Simple Strategies To Boost Pinterest Blog Traffic Now!

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Simple Strategies To Boost Pinterest Blog Traffic Now

By now you must’ve heard of Pinterest and you might be wondering if you need it for your blog. Many bloggers out there swear that if done correctly it can boost your blog’s traffic. The following article is going to explain to you how to use Pinterest and increase Pinterest blog traffic. You will also learn how to make money using Pinterest.

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What Is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a social media network that works by allowing users to visually discover and share new interests by posting or ‘pinning’ images or videos to either their own or other people’s boards. A board is essentially a collection of ‘pins’ with a common theme. Pinterest is a great social network for people to follow each other’s lifestyle. It allows you to share your tastes and interests with others and discover those of like-minded people. Pinterest’s goal is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” You can either upload images from your computer or pin things you find on the web using the Pinterest generated bookmarklet. Many bloggers use this social media platform to draw attention to their articles and generate Pinterest blog traffic.

Why Do You Need Pinterest For Your Blog?

Pinterest is a great way to bring traffic to your blog because it relies on visually appealing content. People are attracted to great visuals and Pinterest is a perfect place for people to find things they are interested in. It’s a perfect way for you to offer something of value to your readers with a link to your blog. When somebody searches for something on Pinterest based on their interests they get a collection of pictures. If a picture is attractive enough and contains a great message (what’s commonly known as a Call-To-Action) people will be more inclined to click on it and see whether it’s something they want to look into further.

No matter what’s your blog niche you can create a corresponding picture to post on Pinterest. For example, if you’re a travel blogger you can use a beautiful picture you took on your trip to link to a post on your blog. When people see your picture they will be interested in knowing where it’s from and they will most likely like to read about it. This way when they click on the picture it will take them to the article on you blog. This is a great way to increase your Pinterest blog traffic.

How To Make Money With Pinterest!

Did you know that according to Pinterest, 93 percent of Pinners (male and female) shopped online in the past six months? (stats via Sprout Social) This shows that if you use Pinterest effectively it can make you more money. If you have an online shop or sell any products on your blog you can generate more income using Pinterest. When you create attractive images with a great Call-To-Action messages people will click on the images and be taken to your online shop, blog shop page or your Etsy shop. You can then easily convert these visitors into new customers.

Simple Strategies To Boost Pinterest Blog Traffic Now!

Simple Strategies To Boost Pinterest Blog Traffic Now!

Create Pinterest Friendly Images

First you need to create a Pinterest friendly visual images. These images need to have a vertical orientation because the way Pinterest displays images works best if the image is vertical. The ideal size of a Pinterest image is 735 x 1102 pixels. The above image is a perfect example of a Pinterest friendly image.

There are many tools you can use to create Pinterest friendly images. These can be tools such as Photoshop or free online tools such as Canva, Infogr.am or PicMonkey. For an overview of one of my favorites Canva read my blog post here. If you’re using Canva you can easily pick a Pinterest template from their list of templates or if you want to create an even longer image use the Infographic template. I have used both templates very successfully for Pinterest purposes.

Enable Rich Pins For Your Blog Pinterest Images

Rich Pins are images that have extra information embedded into them. They contain a link to your blog article as well as bolded headline (essentially the title of your blog post) and a description. They simply give your reader more information about the pin. Therefore this type of pin is more likely to get people to click on it. This is another great way to boost your Pinterest blog traffic.

There are five types of Rich Pins:

  • Place Pins include a map, address, and phone number.
  • Article Pins include headline, author and story description.
  • Recipe Pins include ingredients, cooking times and serving information.
  • Movie Pins include ratings, cast members and reviews.

Rich Pins need to be enabled for your blog or website and you can do that by way of verifying your website with Pinterest and enabling Rich Pins.

For a great step-by-step tutorial on how to set up Rich Pins for your website check out this article by Melyssa Griffin!

Pin Consistently To Grow Your Pinterest Following & Increase Engagement

Your success on Pinterest depends on how consistent you are with your pinning. The more frequently you pin the more engagement you will receive. Pinterest’s algorithm recognizes those people that pin more frequently. Their pins appear more in people’s feeds than those of people who only pin once a day. Therefore it’s imperative that you set aside some time every day to pin a few pins and repeat this step through out the day.

