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Get More Blog Traffic Using Pinterest – WITHOUT Using Any Automation Tools – in Just 10-15 Minutes/Day

If you want to get more blog traffic using Pinterest, here’s some insight that will definitely help. Let me just state right up front — I’m a Pinterest crackhead! Yep, that just about accurately describes how addicted I am to the site.

And I’m not hooked on sharing recipes or any of the latest scrapbooking ideas (although if that’s your cup of tea, that’s fine too). I’m super-glued to Pinterest these days because it delivers loads and loads of site traffic.

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Update: This post was first published on April 20, 2017. It has been updated several times since. On June 4, I automated part of my strategy using Boardbooster. On July 10, I finally started using Tailwind (free version).

In the third week of September, I finally started using the paid versions of both Boardbooster and Tailwind. Between the two, I schedule between 35 and 40 pins to go out per day (a roughly 50/50 split between my pins (content from this site) and pinning content from others).

Pinterest: It’s All about Site Traffic!

If you do business online, you know how crucial traffic is — whether you’re hawking your freelance writing services, or a self-published book, or products and services as an affiliate marketer. Without traffic, you’re likely selling a whole lotta nothing! But that can all change in a heartbeat.

By investing just 10 to 15 minutes a day, you can get more blog traffic using Pinterest — significantly more — and you don’t need to use any social media automation tools to do it. I’ve gone from getting just 30 to 50 visitors per day, to almost 150 according to my latest stats – and I’ve only been using Pinterest in earnest since late February.

Following are a few things you should know before I get into the details of how I’m using Pinterest to increase this blog’s traffic.

My Pinterest Use

I’ve had an account for a few years. I don’t remember exactly when I signed up, but it was in and around 2013 or 2014. I was never a prolific user. I really only got one because it was the “hot” thing to do at the time, and I was trying to “keep up with the online Joneses.” I literally had no idea that I could get more blog traffic using Pinterest, so I basically ignored it.

How Often I Posted

I posted sporadically – very sporadically. I mean, I’d go three, four or five months without posting at all. I came “this close” a few times to deleting my account altogether (glad I listened to that little voice that said, “Don’t”).

To Get More Blog Traffic Using Pinterest, You MUST Switch from a Personal to a Business Account

In January 2017, I converted my personal Pinterest account to a business account. Why? Because when I took the “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” ecourse – which introduced me to the true power of Pinterest – that was the first thing it was suggested to do if you’re going to get serious about getting more traffic to your blog using Pinterest.

The primary difference between a personal Pinterest account and a business one is that with the business account, you can see your analytics – all that lovely data that tells you about site traffic. You don’t have access to this with a personal account. Already have an account? You can convert your personal Pinterest account to a business account. It’s very easy to do.

So that’s my history with Pinterest, which will put the graphics below into context.

How I Went from 1,000 to 5,000+ Pinterest Page Views per Month  – in Just 10-15 Mins/Day

In late February, I started actively pinning daily, using the strategy outlined in the affiliate marketing ecourse I took. Amazingly, it worked!

When I first started, my Pinterest stats were so low. I was only getting 30 to 50 site visitors per day. Now remember, my activity on the site was practically non-existent, even though I’d had an account for a few years. FYI, the stats in graphic below are from when I first published this post (4/20/2017). Click all graphics for larger view.Before we go any further, I just want to explain a little about the numbers here. FYI, this is why you need a business Pinterest account – these numbers are muy importante as they say in Spanish (very important).

Over 9,000 Page Views (5/15/2017)How to get more blog traffic using Pinterest

Stats from 5/15/2017

Almost 13,000 Page Views (6/12/2017)

Stats in this graphic here are from June 12, 2017. See how fast you can grow Pinterest traffic with just a little bit of elbow grease daily? Get more blog traffic using Pinterest: Real-time Statistics

Understanding Pinterest Analytics: What the Numbers Mean

The Difference between Average Daily Impressions & Average Daily Views

Page impressions are the number of times a visitor sees a specific element of a page, like an ad. For example, every time a visitor loads a page and an ad pops up, that’s a “page impression.”

By contrast, a page visit is when a web surfer user visits a page or pages on your site. For example, if a web surfer clicks through from a Google search and lands on a page on your site, that’s one page view. If they click on three more pages, that’s four page views in total.

Note: One user can generate multiple page views. And, each page accessed can generate multiple page impressions. Learn more about the difference between page views and impressions, and what it means for monetizing your blog.

