3 ways you’re wasting time with Pinterest

Recently I’ve noticed a bunch of posts in the Facebook groups asking why Pinterest isn’t working for them, and wanting to know the best way to get traffic to their Etsy shop from their Pinterest.

I’ve even seen people asking, is Pinterest is even worth it? Wait, what?

If you have an Etsy shop, or you sell your handmade product on any other platform, then Pinterest is the number one best way to get traffic. No argument.

BUT, and it’s a big but, you need to do it right.

3 ways you're wasting time on pinterest
It’s very easy to waste your time on Pinterest. And time is one thing none of us has enough of. If you’re spending hours on Pinterest but not seeing the results, then you’re most likely making one of these three top mistakes. Luckily, these common time wasters are so easy to put right. Lets get started!

Number 1: Random pinning.

You probably read somewhere that you need to have plenty of pins to get traction with your Pinterest. And all the big Pinterest accounts have loads boards filled with pins on every topic under the sun. So you spend hours pinning anything that catches your eye, and anything that could be sort of related to what you’re selling. Your boards are filling up nicely and you have plenty of them. Plus you make sure to pin each one of your products as soon as you list it, and then pin it a few more times for good measure. But still nobody’s visiting your store. How to put that right Quantity most definitely is not quality when it comes to pinning. Your Pinterest is not a dumping ground.
Your Pinterest is not a dumping ground
  • You need a strategy behind your pinning so that you build up a curated collection of pins over time.
  • Choose pins that are relevant to your product and your brand
  • Organise your pins into logical collections on your board.
  • Pin at the right time, so you don’t come across as spammy or erratic.

Number 2: Your pins are rubbish.

You may have beautiful photographs, and you may spend ages fiddling about with pretty fonts and arty photos, but your pins don’t stand out in the feed. Worse, if someone does happen to click one, the link doesn’t lead where they expected. Make your pins stand out Fortunately, it’s as simple as 1-2-3 to create pins that people want to click on. And you don’t need to complicated or expensive software to do it. I design all my pin graphics in Canva, it’s amazing.
  • Make your words easy to read. Use bold, clear fonts that describe your pic at a glance.
  • Pick the right colours. Lots of white works well, and Pins with warm colours like red, pink, orange get more clicks.
  • Make your image the right size. The general rule is to have it taller than it is wide. Aim to fit these dimensions:
    •  600 pixels x900 pixels
    • 800 pixels x1200 pixels
    • 1000 pixels x1500 pixels
So no more of the delicate scrolled fonts, or loads of brush script. Nobody’s going to stop scrolling to puzzle out what you wrote.  (OK. I’ll let you have ONE word in a fancy font if you must. But make sure the rest makes sense without it). And no grey photos, thank you.

Number 3: You’re writing the wrong titles and descriptions.

Or even worse, you’re not writing titles and descriptions at all. Pinterest wants pins that describe the image AND the reward you are offering. In other words, your pin should be clearly relevant to your Etsy listing, or blog post, or freebie, or whatever it is you’ve linked to. This is not the place to be clever or obscure.
  • Use searchable names. Think of the phrases your ideal customer will be searching for. (Tip: Pinterest lists the most popular ones at the top of the search page)
  • Use those keywords in your image titles, pin titles, and your descriptions. Make it easy for your ideal customer to find your pins
  • Describe the pin AND the reward
  • Make the words you choose irresistible.
Grab my list of over 100 power words here. Sort out these three things and Pinterest will reward you by having your pins show higher up in feeds it thinks are relevant. It’s an algorithm. All it does is score your pin and match it to someone’s search. So follow these three steps and get yourself some extra Pinterest points. Of course, there’s a lot more to exploding your Pinterest traffic BUT these are three biggest mistakes I see all the time on Pinterest. Fortunately for you, most people keep on making those same mistakes, which gives you a huge advantage. Because now you know how easy it is to put them right!

My number one tip to take away today? Use the C word

The one word I keep coming back to, in everything related to your business, is consistency. It probably applies to your Pinterest strategy more than anything else you do. Pin a few at a time, at regular times, organise your pins around a few topics, and Pinterest will reward you for it. You’ll show up in the right feeds, for people who are ready to buy what you’re selling. You’ll be in the top few Pinterest users who even have a strategy, and you’ll stand out because of it. Are you going to give Pinterest another go?

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