A Full Walkthrough on How to use Tailwind

A Full Walkthrough on How to use Tailwind

If you are a new blogger I am sure you have heard over and over again how important Pinterest is. You may have also heard how many bloggers use Tailwind to help them automatically pin their pins on Pinterest. This blog post is a full walkthrough of how to use Tailwind so you can decide for yourself!

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Pinterest

First, let’s back up for one second and talk about Pinterest. If you have not heard that Pinterest is the best way to get traffic to your new blog then I am here to tell you it is.

Here is how I was able to get traffic to my new blog from Pinterest.

If you are like most then you probably thought Pinterest was just for looking up your next DIY project or recipes. Each of those images (pins) on Pinterest was actually created by bloggers and website owners.

Bloggers write blog posts and then create pin images (like I did above for this blog post) and then they pin that image to Pinterest linking it back to their blog post.

It is like free advertisement space for your blog. The more you advertise the more traffic you can drive to your blog.

It takes a little bit to wrap your head around the business angle of Pinterest if you are only used to the consumer side. Don’t worry I have plenty of resources to help you with all of that though.

Resources to Get Started

In this post, I am including several resources to help guide you through using Tailwind. Instead of writing a 3,000+ word blog post I broke it up so you can choose the area of Tailwind you need help with! Let’s start with these resources below.

Pinterest Primer

The Pinterest Primer course is a free course by McKinzie Bean. She walks you through how to set up your Pinterest Business account for success. There is more to it than just signing up to Pinterest, so check out her free course to get started off on the right foot!

Pinterest Primer

Pin to Profits

Then if you are ready to up your game you can move on to her paid course that goes more in-depth on using Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog.

Pins to Profits Foundations

Free Pinterest Image Course

A major part of succeeding on Pinterest is creating beautiful Pinterest images that entice people to share and click through. I created a free course to help you create beautiful Pinterest images!

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Why Tailwind

If Pinterest is free why would someone want to pay for a service like Tailwind?

Well, like I said, the more that you advertise or pin the more traffic you can drive back to your blog. So, unless you are willing to be on Pinterest constantly pinning and repinning all day, a scheduler quickly becomes a necessity.

It is very difficult to manually pin all of your pins. You most certainly can at the beginning but it becomes overwhelming fast. However, that said, if you are leaning more towards manually pinning then this is an awesome ebook to help you with that!

If you are wondering about comparing Tailwind with other schedulers out there to get the best deal then let me help you real quick with that. There are currently no others that are partnered with Pinterest. Tailwind is the only authorized user that works with Pinterest.

There was another called Boardbooster and Pinterest recently made it clear they didn’t authorize them and Boardbooster was forced to shut down.

I’m sure that was a sad day for those that used Boardbooster but a very happy day for Tailwind when all of those users switched to join them.

I was already using Tailwind and right after I started using it I gained over 600 page views in one day on my small blog!

I ended up getting over 7,000 page views in 30 days after I started using Tailwind so I am definitely a believer in using it!

Set Up Tailwind

If you are interested in giving Tailwind a try then you can grab your first month free right here. After you set that up let’s walk through setting up and using Tailwind.

Tailwind is great about supporting its users. There is also a demo video walking you through how to use their features. Like this video.

Plus all of the other videos they have on their site and YouTube Channel. They are also very good about getting back to you right away in the chat box inside your Tailwind account.

Now that you have an idea of how to use Tailwind let’s talk about some of the features.

Tailwind Tribes

Tailwind Tribes is just like it sounds. It is a tribe of users that are grouped together. Inside each tribe, that you can join for free, there is a page full of pins fellow Tribe members have shared.

The purpose of Tailwind Tribes is to narrow down users into groups that are within the same niche. This gives you access to a bunch of pins to repin that are within your niche.

You want to make sure you are pinning other bloggers pins as well as your own. This is a quick way to find pins to repin. This is also a great way to get your pins repinned too.

Within the Tribe, there is a place where you can chat with other members and it shows you the analytics of how your pins are doing within each Tribe.

Tailwind lets you join 5 Tribes for free and if you want to join more you can upgrade.

You are welcome to join my new Tailwind Tribe – First Time Blogger to get started!

Tailwind Smart Loop

The newest feature Tailwind just rolled out is the Smart Loop.