The Most Important Number to Pay Attention To

I pay the most attention to Average Daily Viewers to my site because this is anindication of activity that’s happening from Pinterest to my site. Note, when you’re looking at the Average Daily Viewers stat in your analytics board on Pinterest (209 in the graphic above), what you’re actually looking at is how many people are viewing your pins on Pinterest (not on your site).

But how it affects your site is that a percentage of those visitors flow through to your site. I had one person who understands Pinterest a helluva lot better than I do tell me that she thought it was around 1-3% of that number. So of the 209 above, if 2% of them are clicking through to my site, that means about 4 visitors per day are coming from Pinterest to my site. Not a lot when your numbers are that low, but …

Look at the 6/28 graphic below. I had 3,240 average daily viewers. Two percent of that is about 65 people per day clicking through. See what a jump that is, in just a couple of weeks (from June 12 to June 28)? And this, ladies and gents, is the “power of Pinterest.”

Just want to send out a big thanks to Debbie from TheFlooringGirl for explaining the analytics in this section. Be sure to check out this super-informative post on getting more traffic from Pinterest on her blog.

How to REALLY Know How Much Site Traffic You’re Getting

FYI, to see the real number of clicks to your site from Pinterest (and all other sources), check your site’s Google analytics. When you log in, go to: Analytics > Website > Clicks. BTW, Google will understate your stats by probably around 25 percent. That’s because most”Direct” traffic is really unreadable traffic. But there’s no denying how amazing Pinterest is.

Doubling Site Traffic from Pinterest in Just a Few Weeks

I pretty easily doubled the number of site visitors I was getting from Pinterest within the first few weeks. Then, I got busy with a side project, and my pinning habits fell off.

Note: In the affiliate marketing course I took, the strategy outlined tells you how to automate the process. I still haven’t found time to do that – so just know, my results would undoubtedly be even better if I followed the system outlined to the tee. Hey, I’m getting there! And now, for another update …

Over 60,000 Page Views (6/28/2017)

The stats in the graphic just below are what the internal site stats look like from June 28, 2017. The above graphic just gives a snapshot.

Why the big jump in in page views in just a couple of weeks? I started using Boardbooster to automate pinning some of my pins. I still haven’t automated pinning the content of others, which I’ll use Tailwind for. I continue to do that by hand. Also, I had a couple of pins that got repinned a lot (one almost 200 and another way over 200 — on the way to 300).

A Big Drawback to Using Pinterest to Get More Site Traffic

Once I stopped pinning daily, my site traffic fell. So this has been one of the biggest drawbacks to doing things manually – which is lighting a fire under my butt to get things automated. When I saw traffic falling, I got back on pinning daily and within days, my site traffic was spiking upwards again.

Update 6/28/2017: Once I automated part of my strategy using Boardbooster and got a couple of pins to “go viral” (ie, get repinned a lot), I’ve noticed that I don’t have to pin every day, or as much when I do pin, to keep traffic growing. So automation is definitely key.

Also, I just want to keep stressing, I haven’t fully implemented the strategy as outlined in the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing e-course, which is where I first learned about how great Pinterest was for getting more site traffic. I’m really only at the beginning and still doing almost everything manually – and still seeing amazing results.

I’m literally on pins and needles (pun fully intended!) to see what my site traffic — and sales — are going to be like once I finally finish getting everything set up and my business season rolls around (Fall).

Note: Following is another update. See the 2,622 number in the graphic below? As explained above, that’s how many people are viewing the pins from your site on Pinterest (not actually on your site). But around 1-3% of them will click through to your site.

Almost 90,000 Page Views (7/19/2017)

How to Get More Blog Traffic Using Pinterest

I’m working to get the 2,622 number up to 250,000? Yeah, a long way to go. Why 250,000? Because that will mean that my overall site traffic will be about 150,000 actual site viewers per month (250,000 x .02). I use .02 because it’s between 1 and 3 percent. Again, it’s a guestimate as no one knows exactly how many actually do click through.

Pinterest Traffic = Ad Network $$

What I had failed to understand about making money online before taking the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing ecoure is that many bloggers make a lot of their money by being in ad networks. An ad network, in case you’re wondering, is just a company that connects advertisers to web sites (like yours) that want to host ads.

Ad networks like Mediavine pay out much more than Google AdSense, perhaps the most popular ad network online — significantly more. But, many of the top, well-paying networks having traffic minimums. Some start as low as 25,000 page views per month; others require 100,000 to 500,000.

My niche (freelance writing/self-publishing) tends not to be a high-paying one to begin with. Hence, I want to focus on building up strong, consistent traffic so that when I do apply to an ad network, I can maximize my earnings.

