Growing Your Blog views. I don’t usually use this blog to give blogging tips, but I have found tricks to grow views so fast that it would seem unfair to keep them to myself.
Before I started my blog, I watched any useful videos and read dozens of articles full of advice on how to start and more importantly, grow a blog.
Because as much as I like to write, if nobody reads, what’s the point?
That’s why when I opened iinkonscreen I had a very clear idea, there were two crucial things I had to focus on:
- writing lots of high-quality articles
- opening a Pinterest profile
Pinterest is less used and less known than it deserves. Pinterest is a very different social media from the others.
On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok anything you post will become ‘old’ to the algorithm after a few days, weeks at most. You have to constantly keep up with it and post new content if you want to have any hope of growing.
Pinterest doesn’t work like that.
My third ever post on Pinterest went viral after about three months, and even today it continues to get thousands of views and bring me new visits to the blog.
Bloggers all over the world love pinterest because unlike google, if you post good content, it immediately notices you and shows you to other users.
I opened my Pinterest profile the moment I published my first articles, and I couldn’t be prouder of that decision. Pinterest has always been and still is my main source of traffic so I had to spend many hours, and energy, figuring out how to make it work.
Because yes, although with Pinterest I assure you that you will be successful, if you don’t learn the right techniques you risk taking years to get the numbers that count.
My blog is relatively new, not even a year old, but I have been lucky enough to break one record after another thanks to views from Pinterest.
In one month, by following a few techniques, I quadrupled my views on Pinterest, and went from getting 100 views a month on the blog to hundreds every single day.
In this article I will explain what NOT to do, how you should be growing your blog views with pinterest and how to avoid wasting your time.
How To Fail At Pinterest: Growing Your Blog views
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Do not stop posting
I have to admit, I have not been as loyal to Pinterest as I would have liked. Nor to the blog initially.
Like all new things, it took practice and a lot of effort to keep the boat running initially. In the first few months I would write 3 articles a month if I was lucky, and make 10 bad pins on Pinterest if I really felt like it (I had no idea how to make them).
Fortunately, along the way I realised that if this was a serious investment for me, it wasn’t enough to spend the afternoon looking at the computer when I felt like it.
If my goal was to turn it into a job, I had to treat it as just that, as a serious commitment.
So I started posting at least one article every 10 days, then one article every week, then one every 3 days. I am not a machine so it was not always consistent, but in good weeks I would post as many as 4 articles.
Taking the reins of the blog, I certainly couldn’t ignore pinterest.
I still had that one post that had gone viral, but it was the only one that brought me some visibility to the profile and very few views to the blog.
So I started posting every day, several pins a day.
Pins are quick to make especially if you use canva and if you find free images on sites like that:
The advice is this, never stop posting. Yes you can take a few days off but if you know you’ll be without being able to post for more than 4 days, I highly recommend finding a way to organise the pins to post first.
If you are going to be away for a few days or if you don’t want to spend too much time on pinterest every single day, you might as well use Pinterest’s ‘Publish at a later date’ function. You can find it at the bottom of each pin idea before you post it.
Pin however doesn’t seem to like this option very much, in fact I’ve noticed that when I use it my pins are mostly ignored by the algorithm (how nice).
So a great solution to all this, recommended by many blogs, is Tailwind.
The site makes you organise the pins to post throughout the month and will post them for you. Moreover, it is totally free. You can post a maximum of 20 pins per month without paying a cent and it will also show you lots of useful features. I am not here to advertise them now, but have a look if you are interested.
Now that you understand the importance of continuously posting on your Pinterest profile (please open a business one) let’s move on to the next point.
Do not post ugly pictures
Pinterest is based on pictures like instagram, but they are not random pictures. They are beautiful, artistic, high-quality images.
Pinterest will welcome you with open arms if you remember this essential thing.
Your images must be beautiful to look at and must be pinned by as many users as possible (more on this later). If you are not a photographer and do not feel like trying, you can very well find quality images on the free image sites listed above.
Always download them in the highest quality and use them as backgrounds for your posts.
A post on Pinterest with the function of sending views to a blog usually looks like this:
A neutral background is great but often a bit of colour does more than good. Try many different types of images, often it is that choice that gets the most attention for the pin.
