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Trigger Your Traffic Geyser And Watch It Grow Grow and Grow

It’s time to grow your Pinterest account like a magical beanstalk. It may sound too good to be true, but I’ve stumbled across a new tool that can unlock your Pinterest super powers. If you’ve read any of my posts regarding other tools I’ve used and reviewed, you know that more often than not I like to share products that I think are truly going to be helpful to you and your goals in the blogging that you do.

With that said, if you’re not using Pinterest because you haven’t been able to wrap your head around it yet, I understand. It’s so massive and has so much potential and it can be hard to find a good traffic source that doesn’t take weeks or months to experience the full benefit of the platform.

Seriously, let’s think about this. How often have you tried this strategy or that one only to grow frustrated wondering what is it that you’re missing that someone else has figured out.

What would it look like if you had the same access to the cool tools that the big boys use ?

What’s the new stuff online that everyone else seems to get access to before you ?

Truly.. all good questions and honestly, even I’ve asked them before too.

At the end of the day there is some truth, in fact a lot of truth connected to the reality of pure hard work and diligence. But even with that said, there’s also something to be said for being in the right place at the right time as well. There’s nothing wrong in admitting that you need a little luck and that in nearly every scenario and in most success stories, sometimes happenstance is a part of their success stories too.

Needless to say, today I think you’ve happened to find yourself in the right place at the right time with respect to this post.

I’m going to introduce to you a new Pinterest (pin it) growth and management tool. The best part about this tool is that it’s a set and forget solution for your Pinterest growth whether you want to manage just one account or several.

Now there are many reviews online about this product, but I haven’t really seen anything so far outside of the typical template styled reviews where they hype up the product, list a few pros and cons and then tease you with a load of other software that they’ll give to you free if you purchase the product so they can earn their affiliate commission.

As for me, I’d like to take a more informative approach because what’s the point of purchasing a product if it’s nice, shiny and interesting but really doesn’t do anything at all to make your life any easier.

With that said, let me introduce you to Board Commander. (click here to just skip to the Board Commander links)

Let’s face it, growing your Pinterest account takes time.. I mean a lot of time. Ugghhhh.. I don’t mind “some” automated products as long as they aren’t garbage and actually work the way they are supposed to. After having used Board Commander for just under a week, I have to say I’m legitimately pretty impressed with it. It’s not perfect, but it will save you time completing the manual tasks associated with Pinterest.

This first image is going to be your login page.

Pinterest Board Commander Growth Management Tools Login Page

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Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be introduced to your dashboard (some information has been redacted for privacy). 

Needless to say, what you will notice are the following core areas of your Board Commander dashboard that include:

  • Campaigns
  • Follow Tool
  • Unfollow Tool
  • Find Group Boards
  • Manage
  • Reports
  • Tutorials
  • Support

 

Pinterest Board Commander Growth Management Tools Dashboard

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Campaigns section:

This area allows you to manage your campaigns and lets you see what campaigns you have started. If you want to start a pinning campaign this is where you want to be. You will simply select the board where you want your pins to be placed.

In the settings menu, you can choose how many pins per day you want pinned to the board(s) that you have chosen. Additionally, you will need to set the time when this campaign will start and when it will end. You will also need to choose the days when you want pins to be placed on the selected board(s). There is also an option that allows you to avoid pinning the same pin for any selected amount of days too.

Another feature that I love about the pinning aspect of Board Commander is that you can choose where to get your pins from. Being able to target your pining from where you choose is a feature that allows for a degree of focus that yes.. can certainly be achieved on your own “manually”, but this way simply expedites the activity without a ton of intervention on your part.

In the most basic of terms to simplify and clarify what I mean is that this makes your life a lot easier and allows you to accomplish the task much faster than you or I could without the help of the Board Commander software.

Nevertheless, once you’re done just activate your campaign.

(click here to just skip to the Board Commander links)

Follow tool:

You’ll want to navigate to the new follow task button. Here’s where you’ll specify how many users to follow to start building up your personal Pinterest fan club of individuals that want to follow your board and pins. This is a tough and extremely time consuming task to accomplish for most. Some niches are easier than others to get followers, but that’s just the nature of Pinterest.

Needless to say, Board Commander really does make it pretty easy and effortless on you. I’d love to be able to say that there’s more to it than that, but hey if it’s not complicated I’m not going to say that it is. I started out pretty conservative with my numbers in the follow campaign that I started only asking the software to follow at minimum 30 people and at maximum 101 people and I’ve tweaked the numbers to where they are now so even though my follower count is low, the caveat here is that I started with 2 followers and it’s grown to 19 in 5 days. Another caveat is that I’m not just picking up random followers which is also affecting my overall performance too, but I’m way okay with that.

To explain that a bit more, after setting my minimum and maximum followers per day, I went to the other options available to me in this section and ticked the “follow by account” box because I wanted to only follow users that were connected to my niche. I would recommend that you do this too.

NOTE: there’s no point to having a huge following if they aren’t engaging with your boards and pins. Targeting like boards will also prove to be more useful than not targeting boards that are similar to what you’re pinning. You want to go after the right audience and the right pinners.

For the account I’ve been working on, I added 16 different accounts to target (e.g. http://www.pinterest.com/<account-name>/)

I set the days that I want it to follow and chose Monday through Sunday and that’s likely going to be the same for you as well, but you do have the option to pick and choose your days to enable this follow task.

Other options that are available to you include:

  • Follow by keyword
  • Follow by board
  • User to never follow

Once you’re done just click on the start button to make your follow task active.

 

Unfollow Tool:

I like that while using this particular aspect of Board Commander, you can specify how many days in between unfollows the software should operate the task. After you’ve set the time, days, minimum and maximum unfollows per day and optionally.. any protected accounts, then you’re done with this tool. Clicking save will activate the task.

 

Pinterest Board Commander Growth Management Tools Find Group Boards

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Find Group Boards:

This is very straight forward. This section allows you a search function to help you find group boards where you can contribute pins to for extra exposure for your boards if you are accepted as a contributor.

I would like to see more in this section. Quite frankly, Pingroupie does a better job in finding group boards because they lay out much more information that is useful for those of us seeking group boards. While I understand that Board Commander is new, this area is lacking in a big way and if group boards is your focus, you’ll be disappointed in Board Commander’s offering for that function, but certainly hope that they will beef this section up in future updates of their software.

 

Manage:

This section simply lets you manage the Pinterest accounts you have associated with the software. NOTE: you can only have one account unless you opt for the upsell “unlimited accounts upgrade”.

 

Reports:

In this section you get access to some analytics data provided free as part of your purchase if you choose to acquire Board Commander. Currently the reporting section covers: pinning history, board performance and follower growth.

 

Pinterest Board Commander Growth Management Tools Training

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Tutorials:

This section currently provides you with 7 videos to help you get started with their platform. I do not know if there are plans for additional videos. I’d personally like to see this area refined a bit as well. The videos are informative and will provide enough information to get you started successfully with Board Commander in no time at all. Additionally, the videos aren’t very long and basically serve as a quick start guide if you think you’ll need information beyond your own tinkering and experimentation that you’ll likely do yourself.

 

Support:

Clicking on the link will take you to a separate page where they hold the knowledgebase for Board Commander. Through this portal you can submit tickets and get access to their customer support. I have not used this function so I cannot attest to the quality of it, but I do know that you have to set up an account in order to use this section of their page even after purchasing Board Commander.

With that said, Board Commander has helped me to grow one of my inactive Pinterest accounts in a matter of days and with the help of this software it will continue to grow without any intervention from me. Such a huge time saver and I am in love with it and I’m not so easily impressed with many software packages online today, but this one in spite of a few necessary tweaks that I hope the developers will make in future releases is a software package that is worth every penny they are asking for.

I am definitely a fan of this software and therefore became an affiliate as well to promote their product and share it with you.

 

Here are the Board Commander links if you’d like to make your own purchase.

Base Product of Board Commander (single user account)

Board Commander Unlimited (upsell) for unlimited accounts

Board Commander Graphics Suite (for pinning)

I certainly hope you’ve enjoyed this overview and insight into this Pinterest growth and management tool. Time is something we can’t get back and while I fully understand the manual mindset as I promote that often myself, Pinterest actively sees millions of people per month and that’s a traffic source that cannot be ignored hence my recommendation of this tool. It will help you get recognized much faster than doing it on your own the “manual” way for your blogs and content websites.

 

Pinterest Limits On Pins Boards Likes And Following Counts

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Additionally, make sure that you follow Pinterest limit rules as well. We are all subject to their limits whether you automate your accounts or not. These limits will help you in setting your minimums and maximums on Pinterest as you use Board Commander.

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Extra Extra The Truly Quick Podcast Ideas Post

If you've got a podcast, keeping a constant flow of podcast ideas is something that will eventually be something you'll have to confront. Starting out strong is the easy part. Having a stead stream of podcast ideas is not so easy, but I've compiled a list of quick ideas that are sure to help.

