Who Stole My Pin?

Who Stole My Pin?

Hey!! I hope you are rocking it on Pinterest and if you made it to this post, sadly you have probably had a pin stolen/redirected to those oh so awesome spammy websites!! So, what’s a blogger to do? I want to know…WHO STOLE MY PIN?!

 

HOW I FOUND THE PIN IN QUESTION

I am going to walk you through a few ways you can check if a pin or a pin image has been stolen or redirected. Just this week I was in checking some analytics on my Pinterest account and recently had a Pin go a bit viral (for me anyway). With being on the platform and in Pinterest circles for a while now I have read and seen bloggers get their pins stolen when popular pins take off.

These scammers see a pin driving traffic to your site and they want to redirect that to their site….shame, shame, shame. In my case, I just wanted to check to make sure. My viral pin was ok, so I checked other pins of mine too. When I was checking stats on this pin in particular-

 

 

I scrolled down and found this image Image of journal and pens with text overlay, "How to Keep Google and Pinterest Happy with Pin Descriptions"from the same post, below. I hovered over it and noticed it was linking to another website. Ugh… I guess I’ve made it on Pinterest – I have my first stolen pin.

Clicking on the pin brought up the full image, which was mine… and I clicked on the 3 gray dots on the upper area of the pin.

Now, before I take you into the next step. If you have a pin that is stolen. Copy the link of the stolen pin (trust me you will need this in a minute) and you will also need the URL of proof that it is your image/pin what have you.

I made the mistake of saving the pin to a secret board for later to report…but when I reported the pin all repins will be affected, so to just to be safe, copy the link, do not repin.

 

 

REPORTING THE PIN

  1. Click the 3 gray dots, it will give you a drop down.
  2. Click Report Pin
  3. Click My Intellectual Property
  4. Check Infringes on your copyright,

 

 

Pinterest will now take you through the process of reporting a pin. Fill out the info and go to IDENTIFY YOUR WORK, choose what has been compromised. Then this is where you will enter the URL where your property can be seen on your website.

Then you need to identify the item you want to be removed. Enter the pin URL you saved, and check it against the one in the box.

Click Remove, click strike, the person may be a repeat offender and we want these scammers off Pinterest.

Sadly, there are scammers, bots, and software that will scrape data and images all day just to steal them. This is one simple thing we can do to help. Pinterest is cracking down on this as fast as they can, it is just part of playing online.

 

FINDING A STOLEN PIN WITH THE LENS FEATURE

 

That funny square on the bottom of your pin image- click that to see similar images and if identical images pop up, hover over them to make sure they are going to your post, not some scammy website.

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT’S NEXT

Pinterest, by the next morning, had confirmed my request and had the image and pin removed. Also, they did say if I want to report additional material go to their Copyright Page.

Now, back to why you shouldn’t pin to a secret board. I received a second email stating that a Pin I saved had been part of a DCMA request and will be removed. They sent the URL and the image that was removed. Funny that when I went to the SO-CALLED website, the server could not be found.

Pinterest also removed the secret pin a had too, but be careful, if you have several pins removed, you may be penalized and your account could get suspended. I am NOT saying this may happen, but I have heard of the coincidence.

So, Thank you Pinterest for being on top of the situation.


I really hope you do not have to deal with the stolen pin issue. There are so may scammers, bots and software out there that will steal images, and your ideas. If these persons could harness the intellect and talent it takes to do harm into using their talents for good, the internet would be a happier place.

 

If you have any questions about Pinterest, Pinterest Images or Management. Please reach out and see if Bloom Virtual Solutions can help you Grow your Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog, shop, or landing pages.


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The 1 Thing You Need To Do For Your Online Business – Today!!

The 1 Thing You Need To Do For Your Online Business – Today!!

Hey there digital business owner, virtual assistant or online entrepreneur. Technology is wonderful and as a business owner we use so many digital platforms everyday. I am here to tell you the 1 thing you need to do in your business today regarding those platforms and the tools to accomplish it!

 

BACK UP YOUR DATA!!

I have had the unfortunate pleasure of totally freaking out, when my computer took a complete crash recently. I am not sure if it was a virus or not (Facebook can give you pop up scams all the time-be careful, that always seems to be what I am logged into when weird things start happening). I have learned a hard lesson about making sure you always back up your files.

I started my morning as usual, but when I logged into my computer I noticed my sound driver was missing and I had no sound on my laptop at all. So, I did some Googling, which is my specialty, and realized that can happen after an update. I tried all the things they said to do, still nothing. My hubs is in IT, so I had him take a look, and we realized that we needed to do a complete restore!!!!!

