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5 Things I Was Doing Wrong On Pinterest

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Not Pinning-

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.)

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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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32 thoughts on “5 Things I Was Doing Wrong On Pinterest

  1. Super awesome info!!! Thank you! I am doing some of those things but some I hadn’t thought of. Almost a little overwhelming but totally helpful – I just will have to remind myself to do what I can when I can and not to be hard on myself if I can’t. 🙂 I’m glad I saw this post today, thanks again!

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    1. Promoting on social media can be easily overwhelming. I’m not sure how people actively engage in all accounts. I see why people get burnt out. I also see why there are people whose jobs are to help with these things. But a little can go a long way 🙂 that’s what I’m learning. So glad this was helpful to you! I have a board I made this past year for Christian bloggers if you would like to join. Just let me know. 🙂

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      1. Are you sure? I haven’t seen you….OH ok I found you. I originally wondered if you were going by your blog name. You have a board called blog happy. Wow, so sorry I did not realize that was you!!!

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  2. Great tips T.R. But I believe you are mistaken about claiming your website. I have (with other blogs) claimed my wordpress websites, whether they had custom domains or not. It’s done under Webmaster Tools, and you can find the instructions for it here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/

    I found it to be really super, super easy. But if you should have any trouble let me know and I’d be glad to help!

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    1. Well, that would be wonderful. I’ve read from other articles you may not be able to but then again I did not know about this and maybe they did not either. Thank you! I’ll let you know how it goes.

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      1. So glad to help TR! And if you noticed, you can also add codes for Google and Bing, two of the major search engines. I didn’t mess with Yandex as it’s Russian and I have no Russian readers, as far as I know! Happy pinning!

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  3. I love and appreciate your tips, as always! I have been using Pinterest for a while but I have kept my pins private. It was only for personal use but now I am getting more comfortable, organizing my boards and hoping to make some of the boards public! I didn’t realize that I wasn’t following this blog! I look forward to keeping updated with this content!

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    1. 🙂 yes, you can keep boards private, I have a number I only use. And then ones you think that may benefit others those are always nice to have public. I’m glad you are starting to get more comfortable. 🙂 I wondered if you were following this blog or not. Glad you are. ❤

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      1. Yes, I have two separate WordPress blogs, but you only need one account to manage multiple blogs. You can easily interchange between the two to write posts and check stats of the individual blogs. I have a post on making a second blog on Peeking Beneath if you are interested.

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  4. Wonderful! I’m as clueless as they come when social media is involved. Learning all of this is quite a process, but I’m trying.

    I’ve read other articles on Pinterest and how to use it properly, but I can honestly say that none have made sense like yours. I’ll be following this advice today. Thank you so much. Honestly, your advice is priceless. God bless!

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