How to Blow the Roof Off Your Traffic Using Pinterest

By: | June 13, 2015 | Tags: , , , |
Dramatically increase your blog's referral traffic from Pinterest.

Dramatically increase your blog’s referral traffic from Pinterest.

Stuck struggling to get traffic?

Finding difficulty building a community?

What if I told you that regardless of your niche your frustrations can be behind you by uttering one word?

That word is Pinterest.

Whether you are a blogger or marketer, Pinterest will solve your traffic needs and for absolutely free.

This post will detail the techniques of blogging coach Beth Hayden who has written a book about how to drive traffic to your site from Pinterest.  According to Hayden, there are five steps to increasing referral traffic coming over from Pinterest.

Are you busy in and out of the blogosphere and don’t need more work?

These tips will involve shortcuts, hacks, designed to save you time.

According to Beth, you don’t even need to spend that much time on Pinterest, but if you follow these tips, you can still use Pinterest as a powerful traffic source.

Step 1: Build Good Content

Even if you don’t spend time on Pinterest, you still need to have useful content on your site.  The goal is to get potential readers to leave Pinterest to go to your site.  My recent post How to Create Better Blog Content that Will Build You an Enormous Audience discusses how to craft strong content–offer information that will solve readers’ problems.

Include a strong headline.  Make sure you make your readers feel understood in your article.

Step 2:  Tweak Your Content

Okay, so you’ve just written a strong post.

You’ve got a headline so intriguing anyone would want to read the information, and your content makes your readers feel understood and solves a problem for them.

Great!  Good job.  No go change your content.

According to Hayden, nine topics get the most attention from the Pinterest crowd.

Listed in alphabetical order, Beauty, Crafts, Home Decorating, Fashion, Fitness, Food, Kids, Pets, and Travel are the most popular categories of Pinterest pins.  However, 20% of all Pinterest pins are about food.

Now that you know this, you need to tweak your blog post so that the content relates to one of these topics.

If you are thinking, “My content does not relate to any of these topics,” you are preaching to the choir (I have a post coming up on cultural idioms, sorry).  I totally understand.  I write about blogging, a topic not connected to any of the nine.

Could I make a minor tweak to change my content, no matter how tiny?  Absolutely.

I wrote a recent post offering time-management tips.  (Look at the nine.  Which could I pick?)  If you guessed, kids, I agree.  Some of the busiest bloggers work outside the home, blog in their free time, and have school-age children they are raising all at the same time!  What if they have pets too?  Get the idea?

I wrote a recent post about daily life in California.  (Look at the list again.)  Did you guess travel?  Absolutely.  I have readers who are travel bloggers who could also incorporate the food of the sites they review in their posts.

I wrote two posts recently about photography (look at the list).  Did you guess travel again?  Bingo! (Was that another cultural idiom?)

Be creative.  Think outside the box (sorry, another idiom).

For example, I know I have some parenting bloggers.  Where will you take your child this summer? (travel)  What will you feed them while you are there? (food)  What will you wear? (fashion) What will they wear? (fashion).  Get the picture? (Sorry, that was another idiom.)

Step 3: Make Clickable Pins

Again, the goal is to get Pinterest users to leave Pinterest to come to your site.

Of course, all pins over at Pinterest are “clickable.”  However, how many have the probability of being clicked?

How to Make a Clickable Pin:

1. Combine pictures, or a collage of pictures, and words.

2. Include the headline in the picture.  List posts are very popular.  Put the number of tips in your post in your graphic.

According to Hayden, people will be more likely to click your pin if they know what to expect when they get to your article.

The photo badge, as Hayden calls the pin, and the article work together.  At your blog, readers will be more likely to share your pin on Pinterest if it follows this criteria.

Over at Pinterest, more people will click your photo badge and come to your site if it follows these instructions.  This will result in your article getting free promotion.

According to Hayden, Pinterest is the second most powerful driver of traffic to blogs, more than all other social media combined.  (She did not mention Facebook, so I am drawing a conclusion that is Number #1.)

I prefer using my own photos in my graphics.  However, if you are going to use stock photos, you need to make sure they are royalty free.  There are many free photo sharing sites.  Creative commons sites exist where, depending on the license, you can use the photo if you give attribution to the photographer.

Step 4: Include Good Descriptions

Tag your pin like you would tag your blog post.

Include keywords or keyword phrases in your pin.  Pinterest can’t see your image.  It can only read text.  If you are trying to get potential readers to find you on Pinterest, you have to come up in the search query.  Only if you tag your pins with your keywords will you come up.

You should tag your Pinterest boards as well.  If you are trying to drive traffic to your site from Pinterest, you will increase the odds of pinners finding your article if your boards containing pins to those articles are tagged with the same keywords your blog posts are.