WHAT!! OK, freak out #1, I’m going to lose all my docs and graphics if we do that. How am I going to work? My lifeline to my business is on this thing! OMG, this laptop isn’t even a year old!

 

Tool #1, GOOGLE DRIVE

First, I needed to take a walk…LOL. Once the fog cleared, I realized that my important items are all in Google Drive. This is THE best tool for online entrepreneurs, it’s free, and in the cloud for unlimited storage. I use Google Drive everyday. I have all my client documents saved to folders in my G-Drive that have been shared with me. I also keep spreadsheets, photos, and all my systems/processes in there. I proceeded to move any other important docs (downloads-word docs) to Google Drive so they wouldn’t be lost.

 

Tool #2 – Canva

Canva is an app/website that I create my Pin graphics, social media graphics, and even pdf’s/documents. All you need is an account and all your designs are stored with Canva. You can share designs and templates, upload directly to Pinterest, or even download finished graphics to your computer. There is a free version, but I use the Canva for Work due to my needs for creating and resizing images. The images I use to create these graphics were stored on my computer, so I had to move all the ones I wanted to save I moved to another awesome tool.

 

Tool #3 – Dropbox

This here is a lifesaver. Again another storage solution in the cloud, and you can share files and accept files from clients up to a certain storage capacity before you have to pay. I have my Dropbox organized into Folders for each client and store their images in these shared folders, so they have access to them as well.

 

After making sure my data and images were safe, we went ahead and proceeded to restore…and THEN IT WOULDN’T RESTART!!

We received the spinning wheel of death! Now, I am one to kinda overreact to things and I really started to panic, I knew my important items could be restored because they were in the cloud, but I freaked out because I am thinking OMG, did I do this? Did I open something I shouldn’t have? I am in and out of websites all day long, who the heck knows what I have done?! Needless to say, I did not work that evening and my sweet husband stayed up till 2 am trying to bring it back to life. Thankfully he worked his IT magic and it did finally come back up, we still didn’t have a sound driver, but hey I don’t need sound.

PS – we did install a new driver, the original just disappeared who knows!!

Now the long road ahead of reinstalling all my apps, extensions, and tools, and all the passwords. Oh My, how many passwords you need as a virtual assistant. Thank goodness for …

 

Tool #4 – LASTPASS

My saving grace!! LastPass is an extension you can add-on to your browser that acts like a vault to store all your logins safely. It can generate safe passwords, store digital records, and can share sensitive information safely. Because you should never text or email a password.  First and foremost, I needed to have that reinstalled to even begin to start working again. Once I logged in, I was back in action.

I would say if you work in the online space, LastPass is a must, they offer a free plan, and I know you will never forget another login. Again cloud storage, sharing capabilities, and security!!

 

LESSON LEARNED

So, moving forward, God willing we do not have another crash, I am a Cloud girl. I will be honest in the 9-5 world I used Word, Excel, etc. and there is a place for those systems, but due to the hackers and scammers out there in the internet abyss, YOU NEED TO BACK IT UP TO THE CLOUD!!

Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. Take your pick. If you are not using a cloud system, why not? GO NOW, MOVE ALL YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND IMAGES!!!

I don’t want anyone to have to experience what I went thru, back up your stuff peeps…..and marrying the IT guy helps too!


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Hi, I’m Amy and I manage Pinterest for Creative Business Owners. I would love to work with you or if you ever have any questions about Pinterest shoot me an email, or you can check out our Services.

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Pinterest for Creatives – Photography, a Case Study

Pinterest for Creatives – Photography, a Case Study

Pinterest is my passion. I love the visual search engine so much that I have made this my niche as a Virtual Assistant. As a creative minded individual the platform is so pleasing to my eye. Excellent images and vital information to do or be anything you can dream up.

I work with creatives to grow their reach on Pinterest, and drive traffic to their websites, opt-ins, and landing pages. If you are a photographer and have been debating why you should market your self on Pinterest, I have a case study I would like to share with you. We will call it Client A.

 

Where we started

I started with my client in February. There were about 200 viewers daily, see screenshot below that was taken in Dec.

 

I edited their current boards to client A’s  branding and categories of photography they provide. We used keywords in the board descriptions and updated any pin descriptions that needed to be optimized. We also created new boards with ideas their clients are looking for on Pinterest already. For example, if they are a family/child photographer, their client would be looking for fun ideas for kids, crafts, or how to decorate the nursery.   I started Pinning about 10-20 Pins a day, consistently. and client writes 3 blog posts a week, which keeps the content fresh and plenty!  I use Tailwind to schedule the posts, which is the way to show Pinterest you are always there. After about 3 months of consistently pinning we had some amazing stats.

