The 17 Pinterest Tips That Helped Me Rapidly Grow My Blog Traffic

by Alan Young

I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it’s super frustrating to spend weeks if not months building a blog and creating tons of content but no one coming to view it.

You end up waiting.

And waiting,

And waiting some more to get visitors to your blog.

You know your blogs amazing. But no one’s coming by to check it out.

It’s frustrating that’s for sure. 

If you’re waiting on Google to bring busloads of visitors to your site, you’ll be waiting a long time.

My fiance and I created a new Law Of Attraction blog.

Then added 30 blog posts then played the waiting game.

Nothing. Nada. 

Just the sound of crickets and tumbleweed blowing by.

No One Was Coming To Read Our (Amazing) Blog Posts.

5 months later still nothing, just with the odd visitor here and there, but it was nothing worth writing home about.

Something needed to be done, something different. Something with more imidate results.

Then by chance, I read a blog post about someone who built their blog to 100K+ visitors a month in just six short months.

Obviously, I was a bit skeptical considering I’d had hardly traffic in nearly 5 months to our new blog.

It turns out they were using Pinterest to drive traffic to their blog.

To my surprise, quite a lot of bloggers use Pinterest to get trucks loads of traffic to their sites and really quick.

Everyone except me that is.

After reading so many positive results with Pinterest I dived in head first and gave it a go.

I Was Blown Away At How Quick I Got Traffic To My Blog From Pinterest.

Within the first month of Using Pinterest, I got just over 16K unique pageviews to our Law Of Attraction blog.

The first visit was on September 14th. 

It’s crazy when you think I literally had hardly any traffic to my site from Google, then when I started using Pinterest, like a rocket, my traffic took off.

What’s even better is, since I started getting traffic from Pinterest my posts are starting to rank on Google and I get about 75 organic views a day as well.

Pretty sweet ey?

As I write this I’ve just got past my first month using Pinterest and I can’t believe I didn’t use it sooner.

In this post, I show you the 17 tips that I used to help grow my blog traffic to 16K pageviews in the first month using Pinterest.

Before we get stuck in.

If you don’t have a blog yet then I’ve created a simple walkthrough to set up your blog quickly.

It’s the one thing all successful bloggers have in common.

They got started!

Click here to check out the blog set up guide. Remember it’s the first step to building a profitable blog. 

So, you ready? I hope so.

You’re want to hear this.

17 Pinterest Tips That Helped Me Quickly Grow My Blogs Traffic.

1. Use A Business Account 

So if you’re using a personal account you’ll need to switch to a Business account so you can see all the juicy analytics only available on a business Pinterest account.

Also, you’ll be able to use promoted pins as well. 

If you’ve got a personal account you can switch to a business account pretty easily, and if you haven’t set one up yet then set up a business account straight of the bat.

Click here to Sign up to Pinterest business.

2. Add A Keyword Rich Profile Description.  

When you set up your Pinterest business account you’ll want to add keywords that are relevant to your business.

I don’t know for a fact that it makes a difference but if there’s a way I can possibly improve my Pinterest SEO, I’ll take it.

Most people won’t read the profile description anyway, but in case they do it’s a good opportunity to tell people what you’re about and use some good SEO keywords in the process.

3. Name Your Pinterest Boards Well. 

When you create your Pinterest boards you don’t wanna be getting all creative naming them something like “ideas to get stackin those papers real high”.

Just use the key terms people would search on Pinterest. Like “Make Money Ideas”

A good idea is a type in your broad term into the Pinterest search box, then click the suggestions box to see the related suggestions.

Then narrow it down again by clicking the suggestions.

This should give you ideas for a few board names.

For example, if you were doing rental apartment decoration, you can type the keyword “rental apartment decorating”,

Then narrow it down with the suggestions to “rental apartment decorating on a budget” and then even further to “rental apartment decorating on a budget living room”

Pinterest is giving you the ideas so you’re going to be hitting good keywords for your boards when doing this.

You’ll want to have multiple boards around the topic you write about. Start with the broadest term then add more niched down board names.

4. Add Keyword Rich Board Descriptions. 

When you create your keyword rich boards you’ll want to add descriptions with relevant keywords in the description.

This is also one of those things most people will never read so don’t overly worry about making it sound amazing.

Just focus on adding relevant keywords.

Like you used for board names before you can use the Pinterest search bar to help find good Pinterest SEO keywords to put in your boards’ description.