Be specific.  Google users will be more likely to find your post if you have longer tags.  Accordingly, Pinterest users will be more likely to find your pins if you have longer, more descriptive tags.

Use hashtags with your pins, but no more than two per pin.

After tagging your pin, give pinners a call-to-action just like you would do at the end of your blog post.  Tell them to click the pin, and give them a reason they should do so.  I might add “Click to find out how” if my post is about how to increase blog traffic.

Add your blog’s URL.  It is possible the link could break, so this ensures the pinner can find your site.

Step 5: Optimize Your Pins

1. Pinterest pins should be long and skinny.  Too many bloggers make their pins short.

Hayden actually went as far as to advise bloggers make their pins 700 – 800 pixels wide.  Although my pin isn’t that wide, I did make it a “large” graphic instead of my usual “medium” size graphic.  I still feel it fits her suggestion of “long and skinny”.

If you did want to change the size of your pin, here is how to do it:

  • Click the picture.
  • Click the pencil to edit.
  • Choose Size, Custom.
  • Change the height and width.
To get #blog traffic, make pins tall and skinny.

To get blog traffic, make pins tall and skinny.

2. Pinterest pins should have natural light shining on them.  If it’s possible to take the photo outdoors, do so.  If not, put the subject near a window, so the natural light is shining on it.

3. Your photo should be clear, not blurry.

4. Crop tightly.  You want people to focus on the subject of your photo, not the extraneous images around it.

5. Include a way for readers to share your pin on Pinterest by including a Pinterest share button.

6. Let people know you are on Pinterest.  I have my Pinterest information on my Contact page.  Hayden recommends having this in your sidebar or at the top of your blog if possible.

To review, Hayden’s steps are easy, quick, free, and make a lot of sense.

Get massive #blog traffic using #Pinterest. #bloggingtips

Pinterest can send your blog massive traffic.

In conclusion, the best part about using Pinterest is your trending pin topics will be trending for a long time.  The nine topics you will create pins about are called evergreen content.  They don’t get old.

In accordance with Hayden’s instructions, one of the tags I used was travel photography.  While my post is not about travel, tourists could apply these tips to taking great photos when they travel whether or not they are bloggers or Pinterest users.  All photos can benefit from natural light, tight cropping, and being sharp and crisp.

This will always be true.  Therefore, these “travel” tips will never go out of style.  I am trying to prove a point.  Blogging tips do well on Pinterest too.  Actually, all “tips” do.  Make sure you use “tips” in your tags.

As you can see, you could still be getting your “roof-blowing” traffic years from now because those nine topics are consistently popular.  However, people lose interest in updates on Facebook and Twitter extremely fast.

Before I end this post, I do not want the business people I have following my blog to feel left out.  Hayden recommends you check out Hubspots Pinterest boards for examples.

Readers, if you think other bloggers and Pinterest users can benefits from these tips, please share.

Has Pinterest been useful in sending you referral traffic?  What did you think of Beth Hayden’s five-step technique?  Do you think you will try it?  I look forward to your views.

Related Post:

4 Simple Ways to Start Blogging Creatively

How to Quintuple Your Page Views Using Pinterest




    • Janice Wald

      Thank you so much! Exciting. I feel like my new StumbleUpon button is like a brand new toy.

      • Trudy

        I don’t understand why it was taken. It’s still available on the self hosted blogs.

        • Janice Wald

          At least thanks to the instructions I put on my blog we can put the button back.

      • Janice Wald

        Guess what, Trudy? Since you stumbled my page, I have two page views coming over from StumbleUpon. Let’s keep sharing with each other. Great idea.

  1. Hammad Rais

    Great post Janice! I have created my account now. Lets see what happens.

    • Janice Wald

      Your Pinterest account? I’m glad because Pinterest is awesome! 🙂
      Thank you for the kind words about my post.

      • Hammad Rais

        Yeah!! Very awesome. So awesome in fact that I have to check out tutorials to understand it 😀

          • Hammad Rais

            Sure I will Janice!

  2. Janice Wald

    Hi, Yes. Shocking headlines make people click. I read the post. Thanks for the link. I agree, no graphics necessary =). Thanks for writing me. I always appreciate a sense of humor.

  3. Jennifer Burby

    Yet another great post full of helpful tips from Janice Wald. I’ve been neglecting Pinterest as a traffic source because of time constraints and ignorance. Thanks so much!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jennifer, Thank YOU so much for reading what I wrote and writing me. I was so grateful to you for your kind words I took the liberty of including them in my Testimonials and linking back to your site. Thanks so much. Any questions regarding Pinterest, please ask.

