Social Media and Blogging #8 – Pinterest Tricks and an Update

Happy Weekend blogging, friends! It’s that time again – a blogging and social media post from yours truly. For anyone who is here solely for the Star Wars content, do not fear! I only post one of these types of posts every few months (sometimes as long as six months apart), and we’ll be returning to our regular programming in my next post!

I haven’t written about this particular Pinterest “trick”, yet so I thought I’d try it out on my Pinterest blog and see whether or not it was a viable method to use in my own social media “marketing”. The name of the game is all about exposure. If you care about the content you’re creating and care about getting your “brand” noticed well, there is no easy way to say this, but you have to put in the work to yield the results.

That means lots of reading and trying things out. So I wondered if this particular Pinterest trick would work for me and decided to integrate it slowly into my social media “strategy”, for lack of a better word. The “trick” is choosing particular pins you’ve already pinned on Pinterest and to re-pin them. And that’s it!

Simple, but is it effective?

I’ve been slowly doing this on all of my social media accounts, gradually choosing images that I’ve pinned before and reposting or pinning them. And after a month or two, this method has yielded mixed results.

On Pinterest, I’ve seen specific images that I re-pinned getting some traction, but nothing close to the interest the pin received after first pinning it. Here is an example of what I mean. This pin below was first posted on October 01 2019, and it has received 367.16k views, 7.1k saves to a board and 468 reactions and comments. This is a reasonably successful pin on my board, so I decided to see what would happen if I re-pinned it.

After re-pinning this pin on 23 August 2021, the pin has had 70.62k views, 117 saves to a board, and 0 comments and reactions.

If I look at the stats for each pin over 30 days, the original pin is still doing better than the repinned image, which really surprised me. And the first pin is out-performing the second pin in every area, including saves to a Pinterest board! You would naturally expect the most recent image to do better but not on Pinterest.

I have started a new pin re-pin with another image, but it is too soon to see the results. I will have to leave it for at least a few months to see whether or not that pin does any better or worse. But the feeling I have from this so far is that on the positive side, the pin with the most views, re-pins and interactions is still doing the rounds on Pinterest and being saved by people. The second pin still managed to get 70k views in less than a month, so I think that’s pretty good, but it is failing considerably in every other metric. I’ll have to leave it up for at least two years to see how it fares then.

Repinning on Instagram has also yielded mixed results, but I’ll save those details for another post another time as we’re focusing on Pinterest for today 😊

I hope this has been a helpful and informative post for anyone interested in social media and blogging in general. Let me know if you have tried any interesting techniques or tricks that you use to help you on social media, as I’d love to read them!

Until next time friends and bloggers! Stay safe, be kind, and I’ll catch you in the next one!

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Social Media and Blogging Update #7 – The One About Instagram

Hi, there, dear readers! I hope your week is going well so far. 😁😊

It has been four whole months since I did any kind of social media/blogging update on this blog. In that four months, I’ve had a few “interesting” experiences with social media, and there’s one in particular that I want to blog about today. I still don’t know how this happened almost a month later. Still, I thought it was important to share my experience so that anyone that comes across this issue knows how to resolve it relatively quickly without any interaction with Instagram (THE WORST possible business to deal with!) This all happened around July 12th (I don’t know exactly, but that is when I first noticed something was wrong with my posts). The post below is taken from my personal IG account. Does it look a little odd to you like something’s missing from the post?

If you’re an avid IG user, you might notice straight away that there is no caption or comment on that post. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am particularly social on IG, and I always caption my posts to inform my followers of what I’m posting and interact with anyone who wants to comment. I noticed this blank space after sending the post off using the social media app Later (if you’re interested in my blog post about Later, you can view that here). The first time I noticed it, I was just like “meh” and didn’t really think anything of it. The second and third time I posted images and the same thing happened, I became a little concerned. At this point, I thought there was a problem with Later. So I tested posting without Later, and it did the exact same thing. Further testing revealed that not only could I not caption any post I posted, but I also couldn’t comment on anyone else’s IG, nor could I reply to any comments people were leaving me! This suddenly became a thing, and I quickly went online in the hopes of finding help to resolve this weird glitch with Instagram.

Everyone that had come across this issue said to speak with Instagram and use their in-app support tool, which I did. After THREE messages to Instagram without a single reply in return, I started to panic a little, not going to lie. I definitely thought that I had broken some unseen rule of Instagram, and they were somehow banning me. I had zero ideas why this could be, and every website and forum I went to said the same unhelpful thing; “speak to IG; they probably banned you”. I finally found a Quora post where multiple people were affected with the same issue advising what they did to fix it. And I found that today. Some of these posts were dating back years – as far back as 2013! So this added to my frustration because none of those people was able to resolve it by getting Instagram to help them. IG actually had a support email address at one point, which they later removed.

