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A Simple 10 Minute Pinterest Strategy

This simple Pinterest strategy only takes me 10 minutes a day and gets me 2.2 million monthly Pinterest viewers! This strategy works for manual pinning or with a scheduling tool. It's simple and it works. I rely on Pinterest for the bulk of my traffic, it is a powerful tool. But it doesn't need to take up all my time! 10 minutes a day is all I've got, and this pinning strategy is so effective that 10 minutes is all I need!

If, like me, you’ve spent time researching the best way to use Pinterest to grow your business, then no doubt you’ve seen multiple blog posts such as “how to schedule a month’s worth of content in an hour and explode your blog!”. Well, I’ve read those posts and I call bullshit. Scheduling that much content takes closer to 4-5 hours. Plus I’ve tried all kinds of strategies that were supposed to ‘explode’ my views, and no dice. So I found a way to harness the power of Pinterest as a marketing platform for my online business without letting it become a huge burden and time suck. And the results speak for themselves. I get 2.2 million monthly Pinterest viewers using this simple Pinterest strategy! 🙂

This simple Pinterest strategy only takes me 10 minutes a day and gets me 2.2 million monthly Pinterest viewers! This strategy works for manual pinning or with a scheduling tool. It's simple and it works. I rely on Pinterest for the bulk of my traffic, it is a powerful tool. But it doesn't need to take up all my time! 10 minutes a day is all I've got, and this pinning strategy is so effective that 10 minutes is all I need!

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I’m at a point in my business where I’m pretty tired of all the click-bait articles that promise me explosive sales and pageviews. I’ve clicked them and they’ve let me down. (Never mind the fact that most ‘how-to’ posts don’t ever tell you ‘how-to’ do anything. So annoying.)

Turns out there is no formula for making your business a success. You’ve got to march to the beat of your own drum so to speak. Your business, your rules.

So that’s what I’ve done with my Pinterest strategy. I’ve made it my own and this strategy has been working really well for me.

Here are some stats:

Monthly Pinterest viewers: 2.2 million
Monthly Pinterest engaged viewers: 75K
(these numbers fluctuate a bit but if they go down they always come back up about a month later)
I get an average of 10-12 new Pinterest followers a day. Some days I get close to 30!
Blog monthly pageviews from Pinterest: 25K
Pinterest accounts for about 30% of my Etsy shop views.

My sincere hope and belief is that this simple Pinterest strategy can work for you too.

But I’m not going to sit here and promise you explosive results. That’s crap and I won’t do it. All I can do is share the strategies that work for me.

Above are my personal stats, but Tailwind (the Pinterest scheduler I use, but which isn’t a requirement for this strategy to work) also publishes the Typical Results of Tailwind for Pinterest Members every year, so you can see exactly what the average growth rate looks like for their members.

What I do ask, is if you give my strategy a try, try it for a minimum of 60 days. That should definitely be enough time to see if it’s working for you. You should see your followers start to grow daily and your views go up dramatically.

You’ll know it’s working for you when the process doesn’t feel like a huge chore but you’re still getting great results.

 

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Ultimate List of Tools for Creative Shop Owners

Are you a creative entrepreneur looking to jumpstart your business? With over 4 years of experience, I've compiled all the best resources and tools for creative shop owners that I personally use. Stand out as a pro in your niche whether you are an online shop owner or stick to craft fairs. There are loads of free tools for creative shop owners out there that will help make your handmade business a success!

I’ve been running The Yellow Birdhouse for about 4.5 years. I have sold my handmade creations either through consignment or wholesale during those 4.5 years in local brick and mortars. I’ve been selling on Etsy for almost 3 years and I’ve run a second Woocommerce shop for about 2 years. So I’ve got some experience under my belt for sure. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’m still learning. But I feel at this point in my journey I’ve got some wisdom to share. Today’s wisdom is all about the various resources and tools I use to run my creative business. These are tools I personally use every day and highly recommend. And many of them are free! This post will be kept up to date as I discover new share-worthy tools for creative shop owners to help you run the business you’ve always dreamt of!

Are you a creative entrepreneur looking to jumpstart your business? With over 4 years of experience, I've compiled all the best resources and tools for creative shop owners that I personally use. Stand out as a pro in your niche whether you are an online shop owner or stick to craft fairs. There are loads of free tools for creative shop owners out there that will help make your handmade business a success!

