September was a crazy month. And the last thing on my mind was Pinterest. But I knew that I had to keep up with my Pinterest Plan. I gotta say, you guys are pretty good inspiration to not be a slacker!
September was rediculously crazy for me. I had tons going on at work. Some of it even required me to travel, so a lot of my regular activities got pushed onto the back burner. It would be really easy to push Pinterest back there too, but I knew that I was just starting to gain momentum, so I didn’t want to stop.
But lets get real. Spending a bunch of time pinning just isn’t realistic. So I make sure that I stuck to my guns and spent 1-2 hours, one night a week, and scheduled my pins.
Since I do about 90% of my Pinterest on that one day a week, I need to be able to find a lot of pins, really fast. A lot of people have asked where I find enough pins to have at least 18 a day. So here is where I go to find my pins.
1~My group board. I start here. I want to make sure that everyone who pins to my group board gets some love. Plus its a good way to make sure that I’m monitoring the pins. I just recently changed the name of our group board from Lets Craft to Get Crafty. If you’ve been following along on social media, you’ve seen us use #getcrafty to promote our fun crafts. I wanted the group board to play along, so I changed it. If you haven’t already checked out the group board, you should hop on over. There are some great pins. Plus we’re still looking for more fun crafters to add their pins. There’s instructions on how to contribute in the board description.
2~Pin from my secret board. I have a secret board called “Stuff to Pin”. It’s articles and random posts that I’ve read throughout the week. Usually it’s stuff I find from Facebook or my fellow bloggers. There’s not an easy way to send these to Tailwind, from my phone, so I pin them to my “Stuff to Pin” board.
2~Search Pinterest for posts that I know are coming soon. While we were preparing to post the Pumpkin Template, I searched Pinterest for Halloween Printables, Jack-O-Lantern crafts, Halloween Felt Crafts, etc. Each week, I do searches for about 2 weeks worth of posts.
3~Pick one or two of our own pins that I want to draw traffic to. I open up the pin and scroll down to the related pins. I mentioned this trick a couple months ago. It’s a great way to find related traffic. And the more related traffic you have, the more likely people will find your pin when they are looking through their related pins.
4~Browse through a couple of the bigger group boards that I’m a part of. Some of my favorites are Share Your Craft, Create Share Inspire Top Pins, Your Best DIY Projects, & The Group Board on Pinterest.
5~Twitchetts! Half of the our pins are from our own site. As Thanksgiving pins start showing up, I’ll start digging through the archives and get our pins back out there! Plus there are our current posts, that I’m scheduling out to all the group boards that I have joined. If you’re looking for more group boards, I mentioned a great Facebook Group that can help you find group boards in our second Pin Project post.
A couple other tips to keep you on track, and be able to keep up with your Pin Plan…
~Set a timer. It’s so easy to get lost in Pinterest. Trust me. I set a timer for each step of my evening. I make sure that I never spend more than 10 minutes on each task. When the timer goes off, I move onto the next item on my to-do list.
~Always, always, always scroll down. When you find a pin that you like, scroll down and look at the related pins. It’s the fastest way to find pins in line with what you’re looking for.
~Make your casual pinning work for you. I still casually browse Pinterest for about 10 minutes every day…not because I have to, but because I love it! Whenever I find a pin, I make sure that it’s sent to Tailwind. I gave some step by step instructions on this in an earlier Pin Project Post.
So here is a look at this months stats. We were still able to grow, despite not spending a bunch of extra time.
(All stats are based on our Pinterest sessions)
Page Views: 2793 – Up 361 views since last month
Percent of Traffic: 34% – Down 2% since last month
New Subscribers: 34– Up 17 since last month
Pinterest Followers: 1384– Up 134 from last month
I’m pretty excited about our growth in Pinterest Followers. The increase is over double what we increased last month!
Our percent of traffic is down, but we’ve also been working on increasing our Facebook reach (we just hit 1000 likes!!) and we joined Periscope in September too.
The MineCraft Swords pin is amazing me! Last month it had about 1400 repins and now it’s over 2300!
Last month I was torn on whether or not Group Boards are worth the effort. This month, I’m going to reach out and say yes. I’m willing to bet that our jump in Pineterest followers is because of the group board.
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