In my December Income Report I revealed the secret behind how I doubled my income from the previous month. Today I want to give you a full review of the secret behind it. My secret is manual pinning on Pinterest.
When I started this blog I looked into all sorts of courses for earning money and generating traffic. Let’s just say I was highly disappointed when I looked at the price points of such courses. I asked around and started researching for other options that would work.
Most of these options required using a service like Tailwind or Boardbooster. Here’s the problem. Those services can cost quite a bit of money as well. Money that we didn’t have to spend on my brand new blog.
So instead I started manually pinning. I was getting decent growth but seriously felt like I was missing the ball somewhere.
Check out my December Income Report showing how I doubled my blog income.
How I Found Pinteresting Strategies
One day several months ago there was an interesting Pinterest related thread in Lena Gott’s Facebook Group. I met a woman named Carly, she runs the blog MommyOnPurpose. We discussed manual pinning and how she swore by it.
I went digging into her website and found that she wrote an entire ebook on how exactly she uses manual pinning. Additionally, how this type of pinning brings over 200,000 pageviews in a month.
Update 3-22-18: Her site now has over 400,000 pageviews a month.
I spent the money and bought the ebook. I devoured that ebook in less than two days and started slowly implementing all of the techniques. Slowly and then all at once I started seeing a huge uptick in my traffic.
So does manual pinning work, yes. However, just pinning whenever throughout the day without any type of strategy will not give you the growth you want. This ebook doesn’t just give you the strategy, it helps you with every aspect of Pinterest.
Before I started implementing the strategies that Carly talks about in Pinteresting Strategies I was just manual pinning without a strategy and without really knowing how Pinterest looks at pins.
I was getting 2.7 million views on Pinterest and averaging about 2,000 pageviews a day.
I implemented the strategies in November. In December I started seeing massive results and those results are still working now in January even after taking a week off to redesign the website and update more pins.
5 million monthly views on Pinterest, 68 people on my site at just one moment in time, and over 10,000 pageviews in one day. These are huge increases in a short period of time. All because of Pinteresting Strategies.
Update: A few weeks after writing this I saw another jump in traffic. One that shocked the hell out of me. Check out the image below.
150 users on MY site at the same time!!
If you struggle with Pinterest you need Pinteresting Strategies. Below I’m sharing just a few of the things I’ve learned from this ebook. Later I’ll give you a few more additional tips including how to reduce the time spent manually pinning, and how to do everything for free.
What I Learned From Pinteresting Strategies
The Importance of Group Boards
Several people have written about how group boards changed the blogging game. What they don’t tell you is how to strategically use group boards.
You can’t just join any group board. You need to research, try out, and watch the group boards you are apart of. Additionally, you need to pin strategically to those group boards.
Pinterest Doesn’t Know Your Pins
The number 1 reason why people don’t have success with Pinterest is because Pinterest doesn’t actually know what your pins are. Therefore your pins do not get shown to people who would be interested in them.
In order to get Pinterest to understand what your pin is about you need to utilize great photography, keywords, and strategic pinning.
You Need Visually Appealing Pins
While creating pins so Pinterest understands them is a great idea you also need to create pins that people find visually appealing.
The text should be easy to read. Pictures and colors should be bright and not hurt the eyes. Pins should also be tall. When creating your pins think about what pins appeal to you as well as the branding of your website.
My Time and Money Saving Tips
Create Pin Images For Free
I know left and right you have bloggers recommending programs like Pic Monkey and Canva. While these programs are great they come with a cost after a certain point. Why pay that cost when you can use a free program to create all your images?
I use a program called Inkscape. It is completely free and easy to use. There are tutorials all over YouTube on how to use Inkscape.
Use whatever font, any picture, and save them all locally. No storage costs, no premium plans, no cost whatsoever. Not even in the program itself.
Additionally, you can use this program to create featured images and all your social media images just as easily.
Save Time With A Simple Spreadsheet
As you go through Pinteresting Strategies and you come to realize the amount of pins you will end up with. Think of this, if you are creating 3 pins for each post and you post 3 times a week in the course of 1 year you will end up with 468 pins.
You need to have a way to track all of your pins, where they are pinned too, and avoiding duplicate pinning.
In Pinteresting Strategies Carly talks about how she tracks what she pins. I instead created a spreadsheet that tracks all of my group boards, my boards, and every single one of my pins.
Here’s where I save time. I created the spreadsheet in google docs, uploaded the app to my phone, and linked the title of each pin to the actual pin.
Now no matter what I have going on all I need to do is open the app on my phone, pin to my group boards, and mark the date the pin was pinned.
My pinning strategy takes 10 minutes at most. Of course add an additional 10 minutes spread out throughout the day as I jump into Pinterest to pin other people’s pins.
If you haven’t started a blog yet check out my post The Low Down Dirty Truths About Starting A Blog.
Pinteresting Strategies has completely changed the way I pin and has exploded my traffic. Of course this is my own experience. Like with any strategy it may or may not work for you. Here’s why I think you should give it a shot.
Currently the book costs $32. For $32 it’s absolutely worth buying, reading, and trying all these strategies. $32 will not break you, however, if these strategies work and you double your blog income like I did, the investment will pay for itself.
Have you implemented Carly’s strategies for Pinterest? Leave a comment below letting me know how it worked for you. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your blogging and marketing boards.