Oh, Pinterest! What a ride it has been, so far, these past two months! It’s kind of crazy how much your pins get seen on Pinterest, and you barely do anything but pin them to your account! I have read a good bit about Pinterest, over the past two weeks and, I have to say, I’ve been pretty much doing it all wrong! I did just manage to reach 10,000 MONTHLY VIEWS on my pins (now over 13,000 as I’m writing this post…scratch that… I’m at almost 41,000 monthly views now! 40,929 to be exact!), though, so I must be doing a few things right! I cannot wait to see what happens over the coming weeks, since I have started using Tailwind (more about that later)!
As a side note, I started writing this post before the month of July was over. I had every intention of publishing it in the first few days of August, but of course I didn’t finish it because I was TOO BUSY playing with my different social media accounts! I love to see how far my Pinterest account has gone, since I started writing this post. My monthly views have gone from 1,070 on June 1st, to almost 41,000 on August 7th! SO CRAZY, but I LOVE IT! My Analyst brain cannot wait to see the new graphs, each day, when Pinterest updates its database! I think they’ve played with me for the past few weeks, though, because they haven’t been updating after midnight every day. 🙁 Shame on you, Pinterest! It’s ok, though. I still love you!
I hear you asking, “So, Shannon, what have you learned (so far) about Pinterest?” I’m so glad you asked! Here are a few things that I’ve learned (so far), and I’m sure that I will either be updating this post later, or I’ll be creating more posts! Who knows! I might even learn how to make a FREE PRINTABLE by then! Fingers crossed, y’all! 🙂
Create a Business Account (If you own a business, of course.)
If you do not have a Business Account set up on Pinterest, DO IT! You can then verify your website so that you can post Rich Pins to your Pinterest account, plus you get to see all the PRETTY GRAPHS (i.e. Analytics) that Pinterest offers you for FREE! Yay! I love free, don’t you?!
I’m not too savvy about Rich Pins, yet, but I was told to do it, so I did! Go HERE to learn more about Rich Pins! According to this website, “Rich Pins give more context about an idea because they show extra information directly on a Pin. There are four types of Rich Pins: app, product, recipe and article.”
When creating your business account, make sure to:
- Include some relevant keywords, that match your goals, in the name of your account. I’m sure I don’t have THE BEST Pinterest name, but mine is ” The Oily Analyst | Lifestyle Blogger | Lover of Animals + Star Wars + Essential Oils!“. I can say that it is a significant improvement from by plain ole “The Oily Analyst” name that I had for the past month or so. I’ve read that having some bits of information in your name will attract those people who are looking for certain keywords on Pinterest! It’s all about the keywords!
Optimize Graphics on your Website for Pinning
- Include the information, that you want listed in your Pinterest Description, in the “Alt Text” field when uploading your graphics to your blog. This option shows up under the “Edit” feature of a graphic, when it is uploaded to WordPress. I’m not familiar with how you can add the text to a graphic on Blogger, even though that’s where I, originally, started my blog, but once you’re able to add that information to your blog’s graphics, any time your graphic is pinned, your graphic will carry that information over to Pinterest! Easy, peasy! 🙂
- You have about 500 characters to list in your Pin’s description. Make good use of them! When adding keywords, I have read that you should list them, like this, for example: Essential Oils | Young Living | Thieves | Stress Away | Natural Living | Chemical Free | Toxin Free | Green Living | Green Cleaning. I also add “Saved by theoilyanalyst.com” if I’m re-pinning a pin. If I created the pin, then I’ll just list “theoilyanalyst.com” at the end of my description. I have to say that, listing your keywords, in this way, makes your pin’s description look very nice, not to mention functional!
Pinterest Board Covers
Of course, I don’t think that this is a “make or break” suggestion, but I think that having a cover graphic, on each board, makes your Pinterest account look SO MUCH NICER! If you do choose to create board covers, I suggest that you add your “standard” keywords, for the pins on that board, to the board cover, so that they’re easy to use when you are in a pinning frenzy. If I add pins to my “Young Living Products” board, for example, once I pin the new pins, I’ll grab the keywords out of the description of my board cover, and I’ll add them to the new pins’ descriptions, plus I’ll add one to three specific keywords to make that pin’s description unique. This method has worked out very well for me.
I’ve recently gone one step further and creating a “Pin Staging Board”. I pin new pins to this board, and then I go in and review all the descriptions and add keywords, as needed, and then I move the new pins to their “forever home”. 🙂 You might like to try this method, especially if you tend to pin more than ten pins at a time!
