The Unconventional Guide to Blogging Success with Pinterest!

  April 28, 2018 blogging tips 🕑 9 minutes read

Blogging Success with Pinterest Taboos You Should Break!

 

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The following is a guest post by Julie Syl Kalungi

 

Unlike Ryan here, you may be new to the blogging world and you kinda think you are gonna get a ton of fans and traffic from Facebook. Maybe you trust uncle Google and think he will be your fairy godfather…Are you of that school of thought?

 

Well I am sorry to burst your bubble but that’s not gonna happen any time soon unless you got a pipeline to the Qatar liquid gold!

 

See, you are late to the free organic Facebook traffic boom by 4+ years and Google just aint playing unless you are willing to spend a farthing.

 

Or you decide like Ryan to become that go-to expert in your niche. Which you absolutely should do by the way!

 

So, what does a new or struggling blogger do to build authority and achieve your goals, you may ask?

 

Enter blogging success with Pinterest!

 

Do you know why Pinterest grabbed my attention and over 150 million monthly users? In my case way back in 2014?

 

You see, where I grew up in Uganda, back in the day, we used to create scrapbooks with images of what we wanted to be, do or have when we grew up!

 

Then comes Pinterest with this age-old tool of manifesting what one dreams of by simply clipping images as a reminder!

 

I can tell you, Pinterest was programmed into me and many others long before it was created online. So that’s why it’s a natural tool to use for blogging success!

 

I am also sure you may have heard about the Mashable – Pinterest Story and how it drives more traffic than Twitter, Reddit, and Linked-In combined.  Well now you do so I won’t bore you with those details!

 

But I will definitely drum it down your lovely blogging throat Why Pinterest should be one of your traffic strategies and resources if not the main one…Unless they develop Facebook algorithm tendencies!

 

And unless you got shares in Pinterest, there is no saying that they will not, after all they are a business right…shareholders and all that jazz!

 

So why don’t we get back to the task at hand; getting you blogging success with Pinterest…Shall we!

 

Before we do, you should definitely grab my bookThe Art of Pinterest Profitsto give you a deeper flavor of the beauty of Pinterest and what it can do for you! Now…

 

Why Blogging Success with Pinterest though?

 

Yes, why not with LinkedIn or snap-chat or  good ole horse mail? Well, I assume you read my article above! But if you are like most and you just skimmed thus far (tut tut), then understand that; Unlike other social media platforms, Pinterest is made up of buyers.

 

Can I ask you a question? Good.

 

How many times have you replicated something you saw on Pinterest.  I at least know that I go on there for ideas on how to spend my dollar!

 

Yes, for Décor, Fashion, Training courses, Books, Recipes, Travel Inspiration, Science, Quotes…you name it. I dive in and get ideas and usually I Buy via the link….

 

See I don’t go thinking; do I know Like and Trust this person or website? At that point I am thinking Bargain, Yes please?

 

Now I am a typical buyer trust me on that, in hundreds of millions! So, as a person or brand with a product or service and you share on your blog regularly, I say go on over there and start leveraging this “Still Free” platform.

 

Before you go, allow just for a moment to be Cinderella and I your fairy God Mother, okay let’s do this!

 

How I Achieved Blogging Success with Pinterest, You can too! 

 

Definitely think about Pinterest as both your SEO Secret sauce and bookmarking tool. The latter is simple, it uses images to front things people offer, desire/like or want.

 

(By the way if you are kind of a big deal on Pinterest or social media you might like to skip the next bit to the next 2 sections…You are welcome.) 😊

 

Definitely think about Pinterest as both your SEO Secret sauce and bookmarking tool.Click To Tweet

 

 
Blogging Success with Pinterest – Your Foundation

 

Like I said, you can read my book for deets on how to get started right on Pinterest if you don’t already have an account. And if you do, you probably made all the mistakes I made, that are blocking your traffic and results so, go fix that as well.

 

Now let’s look at the essentials to your pinterest and blogging success:

 

 I suggest you have a business account.

 

  • Make sure you use your personal picture and not a generic image or a product image.
  • Keyword your description and make sure people know that you are there to help them succeed.
  • Keyword your boards and your board descriptions because Google indexes these. And other search engines like Yahoo, Yandex, Bing etc. follow suite!

 

 

How to Ignite Blogging Success with Pinterest

 

Well, I assume you are a blogger so do make sure there is a Pin It button on your blog or website and under every article (usually with a bunch of other Social Share buttons).

 

Use Calls to Action (CTA) on your Pin Image to get people to pin your article.  Yes, you don’t ask you don’t get!

