*This article was originally posted on KristaAoki.com.
Is anyone else obsessed with Pinterest? Other than being a great place to find interesting and exciting content, Pinterest is a powerful tool for driving traffic to your blog. Because I’m Pinterest #obsessed, I’m going to go through the Pinterest strategy that brings me over 50% of my incoming traffic.
And skyrocketing my traffic through Pinterest has been vital to making money blogging. And I haven’t always seen consistent traffic to my blog. My blog’s audience started with my mom, my best friends, and my boyfriend.
And then I found Pinterest, which has been essential for expanding my audience and getting new sets of eyes to my blog.
First of all, you don’t NEED to wait until your blog is bigger to monetize (it’ll be hard work to update all your older posts anyway). Secondly, if you’re trying to grow your blog’s traffic, you should not neglect using Pinterest in your traffic strategy.
So I started learning Pinterest. But the real game changer for me was implementing Tailwind into my Pinterest strategy early on. Why? Having an automated Pinterest schedule puts my pinning on autopilot, and gives me room to focus on other parts of my business. Plus, Tailwind’s features amplify the exposure my pins get.
Tailwind has become totally vital to my Pinterest growth as a blogger.
So after months of learning the ins and out of Tailwind, I’m sharing my detailed Tailwind strategy for bloggers. This complete Tailwind strategy will:
- Guide you through using Tailwind as the centerpiece of your Pinterest strategy
- Help you get more page views, and therefore make money blogging
- Teach you how to turn Pinterest on auto-pilot so you can spend less time pinning, and more time blogging
Let’s get started.
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The Basics to the Your Pinterest Strategy
There are a few Pinterest basics I’m not going to go into depth about in this article. I’m writing with the assumption that you’ve got the basics down:
- Ensure your Pinterest account is a “business” one, with rich pins enabled
- Use long, vertical images (you can create them for free using Canva)
- Pin daily, and pin often
- Create cover pages for each of your boards to make your profile more attractive
- Become a contributor to Pinterest group boards
Not sure if you’ve got the basics down? Click here to learn more about creating a consistent and more attractive Pinterest profile, as well as what the heck all this talk about Pinterest groups are.
Protip: Definitely invest in your blogging biz and get self-hosted before you invest in Tailwind. Getting self-hosted gives you more leverage on Pinterest (you can connect your domain, and qualify for smart pins) and you can fully take advantage of the Tailwind suite.
What is Tailwind App?
Tailwind App is a Pinterest marketing and analytics tool. You can actually use Tailwind for your Instagram, but for this post, we’re going to focus on Tailwind’s Pinterest tool.
Using Tailwind as a Pinterest scheduler can totally benefit your traffic growth.
- Tailwind optimizes a customizable pinning schedule based on the times your audience is most engaged
- Tailwind makes it simple to add others’ pins to your own pinning schedule
- You can add easily pins to your Tailwind schedule using both its browser extension and mobile app
- If you pay upfront for an annual Tailwind plan, plans are $9.99 per month for unlimited pinning, so it’s super cost effective to manage your Pinterest schedule with Tailwind.
Tailwind spearheads my Pinterest strategy. It’s the most economical when it comes to creating an aggressive pinning schedule, and it has a variety of tools to support your blog.
So, how can you effectively use Tailwind for your Pinterest strategy, and increase page views to your blog?
Set up your Tailwind account
First and foremost, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to set up your Tailwind account.
- Sign up for Tailwind and connect your Pinterest account.
- Download the Tailwind browser extension for your web browser.
- If you use iOS, you can download the Tailwind iOS app that allows you to easily schedule from your phone.
- Customize your Tailwind schedule, and start adding pins to it!
After you sign up for Tailwind and download the browser extensions and/or iOS app, you can start customizing your Tailwind schedule!
Create Tailwind schedule
The great part about Tailwind is you practically only need to set up your schedule once. You can certainly revise it as you move forward, deciding to pin more often or less often. But other than that, once your schedule is set up, the only maintenance needed is adding pins to your schedule.
