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How I increased my Pinterest reach by 78,000% in 30 days

No, I am not lying. I am not an expert, I am not a pro, and I am definitely not extensively experienced. I just did a wee bit of research and wham…….traffic! Read how below

* Full disclosure: This post may include affiliate or referral links which means I may get commission. This does not cost you anything whatsoever and will help keep this website running *

I recently posted on twitter that my Pinterest is now my third largest traffic source (I’ve had my blog self hosted for around 2 months now!) and a little birdy asked for help! Of course, I jumped at the chance and said I’ll write a post on it! So, here I am, writing a post on it ….

[NOTE] That little birdy is Lily Martin of Covet Luxe, I love her website so much and it just deserved to be mentioned since she’s partially the reason I am writing this.

My Pinterest reach increased by 78,000% in 30 days, I double checked ’cause it just seems so unreal! and my monthly engagement increased by 5,400%.

 

Would love it if you’d give me a follow on Pinterest!Β 

 

Now, my reach is still not something super duper extreme, currently my average monthly views on Pinterest as of 31/08/17 is 7.4K. Yes. 7,400. That’s not a crap load so some, but it most definitely is to me since I’m still a blogging baby!

So, Madiha, how exactly did you do it?

I’m going to tell you!

I read a lot of articles and posts, and I mean, a lot! I have a bookmark on chrome just for blog posts that I still need to read and at one point, it was all Pinterest strategies.

The worst thing is, the majority of the posts kept saying THE EXACT SAME THING!!!

Talk about annoying.

I have some that worked for me, and a lot more tips, saved on one of my boards on Pinterest! If you’d like to check it out, click here!

 

So, I’ll break it down to what helped me.

  1. Rich pins
  2. Better captions
  3. Better Pinterest graphics.
  4. Group boards
  5. The holy grail eBook
  6. Tailwind
  7. Tailwind tribes (the game changer)

 

Rich pins

These put simply are better pins. The title of the pin (or blog post) is in bold, so it stands out more, and also the pin has your website name and link there too, so it is easily accessible. Will also have your favicon on there! You can only enable rich pins if you have a business account, and having a business account in itself is super useful because you can view your analytics.

RICH pin normal pin comparison pinterest

Better captions

You know how on Instagram the caption you write drives the comments, it works in a similar way on Pinterest. If you write an enticing caption, another Pinterest user is more likely to re-pin, share, or read the post. Make it engaging. Don’t think this is something you can skip, because it really is not. You skip this and you won’t get any traffic. Simple as that.

 

Better Pinterest graphics

Do not use rubbish pictures, or use pictures that are unrelated, and please don’t use backgrounds that have so much going on that the reader can’t focus on the text. Add your blog title in there somewhere as a watermark! Pinterest graphics that aren’t appealing won’t even get a second look!

Think of it this way, when you’re shopping online, the good looking items will catch your attention. Not the creased clothes, cheap looking shoes, etc. The detail in the items you buy are the selling points. It’s exactly the same with the Pinterest graphics. Details matter.

 

Group boards

Group boards are basically that, group boards. Boards with more than one member. The more members Β (generally) the better. Join boards that are specific to your niche, so beauty group boards if you’re a beauty blogger etc. You pin relevant pins to the group boards, other members see the pins and these pins then have the potential to be re-pinned and read by a wider audience. It’s like expanding your readership super easily. This can take quite a bit of effort sometimes, so keep reading to find out how I manage it all.

The holy grail ebook

Remember when I said that I highly recommend investing to make the most of your blog, I still stick by that!

Don’t remember me saying that, I said it in my Quick and Easy Guide to Self Hosting!

So let me try and explain this book to you. I am not trying to sell this to you whatsoever. I just want to share this because it did work so so well for me!

This book is written by Ana at The She Approach. Her posts on increasing traffic from Pinterest was exactly what helped me. Her writing style was friendly, she kept it simple and informative, and made it easy for me. I kinda like her if you can’t tell.

This ebook not only talks about pinterest, but covers everything;Β from the basics, to mastering SEO (search engine optimisation). It’s the perfect book for beginners or if you’re stuck in a bit of a rut.

I did buy this book, but before I did, I read a free chapter to see if I liked what I was going to be spending money on. This was a huge huge perk, I mean, what if I didn’t like the book, that’s money in the bin.

I read the free chapter, and after understanding exactly how good and useful it was, I decided to invest. You really should too! But, start with the free chapter.

I got an email from Ana, informing me of the freebies included in the eBook (this wasn’t a personal email, just one that was automated. But was lovely to receive nonetheless). Freebies include 2 months free Tailwind (Tailwind is super expensive! So admittedly this was one of the main reasons I decided to buy. Tailwind has been a lifesaver, but more on that later), 100+ Promo Facebook groups to join, Access to her resource library (which is AH-MAY-ZING) and a blog promo checklist.

Want more information about the eBook? Click here!

