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There are tons of ways to boost your traffic and engagement on your blog or website. Sometimes it might seem like you’ve hit a wall with the amount of traffic you are seeing. I know I was hitting a wall for awhile where I could not make it over that hump of an average of 300 views per day until I started to work on my Pinterest strategy. Sure my blog is only 2 months old so building followers and traffic is still sort of a struggle. Once I thought there were no more ways I can boost my traffic until I get more established, Pinterest came through like a knight in shining armor. Now I am easily seeing 1,000 to 3,000 views per day with my Pinterest strategy and that isn’t even on the good days! It grows every day with my Pinterest strategy. Want to learn how you can boost your traffic with Pinterest? Well of course, why else would you be here.
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Ready to see how I went from 300 to 3000 page views in 1 day!?
I thought that was almost impossible to accomplish when I started out blogging. But I am a living, breathing example of how it is 100% possible to skyrocket your traffic with Pinterest alone!
Some additional side notes I would like to start off with…
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Now let’s get to the step-by-step process on how to boost your traffic with Pinterest!
Add a pin-it button to your blog.
I use Shareaholic for my ‘pin-it’ button. It is that clickable Pinterest icon you see when you hover over images on my blog. You can get started with the Shareaholic plugin here.
Create ‘pin-worthy’ images.
Pin-worthy images are vertical images that are interesting, pertains to the subject of the pin’s post, has clear text that is easy to read and a pop of color. Some people like to create branded pins where they all sort of look the same, I sometimes do that as I always use the same color scheme but I never make 2 of my pins look exactly the same. I think that makes it hard for people to tell them apart and they will just skim over pins they think they have already seen or clicked on.
Here are some examples of my recent pins straight from my iliketodabble Pinterest board. These are all high performing pins and had a huge role in me jumping to 3,000 page views in one day last weekend!
I create all of my pins with PicMonkey. In PicMonkey, you can use any one of their hundreds of Pinterest vertical image templates to customize to your desire. I especially like PicMonkey much more than Canva because I like the fonts available in PicMonkey better, how easy PicMonkey is to use, and I can save all work in the PicMonkey Hub still in their own layers so it is like creating my own little custom templates for future work.
Here is a glimpse at some of the Pinterest templates that PicMonkey has to offer.
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We are all not photographers but we all need stock images to use in our pins. To get interesting images for your pins, get 10 free images from Adobe Stock or check out this post where I list tons of resources for free stock photos that are legally free to use and share!
Apply for and use Rich Pins.
Check out my step-by-step tutorial on how to apply for and use Rich Pins here. It is the easiest to follow tutorial out there to date! I promise.
Join Pinterest group boards.
If you have no idea where to find these, visit pingroupie.com. You can search for your blog niche and it’s corresponding Pinterest group board in pingroupie and then click to navigate to that group board. You will then have to follow the directions indicated on the board on how to join. Each group board is different and they all have different directions on how to join and different rules for membership. They are however all free to join and use.
I have recently created 3 group boards that you can request to join. Just follow the directions on each of these boards to be accepted and start pinning!
Frugal and Thrifty Living Tips – Group board for frugal and thrifty living niches.
Blogging and Pinning – Group board for blogging niches.
Pin your heart out! – Group board for all niches!
Remember, you must be following me on Pinterest in order to be added to these boards. Follow me here!
Join groups on Facebook geared towards Pinterest promotion.
Another way to find Pinterest group boards with a high number of followers, that are in your niche, and that will skyrocket your traffic is to network on Facebook groups first to find out about the best group boards out there. One Facebook group I recommend, that has helped me tremendously is, Bloggers Unite On Pinterest.
Schedule pins with BoardBooster.
Head over to BoardBooster for your free trial asap. After you get your free trial set up, you are ready to schedule your pins.
On the top menu select ‘Pinning tools’ and then select ‘Scheduler’ from the drop down menu.
Now that you have navigated to the ‘Scheduler’, select ‘Add Boards’ button on the far right. This is where you add boards to BoardBooster that you want to schedule pins to. You can add up to 10 boards at one time. These are then added to your native Pinterest app at ‘Secret Boards’. You then want to save pins to those boards in the order that you want them to be published.
This is how the secret boards will look to you in your native Pinterest application. The secret boards that will hold pins until they are scheduled to be published will have a tiny lock icon to the right of them. See the highlighted icon below for example.
If you add your boards to BoardBooster in bulk, it will then ask you how many you want to schedule per day and during which time span.
You can set up specific timings for each of the boards that you add to BoardBooster. You can schedule 1 pin per day to a board or multiple pins per day, spread out through the day between the specific timings that you set yourself in each board’s ‘Settings’. To change settings for a specific board just go back to the ‘Scheduler’ page and click on the board you want to edit settings for.
The best thing about BoardBooster is how easy it is to set up ‘Pin Sourcing Agents’ on your saved ‘secret boards’. Pin sourcing agents help you fill your Secret Board with the top performing pins by monitoring boards or by running custom searches. Sourcing agents will then repin the most viral pins to your Secret Boards to be eventually published to the Scheduler and you don’t have to lift a finger! Talk about success on autopilot.
Schedule pins with Tailwind.
Tailwind is a lot like BoardBooster that they both strive to achieve the same goal but in different ways. The best thing about Tailwind is that you can schedule a pin to multiple boards at the same time and even add them to your Tailwind tribes too.
To Sign up for a free trial of Tailwind, click here and get a free $30 to apply to any future paid trial of Tailwind.
Once you sign up for Tailwind, you are prompted to install the browser extension to install the Tailwind ‘Schedule’ button for any image that you hover over in the future. This ‘Schedule’ button is a life saver as it makes it possible for you to schedule any image that you want to pin, to multiple boards and your Tailwind tribes at the same time.
Clicking that ‘Schedule’ button for anything that you want to schedule, will bring you to the following pup p that allows you to type in what boards you want to schedule it to and what tribes you would like to add it to.
You can schedule it and add it to your queue in real time or save it for later!
Tailwind has such a large array of options and uses, I am still getting familiar with it. Here is a glimpse to the Tailwind sidebar so you have a sense of all the features you will be getting with Tailwind when you sign up.
When you want to know how your upcoming schedule of pins looks like, take a look at the schedule that is the widget on the right, on the Publisher Dashboard.
Tailwind tribes are absolutely free. Here is a list of tailwind tribes that I use frequently to refer to for new tribes I want to join. They are listed by niche which is even more helpful!
Pin at popular times of the day.
The best times to pin are when more people are on Pinterest and actively engaged. The best time to pin is between 8pm and 11pm. Sometimes different days have different topics that are more popular than others. Below is a list of each day and it’s corresponding popular topic that people are most likely to click on and repin.
Sunday: Food & Craft
What other methods are you using in your own Pinterest strategy to go viral, boost traffic and achieve success in your blogging life? I would love to hear more!
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