Tailwind gives you 250 loops for free and again if you want to add more then you can upgrade your plan. The Smart Loop feature is designed to loop your pins for you so you don’t have to keep repinning them.

This may sound confusing at first and you may be thinking isn’t that what Tailwind is already doing?

Smart Loop is for your evergreen pins and for your seasonal pins.

There are two different types of loops you can create. If you have pins that are doing great and you want to continue to drip those throughout all of your boards and groups boards you can set up a loop for those.

Or if you have seasonal posts that you want to start pinning a certain time of the year automatically then you can set those up also.

Let’s say you are a food blogger and you want to start your Halloween recipes to start pinning in the summer (yes in the summer at least) then instead of trying to remember on your own, you can set it up to loop for you.

Same for DIY Christmas projects for craft bloggers and so on!

Tailwind Strategy

Each blogger has their own Tailwind strategy so you can start with the basic and tweak it as you go and see what is working and what isn’t working.

Here is the basic run down that I keep reading from other bloggers. So I have personally done this and I have personally read many blog posts and taken courses that outline a very similar strategy.

This is after you have your Pinterest business account all set up and all your boards are full.

  1. Pin 20-50 times a day
  2. Use the 80/20 rule – 80% your pins and 20% other bloggers pins
  3. Pin your pins to your own boards and to group boards
  4. Pin other bloggers pins to just your boards. (The group boards are for advertising your pins)

Tailwind Extension

Tailwind has a browser extension (<–scroll to the very bottom of that page) that you can add to make filling your Tailwind queue much easier. After you install the extension just go to your Pinterest account and once on the main feed click the Tailwind extension (feather icon) on your browser toolbar.

All of the visual pins will now be available to click on to add to your queue. After you click on the ones that you want to add click “go schedule” where you can then select which boards you would like each pin to go to.

This extension can also be used while on a blog or site that you wish to pin something from as well.

Here is a video walking you through how to use the Tailwind extension.

Where to Find Pins

  • Pinterest Group Boards
  • Home Feed
  • Search For Pins in Your Niche
  • “Following” Tab in Pinterest
  • Tailwind Tribes
  • Visit Profiles of Bloggers in Your Niche

Do’s and Dont’s of Pinterest and Tailwind

Do

  • Share other bloggers pins
  • Use keywords everywhere you can
  • Creative beautiful pin images
  • Create multiple pins per blog post (just hide them – learn how here)
  • Connect and chat with Tribe members and comment on pins
  • Check your analytics to see what is and isn’t working. There is analytics for Pinterest, Tailwind and Tailwind Tribes.
  • Have fun! It is actually fun to do!

Don’t

  • Spam. Read the Pinterest rules or you can get banned.
  • Steal other people’s pins
  • Copy other blogger’s pins (use can use designs as inspiration but don’t copy that’s not cool)
  • Pin a bunch one day and then go days without pinning. Stay consistent daily!
  • Break group board or Tailwind Tribe rules. They will kick you out.

More Resources

Now that you have a walkthrough of how to use Tailwind, here are some more resources for you!

Get Pinning

Well, there you have it! Using Pinterest and Tailwind for the first time can feel intimidating but don’t worry it soon becomes second nature! And it makes it all worth it when you see that traffic come pouring in! Good luck to you, now go get pinning!

Vanessa

12+ Resources to Grow Your Blog Traffic

12+ Resources to Grow Your Blog Traffic

The most important thing for any blog to be successful is to have traffic. The more traffic your blog has the more people you can help and the more money you can make!

When you are a new blogger it is hard to build up your traffic organically. Most new bloggers rely solely on Pinterest as it is the best way to get traffic to your new blog.

Others use Facebook groups and social media to grow their blog traffic. Then, of course, there is also SEO and hoping that Google sends you some blog traffic love. 

Another option is to guest post on other blogs or be featured on their blogs. 

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Guest Posting/Featuring

Here is a list of places that you can add your blog on to get more traffic!

Each of those sites you can add your blog information to and reap the traffic benefits!

If you notice the last one is my blog. I offer to feature bloggers on my blog! You can take a look here at some of the blogs I have featured!

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Ebook and Courses

Another great resource to learn much more about growing your blog traffic is this ebook Boost Blog Traffic. I got this ebook when I purchased the Genius Bloggers Toolkit and it is packed full of resources to help grow your blog traffic! Including 100 Ways to Promote Your Blog Post Checklist!