[RELATED] Read my post on 8 Facebook Groups every blogger should join (Including a FREE Facebook group posting schedule)

Tailwind

So, Tailwind. You most likely will have heard of it. That and boardbooster. They are automatic Pinterest scheduling tools. They help grow your Pinterest. But, they are both pricey. You get a free trial on both.

I use tailwind, because the layout of the website is much much more user friendly in comparison to boardbooster. It’s just easier and better to use.

You can get two months of tailwind for free with the eBook too!

How does it work then? Well, you schedule pins, say one day a week, for however long you want. You have time slots so you’re not scheduling them all at once (well, technically it’s on autopilot but you get the gist). The main reason why so many people recommend tailwind is because it does pretty much everything for you throughout the week. There are loads of tutorials on the Tailwind website that guide you through it all, making it all the better for someone who isn’t tech savvy.

You save so so much time, you increase your audience and you become much more efficient. It’s one social media ticked off your promotion list for the week! I highly recommend using the free trial, and if it works out for you, to buy it. I paid for tailwind after I purchased the eBook, because of the discount that came with it. It still is expensive, but it pays off. Like I said, it’s all an investment. Doesn’t make you bank account like you any better though πŸ™

Want to give the free trial a go? Click here to try it out and get a months free Tailwind if you decide to take the plunge.

Tailwind tribes

Last one, but the best one. This has been the turning point for me. Tailwind tribes are a lot like group boards. You pin something to a tribe (which you have to join), someone repins it onto one of their boards, and maybe someone else will pin it from said board. It’s the easiest and best way to maximise your reach super easily. They are a game changer. I rely on these. Now, these can’t be scheduled (not yet anyway), but really you’d only be pinning one pin on each board. No multiple pins would really be required. (doesn’t mean you can’t pin the same link using a different Pinterest graphic *hint*hint*)

 

Now, I totally understand this is a lot to take in. but take your time, re read it, if you’re confused or need some help, pop me an email, or comment below. I will reply. Promise.

I offer a Pinterest service for anyone who is interested in upping their Pinterest game and brining in traffic automatically. For more info on this service, including what I offer and prices, click here.Β 

Lots of love,

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52 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer Grieve

    This post is literally a lifesaver! I really want to start using pinterest properly so I’m definitely going to use these tips!

    September 3, 2017 at 10:12 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Thank you! I just summed up the tips from other posts, applied them and got to work! Hope it works out for you! It really is great!

      September 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Shannon Wong

    Awesome post girl!! Really helpful

    September 3, 2017 at 11:15 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Thanks Shannon!! x

      September 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Cari

    I’ve been trying to boost my Pinterest traffic too! I’ve don all the research, and your right! Every single post about it says the same thing! Thanks for the tips!

    September 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      It’s annoying right?!?! But I think the reason they all say the same thing is because them tips are just essential for Pinterest growth!

      September 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Brittny

    This is such a great round-up of ideas! Thanks!!

    September 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Thank you for reading!! x

      September 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Bryce Rae

    Glad you have found your way with it.I have done some of what you did but it still hasn’t been as successful as I would like.
    ALL THE BEST !!

    September 5, 2017 at 12:33 am
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Keep it up! I saw results after around 2 of constant work but it pays off!

      September 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply chelsea

    Such a great read – pinterest is my last social media puzzle piece I can’t seem to crack!

    September 5, 2017 at 7:41 am
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Get on it! It makes such a huge difference! Especially on days when you can’t promote, it brings in automatic traffic!

      September 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Heather Scott-Pitts

    I’ve been using Tailwind since I’ve started my personal blog and seen a lot of traffic. More than what I thought I would get starting out.

    September 5, 2017 at 9:52 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      It works so well! I just have to recommend it to everyone!

      September 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Great info, I really need to try Tailwind Tribes.

    September 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Carrie@TheLavenderHytta

    This is awesome! I am working on increasing my reach and my click through rate on Pinterest. I will definitely check out this book!

    September 8, 2017 at 8:43 am
    • Reply mevstheodds

      The book is honestly so so good! I feel like it’s simple enough for beginners but also points out tips that pro bloggers would have missed! x

      September 9, 2017 at 1:39 am
  • Reply Kirsty

    I’m so glad you broke this down into sections, I feel like I’m gonna have to read it about five times over! I’ve never understood Pinterest but might actually give it a go after reading this!

    K x
    http://www.kirstyisabella.com

    September 8, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      aha sorry! I wanted to get all the points in one! If you feel like you need help or are confused, send me an email or pop up on twitter, i’d be happy to lend a hand!

      September 9, 2017 at 1:40 am
  • Reply Kirstine

    thank you!!!! I really need to step up my pinterest game.. struggeling to convert my account to a business account. Have bookmaked your site πŸ™

    September 9, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      If you ever need any help, I do offer a service! Or if you’re after advice, feel free to pop me an email, I’m more than happy to assist!
      Good luck with becoming a Pinterest pro! x

      September 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Magly

    Great tips. I’m new to Pinterest but I still don’t get it. Your blog has given me direction. Thanks.