5. Claim Your Website. 

Claiming your website will make you look all legit as you’ll get one of those beautiful trust building ticks next to your domain name.

Also, it gives you extra analytics from pins pinned from your website.

You can also claim your Instagram, Etsy, or Youtube account which will give you deeper insights into how your Pins are performing.

6. Appy For Rich Pins.

Why are they Rich? Because they make you lotsa money!

Sorry I’m only joking, I wish that was true!

If you don’t know what Rich Pins are, they basically allow you to add more context about an idea because they show extra information directly on a Pin.

There are four types of Rich Pins: app, product, recipe, and article.

Simply put, Rich Pins are good if you want to add extra info on your Pins.

Overall I think it’s a good idea to add rich pins as it can make your pins look a bit more professional and stand out a little more.

7. Join Relevant Group Boards. 

When you start using Pinterest you won’t have too much presence as you’ll be new and won’t have any followers.

It will help to get some more exposure by joining some relevant group boards which will give you the chance to get your pins in front of some people following those boards.

When your boards start to gain followers and Pinterest knows what your boards are about, your pins will start being seen and it won’t be as important to join group boards.

But till then it defo a good idea to do so.

When applying to group boards expect to apply to quite a few without a reply. It’s a bit of a numbers game but it’s worth it.

If you apply to 50 boards then expect to get accepted to about 10-15 boards.

That’s just a rough idea but expect it to take a bit of effort to build that group board list.

Also, you need to be following the board you apply to join and they will need your Pinterest email plus your Pinterest account URL.

So make sure you send that when you apply.

And just so you know, the first profile is the owner of that board.

You’ll want to click on that to open up their profile if you need to find their website to send them an email.

Quite often you’ll need to click to their website and email them.

However, sometimes they put their email in the board description with some instructions on how to join.

Here are some tips on finding good boards to join.

8. Find Good Group Boards By Checking Out Similar Profiles Boards List.

A simple method to find group boards to join on Pinterest is to click on profiles that are in your niche then see what group boards they are a part of.

Follow the Pinterest accounts you like, then check out what boards they are on.

If they are on a group board then there’s a good chance that they are posting on it.

Simply click on the board and follow the steps mentioned in the last tip to join them.

Just so you know, when checking a profile for group boards. The group boards are the ones with circles like the example below. 

9. Use Pingroupie To Find More Relevant Boards. 

Another good way to find boards is to use Pingroupie.

With Pingroupie you can search for relevant boards by typing in keywords that are relevant to your niche and it will bring up all the related group boards that you apply to join.

You also can see other info like the creator name, how many pins the board has, how many collaborators the board has and the number of followers the board has. It also show’s average repins amount as well.

Click here to check out Pin Groupie. It’s 100% Free.

10. Create High-Quality Eye-Catching Pins Using Canva. 

With so many pins trying to get peoples attention, it’s important to make your pins stand out from the crowd.

I’ve noticed that as I got better at creating high-quality pins my Pin engagement has been much higher.

Expect at first for your pins to suck, but as you keep creating new ones and finding your design grove then you’ll naturally create better-looking pins.

A good tip is to create a secret board and save all the pins you like the look of to it.

Then use those pins as inspiration to create similar pins of your own.

Obviously, you don’t want to straight up copy them but you’ll get a good idea of what fonts you like and what type of background images look good.

Click here to sign up for Canva. It’s also Free.

11. Create Nice Long Verticle Pins. 

Pinterest says vertical pins with a 2:3 ratio are best.

For example 800x1200px or Canva’s temple size or 735 x 1102px.

Just don’t be creating some odd square shaped pins or Youtube thumbnail pins.

Just no!

Use nice verticle pins with a good image and popping text!

12. Add Keyword Filled Pin Descriptions.

When I first got start I didn’t put much effort into the descriptions.

I know I was bit silly 🙁

It’s all good now though, I gave myself some lashings. and I’ve now learned from my wicked ways. I now add keyword rich descriptions.

This helps your SEO as Pinterest needs as much info as they can to determine what your pin is about.

Like I’ve said before, anytime I get a chance to improve my SEO I’m gonna take it. And Pin description is defo one of those times.

Don’t be lazy!

Write those keyword rich descriptions and you’ll be thankful you did if you start getting ranked for some decent keywords on Pinterest.

13. Add Hashtags To Pin Descriptions 

Another tip is to use the new Hashtag feature.

