The Pin Project ~ Making the Most from Pinterest


You know what gets my attention?  Getting a hit on my old blog, Crafty Kate.  I haven’t posted to it in almost 3 years!  Want to know how it still gets hits?  One little pin.

Twitchetts. The Pin Project - Making the Most from Pinterest - Tips and Tricks to get our Pinterest traffic up!

Back when Little Miss was baptized, I was still posting to Crafty Kate.  Writting about her baptism luncheon was one of my last posts, and I pinned the picture to my own personal Pinterest page.  That’s it.  Over the last 2 1/2 years, it has organically been repinned 118 times.

Because of this, we knew that Pinterest was going to be Twitchett’s biggest ally.

But we haven’t fully utilized it.  Yes, I do more now than I did in those Crafty Kate days, but there is still A LOT of room to grow.  We decided that this summer we would focus on building our Pinterest traffic and really learning how to best use this powerful free resource.

While we do this, we’re going to show you our progress.  Let you know what we’ve tried.  What’s working.  What’s not.

As of right now, here are some of our Pinterest stats.

May 2015

(all stats are based on our Pinterest sessions)

Page Views: 508

Percent of Traffic: 18%

Percent of New viewers: 89%

New Subscribers: 3

Pinterest Followers: 1,170

Here are a few things we are currently doing to get our Pins out there.
~Timing out our Pins.  I use a spreadsheet to help me track when I pin and to which boards.  For each new post, I plan out the entire pinning schedule.  I try to pin it to about 5 boards during the first week of the post.  Then I pin it every Saturday afterwards until I run out of relevant boards.
Twitchetts Pin Project - Making most from Pinterest - Pinning Schedule

****Update****  I can’t believe that I used to do it like this!!!!  Tailwind has saved me so much time.  You can try it for free, so check it out!

~Joining group boards. Lots of group boards have large followings. These can get your Pins in front of more eyes.  Plus the more group boards you’re pinning to, the longer the pinning schedule lasts. Just search Pinterest for group boards. When the results come up, change the type of search from “All Pins” to “Boards”. Then look for the group board icon in the top right corner of the board. Each board has different ways to join. Read the board’s description for instructions.
The Pin Project - Making the Most from Pinterest - Group Boards
~Quality graphics. We are not professional photographers, but we take the time to make sure our pictures are clean, crisp, and have some sort of text overlay.
~Facebook Pin groups. When you post your pins in these groups, you have fellow bloggers helping you get your pins out there.

We really want to get our numbers up, so during June we’re trying some new ideas.

Top Post

MineCraft Swords: 767 re-pins. Original Post on March 2, 2015

MineCraft Torches: 239 re-pins. Original Post on March 2, 2015

TMNT Activity Enter the HASHI: 202 re-pins. Original Post January 19, 2015

Toddler Snack Cookies: 106 re-pins. Original Post on April 8th

Upcycled Card Boxes: 85 re-pins. Original Post on November 24, 2014

Love it or Leave it

Finding some quality group boards can be amazing to getting your Pins out there, but drop those group boards that have a low amount of re-pins. Look for boards with a lot of activity!!

Next month we’ll give you an update on our stats and share if any of our new experiments paid off!

What are some of the ways that you use Pinterest?  We would love to hear some of your tips!

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