have neither rhyme nor reason. Just seems like a reasonable number.
- You must pledge to yourself that you will do absolutely your best to make sure that you use the board in a respectful manner, which means no spam of any kind or blatant self-promotion, i.e., always pinning your own and never re-pinning others. (This seems redundant since I know all of you are trustworthy.)
- Contact me either by leaving a comment on this site or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you’re added to the group, you can start pinning, but we must have rules and guidelines to ensure the board remain clean, organized, attractive, and usable for all. So I have come up with the following:
- Pin only from originally written posts. Which means a pin shouldn’t be a redirect or link to another post. That is how we run into hijacked pins or spams.
- Pin only a maximum of 7 pins per week. Again, seems like a reasonable number to me. We may revisit the number again in the future.
- Pins don’t necessarily have to come from posts that have been linked to Fiesta Friday. They can be from any original post on your blog, or another blog, or website. As long as they are clean pins from an original post, they will be accepted. If this sounds confusing, let me explain.
The idea of a group board is for its members to not only network with each other, but also promote each other, and more importantly, to share ideas with one another. For instance, you might come across an outstanding recipe that you’d like to show to your fellow pinners. You pin the recipe and by doing so you’re sharing and adding value to the board.
Only the pinner has to be a participant of Fiesta Friday (at least 3 times), but the pins don’t necessarily have to come from posts linked to Fiesta Friday. Pinners still have to adhere to only 7 pins per week, however.
We may not start seeing the impact on our blog viewership immediately, but I hope in time, if we keep pinning outstanding and inspiring pins, and as our membership grows, we may be able to see an improvement.
Everything grows from the bottom up, as they say. Every movement starts with a first step, as the say. Every group starts with just a couple of members, as they say. Who is “they”? Beats me, I just totally made those up! But they’re all true statements, aren’t they?
And remember, just like with anything in life, the most important of all Pinterest pinning rules is one that closely follows what I call the Proverbial Playground Rule. PLAY NICE WITH OTHERS (On Pinterest, that translates into re-pinning other pins). Everything will be alright if you do!
Okay, over and out, now let’s check out Fiesta Friday #67!