Next is this course by Suzi that teaches you how to create the perfect blog post and submit a guest post to her blog.

Suzi walks you through how to create the perfect blog post and then she gives you the opportunity to take what you have learned in her course and submit a guest post to her blog!

The course Post by Number is only $9 so not only is it worth it for everything that you learn in the course but on top of that, you really can’t beat the guest post opportunity to get in front of Suzi’s large following!

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Pinterest

You can’t talk about driving traffic to your blog without talking about Pinterest. It is the fastest way to get traffic to your new blog.

Here are some resources to help you grow your blog traffic with Pinterest!

Pins to Profits Foundations

Pinterest has definitely been my main source of traffic. I try and post on my social media accounts often so I do get some traffic from those and I am starting to see organic traffic as well. It takes time regardless of where you start but as a new blogger, I would focus on Pinterest and looking to guest post and collaborate with other bloggers!

Collaborating with other bloggers is a great way to connect and grow your blog. Plus, it is really fun to work with other bloggers! That is why I started my feature program. I want to help connect other bloggers so we can all help each other grow together!

I can’t wait to connect and collaborate with you!

Happy blogging

Vanessa

What I Use to Grow My Traffic as a Small Blog

What I Use to Grow My Traffic as a Small Blog

There is no doubt that you have probably already heard of Tailwind. If you haven’t then I’m glad I am the first to be able to share this with you. If you have heard about it but you aren’t quite sure what all the fuss is about then I am about to tell you.

Tailwind has helped me grow my blog traffic from 300 page views one month to over 7,000 page views the next month! My blog was only a few months old at that point as well!

 

What is tailwind

  • Tailwind is a scheduler for posting to Pinterest and Instagram. There are options to have it post on Twitter and Facebook as well. But you can schedule out in advance for Pinterest and Instagram.
  • It has designated times for your pins/ posts to go live according to when it will be most viewed by your follows.
  • The Instagram feature even offers you suggestions for the best hashtags to use and you can save a list of the hashtags you want to use for each post. This saves time trying to remember all of them and then, of course, typing them all in.
  • You can add up to 50 times per day to pin to Pinterest
  • You can make board lists to group your boards or group boards together.
  • It breaks down the analytics to tell you how your pins are doing. If you are analytical you will love this feature. Pinterest provides analytics and so does Tailwind. You can compare and see how well your pins are doing and so much more! For me, it is a bit overwhelming how much information is provided. That is a great problem to have though! I can learn it all but I would prefer too much information than not enough!
  • There are Tailwind Tribes on Tailwind that is a group of others in your niche that you can share each other’s content.
    • Benefits of Tailwind Tribes
    • You can easily pick pins to repin in your niche
    • Your pins will be more likely to be repined as well by those in your Tribe (you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours)
    • You can see how many times your pin has been reshared within the Tribe
    • You can see how many pins you have repined within the Tribe
    • You can chat with the Tribe members
    • You can sign up for 5 different Tribes for free
    • You can add up to 30 pins per month into the Tribe. This helps from it being overloaded. You will make sure you are sharing your best pins in there and so will your Tribe members. Making the pins in there higher quality to share with your followers.
  • Tailwind is working on rolling out a loop feature. It is in Beta testing right now. From what I hear it is really awesome. This will save everyone even more time!

Grow Blog Traffic as a Small Blog

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1. Sign up for a free trial ($15 credit)

You can sign up for a $15 credit that works out to be a one-month free trial if you use my referral link right here! 

2. Enter in your info on profile

Once click on the link just go through and sign yourself up and fill in your information in your account. There are also awesome tutorial videos that will pop up and walk you through how to navigate through Tailwind.

3. Install extension

  • The Tailwind extension is super easy to install and use. It will place a Tailwind icon on the top toolbar of your internet window. This makes using Tailwind on Pinterest a breeze!

Once you are on Pinterest you can search for the pins that you are looking for (ex: how to blog) and then when the results pop up you can then click on the extension and it will pull all those pins so you can then choose which ones you want to repin.

You simply click on the pins you want to repin and the board you want them to be pinned too.

You can have them all go to the same board or you can choose a different board for each pin!

