Looking for Pinterest tips and resources? Wondering what Pinterest has to do with blogging? One word… TRAFFIC. In this post, we cover what is Pinterest, why it’s important, and the Pinterest Resources you can’t blog without.
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Once upon a time, I knew someone that was trying to start a blog of sorts. They were given the advice to pin to Pinterest. “Repeatedly pin to Pinterest”, they said. I did not understand what that meant. Also, I don’t think this person ever found out what that meant either at the time. Now that I know what I know, my mind is blown.
Pin your posts to Pinterest. Reach a new audience. In return, get blog traffic.
What did Pinterest mean to me before blogging? A giant digital corkboard where I could pin all my dreams and hopes via images I found on Pinterest.
I used Pinterest for years. Never once did I realize that it was a visual search engine. Truth be told, I rarely clicked on the pins. I just liked the pretty curated photos. Ashamed to say I didn’t even know links were attached to the pins.
Raise your hand if I’m not alone.
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is a visual search engine.
This means people use Pinterest like Google and search specific terms (or keywords like we bloggers like to call it). From the search, a set of images related to the keyword will be presented on the feed and from there, users pin these images to their favorite boards. In our favor, they’ll click on our pins and go directly to our website.
For example: If you search the keyword “cruise” on Pinterest, you will find one of my most popular pins on one of the top rows. Maybe you are planning a cruise and this pin sounds like it would help with your cruise planning, you’re going to click on it, right?
Your click along with all others who clicks on that specific pin will be directed to my blog post “What To Do Before Going on a Cruise“. Hence, steering traffic to my blog.
The pin creates exposure to your content. And if you’re a newbie blogger, Pinterest is the best place to start as a beginner to drive traffic to your blog and find an audience.
Do you know the saying, “if they build it they will come”? Total BS. If you build a website and start blogging, you need to make noise. Lots of it.
You need to promote your blog and put yourself out there. Make sure you find your audience and let them know, hey, I have this blog post that might help you.
Web traffic won’t just find you. Even if you implemented great SEO (a whole other topic), your posts will take time to rank on Google.
So, promotion is key and Pinterest can help you with that. That’s why I have two-pin images at the end of every blog post, so my readers can share for me and direct more traffic to my blog.
Did you know that Pinterest has over 320 million active users? Just think about that.
Pinterest Resources You Can’t Blog Without
- A Pinterest Business Account
- Pinterest By Ell (Course)
- Next Level Pin Design (Course)
Sometimes you may use…
- Adobe Lightroom – to edit photos
- Adobe Sparks
If you sign up for the Adobe Creative Photography Plan it includes Lighroom, Sparks and Photoshop for a small monthly fee.
Where to Start on Pinterest?
I’d start by signing up for a Pinterest business account – it’s FREE. This is assuming you are all set with a blog.
And then, you should start with one of my favorite courses: Pinterest Growth By Ell.
When you’re done with the first Pinterest course, learn how to design eye-poppin’ pins with my 2nd favorite course: Next Level Pins.
What will you need to be ready to start her course? You can sign up for Tailwind and Canva.
What is Tailwind?
It is a pin scheduler. Yes, this exactly exists. This will help you grow your Pinterest account while you cook, shower, go to the gym, walk your dogs and sleep. So you don’t have to be attached to Pinterest manually all day, every day to get the results you’re looking for. All you need to do is schedule your pins and Tailwind does the rest for you.
What is Canva?
This is where you’ll design all your pins. Not only pins, you’ll use it for all sorts of blog-related graphics. I am on Canva daily. It’s user-friendly and not at all complicated as other graphic design editors like Photoshop. Plus, it has free templates and photos that you can use as a beginner.
Don’t worry, if you don’t know how to use Canva or design Pinterest templates, that’s when my next favorite Pinterest Design Course comes in: Next Level Pins. See below for more info.
These courses are worth every penny and I’ve taken a few others that are overpriced and do not offer the same value. I always return back to these two because they are easy to follow, are not expensive, and most importantly, I see results.
If I didn’t believe in them or in helping you, I wouldn’t have spent time writing this all out. I have tasty itineraries waiting for me to blog about.
The combination of these two courses is a great start for any blogger or anyone looking to bring traffic to a website.
Learn to Grow Your Blog Traffic (Course #1)
If there is one course I love and that I think is 100% worth the cost it is the Pinterest Growth Course by Ell.
Without Pinterest With Ell, my traffic would still be non-existent. I met Ell, founder of Bossgirlbloggers on Twitter and she introduced me to her course. This course teaches you step-by-step on how to grow your blog traffic with Pinterest. She shares the same exact methods she uses to get over 1ooo,000 views per month to her site with the help of Tailwind.
If you are not familiar with Pinterest and how to use this visual search engine, Ells takes you through it all. AND, if you have any questions you can always reach out to her in one of her many platforms. That’s another reason I love Ell, she is hands-on and is always ready to help.
- Learn to set-up your Pinterest account
- Enable rich pins
- Create SEO keyworded boards
- Pinterest Traffic Strategies
- Affiliate Pins
- How to use Tailwind
Now, this course is a great deal compared to other big Pinterest courses out there that I’ve taken. I have to say, Ell’s is the best because it’s straight to the point, easy to follow and at a great price for beginner bloggers.
Plus, the most important part, I SEE RESULTS.
Ell’s course is the Pinterest Course you need to take. Apply her methods and watch your traffic grow with Pinterest.
Remember, growing traffic will take a little time. Just be consistent with your pinning and follow Ell’s methods and watch your blog traffic grow. I
Pinterest Design Course (Course #2)
Ten years ago, I was a total Adobe Photoshop nerd. I even went to school for graphic design, but never finished completing it. I stopped fooling around on Photoshop and my love for design disappeared.
When I started blogging, I had to learn all about designing all over again. As a matter of fact, Photoshop still intimidates me. Canva is easy to use in comparison, however, I still didn’t fully know Canva’s capabilities until I took this course.
I thought I was doing okay designing my own pins using Canva. Then I got in a funk. Same damn boring and ugly pins. So if you’re already pinning and you’re in a designing funk, this course is for you too.
This funk had me creating pins with no traction. My pins weren’t standing out. Then a blogger friend emailed me about this Canva Pinterest Design Course and I thought, why not? I needed help. I wanted to create eye-poppin’ pins.
I purchased Next Level Pin Designs, took the course on a Saturday afternoon and spent the weekend on fire designing new pins to upload to Tailwind.
One of the very first pins inspired by this course became an overnight sensation! Suddenly, one of my best blog posts that hadn’t seen real traffic for in months was on fire again.
I swear it was the new pin I made all because of everything I learned from this course. This is why this course has become a Tasty Itinerary Favorite.
In this Next Level Pin Design course you’ll learn:
- About the 10 styles of pinning
- How to save pins for SEO
- How to choose fonts, colors, and images
- 1-hour video showing you how to design different pin styles
- Bonus – Videos on how to master Canva
- And so much more!
If you’re up to speed on how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your site, I highly recommend taking this pin design course. You will not regret it. Rock Pinterest and get started creating new pins.
Need to see some pin examples? Check out my Everything Tasty Itinerary board on Pinterest.
Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding any of the Pinterest blog resources.