 

Create a cool and catchy image that goes into your widget area to make sure people know to pin your article. I used canva.com for that, and pretty much every Pin image on our sites!

 

Do a test pin and make sure your html code is set up correctly. Also check your image description aka alt tag and of course check that it links back to your article.

 

I have boards where I post other people’s blog articles and I noticed that sometimes whether due to using bad plugins some pins Do Not carries over this information to pinterest. So double check – Very important that people know where to find your article as it is repined around.

 

On your blog or website article, make sure the images are professional and attractive.  Make sure they tell a story and give your reader value. I sometimes use a hidden image to save on website resources and load speed. I use the Social Warfare plugin for that!

 

With professional looking images, others are encouraged to share from your blog or website to pinterest.

Seriously, every time I check our website analytics, I am amazed at how many times our articles are shared on pinterest and facebook.

 

Blogging Success with Pinterest – That’s Image Though…

 

It is common knowledge among Pinterest experts and prolific users that, the most attractive images to pinners have:

 

  • Bright Primary colors.
  • Teaser text on the photo if you are driving someone to your blog or website.

Example:  7 Tips to Lose More Weight In 21 days

 

Make sure this links back to the article that corresponds with the teaser.  Always give what you have promised.

 

  • Long photos (vertical picture collages) or infographics do really well. They take up valuable Pinterest real estate in the feed, which makes you standout. Best image size is around 734 px by 1200 px

 

Your Virtual Filing Cabinets – Pin Boards

 

I recommend that 5-7 boards should be EXCLUSIVELY dedicated to your business/interest or niche.  So, no pinning other stuff on these. These are your Analytics or tracker Boards. They will give you a true picture of how your content is received on Pinterest and which one to focus your resources on!

 

This will in turn help your blog SEO as you fill these boards with pure value content and people keep tuning in for more, sharing, saving and clicking through!

 

One of these boards should be a Product/service review board. So, if your product is eye lashes – make the name of the board “Eye Lashes Reviews”.

 

Add 10+ boards then in whatever else interests you.

 

It is important that you choose niches that you are interested in.  Pinning for non-excited niches is not very fun and it becomes a chore that you will put off. Plus, it affects your rank if nobody engages with your pinned stuff.

 

With the latest Sections addition, I suggest you Copy Pins to your created sections as opposed to Moving themYou lost? Learn about Pinterest sections in this resource!

 

Research Niches

 

To have blogging success with pinterest like any other platform, do your research!

 

And as usual, I like to be the green sheep! I don’t turn to google because that’s where every other SEOer is going.  I go to http://offervault.com  (Ssshhh don’t tell everyone) 😉 and yes, I know its not for everyone, busy site, selling stuff (how dare they lol). Listen up, it works for the goose so why not you!

 

Why OfferVault?  Because these are monetized niches.  I go after niches that I can monetize first before my purely for pleasure niches.  I want to reach the people that need my solution and reap the rewards there of aka Pay day, I assume so do you!

 

So once in OfferVault scroll down and on the right side you will see trending searches.

 

At time of writing this post, the trending searches were:

 

  • Weight Loss
  • Pin Submit
  • iPhone
  • Casino
  • Water damage
  • Crypto
  • Bitcoin
  • Water damage
  • email submit

 

I then go to google.com and type in Trends in say crypto.  I click the Search Tools and choose Past Month. At number 3 in news topics I see Bitcoin and Crypto currency news 6 days ago … As shown in Image below:

 

The Unconventional Guide to Blogging Success with Pinterest - Google search

 

I click on that article and I have a whole lot of info on crypto and bitcoin trends to choose from.  Remember to only pick niches you are interested in or cover your blog or brand needs.  

 

Blogging Success with Pinterest – Which Link?

 

So, you did all that work and you have no real tangible offer to give your audience? My grandma would say, you washed and hung your clothes in dirt!

 

In other words, a waste of time! So, have the link to some of your pinned images go to your business capture page or your own personal funnel system.

 

You must be comfortable with selling your stuff, otherwise why labor every blessed week blogging? Yes, I know you love humanity, but go help them even more by having abundantly more in your kitty!  Ask for that Sale already!

 

Set up a funnel for your boards so you can track your Pinterest efforts… The more you can personalize your funnel system to your target niche, the better your results.

 

Like all social media platforms, make sure you interact on other people’s pins and boards.  Never spam your link on other’s boards!!

 

Set up a funnel for your boards so you can track your Pinterest efforts…Click To Tweet

 

Conclusion:

 

There you have it.  That should give you a good beginning your journey to blogging success with Pinterest. on getting free leads on Pinterest.

 

As a gift to Ryan’s amazing audience and for keeping with me this far, please accept my Little gift to help you dominate on Pinterest Here!

