Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ten Minutes a Day (Part II)

If you have too much on your plate, slide the peas over a little for the second installment of Ten Minutes a Day, a list of strategies for running your online teacher resource business.

Some TeachersPayTeachers sellers are hard at it eight hours a day. Most of us, however, are squeezing in a few minutes when we can after grading a stack of papers and getting the kids down. It can be done!

If you missed the first list of tips, check out the post.

List #2

1. Create the HTML code for your social media connections. My blob of code is below. Simply copy it, replace the red with your own links, and create a Word file to drop it in.

<a href="">Twitter</a>
<a href="">Facebook</a>
<a href="">Pinterest</a>
<a href="">Instagram</a>
<a href="">Blog (Musing Mama K)</a>
<a href="">Website</a>

2. Starting with the first page of your store, go through product by product, hit Edit, and drop your code (from the Word file) into the bottom of the descriptions. You might get three to five done in a ten-minute chunk of time.

3. If you're  on Pinterest, create a board just for your TpT products. When you pin your own stuff, do so from that board. Here's an example.

4. Choose one of your pins from the product board. Rewrite one description to increase the chances of being found in a search. Longer descriptions tend to get more pins. Proof and repeat.

5. Create a product pin that is not a cover page. Go to PowerPoint, create a 12x12 custom slide under Design, drop in a page of the product or a picture of the product in action, save as a JPEG, upload to your Pinterest product page, and link to the product.

6. If you're on Twitter, join a chat. Just observe the first one you join to get a feel for the tone. I've noticed a couple of TpT sellers randomly jumping in on chats solely to promote products. Bad form! Don't promote products in chats. Just follow folks who interest you and learn what your buyers need. You might get some more followers, begin relationships with some great professionals, and learn a thing or two.

7. Have someone take a picture of you working on a product or teaching using one of your own products.Upload to Instagram or Facebook.

8. Go look at the first product you ever posted, get a good laugh, and then make that mess inactive. You need to start from scratch.

9. Organize your clip art. Bahahaha!! Speaking from a position of hypocrisy, I am all about downloading my purchases over and over and over. Craziness. Get your act together.

10. Go through your wallet and pull out all the $5 bills. Stick them in a jar marked Vegas 2016. Every time you get a $5 bill, it goes in that jar (Thanks NPR for this fab idea!).

Add more in the comments!!


  1. I popped over from the forums and got completely hooked on your blog! I'm your newest fan!

  2. I can't believe you topped your 10 minute list. These suggestions are awesome! I printed out your first list and put it in my planner so I could refer to it whenever I had 10 minutes. This one will be going there as well.

  3. This post is amazing! I've already started #1 and #2! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Lit with Lyns