I decided to try something random, which I honestly thought would NEVER work. This person fixed the same issue on their IG account by deleting the URL in their IG profile and saving their profile without a URL. I think I read somewhere that Instagram did a recent update, and I took no notice of that at the time. But I guess that update did something to certain people using links in their IG bios. As soon as I removed the URL in my bio, everything started working again – I could post with captions, reply to everyone else’s posts and to comments left on my posts once more.

But how RANDOMLY silly is that? I mean, I dunno how many attempts it took some of those people to find out that the URL was causing this stupid fault with Instagram, but I am so relieved to finally have it resolved. I am NOT, however, impressed with Instagram’s support methods. If three reports to their “reporting” channel don’t even warrant a reply, I have zero faith that Instagram care at all about the smaller people using their platform. I’m sure it would be a different story if my name was George Lucas. 😂😅 So that’s my social media post for today. I don’t often post about social media, but every now and then, I’ll take stock of my growth on various platforms and blog about it here for anyone interested. If you’ve got a similar tale to tell about the horrors of using social media, please let me know in the comments; I’d love to read them! 😀😄

Until next time friends and bloggers!

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Social Media and Blogging Update #6 – Pinterest Growth and Tips

Hello fellow bloggers and social media friends! Since February, I haven’t written a blogging post, so I figured it was about time to update everyone interested in my social media progression and tips.

Slow growth on all accounts but still gaining followers

Pinterest has been interesting in the last few months. It seems that the new changes they brought into pin statistics impacted the stats but not my growth. I am sitting on 7.2k followers now, which is officially my biggest social media account. I average between 15 – 20 new followers on that account daily.

The thing with Pinterest growth is that it’s very slow and it’s very up and down depending on the popularity of your pins and boards. My largest board is my Star Wars board, with around 2.7m views a month. This has decreased quite a bit over the last few months. I have seen growth on my blog because I link many of my pins back to my blogs. So while I have slowly lost views over the last two months, I am sitting steady at around 3 million views a month. I totally expect this to continue a slow decline, lol. I guess we’ll see if I am right in a few months. But while my views are slowly going down, I am still getting followers every day, so I am happy about that.

Twitter is stagnant and not moving much at all. I still sit around 3.7k followers, and some leave, and then new followers come, and it’s a lot like Pinterest in that it’s up and down regularly. But I don’t actively use Twitter all that much other than retweeting the odd tweet and posting via WordPress, so I don’t expect to see a lot of growth until I become more active (which right now, I just don’t have time for).

Instagram is continuing to grow, but again it’s quite slow. I have noticed that some of the bigger Star Wars accounts have been tagging me, and this is bringing in more followers, so hopefully, my content will continue to attract some of the bigger accounts and, in turn, more followers.

So what did I do or change to improve my social media profile?

1. I set up If This Then That (IFTTT) to post whatever I post on Instagram to my Pinterest Star Wars board.

2. I set up a free Later profile to schedule posts to Instagram without worrying about getting posts ready for the day. It has proved to be a great way to post even if you can’t auto-post using a free account. The other amazing thing about Later is that it allows you to post links with your Instagram posts (which you cannot do natively on IG). This should help with growth as people click on the links, which of course, link back to your website, or blog or anywhere you choose! Did I mention this is free to do?

3. I set up a Linktree profile to further reach all of my social media accounts in one handy place with its own spiffy URL. You can also use a QR code that people can scan using their phones that links back to your social media profile – now that is pretty cool, right? You can check it out on my blog!

Do you have any tips or tricks to share?

1. I have started creating double-up pins on Pinterest for the first time because apparently, this is a great way to grow your boards, pins and profile. I am only doing it very slowly, so I don’t get hit by the spam bot 🤣😅

2. Did you know you can also link back to your blogs or any other Pinterest site with your pins? This is a huge time-saver because you can use the link from any blog, and Pinterest will give you a selection of posts to choose from linking back to the original source.

3. Setup a Linktree account as soon as you can, and you’ll never have to use any other URL as everything will link to one place.

Until next time friends and bloggers!

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Social Media and Blogging Update #5 – Pinterest and IFTTT

Until Pinterest had made their change to saved pin statistics on their website, I had spent many hours trying to find a social media solution to my problem. I tried to research ways to automatically send any pin I pin on Pinterest to my Instagram account.

