Thursday, August 16, 2012

Are You a Gold Star Pinner?

Some of my teacher friends and I have noticed what we consider to be a disturbing trend on Pinterest lately. It seems like many teacher sellers are spamming boards with for-purchase items, usually without a price or even a $ sign to indicate that it is not a free item. While I agree that it is fine to pin some for-purchase products, I am concerned that Teaching Boards on Pinterest are starting to look like a giant advertisement with little useful content. I believe that teachers using Pinterest are more interested in useful content, such as blog posts, teaching websites and freebies. So to that end, I have created this Super Star Pinner Link Up.

Of course, you are free to do whatever you wish with your own Pinterest Boards, but if you would like to be a Gold Star Pinner and join this Link-Up, your teaching boards pins (and repins) must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 75 percent (3 out of 4) of your pins must either be for a freebie, a useful website, or a blog post that offers useful content such as teaching tips, pictures of your classroom, details of how to do teaching related project, ideas on teaching theory etc. Useful content does NOT include contests and posts that are focused around promoting a for-purchase product. 

  • When you do post a for-purchase product, it must have the price in the description or the $ sign to indicate that it is not free. 
Remember to link up your Pinterest URL, not your blog. I will be checking the links and deleting those that do not meet the requirements.

Once you have added your Pinterest URL, feel free to grab this button for your sidebar. 
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It is my hope that this link up will help teachers to find quality pinners to follow. 

40 comments:

Sherri Hansel said...

Thank you Rachel! I was just discussing this same subject with some other teachers yesterday.

Adrianne said...

I know that's why I love Pinterest is for all the great ideas and to see what my friends recommend. Not to see endless pages of ads from teacher sellers.

Thanks for sharing!

Adrianne

Morgan said...

THANK YOU! I've been trying to comment on people's with the actual price of their item. It absolutely annoys me to NO END. I'm about to delete a bunch of boards I follow because of the spamming. I think I'm going to pin this entry on a few of the boards, if that's okay with you!

:)

Rachel Lynette said...

That would be great, Morgan! Thanks so much for your comment and support!

Ms.M from Teachingisagift said...

Rachel,
Thank you thank you thank you! I just spent part of today "unfollowing" pinners who I feel are spamming the boards with things for sale. I LOVE a great FREEBIE and they motivate me to scour through all the pins on Pinterest, but lately it seems like everyone is selling something. Your idea is refreshing and I look forward to following some new blogs thanks to you!

Ms.M from Teachingisagift said...

Rachel,
I apologize that my link is to my blog NOT my Pinterest URL. I hope this is okay...I guess I need my reading glasses tonight! You can click on my Follow On Pinterest button on my blog. I apologize for any inconvenience my error my cause.

Rachel Lynette said...

Hi Ms. M,

I deleted your link since it was to a blog, but go ahead and link up again with your Pinterest URL. BTW, I appreciated your first comment!

-Rachel

Jessica Meacham said...

Rachel - - great idea! Just wanted you to know that when I visited your Pinterest page to see if you had a link to your website, I clicked on the little globe and an error came up (I tried three times). Not sure if this is happening to others when they click on it... Just thought you'd want to know. Google suggested the ending for me, so I did find your site (which is new to me..so something to explore!).

Lisa T =) said...

I almost just commented on a Pin with the price (like Morgan said), but I chickened out. LOL It was one of your collaborative boards, Rachel...and I know how you feel about it. Everyone on the board SHOULD know because you've made it so clear.

Some pin boards are NAMED specifically for TpT products or "products under $2", etc. I'll jump on and spam along with the rest of them - but never more than 3 products in a row. So I'm not worthy of your link-up....but I''ve followed many who did.

Good blogs & pins will have to fill the void of daily PLCs that were cut from our schedules this year. =)
.

Rachel Lynette said...

Jessica,
Thanks for letting me know! I had no idea. It is fixed now. Much appreciated.

Lisa T,

Thanks or your comment. Everyone needs to do what feels right to them and I appreciate your encouraging words!

Mrs. Yazzie's Classroom News said...

Thank you so much for bringing attention to this annoying trend. I didn't join Pinterest to be inundated with "advertising" from sellers! Perhaps I can't decide what others pin, but I can choose who I follow, and when I see someone consistently pinning their for-sale-products, I immediately unfollow them!

Chris
http://pinterest.com/chrisyazzie/

RainbowsWithinReach said...

What a great concept to encourage. Today I passed 40,000 followers at Pinterest and I probably have repinned a total of 50 paid products out of 17K pins. I totally believe the concept of pinning content is the route to build a following, interested in the material that you 'curate' through your boards.

WAY TO GO!!! I hope this concept gathers a lot of momentum.

Debbie
RainbowsWithinReach

Maureen Hoffman-Wehmeier said...

Dear Rachel!!

I appreciate the Gold Star Pinner list, and have clicked to follow all of those I had not previously been following. Thank you everyone!

-Mo

Mary said...

I appreciate this effort and will no longer follow pinners who spam the boards with paid items. Thanks for doing this!!!

Giselle said...

I won't follow pinners who are spamming the boards either. Thanks for this!!

Dynelle Dunn said...

Thank you for doing this, I think it's great to see ideas and blogs and am not trying to find extra worksheets to spend money on, I spend enough on my class as it is! Great idea

Farrah Kilgo said...

Rachel,
I couldn't agree more! Thank you so much for doing this. It annoys me when I find something that looks great and the pin redirects me to someone's TPT store. I'm not totally against selling items, but am from the "old school" Internet, when the theme seemed to be "share and share alike." This is a great idea.
Farrah

Shawna said...