After you have selected which pins you want and where you want them to go, you just hit schedule the queue and it will fill up your Tailwind schedule!

You can also use the Tailwind extension on any other website as well. If you are on a blog you just love and you want to repin from it, you can use the extension the same way.

After you have hit schedule Tailwind will pull up a list of other pins you may also be interested in repining. Sometimes they have awesome suggested pins and sometimes they don’t. You don’t have to repin any of them but it is great to have more pins to choose from if you find one that you like!


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4. Set up preferences/how many pins per day.

  • As I said you can set your schedule to pin up to 50 times a day. You don’t have to do that many and if you find it difficult to keep it full then you may want to do less.
  • I used to do 50 but then I was unable to stay consistent. It felt like my queue would never stay full and I would end up pinning 50 times for 2 days and then only a few for 2-3 days and then back to 50 when I was able to refill it.
  • I decided to drop it down to 20 times so that my queue was consistently full every day. You just need to find what works for you!

It has a smart schedule so it knows when your followers are on Pinterest

  • Of those different time spots that you can choose from on Tailwind to pin your pins, they are in a small schedule. This means that Tailwind knows when it is best for you to pin for you. They know when your viewers are most likely on Pinterest and can see your pins!

How amazing is that! You don’t have to guess if you need to be up at 5 am pinning about breakfast recipes. Tailwind will do it all for you!


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Pin up to 50 times a day

  • As I said you can pin up to 50 times a day. Of those pins, you can do them all of your own pins or half yours and half others. It is all up to you!
  • Pin to your preference. Some say 80/20 some say 50/50 and some say 20/80

Pin to group boards and your own boards

  • You have the option to pin to your boards or to group boards you are apart of.
  • Group boards are boards where there are multiple collaborators. You all contribute to the same board and share each other’s pins.

Group Boards

  • Most group boards are niched down to be specific about a certain niche. There are some that are broader such as Mom Bloggers. That could be any type of blog made by a mom. You could have a wide variety of blog topics in there.
  • But most are narrowed down. Such as gluten-free recipes group board. So you are only sharing gluten-free recipes on that board.
  • There are pros and cons to both. Not niched down gives you more opportunity add more pins. However, that also gives chances of it being overlooked because there are so many different kinds of pins in that group board. Niched down means those people in that group board are interested in your niched pin so it is more likely to be noticed however you may not have as many pins to contribute.

Pin to Tailwind Tribe

  • Don’t forget to add pins and share pins from your Tailwind Tribes!
  • When using the extension sometimes the URL and description on that pin don’t move over and you have to manually add it. Sometimes that is easy and sometimes you can’t read on the image who made the pin.
  • In Tailwind, Tribes you don’t have to worry about that. Those will always be on the pin making resharing it super easy!

Semi-loop pins


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5. Tell others and get free months of Tailwind

  • Tailwind has a referral program that if you share Tailwind and someone signs up they get $15 and you get $15. This is equivalent to a free month for each of you! Tailwind will automatically add that to your accounts. So by sharing Tailwind, you can essentially use Tailwind for free yourself with at least one sign up from a friend each month!

So to get started with Tailwind

Go here (https://www.tailwindapp.com/i/momblogfromhome.com) and sign up

– Install the extension

– Watch the tutorial video on Tailwind

– Start pinning

– Grow your blog traffic!

For more information on how I grew my blog traffic over 600 page views in one day on my small blog, you can check out this post.

Happy pinning!

Vanessa

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How to Drive Pinterest Traffic to Your New Blog

Getting traffic to your blog is a main priority for new bloggers. It is a priority for all bloggers but after you have been in the game for a while you don’t need as much help as you do at the very beginning. So how do you get traffic to your blog at the beginning?

There are different ways but the one that has worked the best for me is Pinterest. The other options are to do keyword research and focus on SEO, guest post on other popular blogs, and join Facebook Groups to promote your blog. Those ways work but they take much much longer.

I focused on Pinterest and I was very surprised at how quickly the traffic came in! I went from 300 page views in December to having 7,000 from January 8th – February 8th! I also gained 117 subscribers to my email list and my new Pinterest profile went up 705.07%!

Here is a view of my Google Analytics.

Here is a view of my email subscribers.

And here is a view of my Pinterest Analytics.

 

So how did I do that?

Well, I explain right here in this post.

