I could be the last person alive in the dark on this but in case I’m not:
I just found out you can add hashtags to your pins on Pinterest, so last night I did a little experiment. I pinned all my articles to a Pinterest board and made a little portfolio. Then I hashtagged a few of the pins. Overnight I had double and triple the impressions on my pins that had hashtags. Obviously overnight isn’t long about to draw any serious conclusions but I was pleasantly surprised!
Wanted to share in case anyone else uses Pinterest for getting traffic to their hubs.
I appreciate that information, because it is new to me. LOL! Probably most writers already new this. Thanks again.
I've pinned all my articles to various boards, but I don't think I've ever tried putting hashtags on them (I'm not used to using Hashtags, and barely remember on Twitter/Facebook).
Did you throw all the article pins in a single board, or create different boards based on topic?
I pin them to relevant boards I already have and apply to join group boards on PinGroupie and pin them there.
Thanks, I will have to check out PinGroupie.
Do it! It’s really helped me! I’m near 20k monthly viewers on Pinterest and I think that may be partially why.
I spent a couple hours this morning going through organizing all my boards, and adding hashtags to the ones for my posts here, and on one of my niche sites.
It said I have 9k average views on Pinterest right now. I'll keep tabs on it and see where it goes.
Pinterest isn't something I use all that often to be honest, though I have an account and have put some of my hubs on there. It's something I need to be more active in I think as it is useful.
You're not the last person to find out about this, because it's news to me as well. I have never had much luck drawing traffic via Pinterest so maybe this idea will provide a boost.
I suck at coming up with hashtags though. I never know which words/phrases to use. Haha.
Thanks for the tip, either way. I will try to experiment with this over the weekend.
8 weeks after I posted the above, I've been adding hash tags to my HubPage "pins" on Pinterest and it has had absolutely no effect. (I *told* you I suck at this. Haha.)
I give up. Either I'm too dumb to get how this works, or Pinners just aren't looking for the kinds of stuff I'm pinning. (shrugs)
I will continue to use Pinterest for saving/collecting pix of record album covers, old comic books, vintage ads, and other cool junk for my own amusement, but I'm done trying to make it work as a promotional tool.
After reading that article about hashtags, I went through almost all of my articles and repinned them using the hashtags.
It made no difference to my Pinterest traffic. So no, it is definitely not your fault.
I'm not on Pinterest, I never saw the use for it and can't see the fun in it.
Interesting, thanks for sharing. I was just beginning to look into Pinterest (began this weekend) as I do get a lot of traffic from there. Did not know they use hash tags.
You're not the only one. I'm sure I would benefit from adding a hashtag to my pins. The only problem is I haven't the faintest idea what one is or how you create them. Do you use knitting needles or is a pick ax better?
I add hashtags all the time. Not sure whether it makes any difference though compared to just using extra keywords.in the description. If you type some keywords, hashtags are auto-suggested which helps with coming up with ideas.
SusanaS wrote a comprehensive article about Pinterest traffic, about three months ago, which referred to the use of hashtags. She has done amazingly well with it. You can read the article here:
Pinterest Strategy Guide
Pinterest did a complete revamp of their program about a year ago. I watched a tutorial from them at that time. Also important to note is that "giraffe pins" those over 900 pixels in length are out as well.
Shameless promotion: I did an article on the changes and what you should know. It is in the rotating featured articles on my profile if anyone is interested.
Yeah. Frankly I've given up on all social media. Besides, HP seems to be doing a pretty good job on its own.
by Susana Smith 2 months ago
Do you want to start getting traffic from Pinterest? If so fire away with your questions. I'll answer as many as I can.I've been learning Pinterest marketing over the last 8 months or so and found it to be a really good place to get consistent traffic to your hubs. Plus you can get a lot of amazon...
by Tessa Schlesinger 9 months ago
I truly don't get it. It's a whole lot of pretty pictures. How does posting our articles to pinterest get them read?
by Eugene Brennan 2 years ago
Just wanted to share this. Someone pinned or "flipped" one of my hubs on Flipboard, a magazine site. So I've had a ton of traffic all morning. I made my own magazine and the traffic magnified even more! (currently 16 visits per minute). Might be worth looking into as an alternative...
by Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago
I chose to not have my stuff pinned on Pinterest, so I do not know the answer to my question. I am just curious. Do you feel that Pinterest, with recipes, images, and other pins, diverts traffic from your hubs? What if you wrote a recipe hub and the recipe was pinned to Pinterest, and someone...
by GlenR 6 months ago
Does anyone find Facebook useful? I reactivated my account a week ago and it drew a few visits to my articles. But not enough to justify the amount of time that I spent on it. I find Facebook is such a thief of my time that I deactivated it again.
by Jason Menayan 3 years ago
We added the Pinterest "Pin It" button to the small collection of popular social-sharing buttons at the top of Hubs on Thursday. Pinterest has rapidly become one of the largest social media traffic drivers to HubPages, already substantially larger than Twitter and Reddit. Maddie wrote a...
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