Using Pinterest To Grow Your Blog

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Pinterest is a huge social media outlet that many people seem to forget about when it comes to blogging. Sure, it is great for many other things, like wedding planning, dream house hunting and recipes, but there is so much more to this tool. I never put effort or time towards Pinterest until I slowly started to realize the benefits. Not only have I found amazing blogs from this tool, but I have discovered great resources as well. Using Pinterest to grow your blog is something I would have never thought about even a year ago, but now I am overjoyed when I get the emails that say my pins have been repinned 😉

There are several ways to make Pinterest work for you, and not all of them need to be done at once, but once you have your system down it will continually help you improve. I am constantly tweaking my blogging process and learning as much as I can about using every resource I can, but these tips have helped immensely.

9 Ways to Use Pinterest To Grow Your Blog and Audience

Focus on your images

This is a multi-step process, and it all begins with your brand. Do your best to keep your images consistent with your brand colors, fonts and themes. If you have rich pins, these steps are especially important.

– Use hi-res images to create a vertical “Pinterest” image. If you use Canva you can select the “Pinterest” template which will make it the perfect size for a pinable image. I always have this image at the top of my post, but others have a featured image at the top and the pinable image below their post
– Add easy to read and relevant text. I always add descriptive text to the images I want to be pinned. This not only helps you stay organized on your own boards, but will be used for other Pinners to see what your post is about as they are scrolling or searching
– Use alt text on every image with your blog posts, but especially on your pinable images. When you are adding a image into your post, change the title and the caption to be full of SEO rich keywords
– Don’t be afraid to test out a few images, or change them up after time if you see they aren’t working. You are also able to hide images within your WordPress posts by using this code- <div style=”display:none;”>IMAGE CODE</div>  then if you “pin from website” the image will come up for you to be able to pin. For more information on this check out this post by Pinch of Yum

9 Ways to Use Pinterest To Grow Your Blog and Audience

 

Interact with others

This is my favorite thing about Pinterest, I love being able to meet new bloggers and help others when they need it.

– Join group Pinterest boards. Group boards are a place for hundreds, sometimes thousands of Pinners to pin their content, and find relevant, similar pins. Make sure you are joining the right boards, paying attention to any rules that may apply, and most importantly pinning from this board, onto your own boards. Each board has it’s own set of expectations, but I make it a fact to at least pin 3 things from each board for every 1 image I pin of my own. The above image has several of the boards that I am apart of
– Follow other pinners that are relevant to you. While I love a good social media follow chain, I try to limit this when it comes to Pinterest. I like to follow boards that are similar to my “niche” (not that I really have one) because this helps me curate my home page. I often will scroll through Pinterest to find things that stand out to me. If I only follow “mom” pinners, I won’t see relevant content without having to search

my favorite group boards (notice all of them are relevant to things I blog about often) –

TRAVEL// Wanderlust Stories   |  Places to go   |   Travel Anywhere, Travel Always (the board I started!)

Girl Boss   |   PINNIN’ AND POSTIN’

For your blog

These are things you can do on your own blog to make pinning easier and more accurate and use Pinterest to grow your blog.

– Make sure you have a pin-it button enabled on all of your blog posts, this will help others that love your content save them directly from your page. There have been a few times when I wanted to save something I was reading, but there wasn’t a pin-it button and I didn’t take the extra steps to save the link and pin it myself.
– Schedule your pins. If you use Coschedule you can now schedule pins directly from your post. There are other tools out there like Tailwind or Boardbooster that will schedule pins for you, but I love that Coschedule now has this option so I do not have to use yet another resource or schedular.

Take time to learn from the pros

There are plenty of resources out there…even on Pinterest itself but my favorite way to learn more about using Pinterest has been from courses. Before I decided to give Pinterest a chance to grow my audience, I heard about the Pinfinite Growth course from The Nectar Collective (one of my favorite bloggers!). I didn’t want to  make the leap because I wasn’t sure if I could dedicate the time or energy towards it, but then I did! Pinfinete Growth is a multi-module course designed to help you create the best Pinterest you can. From image tips, SEO assistance, finding out how to pin and where to pin it, and so much more. I would have been lost without this course, and Melissa’s constant support. It was worth it just to be in her private Facebook group where she is always available for questions and other assistance. If you are looking to grow your Pinterest to be the best it can be, meet new bloggers, and expand your audience, I highly recommend making the investment. I have taken part in a few of her other courses and loved them just as much. Seriously, this gal is amazing!

9 Ways to Use Pinterest To Grow Your Blog and Audience

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What is your favorite way to use Pinterest to grow your blog?

  • Megan

    Whaatttttt. I’ve never thought to interact with others on Pinterest. I guess I’ve been using it selfishly but I just pin my posts on my blog board and move on. Clearly, not doing it the right way over here! Thanks for the tips lady!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I honestly didn’t really get it until people started interacting with my own pins, but I have been able to find some great bloggers from it!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Thanks boo! This is so helpful!!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      of course!! Glad you enjoyed it :)

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    I was able to almost triple my Pinterest followers last month.. partly due to being part of a giveaway but I also finally found out how to “interact” with other like you said. Love this post.

    • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

      ..and pinning! haha

      • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

        That is incredible!! Interacting and being thoughtful with pinning is so important.

  • http://www.christineeveryday.com Christine Everyday

    These are great tips! Pinning this post!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    I’m really really awful at keeping up on this for my blog. I guess I love other social media forms more so when it comes to prioritizing this comes last…but these are AWESOME tips!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It took me a REALLY long time to get into a habit of it- but now I am so thankful that I did. It’s worth it!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Love this! I always learn SO much from your blogging posts!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I’m so glad I can be helpful in some way :)

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Finally just got my butt in gear with a Pin It button (thanks, husband), and I looove group boards!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      YAY!! I am so thankful when I see blogs that have one. Me too! I’ve met some great bloggers from group boards.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I just started getting involved with group boards, and I love it! It’s a great way to meet other bloggers! As always, you have some great tips to help me better utilize Pinterest! I’m hoping that the new coschedule with Pinterest will be easy to use!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It really is- especially travelers!! Everyone is so willing to help each other out. Coschedule is a lifesaver!

  • http://www.themorrelltale.com/ Tayler

    I didn’t even know about the hidden image code! I’m going to start using that now, especially for my recipes! Thanks!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      The hidden image code has been a lifesaver for me! It’s so nice to be able to create longer images and hide them from the post

  • http://enjoythisbeautifulseason.blogspot.com/ Danielle

    This is such a helpful post! And I’m absolutely signing up for this webinar. Thanks so much!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am so glad you liked it! Melyssa is a great teacher :)

  • http://www.bourbonlipstickandstilettos.com/ Bourbon & Lipstick

    I still struggle with utilizing Pinterest, so thank you for these tips! I love group boards!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It took me a LONG time to get used to it, but now it’s become a habit and I love it.

  • http://eliorah.com Becky

    Pinterest is something I’m starting to work on improving right now, so these tips are so relevant to me! Thank you for sharing this – and the hidden image tip, you just blew my mind with that one! Pinning for lots of future reference ?

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Yay! I am so glad you found this helpful and were able to take something away. It took me a long time to truly “get” Pinterest, but I feel confident in using it for my blog now.

  • http://www.creativexplorations.weebly.com Emma | Creative Explorations

    Super duper helpful post! I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by Pinterest, but your tips have given me some actionable things to do. Off to pin it!

    Emma | http://www.creativexplorations.com

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It definitely takes some getting used to, but now that I have a schedule I am able to have a routine of sorts. I hope these tips were helpful!

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