I just created a massive guide on how to build your own blog the easy way and with the best tools, and realized I never discussed that on the show. So here’s an episode for that on the Let’s Reach Success podcast.
If you’re familiar with the blogging scene already, own a self-hosted site and are now experimenting with different ways to monetize it and improve your brand, this episode won’t give you much information.
But if you’re still looking for a reason to get that blog that you’ve been thinking about for so long started, today is the day.
I’ll now walk you through the process of starting a blog and having your very own site in a matter of hour or so.
It’s important to do it for the right reasons though, and to know that stuff like that takes time.
But there’s no other way to begin your journey to starting an online business, or do anything else in the digital world, without first creating a platform of your own.
In the blogging guide I linked to you can find more details, but all that matters in the end of the day is whether you started your blog and hit publish on that first page.
So that’s what I wanna help you do today.
I’ll stick to the essentials in this episode, and probably cover other aspects such as marketing a blog and monetizing a blog in future episodes.
The 3 elements you need to set up a site [3:45]
On niches and domain names [6:35]
Why your blog needs proper hosting [8:25]
Installing WordPress on Bluehost with one click [10:57]
Glad you joined me on the podcast today. If you want to hear a particular topic on it, leave a comment below and I’ll make sure I cover it in the future.
Also, if you enjoyed it, please share it using the social media buttons you see on the left.
Hope you enjoyed this episode of the LRS Podcast covering how to start a blog in 2017.
As for the next steps, they are about how you should use the WordPress dashboard, publish your first post, install the most important plugins, verify your site with Google, start optimizing it and make it secure and powerful.
But today I just wanted to show you the easiest way to start a blog with 2 of the best platforms, the combination of which is a guarantee for a quality website.
Stay tuned on another episode in a few weeks, covering the next steps.
It wasn’t until less than 2 months ago that I started paying attention to Pinterest. It’s not just a social media site, it’s a search engine, a way to add a new traffic source to your blog and promote your products or services or make a ton of money through affiliate marketing. It’s also a place to form connections, build a brand and stand out with your content. In this article, I’ll share the Pinterest tips for bloggers I followed that helped me double my views and get to 20,000 Pinterest views in 30 days.
Why Bloggers Should Be Using Pinterest to Drive Traffic
Every blogger, new or experienced, should be on Pinterest, pinning and re-pinning content, engaging with others, joining group boards, following people, improving their profile, creating pins for all of their posts, and optimizing them for keywords.
I started doing my research recently and now follow some interesting bloggers whose Pinterest accounts get a million views a month, who bring hundreds of thousands of excited Pinners to their blog and then convert a big percentage of them into buyers thanks to a solid monetization strategy and sales funnel.
It’s great and it takes a ton of work. But Pinterest itself helps a lot. In fact, if you’ve been blogging for some time now and want to make money through affiliate marketing or sell your courses, for example, Pinterest is the place for you to do it.
You can even forget about all other social media channels (if you haven’t seen success with them so far). You can leave organic traffic from search engines as it is and stop worrying about it too much. And you can start creating content that Pinterest users will like, will click on and will then act upon. Because they are the Internet users that can help you grow your online business, whatever that is.
Of course, some niches perform really, really well. So if you’re in the Crafts and DIY niche, are a travel blogger or into personal finance or home decor, you can expect a ton of benefits. But anyone else can get a piece of the pie too. I now focus on blogging, online business and making money online. Although my site covers personal development and lifestyle design too, I give Pinners what they like.
How I Decided to Create a Pinterest Strategy and Stick to It
In the course, she shares her exact strategies, how she writes reviews and tutorials, the exact steps she’s taken to earn over $300,000 from a single blog post, how she chooses an affiliate product, how to go about disclosure, how to promote affiliate products without being salesy but instead by building trust and being helpful to your readers, and much more.
There are many bonus materials in Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing too, including Pinterest Strategy – How To Receive Hundreds of Thousands Of Visitors From Pinterest a Month.
This opened my eyes for what I was missing till now.
I’m not really into social media and Facebook and Instagram, for instance, aren’t my thing. Not in personal life and not in business. But as a blogger, I knew there was one social media channel I should be utilizing to bring traffic to my blog, gain attention and monetize it when the right time for that comes.
I stopped seeking it though but this course and exploring what Michelle was doing on her blog Making Sense of Cents inspired me to start learning more about Pinterest.
I started doing my research and realized it could have a crazy impact on everyone’s blog traffic and sales.
