My First Month Of Using Pinterest & How I Got Over 60,000 Viewers

My First Month Of Using Pinterest & How I Got Over 60,000 Viewers

My website has officially been alive for a couple of months now, and after doing oodles of research on how to increase website traffic there was one common thread: Pinterest.

I joined Pinterest a little less than one month ago. My main goal was to send traffic to my website. I didn’t focus so much on gaining followers (I figured they would eventually come).

From the moment I joined, I had no idea what I was doing. I was determined to give it a good shot, so I read hundreds of articles on how to build a successful Pinterest account. I experimented with Pinterest quite a bit and it is now my number one source of internet traffic! In the last week (when my account really started to take off) Pinterest was responsible for almost 60% of my web traffic!

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Let’s take a look at some screenshots. Please note the averages over the course of one month are a bit lower because for the first week I had virtually zero traffic.

Pinterest statistics after one month

The above relates to my Pinterest profile itself- the average amount of daily impressions and average daily viewers.

 

Number of people reached Pinterest statistics after one month

In less than a month, my pins have reached over 60,000 people!

In my first month of using Pinterest I have reached over 60,000 people according to this graph

Finally, these are the statistics for my website. Notice how in the last week my website traffic is significantly going up? Well guess what- I didn’t create any new pins or upload any new content to my website that week! The pins I had posted several days ago were still working their magic and sending traffic to my website! A pin has an average shelf life of 7 months- this is amazing, and this is the reason why everyone should use Pinterest to grow their blog.

Here are the 7 things I did to get these results. If I can do it, you can too!

1) Confirm Your Website & Get Rich Pins

To enable Rich Pins, you will need to have a business account on Pinterest. Rich Pins add a bold title and a description to anything you pin from your website. It means people are more likely to click on your pins because they stand out more. Rich Pins also make your account look super professional!

This video explains how to enable rich pins.




Here is the link to validate Rich Pins, as mentioned in the video.

2) Make Quality Pins Using Photoshop

So I already had Photoshop on my computer, however you can use free photo editor PicMonkey if you don’t have Photoshop. You want your pins to be long – 754 pixels wide x 1104 pixels tall. Use good quality images (images taken on a recent version of Samsung or iPhone are fine) and stick to using the same 2-3 fonts so your pins are easily recognisable as your brand.

View my pins to see an example.

3) Fill Out The Descriptions & Link Back To Your Website

Everything I pinned had a link back to my website or the page the pin was referring to. I even pinned a few inspirational quotes and if someone clicked on those, they would land on my website. Here is an example. Simply click edit on your pin and check the following has been filled out.

Always add a description to your pin, as shown in this image

4) Create 2 Pins For Every Blog Post

You may have written an amazing blog post, but if your pin doesn’t capture anyone’s attention, no one will read your post! Creating two pins per blog post is a great option because it means you can play around with different headlines, styles and fonts. See my example below:

Always create at least two pins for the same blog post, as shown in this image

Both pins link to the same article ‘How To Hike The (Illegal) Stairway To Heaven’. The first pin has had 419 repins. The second has had only 78! Doing this also teaches you what pins work for your audience.

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5) Join Group Boards On Pinterest

When I first joined Pinterest I had 0 followers. No one was going to see my pins unless they searched a key word that resonated with my pins! To allow people to see my pins, I joined a few group boards. Group boads, as the name suggests, allows multiple people to post to one board. They tend to have a large following because they are very active. If you share a pin, hundreds or potentially thousands of people subscribed to that board can see it, share it, and visit your website!

To find group boards to join in your niche, use Pin Groupie. My recommendation is to join around 20 group boards, including a mixture of groups with a large following and a medium following. On large group boards, your pin may get swallowed in the heap, or it could be shared by hundreds. Medium sized groups mean your pin is more likely to be seen, but not shared as often. Experiment with both.




Want to join my group board? It is suitable for all bloggers- not just travel bloggers! Simply follow me on Pinterest and then send me a message or an email and I’ll add you to the group.

6) Join ‘Re-pin’ Groups On Facebook

This is the number one thing that drove people to my Pinterest profile, and then my website. How do these groups work? Basically you post a link to you pin you want to promote. You then re-pin every other pin that has been posted in the thread, and everyone re-pins your pin you posted. If 50 people post a link, your pin should get 50 shares.

Find Facebook Re-pin Groups in your niche- you want bloggers in your niche to re-pin your pins so the people following them also follow you. I joined the ‘Travel Bloggers Guide To Pinterest’ and the ‘Ultimate Pinterest Group For Travel Bloggers’. Just do a Facebook search for ‘re-pin group’ or ‘Pinterest group’ to find groups in your niche.

