This week’s blog posts will be all about PINTEREST!! It’s literally a bloggers favorite tool for bringing in traffic. But not only that, it will also help you to continue to bring traffic for months or even years to come. If you’re not on Pinterest yet…GET. ON. IT. Like, seriously. Go make a profile right now and then come back and read this blog series! Pinterest will be your favorite blogging tool if you use it right!
I recently went from 100k profile views (which is still a lot by itself) to over 200k monthly profile views. I know eventually these numbers will translate into website views if I stick at it! This blog post is going to be part of a blog series – my first blog series! I have spent countless hours researching how to get traffic from Pinterest and I am so excited to share with you what I’ve learned! By doing all that I’m going to share with you, I was able to grow my profile views by over 100k! That’s a lot!! My website will slowly benefit from it. I’m just being honest, you will see results right away but you’re not going to go from 0 website views to 50k website views overnight. You might, however, go from 0 views to 50 views and that’s really good. Just keep at it, keep pinning, and it will pay off eventually! Let’s get started!
Hey! I wrote a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:
check out my 5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram post
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pinterest business account
If you’re at all serious about blogging, then you need to invest some money up front. It will make your life a whole lot easier if you buy the right tools for your blog. Before investing any money, though, one thing you really need to do is make your Pinterest profile into a business account.
Here are a few reasons why:
- you can track how your pins are doing – which is really helpful in determining which pins are bringing you traffic (more on this in this post)
- you can turn on rich pins (again, we’ll talk more about that here)
- more traffic!
I found this handy little guide to making the transition into a business account really helpful. Do all that it says up until she starts pitching her class to you (I’m sure her class is awesome, though, if you’re interested in taking it!). I’ll dive in a little further about what she talks about in this blog series, but essentially, we want to first transition our Pinterest account into a business one.
tailwind – why you should use it
The number one thing I did to help get all these page views was use Tailwind. Now, I really wish I could tell you that I didn’t have to pay a cent to get more page views, but it’s not true. That being said, it is possible to build up your Pinterest viewers without Tailwind, it’s just a whole lot harder and more time consuming! You could do exactly what Tailwind does everyday but spend hours doing it! With Tailwind, you set it up on one day and let the magic happen in the background (you still have to pin daily).
Here’s what Tailwind does – it allows you to schedule your posts and then posts them for you. It sounds so simple but it works magic! Like I said above, though, you can’t just let Tailwind be the only stuff pinning. You still should strive to pin at least 10 pins each day. If you don’t believe me about how great Tailwind is – give it a try yourself! They have a free version and best yet is that you don’t have to provide your credit card information at all to try it out. I love it when that happens! You get 100 free pins to try with Tailwind. I must warn you, though, if you do this free trial you will fall in love and have to upgrade to the paid version. That’s what happened to me. 😀
So the reason Tailwind is such a success is because the more active your Pinterest profile is, the more followers you will get, and the more repins you will get. Which is the ultimate goal. Tailwind just makes it easier to look like you are always pinning, even when you’re not.
tailwind – why i love it
Ok there are some pretty awesome features included in Tailwind. I’m not gonna lie, it’s definitely worth the little investment! Especially since it will bring you traffic. My favorite features of Tailwind are below:
- bulk scheduling – I’ve already touched a bit on this and I will talk about it more in a little bit, but the bulk scheduling is great! I love how easy it is.
- best time to pin – this is literally the best feature ever! Tailwind will analyse your profile and tell you when the best time to post would be. That way, the pins that you schedule will automatically post to those best times.
- set intervals for pins – I just recently found this feature and it’s great! If you are a contributor to group boards, this handy little feature is for you! Setting intervals will help it look like genuine pinning and not spammy
- warns you about spam – speaking about being spammy, Tailwind will actually warn you about if you’re pinning something that might be spam. Which is really helpful! It will let you know about broken links, as well.
