{How to} Drive traffic with Pinterest

When you write a blog you want people to find you. You want to reach as many people as you can to get your message heard. Social media is great, there are so many ways to share your content. Besides the obvious Facebook and Twitter- you can also drive traffic with Pinterest.

How To Drive Traffic with Pinterest

When I have mentioned this to some bloggers they look at me bemused. Pinterest is for finding quirky ways to make sandwiches isn’t it? Yes, there are so many random things on Pinterest from potato stamping to home decor ideas- but there is another angle that can be played!

So how can you drive traffic with Pinterest?

  • First things first: set yourself up an account using your blog name. Pinterest will give you the option to change this to a business account, this will come across as more professional so accept this when it is offered.
  • Link your website to your account. This will give you a tick against your name and people will be more likely to trust you as a pinner.
  • Make a board for your blog. (If you are unfamiliar with Pinterest you make boards for different ideas).

Ok at this point just relax and browse around Pinterest. Every time you see something you like Pin it. Make different boards for anything that takes your fancy. Within a very short time I had loads of boards for different elements of my life- from toddler crafts to transforming your garden! Pinterest very helpfully gives you the option to follow other boards every time you pin something. Do it! Follow that board. Why? Chances are they will follow you back. So how is any of this helping my blog? 

  • People will start to follow you because you pin pretty things/ interesting things.
  • The more people that follow your boards the more people will potentially find your blog!!

Ok so now for the important bit:

  • When you write a post, make the first image a ‘pinnable‘ one* and pin that image to your blog board! 
  • When you pin your image it will appear in the feeds of the people following you. The more people following you, the more people will see it!

*A pinnable image is one that is long and skinny- see the one I used for this post? Longer images do much better than horizontal or square. You can make images using Picmonkey– I love it!

  • Pin a post daily– 9am is a good time apparently and this has always worked well for me. This can be a different post or if you write one post a week then just keep pinning that same post!!

(Don’t worry about it appearing multiple times in your blog board, nobody will look in your board, the idea is just to filter into their feeds)

  • Pin ‘pretty things’ to your boards daily. 10-15 things is a good minimum. That may sound a lot if you have never pinned before but actually it is nothing once you get addicted! Just pin things you like, whether that be crafts ideas for your kids or food ideas for a party!

That is it! Simple right?

  • Pin lovely things
  • Follow and gain followers
  • Pin your posts
  • Drive traffic to your blog

If you want to take a look at my Pinterest account you can see my blog board and the variety of other boards I have for pinning pretty things!

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Katy is a wife, mum of three and professional blogger. Her blog, What Katy Said, aims to inspire other mums to get organised and make the best out of every day.

29 Comments

    1. Oh I hope it helped, I never know if I am rambling or not although I have had feedback that referrals from Pinterest have gone up from people who have done it so hopefully you will see that too!

  1. I’ve been pinning for ages and definitely pinning nice things *that are season* (that helped me double, nay triple my followers at the beginning of the year!) helps increase you followers. Apparently if you really want to increase your followers you need to be pinnin at least 100 pins a day!! But hardcore for me but when I’m in the zone, I do get on it! Thanks for linking #TheList xxx

    1. Yeh 100 is excessive lol. I do have some better days than others. Recently my feed has been very samey so I dont feel I am pinning much at all. Pinterest have recently changed their algorithms too which has mucked a few people around although actually I have benefited from it lol!

  2. Great advice and I do most of this. I’m just terrible at loading when I post. Stupidly I forget to share my posts on loads of social media. Which reminds me…. I best get sharing some posts of late. Fab advice lovely lady. Xxxx

    1. Oh yes that is key- people are much more likely to pin something with a good description. If you can get Rich Pins installed than that is even better x

  3. This is such good advice thank you. I love Pinterest but I didn’t know how to use it for my of before now. Going to make sure all my posts are pinned and set myself a goal of pinning 20 pins a day this week 🙂

  4. Thankis so much for this Katy – I’ve been avoiding Pinterest and your post finally gave me the impetus to give it a try – now I fear I have a burgeoning addiction to the wretched thing! Oh well, at least I have a useful place to bookmark all the interesting tutorials I find now 🙂

  5. Great Post! How helpful is this… I’ve played at Pinterest but not really bothered that much with it for months now… After reading this it’s all gonna change <3 thanks sweetie xx Much Love xx

    1. If you ever read American posts about how they get their traffic it is all to do with Pinterest! Such an unused resource in the UK. x

  6. Katy, in your opinion for review posts with a few photos.. I was thinking first image being pinnable and the suggested dimensions for Pinterest (nice image with graphics on it titling it ‘review of …..’ etc), and then the rest of photos in the post to be my usual landscape images at 800×600. Does this sound ideal? I noticed after changing the pinnable image for a post to make the first image pinnable in the dimensions for Pinterest with some graphics and that post alone is driving 50 views a day to my site. But.. it doesn’t have any other photos on the post as it’s a v.short post. Worried about making a post pic heavy with the first image pinnable as it’s BIG, followed by other photos? Any input? Sorry for the ramble. You’re very good at this! xx

    1. Hey lovely. That is great you are getting so many views from it! Quick question (hopefully you’ll see) do you pin it and then get views from you pinning it if you see what I mean? Because if so, you can actually submit a pin and upload an image direct to pinterest, rather than pinning the image from a post. Does that make sense? So if you dont want to have pinnable images in certain posts if there isn’t much text to balance it out, then you can get around it that way. Hope that helps!! xx

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