7) Enjoy A Free Trial On Boardbooster

Pinterest likes accounts that post regularly- that’s where Boardbooster comes in. Boardbooster schedules pins that you have saved to a private board, to a public board throughout the day. This helps to account for all time zones so everyone around the world can see that you’re posting.

I’m not ready to commit to paying for a service just yet. That’s why I was happy to see that Boardbooster offers your first 100 re-pins for free.

Click here to sign up and get your first 100 re-pins for free! You do not need to enter any payment information- you can choose to join the paid service later, which is only $5 per month for 500 re-pins. I will most likely subscribe to this option soon- $5 is a small price to pay for the amount of time Boardbooster saves you.

Pro tip: Save yourself even more time by re-pinning the pins from Facebook groups to your secret board.

Did you enjoy this article? Make sure you read my article on how to create a travel blog for many more tips on how to make your blog a success.


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49 Comments

  1. Veronica Pineds
    March 23, 2017 / 5:16 am

    Thank you for writing this post!! Been struggling with Pinterest for a while. I’ve also read SO many articles on how to get traffic from it but it hasn’t been working for me. I’ve gotten people to see my pins, but barely anyone to click on them. So I’m going to keep working on my strategy. Thanks for the great tips 🙂

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 23, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Hi Veronica,

      Thanks for your comment! In this post I wrote what I found worked well for me and for growing my web traffic. It’s easy to get bogged down with too much information- I hope this works for you as well as it has for me!

  2. Lebogang
    March 23, 2017 / 6:08 am

    This is great advice. Thanks for your efforts in finding your formula and sharing with us. May all your dreams come true*

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 23, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks Lebogang, I really hope this helps you with your blog!

  3. Nicola MacPherson
    March 23, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Thank you, such a fabulous article.

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 23, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks Nicola, all the best with your blog!

  4. March 23, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    I am still struggling to figure out Pinterest but this is amazing! Congrats on the amount of traffic you have received.

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      That k you- I’m sure if you do as I did you will have a lot of success

  5. March 23, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Great post! I mistakenly thought I had rich pins enabled this entire time.

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Lucky you checked! They made quite a difference to my web traffic

  6. Kris Morton
    March 23, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I love this article. I’ve been meaning to ask you what software you use to make your pins because they’re gorgeous!

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      I use Photoshop- I set up a very easy template for myself to use and I just chop and change the background images and the text. It costs $9.99 per month to subscribe to PS and I use it for my website too so it’s well worth it!

  7. March 23, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Great tips!! Thanks for the info. I’ll definitely try these out.

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Good luck!

  8. March 23, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    excellent information! Thank you for sharing your research, and success.

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

  9. March 24, 2017 / 12:10 am

    So, I have been struggling with pv, forking out $$$$ a month trying to get pv from Pinterest. I just turned off my ad because I have total faith in this system. I am going to give it a shot, and I will be back on here to let you know. You are bookmarked. 🙂 You have made my day, and this information people will pay for. I am so thankful that you decided to share!!!!!

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Your comment has made my day! I can’t wait to hear how you get on. If you have any questions just flick me an email at yvette@wayfaringkiwi.com and I will happily answer them 🙂

  10. March 24, 2017 / 12:45 am

    I’m new to the concept of using Pinterest for a blog- I just used it to save some nice images- so I’m learning about possibilities. Still no idea how group boards work.

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      All you need to do is go to Pin Groupie and contact the board owner and ask if you can join the board. Once you’re approved to join, share your pins on these boards and the people that follow them can see them and share them! It’s such a good strategy

  11. March 24, 2017 / 1:19 am

    Awesome post! I have been wanting to get into Pinterest for quite some time but have not seem much progress! This helps a great deal!

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Just work hard for one month and then you can go away for a while and your pins will do all the work for you 🙂

  12. March 24, 2017 / 1:31 am

    Great article! I will be sharing on my Facebook business page wall.

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much! What is the link so I can check out your page?

  13. March 24, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Hi, am still new to Pinterest, this post will go a long way in helping me use Pinterest to my advantage. Thanks very much.

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      I’m glad I could be of help! Good luck implementing the strategies, in one month your web traffic should jump up considerably

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Good luck!

  14. March 24, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post! I just launched my blog a few months ago and I can’t wait to implement your strategies!

    xx Rio
    http://sincerelyrio.com

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Good luck! I honestly love Pinterest now. I was so skeptical at first!