With the browser extension, adding pins while you browse the web (or Pinterest) is super easy. Like, click of a button easy.
Tailwind creates an optimized Pinterest schedule depending on your own periods of high activity. You can even add a specific time slot if you want something pinned at a specific time.
- gray boxes: indicate you added the time slot to your schedule
- dark green boxes: indicate they are time slots initially added to your schedule by Tailwind
- white boxes: indicate that time is not yet in your schedule, but is recommended by Tailwind to be added (click on a white box to add it to your schedule)
- light green boxes: indicate you added a time slot to your schedule based on Tailwind’s recommendation
Protip: Use Tailwind’s “Smart Schedule” option to create a schedule where you post around 50 per day. If you receive more engagement on certain days, the Smart Schedule option will add more time slots to those days.
How to Find Pins to Add to Your Schedule
When you’re just starting out, it’s important to pin 20% of your own content and 80% of others content. This helps your Pinterest account gain traction across Pinterest.
After you’re more established (500+ followers on Pinterest and many repins on your pins), start pinning more of your own content in your schedule.
Are you just starting out, but don’t know where to start when it comes to finding others’ pins? Other than scrolling down your Pinterest feed, there are a few ways you can find top-notch content to repin on Pinterest:
- Facebook groups with repin threads (like this one)
- Tailwind Tribes (oftentimes, Tailwind Tribes require you to repin others’ content anyway)
- Pinterest groups (click here for exclusive access to our list of 150+ Pinterest groups to join, categorized by niche)
You don’t have to limit yourself to pinning your blog posts and others’ blog posts, either.
You can also add links to your affiliates into your Tailwind pinning rotation. Others will either be inspired by the photo you select or maybe even purchase, whatever you are pinning.
Protip: Spend time writing your pin descriptions. Add relevant keywords to them, so that over time, your pins appear at the top of Pinterest search results.Spend time adding relevant keywords to your Pinterest descriptions so your pins appear in searches. Click To Tweet
Related Reading: How I Use Pinterest to Make Money Online
Another great feature Tailwind offers is the ability to pin, and set up your pinning schedule, from your phone (as of the time of this writing, it’s available on iOS only).
So when you’re browsing Pinterest on your phone (#whodoesn’t?) you can easily schedule pins from your phone.
- Download the Tailwind App for iOS and log into your Tailwind account.
- Open Pinterest and select the pin you want to schedule.
- Click “Send” at the top (above the pin image).
- If you don’t see Tailwind at the bottom, select the red “More apps” button on your screen.
- Click Tailwind and add that pin to your schedule!
Protip: Use your downtime to catch up on interesting articles you find on Pinterest, and add the top-notch articles to your Pinterest schedule using the Tailwind mobile app. #multitasking
Now that your schedule is set up, how the heck are you going to fill it?
Tailwind has an amazing feature called “Board Lists” similar to Boardbooster’s Campaign feature.
Plus, setting up your board lists is so simple! It’s basically a one-time setup, and every time you get invited to contribute to a group board, you can just add your group board to any lists.
- Under “Publish,” select “Board Lists.“
- Add a list, and name it!
- Add group boards you want to be added to the list.
- When you schedule a pin, select the list (or lists) that are relevant to the pin.
- BAM! Pinterest on total auto-pilot.
My strategy for this is varying the types of pins I schedule, creating an interval between pins (so I don’t appear spammy), and ensuring that I’m pinning to group boards with unlimited pin limits.
Alternatively, you can add a bunch of pins to your schedule, then go to Tailwind > Scheduled and shuffle your scheduled pins. (Note: If you schedule a specific time to your pins as you schedule them, this automatically locks them and prevents them from being shuffled.)
One totally free feature that sets Tailwind apart are its Tailwind Tribes. Think of Tailwind Tribes like pods or groups where you can post your pins for others to repin and find great content from your fellow bloggers to repin!