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  1. Talk about the cheap and inexpensive advertising options within your industry
  2. Talk about the incredible [fill in the blank]
  3. Talk about insider information to [fill in the blank]
  4. Engage with your listeners about how to expose [fill in the blank]
  5. Have a what's off limits discussion about your industry with your audience
  6. Talk about surprising or hard to be believe data and statistics about [fill in the blank]
  7. Be honest about [fill in the blank]
  8. Have an on air interview with [fill in the blank]
  9. Have a Q&A session about [fill in the blank]
  10. To about the essential [fill in the blank] to success with [fill in the blank]
  11. Talk about the things you hate about [fill in the blank]
  12. Talk about the latest revelations in [fill in the blank]
  13. Talk about the easiest ways to kickstart [fill in the blank]
  14. Talk about the most difficult things you’ve overcome in [fill in the blank]
  15. Discuss all the possible ways to promote [fill in the blank]
  16. Talk about the easiest unknown solution to [fill in the blank]
  17. Talk about a new trend in [fill in the blank]
  18. Talk about how to avoid sabotaging your own personal success with [fill in the blank]
  19. Talk about the worst possible strategy to use in [fill in the blank]
  20. Here are the top [fill in the blank] ways to [fill in the blank]
  21. Talk about how to recreate [fill in the blank]
  22. Talk about the best rules to follow on [fill in the blank]
  23. Talk about the psychological warfare in [fill in the blank]
  24. Talk about how to get consumers to [fill in the blank]
  25. Talk about how to reach people that are [fill in the blank]
  26. Talk about the tricks to [fill in the blank]
  27. Talk about going from no traffic to [fill in the blank]
  28. Talk about Google [fill in the blank]
  29. Have a session that compares Google [fill in the blank] to [fill in the blank]
  30. Lay out a detailed plan or steps to build [fill in the blank]
  31. Talk about how hard it is to struggle to do [fill in the blank]
  32. Take any of these topics and make a 3 to 5 day podcast series out of it
  33. Do a feedback podcast on [fill in the blank]
  34. Podcast about someone else’s podcast
  35. Buy something crazy at the store and talk about it [remember the chewbacca mom]
  36. Go to Quora, take a few questions and talk about them on your podcast
  37. Make the comparison between the wild wild west way of doing things in [fill in the blank] and the more modern way to do [fill in the blank]
  38. Talk about all things you don’t get about [fill in the blank]
  39. Talk about all the empty promises in [fill in the blank]
  40. Make a comparison between the myths and truths in [fill in the blank]
  41. Do a session on tips and tricks about [fill in the blank]
  42. Host a beginners guide session on [fill in the blank]
  43. Host a session on the best places to find free [fill in the blank]
  44. Talk about why people don’t [fill in the blank]
  45. Have an in depth conversation about the pros and cons of advertising fees for [fill in the blank]
  46. Talk about the worst habits beginners have in [fill in the blank]
  47. Talk about how many times a day you should [fill in the blank]
  48. Discuss how to make [fill in the blank] per month
  49. Talk about the future of [fill in the blank]
  50. Give your insight about Wordpress plugins that [fill in the blank]
  51. Talk about how ads hurt [fill in the blank]
  52. Talk about why buying followers [fill in the blank]
  53. Discuss how to quickly [fill in the blank]
  54. Talk about why people buy [fill in the blank]
  55. Have a conversation about how to embed [fill in the blank]
  56. Talk about how to use Facebook to [fill in the blank]
  57. Discuss the best strategies for [fill in the blank]
  58. Tell everyone the best items that [fill in the blank]
  59. Talk about the safest way to [fill in the blank]
  60. Talk about the different roles that people play in [fill in the blank]
  61. Talk about how much time you spend [fill in the blank]
  62. Talk about how important it is to [fill in the blank]
  63. Have a conversation about your favorite [fill in the blank]
  64. Talk about the best books you’ve read about [fill in the blank]
  65. Talk about how email increases [fill in the blank]
  66. Talk about 60 minutes to [fill in the blank]
  67. Talk about the worst recommendations for [fill in the blank]
  68. Discuss the best printables for [fill in the blank]
  69. Talk about controversy dealing with [fill in the blank]
  70. Visit other blogs and talk about what you agree or disagree about
  71. Discuss the do’s and don’ts of [fill in the blank]
  72. Talk about the best way to upgrade your [fill in the blank]
  73. Discuss the best way to coach other bloggers in [fill in the blank]
  74. Engage your listeners on how to detect problems with [fill in the blank]
  75. Compare the differences between [fill in the blank]
  76. Talk about how to develop products and negotiate [fill in the blank]
  77. Discuss how to organize [fill in the blank]
  78. Talk about tested methods that [fill in the blank]
  79. Host a show about how to answer [fill in the blank]
  80. On imagery, discuss the best places to find [fill in the blank]
  81. Talk about all the ways you can supply your [fill in the blank]
  82. Talk about how you discovered how to revitalize [fill in the blank]
  83. Discuss how you modified your [fill in the blank] to improve [fill in the blank]
  84. Talk about how to solve [fill in the blank]
  85. Discuss the best ways to collect [fill in the blank]
  86. Talk about the easiest way to setup [fill in the blank]
  87. Talk about how to resolve basic [fill in the blank]
  88. Talk about the 10 ways you helped another blogger to [fill in the blank]
  89. Talk about the best way to being guest blogging for [fill in the blank]
  90. Talk about the best places online to do competitive research for [fill in the blank]
  91. Talk about how you’ve transformed [fill in the blank]
  92. Discuss the best and worst blog comments that have [fill in the blank]
  93. Discuss reviewing [fill in the blank]
  94. Talk about the best influences for bloggers that blog about [fill in the blank]
  95. Talk about your sources to find people to develop products for [fill in the blank]
  96. Talk about the best strategies for hiring [fill in the blank] for your blog
  97. Discuss how you were the first to champion [fill in the blank]
  98. Talk about how to celebrate [fill in the blank] on your blog
  99. Talk about how to exceed content goals by [fill in the blank]
  100. Talk about what to do, what to say and what to ask when connecting with influencers in your niche.

