Travel blogging can be anything from a fun hobby to a lucrative career. Either way, we are all looking for the same thing… more page views!
I have been blogging for over 12 years and have over 10 million pageviews under my belt (and that’s just on one site). While this particular URL is new for me, blogging professionally is something I’ve been doing for a long time.
Pinterest is one of the TOP ways you can get traffic to your travel blog. And yet, I constantly see many travel bloggers under-using pinterest or not using it correctly.
Here are some tips to help you get more pageviews from Pinterest.
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Photography is everything, but certain types of photos do better than others for Pinterest.
Start with a nice vertical image. In general, longer the image the better (up to a length of around 2000). You can use a free photo editor like picmonkey to create a collage of images if your best ones are horizontal or square. Long images take up the most room int he pin feed, so you have a much higher chance of your pins being repinned or clicked, simple because they are on the screen for a long time.
Adding text to your images can help a lot. You do not have to simply restate your blog post’s title. Find a fun “how to” type phrase that will catch a readers eye. Think “5 best things to do in Atlanta” instead of “What we did in Atlanta”. Make it all about the reader and get them to click!!!
TIP – Make sure the font you choose is easy to read! When in doubt choose simple fonts and keep the font colors simple as well. You want this text to be able to be read at a glance!
Creating your boards
When you create Pinterest boards, think through your idea reader and problems that they might be facing. Create your boards
At it’s core, Pinterest is a visual search engine. The descriptions you put on your pins is important!!! Fill those descriptions with keywords people would type in a search bar when looking for information about your topic.
EXTRA TIP – To be sure that all your pins have great descriptions, you can set them when you upload your image to the blog. In the box that says “alternative text” type in your Pin description. This will then auto-populate as the description when some one tries to pin that image from your blog.
If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of pinning enough content to keep your pin boards active, use a scheduler like Tailwind. (Get a free month here)
Tailwind will allow you to schedule out your posts to various boards at intervals so you don’t send a new post to all your boards at once. This will maximize the reach of each post on Pinterest by spacing out those shares.
Another way Tailwind helps you to get more traffic on Pinterest is through Tailwind Tribes. These are used by bloggers to share one another’s posts. Check out the video below and I’ll walk you through exactly how it works.
Pinterest is one of the BEST tools to help you grow your travel blog. These tips will help you get started on the right track to grow your travel blog!
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