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Blogging Basics: Using Pinterest to Grow Your Traffic #learntoblog

UPDATED 02/18 – The next G+ hangout RSVP page is here:  be sure to follow me to stay informed of each week’s.

We had a great G+ hangout yesterday discussing the ways to use pinterest, great tools for helping to maintain it, linkies you can use to get your name out and more.  Because some of you don’t have time to visit the G+ hangout when they happen, I try to do a quick post recap and embed the video.

This is also the place that I include all the links we mentioned during the chat.Grow Traffic Using Pinterest

How to Use Pinterest CORRECTLY to Grow your Blog Traffic:

This 20 minute chat stretched out for almost an hour!  We had some much info coming at us and as we did last week, we answered questions as we went.  I am going to give the basics, the tasks, and the links but you REALLY need to watch the video below to get all of the details!  Make notes and then find some time to implement this stuff.

Pinterest Beginner Tasks:

1.  Spend a few minutes a day over the next few days (or weeks) updating, organizing, and putting categories and descriptions on your boards!  If you find that you have two of the same boards, fix that!  (Yes, this is something I am working on, too!)

2.  Set up a group board and invite your tribe to join.  Do NOT randomly invite people to it.  Invite people that pin the same things.

3.  Join a weekly Pinterest Linky!  Do it consistently for a few weeks and watch your followers grow.  Remember, don’t just add your link – spend some time going to the other links.

Some really good Pinterest Linkies are:

If you are SUPER new to Pinterest and not really sure what it is or how it works, Melissa Taylor wrote a short eBook that will walk you through understanding Pinterest.  It is a great book for explaining the basics of Pinterest for newbies:  Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million+ Followers (Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest)  (affiliate link)

Pinterest Advanced Tasks:

1.  Search for some boards that fit your niche and follow the people that made those boards  – aka.  follow those boards.  Remember, don’t just follow but be sure to pin their stuff too.  You want yourself to show up!

2.  Check your source on a regular basis – thank people that pin your content! This is something I have been doing since I got on Pinterest – back when it was invite only.  I check my source every day and do something from repinning stuff to commenting to following people that are pining my content.  You can find your source by going to

3.  Re-pin, comment, strike up conversation several days a week for a couple weeks and see what happens

4.  Utilize a reporting tool ( and check your Google Analytics!

More Pinterest Reading: 

16 Ways to Use Pinterest 7 Essential Tricks for Pinterest Power Users

OK now get comfy as this chat was almost an hour long!  Remember, if you are reading this post in an ereader or email you will need to click on through to watch the video!

Thanks guys!  Next week we will be talking Facebook and how to make it work for you even with all the new changes!

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About Kelli Miller

My husband (Ricky) of 15 years, our three wild and wonderfully different little boys, one totally spoiled little dog named Annie, and I live in a small town on the coast of Southern Alabama.


  1. Niki Shepherd says:

    Thank you both for this awesome video! VERY helpful ladies! :)
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  2. Thanks for the great info! I haven’t watched the video yet, but I’ve pinned it for later. I’m so grateful for your willingness to share. Have a wonderful weekend!
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  3. Kelli & Crystal

    Thanks for a great G+ Hangout! I’m looking forward to the next one!
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  4. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says:

    Hi! I loved this recap and video! How can I join future G+ hangouts??

    • Hey Meghan so glad it was helpful for you. I have updated this post to show the link to the next one. Then, if you follow me on G+ and/or follow the #learntoblog hashtag on Twitter, you will be notified of upcoming events. They happen EVERY Tuesday on G+ at 10 am Central. :-)

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    Pinterest is my #1 referrer, but I need to do more with it. Pinned! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.
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  8. Thank you for the overview. I need to do better on Pinterest. I’m off to check out the analytics site.
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  10. these are great tips, i had a google + hangout the other day in another group. so helpful!
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