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Pinterest! It’s on every blogger’s tongue with claims of blog shattering traffic, but why and how are some bloggers so successful at gaining followers? You either love Pinterest or you’re frustrated and confused by it. I’ll teach you how to quickly make changes to your profile so you’ll see a difference in your stats to ultimately drive traffic to your site!
“90% Of my traffic is driven from Pinterest!” But how you ask? I had 19 followers less than a year ago. I wanted aggressive growth and let me share with you how I got over 1,000 followers in less than 6 months!
No gimmicks; get ready for some easy tips that will immediately influence and effect your account plus I’ll share Pinterest facts most people won’t tell you.
Pin Other People’s Pins
I hear it all the time “No one pins MY pins, I get nothing linked from Pinterest to my Website! There’s no traffic! What am I missing?” Have you been there? If you told me that was your current experience, the first thing I would do is check what you share. If all you share is your own content you are doing Pinterest WRONG!
Guess what? When you are new, no one really cares what’s on your site. It’s hard to hear but I promised truth. It takes cultivating to succeed at Pinterest.
Chances are other site’s pins are more popular and fetch more repins because they have built a reputation as being trustworthy sources of information. That doesn’t mean your pins can’t be in the same category though.
Counter that by sharing quality pins with high repin numbers while you build your own reputation. As a general rule of thumb I share 1 pin from my site for every 8 pins found from other sources.
You will gain followers for your boards because you share quality information from all over the web, your site’s pins will fit in nicely with that trusted information.
Think about it, a lot of Pinterest users don’t even have a website, they never share their own content. Why do they have 1000’s of followers? Clearly it’s not because of anything they’ve written, it’s because of what they’ve shared and repinned! Pretty cool right?
Pin Popular Pins
We’re back in Pinterest high school where popular or ‘repins’ are king. Here’s what happens as an example: If a pin has 1k+ repins, most people would assume it contains quality information. ‘Maybe I’ll just pin it quickly… no need to check the link… it’s been pinned 1k times with that many repins it has to be good quality content!’
You know you’ve done it, everyone has. A large repin number gives a pin automatic credibility regardless of content. Use that to your advantage.
What’s the first thing you notice? I hope it’s that the ‘Saves’ column number count is SIGNIFICANTLY larger than that of the clicks. That tells you people are looking for quality content to save to their boards quickly more often than they actually read the articles. Which proves that repin numbers have a lot of clout and people pin them on the chance that they are good.
*You’re looking for high repins number, but remember to consistently share high quality pins that are relevant to your niche and helpful to your readers.
Check Your Links
Do you really need to check your links? YES! Don’t be a victim that inadvertently spreads spam, that equates to you losing a lot of followers. Before I realized what happened, 20 of my beloved pinterest followers were gone. I clicked back through my links and realized a supposed weight loss website just was pushing weight loss pills, it was total spam.
My followers didn’t like it, and down fell my numbers. It is especially important to check your links when you are auto scheduling pins, because you could spam 10 different boards.
Check What is Being Repinned from your Site
This trick shows you which pins are getting more action than others. If a pin is popular, you can use that pin structure to create future pins.
Enter this is into your search bar: https://www.pinterest.
When I check who has pinned my pins the URL looks like this: https://www.pinterest.
Now that you know how to search through all the pins that have been pinned from your site, repin the most popular ones. If you pin a fresh pin from your site everyday your pin starts at 0. However, if you check your ‘Source’ page, you can snag the pin that you see people have repinned the most. Pin, pins you see a lot of action on.
Create your own value, because as we discussed some people pin superficially and are looking for pins that will get them the most action back.
Want to implement hashtags for even more traffic? Check out: Watch Your Traffic Explode Through the Power of Hashtags
Pin the Correct URL from YOUR Site.
If you are haphazard with your pins, I guarantee you have mistakenly pinned your main URL instead of the actual post you intended to share. Avoid this mistake by taking the time to pin and then make sure that you are on the actual post you are intending to share every time.
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Get on Group Boards! You knew this was coming, but I’m really going to tell you the ‘why’. If you have 5 followers, then 5 people see your content, and hopefully… share your content.
That’s wonderful, but the internet is about ratios. There is a proportionately smaller chance that your pin will initiate a response the fewer the people see it.
So how do you get more eyes? You Pin to group boards. Pin your content, but also pin content with a high number of repins. If you pin a pin with 1,000 repins someone is more likely to look at it and think “What’s that about?”, and gets them to act.
Action is what we want. Join my group board: Connect and Share Promote Each Other for Success. Just follow me / send me a message to add you. High repin rates are what you want and our board provides that.
Utilize Your Alt Descriptions Every time
People might not be pinning your content like spreading a wildfire YET, but it WILL happen, especially once you start joining group boards. When your pin does get repinned that pin is seen by that person’s audience. Why not flirt with their audience a little? Entice every eye that sees your pin every time.
Easy Trick! A Pin description is the 2nd most important part of a pin, the first being the visual response. Make sure that all your pins have descriptions EVERY TIME. Do this by using your ‘alt text’ box when adding images to your website. Take the time to think about what you want your pin to accomplish, be enticing!
The ‘alt description’ will become your pin description once saved to pinterest. Pinterest functions just like google and you want Pinterest to pull up your pin every chance it gets. Without a description you are missing out on a chance to connect with your readers and add SEO.
Maybe you think ‘No, I’m not missing out… I add descriptions every time I pin my content’. Well, you do but does your reader? Some blogger’s won’t even repin an image without a description.