You can find quality content to populate your boards (thus creating happy followers). Oh, and Tailwind Tribes pretty much ensure your content will get shared, therefore increasing your audience.
To share your own content within a Tribe, you can either use the Tailwind in-browser extension or share from the website.
Remember: for them to work, every contributor has to repin from the Tribe.
It’s a win-win situation because you get great content to repin (which helps your Pinterest algorithm), and your pins will receive shares.
After all, tribes are like family and family supports one another. If you take note from the image above, this Tailwind Tribe has received over 3,500 re-shares – and from those re-shared, 932 additional repins. My own pins alone have an estimated reach of 1.7 million. So your potential to reach a larger audience using Tailwind Tribes are huge.
Tailwind Tribes have been a miracle for me when it comes to increasing my Pinterest exposure.
Plus – everyone can participate in Tailwind Tribes at no cost. Yep – Tailwind Tribes are totally free to use and participate in!
Okay, Tailwind Tribes sound great. But how do you get started using them?
- First, click here to join Tailwind (no credit card required).
- Then, click here to join our totally free Reroute Lifestyle Community tribe (for all niches).
- If you blog about Blogging & Business, click here to join the Reroute Lifestyle Blogging & Biz tribe.
- Or, if you blog about Lifestyle or Travel, click here to join the Lifestyle & Travel tribe.
If you haven’t started using Tailwind Tribes, they will seriously change your Pinterest game.
Using Tailwind Analytics for Pinterest
Lastly, Tailwind has a huge analytics suite you can really use for your benefit. Some analytics are also available using Tailwind’s free account, so you can benefit whether or not you choose to purchase a subscription.
Some ways you can use Tailwind’s analytics for your Pinterest strategy:
- Use the Tailwind “Pin Inspector” to see which of your pins are the most popular.
- Track daily, weekly and monthly followers, pins, repins, and comment growth using their “Profile Performance” feature.
- Use Tailwind’s “Board Insights” to see board repins, virality, and engagement.
- Check “Domain Insights” to see the daily amount of pins from your domain (basically: track daily pin performance).
I’m a huge, huge advocate of constantly tracking, and tracking as much as possible. When you can see what works, you can double down on it and keep doing it. And, when you notice something doesn’t work, you can strategize what you need to change.
When you can see what works, you can double down on it and keep doing it. And, when you notice something doesn’t work, you can strategize what you need to change.
By seeing which of your pins are the most popular, you can decide what about them makes them popular (style, headline, photo) and:
- Brainstorm how to replicate that for future pins,
- Monetize the article that pin links to, and
- Focus on how to promote that pin more.
Plus, using Tailwind’s Board Insights tool allows you to see which of your boards (group boards and personal boards) are most popular. This gives you a larger insight into what your audience wants to see.
Are you moving forward with a Tailwind strategy?
Tailwind is cost-effective, automatic, and truly increases the amount of exposure you get for your pins. Whether you’re a newer blogger struggling to get page views, or a seasoned blogpreneur ready to take her blog to the next level, Tailwind is perfect for automating your pinning process so you can spend your time promoting your blog elsewhere.
Tailwind not only helps bloggers target which part of their pinning strategy needs improvement…but it also helps bloggers amplify their exposure on their pins with proven high performance.
Moving forward, you can tackle your Tailwind strategy in a few different ways:
- Focus on pinning your best performing content
- Pin articles that bring you the most money (or monetize your most popular articles)
- Pin others’ high-quality content to your own boards
- Add affiliate links for products you use to your pinning schedule! (Don’t forget to disclose the link is an affiliate link)
Want more money-making tips?
- 10 Ways to Make Money Blogging This Month
- How I Use Pinterest to Make Money Online
- Affiliate Marketing for Beginners
If this Pinterest strategy helped you, please don’t forget to repin or share!
Our favorite part of the discussion happens in the comments. If you haven’t started using Tailwind yet, what’s stopping you? Or, what’s a Tailwind or Pinterest strategy we didn’t touch in our article above?