3 Tools We Used To Go From 20K Page Views To 130K Views In 10 Months

10 months ago Casey and I decided we wanted to start treating our blog like a business. We've had this blog for almost 7 years and we have been going back and forth with putting our all into the blog. Sometimes we were really focused and other times we were just putting up a blog post here and there whenever content just happened naturally. Our blog was neglected and stagnant in growth. So we knew we needed to change something!

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There were many things that we needed to focus on changing, and we are still working on some of those things to this day. But the very first thing we knew we had to get better at was Pinterest. So much of our traffic comes from Pinterest and it is the #1 thing that grew our blog when we first started blogging all those years ago. So I was shocked when I realized that we really had no idea what we were doing on the platform.

Now there are many many aspects of Pinterest that you need to learn about if you are a blogger. The platform is constantly changing and you have to be involved with it for it to work for you. But if you get to know the basics, you will definitely be able to get some major traffic coming to you. Here are a few tools we used to make this happen:

1. Well designed pins // This is very important. If your pin doesn't catch the user's eye, then no one will be clicking through to your page. Because a lot of people don't know where to begin with creating pins, we have created 10 Beautiful Pinterest Templates that you can download and customize in Photoshop. All of these pins are aestethically pleasing, legible and sized perfectly for Pinterest. You can easily customize the colors and add your own photos!

If you don't have photoshop, you can get a monthly subscription for 10 bucks a month. With your photography subscription you get access to the most recent version of Photoshop and Lightroom. This is the subscription we do and we use it all the time for the blog. You can't beat the price!

Whatever you do, make sure that you have well designed pins that are actually bringing people to your page. We hope these templates can help make your blog life just a little easier!

2. Pinteresting Strategies // The first thing we did to understand Pinterest more (even though we had been blogging and using the platform for 6 years) was taking this Pinterest course by Mommy on Purpose. It's the most affordable course I've seen out there and the content is phenomenal. I feel like this course really made Pinterest click in my head. This really helps you to know the platform and how to make it work for you.

This course is also one of the main things that helped us go from 20K views to 130K views in 10 months. We go more into detail about this in this post about how we went from 20K views to 70K views in 2 months. Now I'm not saying that this course is a magic answer. You have to do the work and consider other factors. But this is what put us on the right path to major traffic.

3. Tailwind // Tailwind is what helped us have a consistent presence. Being consistent is something that is really simple to execute, yet we still have a hard time with it. If you take the Pinterest course we mentioned above, you will notice that it talks a lot about manual pinning. It totally make sense why manual pinning is better than scheduling pins. But, sometimes we can't be consistent in our manual pinning, so we use Tailwind to fill in the gaps.

On Tailwind you can schedule pins for the week or month or longer and make sure that you have a presence on Pinterest consistently. It's better to pin 2 pins every day than to pin 75 pins in one day and then never again for the rest of the week. Tailwind helps us stay on top of this! It even notifies us when our Pin queue is empty and tells you the best times to Pin your images. We personally like to aim for 14 pins per day.

So if you are looking for a few ways to start growing your blog traffic, make sure you give these few things a try. And always remember that that there isn't a quick fix to anything, you have to put in the work. We are here to provide you with tools to make it a little easier!

xo, Savannah

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