But to go into more detail I will walk you through it right now.

First I created a new Pinterest Business Account

Some bloggers say you can convert your personal account into a business account and others say it is best to just start a new one. I decided to start a completely new one. If you convert your personal account then you need to make all your boards secret, change your profile bio, and I just felt like it was mixing personal and business and decided it was best to just keep them separate. This way if I want to pin fun crazy things to my personal account I can do that. It also means when I am on my business account pinning it is all business related and it doesn’t have personal interest pins in the mix. It just works best for me to keep them separate but that is up to you!

Start a business account here.

I added Rich Pins

Rich pins provide more context about an idea because they show extra information directly on a Pin. There are four types of Rich Pins: app, product, recipe, and article. This just adds something extra to your pins and it is free and easy to enable

I joined some group boards within my niche

The best way to find group boards to join within your niche is to go to a bigger blogger’s account within your niche and look at the group boards they are on. There are some sites that you can go to as well that will show you but I have heard they aren’t as accurate as they used to be. This has worked well for me because you then snowball into more group boards from the people that were on the first group board.

I joined Tailwind

Tailwind is a program that pins for you on Pinterest. It is good to manually pin as well but you can’t be on Pinterest all day every day so that’s where Tailwind comes in. It is $15 a month and worth! Also, you get a free month for anyone that uses your link to sign up so the potential is there to have it free every month! If you want to try it out for free yourself you can use my link right here.

I joined 5 Tailwind Tribes

Tailwind offers (or it did for me) 5 free Tailwind Tribes you can join or you can create your own. A Tribe is a group of people that are all together in one group (tribe) and you all share your pins in that tribe. By doing this it gets your pins in front of people within your niche to share with their followers. There are rules set up by the creator of that tribe, such as a pin for a pin. If you add a pin to the tribe then you share a pin from that tribe with your followers. Again, this just gets you more exposure for your pins.

Update: Join my NEW Tailwind Tribe here!

I made sure I had Pinterest Pin It Button Plugin installed on my WordPress site

If you have WordPress then install the Pinterest Pin It Button Plugin. This will make all of your images on your blog pinnable. So when someone comes to your blog and hovers over your image a Pin It button will pop up.

I created beautiful Pinterest images for each blog post

Having good Pinterest images is very important. That is what catches the eye for them to actually read your pin and then to either repin it or to click through and read your blog post! I made a free Pinterest image course where I walk you through how I create my Pinterest images.

 

 

Then I created several more for the same posts

I like to create more that one image per blog post. Everyone has different styles of what they find attractive. If I make multiple images then I am more likely to catch more eyes. I hide the images within my post so it isn’t flooded with those images. This also helps to share the same blog post more times by not having the same image pop up on the Pinterest group boards Tailwind Tribes you are in.

 
I created boards on my Pinterest account using keywords

I did research on what keywords to use to name my boards. I went to Pinterest and in the search bar I typed in a keyword and then Pinterest gives you options that are most searched using that keyword. For example, if I put in the word blog then it drops down and says “how to start a blog”.

 
I filled my Pinterest account with keyword descriptions

When filling out your profile description and your board descriptions use as many keywords as you can. Make it flow and describe each board but Pinterest is like a search engine and uses keywords.

 
I put a keyword filled description on each pin

Same goes for your pin description. Be detailed and explain what your pin is about and again use keywords.

 
I set up my Tailwind to pin 50 times a day

You can choose how many times you would like Tailwind to pin for your throughout the day. I did the max it would schedule for me which was 50 times.

 
I set up Tailwind to pin my pins to the group boards on a one-day interval

Within Tailwind, you can make boards lists to list all of your group boards. So, if you want to pin a pin to multiple group boards you can click on the board list that has them all listed instead of having to click on each group board individually. If you don’t change the interval of the pins then you can end up pinning multiple pins onto each group board and possibly break the group boards rules or flood the feed in that group board. That could cause you to be kicked from the group board. To prevent all of that I change the interval to at least once a day. This is a great way to loop your pins as well.

 
The remaining spots I filled with pins within my niche to fill my boards.

Not only do you need to share your pins but you also need to fill your boards with awesome pins of others as well. This will help you gain followers. The more followers you have the more people that will see your pins.

 
I did this solid for over 2 weeks and that was my results.

