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?
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