FYI, here’s a list of ad networks that new bloggers with little to no traffic can apply for.

My blog is monetized now with my own products (ebooks, ecourses) and affiliate products, so I’m lucky enough to be able to afford to wait until I build traffic to monetize it in this manner. And really, that’s the whole idea behind using Pinterest to get more blog traffic — being able to get into an ad network and earn money totally on autopilot.

Last Update Before Fully Automating Pinterest Strategy: 9/25/2017

See how traffic dropped in the last couple of months — from a high of 90,000 page view back down to 26,000? Again, you have to stay consistent with Pinterest. I hadn’t been (obviously).

My goal is to get the 834 number below (Avg. daily viewers from this site) to 100,000 by year’s end, and to 250,000 by the end of March (2018). So I’ve got my work cut out for me. But as you’ve seen in other updates, traffic can grow fast if you’re consistent with Pinterest.

26,000 Page Views (9/25/2017)

How to Get More Site Traffic Using Pinterest

Now though, I’ve officially signed up to the paid versions of both Boardbooster and Tailwind, so there will be no more “hit and miss” pinning. Everything is on autopilot. All I have to do is keep my pinning queues filled, and 35 to 40 pins per day will go out automatically.

To Get More Site Traffic from Pinterest, How Many Pins to Pin Each Day?

Why 35 to 40 pins? Because I did a lot — a lot! — of reading on how many pins you should pin each day, and that was the consensus among the experts.

One of the reasons it took me forever to get on the Pinterest bandwagon is because there’s so much info out there and it can be confusing. After spending months digging through tons of posts, I have a clearer understanding of it now. I’m far from an expert, but I’m out of the “deer in headlights” newbie stage. Thank goodness!

To Get More Blog Traffic Using Pinterest, Here’s the Simple Strategy I Use (Takes Just 10 to 15 Mins/Day)

I know this is a lot of information to digest, but I wanted to give you an overall picture so you can fully understand just how important traffic is to making money with your blog. And now, following is what I did when I first started using Pinterest back in April (2017) to get more blog traffic — without using any automation tools.

1. Pin Daily

By daily – I mean Monday through Friday, although I usually spent some time pinning at least one weekend day too.

2. Number of Pins to Pin

I usually pinned anywhere from 10 to 20 things. As you can see, this blog has a lot of sub-niches, eg, freelance writing, self-publishing, affiliate marketing, etc.

On Pinterest, I have 18 of my own boards and belong to 5 group boards — for a total of 23. I try to select a few pins for each board.

Note: I’d be ever so grateful if you’d follow my boards and/or pin a couple of things from them. An easy one? Pin this post  if you found it helpful!

3. How I Select What to Pin

Of course, I pin stuff that catches my eye that I think will be useful for my community. But then I decided to try something extra that worked really well.

I only pinned Pins with at least 1K repins where possible. I figured if that many people have pinned/repinned something, it must be good. Although, sometimes I couldn’t find one with that many, so if it has 400, 500 or 600, I’d repin it.

The point: pin items that have a lot of repins (that are pertinent to your niche, of course). Never pin something just because it has a lot of repins. Always keep your audience in mind and give them relevant content.

Some Trends I’ve Noticed Pinning “High-Traffic” Pins

Infographics: These tend to do really well – especially very detailed ones like this one on how often to post on social media (almost 7,000 pins as of this update!).

Lists: People love lists. Lists that I’ve noticed do really well are those that tout the simplest things, eg, 101 Blog Titles that Drive Traffic; 50 Commonly Misspelled Words; 23 Writing Tips Every Blogger Should Know; etc.

Simplicity: As noted above, simple seems to work really, really well to get more blog traffic using Pinterest. Who woulda have ever thunk that a pin on how to create a book outline would get almost 5,000 pins. I mean, didn’t we learn this in like, first grade?

I’m often befuddled by just how simple the content of some of the most re-pinned pins are. So don’t overthink what would make a great post that would get tons of pins (like I tend to do).

4. Pin Something of My (Your) Own

I always tried to pin at least one thing from my website. After all, the idea is to get more blog traffic using Pinterest — more traffic to your blog. I would have pinned more, but before I pinned, I created a new graphic for it. Why? This brings me to my next tip …

5. Brand Your Pins

I read a great post about how to get more blog traffic using Pinterest on this blog, and one of the things it talked about was branding your pins; making them uniform (see #4 in that post). I did this for a while, but selected a bad color scheme (bright yellow) , so went back to just making pins that aren’t uniform — at least in color.