With that said, I hope that you've found this list helpful and if you've got some other prompts that you think should be added to list, make sure to add a comment and you might just see your idea added to this post.

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Disgustingly Simple Shortcut To 500+ Club Laser Targeted LinkedIN.com Connections

 

WWW Linkedin Strategy To Get To 500 LinkedIN Connections By Candidwriter Blogger

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Yep, crushing that 500 Linkedin connections goal line isn’t hard to achieve. In fact, I was able to do this in just 10 to 15 minutes a day in barely 7 weeks and went from less than 100 Linkedin contacts to getting the 500+ Linkedin connections badge. Truly it was very simple and I mean that ever so sincerely for those of you that may think it’s impossible to do.  I realize it’s one thing to say it and another to do it, but you’re here for my story so let me share more of the details with you now. I’ll start with showing you this image as seen below of where I started and as you can see.. things just kept getting better and better. The arrow indicates actions taken from week to week. Through this post, you’ll see the progress from week 1 to week 7.

LinkedIN Traffic And Actions Analytics Blogger 32 Days Week 1

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Now, in spite of what you see in the image (and I’ll show more later), you may also wonder why Linkedin matters. Well the best comparison that I can make in terms of it’s importance is to look at Facebook. Facebook is the mammoth of social networking. Nearly 1 in 4 people on the planet have a Facebook account.

Thanks to data referenced from DMR (Digital Stats & Gadgets) in Linkedin’s first month online it had 4500 registered users. Today, Linkedin has 467 million users. There are 2 new Linkedin members signing up “every second”. Linkedin sees over 106 million unique visitors per month and is in over 200 countries worldwide. Are you starting to get the picture ? If Facebook is the king of social networking, then Linkedin is the king of “professional networking”.

I had started on Linkedin well over two years ago from the time of me writing this post. Now if you’re like me, you got a one of those annoying default connection requests to join and have deleted or ignored them. Why’d you do that ? The default connection requests are just terrible and almost always trigger that urge to hit the delete button without thinking twice about it right ? Nevertheless, even as awful as those default connection requests are, I still joined. Not through the default request, but on my own by simply visiting the www.Linkedin.com website.

Once I got started with Linkedin, it was “slow, slow slow” and things looked a bit different that’s for sure. It’s great and all getting your Linkedin profile set up, but it becomes clear very quickly that if you are going to make any headway or have any success on Linkedin, you will need to grow your network. Growing your network whether you’re going through the Linkedin full site or through the Linkedin app, Linkedin connections are a big key to success.

With that said, let me start to take you through how to set everything up to the culmination of what it requires to get to the Linkedin 500+ connection achievement.

Granted, if you’ve read anything about Linkedin, you already know that you need to get your profile set up. This is the topmost shot of my profile.

