It’s not a secret that I just recently signed up and used Pinterest. I’ve known the platform since I can remember but I have never really had an account… before. One month ago, when I was reading different “How To” posts I can do to improve my book blog, I stumbled upon a post written by a successful blogger and entrepreneur named Melyssa Griffin. She’s talking about how Pinterest can grow your blog. I got really curious so I signed up on Pinterest and tried to see for myself if I could use its magic for my book blog too. And guess what? After only one month of consistently updating my Pinterest account, I gained 60,000 views on Pinterest! The amazing thing here is I didn’t spend a dollar on any Pinterest automation tools like Tailwind and Boardbooster. Want me to help you achieve this too?
So today, I’m going to share with you guys all the things I did in order to gain 60,000 views on Pinterest without spending a dime. Don’t forget to pin this now so it won’t get lost and you can read it again later! 🙂
This is going to be quite long but don’t worry, I wrote everything as simple as possible so that you too, can do it exactly like I did. I’m so excited to share this with you, guys so let’s get started.
How I Got 60,000 Views on Pinterest in 1 Month Without Using Tailwind or Boardbooster
1. I deleted the boards I made for myself.
To be honest, during my first days of using Pinterest, I had no idea how it works. I also thought it was just another social media platform I don’t really need. (It’s not a social media platform, by the way. Pinterest is a visual search engine.) And so, I made the mistake of pinning (or saving) pins that are interesting for me. Pins that tickled my fancy.
I made a board (a collection of pins) about my favorite K-dramas (oops hehe). I even made a board for my Korean crushes! Omo! But after realizing these won’t help my target audience, who are you, my lovely fellow bookworms and book bloggers, I deleted these boards.
However, deleting boards you like isn’t really necessary when you can simply make your board secret. (Another thing I didn’t know before because I got way too excited! Hehe).
To make your board secret or private:
- Simply click the pen icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the board you wish to not be seen by others (specifically your target audience). If you’re successful, you will see this (without the box around the Secret option, of course):
- Next, click that gray button next to the word Secret to enable the feature. It will turn red.
- Lastly, click Save. And you’re done! Yay!
That’s it. Super easy, right? Now you won’t have to forcibly delete those things you save for yourself. Wew!
2. I converted my “Personal” Pinterest account to a Business account. (For free!)
And here’s the catch: you can definitely do this even with 0 technical skill!
This enabled me to see my stats through Pinterest Analytics. This feature can be seen at the uppermost left-hand corner of your screen.
Here’s a super easy and simple tutorial on how to do it. (You’re welcome!)
If you’ve followed the steps correctly, you now have a Pinterest account for Business. What does that mean? Well, not much, but you now have that amazing Pinterest Analytics feature which will enable you to view your statistics whenever you want to.
I took screenshots of my progress each week (except the first) so you guys can see how my stats rose quickly from 0 to 60,000 views per month.
In my previous post, I first talked about the slight change in my statistics. Back then, I only had 5 followers on Pinterest! (But hey, having that 4.1K monthly views for a person who’s only been using Pinterest for 2 weeks with only 5 followers ain’t that bad, right?)
Take a look for proof!
See? On my 3rd week of use, my Pinterest monthly views went up to 30,000! Look, ma:
From 4K views, it escalated very quickly to 30K views… in just 1 week!
And finally, on my 1st month (4th week) of using Pinterest consistently, my views went up to 60,000 monthly views, all for free!
Update: As of September 27, 2017, my view count is 85, 500. Can you see what a gem Pinterest is already? 🙂
Why are views on Pinterest so important, by the way?
Pinterest redirects readers to my blog posts every day for free!
So, the more page views I get on Pinterest, the more my blog grows too! Who doesn’t want that? Not me!
Now it’s your turn! Go ahead, turn that personal Pinterest account into a Business account. It’s free!
If you missed that Pinterest account conversion tutorial above, don’t worry, just click this to find out how. (Just don’t forget to come back later because I’m going to share more tips on how to snatch all’at Pinterest pageviews for free, okay?)
In the first few days (or even weeks), you will not see the increase right away, but don’t be sad, my dude! This takes time and lots and lots of effort on your part! Don’t worry, everything will be worth it, I promise! 🙂
3. I saved a lot of Pins and created a lot of boards (that are related to my blog and appeal to my target audience).
…and that’s what you should do too if you want to increase your Pinterest views fast without spending money.
Always remember this: if you want to reach more audience, you have to produce content that will appeal to them. It’s not about you anymore (at least on Pinterest! Hehe).
When you’re looking for pins to save to your boards, you have to think about what your target audience might like and search for.
Also, you have to share pins from other bloggers/creatives within your niche!
If you are a book blogger like me, you might want to have book-related and book-blogging related pins and boards! (And only those things; no boys, no cake recipes, no chick-flick photos… or at least keep ’em invisible.)
So, again, the more you share others’ contents, the more Pinterest will favor your own pins by making them appear on other people’s feeds. Give and take is important here, pal!
- In creating your own pins, you can use Canva. It’s really easy and hassle-free because Canva has a Pinterest template you can easily use.
- Your pins should always be vertical. The longer your pin (photo) is, the better also.
- Always link your pins to your blog articles. Make sure they are completely related. (Rich pin. More on that later.)
- Include your website anywhere in the photo so interested people can still visit your blog/website if your photo got lost (or stolen by others. Yes, this happens sometimes and it sucks.)
4. I pinned a lot every day.
Remember what I just told you earlier about pinning others’ contents so Pinterest will reward yours? That’s exactly what I did.
To make people notice me, I pin their posts to my boards a lot. I pinned whenever I have time every single day. I pinned 30-50 posts per day.
