Ever wonder how to set up that cool slide show under your Pinterest banner to feature some of your best products? Well the Hint this week is from the CAT who heard this tip from the birds in the Twitter Line (he also decided to sit in my chair and nobody can move him so we left the hint for him to do). Hopefully it will help you create that look.
When you click on the dots, a list will appear. Select the "Settings" option.
By selecting Settings you will be taken to your Profile Page. Scroll down the page and under the Location box is a line that says Featured boards. Click on the Edit button next to that line.
A page labeled Edit featured boards will pop up where you now can choose up to five (5) different boards. Select your best boards which represent what it is you want to showcase, preferably about who you are and what you offer.
Click on the downward arrow to the right hand side of each slot and a list of your boards will appear. Select the board you want and then head down to the next slot. Repeat for how many boards you want featured. Then hit Save. You will be returned to your home page and have now created your featured board slide show. Now I have to go - I hear a bird calling me and I want to catch-up (or is that ketchup) on the latest gossip before lunch...
Atian is always good about telling me to check out more than one resource or in this case, social media platform. Which is why this week's hint is for Instagram instead of Pinterest.
The mistake, which for many who are new to Instagram, is thinking that the comments “to learn more" or "read my blog" is a caption that is going to work. I know I was guilty of this assumption too.
Sadly, it really doesn't work that easily. The post might be viewed but usually no one clicks to go anywhere else. Especially as Instagram doesn't offer options to list links other than the one you chose to put under your bio.
One suggestion I came across was to think of Instagram as a place where I can offer quick, short, and to-the-point type of information. Examples might be to give a tip about something, offer inspiration, or even make the reader laugh. And then at the end of the caption, if I so choose, I can still ask for the click to go to my website or blog.
My hope is that I can build a following that will love to click away and come to my blog (but I am going to have to work up to that). In the meantime, I will pay more attention to my "posts" so that hopefully my viewers will feel they were engaged with a thought for the day... or learn something new... or even possibly see a sneak peak of my newest character without having to feel they have only half of the story.
Those same words could also be hashtag words but with the # symbol before it. Keywords and hashtags are both tools for the search engine to use in helping to locate me in cyberspace.
But what really sparked my inspiration in what Ember shared with me is a place I never thought to add keywords. That was to the naming of my images. How quickly I just drag and drop over a picture to pin to Pinterest when I am creating new pins. Stop!!! Take a moment... rename that file/image name to some key words. For example, I might rename the picture porcelain doll handmade.jpg. Right there I have made it easier for the Pinterest search engine to find me. Just one more baby step towards being seen.
This way your followers, when they click on your pin can go right directly to your FB page or Instagram and see more of what you offer. This is another way for your followers to find you and keep up on your latest creations.
Or are your boards arranged so when anyone comes looking for you, they see what you create first? It is, after all, YOUR ball and you should be the one shining.
Here are a couple of hints from the Dowager on how to improve your looks:
A way to look like a princess is by making all the boards relate to a theme or what your business is. If you come to my doll page you will find everything is Doll, Fairy, or Art themed. By the time you leave my boards you know exactly what I do and how it relates to my dolls. Whether or not I am an expert you will decide, but it will be apparent to anyone who comes to my page as to what I do and that I am proficient.
Snoop has found several articles about Instagram and Pinterest while searching for stories from something called the World Wide Web... we don't know what that means, but he swears by it...