This last year went crazy over manual pinning, everywhere I go, the only word I see is manual pinning. Especially when I open my pinterest account. My whole feed gets flooded by pins related to this.
I asked myself, was this a trend?
Apparently, manual pinning is a ‘buzz’ word lately because everyone who adopts it instantly gets thousands of impressions and clicks to their website. That’s every blogger’s dream. Mine too!
So, imagine my reaction when I heard it? I was baffled, surprised, happy but also wary! Over the years, every time Pinterest does an update, thousands of blogs are written on how to increase traffic with “this new tip”.
And, since I’ve read thousands of blogs over the last few years before I started mine, every time, and every year, the same content is being recycled and rewritten.
So, when I’ve heard about this new “manual pinning strategy”, I was skeptical, I didn’t believe it at first, and I didn’t want to try it. And I wasn’t the only one that’s for sure!
It seems like Pinterest parted in half when this new trend got out. Some said it was magical and the best thing that has ever happened to them, and some say that it was all bullshit.
Origins of manual pinning
It seems that the origins of this strategy came from a book called “Pinteresting strategies” written by Carly Campbell. She detailed various strategies that would raise any blogger’s traffic to 200K views.
And the most important strategy of them all is simply, manual pinning. She said in her book that she grew her traffic MASSIVELY by only using manual pinning. After she said that a lot of famous bloggers started doing it as well and gave their testimonials and a lot of them said it worked for them.
Does this strategy work or not? That’s what I’m going to share with you through this article.
When I began pinning on pinterest I mostly used apps to do it because I didn’t have enough time to dedicate myself to it. I was a full-time student studying to get my master degree and the last thing I needed was a routine for Pinterest.
I just did the minimum possible, but still hoped for the maximum possible, I’m pretty sure there are other people who relate to this philosophy, right?
I hope I’m not the only one. Now as time went by and as my traffic started going down, I had to think of something new, and the first thing that went through my mind was this strategy Carly talked about.
I put two and two together, and gave it a try!
I started pinning all of my pins manually and did extra effort when it came down to new pins of new content I’ve written. The first day of manual pinning wasn’t any different, second day too, third day…After a week of manual pinning, I finally noticed a difference. My pin brought me massive views. And I mean massive!!
I was over the moon! I went from 30K viewers to 90k viewers on Pinterest in no time. If it were close to Christmas, I would’ve thought it was a Christmas miracle. But it wasn’t, it was just hard work and extra time that was devoted to my Pinterest strategy.
Manual pinning system
For a successful pinning system, you’ll need group boards that are relevant to your niche with bloggers that have the same mindset as you. You might think it’s an unimportant step that doesn’t matter but let me tell you something, you’re wrong.
Pinterest enables you to raise traffic not only by pinning on your profile, but by pinning in group boards as well and repining from them. That’s how it works and that’s how you get to raise traffic.
So, make sure you look for group boards that are relevant to your niche, read their description, find out if they’re a good fit for you, and join them. If you need more help on how to join Pinterest groups then you can check my blog about it.
If you need help organizing your pin and defining which one should go in which group, the Google spreadsheet can help do a great job at it. Simply go to google spreadsheet and choose three columns.
One for link, one for description and one for which group boards you’ll be sharing with your pins. Fill every column accordingly with the link, description and the number of group boards that you can pin at.
Make sure to follow the group boards rules because there might be a number of pins you don’t have to exceed and a kind of pins you have to avoid. Make sure to keep this in mind when choosing them.
Here’s another pinteresting strategies, go to your newsfeed and check if you find any of your pins there. There a lot of pins displayed on that newsfeed butt if you’re lucky enough you’ll find a pin of your own which you can then repin.
Don’t repin your own pins form your profile, you won’t get much traffic that way, believe me, I’ve learned the hard way. You can also check your notifications for when people who repin your pins. You can repin from those too.
For all of you busy bloggers out there, I know pinning is hard and sometimes isn’t worth it, but you’ll need to hang on to that hope that it will work one day.
If you can’t repin and pin manually, there’s a solution for you, you can simply use tailwind. Tailwind is an amazing tool to pin and repin, plus it offers a free trial for your first 100 pins. After that you only pay a significant amount of money that isn’t MUCH for the services it provides.
A lot of bloggers found a lot of success with Tailwind. Because it’s that much great. I’m trying it right now and will be giving my full review in a month or two to be as neutral as possible.
What do you think of this blog? Have you tried this pinning strategy? Did it work or not?
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