And you can pin more than this, too. The more pin you save, the more likely your own pins will get noticed by people within your niche as well!
You might think this is time-consuming. Well, it might be. But the thing here is, you can pin at any time you want. You don’t even have to pin all that 30-50 pins (or more) per day in one sitting.
You see, the more pins I save to my boards, the more my pins become visible to other people who are interested in my content, in the things I have to offer. I also noticed that when I don’t pin a lot, my views on Pinterest don’t spike that high. And I don’t want that, so I try my best to pin high-quality pins manually every single day.
You can do it too!
And if you can’t (maybe you’re too busy or just too lazy to pin like crazy), I can happily help you with pinning! Shoot me a message and we can talk about it.
5. I inserted relevant keywords on all of my pins and board descriptions.
How else am I going to be found by readers? Keywords of course.
Mika, where should I insert keywords and how many should I include?
Well, my friend, I suggest you include keywords in:
- every pin you post (that is linked to either your website/blog or blog post)
- the board description of every single board you have and most importantly,
- you type keywords beside your name on Pinterest that is related to your niche or what you do. Take a look at my Pinterest profile name for example.
As for the number of keywords, there’s no rule for it. You type as many relevant keywords as you can but don’t overstuff your post with keywords! Also, it will be so much better if you’d type sentences with keywords so people will think that you’re not there to fish for views but instead, you’re there to help them with their problem.
When thinking of keywords to include, I put myself in my target audience’s shoes and thought of keywords they would most likely search for. Simple, fast and easy!
Also, I didn’t include hashtags on my keywords. Why?
Because like I said earlier, Pinterest is a visual search engine. When you’re searching for something on Google, you don’t type a hashtag, right? What you do instead is you type keywords. Hashtags are for social media platforms and Pinterest is not one. Like I said, It is a search engine and it should be used as such.
UPDATE: As of September 29, 2017, hashtags now work on Pinterest! Sleek!
So let ’em keywords work for you, ma and relax and sip that margarita!
6. I created a Pinterest cover photo for every board I have. Literally!
This one is something I did just before I reached my first month of using Pinterest but dude did this helped me big time!
Designing boards covers made my Pinterest page look clean and organized even though the pins I post in different boards have varying themes (filters) sometimes. I mean, these pins (photos) come from different people who think differently and with different opinions on what is aesthetically pleasing, right? These photos can’t have a single filter/design. Hehe.
So after creating a cover photo for every Pinterest board I have, my Pinterest page now looks nice and clean!
Look at what Tasha DaCosta, a passionate blogger from ConnectedColleague, Virtual Assistant and Pinterest Specialist said about my Pinterest page and book blog:
And that’s only half of the message.
See, I took my time creating Pinterest board covers and it helped me gain a follow from a creative online influencer. And guess what, my friend? You can do it as well!
7. I joined group boards.
Tah-dah! Joining group boards within my niche really helped me gain views not only on my Pinterest page but also here in my MXCAREYES Book Blog.
When I was new to Pinterest, I didn’t know what a group board looks like. Can you believe? Every Pinterest board looks so similar to me I almost considered not joining any group board at all!
To save you from all that confusion, I’m going to tell you exactly what a group board looks like so you’ll know it’s one when you see one!
4 Surefire Signs a Pinterest board is a group board:
- It has a circle at the left-hand corner of the board. You should see this right in front of the group board’s cover board if it has one.
- If you’re lucky, you’ll see a note from the administrator of the group board that that specific board you’re looking at is indeed a group board!
- You’ll see a line of the group members’ profile photos next to the board description.
- And if you’re looking for group boards on my Pinterest page, the ones without a board cover are the group boards. Easy!
And that’s about it! It’s really easy but I was too dumb to know right away. Hahaha. (Please don’t tell anyone.)
For book bloggers looking for
a new home Pinterest group boards to join, here’s a short list of the ones I belong to:
- Book Covers
- Original Features
- Bookish Photos
- Best Books
- Bookish Graphics + Art
- Harry Potter
- Author Interviews and Guest Posts
- All the Books
- Memes and Weekly Posts
- Event Recaps and
- The Bookish Connection
To join any of these, look at the board description for instructions from the group administrator. Usually, you have to send them an e-mail and/or follow the group boards and the administrator herself. Goodluck!
And we’re finally done! If you have already forgotten some of the tips I shared on how I gained 60,000 pageviews on Pinterest without using Tailwind or Boardbooster, don’t worry. Here’s a quick list of everything I did, short and clear:
- I deleted the boards I made for myself. (but you can make your personal boards private instead)
- I converted my Pinterest account to a Business account. (For free!)
- I saved a lot of Pins and created a lot of boards (that are related to my blog and appeal to my target audience).
- I pinned a lot every day.
- I inserted relevant keywords on all of my pins and board descriptions.
- I created a Pinterest cover photo for every board I have. Literally!
- I joined group boards.
And that are the 7 things I did to gain 60,000 pageviews on Pinterest without using Tailwind, Boardbooster or any expensive automation tool out there. You see, these tips aren’t even complicated but these are continuously helping me grow my blog.
To motivate you even more, here’s a quote about success by Robert Callier:
Again, this mini-success is all free and I’m so glad to have shared everything I can to help you grow your blog and Pinterest too!
Have you tried using Pinterest in growing your (book) blog too? If not, use it now! It’s really worth it (plus even if you don’t use Pinterest for your blog/biz, others will and they will be successful)! Nobody wants to be left behind, right?
If you have any questions or clarifications, leave ’em in the comments section below and I will gladly answer you.
Also, If you have a Pinterest account already and would like to connect with me and other bloggers who might be interested in your stuff, feel free to leave your Pinterest link below. Let’s build a community of happy readers and bloggers, shall we?
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