Congratulations on a job well done. You are right about social media. I started on Pinterest a year or so ago thinking it would never amount to anything, but slowly views from them are increasing and really adding to my counts. I do a few others as well, but none are as good for me as Pinterest. I doubt I'll ever reach a million views, but I'm very happy someone is doing that. I know how much hard work goes into attaining this level of views, and thus know you earned them! Keep up the good work.
Definitely with Pinterest. Of my 1 million views, over half are from social media and Pinterest is the biggest one by far. BUT, I would add before people just start pinning and spamming Pinterest (please do NOT do that anyone lol) I spend a great deal of time on Pinterest developing all sorts of interesting boards that are also getting search results in Google. In fact when I search for some of my hubs (or blog posts, web pages etc), the boards they are pinned on have top 3 Google ranking and the hub is nowhere to be seen on the front page - imagine that!
I pin maybe 1/10th of my own stuff. The rest are pins of things I really enjoy and that add value to my boards. I am anal about checking to see that things I repin go to a valid website etc.
High quality boards mean I have tons of followers over there, so that's why Pinterest has been so good to me. I've invested a great deal of time and energy into it, because frankly I HATE most other social media. Yes hate is a strong word - and I still mean it.
I'd rather take a beating than use Twitter. I do it, but I really don't like it. Every moment on that site is painful to me - full of phoniness and spam and those annoying freaking hashtags etc. I get a bit of traffic from there, but because I don't enjoy it, not as much as I probably could. Facebook is another one I use, but again, I don't really enjoy it. Pinterest is visual, it appeals to both the artist and organizer in me and so it's not a struggle for me to use.
So, for anyone that struggles with (hates) social media or if you think it's not worth the time. Done properly, it most certainly is. I was not kidding when I said if I'd have been counting on only Google my Million would have been another 3 years - well I was kind of, but many jokes have truth in them .
Thank you everyone. It sure did feel good to hit that milestone! It was over 3 years and a lot of effort that went into those hubs, but it's been worth it.
My hubs earn money which I appreciate, but they have also brought me a lot of opportunities by using them as writing samples when seeking out clients etc. There are a lot of benefits to writing here. I know it seems sometimes in the forums to get really negative, but I hope that doesn't deter people from trying.
So, now I'm going for double or nothing. If it took me 3 & 1/2 years to get to one million - I wonder if I can get my second million in 2 years? hmmmmm time will tell I guess lol. In the meantime, it's time to breathe new life into some old hubs and hopefully find some inspiration for some new ones between projects.
Very Inspiring Christin! Not only do you have your thumb on the pulse of readers' interests, you provide valuable information that will stay with them. To think that something we said might be "walking around in the head of another" is truly gratifying. (You apparently are walking around in a lot of people's minds on a daily basis). Your accomplishment inspires us all here to keep on working and build our base, 'cuz after all, it's all about the base, 'bout the base. And once the base is there, numbers start becoming exponential. Here's to exponentiality and to you, Christin! I'll toast to you tonight from CA
all the replies are so kind - thanks everyone I really appreciate it. It really did make my week this week, a good thing because I needed a bit of inspiration to fuel me since I'm doing some very tedious revamp work this week on a website lol.
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