But what I don’t love is the lack of options when it comes to scheduling my pins and re-pins.
Well, it’s not a complete lack – but the options that I’ve found cost too much for the little bit of pinning that I need to do. If you’re a serious power-pinner with 100s of boards and thousands of pins, it may very well be worth it to you. But I’m definitely not at that level yet.
I used to use CoSchedule (Click here for a Coschedule review), but unfortunately CS was having trouble with reliability, so they are no longer integrated with Pinterest.
So I was left with either no Pinterest scheduling, or pay more money than I wanted to pay for the small amount of Pin scheduling I have.
(Edit: I did finally get to the point where I couldn’t keep up with all my pinning, and am now using BoardBooster – you can read here how I used it to really ramp up my pinning! – But the manual method I describe in this post is still perfectly valid and works if you aren’t able to spend on a pro-scheduler yet)
What I decided to do was create a spreadsheet that would allow me to schedule in Pins for resharing on a regular basis. With my spreadsheet, I know which boards my pins are already posted to, which ones they need to go to, and – without being too complicated – can post pins manually at intervals so they get seen by more people. It satisfies all my pinning/scheduling needs AND saves me $30 a month!
Just to be clear – this is ONLY for creating a system to make sure I’m repinning my own pins, not for doing repins of other people’s pins. This is a purely manual thing, there is no automation so I’m keeping it as simple as I can.
I use Google Drive for my spreadsheet, and I’m going to show you how to do that, here. I’m going to do a picture tutorial (I guess that would be a pictorial…), and at the bottom of the post I’ve made a video, so whichever one is easier for you to follow. If you’ve never worked with spreadsheets before, you’ll want to watch the video – it’s a little more inclusive of the exact steps I take to make something happen.
If you have a Google account, you’re all ready to get started with Google Drive (formerly Google Documents). Just go to http://drive.google.com and you’re there!
It’ll look something like this:
See that red button that says “CREATE”?
You’re going to want to click on it. It will give you a bunch of options for what kind of document you plan on creating – choose spreadsheet.
Up on the top right, it will say “Untitled Spreadsheet” – click on those words, and it will open a little box where you can name your brand new document. Yay! That was pretty easy, right?
The next step will be putting in your headers. The first column I use for the post name, and the second column is for the URL of my original pin. By original pin, I mean the very first pin that I do from a completed blog post.
Next, I go across the top adding in all the pin boards that I post my own links to. I’ve got nearly 100 pin boards, but only about 15 that I actually pin my own pins in. Those are the only ones that are necessary here. Take a minute and format your columns for readability – some may need to be a little wider, and I like to bold and center the text in my headers.
Now it’s really just a matter of entering your blog post title and Pin URL in the correct columns. When you pin your first post (in this case, I’d post it in the Take Action WAHM), you’ll grab the URL of that pin, and put it in the Link column. Then, enter the date of the pin in the column under the board that it was pinned in. It’ll look like this:
Now, when you’re ready to re-pin to the next board a few days later, all you have to do is click on that link to open your pin immediately – repin to the appropriate board, and put the day’s date into the next column.
When you do your next blog post, simply enter the title on the next row, add your pin url and date. Each day, you’ll work your way across the columns, repinning a few posts and marking them finished as you go. Don’t pin the same post 2 times in one day; I generally find myself working in a diagonal pattern from bottom left towards the upper right – that’ll make more sense as you fill in more pins!
That’s really all there is to it – I show a little more in detail in the video, and I hope that the share pattern is a little more clear.
If there’s anything here that’s not clear, let me know – just ask in the comments!