 

Pinterest is a lot of fun, just stick to the niches you have an interest in and deliver value, value, value!  Go be a super entre-pinner!

 

And a massive thanks to Ryan The Blogging Major-Domo for allowing me to ramble in his jungle @BloggingfromParadise!

 

Now, its your turn, How do You use Pinterest for Blogging  or brand success? Do you even Use it? Share in  a comment below.

  1. Julie Syl Kalungi says:
    at 3:50 pm

    Wow Ryan,

    It was such a pleasure Allowing me to share a wee bit of what I know that works on Pinterest, mied with our blog, the Cuisine can be oh so sweet.

    So thank you! 🙂

    Julie Syl

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:04 pm

      Thank you Julie! Really appreciate you breaking things down Pinterest style as I do little on that network. My readers are gonna love this post.

  2. Navin Rao says:
    at 3:20 am

    Hi Julie,

    That was cool. Although I know, many of the folks getting great success from Pinterest, getting loads of traffic. As its one of the great image oriented Bookmarking platform.

    But, to be honest, haven’t tried Pinterest a lot, thinking of as I don’t post Infographics a lot on my blog and probably that is not my platter. But, it seems you have got a great success through it.

    I will give it a shot… Thanks for the tips and sharing your progress through Pinterest.

    Have a great day ahead!

  3. Jub says:
    at 4:08 am

    Hey Julie,

    Any thoughts on the recent changes with Pinterest (that tailwind interview)?

    Cheers, Jub

  4. OLENA says:
    at 1:59 pm

    I just surprised by this article. By using only Pinterest a blog can be successful!!!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:59 pm

      Actually a few other channels and methods are involved Olena 😉

  5. Qasim says:
    at 3:23 pm

    Hi July,

    Thank you for sharing your great tips on Pinterest. As per Pinterest statistics, 61% of its users said they have found a new brand or product on Pinterest. It’s commonly used for Affiliate marketing and I agree with you that we as bloggers should use it. The main thing on Pinterest is to use your own images and not the commonly used royalty free images which everybody else is using.

    I am using Canva tool as well and I am not a professional designer and yet I create simple and relevant photos for my blog.

    Thanks again for sharing.

  6. Aneesh says:
    at 1:48 pm

    Highly informative article. Never imagined how well can we explore Pinterest until I see this article

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:57 pm

      Julie rocked it out Aneesh!

  7. Shubhanshi Aggarwal says:
    at 4:46 pm

    Hi Julie,

    Thanks for the amazing post. I really love it and your secret tip for using offervault.com is awesome, gonna try it very soon.

    I have tried using primary colors on Pinterest images and found that the images in red color work really well.

    Thanks for the amazing post.

    Shubhanshi

  8. Julie Syl Kalungi says:
    at 5:04 am

    Hey Qasim,

    Glad you got value and Indeed the Pinterest Stats simply blow other platforms out the water.
    I too use Canva and own images in there I have a ton load of self generated images so I dont really need to use the Pinterest stock free images. That said, if one is stuck, they can use them.

    I hope you get more From Pinterest and your blog with these tips! 🙂
    Julie Syl

  9. Renard Moreau says:
    at 2:33 pm

    [ Smiles ] No one knows the working of Pinterest better than you.

    Nicely put together!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:28 pm

      She’s the Queen of Pinterest Renard!

  10. Shawne P says:
    at 4:16 pm

    More great info Julie thank you for continually sharing what a great platform Pintrest is. I have bookmarked this blog for further reference. Again, Thank you.

  11. Julie Syl Kalungi says:
    at 10:20 am

    Thank you Renard Bro,
    You always put a smile on my face and I am glad to serve up The Pinterest Cuisine 😉
    JulieSyl

  12. Julie Syl Kalungi says:
    at 10:22 am

    Heya Shawne,

    Ahh you found me over here too. 😉 Happy to keep serving and sharing about Pinterest. Do bookmark away and share with others. Thanks for taking the time! 🙂

    JulieSyl

  13. Andy Atsugah says:
    at 4:00 pm

    Thank you Julie for such quality posts. They are always fabulous and I’m sharing it right away. You truly excel in Pinterest handling.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:49 pm

      Agreed on that Andy 😉

  14. Julie Syl Kalungi says:
    at 6:22 pm

    Thank you Andy for your kind words ad I am glad you get value from my Pinterest training and shares! 🙂

    Julie Syl

  15. Jelena Ostrovska says:
    at 1:00 am

    Bright primary colors are always the favorite top colors, especially when creating graphics and images. Why? Because they’re vividly bright and eye-catching.