It took me a while to realise the importance of developing social media accounts to increase the traffic to my blog, and I didn’t do anything other than write and press the publish button for the first year. This suited me – the purpose of the process was for therapy, a way of being able to try and discuss the issues that had been plaguing me for a long time. However, for the last eighteen months I’ve worked hard to build up various areas of social media and effectively use it to promote my posts, with what I would consider to be a success.
However, there is one area that I have consistently ignored: Pinterest.
I have a Pinterest account: http://www.pinterest.com/suzie81speaks… I’ve had the account for months, and I’ve done nothing with it.
The idea of Pinterest itself is easy – create boards of similar themes, share images and posts from your blog and pin others. However, despite this, I avoided it because there are lots of things I didn’t really understand. I’ve heard on many occasions that Pinterest is one of the most effective ways to boost traffic, so why weren’t hundreds of people re-pinning my posts?
Over the weekend, I received an email from the lovely Elena from Fabulously 50 & Living With Batman. She’s an avid pinner, increasing her Pinterest activity by nearly 500% recently, and she had very kindly analysed my productivity (or in my case, lack of) on my account.
Her hints and tips were absolutely amazing. Basically, I was doing everything wrong, and I’ve spent the last two hours attempting to start to change everything around based on her advice. Even better, I’ve had a blast doing it, which surprised me as I found Pinterest quite a monotonous task before.
Here’s what I’ve started to do:
- Add my blog link to the description of each of my boards.
- Created a group board and invited other bloggers to share their posts. I’ve participated in one of Elena’s shared boards and it has been a great way to see more blog posts, so I’ve started my own.
- Created different boards of things I am interested in: running, hair and beauty (ie, things that I could do myself without looking like a panda), photography, food, motivational quotes, Birmingham… I’ve gone pin crazy adding things that have inspired me.
- Started working on keywords to put in my titles and descriptions.
However, this is just a fraction of the advice that I was given from Elena, as she had taken the time to give me long, medium and short term goals, as well as pointing out things I was on the right track with.
Here’s the exciting bit… Elena is not only creating a blog series about her experiences, but she is offering this service for a small fee. Want to check out her latest blog post on setting up your profile? Click on the image below…
If you wish to contact Elena about her Pinterest service, you can find her on Twitter @LivinwithBATman…
Similarly, I want to find you on Pinterest! Hop on over to my page and check it out!
What about you guys? Are you a pin fanatic?