Thanks so much for working with me to build our followers on Pinterest! I just want to share a few things about my collaborative board guidelines and some rules for specific boards. When you follow these guidelines, your pins bring you traffic and both of us grow. When you don’t, your pins don’t get repinned and people unfollow the boards. Boo! Let’s keep that from happening. 🙂
Guidelines for The Measured Mom Collaborative Boards
1. Please pin only from your own board.
This is just to keep us from duplicating each other. Sometimes I’ll pin from your blog, because I’m not sure if you’re going to. If you pin the post again, no worries. It just means double exposure for you. 🙂 I can always go back and delete my old pin after it’s gotten some attention.
2. Please pin eye-catching pins that are obvious.
By obvious I mean this: Can someone tell WITHOUT the pin description what the post is about? A picture of kids is not clear. A picture of kids playing with alphabet tiles is clear. I actually had to delete a bunch of pins, particularly from my Traveling with Kids board, which were unclear. Not surprisingly, they were repinned once or not at all. When that shows up in people’s feed, they unfollow me and don’t come see you. Not great for the board or for you!
3. If you have text on your pins, make it large and obvious.
Can someone tell in an instant what it says? If they have to squint, they’re not going to notice the pin. Let’s fill people’s feeds with eye-catching, “gotta visit that post” pins!
4. A tip: vertical pins do better on Pinterest.
It took me a long time to learn this, but vertical pins do better than square pictures, and much better than horizontal ones. This is not a rule for pinning, but just a tip to get your pins noticed!
5. Be careful about pinning giveaways.
You’re welcome to pin giveaways, but please make sure they are attached to a quality post relevant to the board. No random Amazon gift cards, please, unless they’re part of a relevant post.
6. Repin no more than once a month.
I don’t want you to have to think too hard about this, so I’m just making it one month between repins to the same board. If you think of it, go back and delete the old pin, but no biggie if you don’t. We all make mistakes and repin a couple times in the same week – whoops! Just try not to make it a habit. 😉
Samples of Great Pins
These pins are vertical, clear, and eye catching. They did well!
Traveling for Kids Collaborative Board
No destination posts unless they’re very popular places.
I actually stated this rule when I opened up the board, but I didn’t follow through. Disney posts are fine, but please no small, out of the way destinations. The chances of that post being relevant to the feeds it shows up in are EXTREMELY small. It will make people unfollow the board if it’s taking up their space. Posts that do WELL on this board are posts about things to do in the car, general traveling tips, etc.
Spelling Made Fun Collaborative Board
Focus on hands on spelling. Please limit worksheets and apps.
My blog’s focus is on hands-on learning, so this board should be an extension of that. Please pin worksheets and apps no more than once a week. Printables are great, but please no copywork. Thank you!
A final note…
When you follow these guidelines, we both do great! If you continually break the rules, you’ll be removed from the board. Thank you!