    September 10, 2017 at 6:43 am
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Thank you for reading! x

      September 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply D'Ana Joi

    This was extremely helpful! Thanks for the tips.

    September 10, 2017 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply katie

    girl. this is SO helpful – thank you so much! i’ve not really got into the swing of using pinterest to help my blog yet but am going to try out some of your tips and see if i can get the ball rolling!

    thanks so much for collating, ya total babe.

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    September 13, 2017 at 7:12 am
  • Reply Porcelain Doll

    Great post! I’ve been increasing my Pinterest reach successfuly so far but somehow it doesn’t improve my blog traffic at all. πŸ™ Only few people go to my blog through Pinterest even though I’m pinning pins from my blog and being active on group boards. Am I doing something wrong with this? πŸ™

    September 16, 2017 at 9:13 am
    • Reply mevstheodds

      You probably aren’t doing anything wrong! Just stay consistent and if it is taking up too much time, I highly highly recommend Tailwind! The more you pin, the more it will show up on peoples feed and recommendations! x

      September 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply juelzjohn

    Such a great post and I love the tips.Am a new blogger and I have been doing so much research on Pinterest.I have a question on Tailwind,did you wait until you have many group boards to use it or?Am not in many boards so I was thinking I could wait until am accepted to more.Any thoughts?

    September 16, 2017 at 9:42 am
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Hey! Thank you for reading!! Definitely do not wait! Get crackin’ on it asap, even if you’re not a member of a lot of boards! Use Tailwind tribes, I think they work so much better

      September 20, 2017 at 11:53 pm
  • Reply Mila

    Thank you for this, I have been searching for a great Pinterest blog as I am just getting started using it for business!

    September 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply renu

    How do you create Pinterest graphics, is there any tool for that?

    September 19, 2017 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      I use and recommend canva πŸ™‚

      September 20, 2017 at 11:54 pm
  • Reply Jere Cassidy

    Great post with good info.

    September 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Mahesh

    Exactly what I was looking for. Really need to grow my pinterest. Thnx for the tips

    September 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Bryan Carey

    I could use some help with Pinterest. I’ve been around 6,700 followers for several months- not a bad number, but it isn’t improving. Your advice sounds worth a shot!

    September 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Ana

    Awesome tips! I find that group boards are so helpful, and having Rich Pins makes such a big difference… Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    September 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Becca

    This is my next goal, to hit Pinterest hard. I have heard conflicting things about tribes. Are they still effective? I will have to look into tailwind. Thanks for the info!

    September 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      They definitely are, with tribes you just have to follow the rules each one sets, so your pins are bound to get shared and you’ll get exposure πŸ™‚

      September 20, 2017 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply Constance

    Love all the tips! I totally need to up my Pinterest game so this was super helpful πŸ™‚

    September 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Betsy

    I cannot figure out rich pins for the life of me. Maybe because my photos don’t have font on them, but I’d like them to pull up like a rich pin and have a bold title! Thanks for the post!

    September 19, 2017 at 10:01 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      If you’re struggling feel free to pop me a message x

      September 20, 2017 at 11:56 pm
  • Reply Dawnmarie

    Wow, you definitely have some helpful information here! I am going to save this page to read again because, as a newbie, I am looking to learn. Thank you for sharing!

    September 21, 2017 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Theresa Marie Daily

    This is such a helpful post!! I’m deff going to take these tips into consideration & give them a try! Xo

    October 8, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Nini

    This is such great information that I will Definetely be trying to use! Thank you !

    October 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Kristi Schultz

    Wow, great post! Thanks for summarizing all of the information out there so succinctly! I’m just getting started in blogging as well and struggle with all of the tricks of the trade. Your post and site are very helpful!

    October 8, 2017 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply Leah

    This is all great info. I haven’t jumped on Tailwind yet, but I may need to!

    October 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      You really should, it saves so much time!

      November 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    Yes to all of these. I’m a Pinterest manager and these hit the nail on the head.

    October 31, 2017 at 1:51 am
  • Reply Siedah Quiia

    THANK YOU! This was super helpful. By having the visual of before and after was exceptionally helpful. That would be great for future posts. I was debating between buffer and tailwind. Mmmhhh

    I am going to check out this ebook. πŸ™‚

    November 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Ann

    I love this post. Thank you so much for breaking down and giving me reminders on how helpful Pinterest can be for my blog. I will be checking out that book you suggested! I have a question for you. I’m getting a bunch of monthly views on Pinterest right now, which is great, but few are turning into followers. How do I change that? Thank you for sharing all this useful information.

    November 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Promote like there is no tomorrow, and consistency is key πŸ™‚

      November 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply izmir web sitesi

    So much good information! I’m still trying to figure out what services I can offer as a fashion blogger, but I plan on putting all your tips to work very soon!

    November 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm
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