I was very sick with the flu the last week of January and into February. I was sick for about 2 weeks so I didn’t keep up with my blog traffic very well during that time. I still had traffic coming to my blog from those two solid weeks I was able to keep my Tailwind full. I was shocked that it worked so well and also that it continued to work for a while afterward. It started to taper off and I just started working at a school so I haven’t been able to keep it up as well so it has dropped now.

Again, that is only because I haven’t been able to work on it. After getting over the flu I got a sinus infection and ear infection then finally after getting healthy my dog became ill quickly and needed emergency surgery but didn’t make it. The month of February has been a rough one for our family. Now that we are into March I plan to refocus and get those numbers back up! I can’t wait to show you the results!

How do you drive traffic to your blog?

 

Vanessa

 

 

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How I Gained over 600 Page Views in One Day on My Small Blog

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I am beyond excited to write this post! I still am in shock of what has been happening on my blog!

I started Mom Blog From Home on September 1, 2017. That was the day I launched it and made it all official. I still didn’t know what I was doing so I would post some and research a lot.

In October, November, and December things were a bit busy in our life and so I didn’t get to work on my blog as much as I would have liked.

I didn’t have much time to work on my blog

 

I helped out some friends by watching their little girls all day until the end of November so that was a bit time-consuming. In October it was my 30th birthday and I love Halloween so we celebrated big. In November it was my daughter’s birthday and we surprised her with a trip to Disney World and then of course Thanksgiving. Then lastly, in December we celebrated Christmas, my husbands birthday and New Years.

 

All birthdays and Holidays crammed into three months.

 

So, after the first of the year had come, I decided I needed to refocus back on my blog!

For the month of December, I had a total of 300 page views. Not too great. Also, not horrible considering I hadn’t done anything for about 3 months to my very new blog.

 

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Even though I didn’t have a whole lot to share on my blog I knew I needed to focus on traffic. I could critique from there what needed to be fixed as traffic rolled in.

I am horrible about thinking everything has to be perfect first but it will never be perfect so it just had to happen now.

 

I needed traffic

 

The first thing I knew I needed to do to get traffic was to test out Pinterest. I always hear that Pinterest is the best way to get traffic to your blog.

So, I did a quick recap (I had already researched it and set it all up) and I gave it a whirl!

I believe it was at the end of the first week of January when I put my Pinterest strategy into effect. I set it up and let it go.

I still worked on my blog every day but it wasn’t until I logged in on Tuesday I had to do a triple take!!

200 views?!? I am used to 10 page views a day, how did I get 200 views?!

By that night before bed, it was at 400 views! I couldn’t believe it! I already had more views in one day than I did all last month!

Finally, the next day after the dust had settled I realize that it had reached a total of 645 views! That is right, 39 views on Monday and 645 views on Tuesday!

 

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You can see here are my page views from January 3, 2018 – January 9, 2018. The total was 874 but 645 of those were on one day, Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Now, you can bet I was doing the happy dance! I really honestly couldn’t believe it!

I knew it had to be from Pinterest because that was the only thing I had changed!

 

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And It was!

 

Pinterest had sent 645 people to my blog, in actually about an hour, on Tuesday.

 

I have continued to test this out to make sure it wasn’t a one-time thing, and time and time again Pinterest delivers!

It is incredible the amount of traffic that has been sent to my new blog. I am still in shock and disbelief to show you this next screenshot.

This is of today January 19, 2018, at 3pm

 

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Just shy of 3700 page views in 19 days! Isn’t that amazing!?

Last month I had a total of 300 page views and with 12 days left in the month of January, I am already at 3700 page views!

 

THANK YOU PINTEREST!

 

So, how did I do it?

I didn’t just throw stuff up there on Pinterest. I follow a strategy.

First and most importantly I used Tailwind.

Tailwind is an app that pins for you on to Pinterest. You can’t be on Pinterest yourself all day so Tailwind does it for you!

Within Tailwind, you can schedule your pins for days, weeks, or even a month of pins. They have a new feature called Tailwind Tribes, this is like Facebook Groups but on Tailwind.

Members of the tribe share their content with their fellow tribe members and they all then share it on their Pinterest accounts. Being apart of a tribe helps you get great content to share and to get your content out in front of fellow bloggers to share as well.

