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/

    • Janice Wald

      Hi John,
      I was a sociology major, so I like to do tests for variables and studies involving those things. I didn’t want to get those findings, but I thought it was cool how I proved it.
      Janice

  1. Blogger

    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.

    • Janice Wald

      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

  2. Sherrie Miranda

    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

      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. Carol Cassara

    This is super helpful, like so many of your posts. Thanks! I pinned it. Of course!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      Great to see you! Thanks for the visit today and the compliments on my post. Thanks for pinning.
      Janice

  5. Rob Alberts

    Sorry, I do not use Pinterest.
    I am only a blogger ……

    Kind regards,

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Rob,
      Great to hear from you. You and I were chatting back and forth there for a while.
      Bloggers use Pinterest. They use the graphic to pin to boards to get attention to their articles.
      Thanks for writing. Nice to see you again.
      Janice

  6. Linda at Mixed Kreations

    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.

    • Janice Wald

      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

  7. Kerry

    This is interesting! But one question – if you repin a pin do you then go back and delete the original? Or do you think it’s OK to have two of the same pinned to the same board? Thanks!

    • Janice Wald

      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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  9. Mark

    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!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mark,
      1. I am open to any and all ideas for a product launch such as a course. I am intending to write a book. I even sent out a survey to my Email list asking what topic they’d be interested in, but I haven’t examined the results of the survey yet. Pinterest is my favorite social media to write about. Thank you for reading my articles and for connecting with me.
      Janice

  10. Tracy

    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

      Yes I do! I Will write back at length later this afternoon when I have more time at my computer.

    • Janice Wald

      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

  11. Alexander

    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!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Alexander,
      10,000 page views a month is quite high. How long have you been blogging?
      I would be curious to read the other Pinterest strategies you’ve read recently. Can you please send me a link or turn me on to a blog that has them? Thank you for reaching out and letting me know these other strategies exist. I am curious to read the now that Pinterest has implemented their Smart Feed.
      Janice

      • Alexander

        Ive been blogging for 7 months. Im very pleased with the traffic I get and I have been told by other bloggers that I am doing really good for being new to blogging.

        I have been following Believe in a budget blog and watching her traffic do extreme growth using pinterest in the past few months so it was her income reports that show the traffic that got me motivated to learn pinterest.

        Ive since read other articles just by google searching about how pinterest is a really great source for increasing traffic if done properly.

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you for contacting me yesterday. I followed your blog. How did you find me? Did you find me at a search engine?
      I am following you on Twitter also.

      • Alexander

        Yes it was google search engine, i think the 2nd or 3rd page. That is how I found you. I forget exactly what i typed in but it was something along the lines of increasing traffic using pinterest.

    • Janice Wald

      You said you would be trying to implement my Pinterest strategies. I will be trying to implement your money making strategies; here’s to 2016
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      I am curious to what do you attribute your high monthly page views.
      Janice

      • Alexander

        Its a combination of search engines, facebook, twitter, my email subscribers and also by posting comments on multiple other blogs.

  12. AArti

    Thanks for sharing…I’ll try to use this methods via pinterest…hope can drive traffic

  13. Gloria Clifford

    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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