Here’s some stats to show you why it’s so powerful before moving onto some Pinterest tips for bloggers:
People spend nearly 15 minutes per visit on Pinterest. (source)
How I Got 20,000 Pinterest Views in One Month
That really happened, yes. It gives me hope that any amateur can do it as well. Especially with the Pinterest tips for bloggers I’m about to share below.
I’ve been blogging for years, had a Pinterest account and did pin most of my posts in the past (although the standard images I use for a blog post don’t work there and you need to create a Pinterest-friendly image for each). But anyone who’s starting out can achieve such results too.
That’s a ton of work but it doesn’t need to happen at once. Slowly, I will be giving Pinners a chance to be able to see all my content over on Pinterest and re-pin it if they like it.
In fact, that’s the very first thing you should do after creating a Pinterest profile and turning it into a business account (which is super easy). Without a business account, you won’t be able to see your analytics and have many other of the powerful features of Pinterest for bloggers and business owners.
I did many improvements to it. Pinterest is all about quality content that looks stunning and also keyword optimization so you can target the right people. Never forget to organize your boards, add featured ones, be consistent with the images you add, and also re-pin other people’s content. All this creates a great first impression.
Before getting to the best practices and Pinterest tips for bloggers and new business owners, let me share my best resources with you:
Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.
How to Start a Profitable Blog– This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to selling products, making money from affiliate marketing, building a name for yourself, getting traffic and monetizing that attention.
Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a location independent freelance writer.
4 Ideas for Side Hustles – Check out 4 side hustles you can start on your own and no later than this weekend that can be your chance to achieve financial independence.
My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how bloggers make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.
So, here are the exact things I did differently in the last 30 days to get to 20,000 Pinterest views.
8 Pinterest Tips for Bloggers to Help You Double Your Pinterest Views in a Month
1. I improved my Pinterest profile.
Your Pinterest profile should be tailored towards the ideal users you’re targeting. Whoever that is (soon you’ll be able to see who’s interested in your content through your Analytics on Pinterest), make sure you appeal to them. But be authentic too, of course.
Then, go ahead and create a Pinterest profile, set up a business account and connect it to your WordPress site.
In my situation, however, I had to update my profile and fill in the gaps.
These Pinterest tips for bloggers will help you whether you’re a newbie or have been blogging and want to get Pinterest traffic now:
Add a good picture of yourself;
Have a good business name. Mine is Lidiya @ Let’s Reach Success;
Claim your website;
Check competitors and decide what strategy you want to have;
With each element, stay relevant to your main niche.
2. I created new Pinterest boards and organized them.
I had some random boards before and some of them aren’t relevant anymore, such as the one about The Let’s Reach Success Podcast which I’m not doing anymore. But I didn’t delete it as I would have lost old views. It’s okay to leave these old pins exist and know that board is placed at the bottom.
The most important thing is to create around 10 boards with the key categories you’re covering on your blog.
I didn’t do that at once as I was exploring what Pinterest had to offer and what others in my niche were doing.
Turns out, you shouldn’t name the boards in a unique way but should instead use ‘Blogging Tips, ‘Freelancing Tips’, ‘Work from Home Tips’, etc. That helps them get found on Pinterest and each clearly states what it’s about. These are actual boards I have now.
Immediately go ahead an create a ‘Best of [your blog]’ board and place it first when organizing them.
There you will add every pinnable image from your site that you want to be seen.
Don’t leave boards empty for a long time either. Go ahead and find other people’s pins that you’d like to include in them. Pin 10-15 beautiful images (that also lead to helpful pieces of content) so that your boards have something in them.
After a week or so, you’ll also have your pins in them and can choose the featured image of the board. Here’s how the boards I’ve placed on top of my profile look like:
These Pinterest tips for bloggers are something I learned from experts during my research, which I’ve seen popular accounts on Pinterest do, and which I myself have found to work through experimenting. So, hopefully, you’ll just do this now instead of wasting time down the road.
Here’s what I did to double my Pinterest views in a month:
Optimized my Pinterest About page;
Added SEO-rich descriptions to all my boards;
I fill the alt text on each image I pin from Let’s Reach Success with keywords;
Adding a few hashtags to the description is also a good idea.
4. I learned how to create beautiful images for Pinterest.
That’s how my pins look like now.
The way I learned was by simply looking at what some of the most popular pins in a certain topic looked like.
