6 ways I use Pinterest to get page views

6 ways I use Pinterest to get blog views: read about my strategies for growing my online presence  using Pinterest, and what not to do, especially to avoid getting blocked or marked as spam.

When I first started blogging, I didn’t see the draw for Pinterest. No one was coming to my blog from Pinterest. Besides, it was crazy hard (still is!) to get followers. Then I wrote this one post, 6 signs you’re a good mom, and it blew up on Pinterest. That was several weeks ago, and that article and Pinterest are usually responsible for 90% of my page views. That got my attention. So here are a few things I do to keep Pinterest happy.

1. I create a board just for my articles, and then several similarly-themed other boards I can repin to.

If you’re going to be repinning your blog pins, which you’d better be, you need somewhere to put them. I also have one main board besides my blog board that I pin to as much as possible (mom blog articles), so it doesn’t look like I’m monopolizing it with my repins. 

2. I collaborate on big blogging boards. 

I do this by finding what big boards other bloggers are collaborating on. Everyone else recommends this group board resource, Pingroupie. But I could never figure out how to contact the people who ran the big boards. I just checked out other bloggers’ group boards, and emailed the owners of the ones I wanted. 

6 ways I use Pinterest to get blog views: read about my strategies for growing my online presence  using Pinterest, and what not to do, especially to avoid getting blocked or marked as spam. 3. I make and pin 2-3 different pins for each blog article. 

Your blog is going to have more than one image, so why not have more than one pin? The long ones will be the popular ones, but you never know. 

4. I tried using a scheduler and got blocked. Now I repin 8-10x or more a day, the same pin. 

Pinterest marked me as spam for a few days after I used Viralwoot and pinned a few pins 30x in 24 hours. I emailed their support team and got unblocked for a few hours, only to get blocked again! Now I’m using Board Booster, which repins at random intervals. I also try to repin my last four articles at least 8x a day. This is why you need all those boards, especially the group boards, so your repins have a place to go! 

6 ways I use Pinterest to get blog views: read about my strategies for growing my online presence  using Pinterest, and what not to do, especially to avoid getting blocked or marked as spam. 5. I build my following by pinning 25-50 pins a day outside of my own content. 

I tried to duplicate my efforts on Twitter at building my following, and it rarely works for Pinterest. Following other users rarely gets them to follow back. On Twitter I can get maybe a 33% followback rate. Pinterest is like 10%. You get followers on Pinterest by pinning. It’s as simple as that. That’s why you gotta pin like crazy. I like pinning a lot to the boards I post my articles to so I can disguise all my duplicate pins. Also, you need all the help you can get, so use Tailspin or Board Booster or something similar to automate pins. Since I started using Board Booster I’ve seen a steady increase both in the number of blog views and the Pinterest referrals. Board Booster offers a free trial and then plans start at $5/month. 

6. I have my own boards I invite other bloggers to collaborate on. 

Having a big ‘ol board is going to get you a lot of followers, and a lot of people seeing your pins. Now I get people emailing me to collaborate on my boards. If you want you want to grow your group boards, make sure you include your email in the description. I also inform other bloggers I meet online about my group board so they have a place to pin their stuff, too. If you want to collaborate on my Mom Blog Articles board, let me know!

One more note on Pinterest: be patient! It took 6 signs you’re a good mom 5 days to start getting serious page views. I’m finding that with my other posts as well. You won’t know immediately if your post is a hit. Keep pinning it!

Everyone tells you to pick one social media platform to focus on and automate the rest, but if you are serious about page views, Pinterest is the holy grail of social media marketing. I used to spend all my time in Facebook groups and on Twitter getting people to tweet my stuff, but now that I see that Pinterest users are the ones checking out my blog, I spend much of my time there. 

Let me know if you have any Pinterest tips. I would love to learn more!

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57 thoughts on “6 ways I use Pinterest to get page views

  1. This is really useful. I pinned it! I belong to one group board, which I was invited to. I have wanted to join more boards, but didn’t know how to go about it. I didn’t think of emailing the owner.

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  2. Right now, I’m stuck in the mentality of seeing Pinterest as pointless. I know, I know.
    But, this post seriously has me interested. I have a Pinterest account, but am not nearly as active as I should be (nowhere near as active as you!), and thought it was just a flop. Definitely going to be devoting some time to get familiar. Thanks for sharing! ❤

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  3. I really love Pinterest but just haven’t been able to see the return yet for my blog. And I know it is because I don’t have the time to pin like you said to and that is why there are products like Tailwind, but I am just not sure it is the investment I want to make right now.

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  4. Thank you so much for all of these tips. I’ve started to get better at making pinnable images, but I didn’t realize it was helpful to repin all of our own stuff. I’ve got some work to do! Thanks for the group idea too!

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  5. I’ve got to clean up my boards. I’ve got such a hodgepodge. I pinned A LOT when Pinterest was first created. Like obsessively. Then I stopped for a few years. I’m restarting now and love your tips. Thank you so much! My problem is it’s hard to make an image that’s the optimal size for Pinterest. (You know very tall) I need to find some kind of image creator.

    You’re doing great, keep it up!

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    1. Candy, I use Spark Post, but the template they have for Pinterest isn’t tall enough, so I use the absolute last option they have for size templates. You also could make the image and then crop it to make it skinnier. I wish I knew of an app that made good long posts for Pinterest 😩

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  6. I have been blogging for over a year now and made the huge mistake of not focusing on Pinterest since the beginning. I am just learning how to use Pinterest for my blog so I really appreciate your post. I would be interested in joining your mom board if you could please email me the information. Thanks so much!

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  7. I just set up my self hosted blog last week and I had searched on Google for pinterest and blogging tips and I had come across this post even before you shared on mom blog tribe. I had not commented the first time around son here I am commenting. I am trying to find out the group boards of late. Can’t find much though

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  8. I never saw the draw to Pinterest, either, when I first started blogging.I really wish I’d started taking advantage of it sooner. Once I started following *most* of the tips you shared here, I saw a huge increase in traffic immediately. I’m currently working on going back through my old posts and adding new images in hopes they will help bring readers to my site!

    It’s kinda funny, I saw this article on Pinterest a couple days ago and saved it. I planned on reading it, but I have about 100 different blog related articles to read and I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet… until I saw you commented on my blog 🙂

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  9. Thank you for the awesome information! I have been using Twitter, but have been struggling to get the page views I want. I took a lot of your advice and started up going on pinterest. It is super hard to get followers, but I love pinterest in general 🙂

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  10. Great information! I have just started blogging again and have really tried to focus on gaining followers. Just yesterday I created a Pinterest account for my blog. It’s a little daunting but I will definitely use your tips. Thanks!

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