Here’s the story of how I increased my pageviews over 900% in one month. I know this sounds far-fetched, but it’s totally true! Granted, I’m a fairly new blogger and my traffic was super low to begin with, but actually, that makes it even harder to grow.
Are you a tiny bit surprised that I’m writing about blogging and not about how to clean your house or spend your money? Here’s the thing: the blogging community is really supportive and kind and I want to give back a little by sharing how I’m getting some success. Who knows, maybe you’ll consider starting a blog!
So you know I’m not just whistling Dixie, check out these screenshots:
Sad, huh? Only 241 people looked at my sweet little blog in January. I was actually considering whether I should just give up the whole idea. Then, I learned something amazing and look what happened next!
Yep, that’s a whopping 922% increase in sessions. To be honest, I’m not really all that sure about the difference between sessions and pageviews, but it’s really hard to make a pretty screen showing the pageviews instead of the sessions. I don’t want to go down a rabbit hole of learning how to customize reports in Google Analytics instead of writing this blog post. I think we can all agree, a whole bunch more people came to visit in February.
But seriously, when are you going to tell us HOW this miracle occurred?
I’m getting to that…
Back in late January, I saw a Manual Pinning Challenge on one of the Facebooks groups I belong to, The Secret Pinners Club. Kyla, over at dishitoutsocial.com, runs this fantastic group. She had heard the buzz about manual pinning and wanted to do some experimenting. Kyla created a brand new pin for a post, then systematically pinned it to some group boards. Low and behold, that pin went viral! But could this success be replicated? This is how the amazing Manual Pinning Challenge was born.
About 150 people signed up for the challenge and Kyla gave us very detailed instructions on how to use her system. In a nutshell, you create several new pins for a post and pin them methodically to group boards.
I think the results surprised even Kyla! In the first few days, the pin impressions had increased by several thousand for some people. We were simply amazed.
Now, this was a free challenge, but Kyla wrote an ebook, Manual Pinning Simplified, which I also bought. The success I’ve seen has been worth much more than the meager cost of this book!
In the interest of transparency, if you click on the link and end up buying the book, I will receive a teensy commission. This is a proven system and has worked wonders for me, so I have 100% confidence in recommending it to you!
I had been pinning images for each of my posts to my Pinterest Boards, but I really didn’t understand how to turn those pins into increased pageviews. Here are several things that will help you do just that:
•Tall images. Tall images are the ones that get noticed and repinned. Images should be at least 730px x 1100px. Many group boards won’t even accept pins that don’t fit these dimensions.
•Branded images. Your pins should be immediately identifiable with your brand. Use the same colors and fonts in each one. The easiest way to do this is to set up a template to create your pins.
Notice how all of these pins look similar? Be sure to include your website on each pin.
•Multiple pin images. Create at least three, if not more, pins for each post. Use different images and headlines. You never know what is going to appeal to your readers. See how Kyla uses different pins:
•Attention-grabbing headlines. Your titles should be provocative in some way so that the reader will just have to click.
Some manual pinning systems involve spreadsheets and whatnot to track your pins. Ain’t nobody got time for that! This system is super easy and you can even use your phone to do it while you stand in line at Target.
You might be wondering if this would take the place of automated schedulers like Boardbooster and Tailwind. The answer is no. I think you’ll still want to use these services as well. Pinterest likes to see that you pin throughout the day. Most of us don’t have time to mess around on Pinterest all day, so we have to schedule our pins. Manually pinning just seems to boost new pins.
Buy the Dang Book!
Seriously, whether you’ve been blogging quite awhile, or are just starting, using the system in this book will likely increase your traffic. Yesterday, I made new pins for my free printables and used the manual pinning system. This morning, I had five new subscribers…wait, I just went and checked again and make that 17 new subscribers! That is progress, people! Happy pinning!