This feature hasn’t been around too long so it’s still early days.

But you can now add clickable Hashtags.

You might not see the full benefit of it now but it’s worth doing. It’s another way of someone being able to find your pins.

Something I’ve been doing is adding my Pinterest name as the first hashtag.

For example, when pinning for my LOA blog I would add #SubconsciousServant at the start of all my hashtags.

That way if someone clicks that hashtag they’ll see all my pins.

14. Create Multiple Pins For Each Post. 

When I first started I used to create just one pin for each post.

Initially, I thought I could get in trouble for pinning to the same URL on a board more than once.

I thought it would be classed as spammy or something.

Pinterest has said it sees new pins as new content even though it links to the same URL.

It’s also good to see what type of pins work because you never know what’s going to get picked up well with your audience.

Sometimes you make a pin which you love but it never really takes off, then the other version you created which you didn’t think was that great goes viral?

I wish you could predict which ones will go viral but you can’t.

So it’s best to make a few versions and see what works.

I think it’s best to create 3 or 4 versions of each pin at once then you’ve got those alternative versions ready to pins when you want.

If you have to keep going to Canva to create pins for old posts you can sometimes get lazy and not do it or you find it takes a lot of your time.

It’s best to do it all in the same sitting as it’s then done.

If you need to go back later and create new pins you can but it’s worth it create 3 to 4 pins right of the bat.

You can pin your first pin to all the relevant boards over the first week, then next week you can do the same with the new pin, then the next week do the same again with the other pin and then see what works best.

Then just use the best pin in the future.

15. Be A Consistent Pinner. 

This is MEGA important.

Pinterest loves consistency. You don’t wanna be pinning all your pins on Monday then nothing for the rest of the week.

Your best to spread your pins over the week so you are pinning every day.

If you don’t have new pins or new content to pin you can still pin other peoples content to your boards.

Just make sure you’re consistent.

If you make it a habit to Pin every day you’ll reap the rewards.

Being consistent is one thing I’ve done from the start.

It doesn’t need to be hours each day. Just 30mins morning and late afternoon will do. Or whenever suits you, just make sure you do it every day.

If you think you’ll struggle to be consistent every day then I recommend checking out this next tip.

16. Automate Your Pinning With Tailwind

At first, I really enjoyed getting stuck in and pinning and repining every day. But after about a week the novelty wore off and it started to be a chore.

Thankfully I discovered Tailwind the Pinterest scheduler. It has helped me so much.

Tailwind is great if you want to save time scheduling to Pinterest. You can schedule posts at the best times for engagement and get other useful analytics.

Because I’m based in the UK and the best times to me post to Pinterest are usually late at night I struggle to be able to pin manually at those times.

I just set up a pin schedule and Pinterest pins to the boards I choose at the times that are best for my audience.

Tailwind offers a free plan as well to see if it’s for you.

Click here to checkout Tailwind for free.

17. Take Advantage Of Tailwind Tribes. 

This feature is sooooo useful. It’s like group boards but much easier.

Tailwind tribes are like groups boards for Tailwind users.

You join tribes and post the pins you want to the tribes and other members can Pin your content.

As you can see my pins are being shared by other tribe members.

It’s so easy for Tribe members to schedule your pin to multiple boards with just a few clicks.

All it takes is a Tailwind member with a good following to pin one of your pins for it to go viral.

Using Tailwind tribes is so much easier than reaching out to tons of people in the hope that they will let you join their group board.

You can join a bunch of Tailwind tribes and add your content for the members to share.

Obviously, you’ll want to repin some of your other Tribe members content as it’s only fair.

I like to go through each tribe and schedule some good pins to my boards.

I usually find when I do that I get a lot of reciprocal re-pin as well.

If you learn to make stunning pins then naturally people will want to pin your stuff.

Tailwind has amazing tutorial videos so make sure to watch them to fully understand how to make the most of this great Pinterest tool.

If you want to use Tailwind tribes then sign up for a free account here.

So there you go. 

The 17 Pinterest Tips That Helped Me Grow My Blogs Traffic fast.

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Thanks, and remember…

What’s the one thing all successful bloggers have in common.

They got started!

If you haven’t started a blog yet then click here to check out the blog set up guide.

Remember it’s the first step to building a profitable blog 🙂

The 17 Pinterest Tips That Helped Me Rapidly Grow My Blog Traffic

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