 

 

 

Just their profile alone, went from 200’s to over 3,500 views daily. Look at those impressions….up to 82,000 monthly viewers. Client A actually sent me these screenshots in May, and not too much longer after that we had them up over 200,000 monthly viewers by a Pin that went viral.

 

 

 

That viral pin was from a related board in their niche, but that is OK because Pinners are still seeing the pins that are pinned by Client A because they pinned it originally.  As a photographer, Pinterest can be used in a few ways. in this case we use it as a Look Book style for their clients to come to get ideas and inspiration for what to wear and to showcase the beautiful images they create, with a side of helpful ideas for their ideal client. But there are other uses for Pinterest to highlight and grow your business.

 

Why you should be on Pinterest too.

Pinterest can also be used to grow email lists, or gain followers and drive more traffic to your website. Pinning amazing images is just the start. When someone clicks on your image and goes to your website, you have to pull them in, show them your brand and start a relationship with you. You want to make them want to schedule a session with you or use your business as their engagement/wedding/family photographer. If you are a professional photographer and have been delaying marketing on Pinterest, now is the time!! What better way to get your images and business seen and grow your following. You want to create boards that highlight your services, and offer Ideas to your Ideal clients. You have to think like your client, what would they be searching for. Create a profile to attract your ideal client, keyword your boards and use hashtags that are relevant to your business and what your client wants to see.

Now, is a great time to start, fall is just around the corner. Fall outdoor sessions, and even Christmas photos are being pinned now, in September!!

You want to pin your ideas about 45 days before a seasonal event. As a Photographer though, you can pin year round. Your client may be looking for a maternity, or family photographer, or an engagement or wedding photographer and pinning now, but not schedule a session until months later.

CALL TO ACTION

Want some helpful tips on how to get your business up and going on Pinterest. I have curated a checklist to get you going!

Sign up to get my

“How to Get Started on Pinterest Checklist”here.  

 

Included is a Bonus “How to Optimize Your Images for Pinterest” resource as well.

 

Do you worry you won’t have time to Pin, I recommend using Tailwind is a Pinterest Approved Scheduler to save time. The first 100 pins are free, so that will get you started with just a few pins a day and increase steadily so your pinning 10-20 pins daily.

Need help? You can go here to see what Pinterest Services I offer to help grow your business.

If you like it, PIN IT!!

 

 

Why Templates are Important to a Virtual Assistant

Why Templates are Important to a Virtual Assistant

Hey there!!

When I started my journey into this online business world, I did a lot of research about how to get started, what tools do I need, and how to keep it moving forward. I knew Organization and Systems were important in any business, but this was a whole new world to me after being in the private sector for many years.

 

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When I started with my first client, I knew I needed a contract and a professional invoice, but where was I going to find one that covered me and my business without costing a fortune. I wasn’t rolling in the $$$ yet. So I went to Pinterest, and I guess everyone else did too. How did I know if this one document is enough, was the person creating it reliable?

The contract I use is legally correct, after much searching and strife. But as my business progressed, I knew I needed to have more systems in place. Things like checklists for onboarding clients, swipe files, pricing lists, things I would use to keep growing my business but keep me organized.

I will be honest, I use Google Docs for most of my lists and systems and they work for what I need, but let me tell you, if I had known I could have a packet with all these documens already created by a mentor in the Virtual Assistant world, for an affordable price. I would have jumped on it from the start.

Let me introduce you to Janine at The VA Finishing School. She is one smart cookie. She has many years of experience in marketing and business and began her virtual assistant career 2 years ago, with VA Celebrity. She too, like me had to come up with all the things needed to stay on track with documents. Janine has taken her passion as a Virtual Assistant and her loving of teaching others and being so helpful too, into her new business, The VA Finishing School.

She is inspiring new and aspiring virtual assisants to have the business of their dreams. She does weekly live Q & A’s in her FB Group. Which is growing by leaps and bounds. You can join her group here. She is a true inspiration to virtual assistants all over the globe.

Her website has a plethera of resources. She is consistent in content that she shares with her followers of her newsletter. But best of all she will be opening her course, VA Kickstart Course – Zero to Launch in 30 Days, in November of 2018.

Her best resource yet is the 30 + Template Pack, jam packed with everything you need to get organized and have your business ready to go even before you get your first client. I would grab this pack TODAY, cause the price will be going up very soon. Right now it is only,

$27 

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Oh my goodness, Right?! That is less than what I paid for my domain name and hosting when I was starting out.

The VA Finishing School Website has so many tip and tools to help you on your online business journey. You can check out some of her helpful videos here.

So, If you are a virtual assistant or have really considered wanting to pursue this online journey too, come follow Janine and The VA Finishing School, Grab your Packet, and hop in on a FB Live. I promise you, you will be impressed. Welcome to the VA World!!

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