I have used Pinterest for quite awhile. I started well before I started on TPT. I used it to find recipes, craft ideas, and teaching ideas. Pinterest has made some changes over the years but one thing remains. Pinterest is a visual site. It works for me because I am a visual person. Here are some tips for using Pinterest as a marketing tool for your TPT business. 1) Business Account - Be sure you change your personal account over to a business account or start a new business account. I changed mine over from a personal account to a business one instead of starting over. I don't have enough time in my day to keep track of 2 Pinterest Accounts. To convert your account, go to Pinterest Business . Choose Convert Now and follow the steps. You will not lose followers by doing this, and you will not lose your boards. ⓣⓘⓟ ☞   Add your logo or picture that you use in your store & social media. Your profile description is only 160 characters, so be short and sweet in your descri...
Everyone has a different way to organize. This system has worked for me for several years. I start with a main folder for Teachers Pay Teachers. Inside that folder, I break it down into some categories: Marketing, Completed Products, Products to Finish, Data, etc. ...
Are you looking for success and the get-rich-quick scheme? Or are you looking to help others and be of value? As sellers, we should be providing value to TPT. We are helping teachers by creating quality resources that can be used with students in meaningful lessons. Be sure you are a seller that is providing value to others. Have a great week! ...
You try to go to sleep at night - product ideas pop into your head. You drive to work - product ideas pop into your head. You sit down to create a product. Next thing you know 20 ideas are popping into your head for other products. What do you do? It's time to get those ideas out of your head and onto a list. ...
Everyone loves a good freebie. Myself included! As a teacher, I would scrounge around for anything I could find to work with my kids. Funds were small and student needs were greatly varied. I found free things, and I paid for resources. I believe we should give back to teachers. Most teachers work hard at their profession and giving back feels great! But I feel that we should think through why we are providing a free resource. I have some thoughts on freebies. If you post it to your store as free, it should stay free. Some people call them Forever Freebies. Now I do think it is different if you post something for free, decide to add to it, and price it after that. Although the free piece could lead to the larger paid product. ...
You don't have to do it all perfectly. Maybe you only post to your blog once a month. Maybe you only post to Facebook 3 times in a month. Maybe you only create one new product a month. You have other life responsibilities. Do what you can, when you can. Sometimes you have to let your idea of perfection go and do what works for you and your life. Have a great week! ...
Sales, sales everywhere! It's my mother's birthday - throw a sale. I have a new puppy - throw a sale. I think the weather changed - throw a sale. I might eat at a fancy restaurant tonight - throw a sale. Okay, these are exaggerations, but it seems people are throwing sales all the time. You don't need to throw a sale every time the wind changes. That would be a lot here in Indiana. If you have something special you want to celebrate, then by all means do that. If you are throwing a sale just to throw a sale and get customers, don't do it. ...
When writing product descriptions, you are able to use some HTML coding. This will allow you to: 1) bold text 2) italicize text 3) center items 4) create hyperlinks to other products 5) have bullets 6) create decorative separating lines So how do you do it? Be sure to take out the spaces! ...
It takes consistent hard work to make your dreams happen. Keep working hard. Have a great week! ...
So you've started selling on TPT. You have a few products in your store. You are ready to sell, sell, sell. You sell an item one day. Maybe two sales another day. You get excited. Maybe this will work. And then ... no sales for several days. Now you are feeling bad about yourself and your store. Maybe this isn't for you. Any of that sound familiar? That's how it goes for most TPT sellers. Selling at TPT is like a roller coaster ride. There will be ups and downs. Some days you'll feel like you're in a spiral downward slide. And some days you'll be thrown for a loop. You have to roll with the ups and downs, the twists and turns. The thing about this roller coaster ride is that it's yours and you are in control. It takes a lot of patience and hard work. You can't get down and out about not making a sale. You can't whine when sales are slow or non-existent. You can't compare your journey to someone else's. We've all been there - no sales ...
What do your TPT resources need? Your final resource that you upload to TPT should have the following added to it: ⇛ An amazing cover ⇛ Your quality product (any directions, student pages, answer keys) ⇛ A Terms of Use (TOU) page ⇛ Credit for clip art/photos and font artists per their TOU ⇛ Your email, blog, and social media contacts with hyperlinks ⇛ Other products you offer (upsell) with hyperlinks Cover Every resource you make needs a cover whether the resource is free or paid. I like to create a rectangular cover that is included with my resource PDF and a square cover (any square size will do) that is uploaded to TPT separately. It is super important that you create your OWN style for your cover so that you stand out from other sellers. Do not duplicate someone else's cover design. You can find more information about covers on the following blog posts: Product Covers and Why You Need Them  Video Choose a Size for Your Cover Anatomy of a TPT Cover Taking a Closer Look a...
What are you wanting to accomplish this week? Write it down to keep your goal in mind. Have a great week!...
I hope you are enjoying the new blog and learning from the information I've been posting. There are many new(er) sellers that have started TPT and feel overwhelmed by it all. If you are interested in getting some free, specific advice about your store, I'm here to help! Here's how it works: ☑ Click below to join the newsletter. {If you are already signed up for the newsletter, click here for this form so I know you would like to have the free advice.} ☑ Once you've signed up, be sure to click on the confirmation email so you are added to the list. ☑ I will then email you my advice/opinions about your store. ☑ Feel free to respond with any questions you have! Some of the opinions that will be given include thoughts on the following areas: ☀ general overview of store ☀ covers ☀ previews ☀ banners/logo/branding ☀ free items ☀ titles/descriptions ☀ products My advice/opinions are based on my 2 1/2 years of selling at TPT and what I've learned along ...
Many teachers make resources to use in their classroom. I know as a Special Education Resource teacher, I was always creating things for my students due to lack of curriculum, supplies, and just to meet their needs. Now it's time to take those created resources and get them ready to sell. Here are some things to think about before you post an item to sell. ...
February has come and gone. It's hard to believe it is already March 1st. Hopefully, spring is just around the corner. The first day of the month for me is a day spent charting data and thinking over the previous month. I have a routine that I follow and thought I'd share it. I'm always tweaking my routine, but here is what I am currently doing. I will start by saying that I LOVE data. I track a lot of data. That doesn't mean you have to track everything I mention, but I do suggest taking a look at your numbers. I don't suggest you track numbers you aren't going to look at just to be tracking something. So what do I track? ...