Got a new lifestyle blog? Need some web traffic? Find out how to grow a lifestyle blog with Pinterest. Provided your topics are a good match, using Pinterest, can be one of the best ways to grow organic traffic quickly.
Your ultimate goal may be to drive traffic to your site using Google, but that takes time. Meanwhile, Pinterest could be sending you traffic as soon as you’ve set up your account.
Pinterest is already an important source of traffic on Simply Hatch and it was my obvious pick for growing my lifestyle blog.
Growing Traffic With Pinterest – Set Up Your Account
To get started you need a Pinterest Business Account. You can convert your personal account to a business account (if you already have one) or set up a separate account. A business account is free and will allow you to set up Rich Pins.
Read all about why you need Rich Pins in my post:
This post also explains the basics such as what are pins, what size pins should be and what are Pinterest boards.
Set Up Your Boards
When it comes to growing traffic with Pinterest it’s really important to set up your account correctly. The more time and effort you put into setting up your Pinterest boards, the more likely you are to have viral pins. And that’s what it’s all about.
If Pinterest understands what your pin is about, it’s more likely to display your pin in it’s search engine results.
Whoa hold on! Search engine results? Did you think Pinterest was just a social media channel? If so read this:
This post will explain why Pinterest is a search engine and how to set up your boards to get the most out of Pinterest.
I demonstrate how I put my theory into practice on my latest Youtube clip:
Just in case you’re new here, my summer challenge last year (2019) was to start a brand new lifestyle blog and use it to make money. At the time it felt really daunting as if the whole world was watching.
It’s one thing to say – yes you can start a blog and make money blogging. Yet it was quite different actually doing it.
How To Grow A Lifestyle Blog – The Story So Far
I launched my lifestyle blog officially at the end of May 2019 – at least that’s when I started building traffic. Until you drive traffic to your new blog, your blog will be invisible.
If you’re not growing traffic with Pinterest or some other means of getting your posts noticed, no-one will magically find your post.
Forget setting up an under construction page. Who’s going to be reading it? Your Mom? Unless you’re sending people to your site, no-one’s going to see your work in progress.
I wrote thirty really short blog posts before launching. I wanted to see what happened going against convention. All the leading bloggers talk about niche blog topics and writing skyscraper posts (really long blog posts).
So what if you do the opposite. Write lots of short posts and promote on Pinterest…
Conclusion – How To Grow A Lifestyle Blog
The results were pretty spectacular! In July, (2019), just my second month of blogging, I hit over 18,000 sessions on my blog. Amazing! My traffic exploded overnight.
I did run out of steam a little in August but picked up again in September when I gave a lecture about my experience to the Blogging Mum’s Club.
You can watch it here:
Since September I’ve been distracted by other products and I’ve barely written any new posts. Yet instead of my traffic bombing, I’ve found my traffic from Google has started to take off, (20% of my traffic in January 2020), and I’m still getting a steady flow of traffic from Pinterest.
I’m happy to say it’s definitely possible to grow a lifestyle blog quickly with Pinterest. I just need a few more hours in the day to do it justice!