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Tools for Creative Shop Owners

When you’re running your own small creative business, you have to wear ALLLLL the hats.

You have to think about websites, packaging, accounting, product development, marketing, promotion, shipping and everything else.

It’s a ton of work above and beyond developing your craft.

It’s taken me years to discover all the best resources and I don’t want you to waste that much time on the same struggle.

I want to help you free up time to be your best creative self.

So I’m revealing all my sources!

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How to Create Pins for Etsy Listings and Add Them to Pinterest

How to create pins for etsy listings and add them to pinterest. Designing custom pins for your product listings is the best way to massively increase your shop views. Get customers into your online shop with an effective Pinterest strategy. Create unique pins for your listings will help you stand out in a sea of standard listing pins.

If you are a maker with an online shop, you know how hard it can be to stand out in the crowd. There are a ton of shops competing for the same customers and getting eyes on your products can be really difficult. With online shops you can no longer just open the doors and expect customers to come rushing in, you have to (virtually) go out there and find people and drag them into your shop. I know, it sounds depressing. You’ve spent all this time perfecting your craft, polishing your shop and now I’m telling you you need to work hard bringing in customers.

Don’t shoot the messenger!

Outside of Etsy, the best place to focus your marketing efforts is on social media. And you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck using Pinterest. (So to speak, since Pinterest is FREE to use after all, lol). So I’m going to show you how to create pins for Etsy listings and the best way to add them to Pinterest.

How to create pins for etsy listings and add them to pinterest. Designing custom pins for your product listings is the best way to massively increase your shop views. Get customers into your online shop with an effective Pinterest strategy. Create unique pins for your listings will help you stand out in a sea of standard listing pins.

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Fair warning: This post is novel-length. 😀 But I know you’ll find it super helpful, so hang in there!

 

Pinterest is a great platform for product sellers because it is basically a visual search engine. People go there to look at all the pretty pretty pictures. And online product sellers already have lots of pictures to share. It’s a good match.

Other social platforms, not so much.

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Should You Turn Your Hobby Into a Business?

Here are a few points to consider if you are feeling ready to turn your creative hobbies into a thriving business.

Do you typically spend your evenings and weekends baking, knitting, making cards or creating homemade gifts for friends and family? If people have commented on your creations or you’ve had inquiries after sharing photos on social media, perhaps it’s time you thought about monetizing your hobby! If you’re motivated to craft (ha!) a new career, here are some tips to help you get started.

Here are a few points to consider if you are feeling ready to turn your creative hobbies into a thriving business.

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Research your market

To create a successful business, no matter the size, there has to be a demand for the product. Before you take the plunge and invest in new equipment or even hand in your notice, do some research. There’s no point in sacrificing what you’ve got if you’re going to find out months down the line that your product isn’t going to sell. See what’s already out there, take a look at prices and get an idea of how well those products are selling.

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5 Key Elements to Have in Place Before Launching Your Creative Business

Do you feel ready to turn your creative tendencies into your own business? Here are 5 key elements to consider before you start the process!

If you love being creative, whether it’s through drawing, sewing, graphic design or writing, you might be at a point in your creative life where you are wondering if you can monetize your hobby. For a lot of creative freelancers, turning a hobby into a business is not easy, but it’s totally possible. After all, there are plenty of people who earn a living, or at least supplement their income through their creativity, so why couldn’t you be one of them? 

Do you feel ready to turn your creative tendencies into your own business? Here are 5 key elements to consider before you start the process!

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I’ve always known that I wanted to turn my creative interests into a business of some kind because I love making stuff and I love being an entrepreneur. 🙂 The businesses I have now are nothing like where I thought I would be though, they evolved and grew with me and the changes in my life. And for me, that’s even better!

You may have a very clear idea of where your creative pursuits can take you, or maybe you’re still in the brainstorming stage. Either way, it is important to start now. Put pen to paper and start with a list or an idea or a goal. Don’t put it off until all your ducks are in a row. Otherwise you’ll never start. Take it from me, my ducks are still all flying off in different directions, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make my dreams a reality.

Here are 5 key elements I recommend you have in place to help get you started on your entrepreneurial journey.

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