How badly you want traffic for your blog? Does the Pinterest manual pinning strategy work? Does Pinterest bring a lot of traffic? Why are so many bloggers raving about Pinterest?
I know, I know.
You must have those questions on your mind, and you want to know if it works.
Let me tell you one thing, I have a love and hate relationship with Pinterest.
This is because it does take time to get a significant amount of traffic from Pinterest. But I cannot ignore it because it is helping me to build my blog.
When you are new to Pinterest, and especially when you have a low volume of pins, you will be asking yourself a lot of questions and wonder if it really works.
I was like you just a few months back.
But since so many bloggers claimed that Pinterest is the best way to drive traffic to a new blog, I needed to give it a try.
It’s a good idea to start using Pinterest early because soon, you will wish you had started much earlier.
Well, I will advise you to use Pinterest and Twitter.
Here is a screenshot of my social traffic for May 2020. (First month of blogging)
In the first 1 month of using Pinterest, I got only 4 visits.
Was I discouraged? Hell yes.
Did I want to quit?
Only 4 visits for 1 month of effort was quite discouraging. But somehow I said to myself, let me give it a try for a few months and see if what other bloggers are saying about Pinterest is true.
Now let’s see my social traffic for Jul 2020. (3rd month of blogging)
As you can see, Twitter and Pinterest are the two social media platforms that bring the most traffic to my website.
I know it’s not a lot of traffic, but this blog is new. (Created on 28th of April 2020).
Also, I am not spending any money on advertising. It’s just free traffic from social media.
You can also notice that the average time of a session on Pinterest is 2 mins 2 seconds compared to the other platforms, which are under 1min.
It clearly shows that Pinterest will bring more quality traffic to your new blog.
It’s quite evident that you don’t want to spend a lot of time on Pinterest.
This is why I will show you the most effective way to use your time to get the most out of your Pinterest account.
Are you still with me?
If yes, then let’s get started.
Before we go into more detail, let me explain why manual pinning is a must if you are new to blogging.
The benefits of manual pinning for new bloggers
There are two main benefits of adding your pins manually.
The first is that you won’t need to spend any extra money once you have paid for your domain and hosting. I completely understand how difficult it can be to add additional expenses when you do not earn money with your new blog.
The second reason is that Pinterest will give your pins more exposure when you pin manually.
Pinterest loves when people spend time on the platform. The more time you spend on the platform, the more it will reward you.
This is what I had noticed when I started to add all my pins manually. The number of impressions and clicks increased significantly.
Once your pins start to get traction, you can use a scheduling tool like Tailwind.
This is because both a scheduling tool and manual pinning will bring the maximum traffic to your new blog.
Why Pinterest is essential to growing your new blog
If you don’t know Pinterest well, let me tell you that it is the best search engine to showcase your blog.
Since Pinterest is a visual platform, it will allow you to expand your blog significantly.
For a blog to become successful, it must first get a lot of traffic, as qualified traffic is the lifeblood of any successful blog.
So, the kind of strategy you will use to bring traffic to your blog will determine your success or failure as a blogger.
If you wait for your blog posts to rank on the first page of Google, it can take between 1-3 years, depending on the competition in your niche.
I am sure you don’t want to wait for 1-3 years. Right?
With Pinterest, you can start you get traffic from a couple of days up to a few weeks. You can even start you get traffic from day 1.
If you are using any other social media( like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn), you will get traffic for 24 hours up to a few days.
But with Pinterest, a single pin can bring traffic for 6 months up to 1 year.
Therefore, you will have a massive advantage when using Pinterest as a traffic source for your new blog.
After you are getting enough traffic, you will earn a decent amount of money from your blog.
If you are interested in learning more about Pinterest, the below article will help you make your blog successful.
- How to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your new blog
- How to make money on Pinterest with a blog
- How to name your Pinterest boards to get more clicks
Setting up your manual pinning strategy.