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From my example above you can see that I address the post name, what the post is about, who I am, and hashtags. All of these are crucial information. Create a similar formula for your descriptions so you can begin to get into the habit of always adding that information. (Hashtags have been said to affect Pinterest analytics, try for yourself, I found them to be quite successful.)
I think we can all agree that the pin on the left looks more complete and frankly more valuable. A valuable pin has a better repin chance every time. *Remember longer pins have a much higher repin rate. I used the smaller pins to highlight the text portion.*
If you’ve heard this tip before then what’s stopping you from updating your ‘Alternative Text’? It’s crucial, anything you share should be of quality with an updated description even if it’s not your content. No more excuses.
Automate Your Pinning on Tailwind
OK, we know blogging takes time…. so does pinning, and I just gave you a ton of work on Pinterest. I got overwhelmed with the amount of pinning I needed to accomplish to get the growth I wanted. It quickly became too ridiculous to pin as often as needed on a day-to-day basis. Sharing 50+ pins a day to various boards became more of a burden than anything.
I needed help, bad. After lots of research I started using Tailwind’s Free Trial to schedule my pins. Instantly I had more time to write and focus more time on social media. Tailwind helped me take my marketing to a new level with optimal pinning times to increase viewership. Pre-schedule pins felt less burdensome, and the added relief came at the perfect time.
So how do you auto-schedule pins with Tailwind? What does that mean? It means you can ‘queue’ any pin or picture from online to post to your Pinterest. Tailwind created AN AMAZING extension for your browser called, Tailwind Publisher. This allows you to schedule pins immediately from anywhere instantly.
The extension works similarly to Pinterest as I mentioned. I realize how scary it is to add more to your plate, so please see the images to see how easy it is to auto schedule.
As you can see from above Tailwind and Pinterest have a similar interface in regards to selecting your pins using the extension. The difference is that with Tailwind you are able to select multiple pins at a time, and select ‘schedule’ rather than selecting an individual pin and immediately selecting the board. It looks like this:
Select which board you would like to share to and then select ‘Add to Queue Now’ and it will schedule for the next available time slot. That’s it. Once scheduled, you can see the Pin in your dashboard waiting to be recalled.
Freebie alert! Tailwind is offering a free trial via The Rising Damsel. You are credited with the ability to schedule 100 auto pins. I recommend scheduling 20 pins a day for 5 days. This will give you a good idea of what scheduled pinning can really do for your follower count. Continue normal use of Pinterest, but add your extra free auto scheduled pins via Tailwind. Your influx of added followers will amaze you.
Another bonus of Tailwind is completely FREE ‘tribes’. Tribes are similar to Pinterest group boards and will give you immediate visibility to an endless number of people. I can help connect you with Tribes, but start with joining my brand new one here: Promote Your Blog-The Rising Damsel. I’m on Tailwind tribes all the time, feel free to message me with any of your questions, conveniently from Tailwind chat!
Fill your board with valuable content that interests you, and will benefit others.
Duh, keep reading 😉 There’s no reason to wait for your favorite pinner’s content to trickle into your daily feed. Go directly to the source and look at their pins!
There are a few people I follow closely on pinterest, their content is spot on and their links ALWAYS work. You follow people because you enjoy what they share, “source” pins from their boards and use it to your advantage.
Hit one board, or one person’s account to find great pins. It’s an easy and reliable way to potentially find 30 pins you love. It’s a win-win because you are sharing a ton of a fellow blogger’s content, and you saved a lot of time.
Even if you aren’t using Tailwind, this is a great technique to build relationships, just remember to space your pins out if you aren’t using an auto-scheduler.
Secret Alert! You can use your Tailwind Publisher on Pinterest. Simply click the extension when you are on a pinterest board you like.
This is especially helpful when you want to mass schedule pins and not think about sharing every single hour. Once a pin is queued, you can edit the description, edit the time, even add it to more boards or update the URL. Just remember to make sure that the pin links to the correct page.
Tailwind made all the difference in my approach and technique. I couldn’t imagine my social media without it now.
Use caution when ‘Branding’ your Pinterest Boards. Personally I do not like them. If all I can see is fancy font on top of a colored background, how do I know that I’ll like what your boards offer? I’m 100% more likely to subscribe to all of your boards if I can at least glance at what content they contain.
Despite what I say about high repin numbers, never ever pin a pin based on the repin number alone. I always check a pin out, make sure that the link works, and that the information is valid and useful to my followers.
I know it gets discouraging. Look at Pinterest as a tool, it’s not meant for immediate gratification, contrary to what many bloggers portray. It definitely works and will drive traffic, but it takes a little bit of effort to get the ball rolling.
Pinning is exponential and you need to put in the work, but once you start seeing other people repinning your content to their boards it’s the best feeling in the world.
Starting a blog was the best thing that I ever did for myself, being able to reach so many more people with my content is what it’s all about. Without Pinterest and Tailwind I would be flat in the water. Take advantage of Tailwind’s free offer and use that free $15 dollar trial to your advantage. Their platform and support will give your blog the extra push it needs.
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What has been your biggest Pinterest epiphany? Everyday there’s something new out there, and together we can combine knowledge! I would love to hear how you manage your Pinterest! Is it something that you struggle with? Or are you one of the lucky ones rolling in followers?
Find me on Pinterest. You can trust my pins, and I will always do everything that I can to help you grow. Leave your comments and your questions! We are stronger together. Much love and success, till next time.