This type of strategy can be very time consuming. That’s why a lot of bloggers rely on various scheduling software so they’re able to pin consistently throughout the day. It is up to you if you want to invest in this type of platform as some offer free plans (based on how many pins you’re allowed to do) or you might need to pay a monthly fee. The two most recommended Pinterest scheduling platforms widely used by bloggers and entrepreneurs are Tailwind and Boardbooster. I haven’t tried these two platforms yet as I have been growing my Pinterst account manually and I was able to grow it from 0 to 862 followers in just 4 months. So as you can see it is still possible to grow you Pinterest following without any special tools.

Add A Pin-It Button To Your Blog To Boost Pinterest Blog Traffic

It’s amazing to me how many blogs don’t utilize the Pin-It button on their sites. It’s such a simple way to make it easy for your visitors to pin images to Pinterest directly from your blog to save for later viewing. Without this visible option on your site a visitor can forget about your content and just move on to something else. This little button shows up when someone hovers on any of your images on your blog and when they click on the button a window opens up which allows you to pin the image to any of your Pinterest boards. See example below.

Simple Strategies To Boost Pinterest Blog Traffic Pin

There are many plug-ins available to use to allow this feature on your blog. My favorite one is offered by Sumo and it’s completely free. Sumo offers a variety of applications with some of them completely free and others available as a premium upgrade. This plug-in is a great addition to your blog and it will increase your Pinterest blog traffic!

If In Doubt Take A Great Pinterest Course

I have to admit that Pinterest was not a social media platform I knew much about when I started blogging. In fact I knew very little about it and how it worked. I’ve had good success with other platforms such as Twitter so I was a little intimidated by Pinterest. Before I joined Pinterest I tried to read as much about it as I could but I still didn’t really feel confident about what I was doing. Therefore I decided to take a Pinterest course. I did this because I felt that I could save a lot of valuable time instead of trying to figure out everything by myself.

Pinterest To Profits Course

PINTEREST TO PROFITS COURSE

I looked around for a Pinterest course for a while until I found McKinzie Bean of Moms Make Cents. First I signed up for her free mini-Pinterest course (now called Pinterest Primer) because I wanted to see what Pinterest was all about. It’s a great introduction to Pinterest and I highly recommend you start with it if you’re completely new to Pinterest. It’s a free video course that teaches you the fundamentals of Pinterest. Feel free to check it out here.

Once I learned the basics of what Pinterest had to offer I decided to take McKinzie’s full Pinterest To Profits course. I felt that she is very knowledgeable and I liked the fact that she offered an easy step-by step course.  This course is ideal for Pinterest beginners. It helps you set up your profile, enable rich pins, create Pinterest friendly images with Canva and PicMonkey. But it’s also very valuable for anyone who wants to get serious with Pinterest. McKinzie covers such advanced topics as Affiliate marketing, sales funnels and opt-ins etc. There’s awesome extras included such as how to find group boards, Tailwind and Boardbooster tutorials with free trials, free Canva templates and others. The course has a dedicated Facebook group where you can ask McKinzie questions and get more support.

Pinterest To Profits Special Offer!!!

This course if one of the most comprehensive Pinterest courses I have found online. It’s definitely something I would recommend whether you’re new to Pinterest or want to take it up a notch. I also want to let you know that McKinzie is now offering a $50 discount in honor of her birthday. So if you’ve been hesitant on taking a course now is the perfect time to go for it. Normally this course costs $197 and after the discount it comes down to $147, which is a great price for such a thorough hands-on online course. In order to get this special discount you can access the Pinterest To Profits course here and use the code MMCBIRTHDAY. Please note that this discount code expires on June 25 at 11:59 PM MST and is only applicable on the one-time payment option. I can tell you right now that whether you take advantage of this special offer or end up paying the full price I definitely believe it will be of great help to you. I am still going through some of the course’s strategies I haven’t had the time to implement yet.

Pinterest To Profits Course

Conclusion

I know that social media is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are so many platforms you need to master and it can get pretty overwhelming sometimes. Pinterest is just one of the options you can optimize for your blog. Using these simple strategies and being consistent you can get some traction and increase your blog traffic. Whether you end up growing your account all by yourself or end up signing for a Pinterest course you can build a successful roadmap. Since I started putting more effort into Pinterest I have seen a lot of growth in my account and I continue to work on it as we speak. Below you can see that in just 4 months I went from 0 to 14.3K monthly Pinterest views. So I know you can do the same and have great success with it for you Pinterest blog traffic.

