How to Still Get Massive Blog Traffic From Pinterest

By: | November 29, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

#Bloggers can still use #Pinterest Have you heard the question, “Who moved my cheese?”

The question refers to the discomfort of change. Pinterest moved your cheese. They changed their ways when they changed their algorithms recently.

It used to be that every two hours they would change their feed, so it was important you space the pacing of your pins.

Then, I heard that it is now the most popular pins that Pinterest brings to the forefront of its feed.

I hoped it wasn’t true. It was easy to space graphic pinning every two hours.

Had the folks over at Pinterest really changed their ways? I conducted experiments to find out. This post will bring you the results and end with an action plan, so you can continue to get sizeable blog traffic from Pinterest.

I did an experiment. I pinned my infographic to my 71 tips for successful blogging post. I then went to Pinterest to see if my pin was there. If the “within two-hour posting” rule was still in force, it would be in the feed.

Instead, I found this:#Pinterest for #Bloggers

The pin to my post How to Have a Successful Blog by Quickly Engaging Readers had just won the Board Booster Pinterest game. As a result, it was getting repinned by many of the participants. The pin was weeks old on November 22 when I found it at the top of the Pinterest feed.

Note that it had not been pinned by me but by The Art of “Why Not”.

Isolated occurrence?

I tested again.

This time I found this:

#Pinterest;s changing algorithms can still help #bloggers

My graphic for my book review How to Find a Wealth of Free Stock Photos was in the feed. I had not pinned it within the last two hours. Had anyone?

Looking at the screenshot, one can see that the graphic had been pinned twice within four hours, not two, the subject of my test.

Also, the top graphic was in the feed but had not been pinned for six hours as the screenshot shows.

The result of my experiments: The rumors are correct. The popular pins are getting the most visibility. Pinterest now has a popular pin feed.

So, is it a case of the rich get richer, or in this case, the popular get more popular?

If, over time, interest in your pin decreases, fewer people will see it since Pinterest is showing their most repinned graphics in the greatest frequency in their feed.

Is there anything you can do to keep your pins fresh in people’s eyes in hopes they will click your pins and come to your site? If yes, what?

How can you keep your popular Pinterest pin in the forefront of visibility?

  1. Repin it. Odds are since it first was designed, many other pins have pushed it down on boards. Repin it to the top of the board. If you have received new followers since the pin came out, the odds are good that they haven’t seen the pin. Repin it to keep it fresh in the feed.
  2. Add the pin to new boards.
  3. Create new boards with it.
  4. Have faith. Pinterest has a great shelf life. Popular pins remain popular for years.

In conclusion, this post has shown there is a connection between the popularity of your pin and how often it shows up in the Pinterest feed.

However, you can still get just as much traffic from Pinterest as you always have. Perhaps if you follow the tips in this post, you can get even more.

Readers, please share, so other Pinterest-using bloggers know what Pinterest’s changing algorithms mean for them.

What is your experience? Do your personal experiences support my findings? Do you find you have received just as much traffic from Pinterest recently, less traffic, or more traffic? What social media site do you get the most traffic from? I look forward to your views.

Note: If anyone is not pinning to our blog’s Pinterest community board and has subscribed to this blog, please send me your request to pin to the board in the comments section.

Related Link:

I am considering authoring an Ebook about the power of Pinterest to get blog traffic. Please help me develop the idea by taking a short survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HFDRHDW

Related Post:

Twitter has changed as well. The social media site is no longer showing share counts.

http://buzzsumo.com/blog/twitter-share-counts-in-your-browser-new-buzzsumo-chrome-extension/

  1. Blogger | at 2:37 pm

    Pinterest has never been a major reference channel for my blog so I focus on other platforms. Facebook and Google are my lead generators and StumbleUpon also drives an incredible amount of traffic my way.

