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!

A Full Walkthrough on How to Use Tailwind - Mom Blog From Home

How to Use Tailwind - A full walkthrough on how to use Tailwind by mom blog from home

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!

Pinterest Image Course - mom blog from home

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

Top Resources to Grow Your Blog Traffic

Top 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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12+ Resources to Grow Your Blog Traffic - mom blog from home

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!

features on mom blog from home

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

How to Drive Pinterest Traffic to Your New Blog

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.

How to Drive Pinterest Traffic to Your New Blog - Mom Blog From Home

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

 

 

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

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

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.

How I Gained Over 600 Page Views in One Day on My Small Blog - Mom Blog From Home

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.

 

300 page views for the month of december 2017 - mom blog from home

 

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!

 

645 page views in a day - mom blog from home

 

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!

 

645 Page views from pinterest - mom blog from home

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

 

3700 page views in 19 days - mom blog from home

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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