Pinterest account setup
We are going to assume here that you know what Pinterest is, you have an account, and you know that Pinterest is important to your marketing strategy as a popular visual social media. Having successful Pinterest strategies for a beginning blogger is going to be essential for your success.
If you are familiar with Pinterest and have studied the platform already, you will want to also read our advanced Pinterest strategies for better results post.
There are many more nuances to Pinterest strategy than are discussed in this post. You can really dive deep and optimize every aspect of your Pinterest presence and you should. Follow our model of spending 25% of your time learning your craft and 75% of your time implementing what you’ve learned and you will quickly see results.
Follow to be followed
If you want your content to be seen on Pinterest, you can grow a following to get organic views. Look around on Pinterest and search for people with the same interests. Follow people on the same boards as you.
One approach that we advocate often when learning to blog is to look at your competitors. Who already has a blog in your niche? Who would have the same type of followers? Their followers might naturally want to be your followers since you both blog on the same topics.
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Search for your competitors in Pinterest using keyword searches in the search bar. Click on their profiles and follow those who follow your competitor. You will soon see many of these people follow you.
Start by stealing my followers!
Get on Boards
On Pinterest there are personal boards and group boards. Create some personal boards about your topics. Then find some group boards. I recommend joining at least one group board a week until you have plenty to post in, maybe up to 50 depending on your activity.
You will post all your pins on your relevant personal boards as well as on group boards. One of the Pinterest strategies for a beginning blogger is to post three pins a day and save them each to around ten groups. Each pin can be in totally different groups or you can have some overlap in relevant groups.
Become a collaborator at the group boards Blogging for Beginners and Online Income Opportunities now. Join these boards then ask the creator for permission to post.
Pinterest posts need to be visually stimulating and sharp. To stand out is to be clicked. We highly recommend you use a professional site like Canva. They make it incredibly easy to make stunning designs for Pinterest. You can choose a ready made template and just change the test, or design your own from scratch.
Pins should probably be 1500 high x 1000 wide. The picture should draw in the viewer, with the title and maybe a very brief teaser description to get the viewer to click. Your pin URL will point back to your blog post or site, driving visitors to exactly where you want them.
Some experts recommend that up to twenty percent of your pins should actually be shares of pins you did not create. Mix in some good content for your readers. There is plenty of room online for a multitude of marketers and tips. Share posts that give insight to your readers and maybe on topics you haven’t covered.
Sharing pins from other people adds richness to your boards and gives you more credibility if you choose quality pins. Pinterest also favors boards in search that have a diversity of pinners and pins. Having quality shared pins on your boards can lead to more people finding and following them, as well as keeping your readers engaged with the board.
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If you struggle with consistency in creating content to pin, use sharing to fill in those gaps until you can generate another top quality pin. Go to any blog with social sharing buttons and hit the Pinterest red P to share the post to one of your boards.
This post is optimized to be shared at Pinterest, in case you were wondering!
Connect with other bloggers
Join social sharing sites like Viral Content Bee. This site is for bloggers that see value in their social media posts getting shared. Basically you share their blog posts to your boards and they will share your blog post on their boards.
This will get your pins seen by many more readers and give you some posts to share on your own boards. The site has a neat way to ensure that everyone shares.
Promote your pins
You may not want to actually spend money to get blog viewers. This might only make sense if you have something to sell on the post. If you have been denied to advertise on Google or other places you could still find success.
We highly recommend using some A/B testing to see which pins get the most interactions. You can wait to see how pins perform before committing money to advertise them. The pins that get more attention naturally could be good candidates to advertise since readers engage with them already.
Pinterest makes it super easy to advertise, or promote, your pins. Experts say that Pinterest might be the most economical social media site to advertise. You get more bang for your buck here than in most places.
Don’t stop learning now
Hopefully now you have looked around inside Pinterest and gotten familiar with the format. Our goal here is to get more people to see your pins, leading to more clicks through the pin to your link. Funnel those readers.
If you want to go deeper into Pinterest strategies for a beginning blogger, read our post Advanced Pinterest strategies. This will help you keep making more income and improve your Pinterest game even more.
Thank you for reading, we love to share information with our readers and keep our only goal in mind always – for you to make more income.
Marian and Paul
28 thoughts on “Pinterest strategies for a beginning blogger”
To be honest, I am new in using Pinterest and these tips of yours are a great help for me. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
Thanks Gervin and good luck on your journey to learn how to harness this platform!
These are excellent tips. I would say that even those who aren’t beginners can benefit from these tips. I see a lot of sparse pins out there.
The key for me was when I started using Canva to create pins. It is a powerful tool to make those pins look top notch and attractive to click on. Thanks for the comment!
Those are all great ways for growing on Pinterest. I need to do more of that! I also enjoy being apart of Pin sharing groups.
Excellent insights pretty much helpful, using Pinterest was a nightmare for me. Biggest challenge for me using Pinterest was getting shares with your excellent tips now I have an idea how to crack that.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful post😍😍
I use Viral Content Bee to get more Pinterest shares, it works well and has a free account option. Thanks for reading!
I remember trying pinterest to direct traffic to some of my articles. If I had known all these tips, I am sure the results would have been more rewarding than it was.
These are some great tips! I have found that pins have been a huge boost and are extremely helpful!
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I’ve been using Pinterest for saving pictures but I never knew that it is an app for bloggers.. Anyways, I love your tips! And I think I need to explore more on Pinterest.
Thanks for sharing these tips. I haven’t really tried to explore pinterest yet but I’m always at times directed to that site when searching for tips and guides.
Thank you for these tips. Being authentic for our audience is important across all industries.
I’ve been using Pinterest for over 5 years and I absolutely loved the platform! It is one of the best platforms for driving traffic to your blog!
This is all great advice! I had a personal Pinterest account that I loved long before I even had a website. It is a great platform.
I LOVE Pinterest! I’m not sure I could’ve decorated my entire house without it!!
Fantastic tips! These would truly be helpful for those starting. Even those who have long been on the platform can still learn a thing or two from this.
Thanks for sharing these tips! I definitely want to improve my Pinterest strategy and sometimes I don’t know where to start haha!
Thanks for sharing the tips! It’s all the knowledge that I’m looking for to improve my Pinterest.
If possible, please take a look at mine http://www.pinterest.com/khoingn/travel-the-broad-life/ and suggest me if I need to improve anything. Thank you in advance!
I shared your board as a tweet and the description is too long. I had to manually shorten the description of your group before tweeting. Shorten this and you might get more shares. Otherwise it looks great! Thanks for reading.
I haven’t really explored Pinterest that much. I hope I can find time to do it.
Great tips for a newbie like me 🙂 Will save this post!
Thanks for all of the Pinterest tips. There is definitely a lot of room for experimenting with Pinterest. I have been doing a lot of my designing in Crello lately, just for the sake of variety.
I need to check out Viral Content Bee. Thanks.
This is really helpful information for those starting out with Pinterest and those of us who have been using it a while but are still learning it’s ins and outs. Thanks.
These are great tips for beginners starting out with Pinterest.
Thanks for sharing. I like the part about continuing to learn
Nice tips for starting out on Pinterest. From experience I can say that using Pinterest for your business is going to help a lot for growing it!
Great tips for using Pinterest. From experience I can say that pinterest is a very good platform to use for growing your blog!