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Do you want to increase traffic to your blog? Have you heard that Pinterest is the fastest growing social media, especially in the U.S.?
Pinterest has 70 million users, with more than 70% of them from the U.S.
Many bloggers will tell you that their top traffic driving blog channel is now Pinterest. The main reason for this is you can Pin something and it can keep being repinned for months. Each time it is repinned it is put in front of more people.
If a power pinner decides to Pin your post than you will be shocked at the views you will receive. There is at least one power pinner that has 14 million followers. She is Joy Cho. You can be viewed by several thousand people in a very short period of time. If you have a post pinned by someone who has 20,000 – 30,000 followers it can have a nice impact on your traffic.
My Pinterest Followers
I posted about my social media sites 6 weeks ago. At that time I had increased my following very quickly, but I didn’t keep track of the actual increase. When I posted Social Media – Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest I didn’t post the actual number of followers I had, I just rounded the numbers, but they were vry close to actual. Go see my numbers from July 1 at the above link. I am going to post the actual number today so I can track my growth from now on. Right now, and I mean right now, my followers on Pinterest total 1,979. I have increased as I am writing this.
You also lose some because some people will follow you and then unfollow. They are trying to get followers but really don’t want to follow you. It doesn’t seem to be as bad as Pinterest, since they limit the number of people you follow to 110% more followers than follow you, after you follow 2,000 people. Also, you have more influence if you are following way less people than follow you on social media.
I first started my Pinterest account about a 9 months ago. I was pinning things that I found interesting and lots of recipes. When I started blogging in late December 2012 I began pinning my family history blog posts to Pinterest. I really wasn’t worried about increasing my followers until about April. Up to that point I probably had about 150 followers.
How I increased my Pinterest following!
I started by following anyone that had boards that interested me. I thought that if I was interested in what they were pinning that they would also be interested in what I was pinning.
I found this video on You Tube and these women were talking about using Pinterest to Increase Your Blog Traffic. They make a lot of good videos on blogging. They video is a little long but there is some good information in it.
This got me to thinking. Maybe I should get more followers. It took me a little while to figure out how I should really go about it. I
decided to start pinning things each day. I read lots of blogs so I started pinning the content that I liked. I found lots of recipes to pin. I pinned DIY projects that looked interesting. I also repinned other pins that I liked. I tried to take a few minutes a couple of times a day and just pin things. Beware! It is addicting. I pinned things that I liked. I thought maybe if I liked them so would other people.
Follow lots of people!
I began following lots of new people every day. I now follow over 5,000 people. I went to bloggers that I thought had the kind of traffic that I wanted to attract and followed the people that had recently followed them. I assumed if they had just followed someone that meant they were active and that would increase the chances of them following me. If someone follows me I almost always follow them back! Here is my link if you would like to follow me on Pinterest. Betty Taylor (Losing My Gut). I will follow you back!!
Join a Pinterest Linky!
I have just done this for about 2 weeks. I am still learning here too!
You can get several new followers from a linky and it happens very quickly!
I am excited about the new Linky that is starting September 3rd and will be every Tuesday. This link doesn’t work but the one in the sidebar does. Go check it out and see what I’m talking about!!
Something I haven’t done yet!
I have heard from other bloggers that you should interact with the people who repin your pins. Just like on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram and other Social Media.
I need to get my board more organized. If you watch the video above they give you great ideas about organizing your boards so that you will get more traffic.
My other Social Media.
I am going to write about my other social media sites in another post. I have Google+(wait until you see how many new followers I have since July 1st), Twitter (large increase here too!) Instagram, Sverve, StumbleUpon, and Facebook. I have kept Facebook personal. I still haven’t figured out how to create a fan page and keep the personal page and fan page separate If you know all about this I would love to know more.
I plan to give updates on my social media growth each month with any new tips I find that work. I will be doing an initial post on Google+ and Twitter to explain how I have started growing my followers. They are also great ways to get more blog traffic.