. . . I had 987 Followers on Pinterest. And now?
So this seems to work. Step-by-Step. Here’s what I have learned:
1. If you create an account on Pinterest, and simply Pin then you are guaranteed to be seen as active and WILL find people wishing to follow you.
but that is the slow way
2. So you could jump on any number of sites on the Twitter feed and simply “buy” Followers, and some sweatshop in the sub-continent madly creating fake accounts will accommodate
but why do that when:
3. If you simply start Following your Followers Followers (if that makes sense), it actually works . . . the numbers will grow (200 newies today so far)
4. You seek out and find just one Board – 1000LifeHacks – and from there pin away onto a board at your own page, you will find that this alone will also bring in hundreds of new Followers through time . . . thus far over 600 in the past two weeks.
So, three rules to Pinterest which is the absolute BEST Social Media Site for Photographers to promote their work on because its very graphically oriented:
1. Create an account and simply participate, even if its only for 5 minutes a day. People will find you and Follow what you are doing.
2. Take time to check out your Followers and spend time Following their Followers, do it until the Pinterest Spam Blocker kicks in – usually 200 Follower Attempts. Then wait 12 hours and do it again.
3. Seek out and find “1000LifeHacks” and Pin those as often as you can whether to a board at your site, or to a trash can you have created (“Empty Once a Week” on my site).
The Net Result?
At this moment SJPhoto has:
and is Following 2,202 (remember, when you are starting out you will always be Following more people than you have Followers. Later on I will reveal a tool to cull inactive people you are Following to rebalance the numbers. Or quite simply manually Un-Follow everyone and make yourself look like an “All-Star Rockstar” 🙂 But clicking UnFollow, UnFollow, UnFollow thousands of times is a waste . . . there is an easier way.
Expect these numbers at SJPhoto to grow dramatically in the coming weeks.
Also from the Two SJ Ballcaps onwards, as you scroll down at my Pinterest Page. All the Pin Boards thereafter are from Followers requesting that I Pin to their Boards. Why has this happened? The answer is simple . . . “Life Hacks” Pins. You will definitely want to use those, because they are so handy and provide great tips to people about dealing with everyday life difficulties and situations.
Why the Ballcap? Well the answer to that is simple. Two Words . . . CHRIS RECORD
Follow this Guy in the Orange Ballcap, consume everything he has posted “EVER” on the web. Webinars, YouTube Videos, Videos at his website, purchase his courses, the lot . . . and you will end up just fine. Guaranteed! 😉 Start by paying attention to the Facebook Ads that pop up on your page. The guy in the Orange Ballcap is everywhere.
OK so Pinterest is growing, that’s cool. What about GuruShots? Now cranking over 45K Points on there but one CJ is still chasing down my butt like “Flies to Sh**”. Need to shake her somehow. I’ve deployed the Yarn Bombed Tree which is now getting great view numbers (largely attributed to my RedBubble and Pinterest Followers), even deployed the 3 Day Pass at -> http://bit.ly/1gqg1vL and still she’s not giving up. Need to think of the next tactic.
This past week the Photo Expedition was to the Melbourne Zoo as the Photos atop this post suggest. Zoo’s are great spots to capture photos and build up the Photo Archive, so don’t hesitate to go there. Still post-processing photos from there and then I still have all the Pyramid Hill and Inglewood ones to work on as well from early last week, not to mention heaps of old Bendigo and Melbourne ones. It’s going to be a very long session tonight I think. Probably another all-nighter.
This week, most likely Ballarat or Echuca or both, not sure yet. Depends on the weather and how I feel, or both.
Then Twitter, a great spot to set it and forget it. Every 30 minutes Photography News updates get posted on there from all the latest photography news feeds around the world. Want great advertising at the best possible price? Google search “MarketHub”. Run it for 3 months or 6 months or forever and guaranteed your Twitter Following will grow. The cost? $90/month. Can you get better advertising cheaper that reaches the top people in the world who have an interest in Photography? Doubt it. Right now my top 25 Followers have a collective Following of 6,988,200 Followers. Very rarely do I post to Twitter other than this Photography News Feed, and maybe the odd Pinterst Pin or two, no need to. The Favouritings and ReTweetings are happening all day long without my needing to do a thing and its a great spot to check in with from time-to-time to see whats new with all things Photographic. Right now its time to focus on improving my photography and in trying to find a way to hit “All Star” every time on GuruShots. Should this be possible, then its game on hey, so its set it and forget it with as many Social Media sites as possible for now.
OK lastly for this post, RedBubble. Last week RedBubble introduced a new line of Art Journals. These are 128 page journals that Artists, Illustrators and otherwise Digitally Creative People can use to track their journey and make notes, sketches, etc. in. The production price for these is $20 at RedBubble. From now till the end of this month, I am offering all 241 of mine at the SJPhoto RedBubble Shop (The Secret Diary at my Pinterst Board) for this production cost price of just $20. RedBubble has been very aggressive this year in introducing quite a few new products and there is one further one we can anticipate in the next few months which will make 26 possible products for each photo you take and upload. Have a look at RedBubble and consider them for your online shop. Research a few weeks back showed that there are now at least 139 RedBubble equivalents on the web and yes perhaps some are better known at this stage, perhaps they even provide better offerings. But RedBubble, originally from Melbourne, now Headquartered in San Francisco and with a production facility in London, England have established a great worldwide “just-in-time” production and delivery solution for artists and creative people and they are very aggressively chasing down new products for us to print our creations on. I’m all in with RedBubble!
OK, so that was a long blurb. As its going to be a late one, time for some tunes and a long one at that. This time around its time to share my all-time Favourite MUSE concert in Austin, Texas in 2013. Can’t wait to see them again at Rod Laver in December.