You could say I’m a little out of the blogging game.

Two years ago I totally knew what was up. Hell yeah, link-ups. Twitter chats? I’m all over it. SEO keyword customization and custom WordPress themes were easy. I doled out advice to other bloggers like it was candy: take it, remember it, enjoy it.

Now, here I am, all when did Pinterest get an algorithm change and people have finally given up on Google Plus?!

I’ve made myself a promise: concentrating on one social media platform at a time, I will slowly move myself out of 2013 and into the present day.

Because I recently bought an iPad and Pinterest has been my go-to time waster lately, I’ve decided to start there.

Tonight I laid on my living room floor reading a bunch of articles that spoon fed me basic advice, such as “have a profile picture” and “include your blog’s keywords in your profile description.” I moved onto some bible length articles that I quickly realized were now out of date, and finally landed on some content that I decided would actually help me, like this post.

It theoretically sounds like some crazy shit, but I read through the second article a couple of times and decided to start there.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  1. Went through and deleted old, irrelevant pins (approx 500)
  2. Split some larger boards up into multiples – click here for a walkthrough video
  3. Reorganized my boards in a way that made sense – click here for a tour video
  4. Updated all of my board cover photos
  5. Simplified each board name, ensuring it reflected the board’s content

Now I’m wishing I had the forethought to take some before and after photos.

Anyways, here’s what my profile looks like now:

 

 

I’m starting with 387 followers.

 While reorganizing my boards, I made sure to put the ones most relevant to my blog at the very top.

I also want to clarify why I deleted so many pins in one go. I didn’t remove them just because they were performing poor statistically, or because they had zero repins. I deleted them because they were old, outdated, ugly, or similar.

I’ve had my Pinterest account for almost five years; there was a lot of old shit 23 year old me liked that 28 year old me doesn’t! It was an opportunity to clean house, not decimate it.

That being said, there’s still a shit-ton of work I have left to do, but I think I’m off to a good start, and have begun to form a general game plan for the remainder of what I need to do.

Here’s what I’m doing next:

  1. Editing each board description to include relevant keyword
  2. Choosing a category for each board related to its content
  3. Updating pin descriptions if needed
  4. Removing hashtags from pin descriptions
  5. Deleting any pins with broken or outdated links

Here’s what I’d like to do in the future:

  1. Concentrate on pinning original content instead of repins
  2. Include Pinterest specific images in my blog posts
  3. Write a better profile description

If all goes according to plan, I’d like to see my existing Pinterest account grow like a teeeeeny tiny plant, laying dormant in the shade for five years only to emerge with a little bit of TLC. I’m not sure if I’ll continue to make blog posts updating my progress – that’s for future me to know and everyone else to find out!

The First Steps to Auditing Your Pinterest Profile | To The Wild Co.

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Psst! It’s me – future Sydney! It turns out, a lot of the stuff I did WORKED. I was able to triple my Pinterest followers in less than three months; since then, my Pinterest account has continued to grow, and I’ve had two pins go viral!

I decided to put together a six day long email class detailing my best strategies. It’s totally free, and includes bonus videos + resources for each day. I have not shared ANY of these strategies yet, so it’s good dirt!

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