Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Does Pinning Matter to a Blog Post?

Does pinning matter? I have been told to make sure I pin my posts, but didn't do it for every post.  Then, when a few posts I thought were good weren't read, I decided to try it and see if it mattered.  You'll have to read it to find out.It started with a series of blog posts that were not read by a big audience.  Last summer, I wrote 5 blogs that I really liked.
  • 5 Things Students Want Their Teachers to Know
  • 6 Things the Reading Specialist Wants Teachers to Know
  • 5 Things "NEW" Teachers Wand "OLD" Teachers to Know
  • 6 Things Teachers Want Parents to Know
  • 5 Things Teachers Need to Know About Parents
I was proud of their content and their message, but no more than 34 people saw any of the posts. That's right, my largest audience for any of these posts was 34...the smallest was 18.

I was bummed!

So I decided to try an experiment.  Confession: Up until recently, I wasn't really consistent with pinning my posts. It was one more thing to do when I posted...and I wasn't so sure it mattered.  But, did it?  It couldn't hurt to try and figure it out.

Step 1:  Update the Blog Posts

I did not update the content or the pictures (although I could have). I went in to all five posts and filled in the "Search Description" box to the right.  I summarized the post with a few sentences.  Then did a copy & paste to add that description into the picture "title text" and "alt text" on each picture.  That's it.  I didn't know what this was when I started posting, but I had been told this should be part of my posting routine.  I figured if I was going to try something new for these posts, why not?

Step 2:  Make a Pin

I used the dimensions my blogging gurus, Carla and Julie, told me and made my own pins.  I uploaded the pins, added the "Search Description" from the blog to the "Pin Description" box and uploaded.  As soon as it was uploaded, I linked the pin to the blog post.

Step 3:  I waited.

I didn't even wait a long time.  About a week later, I checked the dashboard of my blog to see how many views each post had.
Does pinning matter? I have been told to make sure I pin my posts, but didn't do it for every post.  Then, when a few posts I thought were good weren't read, I decided to try it and see if it mattered.  You'll have to read it to find out.

What do you think?

Did it matter?  I think so.  I'm so glad I tried it...and pinning each post has certainly become a part of my posting routine. 

I certainly can't pass this moment up to blog about other blog posts...but, if you'd like to read the posts, click on the pictures below.





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