How I Grew My Pinterest from 1K to 700K

Hey B*tches!

I can’t believe it has been almost 2 months without a blog post * gasps * but TO BE FAIR I have been roaming the globe and honestly it has been so refreshing and has sparked so much creativity. I can’t wait to get home and start back to my regularly scheduled programming again :P BUT I had to get the Pinterest post out before then because it has been SO SO SO highly requested that I couldn’t wait. If you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw me creating the highlight for my Pinterest growth, which was basically at 1K in June and is currently at 733K as of October. Obviously that growth had you guys flooding my DMs wanting to know how I did it, which leads us to the creation of this post. I am going to be sharing my tips and how I grew my Pinterest to 700K monthly views so lets dive in BUT just a quick disclaimer, I am by NO means a Pinterest expert and am just sharing what has worked for me. NOW let’s dive in!

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1. Start. A. Pinterest.

While this is probably obvious it is always surprising to me how many bloggers/influencers don’t utilize Pinterest at all. It has so much value and potential that honestly by not using it you are missing out on thousands of views to your website or blog. For example Instagram was my #1 source of traffic to my blog UNTIL I started using Pinterest and in just 5 months it has become my #1 source surpassing all my other sources significantly.

2. Create Boards That Fit Your Content

Having boards that cover the content you are producing on your website is SO important because you will be integrating your own pins and you want boards that they can be pinned to. For example I am a lifestyle blogger and I post about everything from food to travel to OOTDs to blogging resources so in turn my Pinterest has boards for recipes, travel guides, blogging tips, outfit inspiration, and more.

3. Organize Your Boards

This was probably one of the best tips I received from a friend of mine who is a Pinterest wizard because before I was told, my boards were a total mess! I organized quite a few of my boards to have sub categories, like my Accessories Board has two sub categories, Jewelry and Handbags. This gives you the freedom to have boards for all the different aspects you want but keeps your Pinterest account looking clean and organized.

4. Pin Everyday

This is such a critical step that I noticed really changed everything for my Pinterest. I like to manually go in and repin and post my pins but you can use tailwind or other scheduling applications to do it for you. Speaking of repining this brings me to #5.

5. Repin Other Pins and Follow Other Accounts

Definitely make sure you aren’t just pinning your own content and that you are creating a nice balance of other Pinner’s pins as well as your own. No one wants to just see ALL you ALL the time so by pinning other people’s pins you are creating a nice balance. Like I said, I pin multiple times per day and half are just repins that fit my boards. Following other Pinners is also important because you want your pins to repined which is easier when you have other Pinners following you and vice versa. Almost all the bloggers I have followed followed me back and now repin my pins here and there

6. Use Hashtags On Pins

Hashtags have really upped my Pinterest game and I wish I would’ve been researching them and utilizing them way back. You can see what similar pins have for hashtags and that gives you a good idea of what to start using. I also just google and research good hashtags for my niche which is pretty easy to do.

I hope these tips will help you at least get started on growing your Pinterest. Like I said I am definitely no expert but these are just some tips based on what worked for me. I am still 100% learning and upping my Pinterest game DAILY. Like just today before posting this one of my friends told me I should be using Canva to add headings and words to my pins. So that is something I will probably start implementing now! If you have any questions that didn’t get answered by this post please feel free to reach out on any of my social media(linked below) or drop a comment below and I will answer it!

I hope you all have a great weekend and can start working on your Pinterest game ;)

Xoxo,

~Alex

Too Glam To Give A Damn

Hey, Hey B*tches

Happy Monday Babes! I hope your week is starting off as great as you ;) I am currently recovering from my trip to Houston where I hosted Basic Blogger Brunch Saturday! It was so great getting to meet and mingle with some old and new Houston Blogger Babes. ANYWAY this post is all about my new fave accessory, Statement Bobby Pins so lets focus on those LOL!

