Pinterest can be a really great opportunity for bloggers to share their posts with others. But many times people struggle knowing what to do. I’m not saying these steps will give you immediate views or followers. But these are things to considering if you are trying to use Pinterest as a way to advertise your blog.
These are five things I was NOT doing on Pinterest.
Not Using Pinterest Graphics-
I’ve shared this before, I think on both blogs, but when I first started blogging I used NO pictures, whatsoever. Then I learned about the importance of pictures. When I started to slowly add my posts to Pinterest, I thought it would be convenient since I already had the feature images made for the posts. Now, I’m not saying you can’t use already made pictures. What I am saying, and from the various research I’ve been looking into, it is better to use Pinterest Graphics (basically a longer image than what we use for the blog feature image).
You can easily make these graphics (for free) on Canva.
Not Following People-
This is not about spamming people and following anyone within sight. A while back I talked about knowing your niche. Basically, know what main category your blog fits into. I’m a Christian blogger so it helps for me to look for other Christian bloggers. Look into what other bloggers are sharing. If you like what you see, pin some of their pins and follow them. But if you follow too many people too soon you may be unable to follow people for a while and your pins may not get seen.
Not Joining Boards-
Now, I do not think joining boards is always easy, but when I first looked into Pinterest, and even now. I do not really look for boards to join. Joining a board that is connected to your niche can be helpful. Not only can others find your pins when you pin to these boards (sometimes with thousands of people) but you also can help support others. Make sure you read the rules to the board. Joining a board is not a guarantee for followers, but it is full of inspiration.
I’ve read multiple times pinning is a must. It should be 80% other people’s content and 20% yours. I originally was not using Pinterest for my blog posts, but realize it could be beneficial. You never know who could benefit from your posts. Pin things that apply to you and your audience. I’ve made many of my boards private so the boards visible to the public would be more beneficial to my audience. I still can see all of my boards, but everyone else can’t. I’ve read to try to pin at least 10-20 pins at day. I follow this rule and within a span of four months currently I have almost 30,000 monthly views. (However, that does not mean most traffic goes to my blog. Keep that in mind.)
Not Making Account Business & Claiming Website–
You can make your Pinterest account a business account easily by going into the settings. You may notice some people when you go to their Pinterest page they have a number of monthly views. Those accounts are all business. This is all free to do.
Claiming Your Website Update: You can claim your website on WordPress whether your own your blog or not. Originally, I was led to believe you could not claim your website if you did not own your blog. However, there are tools to claim your website and WordPress allows you to do this. Lovely, Sheila was extremely kind in helping me find out that you can claim your blog website, even if you have a free plan! What you need to do is follow the instructions here (scroll down to where it shows you how to add a meta tag on Pinterest) on Webmaster Tools. My website was claimed within minutes, no hassle!
No matter what you do, have patience, stay focused, and above all, reach others before you make it about numbers. 🙂 I hope these tips were helpful!
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