But this is an impossible task unless you do it manually, which is what I’ve been trying to automate. There are plenty of apps that do the opposite, uploading from Instagram to Pinterest, but nothing that does it the other way around. I suspect this is because of the very nature of pinning from other sites without consent or copyright. And that applies to both Instagram users and Pinterest users.

But now that I have had to rethink my Pinterest strategy, I am looking at ways to automate when I post to either my blog or Instagram that will upload automatically to Pinterest (so that I can create more traffic from my claimed accounts while still pinning on Pinterest).

What is IFTTT and how do you use it?

IFTTT allows you to create “rules” that you can use to upload content and transfer content from almost every app out there, except Pinterest to Instagram. Once you choose the app you want to create from (so in this instance, I would be using Instagram to automate images for uploading to Pinterest), you then create a “trigger”, which creates the rule to upload content from one website to another. The trigger could be in the form of a hashtag, making it as easy as adding that specific hashtag to your image caption on Instagram. Yup, it really is that easy.

Via Wikimedia

I thought I’d ask my readers which apps they use to automate their social media updates and uploads on their phones? My biggest issue is that I was using Pinterest as my “hub” and posting from there to Instagram manually. This wastes a lot of time, and my Instagram updates have suffered as a result. Now, I have to use either my blog or Instagram as the starting point for uploading Pinterest content.

I have now automated the process so that if I want to post from Instagram to Pinterest, I can simply add a hashtag. And I am also using IFTTT to automate posts to Tumblr. This is slowly making a huge difference in keeping those accounts updated regularly, but Pinterest is still trending down for me (more on that in another post).

Please feel free to comment and ask questions, and I’ll do my best to help!

Until next time friends and bloggers!

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Social Media and Blogging Update #4 – SEO

Today’s post is going to be a bit of a downer mostly because I felt like I needed to vent and this is the perfect place for it since it relates to SEO and blogging.

Do you know how frustrating SEO can be? I can’t even tell you the half of it lol 😭 because it’s so annoyingly painstaking and slow. But to give you some context, I am slowly upgrading my blogs on WordPress and my partner and I decided to start with our movie blog since this is a huge thing for us. We really want this blog to flourish so to do that we needed to make some huge changes (all of which are currently works in progress).

If you upgrade to the business plan on WordPress, it opens up your blog to so much more including expanding your blog into a website using plugins and having the freedom to use themes from anywhere. It can really give your “blog” a huge boost in terms of its usage, hits and clicks using SEO. One of the best SEO tools out there is Yoast (which I’ve known about for some time and I’ve used on other blogs) and while it might be one of the better plugins for SEO, it doesn’t come without its difficulties.

Be prepared for a lot of work and frustration

When you begin down the SEO road, you will come to realise just how challenging it can be getting all of your content up to SEO standard. There is a lot of work involved especially if you’ve never optimised your site for SEO before. And I am just grateful that our movie blog isn’t that old because if it was as old as this blog, I’d be optimising pages dating back to 2018 😫.

Despite this, I am purely focused on fixing anything that’s broken, updating ALT image text and optimising each post I write for SEO going forward using Yoast. It is a lot of work but once you start, you seriously will not be able to stop thinking about optimization in everything you do. And that’s a good thing!

However, last weekend I found that WordPress will automatically push your blog into maintenance mode called “staging” so you can work behind the scenes on updates. I didn’t know this so when I found my blog wouldn’t move out of the staging status, I panicked thinking I had broken it completely. I ended up getting help from the WordPress staff and the fix seemed pretty straightforward. I just wish I had known about that before I started because it would have saved me a lot of stress.

What do you have to do to improve SEO?

Quite a lot, actually. I’ve just run my site through an SEO analyzer which shows you all of the areas of your blog that are broken and need to be fixed. It shows you the pages that are currently ranking for SEO focus keywords which is really important if you want your content to be “seen” by Google and Bing’s search engines. And let’s face it, if you don’t have that right, how is anyone going to be able to find you amongst the billions of webpages that inhabit the internet? The short answer is that if you are not optimizing your content for SEO, you’re most likely not going to see as much traffic coming to your blogs as you could if you optimized it.

Check out Ryte because I am using the free version and it’s pretty life-changing 😅😊

So it’s important for your pages to rank so people can search for your content. And this is why I am working on this now while I have the time (two long weekends in a row) and can concentrate purely on this project. I’ll have further updates coming and if you’re interested in reading them, please stay tuned for more!

Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions as I am here to help where I can 🙂

Until next time friends and bloggers!

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