Don’t underestimate hashtags
If I were a reader of this article, I would want to understand what it was that made me quadruple the number of views in just a few days.
A miracle? Magic potion? Luck?
Well yes and no.
It is not luck that gave me that nice surprise, but I discovered the way by sheer luck. An idea came to me, I tried it and BOOM shock.
The idea was to check my first viral post and study what was different about it compared to the others.
I checked the content of the post, the title, the description, the comments, everything.
The post was basically a meme, so it was saved by whatever user had made it funny.
The hashtags were few: #fun, #meme, #funny, #strangerthings.
So I did exactly the same thing. I invented a meme for Pinterest writers and posted it, used the same board as the first viral post and put up the same hashtags.
After only a few hours it had already received the amount of views I used to get in a week, and over time it grew more and more.
Having seen what worked I did the exact same thing again, different topic same hashtags and again went viral. Of course I kept posting my normal pins as well, because if Pinterest notices that you post more or less the same thing it stops paying attention to you.
The point is this, you have to try several times and with different things. Many things will certainly fail, but it only takes one that goes well. That goes viral, and you will know what works.
Always replicate what works, and don’t cling tooth and nail to what fails.
Study the hashtags closest to your niche, you need to understand what kind of posts are saved by those who like gardening, crochet, fishing etc. Post what gets the most attention and I assure you that you will be successful in a few months, maybe even weeks.
Do not pin without thinking
Months ago I was stuck in a loop, I would write my own article, create a pin linked to the new article and publish just that.
I would copy and paste the name of the article and its description on Pinterest and hope it would magically bring me visitors.
Unfortunately, mindlessly pinning images at home got me nowhere, and the same will happen to you.
First of all, Google and Pinterest are two different things, you should have realised that by now, plus pinterest posts are great for keywords.
The space for the title and description are not there just to annoy you, they are a help, a chance to send your image to the home of millions of users.
Of course the most important thing is the image, it is there to attract clicks, but if you don’t use seo no one will see your pin and no one will be able to click on your image.
Seo is a big word but it doesn’t mean much. You have to optimise what you write to get the image to your ideal audience.
Therefore, choose the words you write well and use these techniques to find the best keywords.
Don’t ignore the save rate of your posts
For a long time the only number that mattered to me was monthly views, only later did I realise what it is that limits or pushes that number up.
My writing memes and tips did so well for one simple reason, people liked them and therefore saved them.
When I quadrupled my monthly views the percentage of saves also grew enormously. The more my pins were saved, the more they were pushed to the Pinterest home page. And of course, I was getting more and more views.
Pinterest boards are not just there for decoration, pinterest wants them to be used. If someone saves a pin of yours, it’s like telling Pinterest ‘Hey I like this give me more’, and pinterest like other social media wants to keep its users happy. The happier you are on the app, the less you want to leave it.
So try to understand, in your niche, what it is that gets saved the most. What appears most on your home page. Videos? Images with text? Images without text?
Once you have a list of things to try out, try them all out a little at a time and find the most popular. It will be your shortcut to the big numbers.
Do not post hard to read pins
I have never seen a hard to read pin in my Home.
Yet I know they exist, I have created some myself, but they are simply not shown.
They are a bit like the shadow self https://iinkonscreen.com/shadow-work-how-to-heal-your-mind-using-a-notebook/ on Pinterest, he is ashamed of them and keeps them to himself.
If you don’t want your pins to end up like that, you have to post quality pins.
In the beginning of course you will create something shoddy, that’s normal, we have all been beginners at one time or another.
But with time you have to push yourself to learn.
Do not be afraid to copy (within limits) the format of others, their fonts and their way of describing, it is by imitating that you learn.
Copy, try, experiment and make it your own.
Remember these important details:
- Quality images
- Large, massive fonts
- Large fonts
- Complementary colours
EXPERIMENT, EXPERIMENT, EXPERIMENT
Once you get used to it, you will have the eye of a graphic designer.
For now, I don’t have any other tips to give you, but I’m sure I’ll think of something as soon as I click ‘publish’. Anyway, for now, put these tips into practice and enjoy the show.
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