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What do you see ? Relevant keywords is what you see. Think keywords as you are developing your profile. While this may seem like basic advice, why is it that many people don’t do it ? Each tidbit that I will share is meant to leverage your ability to be successful on this networking and blogging platform. What I have discovered is that Linkedin’s algorithm is pretty simple in how it functions. Focus on making everything about your profile relevant. This will be good for you, good for the Linkedin search engine as others look for professionals like you and for those people that you will ultimately be connecting with that will feel more confident connecting with you because of how “relevant” and clearly spelled out your profile is.

On my own profile, I did not complete the section on Education or Language and quite honestly, not completing those sections didn’t diminish the goal of getting to 500 Linkedin connections at all. Experiences and performance may vary depending on the niche but for me it made no difference at all.

Now a key piece of information I will give you is that you should add at least 2 to 3 posts to your Linkedin profile. Posting to Linkedin Pulse increases the authority of your profile, improves your credibility and it gives visitors an opportunity to read your content which can also lead them to clicking through to your website or blog too. You will also notice that on my own profile, I have added 3 posts at the time of writing this post to my profile.  

Beyond the posts, you also want to make sure that as you develop your summary and experience sections that you are focused on “again” adding the relevant keywords within the context of what you’re writing in those two areas. Linkedin pays close attention to these content sections in your Linkedin profile and the more relevant you can make this to your industry and niche only helps to boost your ability to be found in combination with the overall size of your Linkedin network.

Now lets get to the good stuff.

I know I’ve said a lot without entirely disclosing what I’ve done that really pushed me to the success of increasing my connections by over 400%. Remember that I said it was disgustingly simple right ? Well I absolutely mean that. I set out to make every connection a personalized connection. That’s really all it came down to at the core of my success minus some of the details that I’ll convey to you now.

My choice medium was through the Linkedin app. I know that sounds crazy and time consuming but it really wasn’t that bad at all.

My work template or blueprint for all of this was:

  • Who am I going to target ?
  • How much time to devote to this ?
  • What is the message I’m going to send out ?

I knew that if I didn’t see any success after the first week that I’d have to revise my plan.

Now I decided to target:

Bloggers, small business owners and entrepreneur’s.

I was only going to devote 10 to 15 minutes to this per day. Now don’t get me wrong some days I spent more and some days were less but it wasn’t anything that digressed too heavily from the 10 to 15 minute timeframe.

I came up with 2 message templates that would go out to everyone “depending on the category” that was far better than the “default” connection request.

These are images from Week 2 to Week 7. You saw Week 1 in the first image at the start of this post.

LinkedIN Traffic And Actions Analytics Blogger 32 Days Week 2

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LinkedIN Traffic And Actions Analytics Blogger 32 Days Week 7

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This simple, yet effective strategy was EXTREMELY WELL RECEIVED by the overwhelming majority of people that received a message from me which was a great confidence booster that kept me going throughout this process. Ultimately, my messages were thoughtful, relevant to each professional and was not the standard default message as seen in the default connection request on Linkedin.

I had a plan to connect with others that were relevant to my industry and what I do as a blogger and what happened was that I went from less than 100 connections to over 500 in barely 7 weeks time.

My message templates were basically that I was looking to connect (the who depended on their industry.. refer back to who I was targeting) and that I hoped they would be interested in doing the same. Now surely it wasn’t that short, but each message was about 50 to 60 words total and I also spoke of my appreciation of their time to read the message. Additionally, for each and every connection request that was accepted, EVERY connection received another personalized reply for me as well.

When was the last time you received a personalized connection request from a Linkedin member. They are done so infrequently that it may as well be a way to hack your way to 500 Linkedin connections. Truly there is no huge secret to expanding your network. What this formula or strategy ended up being for me is a way to show that if I’m going to express interest in connecting with another professional, the best “first impression” that I can make is to show them that I care enough about the connection to take the extra minute to tell them why I want to connect and to do what most other people on Linkedin “aren’t” doing and that’s taking a step beyond just clicking the “connect” button.

If you take this advice and start personalizing your connections, you are inevitably going to start seeing your connections grow just as I did too.

With that said, if you’re connecting through the Linkedin app, once you find someone you’d like to connect with, there’s an image with 3 dots in their upper right hand corner of their profile. Just click on it and you’ll see the option “personalize invite”. Click on that and add your message and send it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and my insight on getting to 500+ Linkedin connections. I look forward to hearing about your experiences and feedback too.

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