The Savvy Dreamer Pinterest Analytics

Have you started utilizing Pinterest yet? Do you have any tips to share for Pinterest blog traffic? Let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to sign up for The Savvy Dreamer newsletter to get your Free Social Media Guide, which includes tips for Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

86 Comments

  1. Tahnee’s Blog says:

    This was so helpful and so much great information. Thank you so much for sharing xxx

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      I’m happy to hear that. Glad you found the article helpful 🙂

  2. Gruada Creations says:

    Wow! So much useful information. Thank you for this. I will admit I have been struggling with my pinterest I need followers. This will help I am so glad I found it.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Awesome to hear you found the article of you to you and now you can start growing your Pinterest! Thanks for checking it out!

  3. Mercy says:

    I love pinterest. I’ve been using it for my blog and its working great. Thanks for the tips on how to attract pin users to a blog.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Absolutely Mercy. Glad it’s working for you. Thanks for checking the article out!

  4. Felicia Renee says:

    I am a lover of Pinterest. It’s the first social media platform I mastered! I love this!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great Felicia. It’s a great platform for sure.

  5. Niki Bozionelou says:

    I was seriously considering to create a pinterest account for my blog. After reading this, I’m even more motivated!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Great to hear Niki. It’s a great platform to bring more traffic to your blog!

  6. The Globe Runners says:

    I think i might open a Pinterest Account after reading this. Thanks!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      He he he then my job is done!!!

  7. Tahna de Veyra says:

    Bloggers could use these tips, for sure. Thank you! 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Absolutely Tahna. Hope you found these helpful!

  8. Brooke says:

    This is some really helpful content. I’ve been meaning to step up my Pinterest game.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Great to hear Brooke. So happy you enjoyed the article!

  9. Globejamun says:

    This is such a great article. I’m actually considering opening a Pinterest account to increase my blog traffic 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh yes, you definitely should!

  10. marinebing says:

    I love pinterest, those are great tips

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great. Thanks for checking out the article!

  11. Tiffany Staples says:

    This is a great post! Rich pins are on my to-do list. Thank you!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Awesome. You’re very welcome Tiffany 🙂

  12. Chikumo says:

    I just got Pinterest and I didn’t get it at all till now. Maybe I won’t give up!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Don’t give up for sure. It will grow in time.

  13. thegeekteam says:

    Great Advice. I’ll try some of them soon!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Happy to hear that 🙂

  14. collegeceliackc says:

    I just enabled rich pins last week and I’m definitely hoping that I will see an improvement my pinterest traffic soon! Great tips!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s awesome Casey. I’m sure they will help a great deal.

  15. michele@hellolovelystudio says:

    you talked me into considering a course! thanks for de-mystifying pinterest potential profitability! 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      I’m very happy that you found the article helpful. Pinterest can be tricky if you’re not sure how to go about things. The course definitely helped me.

  16. beautychaos says:

    Thank you for all of the great info! I’m still struggling to make Pinterest anything useful for my blog. I’m going to have to try the rich pins.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Absolutely. Try them and I’m sure it will help your blog.

  17. Nicole Booz says:

    I love Pinterest! Pinning consistently and doing a bit of manual pinning every day has helped me reach over 1.3M impressions. I love learning more about the platform!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s amazing Nicole. I’m hoping mine will keep growing as well. Thanks for checking this out.

  18. Angela East says:

    I can contest that consistency is everything when it comes to Pinterest. Thanks for the other nuggets.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great Angela. Thanks for checking this out.

  19. jenruizwriter says:

    I am working on my Pinterest currently! Harder than it looks haha, thanks for the tips!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Yes I know Pinterest has a life of its own. Keep at it!

  20. Brian Design says:

    Thanks for the great tips Kasia. I plan on digging into Pinterest, but it is tough to pin more than once per day. One person even recommended 5 times per day? I will have to plan this and maybe set aside a day to just create Pinterest images.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Yes I know Brian it’s a lot of work. That’s why some people get scheduling software. It’s a great idea if you can afford it. Otherwise putting some time aside a few times per day could work. And yes, definitely create some great images for Pinterest.

  21. Kerry says:

    Great ideas! I pinned this one. I’ve been a hobby pinner since Pinterest began. Now I’m doing it for my website.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great. Thanks for pinning it. Hope you found these helpful 🙂

  22. Bailey says:

    Setting up a Pinterest automator has totally changed my Pinterest game!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s awesome Bailey. Glad to hear that.

