Pinterest is my second highest source of traffic. I often mention this in various Facebook groups and 90% of the time, bloggers ask for tips. That being said, I've been compiling a word document of helpful information and thought hey, this would be a great blog post.
1. I pin 30-50 times a day and receive a follower rate I'm proud of. Every week I focus on a different social media platform to pour my time into. If it's Pinterest, I'll aim for 100 pins a day.
2. Delete group boards unrelated to your niche. When I first heard of group boards, I went crazy and applied for all sorts of boards because I wanted to get my posts in front of EVERYONE. It was the wrong move. You want your posts in front of the right people.
3. To find the right people, use pingroupie.com. Use the category section to identify your niche and then apply to boards that would be your ideal audience/blogging community. I look for boards with a high following.
4. Be mindful when you're pinning. I use to carelessly throw pins into boards and not look at them again. Before I pin to my "Travel Inspo" board, I ask myself, "Would I post this photo on my Insta?" I ask that because my boards represent me and my brand. I want people to come to my profile and expect a certain standard. Pin carefully and choose pins that will help you stand out.
5. Always, always, always pin to group boards after you publish a blog post. Make a spreadsheet of what each group board allows. (This is why you need to be selective with picking boards. Participating in too many can be overwhelming.) Don't forget to pin relevant content (that isn't yours), so you won't spam followers/contributors and get kicked out.
6. Don't stop reading blog posts about Pinterest. I'm not gonna lie, I hit 1,000 followers and I thought I knew everything. The moment I stopped reading, was the moment I stopped learning. I hope to edit this post one day and add a world of new tricks.
7. I get tired of my pins (made on Canva) easily. Delete pins that didn't get much attention and change up your typical look. Find a new template you love and stick with it. People will still recognize your work. Remember to include your blog domain to remind people who you are.
8. I hated writing Pinterest descriptions at first. They aren't fun. I just finished a blog post and the last thing I wanna do is write a description, including key words. However, these are straight up NEEDED. I find mine by typing my blog post topic into the Pinterest search bar and recording those key words. (Is this how other people do it too lol? Always wondered.)
9. You want to be known for your boards. That being said, make sure you have a fair amount of pins in each board. Most bloggers recommend having a 100 pins at minimum.
10. Teach yourself how to pin super fast (+mindfully) or invest in a software like Tailwind. I tried the free trial and didn't necessarily understand it. I plan on purchasing a plan sometime this summer once I have the funds to do so. I wouldn't normally recommend a software without successfully using it myself, but a lot of bloggers I trust use it and receive insane traffic with it.
I've taught myself to do 100 pins in about 15 minutes. I put in my headphones and play three killa hype songs, then boom, I'm done.
11. Use your Facebook groups to learn about Pinterest and find boards. I probably found 70% of my boards using my Facebook groups. Board owners often create a thread and ask people who are willing to join. (Look for these!) If you can't find any, create your own thread and ask if anyone is looking for board contributors, in your specific niche. (Make sure you are allowed to create your own threads before you post)
12. Track your progress using Pinterest Analytics. I normally only write down my monthly viewers, follower rate, and occasionally monthly engagement. Generally, on the first of every month, I'll create a Pinterest follower goal. This is an important habit to start if you are just beginning your blogging journey. It will motivate you to be consistent and complete your social media routine daily.
I had high hopes of creating an "Omaha based" travel post this week. Although, I didn't factor in that I'd be spending most of my weekend in Aurora for Hunt's birthday lol. (My sister) I hope this post helps you kill it on Pinterest! I love watching my account grow and helping others do the same.
*What Pinterest tricks do you have?
*Do you have a Pinterest account for your blog? How often do you pin?
Bliss Junkie is under a lil' construction and I am oh so happy about it. I'm transforming it into a Faith and Travel Blog. I have either told you this 163 times or not at all, I can't remember. That being said, I'll be switching the content of my posts every other week. One week travel based, one week faith based.
For a long time I've been praying about the direction of this blog. "How can I serve your kingdom with this thing?" Slowly, I've been infusing things God has taught me into my "travel" posts. I love this idea, but I feel like I can take it further.
I've already said I'm obsessed with growth, especially in my walk with God. This past year I spent a lot of time focusing on how I could take my faith further. Here is a list of things I've been doing and really enjoy. Keep in mind, I am no expert. I don't promise you'll wake up tomorrow hearing God's voice crystal clear and without anxiety. I love challenging myself to be better and these are ways I'm trying to do it...
This is something I do during my daily devotions. I’ve done it off & on the past two years and it’s done incredible things for my decision making. I read a portion of a bible plan on my bible app and then begin silent time. I start by cutting out any noise. (Jesus music, tv, or roommates talking) I normally just go into my room quick if that’s the case. I set my timer for fifteen minutes. I ask God what He wants me to hear. I try my best to sit still and listen. It’s important to shove any distracting thoughts aside. I like to think of a still lake to shift my focus.