So, just for some concrete evidence, of what these suggestions have done for my Pinterest account, I’ll just leave this graph right here. It’s a screenshot of my monthly views from June 1, 2017 through August 7, 2017. 🙂
Do you see that? I went from 1,070 monthly views, on June 1, 2017, to 40,929 monthly views on August 7, 2017! The kicker? It really wasn’t that much effort at all! I mean, I did use Tailwind for about FOUR days, but I noticed that I had enough time to do the pinning myself, as of now, anyway. I don’t pin at certain times of the day, though. I pin randomly, throughout the day. I might pin a bit during my lunch hour, sometimes, but I mostly pin late at night, right before midnight central time! It also did not take me an excessive amount of time to make sure that I followed all the other steps that I’m mentioning in this blog post! Trust me, especially if you can type fast and think quickly, LOL. 🙂
As mentioned, earlier, it is very important to use keywords in your pins’ descriptions! Doing so will improve the chances that other Pinterest users will find your pins, re-pin them and/or visit your website! When creating your pins, think of how you would search for your pin’s topic, and list those words in your pin’s description. You can also use Pinterest as a search engine to see what pins come up, when searching your keywords, so that you know if you are using some good keywords or not. I’m not too savvy with this yet, but I’m getting there!
I pin, on average, between 25-40 pins per day! I know that sounds daunting but, when you get sucked into Pinterest, it is so easy to reach that number of pins per day! So easy! If you don’t think that you have the time to sit there and pin that much, per day, then you probably should look into a pin scheduler! Which one do I recommend? Tailwind! I did use it for only 4 days, because the trial was for your first 100 pins, lol. I pin, at least, 25 pins per day, so you do the math. The free trial did not last me very long! When I used the free trial, though, it was so easy and convenient! If you’d like to check out Tailwind, go HERE. I’m pretty sure you will receive a $15 credit from Tailwind, which amounts to a FREE month of Tailwind! Don’t we all love free? Yes! I’m pretty sure that Tailwind will give you a 100-pin trial, like I received, but you will receive a $15 credit on your account for a free month of Tailwind by going HERE! My links will send you to my Tailwind Tribe, and that’s great! You’ll get to experience a Pinterest Group Board within the Tailwind site! It’s so awesome! You can pin any of your pins to the Tailwind Tribe, and other members will share your pins to Pinterest, and vice versa! It’s one, big, happy family! If you need any help getting started with Tailwind, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, once you’ve joined my Tailwind Tribe! 🙂
Oh, I absolutely love Group Boards and, I’m not completely sure yet, but I have a feeling that Group Boards will help bring my “Pinterest Game” to the next level! Over the past few weeks, I have joined, roughly, 15 Group Boards (and counting). Some are HUGE Group Boards, and others are pretty small. If you join some of the HUGE Group Boards, out there, make sure to sign up for Board Booster HERE. I just did this today, and I’m starting out by having Board Booster automatically pin 6 of my pins, over a twelve-hour period, to those HUGE Group Boards each day. I’m not sure if that’s the best number of pins per day, but I’ll let y’all know my results in a few weeks! If you’re interested in trying out Board Booster, their plans start as low as $5 per month! Check them out HERE!
If you’d like to get your feet wet, in the world of Pinterest Group Boards, I am extending you a personal invitation to join my Pinterest Group Board – POST YOUR BLOG – THE OILY ANALYST. Click HERE to view the Group Board. The only requirements are that you must follow me on Pinterest HERE. After following me, you must email me at email@example.com to request an invite. I will then do my best to invite you to the Group Board within 24 hours! It’s that easy!
A Little Lagniappe for You (Because… you know… I’m a New Orleans gal!)
Get “Pin To Top” Chrome Extension HERE . I just ran across this, tonight, and what it does is it adds a tiny icon to your Chrome browser. When you go to Pinterest, and you search for something (i.e. search with Keywords y’all!), you’ll see that a bunch of pins pop up, right? I’m sure you’ve noticed that these pins are in RANDOM ORDER according to how many times they’ve been pinned, correct? Well, all you have to do is hit that new little button on your Chrome browser, for Pin to Top, and BAM! All of the pins, after a few seconds, will be re-organized from most-pinned to least-pinned! *MINDBLOWN* I know… my mind went crazy a few hours ago, when I ran across this! I plan to do a little video, this weekend, which shows Pin to Top in action! Let’s just hope that I find a good headset by then! *crossing fingers*
Well, there you have it! I think that these suggestions should get you off on a GREAT START in your Pinterest Journey! I’m so excited to see how YOU up your Pinterest Game, by following these suggestions! Let me know, in the comments below, how my suggestions have helped up take your Pinterest Game to the next level!
Oh, and one last thing, here’s the screenshot to prove that my monthly views are at 40.9K! I’m all about the prove, baby! #AnalystsUnite!
And did I mention that I have LESS THAN 500 FOLLOWERS? I totally do! Right now, I have 485 followers. 🙂 Don’t believe me? Check me out HERE! 🙂
Catch y’all later!