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SETUP GUIDE - How To Configure Social Multiplier 2
« on: October 09, 2016, 07:47:24 PM »
This is a step-by-step guide that will walk you through setting up Social Multiplier to automate all of the important aspects of your Pinterest account(s). It assumes you have already created those accounts following the guidelines shown in the Getting Started guide within the software. If you have not yet read that guide, open Social Multiplier 2 and read it first.

STEP 1 : ADDING ACCOUNTS



Adding accounts is simple. Just enter the account details and click UPDATE. Social Multiplier will not let you add accounts unless the username, email address and password are correct.

Your account username can be found in your Pinterest account URL. For instance, if this is your account url:

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https://www.pinterest.com/myusername/


Then your username is myusername.

What a proxy is, and whether or not you need to use one, is covered in the Getting Started guide inside the software.


STEP 2 : ADDING PINNING JOBS



Social Multiplier will automatically pin images to the board(s) of your accounts. To do this you set up pinning jobs. A description of each field and what it is for follows:

  • Tags - Tags are just descriptive keywords you can use to filter the list of jobs using the Tags/Filter form above the list. They do not have any impact on the job itself, but are merely there to help you should you have a lot of jobs and need to filter the list to show only certain jobs.
  • Account - The Pinterest account you want to create the job for.
  • Board - Which board should be pinned to. This board is automatically populated with all of the account's boards once the account is selected.
  • Randomly select board to pin to - If you want the job to pin to all of the boards in the account, randomly choosing a board each time the job runs, check this box.
  • Image Keywords - Social Multiplier will find popular pins matching the keywords you supply in this box (one set of keywords per line) and add them to its database. Those pins will be repinned to the selected account's boards, swapping out the source URL with one of the target URLs you supply.
  • Use my own custom images - You can supply your own images if you prefer not to use popular images on Pinterest or need the images to link to specific pages with specific descriptions. (More on how to load your own images is shown further down this post.)
  • Target URLs - A list of URLs you want the pins to be linked to. One URL will be randomly chosen to attach to each pin that requires a target URL.
  • Use Target URL - How often to use one of the target URLs in the pin. The original pin's target URL will be used the rest of the time. Unless you have some specific reason not to use the target URL every pin, it's recommended that you keep every pin selected because that will maximize traffic to your site.
  • Max Pins / Day - The number of times you want the job to run in a 24 hour period. The job runs are spread out over the 24 hours. For instance, if you set this field to 240, the job will run every 6 minutes.
  • Schedule - The days of the week and hours of the day you want the job to run. Unless you have some specific reason not to run the job every day, 24 hours a day, it's recommended you leave this set to every day of the week, 24 hours a day, as it will maximize traffic to your site.

STEP 2b : ADDING CUSTOM IMAGES TO PINNING JOBS



You can specify exactly which images you want to use in pinning jobs, and which specific URL each image should target as well as the description of each pin. To do that you need to load a custom image file. Check the "use my own custom images" checkbox in the pinning job and click the "Load Images" button. That will bring up the custom image loading window.

  • Click the "Choose File" button to select the file you want to load the images from. It can be a CSV (comma separated values) or TSV (tab separated values) file.
  • If the first row of the file is not the row headings (that is, row names and not actual values), uncheck the "First row contains headings" checkbox.
  • If the file was a TSV, click the "Tab Delimited" selection button. The results will readjust themselves immediately.
  • Then from the three drop-down boxes, select which field of the file corresponds to the image URL, the target URL and the image description.

When you're doing with all that, click the Update button.

If you're still not sure, here's an example of a single row (you can have as many rows as you want, but they need to follow the layout shown below).

"http://jonathanleger.com/images/logo.png","http://jonathanleger.com/","Jonathan Leger has been creating software since he was 14 years old."

If it's still not clear, the first block of information is the link to the image. The second block is the web page you want people to go to and the final one is the description.


STEP 3 : ADDING FOLLOWING JOBS



Social Multiplier will automatically find users interested in your target market and follow them. Many of those users will follow you back (typically from 10% - 30%), growing the popularity of your Pinterest account and increasing the traffic it generates when it pins. If users do not follow back within 7 days, they are automatically unfollowed by Social Multiplier. This is because Pinterest will only let an account follow 50,000 other users, so it's important to unfollow those users that do not follow you back.

To do this you set up pinning jobs. A description of each field and what it is for follows:

  • Tags - Tags are just descriptive keywords you can use to filter the list of jobs using the Tags/Filter form above the list. They do not have any impact on the job itself, but are merely there to help you should you have a lot of jobs and need to filter the list to show only certain jobs.
  • Account - The Pinterest account you want to create the job for.
  • Following Keywords - The system will build a database of boards related to the keywords you supply here (one set of keywords per line). Users following those boards will be followed by the system. This will build up followers for the account who have expressed an interest in your market, making the followers far more valuable.
  • Max Follows / Day - The number of times you want the job to run in a 24 hour period. The job runs are spread out over the 24 hours. For instance, if you set this field to 240, the job will run every 6 minutes.
  • Schedule - The days of the week and hours of the day you want the job to run. Unless you have some specific reason not to run the job every day, 24 hours a day, it's recommended you leave this set to every day of the week, 24 hours a day, as it will maximize traffic to your site.

NOTE: Pinterest will let you follow a minimum of 500 other users and a maximum of 20 times the number of followers the account has. So, for instance, if you have 100 follows you can follow a maximum of 2,000 users. Social Multiplier keeps track of your account followers and will not attempt to follow more users than Pinterest allows. This is automatic and requires no additional work on your part.



STEP 4 : ADDING INVITING JOBS



Pinterest allows you to invite the people following your account to pin to your boards. This creates "collaboration boards". Social Multiplier will automatically invite other people to pin to any board you specify.

NOTE: My experience and testing shows that there is little to no benefit to having collaboration boards. This functionality has been included in Social Multiplier in order to make it complete. But unless you have some good reason to create collaboration boards, or wish to test their effects on your own, it's recommended that you do not use this functionality.

A description of each invite job field and what it is for follows:

  • Tags - Tags are just descriptive keywords you can use to filter the list of jobs using the Tags/Filter form above the list. They do not have any impact on the job itself, but are merely there to help you should you have a lot of jobs and need to filter the list to show only certain jobs.
  • Account - The Pinterest account you want to create the job for.
  • Board - Which board your follows will be invited to pin to. This board is automatically populated with all of the account's boards once the account is selected.
  • Max Invites / Day - The number of times you want the job to run in a 24 hour period. The job runs are spread out over the 24 hours. For instance, if you set this field to 100, the job will run every about every 14 minutes. The maximum invites Pinterest will let you perform per day is 100, therefore that is the maximum Social Multiplier will let you set here.
  • Schedule - The days of the week and hours of the day you want the job to run. Unless you have some specific reason not to run the job every day, 24 hours a day, it's recommended you leave this set to every day of the week, 24 hours a day, as it will maximize traffic to your site.


PROCESSES, ERRORS AND MAINTENANCE



The Processes tab contains a list of processes currently running in Social Multiplier 2, the last 100 Pinterest account errors logged by the system and a number of maintenance functions you can perform.

Running Processes List

Every time any action is performed with any Pinterest account in the system, that action will be shown in this list.

Errors

Every time an error occurs with any job that is run, the error is logged and shown in this list.

Maintenance Buttons

Generally speaking you should never need to use these buttons. It's recommended that you only use them if instructed to do so when receiving support for any unexpected issue you may encounter.

Refresh Images - This button will cause all of the images loaded for all of the pin jobs to be deleted and for the database of pins matching the keywords in the pin jobs to be rebuilt. Depending on how many jobs you have configured, and how many keywords are configured for each job, this process can take quite some time.

Refresh Boards - This button will cause all of the boards loaded for all of the following jobs to be deleted and for the database of boards matching the keywords in the following jobs to be rebuilt. Depending on how many jobs you have configured, and how many keywords are configured for each job, this process can take quite some time.

Refresh Account Data - Social Multiplier keeps a database of every follower for each account, and every user each account is following. It does this in order to know when to unfollow people that have not followed you back. This button will cause all of that data to be deleted and rebuilt for every account in the system. Depending on how many followers/following users the accounts have, rebuilding that data can take quite some time.
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