For many bloggers Pinterest has been a huge game-changer, me included. How to get successful on this platform, get more Pinterest followers without spending your whole day at the computer and boost blog traffic with Pinterest? I’ve come up with a foolproof Pinterest strategy that really works.
If you feel like you’ve already way too many posts covering the basics, make sure to check the post Which of these Pinterest mistakes are you making? for some further ideas! Also, you can just head to the full bundle of Pinterest marketing from A to Z.
The latest post update: January 2019.
The beginning is always the hardest, it’s also the reason why many of us quit things so often. If you don’t see instant success, you don’t feel like trying anymore.
What matters on Pinterest is a consistent pinning and quality content. Pinterest is into new, valuable information. Therefore, the biggest challenge for you is to CREATE.
If you follow this bulletproof Pinterest strategy, it will be a matter of a few weeks to get up to hundreds and maybe even thousands of daily views (must admit, this also depends on the content you’re sharing!).
So let’s take a step-by-step look at how I gained my first Pinterest followers and how you can too!
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Foolproof Pinterest strategy: grow your traffic in no time
The basics of Pinterest marketing
Pinterest is a platform where you can create your profile and make various boards related to different topics. Afterward, you can pin your own or other people content to these boards.
The beauty of Pinterest is the fact that all content is evergreen. Not like it’d be on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, on Pinterest what you’ve pinned a year or five ago can appear on someone’s timeline tomorrow.
Pinterest shows you the latest pins from people you follow and relevant accounts based on your interests and your own pins.
You can also create and join group boards – boards where several people are pinning on one board. This gives you an easy option to reach a way bigger audience than your own!
The most recent Pinterest update is also offering a thing called Communities where you can not only share your pins but join like-minded people to ask questions, share and learn.
How I got to my first Pinterest followers & you can too
Right now, I’m at 9K Pinterest followers, with around 220K monthly viewers. So here are a few steps I took to get here!
Before getting started…
- Make sure to start a Business account. This will give you access to stats and other useful features.
- If you have an existing Pinterest account, either make Secret the boards that are not relevant to your business or create a separate account for your business needs.
- Don’t worry about follower numbers as much. What matters is the impressions and viewers. How to get them – read below.
STEP #1: Write an amazing content
Let’s start with the basics! Having an AMAZING content on your blog is a must!
This bulletproof Pinterest strategy will be effective as long as you’re actually sharing valuable content. The one and the only way to build a powerful blog hides within the content. So work on that before you go any further.
Here are a few tips on how you can improve your blog posts.
STEP #2: Create outstanding graphics
Next up in the foolproof Pinterest strategy: vertically long graphics are a must. Standard 4:3 size (horizontal) is disappearing on Pinterest. Create vertical graphics to get more attention and be visible! That’s also another great way to get more attention and gather more Pinterest followers. Read more about what type of graphics will attract the most attention here.
How to create a successful design?
First of all, research what’s happening on Pinterest now. You’ll notice some patterns that are repeated. For example,
- bright and noticeable colors or some color elements;
- clearly understandable text;
- 1-2 fonts used;
- fonts are bold and easy to read;
- photos are relevant and interesting;
- images drive attention and get the interest.
After doing some initial research for some of the most popular Pinterest graphics, it’s time to choose your direction. You don’t have to do all the same or use all of these elements in one graphic. Create 2-3 options for yourself with different variations and see which one works the best!
For graphics creation, you can use Canva.com, Photoshop, the heck with that – even Paint! Or you can get a designer to help you. You just have to make sure that graphics are visually appealing. Many of even the most popular Pinterest graphic designs are not professionally made on any level but they still are elegant and gets the necessary attention!
If you want, you can also order custom created Pinterest graphics here!
AN IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER: It’s okay to NOT stand out
If you see many similar Pinterest graphics – it’s for a reason. Actually, Pinterest search engines work not only with written keywords but also with photos. Meaning, your pin might show up along with similar pins. Therefore, if the biggest bloggers in your niche use handwritten font & pink color, go for that goddamn choice!
