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How I Increased My Small Blog’s Traffic By 500% In One Week Using Pinterest

Possibly the most frustrating thing about a new blog is spending hours pouring over and producing quality content and having nobody read it, right? Trust me, I’ve been there.

In fact, I was there very recently, when I was pulling in less than 10 views a day on my small blog. Over the course of a few months I had roughly 1,000 page views on my blog total. But I’m going to tell you guys how I managed to go from very little traffic every day to over 6,000 over the course of a few days!

Let me clarify something first, though.

This blog is fairly new (I’m in my third month of blogging!) and many seasoned bloggers will tell you that those big-number page views will come with time. And that’s mostly true. Obviously, the longer your blog is on the internet, the more opportunities people will have to eventually see it.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can just sit back and wait for the page views to come. You don’t know how long it could take for people to really notice your blog. Therefore, If you want those page views to increase quickly, you need to get out there and show your blog off to the world!

But how do you go about getting your blog out there and noticed? I was able to do this by utilizing Pinterest and all of its features. This is the easiest way to increase your blog’s traffic, and I’m going to go over exactly how I used Pinterest and increase my blog’s traffic by over 300%!

Before we begin- if you haven’t already started your blog, check out this simple guide to start one today!

First, let’s look at the stats that I’m talking about.

This is for the week of June 6th-June 13th. Isn’t that crazy?! In just 7 days I went from 56 page views a day to hitting over 1,500 page views a day.

As I mentioned before in my June Income Report, nearly all of that traffic came from Pinterest. Specifically, this post on Pinterest. Once a few people had re-pinned my post, it really took off and just kept increasing and gaining popularity. As of today, it has 16.7k shares on Pinterest. I am just floored.

Now, I know you guys want to get into the good stuff, which is how you can get this same kind of response for your blog! So, here is exactly what I did to up my Pinterest game and start driving some massive traffic to my blog!

1. Change your Pinterest account to Pinterest Business

Okay, I’ll be honest- I had no idea that Pinterest had a business account setting until I started this blog. But it is super important that you change your Pinterest account to a Business account ASAP.

Not only is it free, there are tons of added perks to having a Pinterest Business account for your blog. Here are a few of them:

Pinterest Analytics

Your Pinterest account will now have an analytics page, similar to the one for your blog. This helps you see info on your top pins, your impressions and views. Analytics are super helpful when you’re trying to figure out what techniques are successful and what needs work.

Rich pins

you’ve probably seen these on Pinterest before, but you may not have realized that they are ‘rich pins’ and reserved for business accounts. Here is an example:

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As you can see, it looks a bit more professional and dressed up from your standard pins. And, as a business, you want to stand out! This helps your pins get re-pinned and more traffic to your blog!

Promoted Pins

Personally, I haven’t tried this yet but I’ve heard of a lot of bloggers who have had great success with this!

Promoted Pins are basically ads on Pinterest. You pay a small fee to have your pins show up towards the top of the page when someone searches certain keywords. The price depends on the keywords you choose, and you can also change the duration of the ad.

 

All three of these features are super helpful when it comes to boosting your blog’s traffic.  It wasn’t until I changed my settings to a Pinterest Business account that I was able to track and really see my growth from Pinterest.

 

2. Join Group Boards

Group boards are so helpful when it comes to getting your pins noticed on Pinterest. Group boards are exactly what they sound like- they’re one board shared by groups of people.

The beautiful thing about group boards is that they allow you to get your post in front of potentially hundreds of thousands of followers. If you’re a new blogger you probably don’t have that big an audience of your own yet, so group boards are a great way to use other people’s followers to your advantage!

Here are a couple of the ones I am a part of:

Blogpreneurs – Blogging Tips

Blogging

Blogging Tools and Tips

 

As you can see, all of these had plenty of followers so I made sure to pin any relevant posts of mine to the board. This helped me get my posts out there and also have people redirect back to my blog through my link on my Pinterest page.

There are plenty other group boards out there, just join one in your niche or that pertains to your posts and start getting your posts out there! Make sure you read and follow the rules of the group board though, you don’t want to be kicked out!

3.Schedule your pins

Scheduling pins is something that I am not consistent with, but I wish I was. Just before my spike in views, I was using Tailwind to schedule my pins.

Tailwind is an app that allows your to set up a schedule for all of the pins you select and pins them for you so you don’t have to do a thing! This makes it look like you are on Pinterest 24/7, which is awesome for boosting traffic!

One of my favorite things about Tailwind is that the first 100 pins you schedule are free!

Unfortunately, I have almost used up all of my free 100 pins, so I am trying to save them until I have the money backed up to start paying for Tailwind monthly. But I was able to schedule pins for a good week or two for free. You can see below what my Pinterest Analytics stats looked like during this time.

During this time, my Pinterest impressions skyrocketed. I went from 1,000 to almost 50,000 impressions. This correlates pretty evenly with my page views, and I definitely have Tailwind to thank for that.

If you’re wanting to increase your Pinterest followers (and thus increase page views and traffic), I really suggest getting an app like Tailwind. Like I said, the first 100 pins are free, so you can always try it out and see for yourself whether anything changes!

 

To recap:
  1. Change your Pinterest account to Pinterest for Business.
  2. Find some group boards in your niche and contribute to them.
  3. Schedule your pins.

These are the things I did in the few short days before seeing major growth for my blog’s traffic from Pinterest. Hopefully, these tips help you in your own blogging endeavors and give you the same results!

Also, if you’d like to take your blog a step further and learn how to start making money with all of your new traffic, check out this e-book by House of Brazen! She discusses how to make your first affiliate sale in 24 hours using Pinterest! Super inexpensive and still helpful! Grab your copy now!

 

 

Have any questions? Let me know in the comments or feel free to contact me here!

 

~Brandi

 

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4 thoughts on “How I Increased My Small Blog’s Traffic By 500% In One Week Using Pinterest

    1. It’s definitely a lot of work to get traffic to a small blog- I hope these tips can help! And no problem!

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