Then, I began reading about it and realized the following is ALWAYS true when creating pins:
Vertical rather than horizontal;
Have text on it – the largest possible text, actually;
Each pin must solve a problem, inspire or educate;
The most effective and simplest way to brand yourself is to include your url somewhere in the pin;
There are mostly women on Pinterest so keep that in mind when choosing colors, images and text;
Images of faces don’t work well;
Images on the background must be beautiful (I just kept using the royalty-free I use for each article on Let’s Reach Success. They are from pexels.com and pixabay.com);
Prefer red and pink tones (It’s no coincidence that most of my pins now have pink. It wasn’t like that in the beginning.)
What hit me was that each blog with a ton of posts in its archives brings traffic from the top 10-20 articles (which are usually published a year or more ago). After checking what these are in my Google Analytics, I updated these and added Pinterest-friendly images to them first.
I’ve been missing out on traffic opportunities for long by not giving people a way to share that post on Pinterest (as they wouldn’t want to add a random image to one of their boards).
I now go back to old blog posts, update them, and create a visually-appealing Pinterest graphic using Canva (for free).
Something helpful I did the other day (as the point is to do Pinterest smarter not harder in the next few weeks and months) is to create a few templates.
Head to Canva and you’ll see they have a ready-made Pinterest graphic image in the right size. From there, you can choose some of the great templates they are offering or create yours.
It’s worth taking the time to do that now (after exploring the best pins in your industry directly on Pinterest) to save hours in the next weeks. Now, I simply add a different image for the background, change the title and make other little adjustments.
5. I began using Pinterest to find new content and engaged with others.
To truly understand how powerful this social media site and search engine is, it’s important to use it yourself. All these Pinterest tips for bloggers won’t matter if you aren’t pinning, re-pinning, following and being followed (although that’s not an important metric), looking at other people’s Pinterest graphics and clicking them to read more.
That’s how I realized what titles work best. It’s often practical to have one title for a blog post optimized for a keyword, but to express it from another angle on your pin.
One great resource (and one of the biggest names in the Pinterest for business industry) is Simple Pin Media.
6. I began writing content for Pinterest.
I’m a content creator and I don’t think that’s going to change. So I’m interested in finding out what works best on Pinterest and giving people exactly that.
It’s the most genuine way to bring traffic to my blog and earn money through Pinterest. It also feels great to document the journey. This post is an example and it might do pretty well on Pinterest for years to come if seen by the right people. And it does share the story of how I gained 20K views on the platform in one month together with my best Pinterest tips for bloggers.
So once people click on the link of the pin, they will find a ton of value. That’s a great reason to re-pin something.
2 recent posts I wrote (which share a lot more than what the title says) are:
Also, income reports do great there. And you can create as many pins as you want for one post, title them differently and add them to different boards.
Here’s the Pinterest image from my latest income report that gained attention and brought people to actually check out how I earned over $4,000/month from my blog and business.
7. I joined my first group boards.
Group boards are a big thing. One of the best Pinterest tips for bloggers is to join a few and contribute to them with your best pins.
That’s also the quickest way to bring attention to your account and site and double your page views.
While you’re still with your few hundred monthly views on Pinterest, the chances of having a pin go viral aren’t big (although that’s possible only by having a great pin that’s optimized well). But if you share your images and content in front of the 10,000 followers of a group board, you get more exposure.
The ‘how to’ of joining group boards can happen in a few ways.
The way I did it is by checking out the group boards mentioned by bloggers when reading about their Pinterest strategies and tips. Then, if a group board is open for new members, you’ll see instructions in its description.
Usually, it’s to follow the board and its creator, after which you should email the person (email address is given in the board description) with your Pinterest url.
They might not approve you for many reasons. When they do, you can start pinning beautiful images according to the main topics of the board and re-pinning other people’s content.
Also, that’s a great place to get followers. Start following those participating in the group board. They will most likely follow you back.
I’m now the member of 4 nice group boards on anything related to blogging and online business. The latest one I was approved for has more than 20,000 followers.
8. I followed the Pinterest best practices for success.
All bloggers should follow the rules while being unique, helpful and creative over at Pinterest.
Saving at least 10 pins a day to have consistent activity;
According to Pinterest, your first 5 pins each day are prioritized so make sure these are your own content and look great;
Save pins to relevant boards;
Give visitors of your site a way to pin your images.
This post definitely doesn’t cover all my Pinterest tips for bloggers and the little things I did to double my traffic. But I will be writing a lot more as I test new strategies, understand Pinterest marketing and how it works for businesses like mine, and see what others are doing to bring Pinterest traffic to their blogs.
But the 8 Pinterest tips for bloggers you just read about are sure to help you see an increase in your views. Good luck.