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How a Few Simple Changes Can Reap Amazing Results on Pinterest!


When it comes to social media, I bide my time and do what seems to work for me. I’ll plug along and I often see gradual, steady growth.

However, I recently implemented some changes on Pinterest and the results have been phenomenal! Today I want to share some of these changes with you.

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Before I begin, I need to share a few numbers because these reveal just how much my strategies have worked.

 Do you want to grow your blog? Are you looking to make Pinterest work for you? Check out how a few simple changes can reap amazing results on Pinterest!

In less than 2 months, I have seen remarkable growth. My Pinterest account and blog are growing daily. I have no doubt that as long as I continue to apply these Pinterest strategies.

What’s the secret to these amazing results on Pinterest you ask? Before I share my ultimate secret with you I want to tell you about the one major error that I see time and time again on blogs.

The one major error people make when creating pinnable images.

When you create a post and make a pinnable image, I’m pretty certain you fill out the “alternative text” tag. If you’re not doing that, well… now you know you should! This field should be filled out in such a manner that will encourage people to click-through to your post.

However, did you know you should be filling out the image title field of the photo as well?

How do you do this?

BLOGGER INSTRUCTIONS

* Right click the photo after you’ve inserted it into your post.

* A menu will appear above the photo.

* Click properties

* Fill out the title text and alt text fields with a pinnable image decription (make it slightly different from your “alt description” so that you don’t get penalized for keyword stuffing)

WORDPRESS INSTRUCTIONS

* Upload your photo

* Before inserting your photo, fill out the title and alt text fields (in advanced settings) with your complete and pinnable image description (make it slightly different from your “alt description” so that you don’t get penalized for keyword stuffing)

That’s not all!

Most of us would think that would be sufficient but it’s NOT! You have to do this for every single photo in your blog post (even your thumbnail image)! This ensures that no matter what your readers pin, they have captured the fantastic pin description that you have written for your post.

This tip is a big one but I have implemented many new and fabulous strategies to grow my blog.

Where did I learn these strategies, you ask?

Well… I took an e-course. I know, I know, it sounds silly to take a class about Pinterest but this class is the key to my Pinterest success.

Do you want to grow your blog? Are you looking to make Pinterest work for you? Check out how a few simple changes can reap amazing results on Pinterest!

I was very skeptical prior to starting the Pinning Perfect e-course. I thought I knew all I needed to know about Pinterest. I’ve read countless blog posts about growing your blog with Pinterest and I didn’t expect to learn anything new. Well, I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

This course was loaded with new ideas and strategies for me to implement.

Here are just a few of the things the course covers:

* How to make your Pinterest account appealing for people to follow.

* The new Pinterest Smart Feed (and how to leverage it).

* The two boards EVERY pinner should have.

* How to drive traffic from your pins, back to your blog.

These and all of the other course details are highlighted HERE.

The course included many very useful resource sheets including:

* A cheat sheet of the top 250 terms searched on Pinterest.

* A Pinterest editorial calendar (so you know what to pin… and when).

* A step-by-step Pinterest pinning strategy sheet (trust me… this system works)!

The course also included:

* 2 live group chats.

* Video tutorials.

* A private Facebook group with direct access to the course instructor.

* Access to a private, exclusive, Pinning Perfect group board.

* A Pinning Perfect alumni group on Facebook.

This course is a steal and is one of the BEST blog investments I’ve ever made. If you want to grow your blog and increase your exposure on Pinterest, then I highly recommend Pinning Perfect. The courses fill up quickly… so make sure to reserve your spot today!

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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50 thoughts on “How a Few Simple Changes Can Reap Amazing Results on Pinterest!

  • Serena @ Simple Holistic Girl

    My pinterest traffic has slowed tremendously since Pinterest changed their way of showing pins. It is just as frustrating as Facebook now to me. Don’t know why they changed anything…if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Pinning this post so I can refer back to it, thank you!

  • Ceil

    Hi Jennifer! You should hire yourself out as a blog consultant! Thank you for sharing this information about Pinterest. I don’t have my blog on that, but I could upload it without a problem. I see the difference it’s made right before my eyes in your statistics! Wow!
    You are always so generous with your knowledge, it’s wonderful to learn along side you :)
    Sunday Blessings,
    Ceil

  • Tawnya

    Oh that’s a great tip! I need to be better at putting titles on ALL the photo’s in my blog posts :) Thanks for sharing your tips, Jennifer! I may have to look into taking that course… I’ll be sure to use your referral link if I do! :)

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom Post author

      I’m so glad you liked this Tawnya and that you found this information helpful. The Pinning Perfect class is amazing. Aside from moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress, it’s single-handedly the best investment I’ve made for my blog.

