Today’s Pinner for Interviews with Power Pinners is Sarah from sarahtitus.com. Sarah is a successful, single, stay at home mom who shares her tips for saving money, working from home, and every day life as a Mom. Her story really is inspiring. Sarah’s goal with her blog is to “reach every mom on the planet with the message that you might not have to work outside of the home in order to pay your bills.”
Sarah Titus and Pinterest
Pinterest Profile: https://www.pinterest.com/godlyliving/
What is your Pinterest Success Story.
I’ve been studying Pinterest in-depth for many months now and have come up with a plan that works for my audience in particular very well. The thing that I discovered that helps my Pinterest account the most is deleting pins.
It really catapulted me on a different level. At first I was just concerned about getting more repins and having more people see my stuff. Over time, I’ve begun to look more long term and my focus has changed to getting more followers. When I started focusing on getting more followers, my repins went down a little bit for a couple months, but now they are better than ever. My follower numbers are skyrocketing through the roof.
On Jan 1, 2015, I had a little over 16,000 pins with 22,412 followers and as of July 1, 2015, just 6 months later, I’ve DOUBLED my followers to 46,341 and it’s getting stronger every day. I currently have 15,675 pins and I’m currently averaging about 5,100 new followers a month. (Her numbers have since grown!!)
On average, what percentage of traffic to your blog comes from Pinterest.
Pinterest is my #1 source of traffic at this time and it brings in more than half of my page views per month. The percentage averages out to be 59%.
Share one tip for bloggers wanting to be a successful pinner like you.
For anyone looking to be successful on Pinterest, my best advice would be to do the work yourself. So many bloggers have so many different ideas. How can you know who to follow? What works for one blogger, may not work for another. There’s nothing that can replace your getting in there and running experiments and really studying out the platform, seeing what works for you and what doesn’t. Just like every blogger is different, so is every audience.
So many bloggers are always looking for quick fixes. There’s no such thing in blogging. You have to stop looking around for answers and get in there and figure things out. Read advice, read books, but at the end of the day, it’s not their blog, it’s yours.
Do you or have you ever promoted pins? Was it worth it?
I tried it once or twice, but it’s never paid off for me. With that said, I know someone who has skyrocketed their Pinterest repins and doubled their traffic with promoted pins. I am still running tests and researching it behind-the-scenes at this time. I won’t say there’s not something to promoted pins, but I haven’t found that “secret sauce” yet.
Do you mostly repin or do you pin from the actual website more?
A little of both, but probably more repinning than pinning from my blog.
Takeaways for your Pinterest strategy
Sarah has had amazing results from deleting pins that didn’t perform well. The idea is that Pinterest sees you as a power pinner when all of your pins have repins. You can read her post for full details on how she goes about deleting pins.
Any questions for Sarah about how she uses Pinterest? Leave them in the comments!