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As a blogger, one of the things we track the most is our pageviews. While there are many, many blogs out there that bring in a decent income that have a lower amount of pageviews, for the most part, the more pageviews you have, the better your chances are at making a huge income.
My pageviews hovered around 15,000 and then 30,000/month for the longest time. I could not break past that number, no matter how much I commented on other blogs or how many posts I wrote. In January, I finally surpassed 100,000 pageviews in a month, and for the last couple of months have hovered around 70,000-80,000 (however, I haven’t been doing much blogging because of some news I shared in my last post).
So, how did I go from 30,000/month to over 100,000?
If there is one social platform you’re going to use, please, please let it be Pinterest. I will admit that I don’t use Pinterest all that much for personal reasons (usually only recipes, and even then I get overwhelmed super easily). But, just because I don’t use it a ton doesn’t mean that other people don’t. In fact, Pinterest has over 100 million monthly viewers and growing. If you want to grow your blog, you need to be on Pinterest.
I’ve been using Pinterest since day one, but I never used it in a way that was going to grow my blog. I would manually pin images from my blog every morning, which took roughly 15-45 minutes. I didn’t schedule anything, I just pinned immediately.
Now, I use Tailwind. It costs just $10 per month, and I paid for the entire year in full just to make it easy. Instead of spending up to 45 minutes a day with no real direction on my pins, I spend about 30 minutes per week.
With Tailwind, you create a schedule for every day of the week of when you want to pin your posts. I currently have 80-100 pins per day going up! To get to this amount, I had to create a lot of boards and join a ton of group boards. This took some time, but has been well worth it in the long run. Typically on Sunday’s, I sit down and look through all of my posts and pin the ones that either contain affiliate links or that I think people would be interested in. If you know a post of yours does well, make sure to optimize with affiliate links or links to other posts on your blog!
If you’re not familiar with Pinterest and Tailwind or are new to blogging, a good friend of mine Kristin Larsen from Believe in a Budget created a course just for you called Pinterest Presence. I had the privilege of editing her course, and trust me guys – it’s a good one. Since I’ve been using Pinterest and Tailwind for about a year now, I didn’t think I’d learn anything new. But, I was wrong. I actually learned a ton from editing her course.
Here’s what you can expect from the course:
Unit 1: All about images. This unit will teach you how to create the perfect image for Pinterest so people will click it. Everything from font pairings to a Canva tutorial to free stock images are included!
Unit 2: Using Pinterest to grow your blog. Creating images isn’t the only thing needed to be successful with Pinterest. Here Kristin shows you how to actually grow your blog with this social platform. She increased her pageviews to nearly 160,000/month thanks to Pinterest!
Unit 3: How to schedule your pins for maximum exposure. Don’t make the mistake that I made and schedule pins randomly. Let Kristin show you her tried-and-true tactics that grew her blog immensely. Oh – and she quit her FT job a few months ago to blog and teach others how to use Pinterest! She created this course for those who can’t afford to hire someone to manage their entire Pinterest platform, but who desperately want to grow their blogs and earn a living. Trust me, she knows her stuff!!
You can purchase the units separately (linked above) or all together for the low price of $99.
Have you ever taken a blogging course before? Why or why not? I know I was always afraid to spend money on a course or book, assuming I could just find all the information online myself. While that IS true for the most part (let’s face it, everything is online nowadays!), sometimes it is just so nice to have a book or course walk you through everything you need to know. Instead of spending days (or weeks!) researching, you can take a quick course or read a book, apply the knowledge, and move on. To me, that is so worth the money!