  23. delphinemignon says:

    I’ve created my first Pinterest image today and I’m very excited! I still have a lot of things to do on this platform and I hope it will bring my lots of traffic!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Yay, way to go. Doesn’t it feel good to accomplish something this exciting. I wish you all the success.

  24. Kirti Arora says:

    Very helpful post.. bookmarked for my reference.
    Thanks for sharing

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great to hear Kirti.

  25. Brianna Lynn Hatcher says:

    Thank you for sharing this! One of my goals in the upcoming months is to increase my pinterest following, so I’m going to pin this to come back to!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Happy to hear that Brianna. Hope you enjoy going through the tips.

  26. Gina Marie | The Professional Woman Blog says:

    Thank you for leaving a name of a Pinterest plug in. I have been trying to figure out how to put a pin it button on my page for the longest. I would like to have mutiple pictures for folks to choose from when the decide if they want to pin my article

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      My pleasure Gina Marie. Hope it works well for you.

  27. Adventuring The Great Wide Somewhere says:

    I’m so clueless when it comes to getting the most out of my pins, and found this super helpful! I’m currently using PicMonkey to edit all my images, but I’ll check out Canva as well!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      So happy to hear you found this post helpful. Wish you all the luck with Pinterest. You can do it!

  28. Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder says:

    Thanks for all this great info. Pinterest is a social media that still is a mystery to me when it comes to traffic

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Glad you found the post helpful Natalie. Thanks for checking it out.

  29. dannie54 says:

    These are all such amazing tips. Rich Pins has made the biggest difference in my traffic!

    xoxo,
    Dannie
    http://www.stilefotocibo.com

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great to hear Dannie 🙂

  30. Marian Mitchell says:

    Rich pins are the thing I need to master next. I always wondered how people did that, now I know!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great Marian. Awesome to hear you find these tips for Rich Pins helpful. Wish you great success with Pinterest.

  31. Samantha Bye says:

    I keep hearing a lot about Pinterest and how good it is for traffic. I feel a bit overwhelmed by it as I wasn’t sure if it’s for me or how time consuming it would be, but this is really useful!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Happy to hear you find the article useful Samantha. Let me know if you have any questions.

  32. simplegirl74 says:

    Just what I was looking for real tips that I can put to use. Thank you.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      I’m so happy to hear that. That’s exactly what I was trying to accomplish with my article 🙂

  33. Leah says:

    Great advice, going to enable rich pins right now! Keep up the great work!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great Leah. And thank you for your kind words!

  34. Dani says:

    Some really great tips here, thanks for sharing. I’ve seen such a boost in my traffic since working on a Pinterest Strategy, still need to get rich pins sorted though

    Dani x | http://www.flourishingfreelancer.com

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great to hear Dani. Yes Rich Pins are a must.

  35. Kami | Life with Kami says:

    I’ve been wanting to take a Pinterest course for a while now, I will look into this one. Thanks for sharing.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s awesome Kami. Let me know if you have any questions about the course 🙂

  36. Brea says:

    Great tips. I love Pinterest!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Yay! It’s great! Thanks for checking the post out.

  37. Claire – Heart Handmade UK says:

    This is a great post 🙂 I’m a self confessed Pinterest Ninja and managed to get over 650K views to a brand new Pinterest account in 2 months and I confirm everything you wrote about. I’m very lucky to receive almost 8 million monthly views on my Craft Pinterest account. I’m glad you saw success with that course 🙂 and here’s to much more xo

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Wow, you’re indeed a ninja!!! I’m super impressed and inspired by you now!!!

  38. samanthasundayjuma says:

    This article is great since I am trying to grow my Pinterest traffic. I learnt a lot and I am going to try it out. Thanks!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Super happy to hear it was helpful to you!

  39. Susannah says:

    These are fantastic tips on boosting traffic from Pinterest!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thanks so much Susannah! Glad you enjoyed the article!

  40. May says:

    This is a fantastic post. I haven’t try using Pinterest yet but will definitely follow your tips.
    x
    May
    http://happinessinmay.com

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      So happy to hear that May. You should definitely try it.

  41. Naren says:

    Great tips! It will help me to increase my post engagement and impressions!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Awesome. Happy to hear that 🙂

  42. budgetbelles80 says:

    I have been finding it hard to increase my views. Now I know I need to create rich pins and pin consistently.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh yes, that is the only way to have more success with Pinterest! Thanks for checking out the article.

  43. Muhammad Ameen Sheikh says:

    very helpful tips

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thank you Muhammad.

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