Last Updated on February 10, 2021 by scottkandh
I’ve been blogging for more than 5 months. In that time, I’ve done a lot of research to build my Pinterest boards business. As of 12/10/2020, the number of Pinterest followers has changed from nearly 800 to 129 (because I was stupid and was unknowingly doing spam). It’s still my goal to reach 500 – 1,000 Pinterest followers by July 1st, 2021. I believe I should be able to at least get 500 Pinterest followers; however, after taking the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche Course I’m no longer very concerned about the number of followers. The all more important aspect is the quality that you get from the pins that I’m providing to you. This blog is mostly about how to build your Pinterest followers. I’m laying out the framework for you. You can use this framework to get there too.
It’s my hope you’ll find at least one tool for “your” website.
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- Akismet – Good program to use for preventing spam on your blog.
- All in One WP Security: I’m actually on the fence as to whether or not this plug-in is required or not in lieu of the other plug-ins installed at the current time. However, I’m leaning in the direction of safety, so it won’t be deleted. To be truthfully honest, I don’t even remember why I added this in the first place, more than likely it was suggested that I add this plug-in to WordPress.
- Bluehost: Works seamlessly with WordPress to manage your site. I couldn’t readily find the plug-in so to the best of my knowledge it can be downloaded from your host account or it is automatically provided.
- Canva: Lots of stock images to put into your website and make pins for Pinterest. The best thing about this program is the capability to easily resize pins for various programs that you’re going to be using as a blogger. This is the preferred choice of many bloggers to make their Pinterest pins.
- ConvertKit: This plug-in is used to create landing pages and pop-up forms. With it your able to give your users the capability to specify what they can download or direct the users to a different URL all together (for example, your checklist is on your website).
- Constant Contact: This plug-in is especially useful to keep track of new users signing up that you can use for pop-ups; however, it doesn’t offer a lot of built-in support if you want to use landing pages. ConvertKit plug-in is a better tool that utilizes double-in opt to ensure the new users are using valid e-mail addresses.
- Contact Form 7: This is an easy to use contact form that you can add a comments section to the bottom of your post/page.
- Countdown Timer Ultimate: Useful tool to countdown a timer for special events on your blog: (i.e. new Online Course, special promotion of a page/post, etc.).
- Designrr: Good program to use for making e-Books
- Easy Table of Contents: Will automatically insert a Table of Contents into your blog using your Headings.
- Google Analytics for WordPress – Great tool to analyze your blog’s traffic.
- Grammarly – Grammarly is not a plug-in. It’s an online tool that you can use to ensure that your punctuation is spot on. If you’re a blogger this is a must have utility.
- Image Gallery Plug-in: This $10 plug-in allows you to add an array of images in different formats.
- Inline Related Posts PRO by IntellyWP. This is the plug-in on my site that automatically inserts INLINE related posts for you to look at.
- Insert Headers and Footers: Very useful for people like me that aren’t into coding. This is exceptionally helpful for claiming your website on Pinterest.
- Interact: Make A Quiz or take a Poll to Generate Leads for favorite boards/pins. A new unique way to start making e-mail leads through the use of quizzes and/or polls instead of the customary pop-ups or landing pages that ask for email and name. It makes it entertaining for the users to take the quiz and in order to get their results (if they want ‘em), they need to subscribe.
- Jetpack by WordPress: At the time I wrote this post, I didn’t know too much about Jetpack. But it has become one of my favorite plug-ins especially useful for looking at the daily, weekly, and monthly site stats. There are a lot of free features worth exploring for you to use for free that don’t even require the upgraded version.
- Link Whisper – I don’t use this anymore, because now I use Yoast SEO Premium that has internal link suggestions. But if you’re not using Yoast, you may want to use this program.
- OptinMonster: Good program for the purpose of making pop-ups. It’s simple and easy to use. It does have an annoying little display if you’re not using the paid version.
- PI Button: This plug-in button saves so much time by ensuring that when you add pins to your page you don’t have to manually code the page to ensure people can save your pins.
- ShortPixel: This is a very useful plug-in to optimize your images. The only drawback is that the free version only optimizes the first 100 images. After that, you’ll need to upgrade to allow the capability to optimize more images. After installing this plug-in, the average optimization was 69.41% and saved 456.5 MB of space.
- Social Warfare – Great tool for showing your social shares.
- Tailwind: Select pins that you want to pin to Pinterest and schedule a variety of pins to schedule throughout the day in less than a couple of hours. Just pay attention to the built-in warnings so that you don’t get too carried away with pinning and stay within the recommended pinning guideline strategies (that aren’t readily available from Pinterest to prevent spam).
If you’re interested in joining Tailwind, the trial period is based on 100 scheduled Pins. A major advantage to using is Tailwind is that Tailwind is a Pinterest and Instagram Partner. If you’re on the edge of your seat and you’re waiting to start your Tailwind trial, I’d like to welcome you to the Tailwind family.
- The Hoth: A tool that will provide you with ideas to write your blogs for days and weeks to come. Awesome tool! Just fill in a few short sentences as to what you want to relay to your audience, and the topic generator does the rest.
- upPrev – This plug-in suggests posts for you to preview when you get to the bottom of the post. It will help to lower your bounce rate.
- Yoast SEO – My number #1 favorite plug-in that makes SEO so much easier to use for your blog.
How to make the most out of Pinterest?
Check out these highly-recommended Pinterest tools and resources.
- Blogtober Day 26 – Top 10 Creative photos from Pinterest
- How to triple your Pinterest Impressions
- 11 Online Course platforms to build your own online course
- Blogtober Day 17 – Meow! Cats only
- Blogtober Day 25 – Top 20 Favorite “Viral” pins from Pinterest
- 50 Pins to inspire creating your own Awesome “Viral” Pins
- How to look at the Effectiveness of your SEO
- How to set up your WordPress Blog from scratch
- A Pinterest Online Course for new bloggers to show you how to set up a blog, grow it, and use Pinterest the right way. For the first four subscribers to my blog, you’ll get emailed a promo code to take the course for Free (normally costing $30).
- SEO Checklist items for WordPress Blogs – my number #1 Blog Post. NOTE: But this blog post is quickly catching up to it and might surpass it.
- Top 10 Questions everyone working with Pinterest should know how to answer
- New bloggers: Be sure to check out: “How to generate marketing for your blog.” Because having a marketing plan for Pinterest and your Blog allows you to concentrate on the four main elements of a marketing plan:
- Why you need to use Canva for creating Pinterest pins.
- Freebies: Free resources for you to download and use as ready-references.
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