Being a teacherpreneur can be a lot of work! Sometimes it’s nice to have tips, tricks, and hacks to save time and help get everything done. That’s why today I wanted to share these 7 Pinterest tips for teacherpreneurs.
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Pinterest Tips for Teacherpreneurs
- Make sure you have a Pinterest business account.
- Fill out your entire profile. This means you want each board to have a detailed, keyword-rich description. You’ll also want your profile to have lots of great information – such as what grade levels people can find, any specialties your blog may have (math, classroom management, etc), and even a link to your newsletter sign up.
- Get rid of unrelated boards. There’s no reason to have a board about home decor for teachers. Make that board secret! It’s ok to keep a food board because everyone needs to eat, but change those others ones to secret. (Don’t delete them entirely or you’ll lose those followers! #lessonlearnedthehardway)
- Enable rich pins.
- Consider adding a Pinterest pop up to your blog. There are many different options out there. The one I currently use is free. It’s called MiloTree.
- Make sure you are using high quality photos. You can buy stock photos directly from Teachers Pay Teachers, get photos from stock sites like Deposit Photos or Stock Unlimited, or even invest in a good DSLR camera. Your photos definitely need to be vertical to do the best on Pinterest.
- Schedule your pins. While this point is not a must, it’s definitely a time saver. I used to sit down 2-3 times a day to live pin. #timesucker
Now I simply use BoardBooster to have various evergreen/freebie pins go out on a daily basis, and then I also use Tailwind to schedule out posts from others, my own seasonal posts, and my product pins to various collaborative boards.
Both BoardBooster and Tailwind have free options to start out, but you’ll have to pay to use them regularly. I realize it can be hard to justify spending extra money, but I found it to be very worthwhile.
As the chart below shows – when I started upping my Pinterest game in January 2016, my sales also went up. Paying a little bit each month for these pinning programs has been very worthwhile for me! (I’m currently doing the yearly subscription to Tailwind for about $120 per year and I pay about $10 each month for Boardbooster. So for $20/month, I’ve seen amazing results!)
Want to learn even more about Pinterest? There are some GREAT courses out there! Here are three I have completed (along with the dates I did them). All three have their own merits, so check out my thoughts below each one.
- Simple Pin Media Master Course
- completed in 2016 (reread key points in July 2017, plus I belong to a Facebook group she runs)
- Kate from Simple Pin Media runs a virtual assistant business around Pinterest. She has a large team of people that manage over 50 accounts. She has great info, and I really enjoyed this course. It was definitely the starting point for me as I took Pinterest to the next level.
- Blog Clarity’s Pinning Perfect
- completed in September 2017 (plus belong to their secret Facebook group where they update information)
- Everyone says this is the Pinterest course to take. I found the information very worthwhile. They have insider information from Pinterest, and they keep the course and videos updated. While I took this course a year after the one above, it didn’t change my strategy too much. However, I would recommend this one over Simple Pin because it feels more thorough.
- Pinteresting Strategies eBook
- completed in October 2017
- If you’re not yet ready to invest in a scheduler (Tailwind or BoardBooster), then this is the Pinterest course for you! Carly does everything through manual pinning. While I haven’t personally tried her method, I did gain some solid ideas from reading her ebook. Plus this one is definitely the most budget friendly of the three options I’ve listed.
If you’re overwhelmed by Pinterest but you realize how worthwhile it can be to your blog and store, I highly recommend checking out one of the options above. I truly believe investing in my Pinterest knowledge is the reason my Teachers Pay Teachers sales have doubled. Plus I’ve been able to start a virtual assistant business helping other TpT sellers who simply don’t have time to handle their own Pinterest account. These two endeavors are the reason I’m able to stay home with my children each day! 🙂
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