Of course, it’s important to keep it relevant to your brand. Don’t ditch all of your branding just because of Pinterest. But do find a path inbetween that combines the popular & unique.
STEP #3: Add pin-it buttons to your website images
Creating vertical pins won’t get you anywhere unless you learn how to boost your conversions. Pin-it buttons is one of the best and easiest ways to let your followers know – this should go to Pinterest, PIN IT! It’s also one of the most important rules of foolproof Pinterest strategy. Unless your blog is Pinterest-friendly, you won’t get much traffic from it!
STEP #4: Join group boards
You might have heard this suggestion already from some of your peers but it’s a huge one! Besides vertical graphics, joining group boards is the next step that will give you all the success you need.
Here’s the thing. Pinterest group boards gather people with similar interests and let them all pin on one board. Which means you all have one follower base – all of the board followers. Do you know where I’m going with this? That’s right! For this board, you’d have way more followers than you already do. One legit group board has from 3K to 20K (or more) followers. If you join one of these, you can pin your own blog articles to these people and they’ll forward them to others.
But be mindful! Think about others as well and don’t forget to pin other relevant posts too. Also, doņ’t spam posts that are not relevant to the group board topic.
Some great group boards and their numbers:
Group boards are the best (and fastest) way to get your content shared. Besides that, there are tons of various topics covered across different Pinterest group boards. Make sure to research what matters to you!
STEP #5: Use Tailwind tribes
Tailwind is an amazing Pinterest scheduling tool that’s not only very convenient in its user interface but also an amazing asset for your business with Tailwind Tribes!
Tailwind Tribes work in a very similar manner as previously mentioned group boards do – you join a tribe where there are other pinners in your field, you all share your blog posts and reach out to a bigger audience. WHICH MEANS MORE TRAFFIC. Yay!
Join my Creative Biz Tribe & get a month of Tailwind for free. The good news – you can continue pinning your content to all the tribes you join even without paying for the Tailwind afterward!
STEP #6: Share, share, share
Sharing is caring and Pinterest knows it the best! The average number for “success” is at least 20-30 pins per day.
Here are a few things to remember regarding sharing posts:
- It’s important to share fresh and relevant content from your blog. If you don’t have any new posts now, create new graphics for old posts and reshare.
- One “share” is one new pin to one board. You can pin the same pin on several various boards.
- When you repin from others, make sure to choose Popular and well-written content. In Tailwind, you can see share numbers when scrolling through Tribes and it makes it easier to share great content.
Don’t be afraid to pin the same pins repeatedly!
STEP #7: Repin from Popular category
On the right side of the search, you will see the option to browse pins by categories. Make sure to check out and repin pins from the Popular section, as long as they’re relevant to your business.
Pinning popular pins will show Pinterest that your account is sharing what people care about. Not always it has to be Popular category only. You can easily research what pins are very popular among your niche and repin those.
STEP #8: Follow others
Ok, this is a no-brainer. You’ll get no Pinterest followers if you won’t be following others. But! Pinterest doesn’t need oh so popular “follow-unfollow” scheme. You just have to follow people you’re interested in to get more pins to share and to get more information you might be interested in, here’s that!
Follow others not to boost your numbers but to show your support and increase the number of your online friends!
- This Foolproof Pinterest strategy works if you put in dedicated effort
- Research the most popular Pinterest graphics and create 2-3 options for yourself based on the most common principles;
- Join group boards to reach out to more people even if you don’t have many Pinterest followers yourself;
- Pin regularly and share others content more than your own;
- Use TailwindApp to save tons of your time;
- Repin popular pins;
- Follow others to get more interesting information to share and read on your own!
- Make sure to check out the next level post: Which of these Pinterest mistakes are you making? for some further ideas!