What is uniform about them is the size and the logo at the bottom, which has this site’s URL in it. I’m going to have this site redesigned (yet again) sometime next year. And until I decide on a definitive color scheme, the only thing that is uniform about my pins is that they have the URL at the bottom, along with the pen/quill logo.

A great benefit of doing even this minimal amount of “branding” is that I don’t spend an hour or more making one pin now. Because I have a “branded template”, it’s so much quicker.

FYI, the post referenced in this tip is one you’re gonna wanna bookmark. It’s, in essence, a proven strategy for getting hundreds of thousands of visitors to your blog just using Pinterest.

Pinterest Design/Branding Tip: If you haven’t gotten your blog up and going yet (and you are working on it, right?), AND you plan to use Pinterest to get site traffic, I highly advise studying the site with an eye toward color palette and designs. If I were starting my site over today, I’d go with a pastelly pinkish site, as that’s the dominant color scheme I’ve noticed on Pinterest.

6. Write a Detailed Description for Each Pin from Your Blog

I always write a description for the pins from my blog – even if the graphic is self-explanatory. I’m more inclined to click on pins that are well explained, so I figured others are too. This is nothing scientific; it was just my gut feeling. But, another reason I take the time to write out a thorough description for pins from my blog is  …

7. SEO Your Pins

If you want to get more blog traffic using Pinterest (or any other traffic generation tactic on the web), SEO has got to be part of the game plan. In case you don’t know, SEO is the acronym for search engine optimization. That’s just a fancy phrase for how search engines find and rank sites.

As a SEO writer, I’m all too aware of just how important almost every element of marketing online includes something that has to do with SEO, so I use keywords in my pins. This way, when people are searching the site for pins related to my topic, my content has a better chance of showing up.

Pinterest SEO Tip: Be careful with the use of hashtags on Pinterest. They’re a little persnickety about them. Here’s why:

… on Pinterest, hashtags in account descriptions, board titles, board descriptions or profile names aren’t clickable. The only place you can click and search hashtags are in a Pin’s description. … However … “having too many of them in your descriptions may negatively impact your ranking.”

I err on the side of not using them anywhere. I may start later as I learn more about the platform – and Pinterest clarifies their policy more; but until then, I’m staying away from them.

Update: 8/26/2017. Hashtags are now encouraged on Pinterest. This is a policy change  by the company. While Pinterest doesn’t list a definitive number to use, they do advise that you not go overboard. I’m starting with just 2-3 in each of my pins. Read the linked-to post to learn more.

8. Create Pinnable Content

I don’t care what you do to get more traffic to your blog – whether it’s using Pinterest, or placing ads on Facebook, or doing guest posting. If you don’t create useful content, nothing is going to work very well. So be sure to spend some time creating great content. This way, people will want to pin your stuff.

ATTN: Freelance Writers: Pinterest account management is an easy add-on service to offer clients. Because it works so quickly, you’ll be able to “wow” them with your progress on their behalf. Learn more about adding social media account management services to your freelance business.

Conclusion

When I first started, there was a ton I didn’t know about Pinterest — eg, about group boards — which is why the success I had with so little effort was exciting. Now that I’ve fully automated my strategy using  Boardbooster and  Tailwind , I can’t wait to enjoy the success that many other bloggers have. They’re killing it with Pinterest, and one day soon, so will I!

Related Post: Learn How I Got a 4K Page View Jump — in Just One Day!

Your Experience with Pinterest?

If you’re not already doing so, would this info make you try to get more blog traffic using Pinterest?  Why? Why Not? Share in the comments section below.

P.S.: Drive 10,000 to 100,000+ monthly visitors to your blog using Pinterest — in just 30 minutes a day. You’ll learn how to …

P.P.S.: How I First Learned How to Get More Blog Traffic Using Pinterest

I first learned about how effective Pinterest marketing can be when I took the “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” e-course. It has a really good strategy that’s included as part of the course. But if that’s not your cup of tea, the system above works great too.

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    1. Wow, you’ve made such excellent progress. And, I know you will surpass these results next month. Way to go. Oh, and thx so much for including my article. You’re the best.
      Debbie Gartner recently posted…What is the best vacuum for hardwood floors? Can you use a vacuum?My Profile

      • No THANK YOU for clarifying that confusing analytics section. I’m much clearer now, and more focused than ever. Excellent tips in your post by the way. I pinned it (of course!). 🙂

    2. I’m pretty new to Pinterest, but I’m learning fast. It really is an incredible resource for building traffic. Thanks for the tips 🙂

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