    Pinterest is still a nice source of revenue in regards to my affiliate links.
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    • Janice Wald | at 9:34 pm

      Hi,
      Thank you for writing. I don’t think we’ve met. I think that’s wonderful that you make money blogging. I have just scratched the surface in that area. Have you heard of Loop 88? They sponsor Pinterest pins. Thanks for answering my question. StumbleUpon past FB as my lead, search engines are up there too.
      Nice to meet you. Thanks for reading what I wrote and commenting.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How To Make 1,406 People Look At Your Site in 1 DayMy Profile

  2. Sherrie Miranda | at 2:38 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out if my blogposts are going to Pinterest and if they are, where are they?
    Once I figure that out, hopefully I can also find out what’s been re-posted from that blog.
    Oh . . . I still have so much to learn! 😉 . . . (those are sweat drops!) <3
    Sherrie
    Sherrie Miranda's historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc

    • Janice Wald | at 3:04 pm

      Hi Sherrie,
      Thanks for writing. I appreciate it. I think everyone is leaving to go take my survey.
      Can you go to Pinterest and put your name, your blog name, or one of your tags, in the search bar?
      Janice

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  4. Linda at Mixed Kreations | at 3:07 am

    Thanks for the information. Since I’ve been posting more on Pinterest my traffic referral has gone up to where Pinterest is my #3 referral for the traffic to my blog. When I was posting as much it was like #6. So it does work, I just need to learn more about it, and see what’s working and what’s not.
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    • Janice Wald | at 3:19 am

      Hi Linda,
      Pleased to meet you.
      Pinterest is my favorite social media to write about. Lately, I’ve been writing about Pinterest once a month! I am actually thinking of writing a book about it!
      How exciting for you that Pinterest is now your Number 3 referrer. Thank you for letting me know!
      Janice

    • Janice Wald | at 1:00 am

      Hi Kerry,
      Yes I do, if they are pinned far enough apart from each other. I’ve read this advice often. It never mentioned taking the old one down. If they are pinned far enough apart, new people won’t have seen it.
      Thanks for your interest in my latest Pinterest article.
      Janice

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  6. Mark | at 8:45 am

    Thanks Janice!

    First of all, I sincerely hope your “how to” effectively use Pinterest”
    to create more highly targted traffic, than you can ever possibly hope to handle course,
    will be launched very soon!LOL!

    Because truth told, I’ve pretty much remained totally clueless, as to how to
    effectively use Pinterest for traffic generation!LOL!

    But I keep hearing and reading stories, very similar to the type of traffic
    it can consistently generate!

    So I definitely realize, I need to get on board asap!Thanks!
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  7. Tracy | at 4:05 am

    Thanks for an informative post!

    I have had my own recipe blog for almost a year and rarely get traffic from Pinterest. If I search using very specific terms (i.e. the name of my own recipe) it doesn’t show up in Pinterest’s search at all, which is rather frustrating.

    My question is: Am I missing something? My pictures are quite pretty, I use relevant keywords in my descriptions, I re-pin other people’s pins, regularly re-pin my own, all without success! Any ideas where I am going wrong?

    • Janice Wald | at 8:01 pm

      Hi Tracy,
      I read about a method that appears to have success with various search engines for everyone who has tried it. I, myself, am testing the method, and will write a post on its effectiveness after I’ve tested it for several months.
      The method contradicts existing research that says the more specific your keywords are, the better your search engine results.
      The method basically says do NOT be specific when you tag your posts and pictures. Even if you are using broad terms like relevant keywords, if you are using “very specific terms”, you are pigeonholing yourself. Stop! Your net is way too narrow, and you are catching no one.
      I would like to invite you to subscribe to my blog. This is what I do here. I was a sociology major, and I have my Masters in Education. I love to test theories and then analyze if they work or not.
      I have many food bloggers who subscribe to my blog. I am having a big New Year’s party this Saturday, and many will be coming to my virtual party on my site. I have these networking opportunities ten times a month!
      If you don’t choose to subscribe to see how my test of this new method turns out and meet the other food bloggers that are part of my community, good luck on your blogging journey.
      Janice
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  8. Alexander | at 9:57 am

    Im officially starting the pinterest experiment to see how much more traffic I can get. I currently am averaging about 10k pageviews per month without pinterest.

    Lets see where I am in the new few months. I will be aggressively implementing these pinterest strategies as well as others i have read about recently.

    Wish me luck!
    Alexander recently posted…December 2015 Net Worth UpdateMy Profile

  9. Gloria Clifford | at 2:48 am

    Pinning, Following, Scheduling and even un-following were never so easy on Pinterest. It even takes time to grow on Pinterest but not for me; I am using https://pinpinterest.com/ for my Pinterest account automation. It can work for you 24*7 with its autopilot feature. You can even use it on the go due to its cloud storage facility.

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