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KITSCH sent me a few of their statement bobby pins to try and I wasn’t sure how I was feeling about them until I styled them and got them shot. After seeing the pics I was IN LOVE with them. They can literally work with almost any outfit, dressy or casual, and add such a fun pop to them. I went from “ IDK about these things???” to “I NEED ALL THE STATEMENT PINS!!” in one shoot!

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I chose the Glam & Damn pins because Too Glam To Give A Damn is literally one of my all time favourite sayings. Plus I already had this vision of styling them with a super fancy dress set in a casual setting and that just fits the whole TGTGAD vibe am I right or am I right!?

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If you are looking for something to spice up your outfits with and give your hair a little more attention I 10/10 recommend getting some statement bobby pins. If you want the exact ones shown in my pics here are the links for Glam & Damn. Once you start using these you will be hooked trust me!!

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As always if you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below or hit me up on any of my socials, I love to hear from you guys so don’t be shy ;)

I hope you all have an awesome Monday and week! Talk to you soon!!

~Alex

These Pins were gifted to me by KITSCH but all thoughts and opinions are my own

5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started My Blog

What day is it!?!? HUMPDAY!!

I hope you are all having an awesome week so far. I am super pumped for you guys to read this post and I hope maybe seeing some of the things I wish I had known before I started my blog will help any new blogger babes out there on their journeys. HERE WE GO!!

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  1. UTILIZE PINTEREST

Okay so this is literally THE BEST ADVICE I never got! I honestly didn’t realize the value of Pinterest until like a few months ago. I have friends who are getting 700K+ views on their Pinterest leading to amazing blog traffic and the more I noticed that the more I realized I needed to work on it. Now, I am by no means a Pinterest expert as I just recently started working on mine but in the span of about a 2/3 months I have gone from 1K monthly viewers to 8.7K. Some of the best tips I have gotten from researching, FB groups, and friends, are to to make easy to navigate boards, make sure your pin photos are high quality and if they have fonts make sure they are bold and easy to read, and to make sure you are pinning a mixture of other peoples pins as well as yours.

2. Learn Basic SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is such a key element to having a successful blog or website. SEO is basically the process of getting organic traffic to your blog from search engines naturally. I am most definitely not a SEO expert in fact when I first started learning basic SEO principles I felt SO over whelmed but I stumbled across this article Blog SEO and it helped me SO much. It is definitely a learning process but SO worth it and I wish I would have been researching it WAYYY back.

3. Don’t Be Afraid of Getting Personal

This is actually something I am still working on but it is definitely something I trying to do more. Getting personal with your audience is what helps them relate to you and it helps form that connection between you and your audience. There has never been a time where I shared something personal like an embarrassing moment or something I have been going through privately that it didn’t help me connect more with my readers.

4. Balance Focus Between Your Blog and Social Platforms

I have struggled with this and honestly will probably continue to struggle with this until the end of time if we’re being honest. When I first started blogging I thought the only way to grow was to grow my socials and put the majority of my focus on them, which isn’t completely untrue because having a good following on your social media platforms is always helpful but it is NOT by any means the best or most effective way to grow your blog. I definitely wish I would have spent more time on SEO, Pinterest, and other avenues of blog growth because they have helped me more than my social media in just the short time I have been working on them.

5. Build An Email List/Newsletter

So funny story but I have had my followers and friends all tell me that I needed a newsletter for A WHILE and honestly just kept putting it off because I didn’t think it was necessary or needed. I WAS WRONG! It has actually been proven that newsletter readers stay on your site 80% longer than other readers and therefore are more likely to engage on your blog posts. It’s also a great way to connect with you readers on a more intimate scale and share things directly with them before it goes public. I can’t recommend it enough!

I hope that by sharing these I can help some new bloggers jumpstart their journey’s and avoid some of the mistakes I made when I started mine. I would love to know what you guys wish you had known before you started your blog so if you have anything to add DEF leave it below in the comments!

I love to hear from you guys so don’t be shy ;) My DMs and comments are always open.

I hope you all have an awesome week and I will talk to you guys soon!

~Alex