You think about it, each of them probably has hundreds or thousands of followers! That is a lot of potential people to see your pins!

There are certain rules per tribe, just like on Facebook Groups. It isn’t anything crazy just be aware and read those first.

Another great feature is you can make board lists for all the group boards you are in to categorize some of your boards.

 

For example

 

I made a board list with all of the group boards I am on so when I want to pin one pin to all of those I just click on the board list instead of clicking each one of the group boards each time.

Also, I do the same for when I have boards on my Pinterest that are all about paying off debt or all about starting a blog. Then when I find a pin I like that I want to go to all of those I choose that board list!

Super easy! And very effective!

If you are interested in trying out Tailwind free for a month then you can use my link right here!

If you want to learn the best way to set up your Pinterest account for success then I recommend checking out McKinzie’s FREE Pinterest Primer Course!

If you do check out her course and chose to test out Tailwind then I would greatly appreciate it if you used my link! It get’s you a free month plus me a free month!

I don’t know about you but I sure could use as much free stuff as I can get!

I am putting together more information about how to make an attractive pin on Pinterest and more in-depth details of the Pinterest strategy I used!

I would love to share more with you! If you do sign up for Tailwind just let me know and I can help show you what I did!

Good luck!

Vanessa

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How I Made My First Affiliate Sale (with zero followers)

How I Made My First Affiliate Sale

(with zero followers)

 

Hello! Vanessa with MomBlogFromHome here! I can’t wait to share with you how I made my first affiliate sale with zero followers! I know that is a huge hurdle for new bloggers. Everyone wants to know how to make money right away. I was surprised at how fast I was able to make some money with my new blog!

When you first start a blog you have to sign up for hosting and I chose to go with SiteGround. They came highly recommended and I really liked them so I signed up to be an affiliate for them and that’s who my first sale was through!

If you want to learn more about SiteGround and see if they are right for you, check out my post Why You Should Use SiteGround As Your Hosting.

 

The Dream

I have always dreamt of having a successful profitable blog. I knew it was going to be hard and it was going to take time. I also knew that even if I made some sales it would take time for those sales to become consistent. The results I am going to share with you are not 100% consistent.

However, I am going to share with you how to make sales more consistently than a sporadic sale here and there though!

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*Update: I ended up making 3 affiliate sales with ZERO followers!

Starting a blog

Some people start blogging for fun but I would say that most (or at least the ones I follow) do it to make money.

Even if you did start your blog for fun I am sure that it has crossed your mind on how you could make money with your blog at some point.

There are several different ways to make money with your blog but one of the most common ways is affiliate marketing. That is what I am going to be sharing with you today is how I made my first affiliate sale with zero followers!

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What is Affiliate Marketing?

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

So what is affiliate marketing anyways? In a nutshell affiliate marketing is promoting someone else’s product(s) or service(s) in exchange for a percent of the sale.

Of course, you want to make sure the product you are promoting is something you yourself use and can recommend. Your readers are trusting you and your recommendation so you want to help them find the perfect product for them!

For example, I use SiteGround for my hosting for my blog and I highly recommend them to my readers! I have tried other hosting sites and although I never had a bad experience with any of them I just prefer SiteGround.

SiteGround was recommended to me by two different bloggers that I follow and I trust them. So since I use and trust them I recommend them to my readers with my affiliate links. This link has a “cookie” attached to it or a code that tells SiteGround that person that came to their site was sent there by me through my affiliate link.

So if you use my link and purchase SiteGround’s services as your hosting provider then I would get paid for that! Pretty cool!

All you have to do to become an affiliate of a company is go to their site and usually at the very bottom there will be a link that says something along the lines of “Become an Affiliate” and then just go through the process.

It is usually very quick and easy! You can also google a product you want to be an affiliate for and add +affiliate in the search.

For example, if you want to be an affiliate for shampoo you put in shampoo +affiliate and all the shampoo companies that offer affiliate marketing programs will come up!

There are also affiliate networks like Commission Junction and Share a Sale that maintains many companies affiliate programs. This way all you have to do is sign up with them and you now have access to a bunch of companies that offer affiliate marketing programs. You just have to choose which one you want and apply for that certain company.

 

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

After you are approved and you have your affiliate link you can then link words throughout your blog post. Then when your readers click on it, it will take them to the site where they can make a purchase.

Like I said if they purchase a product you make a “commission” off of their purchase. It is a way for you to make a little extra money and the company to get new sales as well! If you have more questions about affiliate marketing I suggest Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

This course goes very in-depth into affiliate marketing. It is easy to follow and implement but it is jam-packed with great information!

In this course Michelle goes over every detail you need to know about affiliate marketing such as:

– What affiliate marketing is and how it works

– How to properly and legally use affiliate marketing to make an income

– How affiliate marketing makes her over $50,000 a month!

– The many places to sign up to become an affiliate for different companies

– How to get your readers to convert

– Strategies and ways to promote affiliate links

– Things you DO NOT want to do with affiliate marketing

– Bonuses and worksheets

– Guest speakers that share:

   – How to guarantee acceptance into affiliate programs

   – How to legally disclose that you are an affiliate

   – How to market your affiliate links on all social media platforms

   – How to drive thousands of readers to your blog and your affiliate links

As you can see this course is full of amazing information that will set you up for success in affiliate marketing!

Another option

Another option is this Amazon ebook by Suzi Whitford who I have been following and she has taught me SO MUCH about blogging!

I haven’t had a chance to read that particular ebook yet because I have already purchased so many of her others I have to finish those! She is well known for her course Blog By Number that walks you through how to start a mom blog. It is the reason I even have a blog so I, of course, recommend that one!

All of the ebooks and courses I have taken of Suzi’s have been amazing so I can only assume so is her ebook on Amazon affiliate marketing!

 

What about traffic to your blog?

One important fact you will need to make money with affiliate marketing is traffic to your blog! But wait, isn’t this post about making money with zero followers?

Yes! Yes, it is!

I decided to start a blog in the summer of 2017….well this blog anyways. I have attempted this road many times but I have never fully committed and started writing posts.

I had gotten hosting, bought a domain name, read ebooks, took courses, researched myself silly, but never actually started blogging.

Ya know…the most important part of having a blog.

Then I was given an amazing opportunity to stay home with my daughter over the summer and I decided I was going to do it this time!

That’s when I found Suzi’s course on blogging and it changed everything for me!

I felt like I actually knew what I was doing this time!

 

So again here I am at zero followers and yet I made my first affiliate sale!

I had been prepping my site and working on getting it ready to launch. There was a landing page that was live with a countdown to my actual launch time but that was all.

The secret is that I didn’t get my first affiliate sale from my blog. I got it by talking about my blog to everyone. I had people ask me what I was doing now that I was home and so I told them!

And one person who follows my passion for blogging is my sister! She wants to start her own cooking blog!

I have been begging her to so I can’t wait for her to get started! She is a very good cook! Her and her husband both! What’s more awesome is they live down the street so I get to eat it all the time! Yay!

She had asked me if I used SiteGround because the people she had been following recommended it too.

I told her yes and how much I loved it! She said she was going to sign up then and I thought for a second and said: “Well if you do then use my affiliate link”!

She understood that it wasn’t going to change the cost for her so why not let me make a little bit off of her purchase?

That day I sent her my link and here we are a couple days later and I got an email congratulating me on my first affiliate sale! Whoo Hoo!

I hadn’t even launched my blog yet, and I had zero followers, and yet I made my first affiliate sale! I was so excited!

 

No traffic? No problem!

My point is that if you are starting a blogging business then why not share it with everyone you know!

Maybe someone else was getting ready to start blogging too and needs some advice on which hosting to use, which email marketing to use, etc.!

If you were starting up any other kind of business you would be telling everyone! So why is blogging any different? It’s not! You can do it!

I am so excited to share my blogging journey! And making that first affiliate sale makes me feel like I am getting started in the right direction!

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you on your journey! I would love to hear from you!

I hope you enjoyed hearing How I Made My First Affiliate Sale (with zero followers)!

*My other two sales were from a friend and a fellow new blogger I met in a Facebook Group! They each bought Suzi’s course! So 3 sales before I had any real traffic!

Vanessa

Update!!

After the first of the year (2018) I implemented a Pinterest strategy I had learned to gain traffic and I went from 39 views on Monday, January 8th to 645 views Tuesday, January 9th! I gained over 600 views overnight! It continued and in less that one week I have had over 1500 views! Check out my strategy here!


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