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Pinterest is my favorite social media platform. And it's consistently been my number one source of social media traffic. I've been featured on Pinterest's blog, and spoken about Pinterest at BlogHer Food.
Recently, some blogger friends told me they're not seeing that much traffic from Pinterest. After taking a look at their Pinterest accounts, I put together this list of the biggest mistakes I see bloggers making on Pinterest.
If you're not seeing the traffic benefits of Pinterest, you may be making one of these Pinterest mistakes. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here.
1. Not having a business account.
This is the first thing any blogger should do on Pinterest. Having a business account gives you access to Pinterest analytics and Rich Pins.
It's easy to sign up for a business account. You can either start a new business account or convert your existing account to a business account.
Then be sure to claim your website. Claiming your website adds your picture next to all pins from your website—whether you pin them or someone else pins them. This is free branding for your website. Go do this now!
2. Not using rich pins.
Rich pins provide more information from your website right on the pin. This is important for any blogger, but especially if you're a food blogger.
Recipe rich pins show the recipe ingredients under the pin, and add a “make it” button to the pin on mobile. This is an added call to action for people to click through to your website to see the full recipe!
See descriptions of all the types of rich pins available and get started here.
3. Not optimizing your website for pinning.
Make sure you make it easy for visitors to pin images from your website. You must have pin-worthy images for each blog post. That means the right size vertical images. They stand out in the feed and get better engagement.
You need to have a pin it button on every post. If you have multiple pin-worthy images in a post, have a pin it button on each one. The easy way to do this is with a plugin. There are many good ones out there, like Social Warfare.
And this is a simple one, but so many people miss it: make sure you have a Pinterest follow button somewhere on each page.
4. Not optimizing your Pinterest profile.
Your Pinterest profile should be inviting on both mobile and desktop. And all of your board and pin descriptions need to be filled out with keyword-rich descriptions so you can be found in search.
For desktop, look at your Pinterest profile on a large monitor. If you see blank space, you don't have enough boards. If your boards have blank spots, you don't have enough pins. This is easy to fix if you know your audience's interests. Mine your popular blog categories and topics for board ideas.
Now take a look at your Pinterest profile on your phone. Make sure your description is filled out and all of the important information is visible in your profile—including a link to your website.
5. Not engaging with your audience.
If you want people to engage with your pins and boards, you have to engage with them. Be active. Repin from—and follow—other people's boards in your category. Pin and follow other bloggers in your niche.
This not only engages with your community but encourages others to pin and repin your content as well.
6. Not participating in tribes.
Group boards used to be a great way to get exposure to new audiences on Pinterest, but they are no longer as useful and Pinterest does not place as much weight on them as they used to.
These days Tailwind's Tribes feature is a great alternative for collaborating with other bloggers to share content. You add your pins to the tribe and share relevant pins from other tribe members.
7. Not using a scheduling tool.
Pinterest recommends pinning daily so your followers get fresh content in their home feeds. This is often tough to keep up consistently without a scheduling tool. Currently, I'm using Tailwind and their Smart Loop feature.
Tailwind has the best analytics, hands down. It gives you even more information than Pinterest analytics. They have great scheduling tools and are adding more all the time. They also have a browser extension and a mobile app that make it easy to schedule pins and repins.
So if you're not seeing significant traffic from Pinterest, take a closer look at your account. You may be making some of these common Pinterest mistakes.
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