- tailwind tribes – which are apparently better than Pinterest boards! I’m still working my way through being in a tribe, but they basically work the same.
There’s many, many other great wonderful features about Tailwind. I legit might have to do another blog post haha!
But for now, let’s take it one step at a time.
tailwind – scheduling
Now that you’re giving Tailwind a try (and if you’re not, just give it a free trial!!) let me show you what I did to increase my Pinterest traffic! I literally saw results in one week. That’s pretty incredible! When I say results, I mean I saw people pinning my pins and website views coming from Pinterest.
Before I go any further, if you haven’t read my blog post about making pinnable images yet, you really need to read that first before you read this post! If you don’t have pinnable images on your website and images that you could pin weekly from your website, Tailwind won’t help much.
tailwind – as a backup
So, I really want to stress that Tailwind shouldn’t be doing all of the work. You should schedule pins (I like to schedule my own pins, the ones that come from my blog) and then also be pinning every day. So, you’re still doing some work, but this way Tailwind is posting your pins at the best time of day for your viewers to see them. And what’s more, is that you can special loop it so that it doesn’t look like you’re spamming boards!
I could write an excellent post about special looping, but I really don’t think I could do a better job than Suzi does at Start a Mom Blog. Her looping tutorial is so fantastic! I use it all the time.
So, again, you’re scheduling pins with Tailwind but you aren’t letting it do all the work. You still need to pin pins. But what pins are good to pin? And should I just mindlessly pin pins? Well…
what pins to pin
No. You should just pin any old pin. Make sure it fits your niche. Are you a wedding photographer? Pin wedding pins! Niche down even further and pin rustic wedding pins to a rustic wedding board. Pin indoor reception pins to an indoor reception board. Etc.
Another thing I really want to point out is make sure your pins don’t lead to a bad link. Make sure they are taking you to what the pin says. If the pin says ‘How to earn money blogging’ and then it’s all about food…then that’s a bad link! Make sure you are pinning quality pins!
how to use tailwind to schedule pins
This is a very brief tutorial. Tailwind has plenty of videos and help to show you how to use their system. But basically, I usually go to the homepage of Pinterest or I go to a group board (are you on group boards? If not, you should definitely join some! My group board is for photographers big and small to share their tips and tricks. If you need a tutorial on how to join group boards, I wrote an article just for you!) and then I click on the fancy little Tailwind google chrome extension.
You then select the pins you want to schedule and then click ‘go schedule’ now you can decide which board these should be pinned to. Then you’ll just click the ‘schedule all’ button. Now, if you go back to Tailwind, ALL of those pins will now be in your queue ready to pin at the best time! And because I’m really bad at explaining things, here’s a video that should help you understand it better:
Interested in trying Tailwind? Try it out for free here!
tailwind tells you the best time to pin
Yep. That’s right. Tailwind let’s you know (well, it actually does it automatically) when it’s the best time to post. As soon as you schedule a pin and put it in your ‘queue’, Tailwind has already done all the work to figure out when to post your pin and will now just pin it at the most precise time. Pretty cool, huh?
After you hook up your Pinterest account to Tailwind, Tailwind will analyze your Pinterest account and figure out the best time for your profile to post pins. Ahhh. It’s so sweet. It’s customized for each profile! That alone should make you pay Tailwind, haha! I’m only half kidding!
after two weeks of using tailwind…
After only two weeks of using Tailwind, my profile went from 100k views to over 200k views. WOW! And My pins were getting way more exposure, with less work and half the time. I’d call that a win. Take a look at my analytics from Pinterest:
tailwind is the best tool for pinterest
But don’t worry, I have other information about how to grow your Pinterest traffic without using Tailwind. The benefit of Tailwind is that it does a lot of the work for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get genuine traffic without it!
In the next post in this series, we’ll talk about how to get traffic without Tailwind and what you can do to grow your Pinterest profile.
Hey! This is part of a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below: