14 Top Tips to Get Pinterest to Rock Your Blog Traffic

Table of Contents See What Traffic You’re Already Getting on Pinterest1. Check out your Pinterest Source Page2. Check…
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This is a guest post by Carolyn, a polygadgetist who has been entranced with personal technology and is a successful technology blogger. She always shares the best tech and this post about Pinterest is certainly going to make your life easier. ~ Admin

Promoting your blog on Pinterest can pay big dividends with minimal effort, if you know what to do.

Whether your blog is about blogging, lifestyle, car repair or anything in between, Pinterest can bring you big traffic.

You may have heard that Pinterest is a huge source of traffic to some blogs, but you don’t know where to start driving traffic to your blog.

These tips can help you get started on Pinterest and help you make the most of the social network that’s quickly becoming a powerful search engine.

According to Ad Week, Pinterest was the fastest growing social network in 2014.

Take advantage of that growth to make the most of Pinterest for your blog.


See What Traffic You’re Already Getting on Pinterest

You may already be more popular on Pinterest than you realize. Your blog can be getting pins from your readers even if you’re not already using Pinterest.

1. Check out your Pinterest Source Page

You may be surprised at how many pins you already have on Pinterest from your readers who have pinned images from your site.

Checking this out is easy, Pinterest shows you who has pinned from any site on their source pages.

Go to:

For example, here is the source page for Aha!NOW: Aha!NOW pins on Pinterest

Screenshot of the Pinterest source page of Aha!NOW blog showing traffic on pins

You can see which of your readers have been pinning pins from your site and which images get pinned the most.

Follow people who have been pinning from your website to encourage future pins.

Check out your competition to see which images are most successful on their sites. See what is being pinned for both, content and style of images. What is your competition doing right?

2. Check out Your Pinterest Analytics

Look at your Pinterest Analytics to get more information about pins and repins from your site.

Go to your Pinterest profile page and click the gear icon. Choose Analytics to get information about your most successful pins and most loyal pinners.

Go to Activity from Your Website to see:

  • Impressions
  • Repins
  • Clicks
  • Original Pins
  • All-time

Make sure to check out both your most popular pins and the most popular boards where your images are being pinned.


Tip: Be sure to follow popular boards where your images are being pinned!

See, my post for more information about using Pinterest analytics.

Use Group Boards

The biggest secret to success on Pinterest is to use Group Boards to magnify your pins’ exposure exponentially.

3. Join Group Boards

Unlike other social media platforms, Pinterest can give you a large audience even if you only have a few followers. The key is to join Group Boards.

A post on my blog about making your pins go viral using group Pinterest boards might be helpful to you.

Group Boards can have thousands of followers who can see your pins even if they don’t follow you.

By joining a Group Board, you can get instant impressions from tens of thousands of people when you pin to that board.

4. Find Group Boards in Your Niche and Pin from Them

Group Boards in your niche can be a source of inspiration and information for future articles.

Share pins from Group Boards to become active in them and follow other members of the board. Join Group Boards about blogging to learn the latest news, tips and tricks for bloggers.

Read this post to know how to join Pinterest group boards.

Make the Most of Pinterest

By putting a little bit of effort into Pinterest, you can reap big rewards.

Organize your boards so they’re easy to find. Actively follow others and repin their pins. Use Pinterest as a source for information to expand your reach on Pinterest.

5. Arrange Your Boards

Make your most important pins easy to find when someone visits your profile page.

Arrange your boards so that pins from your website are the first things that people see. Organize your boards in an intuitive way so visitors can find your boards easily.

Cluster your boards according to subject matter or arrange them alphabetically.  Fill the top row with the boards that are bringing you the most traffic, and then arrange the others alphabetically.

Arrangement of Pinterest boards shown in Carolyn's Pinterest page

See How to Arrange Your Pinterest Boards in 1 Easy Step! for information on how to arrange your Pinterest boards.

6. Be Active on Pinterest

Start thinking of Pinterest as your “go to” site, both for sharing and for information.

When you visit a blog, go beyond sharing on Twitter and Facebook. Share on Pinterest, so you become an active pinner.

Tip: Follow the Golden Rule of social media — 80% of your pins should be from other sites, 20% from your own site.

You can pin images on any topic without worrying about alienating visitors.

If your blog is about SEO, but you like gardening, you can have an active board about flowers without losing followers of your SEO boards.

Pinterest has changed to Smart Feed now – so Pinterest users now see pins that Pinterest thinks will be of interest, rather than a chronological feed of recent pins.

Active pinners with interesting pins will have more impact than those who pin infrequently.

7. Use Pinterest as a Search Engine for Yourself

Go beyond thinking of Pinterest as another social media site. Think of it as a visual search engine. Search for topics of interest, you’ll find loads of pins on just about any topic.

Create boards to pin your search results to bookmark them and keep them organized.

8. Think Beyond Blogging

Use Pinterest for research beyond your niche.

Planning a party? Create a Pinterest board with ideas for decorating, themes, food, and invitations.

Redecorating your house? Make a Pinterest board with paint colors, furniture, decorating ideas and more.

Planning a garden? Start a gardening board to save pins that give you inspiration.

The followers you get on your non-niche boards may drive traffic to your niche boards and then to your blog.

Someone who searches for a gardening pin may end up following you on Pinterest and visiting your blog.

9. Secret Boards

Use Pinterest to organize your blog.

Create secret boards to help you save the information you find on the Internet and get inspiration for future blog post topics.

Pin articles you can use for research later or ideas for subjects you want to cover at your blog.

Create a secret Blog Images board for featured images you think look good on Pinterest.

If you visit a blog on any topic and find the feature image compelling, pin it to your secret Blog Images board to give you inspiration for creating your feature images.

Look at the design, font, colors, photos, size, etc. of photos you collect on your board to learn what works best for you.

Making the Most of Pins from Your Blog

10. Design Compelling Feature Images

A picture says a thousand words, so spend time creating your feature image for your blog posts. Think of what would look good on Pinterest when you’re creating your image.

Use your secret Blog Images board (see above) to get inspiration.

Be sure to include text on the image that explains what your article is about to drive traffic to your blog.

You don’t need to mirror the title of your article with the text on your image, but be sure that the text is as compelling as the image.

11. Use Design Tools for Your Articles’ Feature Images

You might be the world’s best photographer, but make sure to enhance those photos with design features that will make your images stand out on Pinterest.

Use design tools such as PicMonkey and Canva to add text, lines, stickers, effects backgrounds and other visual enhancements.

Your beautiful landscape photo won’t drive people to your blog if people don’t know the pin is linked to a blog post.

12. Add the Pin It Button to Your Blog

Make pinning from your blog as easy as possible for your readers.

Use a Pin It button both on the images and in your social sharing buttons to get readers to pin your images.

Pin It button of Pinterest

Use the Pin It button on your blog to pin your images. Check to make sure that the button works properly and generates a relevant description.

If the description is image_0578, you won’t be getting much traffic from that pin!

13. Use Metadata Wisely

Save your images with names that relate to the topic of your blog post. Use the metadata field to enter the text you want included with pins from your post.

Too many bloggers skip that step and too few readers will add their own descriptions to a pin.

14. Get Rich Pins

Make the most of Pinterest by getting your blog verified and getting Rich Pins.

Pins from your blog will include the logo, a link, and other relevant data to make sure that your pins stand out.

Check out this example of a Rich Pin from Aha!NOW. Notice the logo, title of the blog and additional information that has been added to the Rich Pin.

Pinterest blog post promotion shown with rich pins

To get Rich Pins you have to apply at Pinterest to get your site verified.

You can find out more about Rich Pins and how apply for them at the Pinterest website.

Be sure to check out this Slide Share presentation showing how you can use Pinterest to get traffic to your blog:

I hope you enjoyed the presentation and that it is helpful. Thanks.

[Update: On popular demand to create a Group Board, and a special thanks to Carolyn’s idea and suggestion, the ABC (Aha!NOW Blog Community) board is up! So, an open invitation to all the registered community members to hop over and start pinning on this Group Board.]

Over To You –

Have you checked out your Pinterest source page? How many of these tips do you use on Pinterest? Do you have any tips to drive traffic to your blog from Pinterest? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Photo Credit: Carolyn Nicander Mohr

(Read the earlier guest post by Carolyn Nicander Mohr on Aha!NOW – Don’t Get on That Train!)

[Know more about Carolyn from her interview on Aha!NOW]


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  1. Hi Carolyn,

    It’s great to see you here and the perfect time to publish your post on Pinterest. I’m still not active enough on Pinterest, even though I have pinned a few images and I have started to test Buffer for Pinterest as well. I need to be more consistent. Your tips are great and I’ll try them out for sure.


    1. Hi Jens, Yes, sometimes it’s hard to get traction on Pinterest but by following these tips you can make the most of the time you spend on Pinterest. I could see Pinterest being a strong source of traffic for you and your clients!

  2. WOW these tips about Pinterest are amazing. I will try to know more about using pinterest.

    thank you for great share.

  3. Hello Carolyn

    Thanks for this information about Interest. Although I have been using Pinterest, you have really introduced me to new cool ideas and technique in Pinterest.

    I love your tips especially your thought provoking ideas on using interest. Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Ikechi, Yes, even those who have been using Pinterest for a while may benefit from these tips. For example, you can really increase your audience by joining Group Boards.

      Happy pinning, Ikechi!

  4. Hi Carolyn,

    This is a brilliant post about Pinterest. I appreciate the 80/20 rule because it’s easy to forget that what we put out is what comes back to us.

    Your detailed instructions on how to join a group board will go a long way. I always wanted to know how to join a group board if I wasn’t invited.

    Creating a secret board is an excellent idea. There were times I couldn’t remember where I got an idea for a post from. Now I know I can use a secret board to help me remember.


    1. Hi Vernon, Thank you, I’m so glad you found this article helpful. Yes, Pinterest can serve so many purposes. You can use secret boards to bookmark sites for article research and topic ideas. You can use Group Boards to make connections and be found. You can use it to spread the word about others’ articles, gaining yourself followers on Pinterest and good will with fellow bloggers.

      If you look at your source page and see lots of pins from your site, you can be sure to reciprocate with your fellow bloggers. People who only pin their own articles are not making the most of Pinterest. If you look at a source page and the only pinner you see is the account owner, then that’s not a good sign!

  5. Hi Carolyn, thanks for this super post. I have read this one and followed links to many of the other ones, until I decided to just write down the links – there are so many and all are so helpful.

    I’ve just recently joined Pinterest and an Etsy shop and I’m trying to work the two together to promote my shop. This information is going to help tremendously.

    Thanks again

    1. Hi Lenie, Yes, Pinterest is a great avenue for traffic to your Etsy shop. By following these steps you’ll be able to make the most of Pinterest.

      You can even create a secret board for ideas to promote your Etsy shop and pin this article there!

  6. Carolyn, I could learn so much from you!!!

    I’m behind on my pinning knowledge, and will have to go through all the steps in this post to improve. Geez. More work I need to do! LOL

    But, hey, I’m grateful for this information!

    Thanks, Harleena and Vinay, for having her here!

    1. Hi Lorraine, Thank you! I love teaching people about how tech can help them make their lives easier and more fun. Pinterest certainly does both!

      Happy pinning, Lorraine.

    2. Hi Lorraine,

      You are most welcome, and I think she was just the right person to share all about Pinterest with us, isn’t it? 🙂

      Now that you’re part of the ABC Group Board too, do hop in to share your posts there – more the merrier 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice week ahead 🙂

  7. Hi Carolyn and Harleena,

    Glad to see you at Harleena’s blog, Carolyn. Thanks for sharing this great post as well. 🙂

    Yes, yes, I was surprised to see the results when using a URL that you provide to check my Pinterest source page. I never knew there are many users who repin images of my article. Thank you for this valuable information.

    Honestly, I was not very active on Pinterest. That is because I do not really know how Pinterest works. But, after reading this article, I have the desire to go deeper into Pinterest, thanks to the tips and tricks that you provide. I am glad to know this information.

    Thank you for sharing this insightful article, Carolyn.
    Have a great week ahead! 🙂


    1. Hi Nanda, Yes, isn’t it a pleasant surprise when you see how many readers are already pinning your images to Pinterest? When you really focus on making the most of Pinterest you may see even more pins on your source page!

      Now you have incentive to be more active on Pinterest. Happy pinning, Nanda!

    2. Hi Nanda,

      Absolute surprise, wasn’t it? 🙂

      I am so glad Carolyn showed us the right way to check that out! It just goes to show the power of Pinterest, so imagine if you share images with the right words or graphics, how much of traffic they’d bring to your blog!

      I can understand that, and it’s something most bloggers go through, but being on the Group Board now, the ABC one, I am sure you’d start learning more, and hopefully we’d see more of you there! Just takes a little of your time, but the results are plenty.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  8. Hi, Carolyn (and Harleena).

    I think this may be the first time I’m commenting on one of your posts, Carolyn, but I enjoyed reading this very much.

    I still need to make good use of my Pinterest account – I do have definite plans to really use it, and these tips will surely help. There’s so much to take in and practice, so I have bookmarked it to revisit.

    Thanks for sharing, and I’ll see you sometime on Pinterest.


    1. Hi Nathan, Yes, you’re right, it’s easy to spin our wheels on social media because each site seems to have its own character. These tips will help you speed up the learning curve for Pinterest so you can maximize your results more quickly!

    2. Hi Nathan,

      So glad you enjoyed Carolyn’s post, as it sure is full of nuggets for all of us 🙂

      I’m sure once you start using more of Pinterest, you’d see the huge difference it makes to your blog traffic, as we know it does make to ours!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  9. I read many places about the power of pinterest but yet to try it with 100% force. I think I am losing some opportunity to make a good traffic. Thanks for such an eye opener article, I will definitely try and boost my blog traffic.

    1. Hi Santanu, Yes, Pinterest brings my blog more traffic than Twitter and Facebook combined. Make sure you follow the tips in this article to get the most out of Pinterest. 🙂

    2. Welcome to the blog Santanu 🙂

      I can understand what you mean, but as Carolyn mentioned, if you follow these tips, you’re bound to see the difference to your blog traffic, and I vouch for that as Pinterest brings me the maximum traffic too.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  10. Hey Carolyn,
    I am so glad after read your post,in your post you have explain every technique that we can use for gain traffic from Pinterest.I think meta data is most important in all of these.Thnaks for sharing informative data.

    1. Hello Deep, You’re exactly right. Too few bloggers pay attention to meta data and that’s going to be a problem for pins on Pinterest. Make sure you’re making the most of Pinterest by optimizing the images on your blog!

  11. Hey Carolyn,

    Great post on Harleena’s blog here.

    I just started with Pinterest … literally 5 days ago and I’m still trying to learn it. The thing that caught my attention was the group boards. That seems like something I would be interested in learning about more and trying out.

    I know how much of a powerhouse Pinterest can be and I finally took the plunge to ride that wave.

    Great post and tips.

    – Andrew

    1. Hi Andrew, That’s great you’ve started with Pinterest! You’re off to a great start if you can find some Group Boards to join. I hope you find many uses for Pinterest to promote your blog and beyond!

  12. Hi Carolyn and Harleena,

    I especially like the idea of using secret boards on Pinterest. It is a great tool for keeping yourself organized both in blogging and in your personal life.

    I did not think about the idea of putting a board featuring pins from my own site first – but the benefits of that are obvious and I will be making the change.

    Excellent tips!

    1. Hi Neena, Yes, arranging your boards takes just a minute but can have a big impact on your Pinterest traffic. Feature the boards you want others to see on that important top row, then arrange the others in a logical manner.

      Happy pinning, Neena!

    2. Hi Neena,

      Agree with you completely 🙂

      I also didn’t know one could use Secret Boards in so many ways, as Carolyn mentioned! I think the placement of boards matters a lot on Pinterest, so having the mains ones, especially your own, right on top, grabs more attention of Pinners, who might not have much time to check out the rest of your boards.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

  13. Hi Carolyn,

    Great article and found this on Triberr. Excellent to be honest! Pinterest is a great source of traffic and influence building. After all, we know the real effect of images on marketing, right?

    Point on and keep it up!

    Thanks for sharing dear friend!

    1. Hi Reginald, Exactly! Yes, Images can say so much more than words and Pinterest helps us get our images in front of a wide audience. What could be better than that? 🙂

  14. I am so glad I came across your Pinterest post. I had no idea that pinterest had all these different ways to help promote your blog. I thought it was just for pinning your likes and pinning your own items and ideas. Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to getting started on trying out these tips.

    1. Hi Pamela, Yes, a lot of people think of Pinterest as a fun website, but it can help your business tremendously. I hope you have a new view of Pinterest now that helps you make the most of it!

    2. Welcome to the blog Pamela! 🙂

      I’m so glad you liked Carolyn’s post and could learn so much from it. Yes, Pinterest can do wonders for your blog, provided you have nice images to share and are a part of a few Group Boards too. Happy Pinning!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

      BTW – Do add your Gravatar image so we can all see who we are talking to – I see a lovely one at your blog, so just add that up – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  15. Hi Carolyn ,
    I liked the way you have written this post .
    Recently I have started using Pinterest for my blog. And I haven’t got success in it, I am still struggling with it.
    This post has increased my knowledge about Pinterest .

    Thanks so much for this informative post.

    1. Hi Pritam, I’m glad you’re not giving up on Pinterest. I really think Group Boards may be the key to success for you. What other social media site can give you instant exposure to tens of thousands of followers?

      Be sure to use creative images and follow the Golden Rule of Social Media (80% pins from other sites, 20% of pins from your site) to be sure you make the most of Group Boards on Pinterest.

      1. Ohhhh I was really not aware about this golden rule , I will start implementing now .
        If get a result I will get back to you .
        Thanks again for this important advice.

  16. Awesome tips Carolyn!

    I have to admit that I’m pretty much a failure at the moment with Pinterest.

    I know the power that it can bring based on the other niches Ive used it with but so far, for my niche now, it’s been a slow climb.

    Really need to put these tips to use more often and then some! 🙂

    1. Hi Dennis, How lovely to have you here at my guest post.

      You’re not alone. I hear that all the time, there are many people who struggle with Pinterest which is why I wanted to share my tips here at Harleena’s place.

      I really hope that these tips help you make the most of Pinterest, Dennis!

  17. Thanks Carolyn for some great tips. Pinterest has been a mystery to me and recently I joined a Group Board so a sign I’m doing something right. Looking forward to implementing a few of your other tips! 🙂

  18. Hello Carolyn ma’am,
    I just started using the Pinterest recently and this post is really an awesome resource for a beginner as well as for experienced Pinterest users to use this platform to its fullest.
    I am still exploring its features and your article covers a lot more than I could have found out on my own. 🙂
    “Joining Group boards” is something I am going to focus on by now as you said, “Group Boards can have thousands of followers who can see your pins even if they don’t follow you.”
    Thank you so much for sharing such an awesome article!

    1. Hi Satbir, That’s great you’ve already started using Pinterest! You’re right, it can take a while to learn how to make the most of Pinterest for your blog but this should help you speed up the process.

      I’m so glad you’ll be joining Group Boards. Pinterest is unique in that you don’t have to have a wide group of followers to get exposure for your pins. One Group Board can make all the difference! Many of the Group Boards I’ve joined have tens of thousands of followers. That’s an instant audience for my pins!

      I hope you find some great Group Boards to join, Satbir!

    2. Welcome to the blog Satbir! 🙂

      Although you are already part of the ABC, but I think it’s officially your first comment on this blog, so the welcome is due 🙂

      I’m glad you liked Carolyn’s post and would be going ahead to join more Group Boards, because we know they DO work wonders for your blog.

      Thanks for stopping by and wishing you the best 🙂

  19. This article is very helpful. I need to learn more about saving my images and using metadata. I will pin this article for future use.

  20. Hi Carolyn..This post came at the right time for me. Though, I have a Pinterest page, I am not active on it. I love to play with images. And, I concentrate on the images very much. Images add up more value to the whole post.
    Many of the terms like secret board were completely secret to me 😉
    The best thing which I like about Pinterest is that we can share our interests in a free manner. We don’t have to think too much about our niche in that process.
    I really like the concept behind 8th point. I think it’s a wonderful way to collect all the required things at one place. As you said, we may get referrals from these boards. I am also going to explore the source page option also.
    As you mentioned your page links also, I am going to get more Pinterest juices from those links too 🙂
    Thanks Harleena Ma’am for sharing Carolyn’s post.

    1. Hi Yatin, Yes, if you’re spending a lot of time creating your images (and great that you are!) then you should definitely use Pinterest to make the most of those images. You’re right, images can really make a big difference to an article so we should be paying attention to making our images the best they can be.

      I use Secret Boards so much for article ideas and image inspiration. If you see an image on Pinterest that catches your eye, pin it to a Secret Board. Then see which images you’ve pinned and why they were so compelling. imitate the artists who drew you in with their designs. See how they combine texts and images and do that yourself with your own images.

      Happy pinning, Yatin!

    2. Hi Yatin,

      You are most welcome, and I think Carolyn was the right person to guide us through 🙂

      I saw that while I was trying to invite you on Pinterest for the ABC members. Hope you do it all up and see the power of Pinterest now because you take so much efforts to creating nice images, which is all the more reason it would work for your blog.

      Lol…I can understand that Yatin…but as Carolyn mentioned, even Secret Boards can be used in so many ways.

      Thanks for stopping by, and hoping to see you more active on Pinterest now! And when you do, hop in to the ABC Group Board. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  21. Carolyn I like Facebook, Twitter and Google + more than other social networking sites, but I do make use of Pinterest for promoting my posts.

    I regularly pin my posts, but I haven’t got time to pin the posts of others. I may soon start following some boards and pin the good posts pinned by others.

    Got some very useful tips for getting maximum traffic from Pinterest by going through this post of yours.

    Carolyn hoping to read some more amazing posts from you. Hoping to see you at my blog too.

    1. Hi Mohit, I will be sure to visit your blog and pin from it! Yes, when we visit blogs we really should pin them. That helps us to follow the Golden Rule of Social Media (80% of pins from others, 20% of pins from your own site). Plus you can use Pinterest as a bookmarking site to revisit helpful articles!

  22. Hi Carolyn, I read this post and few points are not easily understandable and I think you must elaborate those because every blogger is not a good pinterest user.

    Sorry to say but I ever write what I feel. However this us my personal opinion and other may vary from person to person.

    But I can say that a blogger knows about how to use pinterest effectively then there is a viral traffic waiting for him/here after reading your guidelines.

    Mohinder Paul Verma
    BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

    1. Hi Mohinder, Thank you very much for saying what you feel. I want to be sure all of Harleena’s readers understand my article.

      I’m happy to further explain if you would please let me know which points were not understandable to you Please let me know so I can try to make my writing clearer for you and anyone else who may not have understood me.

      1. Hi Carolyn,
        I am so sorry if my comment hurt you, but I really did not understand about joining Group Boards. You mentioned about Join Group Boards but did not write the way to join these boards.

        Mohinder Paul Verma
        BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

        1. Hi Mohinder,

          I’d like to intervene to inform that Carolyn did include a link in her guest post to guide you as to how you can join group boards on Pinterest. However, we had removed that link from the post when it was published. Here is that link and I hope it helps you – The guest author did try and wanted to help the readers and I’m sorry if the removal of the resource link caused you problem, and definitely Carolyn is not at fault here.

          Thanks for communicating your thoughts to help us serve you better.

          1. Thanks Vinay for this help by providing the missing link and it is a great help for me to understand the complete functionality of the pinterest group.

            without this i was feeling that the published article is incomplete.

            Once again thanks a ton.

            Mohinder Paul Verma
            BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

        2. Hi Mohinder, No worries. You did not hurt my feelings at all. You were very helpful in telling me what you did not understand. If you didn’t understand something then I guarantee you that others didn’t understand it as well.

          I want to be sure that everyone understands what I’m trying to say in my articles so your comment was very helpful.

          Yes, joining Group Boards is a bit complex so I could not go into details here at Aha!NOW because the process really deserves an article on its own. Vinay linked to my article about how to join Group Boards on Pinterest which I hope you find helpful.

          Please let me know if you have any further questions. I’m happy to help!

          1. Hi Carolyn, thanks for your update on the matter raised by me.

            Actually I am following only to the professional bloggers/writers like you and when I follow someone, I read their posts thoroughly and mention or pinpoint the topics which are missing like in this case.

            I was feeling that something is missing and Vinay sir explained that they removed the link mentioned by you. I know every blogger has written some policies and we all have to follow those.

            But now I have read the post from your website and now everything is clear to me about joining group board on Pinterest.

            thanks a ton to you for this great help through your post.

            Mohinder Paul Verma
            BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

            1. Hi Mohinder, You did me, Harleena, Vinay and all of the wonderful Aha!NOW readers a great service when you pointed out that you didn’t understand part of the article. Others probably felt the same way but didn’t take the time to leave a comment to let us know. Thank you for caring enough to alert us to the situation so we could remedy it.

            2. Hi Mohinder,

              As Vinay mentioned, we removed the link as we allow just two links within the post for our guests, though I am glad you understood all about Group Boards now 🙂

              We too are grateful to Carolyn for making us take the initiative to start one off for the ABC, as updated in the post. Also, your comment made us realize that a lot of new bloggers are still not aware about Group Boards and how to join them. And, you must head over to Carolyn’s blog as she’s got lots of other Pinterest related post that could help you further.

              Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

  23. Hi Carolyn Ma’am and Harleena Ma’am
    Greeting of the day 🙂
    Pinterest is the best way to brand yourself and get traffic to your blog but you need to pay more attention to maintain your account.
    As you explain in the post about page source, it is must add a correct source on the image to the relevant article so people can redirect to your blog.
    And the most important this is, pin description with appropriate keywords so your pins can appears in the organic searches.
    I would like to add a tip here.
    Always try to add horizontal pin rather than verticle post. Lengthy pins get more exposure than others.
    And the another is, use eye catching graphics to pin.
    Although, I have learned a lot from this article.
    Have a great day 🙂


    1. Hi Naveen,

      You are absolutely right there – time well spent on Pinterest can surely get you a lot of returns in way of traffic to your blog 🙂

      Absolutely! Pinning from the right source is the key, or else your pins can be spammed by people and even lead to the wrong source, if not linked well. Besides the keywords, even Hashtags help on Pinterest.

      You’re right about pinning horizontal images, as they are picked up better. But any image if done up well, will get you the right traffic to your blog.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  24. Thanks for sharing valuable information. This post really helpful for me and other also too. Thanks Alot

    1. Welcome to the blog Asad! 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

      BTW – Do add your Gravatar image so that we can all see who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  25. Hi Carolyn

    Nice to see you here. I follow you for whatever tech tips I can understand but this is a very informative post! I have never tried to study the analytics of Pinterest and always think that it is just for fun! I am amazed at the information provided by you and really appreciate your tips. Rarely do I visit it and that too when I have a lot of free time, not knowing what to do. I just pin some quotes and feel it is enough. Another obvious reason is that visiting all the social media is quite time consuming and a lot of serious hard work goes into it.

    Thanks for a wonderful post and you have presented it so well! Stay blessed!

    1. Hi Balroop, That’s great you’ve already gotten started at Pinterest. You have a head start and now you can begin to use Pinterest for your website. Don’t stop pinning quotes, the broader your reach the better! Just follow these tips to start pinning from your blog and then enjoy the traffic.

  26. Hi Carolyn,

    Loving the tips! I am more active on Pinterest these days. Adding Pins and following more folks daily helps me drive traffic. I also find old posts of mine getting some nice pop. Sometimes these suckers are months and months old, yet I still get Pin juice. Pretty neat. Thanks much!


    1. Hi Ryan, Exactly. Imagine a tweet that’s months old bringing you a lot of traffic. But with Pinterest a pin can continue to have life for a very long time. Posts that are holiday related can keep driving traffic year after year. People start searching for those holiday keywords and find pins from your site. They probably don’t care that the pins are old and may not even realize it.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about Pinterest with us, Ryan!

  27. This is an interesting post. I didn’t even know you could track the analytics of it or that the source page existed.

    I hadn’t really thought about using Pinterest because I thought it was better suited for blogs in the crafty and food categories. But I know it is big because I still do pin things myself, personally.

    Good info!


    1. Hi Lea, You’re not alone. Many people have the impression that you have to blog about food or crafts to get traffic from Pinterest. But I don’t blog about either of these yet I’m getting more traffic from Pinterest than from Facebook and Twitter combined.

      Check out your Source Page and Analytics to see how Pinterest may already be working for you!

  28. Hello Carolyn,

    A nice post on how to get traffic from Pinterest on a lovely day as this 🙂

    To be honest with you, I have followed many suggestions on how to boost my blog’s traffic using Pinterest, but not has been working that well for me. Though, I do get some reasonable amount of repines but the traffic is not just bulky if you know what I mean.

    I must say that when it comes to traffic, I do not worry much about Pinterest. Focus on what works and following it hard 🙂

    Thanks for the awesome post and do have a wonderful week ahead

    1. Hi Babanature, I’m sorry Pinterest hasn’t worked out well for you so far. Have you tried Group Boards yet? If you have an image with a compelling message that’s pinned to an active Group Board you might see a big increase in your Pinterest traffic.

    2. Hi Babanature,

      Just adding my two cents along with Carolyn’s here – joining active Group Boards with a huge following does help, provided you have an image that says it all, or which is Pinnable. And you are most welcome to join the ABC Group Board too, as you are a member.

      Hope things start working for you, because we know Pinterest ROCKS! Have a nice week 🙂

  29. Hello Carolyn Mam,

    A very helpful guide about Pinterest Marketing. pinterest is a very popular social networking site. Blogs or websites can get huge number of traffic as it get from other social networking sites. Thanks for sharing such a helpful article.

    Thanks & regards,

    Moumita Ghosh

    1. Hi Moumita, I’m glad you found this so helpful to you. Yes, you can get huge traffic from Pinterest with very little effort. Pinterest sends me more traffic than Twitter and Facebook combined. Just spend a little time crafting a feature image for your articles, follow the steps above and look forward to the traffic flowing to your site!

  30. Hi Carolyn maam,
    I am so glad seeing you here again. I have read both your guest post and the interview and this one is different. This is something that excites me. Social media post.

    Yeah I did know about the source feature but never really used it. Now I have it opened at a other tab and Gosh! how many people share it. Thanks for making me see this wonderful scene. The whole screen and underneath is filled with my images.

    Yes Pinterest analytics is a great way to check the reach and performance of your account. Its similar to facebook pages insight or twitter analytics. I am waiting to reading your post on it next morning.

    Pinterest is a great tool for research and guess what,it gives something that our target audience already loves not like the planner which only gives metrics.

    another thing is you can get a lot of info graphics and other posts to inspire the ideas.

    Secret board is something I love to use. I pin a lot of posts I like that could be used as a topic or for to do lists. Ideas for using secret boards as you said are limitless.

    Thank you for the wonderful slideshare. The complete post was like a cool breeze of air coz it was on a topic I love to talk about. 🙂

    1. Hi Swadhin, I’m so glad you found this article helpful. Yes, when you look at your Pinterest Source Page and see who’s been pinning, you can get a jolt of inspiration that your hard work is making a difference to people around the world. Very cool!

      It sounds as if you’re making great use of Pinterest by utilizing Secret Boards, Analytics and research. Have you joined any Group Boards yet, Swanhil? You can really see sharing grow tremendously with Group Boards. Since you’re such a big Pinterest fan, you may really enjoy Group Boards.

  31. Hi Carolyn, thank you for these awesome tips! I LOVE pinterest and my stats show I get a great number of visitors through my pins. I don’t spend a lot of time studying the analytics though I always check what’s being repinned and by who from the notifications. Can you expand on the difference between clicks and impressions?

    Thanks, Carolyn! I’ll make sure I’m following you on Pinterest 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa, That’s great you’re getting Pinterest traffic to your blog. Definitely dig a little deeper into the Analytics. You can see trends, which boards your images are being pinned to and more.

      Clicks are those who click through to your site from the pin. Impressions are those who see your pin in their news feed.

      Thanks for the follow, Lisa. I’ll be sure to follow back!

  32. Hello Carolyn, Welcome to Aha-Now Community. Good to see you here. And Thanks for the post. Really This one is really helpful for me. To be honest i am only using Facebook, Twitter and Google+ To drive Traffic on my Blog from Social media. But i just started my Jounrey with Pinterest and that’s why i was looking for Pinterest Guideline. And Today i was checking Harleena’s Facebook activity and got your this Guest post. Really I agree with your all points. And Specially Thanks for Design Tools you mention here. they are really amazing. Over All Great Post. Again, thanks to you for share this one

    Happy Blogging. Have a Good Week End

    1. Hi Tonmoy, Yes, if you’re new to Pinterest, you’re in for a treat! By spending a little time making the most of your images, you can get a lot of traffic from Pinterest. You spend time writing your articles, spend just a few more minutes creating compelling images.

      I’m so glad you discovered this article, Tonmoy, and that you found it helpful to get started on Pinterest!

  33. Interesting post Carolyn. My traffic increased considerably once I started to use Pinterest. My detox site is ideal for pinning images of health food, juices and smoothies. Other pinners seem to like to repin those sort of images.

    I am intrigued by the rich pins although having read the explanation on Pinterest I still don’t understand what they are. You show an example from Aha!Now but I don’t see a logo or the title of the blog. Aha!Now is not written on it anywhere. Am I missing something?


    1. Hi Sandy, Yes, the information below the image in the example shows the logo and gives more data. You can see it in the white section.

      That’s great you’re getting so much Pinterest traffic. I bet with Rich Pins you can get even more!

  34. Hi Carolyn, nice to see you at Harleena’s place. Great info on Pinterest , I use it almost daily and yet not have not tried the rich pins yets though my site is verified and I use the business Pinterest version. I don’t think it drives a lot of traffic to my blog but it used to to a retail site I once had. It was great for that!
    I will see what else I can try from your tips and I was thrilled the Buffer integrated with Pinterest. Thanks for sharing this was us!

    1. Hi Lisa, You should give Rich Pins a try. They convey more information and look more professional than standard pins. Since you’re verified it won’t be difficult to start using them.

      I’ve uncovered a bug with using Buffer and Pinterest, which is why I didn’t mention Buffer in this article. I’ve contacted them and when they squash the bug I’ll update the article to include information about use nag Buffer with Pinterest.

  35. Hello Carolyn,

    This is a very resourceful post about pinterest. I must confess, that’s one place I’ve not fully explored. I just dump images there and zoom out. You have really shared some insightful way to use pinterest.

    I like NO.8. I definitely agree that posting things that doesn’t have to do with blogging is very important. It’s also applicable to other social media.

    I will work on my pinterest usage. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello Abraham, Good point, dumping images isn’t making the most of your Pinterest account. You’re really missing out on the maximum traffic you could be getting.

      You’re spending so much time on writing, why not spend a few extra minutes optimizing your images.

      Happy pinning, Abraham!

  36. Hi Carolyn ma’am,

    This is a timely post as I recently started using Pinterest. I thank @Admin (Harleena ma’am) for suggesting me to use this beautiful platform.

    I went to “” and I was surprised to see people pinning images of my posts. Thanks for sharing this trick, I didn’t knew about it. 🙂

    Your post about Pinterest and Twitter analytics at your blog is quite insightful. Yes of course the group boards will give our pins more exposure than our personal boards.

    I use Canva to edit my images and its a great tool even for people with less technical expertise.

    Nice slideshare which presents the entire post in form of a presentation with neat bullet points.

    Thanks for sharing some great tips about Pinterest and for those relevant links which will guide in detail.

    ~ Rohan Chaubey.

    1. Hi Rohan, Yes, seeing your source page on Pinterest can be an eye-opener. I’m glad you were pleasantly surprised by how many people have pinned your images.

      Well done on use nag Canva to make the most of your images. That’s likely why you’re seeing so many people pinning from your site!

      Yes, Slide Share is another visual platform to get exposure for your site.

      Happy pinning, Rohan!

    2. Hi Rohan,

      You are SO welcome, and I know you’re going to love Pinterest, once you get a little free to devote more time to it 🙂

      Glad you liked the little tips Carolyn shared with us today. You are already a part of the ABC Group Board, and stay tuned for more to come very soon! The secret lies in joining large Group Boards, as Carolyn suggested.

      Agree with you about Canva, and the best part is that they keep adding new things to it, which makes it all the more worthwhile.

      Ah…reminds me of your wonderful SlideShare too, in your first guest post for the blog – nice one indeed.

      Thanks for stopping by – have a nice week ahead 🙂

  37. Hello Carolyn Nicander,
    Welcome to Aha-Now.
    Well, This is a really informative post about growing traffic from Pinterest.
    The initial days of blogging is a bit difficult. At that state,people harsh to make some money online and they can’t. As a result they quit.
    But, coming back to this post social media like facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc holds a great impression. Pinterest gives do follow backlinks to the pinned posts. So, this is very much helpful.
    -Piyush Ranjan

    1. Hi Piyush, I’m so glad you found this article informative. Great point, even a beginning blogger can have success on Pinterest. By joining Group Boards you can get exposure to thousands of Pinterest users even if you don’t have many followers.

      Happy pinning, Piyush!

  38. Hi Harleena, Thank you so very much for the opportunity to be a guest author at Aha!NOW. I’ve been eager to share tips on how to use Pinterest to get blog traffic as Pinterest sends me more traffic than Twitter and Facebook combined. Your site is the perfect place for me to share my tips as your readers are exceptionally intelligent and active on social media.

    I hope that your readers enjoy this article and I look forward to responding to any comments and questions they may have! Again, I appreciate the opportunity to share my tips here at your wonderful site.

    1. Hi Carolyn,

      Welcome to Aha!NOW as a second time guest author – in fact, I’d like everyone to know that Carolyn was the first guest author on Aha!NOW way back in 2012. So, we have come a long way but you continue to deliver quality and helpful content, and that is why you are one of the best technology bloggers around! 🙂

      This post is very dear to me because I’ve personally experienced great traffic influx from Pinterest on Aha!NOW, so I know what you are talking about and the worth of Pinterest as a regular traffic source. That’s right, I even get up to today, traffic on my old post images and infographics, all thanks to Pinterest.

      I feel happy to disclose that I too have learned a lot from you about Pinterest and I really hope the readers would make the most from this post as well as the related posts on your blog.

      Thanks so much for putting in so much of time and effort into making this post with apt images and a wonderful SlideShare presentation. I couldn’t be more grateful to you. That is why, you are one of the best gems of Aha!NOW and certainly, one of the best guest bloggers of Aha!NOW.

      As the tradition of Aha!NOW, which is a bit different from what is carried on at other places, I leave the spotlight on you and want you to bask in its light. The podium is all yours and I’m sure you would love to answer the questions that will come your way – oh yes, I can foresee that you’ve already stirred lot of interest among bloggers and they too want to benefit from your experience and expertise.

      Over to you Carolyn, while I’ll be joining in to welcome the newcomers and wherever I’m referred to. 🙂

      1. Hi Harleena, Yes, I am honored to have written the first guest post here at Aha!NOW and to return here for a second time. My first guest post wasn’t about tech at all and I so appreciated having a chance to write about a different topic.

        How far you’re come since that time. Now guest posts are a regular feature here and I thank you for including my guest post here among the many other wonderful authors.

        I am proud to be a GEM here at your wonderful site. You help so many people with your wide variety of articles. I always look forward to reading your articles because I never know what the topic will be but I always know I will learn something!

        Creating the SlideShare was fun. I had gotten out of the habit of creating them, but I wanted to give you something special as your readers deserve no less. I hope many new people discover Aha!NOW through SlideShare.

        That’s very cool you learned about Pinterest from this article, Harleena. You’re very active on Pinterest so I hope these tips help you bring even more traffic here.

        I am happy to answer questions and comments here and feel free to chime in with your thoughts too!

        Again, I truly appreciate this opportunity, Harleena.

        1. It was such a pleasure to have you as our first guest – can never forget that, Carolyn 🙂

          Yes, this is more of your kind of topic, though the earlier one too was, but as a parent more so.

          We wanted the doors of Aha!NOW to be open for all, and your post was such a good fit to start it off with.

          Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you once again for the wonderful Slideshare – it surely made me go back to my account and stir it up too!

          Oh yes…Pinterest IS wonderful, as we both know, and your post made me create my first group board, especially for the ABC members (and I updated this post with your suggestions, in the end too). Also, the secret board was a lovely idea, which many have liked. Of course, once you make one Group board, you can go ahead and make more, and I might just do that, or convert my older boards to a group board. So, the credit for all of this goes to you, as I’d kept it all aside for my summer break – the to-do list!

          Thanks for being such a wonderful friend and my guest this time- everyone’s just loved your post 🙂

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