  • Amanda @ Growing Up Madison

    I haven’t been around much these days and you won’t find much of me on the web for the next couple of weeks. Dealing with some personal things and right now dealing with a very sick toddler who just happened to have come down with whatever is going around. I don’t really use Pinterest but that’s a great tip. I’m going to have to give it a try and see if it helps for me. Most of my traffic comes from google search but would love to see a bit of traffic from Pinterest.

  • Tamara

    Great tips! I have been looking into this course but I took an in person Pinterest class with Anna Luther (if she’s the one teaching the online version) and it was so amazing and I have gone so far with Pinterest in ways I never imagined!

  • Jessica Dimas

    Wow, I did NOT know this!!! Thank you so much for sharing this tip, your Pinterest stats are amazing, especially since it was such a short amount of time. I need to get on the ball and take that course!

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom Post author

      Lots of people DON’T know the tip of filling out the title description, so when people use the browser pin-it extension or particular plugins, they may only get the image name (i.e img-9845), something not describing the post (i.e. Bella and the cat), or worse yet, something blank.

      In addition, lots of people just pin the post and don’t want to be bothered to fill out the details (so the post will not show up in Pinterest’s search engines) or they’ll bail on pinning the post altogether because… it takes time to fill out details!

      Man… I should have written all of that in this blog post too. Oh well….

      This class was amazing. I obviously endorse it 150%.

  • Alycia

    I need to get better at adding my posts to Pinterest. I definitely under-utilize it! Thanks for sharing these great tips!

    Thanks for linking up to the Saturday Spotlight! :)

  • Kristy

    Great info, Jennifer! I love how you offered instructions for both Blogger and WordPress. Genius. :) Thanks so much for the information. I’ll definitely try it out.

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed this Kristy!

      I was on Blogger for 4 years and I was always disappointed when blog posts didn’t give instructions for the folks on Blogger. I try to be mindful of that… and I’m delighted that you appreciated it.

  • Debbie

    Hi Jennifer, I do like Pinterest, but know I have to work at it a bit more.

    I have always filled in the alt text and other text bits behind the scenes on my images, but had no idea it was possible to get penalized for word cramming on them. Will certainly be taking that into account in the future!..Thanks for the tip!

    xx

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed these tips. Filling out the alt and title tags is so important… especially with Pinterest’s new “smart feed.”

      If you can ever afford the course, I highly recommend it. I’ve looked into many blogging courses and they’re really expensive. However, this one was reasonable, offers a lot, and has already had a huge impact on my blog.

      I’ve almost made back the course fee from Google Adsense advertising!

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom Post author

      I just change the alt tags within the post to match the content of that particular post. It’s tedious but it does make a difference.

      Sorry it took me so long to respond… somehow your comment slipped past me.

      I’m glad you found this information helpful.

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom Post author

      Yes, labeling your images well is so important because when people pin from your site – YOU want to have a say on what the pin description is. A good pin description means it can show up in search results on Pinterest! I’ve made several changes and I’ve seen huge growth in my Pinterest account… which is fabulous for a parenting blogger like me. Usually the people who do well on Pinterest are crafty, DIY gurus!

  • sara

    This really is a great tip, I had not clue that this is something you should be doing. Would you be so kind to give as an example of what you would put in the alt text and the title.

    • Jennifer Post author

      I’m glad you found this helpful.

      I’ll gladly give you an example. Take this post I wrote about Pinterest.

      For the title, I wrote:
      “Increase your following on Pinterest by making a few simple changes. If you apply these techniques, you’ll see growth in no time!”

      For the alt text I wrote:
      “Do you want to grow your blog? Are you looking to make Pinterest work for you? Check out how a few simple changes can reap amazing results on Pinterest!”

      Both are descriptive because depending on the method the person uses to pin, either description could show up. Both are written so that if it’s displayed as the description in the pin, people will be more likely to click on it. You never want the description to just be the post title. You want to go beyond that so that people are interested and want to click the pin. You can even do a teaser, like:

      “Check out these Pinterest tips! Point #2 is especially interesting! I had no idea I was supposed to be doing that!”

      I hope this give you an idea of how to implement this change. I does make a huge difference!

  • April

    Wow. I had no idea about those text descriptions. Great tip! I am a Pinterest Zero. Perhaps I can get to hero, but I think it will take a while. I have a grand total of 220 Pinterest followers. Ha! And I pin about 20 things/year….all of my traffic comes from Facebook. Thank you for these tips! I’m going to read up on this a lot more!