Before getting started with your manual pinning schedule, it will advise you to create at least 10 boards relevant to your niche.
These boards must be optimized so that your profile can attract more targeted traffic.
Once you have created all your boards, you will need to have a system to add your pins manually.
Pinterest manual pinning strategy
Step 1- Creating quality pins
Create 2 to 3 pins for all your blog posts. Having different styles and color combinations for your pins will ensure that you attract a wide range of people.
This is because people react differently to different pictures and colors.
Don’t believe me?
Let’s do a small test.
Which pin grabbed your attention?
If you love pink color, then the second pin will grab your attention. If you love simplicity, then maybe the first or third pin. And if you like vivid colors and you need an answer urgently, then the last pin will grab your attention.
You can clearly understand that having different styles and color combinations of pins will attract a wide range of people to interact with your Pins.
So, every time you create a new blog post, add the pin directly from your website using a Pinterest browser extension or from your Pinterest account.
Pro Tip: Share your pins to your most robust and most relevant boards the first time. This will allow you to get more clicks. Repeat this process for all your new blog posts.
Step 2 – Creating folders.
Now it’s time to create new folders for all your blog posts and add their respective pins.
As you can notice, I have 24 blog posts in which I have included numbers for easy navigation.
Once completed, you will have to create folders for all your boards.
Step 3 – Adding pins to your folders.
Now copy all the relevant blog posts folders to each board folder.
I have a board which is named “Save and earn money.” I will add only blog posts that are relevant to that specific board.
Step 4 – Adding your pins manually.
Now it’s time to add your pins to your relevant boards.
Depending on the number of boards you have, you must add at least one pin to each board every day.
If you have 10 boards, it means that you will add 10 pins daily. But you must do it in such a way that you don’t add the same URL (Same blog post) the same day.
On a particular day, you will add your first 10 blog posts to each relevant board.
Once you have added the pins, you will go to each board folder and delete the pin you have just uploaded. This is to make sure you don’t add the same pin to the board again.
On the next day, you will add your next 10 blog posts to all the relevant boards.
Repeat the process until you have added all your blog posts and start again.
This process will make sure:
- You are adding all your blog posts to your boards.
- You are not adding the same URL on the same day.
- You won’t add the same pin to the board again.
- You are adding pins to all your boards daily, which will keep them active and increase your chance of getting more clicks.
You see, it was not that difficult at all. The process of creating folders and adding all your blog posts will take some time.
But once completed, it will take you only around 10 mins per day to add your pins. I am sure 10 mins per day is not a lot for the amount of traffic you will get from Pinterest.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure to repin from your group boards. This will help both the bloggers and you as the board will be more active.
- Add new pins from other bloggers to your boards. Especially pins that are performing well. This will help you to get a boost for your new Pinterest profile.
- Every week make sure you are adding a new pin directly from your website with updated pin descriptions.
- Keep creating new pins for your blog post and see which ones are working better.
- Every 1 or 2 months, create a new board.
- It will take you around 2-3 months to get significant traffic from your Pinterest, depending on the quality and amount of pins you have.
- If there are pins that are not performing well, do not delete them from your profile. You might never know when your old pins can become viral.
Pro tip: Using a combination of manual pinning and Tailwind will guarantee that you get maximum clicks on your Pins.
If you are not using Tailwind, do give it a try and see how it performs for your profile. Trust me, you will see a massive difference.
The awesome thing about Tailwind is that you will get your first 100 pin schedule for free. And you don’t have to provide any credit card information.
You just have to connect your tailwind account with Pinterest.
Simple as that.
Final thoughts: Pinterest manual pinning strategy
As you can see, having a proper Pinterest manual pinning strategy is essential for your website’s growth. Do give it a try. You will see how your blog traffic will increase once you add pins manually to your Pinterest account.
If you want to get more traffic, these resources will help you a lot:
- How to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog
- How to use Twitter to get massive traffic for free
- SEO tips for beginners
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