  4. Ellen Hawley

    This is a useful post. I’m just starting to explore Pinterest, but I’m damned if I can find where to put any tags.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ellen,
      This is how you tag a Pinterest pin:
      When you want to pin a pin on a Pinterest board, you click “Pin IT.”
      After you do that, you will see an icon of a little pencil in the right hand bottom corner of the picture. It appears when you choose the board you want to put the pin on.
      Click the pencil which brings up an edit menu.
      This is where you type in your tags. For example, for my roof picture, I might have written: Increase your #blog traffic with #Pinterest.
      That way, whoever searches Pinterest for an article about a blog or an article about Pinterest can find my pin and hopefully click and come to my site.
      I hope that helps. Any more questions, let me know.

  5. Sue Coletta

    I stumbled and pinned. Excellent info, Janice! Pinterest was always my “play site” until I realized its power to drive traffic. Thanks for the tips!

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you so much Sue. My StumbleUpon traffic has been way up this week. I am so grateful to you for stumbling my articles.
      I wrote you on your blog about how grateful my readers are for your StumbleUpon sharing button instructions. I hope you saw. You helped many people.

      • Sue Coletta

        Things have been crazy. I’ve been working with my editor and have been out of the loop lately, including my own blog. So, thank you!!

  6. Lux Ganzon

    Interesting and informative. We never should underestimate those cute little buttons. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks for visiting my site on Saturday, reading what I wrote, and writing me. Thank you for the kind words about my post. I thought Hayden’s technique was interesting as well. Nice to see you again.

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you so much for your kind words about my Pinterest tutorial. I actually write tutorials like this regularly. I added you to my once-a-week mailing list, so you are always kept apprised.
      Nice to meet you.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Tom,
      My pleasure. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and Hayden’s ideas. I offer tips like this all the time, so I added you to my once-a-week mailing list, so you are always kept apprised. Nice meeting you.

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  8. mini2z

    I logged into Pinterest today and they came up we see you’re using this as a business…I was baffled but thanks for sharing all this great info

    • Janice Wald

      I am not using this is a business. I do not have a Pinterest business account. I also do not make any money from blogging. Where did you see that I am using blogging or Pinterest as a business?

      • mini2z

        no Pinterest said to ME – it was weird – I’m a blogger sharing my story

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ingrid,
      Thank you for writing me today. Thank you for the compliments on my post. I’m glad you found Hayden’s technique helpful. Pinterest is my favorite social media to write about. I am planning another post on Pinterest to induce traffic soon. Thanks for reading what I wrote and visiting me today.

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  10. Caro

    Such a great post — I learnt all about Pinterest at this weekends Britmums blogging conference. Looking forward to trying out my newfound knowledge! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — please could you add our badge to your post or site — thanks!

    Caro |

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  12. Janice Wald

    Hi Naman,
    I am so sorry I didn’t write you back sooner. I am on vacation with my family and just saw your comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post sharing Beth Hayden’s tips for getting traffic from Pinterest. It was my pleasure to share them. Thank you for writing me. Please accept my apologies on my delay in responding to you. Nice meeting you.
    Janice, Reflections

  13. Janice Wald

    Hi Smiling Notes!
    How are you? I am still on vacation, due home next week. Thanks so much for reading what I wrote and commenting. I am glad you enjoyed the post. I know Hayden’s tips, which I shared in the post, have helped me. I’m glad they can help you, and other people as well.

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  15. Shellie Woods

    Excellent Post on how to increase your traffic! Thanks for sharing this info., I will definitely be trying this out! Thanks again!

    • The Reading Cottage: The Platform For Books, Feature Articles, Book Reviews, Interview, Culture, Lifestyle , Entertainment

      Thanks for sharing this educative article.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shellie,
      Thank you again for following my blog. I sent you your incentive tonight. I loved Hayden’s tips too. My favorite part was where she said we could get enormous benefit from Pinterest but spend very little time there. I have another Pinterest post coming out on Tuesday, so watch for it. Thank you for your comments.

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  18. Melinda

    Ok, so I’m gonna try it. And I’m very sure I’ll reference this post about, oh, about 100 times!!
    Thanks for always teaching me something, Janice!
    Your soon to be on Pinterest BBFF,

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  20. smiling notes

    Very Informative post…learning a lot from you and other fellow bloggers like Michael 🙂 I never knew so much about Pinterest. Thanks a lot! I shared this on twitter as well as stumbled this post 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shamira,
      Thank you so much for the kind words about my Pinterest article. You must know how grateful I am that you shared my writing on Pinterest and StumbleUpon. I have enjoyed seeing you over at Michael’s site–a familiar face. Thanks for all your support.

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