When I started blogging, I had the same goal in mind as every blogger out there.
Need. Traffic. Now.
As I waded thru the info pool that is the internet and grabbed gems here and there in Facebook groups, I kept hearing, “Pinterest this and Pinterest that.” Everyone seemed to be saying to use Pinterest for blog traffic.
I resisted because I have to admit, I’ve never been a Pinterest user pre-blogging and had enough on my plate now that I actually was blogging.
And I’m so glad I did!
I’m in the beginning stages of my pinning journey and want to capitalize on the part of my journey where I’m just new enough to empathize with those who haven’t started using Pinterest and having just enough success with the methods I’m using that I wanna pass some info along to my fellow bloggers and blogettes!
3 Things I Wish I’d Known About Pinterest That I Know Now
When I started blogging a couple months ago, I thought having nice images that were high quality was enough for those who wanted to pin one of my images.
There’s actually a (simple science) to create images that people want to repin and save on Pinterest.
Desirable Pinterest images are:
- Vertical. That means longer than they are wide.
- Have lots of white space. There’s a lot of colors and shapes on Pinterest. Stand out with bright colors over a larger white space.
- Have easy to read font. After all, people want to know what they’re saving or repining at a glance. The ideal pin should state clearly what you’re getting into by clicking on it or saving it!
Pinterest is not a social media site…it’s a search engine.
That means keywords matter.
Thru out my blogging journey, I’m starting to find that keywords matter everywhere and Pinterest is not exempt. You should be adding keywords to your picture descriptions, board descriptions…even the About You section of your Pinterest profile!
Teamwork makes the dream work.
I didn’t even know what a group board was until I completed Eden Fried’s Pinterest Unpuzzled e-course. The nitty gritty of Pinterest group boards, tho, is even if you have not too many followers of your own, you can join group boards that have a huge amount of followers and use that to increase your reach and likely hood of scoring more repins.
I’ve been calling it ‘borrowing followers.’
You can join group boards and pin (within their guidelines) and start your own group boards and pin as you please. It all serves the same purpose of extending your audience reach.
While those are the three things about Pinterest, I wish I’d known when I started blogging (so I didn’t have to go back and redo so much!) there’s so much more to learn t0 put Pinterest to use for you and your blog.
Pinterest Unpuzzled - Grab it here!
If you’ve been wondering how to start utilizing Pinterest to increase your blog traffic and you need something that is SIMPLE and TO THE POINT, I highly recommend Pinterest Unpuzzled.
I started and completed the course in less than 72 hours. In that short bit of time, I learned how to
- Set up a Pinterest Business Account
- Enable Rich Pins
- Create BEAUTIFUL pins using Canva (very cost efficient)
- How to find and join group boards
- How to use Board Booster to schedule pins and move on with your day
- How to Pin with a Purpose (A Strategy!)
- And…How to grow my email list using Pinterest because who isn’t looking for more subscribers!
I learned all of this in 72 hours!
But the awesome part is what happened when I started implementing what I learned.
When I started the Pinterest Unpuzzled course, I had 94 followers and my monthly reach was 800.
Ten days later, I had almost 300 (engaged) followers and my average monthly reach was over 4K. You can see the steady growth in this snapshot of my analytics.
My Pinterest account is still a work in progress as I implement all the tips in Pinterest Unpuzzled; but with the rate of growth I’m seeing so far, I expect to see a continued and steady climb.
If you’re new to the blogging or Pinterest scene, Pinterest Unpuzzled is the most cost efficient and actionable course out there.
If you’re a blogging veteran and just trying to improve your Pinterest referred traffic, yup…I’d say Pinterest Unpuzzled is a sure-fire way to jazz up your Pinterest account.
Not to mention, if you have a question along the way, the creator (Eden) will answer it for you via email or in the Blogger Insight Facebook Group. Few courses offer support like that, which is something I personally appreciate. I’m definitely one of those people who needs their hand held thru the techy stuff.
At the end of the day, you now know three things I’d wish I’d known about Pinterest that I know now and you’ve got the skinny on a pretty awesome Pinterest e-course.
What Pinterest tips and tricks have you got up your sleeve?
Oh and before you leave, would you mind following me on Pinterest and sharing this pin? Thanks, bunches!