I have been reading older forum posts and doing some research on my own for this question. I know some Hubers have great success with Pinterest so I would love to hear what you are doing that works. Thank you.
I would not say I have great success with Pinterest, but it is my 2nd main source of traffic.
For me I notice I get more traffic when I'm active on Pinterest, whether this is a coincidence or not I do not know. However, I've found you really need to share and pin other people's photos besides just yours. You do not want to appear too self promotional. Plus the more you share, follow, and pin the more likely you will be seen by other's. I've noticed Pinterest is a fast moving place and it's very easy to get lost in the sea of hundreds of thousands of other people trying to share their photo's. If I'm gone for even a few days from pinterest I can have upwards of 100 notifications and I only follow 2 people. However, these two people are extremely active and it's no surprise they have over 20k followers.
Commenting on popular pins, contributing to our people's boards, and following others can also help drive traffic to your pins. The more you put yourself out there the easier it will be for people to find you. If you have a good following on facebook or twitter you can connect all the accounts and promote your boards that way as well. Sometimes it's easier to get people to follow your boards over your entire profile.
You will also need to have photo's that will do well on Pinterest. This means that the photo will grab people's attention and make them want to click on it. Using proper tags and adding a description to your photo's will also be very helpful. Creating photos that have the title or subject of the article on them can also be very beneficial. I don't have photo's with writing on them, but those are the ones that draw me in, if it's something I'm searching for.
You can do a quick Google search for creating the perfect pinterest photo's and you will find quite a bit of advice on how to do this.
If Pinterest is your second source of traffic that sounds successful to me. Right now almost all of my traffic comes from Google Search. Thanks for the advice.
You say I should focus on pining other peoples photos. Is there a particular ratio you use? As in how many other peoples photos do you pin compared to your own?
I also thought about commenting on pins, and I will start to do this more.
It's technically my 2nd after Google if I look at traffic from the total ever column, but all the other search engine traffic combined such as google.ca, bing, yahoo, ect exceeds Pinterest by a good margin. Although I will say I am surprised how much traffic I get from Pinterest. I didn't realize how much it totalled to. On average I usually only get about 15 views a day from Pinterest. So somewhere along the line I must have some really good days, and don't catch them. I don't usually look at traffic sources daily though.
I don't have a set ratio. Currently I have several boards that only have other people's photos. One because I don't have articles that relate to those boards, and two so I can expand my profile. In the beginning I had people pinning my hubs to pinterest, which is what got me interested into looking into it as a traffic source. I'm still learning how to use it to get max potential for traffic, but I think there is definitely promise if you have good quality photos.
I've found that the more boards I have, the more people I can bring in and hopefully drive to HP. I will say that I do try to keep the boards related though. I have several boards that could be combined into one, but since separating some of boards and giving them catchy titles, I've noticed an uptick in traffic. For example I have a board that is titled "sauces, dips, & condiments". Now I can get more traffic from these search words rather than just using one or none. I originally had a board called recipes where I just pinned everything food related and found it too cumbersome, so making boards more specific can really help too.
I get quite a bit of traffic from Pinterest, and I really don't have much of a strategy there. I do use "Made for Pinterest" photos on most of my hubs (photos with text added). There are a certain few of my hubs that seem to get pinned and repinned.
I get more traffic flowing from Hubpages to Pinterest than the other way around. If someone sees a good picture on Hubpages or one of the niche sites, they pin it. And then I might receive a little bit of traffic in response.
Nothing, I'm not even on Pinterest. I never saw the fun in it and therefore it's a waist of my time. As for trafic: only trafic from search engines count on HP, so what's the use of getting a l lot of traffic from Pinterest.
I looked over your Hubs. So you make sure the first image is a good one that fits well with Pinterest. This seems like a good idea.
Pinterest can bring you a lot of traffic if the image is shared by many. One of my articles went viral with over 3000 views a day for several weeks a couple of years ago. That article is still my best performer today with over 200 views per day, all thanks to Pinterest.
Hubber Susannah Birch who, according to her profile, is a journalist and blogger with a total social following of over 25,000 people & whose content receives over 15,000 visits/day has written this article.
How to Generate Traffic Using Made For Pinterest (MFP) Images
Check it out.
Eric, why havent you started any boards on your Pinterest page yet? If you do not participate you will never start getting traffic from there. Go on there right now, today, and start a board called video games, another called Minesweeper, and another called Best Computer Programs. Before you start posting, go to the search function and type in those subjects you are interested in. Go to the pages of those pinners and start following some of them. (And then some of them will follow you back.)
Tomorrow, start pinning at least one photo from each of your articles to the appropriate board. Add more boards if you need to, following Shesabutterfly´s suggestions. I do not know if you will ever be as successful as Sue Adams but if you have interesting boards and good images on your boards people will start to repin and you will see some traffic.
Follow everyones suggestions and post good images on your articles. Follow Sue Adams link and read that MFP article.
This will never be as good for you, nor as important, as Google, but you can see some traffic here, which is very important as you are starting out. I rarely use this site anymore (except to look at other peoples dogs and horses) but I still get 300-500 page views per day.
I did some have some boards, but from what I was reading I was not making them in a good way. I figured it would be easier to start over and make some new ones. I have not pinned anything because I was focusing on something else, but you are right. I need to start being active.
I have been making boards and adding things to them. I checked my Pinterest analytics as I have a business account and my stuff is getting viewed and repinned. HubPages doesn't show any views from Pinterest yet. I guess some activity is better than none though.
I will follow the advice given and keep on pinning stuff and interacting with people. I love to use Pinterest, to begin with.
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