This is the second in a four-part series on ten ways to fail on social media platforms. If you missed the first one on Twitter, read it here.
You’ve had a presence on Pinterest for a few months or years, yet nothing seems to happen. The pins seem to languish on abandoned boards, with no one liking or repinning any of them. Your three followers don’t pay any attention to what you pin. If you set out to fail, you’re in luck! Here are more ideas about ways to fail!
Don’t pin anything
Why doesn’t anyone follow you even if you have no pins or boards? Aren’t they your friends? Don’t people owe you that much at least?
Fix: Get pinning!
Some of the ugliest pins, to me, are the failed Do it Yourself projects. So if you have something that doesn’t look quite right, why not take a picture of that and pin it? Better still, make it the board cover! No adorable, beautiful, or funny pictures for you!
Fix: Make your pins beautiful, useful, funny and adorable. Here are some thoughts on making beautiful board covers, by the way.
Put everything on one board
Why do you need so many boards, anyway? Why not have one humongous board called “Stuff I like a lot for many different reasons!!!!” and put everything there? Why not, indeed?
Fix: Create a few different boards to organize your pins.
All your pins look the same
Variety is so overrated. You can easily pin the same pin over and over. And over.
Fix: Think about the person coming to your account. Then act accordingly.
Steal pins and identities
If you find an account you like, pin everything from that account. Don’t change the descriptions of the pins, and use the same names for the boards, too. Better still, create accounts with other people’s names and pretend you’re them. Celebs like having “fans.”
Fix: Nobody likes a thief, so don’t be one. Here’s a great article (see number six on his list, “Don’t Steal Someone Else’s Board.”
100 pins, then nothing
When you can’t sleep, get on Pinterest and pin. A lot. Nobody who follows you will be annoyed by all those pins of cute hedgehogs, right?
Fix: If you must pin, pin to a secret board. Then, when you’re more awake, move those pins a little at a time, to other boards.
A period (“.”) is the best description. Or you could also use a slash (“/”). Both are equally descriptive.
Fix: Tell us what we’re seeing. And don’t say something like, “Jeff would like this.” Unless we’re a close friend, we don’t know who Jeff is!
Make sure everyone knows your opinion. Repeat it many times and use a lot of exclamation marks!!!
Fix: Modulate your voice a little bit. Unless you’re a celebrity, people don’t like ranting.
Pins that link to Spam or Malware
Nobody’s going to actually click on that pin. Are they?
Fix: Click all the way through the pin to see where it goes. There are some not-very-nice people on the Internet. Here is Andrea Eldridge’s Article about 12 Mistakes You Are Probably Making On Pinterest.
Seen any good fails lately?
Have any made you laugh? Have any made you cry? Have any made you shout? Leave me your opinion, please! Thank you!