Thank you Rachel, I was starting to feel the same way but couldn't think of a nice way to post about it. Now we just need to get people to learn how to pin correctly :)
Shawna
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

Linda Buckmaster said...

Thank you Rachel I have just read your blog about Gold Star Pinners. I joined Pinterest about seven weeks ago (I'm from the UK)and I think that I have just about done everything wrong since then... but to be fair I didn't know that I would even like pinning, but after the first week I was hooked(Pinterest isn't very popular in the UK - yet!). I have recently added my own name instead of blog name, and just changed some of the pins to include your recommendations (though resources were just a few days ago). I hope that I am following the rules now (for my own site).. it did not occur to me to vet the sites that I have pinned but will do so in the future! Thanks Linda

Shanna said...

I completely agree with this post! I get frustrated with people who seem to only use pinterest to promote their products for sale. Thanks for the suggested pinners! I already follow several of them, and now I have more people to check out!
Here is my pinterest: http://pinterest.com/shannacd/

Caitlyn Delaney said...

I completely agree with all of you ladies!! I just created my 100% teaching pinterest board that will not be spammed! Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/4thlemonade/

galereed said...

Thank you for this post. Your words are the truth. There are days that it seems almost every other pin I click are for $, and didn't know it because there isn't any consideration for the clicker.

JoLynn said...

Thank you so, so much! I am all for a teacher making a buck or two, but some of this is ridiculous. What is even more disturbing to me is the publishing of the Core Content Standards in varios forms. Placing the words "I can" in front of a standard does not make it kid-friendly. Putting cute border and icons and font on it does not make it worth buying. Plus, the CCCS is copyrighted material from which an awful lot of teachers are trying to make a buck. I will be even more diligent with my pins now that I have joined this lineup! Thanks!

The Wise Owl said...

Hey! Just posted a link to my pinterest boards. I don't usually pin TpT products (besides my own with price on occasion) but I do belong to collaborative boards where priced products are posted. I'm thinking about deleting them because of all the spam from the past few weeks!

Lisa said...

I think it's time teacher-sellers become aware of the pinning monster we've created and start our own code of Pinterest etiquette. I'm currently a member of a number of collaborative boards, but I plan to go through weed some of them out. I did start a board called Teacher's Lounge for pinning all things classroom with a few rules -no more than one free/one paid product per day -paid products must have $ -pin other classroom related pics, not just products. I like the variety on this board! I also have a lot of non teaching related boards. I love to find recipes, craft ideas, look at beautiful photography, collect quotes, etc. Pinterest is a cool site, but it's not meant to be a teacher's catch all marketing venue.
❀Lisa
Effective Teaching Articles Blog

Patricia Potts said...

What a great challenge. I have noticed more people join my boards when I follow these guidelines (big surprise, right?). Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing this! I for sure appreciate that someone is doing this. I will be sure to follow those who have committed to this. However I did notice one person whoishigh up on your list in particular who I had previously been following was constantly re pinning her own teacherspayteachers merchandise to a point where I chose to unforrow her.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. Insomnia got the better of me. Could you please delete my information so I can re-do it with correct info? Thanks!Lupe Palacios

Jolene said...

I probably should have added the name of my Homeschooling blog with my link up but that's okay. LOL.

I'm so glad you did this. I like to try to pin free ideas as much as possible and now I have many wonderful other pinners I know don't spam!

Jolene

Anne M said...

Wonderful idea, I too get discouraged when I see pins that just lead to products for purchase. (Before repinning, I try to check the pins first.)

I have 2 boards that I believe meet this criteria:

Resources for Substitute (Supply) Teaching:
http://pinterest.com/annom/resources-for-substitute-supply-teaching/

and Autism Supports & Ideas (geared to educators):
http://pinterest.com/annom/autism-supports-ideas/

Kelly Clark said...

Thank you for posting this. I am new to TpT and Pinterest and am guilty of pinning items from my TpT store often. After having seen this post and reading the comments helped me to understand how to better handle the pinning and my products. Again thank you for posting this and sharing these tips. Learning as I go...

Jenny said...

It is so timely that you posted this because I just got those thoughtsmrightnout of my mind when I opened my Pinterest account today. I started going to Pinterest because I love finding very creative ideas to use in my classroom. Lately, though, it seems it is just advertising for teacher's products. Don't get me wrong, I love TPT, but show me what you are doing in your classroom and let me decide I want to check out our products. Thanks again for this post!

Elaine said...

Pinterest used to have as one of their rules something to the effect of "you may no self promote" and it said something else. There was also something in etiquette about it. It's no longer there, but I think it needs to be, especially when it comes to selling. I have a pinboard just for my stuff, but it's all free and in one location. I know one teacher-seller that puts her own stuff in multiple boards of hers.

I really think this is a great idea and very much appreciate you creating this link-up!!

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Michele Jackson said...

I'm right there with you! I also hate blog posts that start out as helpful hints, but then somewhere along the line turn into a TPT commercial. There should be a note right at the beginning of the post saying that it's an advertisement.

Mary Wingert said...

I just found this post, and it is much appreciated! I agree with everything you said. Pinterest really should be about sharing ideas.

Mary
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Anonymous said...

I just started Pinterest and I can not even upload my picture or any for that matter. What is spam and pricing that you want? I just get ideas.

DebiSealeyCoe said...

I just started Pinterest and am reading this. What is spam and pricing? I have just been gathering ideas...some don't have pricing. Spam I need to delete...example please.

Thank you - Debi

charlmarjo said...

I totally agree with you! It is so annoying to click on something interesting with no dollar sign to find out its not free. That's the reason why I stopped going on Pinterest.

Nancy Alvarez said...

I agree! Just linked up.

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