  15. March 25, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Hey, awesome blog! Thanks for this post. I’m going to give it a shot. I keep trying to confirm my website, and I’m getting an “oops” message. Not sure if it ever confirmed…

    I appreciate the post, and I’ll let you know how I make out.

  16. March 25, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    If you want to use Yoast and pinterest rich pins you will need to be able to add plugins to your site. To be able to add plugins you will need to be running WordPress on a different host like Pressable or Bluehost

    At this time we do not allow for third party plugins on WordPress.com sites

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 25, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      That’s a shame! I recommend building your website on WordPress.org- that’s what I built my website on. I also host with Go Daddy for $9.99 per month. Hope that helps!

  17. March 26, 2017 / 6:18 am

    Great tips. I am starting to use Pinterest more and this will help me!

  18. March 26, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these great tips! I’ve recently decided to get serious about using Pinterest to grow my business, but it’s hard to find helpful tips. I’ve just spent the afternoon on pin groupie looking for group boards. There’s a lot of spammy stuff to sift through in the health/fitness/wellness area to get to anything good! They mostly seem to say to leave a comment on their latest pin, is that the best way to get in touch tho? And how long would you wait before following up if you don’t hear anything? Thanks again 🙂

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 27, 2017 / 1:54 am

      You are very welcome 🙂 Commenting on a pin posted by a board owner is a good way of getting in contact with them. You can also message the group board owner directly. They can take a few days to add you- if you haven’t been added after a week I would contact them again. I can add you to my Pinterest Group board- it’s a general inspiration board so it is suitable for everyone to pin to. Simply follow me on Pinterest (pinterest.com/wayfaringkiwi) and I will add you to it. Try joining blogging groups on Facebook as people often start up re-pin groups and post about them in these groups. I recommend joining ‘Boost Your Blog’ and there should be plenty of niche health and fitness blog groups on Facebook too- just do a search.

  19. March 29, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Thanks for writing this, it is really helpful. Pinterest has been on my to do list for ages and I’m now excited to start pinning! Thank you xx

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 31, 2017 / 5:05 am

      You’re welcome! Good luck!

  20. March 31, 2017 / 1:47 am

    This is awesome!! I can’t wait to try this out next week when I have some time. Probably a stupid question, but what do you use for analytics?? It looks super easy to understand and gives you a ton of information! I’m not super pleased with my analytics plug in rn so want to try something new!

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 31, 2017 / 5:17 am

      Hi Tarah! I use the WordPress plugin ‘Google Analytics’. It’s super simple and there is no coding needed to install it. SumoMe also records my statistics using Google Analytics. Good luck!

  21. March 31, 2017 / 2:14 am

    This is fantastic. I have been plugging away at Pinterest knowing I was missing some vital elements. You just provided them! Thanks so much and thank you for sharing your knowledge. It is very much appreciated.

    • wayfaringkiwi
      March 31, 2017 / 5:17 am

      I’m so glad I could help! All the best for your website!

  22. Michelle
    March 31, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Really appreciate you sharing this info. Thanks very very much.

  23. April 1, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    I read all the tips and they are definitely key 🙂 But I am already doing all of them, and my traffic is much much lower. Maybe my pins are not attractive enough or I am not doing something in the right way? I create pin images for every post, fill in description and board descriptions, participate in sharing threads and use Tailwind to spread my pins around a bunch of group boards. I’ve been doing that for about 3 months and have only modest traffic.

    Here’s my account https://uk.pinterest.com/live10countries/ would you be able to offer any constructive feedback please? Thanks!

  24. April 18, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Hi Yvette!

    Thank you for posting this useful information!
    I’m going to try few things that you just suggested here, I really hope it’ll help me increase my blog views.

    Thank you 🙂
    Shachar

  25. May 2, 2017 / 3:45 am

    Hey thanks for sharing this informative post. This would be very useful for newbie bloggers like me. I’m bookmarking this page for future reference 🙂

  26. May 2, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Thanks for this post. I’m just in the process of relaunching my site and I’ve been looking to include promotion strategies as part of the rebuild so knowing about rich pins is rally useful!

    I’m looking forward to trying out some of these ideas once I go live and start posting again. 🙂

  27. alwaysericajane
    September 23, 2017 / 1:05 am

    I’m getting ready to take the leap into travel blogging, and your site has been a godsend for hidden tips and advice! Keep up the amazing work (please!) and enjoy your adventures – I love reading about them, and your insight into van life has got me thinking about giving that a try, too!

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