If my heart feels heavy, I ask to find the root of it and maybe draw a web diagram. If I'm pissed off at someone, I ask Him to carry my bitterness and expose a different perspective of the situation. If I'm pretty chill, I ask Him to what kind of self-improvement I could start on.
A few of my favorite bible plans on the bible app:
-30 Days of Heartwork (kick your butt kind of plan)
-Lead Like Jesus (doing it rn and it is a game changer)
-30 Day Prayer Challenge (learned the value of kneeling during prayer)
-Stop It! No More Worry (great techniques on understanding and dealing with your anxiety)
-(Un)Qualified (by Steven who does Elevation church and izzz thee best)
In high school, I took a creative writing class. My teacher, Mrs. Wiarda (the one who opened the world of writing to me), had us conduct an interesting exercise. We were to write a handful of things we were grateful for everyday and see if we could make it to 1,000 by the end of the semester. I adored making lists, so I immediately accepted the challenge.
I did it, however I wanted that routine to live on. It’s been three years since that class and I continue to add to the list. I’m on #5,426😊 I like this routine because most of the things are examples of what God does for me on the daily, without much prayer involved.
Tracking answered prayers:
Man, I am obsessed with recording answered prayers lately. I started this habit sometime last year? It has done CRAZY things to my prayer life. I use to think every week or so, “Oh hey wow God thanks for answering that prayer.” NOW, I’m finding myself saying thank you two to three times a day. THAT’S A BIG DEAL. God has put in A LOT of work for me. DYING ON THE CROSS type of work. It's about time I acknowledge his hand in more areas of my life.
This can mean a lot of things. A few examples are leading a bible study, discipling someone, taking a higher position in your church, or starting a service project. As believers, we’re called to live like Jesus and that entails leading like him too. I am by no means a “social butterfly”, but that shouldn’t keep me from leading, even if it means I need to leave my comfort zone. One thing I had to remind myself when I was considering leadership opportunities was, “You are qualified Logan. You love Jesus and you want to serve His people with your experience.”
How I pray:
My prayer routine has gone through quite the change over the last couple years. Once we had a war room. Once I prayed before bed. (already half asleep) Once I gave myself a daily limit for how many prayers requests I could have. (I would feel bad if I didn’t pray for absolutely everything in my life lol) The past few months I’ve taught myself to be kneeling when I pray alone at home. My knees ache and I’m usually dizzy when I stand up, but I think it’s important to go the extra mile for things. I may not be hurting that day, but I’m sure someone I’m praying for is. The least I could do is feel a little burn myself.
Timing of devotions:
My life isn’t perfect, and this doesn’t happen every day. In fact, I was super tired this morning and ended up starting my devotion at 5 p.m. after work. Although, on a good day, I’ve trained myself to roll out of bed and do my devotions before anything else. Sure, it isn’t my favorite thing ten minutes in, but halfway through a cup of coffee and my grogginess, I’m digging it. I love starting my day with Jesus. Seriously though, think about it. How can you have a bad morning, if you are refreshed, content, and light hearted? Light a candle and open the windows for a perfect spring morning.
Learning to tithe-
I started tithing three years ago. (Tithing is giving a percentage of your income to the church/ a charity/ someone or something in need. I use to think only adults like 30+ were suppose to tithe lol. ) It began as an experiment and I doubted I would be able to keep it up. Boy, I was totally wrong. I use a cash envelope system because I waitress and I absolutely LOVE it. (Maybe I'll write a post about that soon. Should I?)
Anyway, after every shift, I took 10% out of my tips and put it into an envelope labeled "Give." I didn't imagine it would come through at theeee coolest moments. My dorm room ran out of paper towels. Give. I needed to bring snacks for a Christian Student Fellowship event. Give. There was a random offering at church that I really believed in. Give. I needed $300 for a mission trip. Give.
After a couple months, I started to take out 15%. I still do the 15% today and I barely notice the missing money. He's never put me in a position where I've needed it to make rent or pay for something unexpected. It's been a true test of control and trust. A valuable lesson I desperately needed.
I never thought I'd write something like this. It feels kinda personal. Ya, it's a few common routines, but eh I used specifics and those aren't always fun to share. I did that though for a reason. Whenever I'm reading someone else's blog post about growth, I'm disappointed when they don't share many details. Being vulnerable makes you real. It screams authenticity and I deeply appreciate that.
I hope these help if you're looking to grow in your faith. :) Save this pin for later if it was helpful! Email me if you ever wanna talk too. I love talking faith, so hit me uppp!
*What kind of things have you done to take your faith further? Any of the above?
*Did you find this post helpful? Would you like to see another post similar to this?
Travel bucket list:
Countries visited: 4