Internet Marketing with Jonathan Leger

Category : Traffic

How to Setup a Super-Profitable Pinterest Campaign

Pinterest remains my #1 source for quality traffic. With over $60k+ in revenue in the past six months alone it is quickly moving its way up the ladder of my top online revenue sources too.

But let me tell you, learning how to generate that kind of traffic, and that kind of revenue, from Pinterest hasn’t been a walk in the park! There was a sharp learning curve and Pinterest threw many curve balls along the way.

Fortunately I’ve refined my systems and processes to a point to where it is, for the most part, smooth sailing now.

So today I’d like to share the process with you! Of course there are a few details I’ll leave out. I’m not going to reveal the proxy providers I use, because I don’t want a barrage of people using the same servers, causing loads of accounts to be created and ruining it for all of us. I’m not going to reveal what niches I’ve found to be most profitable either, for obvious reasons.

I follow these steps when creating a new Pinterest campaign:

Step 1: Choose a Market – Some niches will not be profitable in Pinterest. Some will be extremely profitable. Keep in mind that Pinterest has more female users than male, but it does have male users and there are some male-dominant niches that do well. Start off by simply brainstorming some markets that you think might do well there. Then start plugging each one into a Pinterest search.  If you only see a handful of popular users/boards dedicated to that market, then it’s probably not a good one. You want to see a whole lot of users/boards dedicated to that niche.

Step 2: Choose a Domain and Build a Site – Your domain should be a .com, .net, or .org. Anything else may increase the likelihood of a site ban in Pinterest. Choose a good brand name. I like to combine two words. I find that you can find catchy, short names doing that (ie, WooDesigner.net). BustaName is a good resource to find a good name.

Your site needs to look legit. You don’t want a low-quality, thin site. Invest a little money in a custom logo or header graphic. Add a Facebook widget to the sidebar. Make it look nice. Pinterest has manual reviewers and if your site doesn’t look legit, it will likely be suspended. Of course, all of my sites are built to NicheJet Authority Site standards. Make sure your site is responsive… a large chunk of Pinterest traffic comes from mobile.

Step 3: Monetize your Site: Believe it or not Adsense is our biggest source of income with our Pinterest site network. You want a large block ad below the title of each post and above the content. I add another large block ad in the middle of the post and a third at the end. I then look for a good affiliate offer, usually through Clickbank if there is one available, and add a banner for that offer to the top of the sidebar. If you use a caching plugin with a WordPress site it is crucial that you exclude the following mobile user-agents within the caching plugin:

iPhone 
iPod 
Android
BB10
BlackBerry
webOS
IEMobile/7.0
IEMobile/9.0
IEMobile/10.0
MSIE 10.0
iPad
PlayBook
Xoom
P160U
SCH-I800
Nexus 7
Touch

If you do not exclude them Adsense may (and probably will) deliver ads to mobile devices that were intended for desktops or laptops. This will not only provide for a poor user experience, it will put your Adsense account in danger of suspension (I learned the hard way with warning emails from them). Most, if not all, of the popular caching plugins have this option.

I also like to add a popup to the site. You’ll need to check your popup once you’ve integrated it to make sure it displays correctly on mobile. Some popups, even with aWeber and GetResponse, do not. You just have to tinker with them to get them to display correctly. The call to action for the popup is either for a free report (or some other freebie) or it is for the actual affiliate offer. If it is for the actual affiliate offer I’ll send them directly to the affiliate offer immediately after opting in. If it’s for some freebie I’ll send that to them. In both cases I send 2 or 3 emails every other day with free info in the form of a blog post on the site. After those emails I send a direct promo pitch for the affiliate offer.

Step 4: Create a Pinterest Business Account – Create a business account. If you need to convert a personal account to a business account, you can do that too. You do not need to verify your site, though it doesn’t hurt to do so. You WILL need to verify your email though. If you plan on creating multiple accounts, and I recommend you do, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind:

  • You can’t create many accounts from the same IP. You’ll want to use private proxies to create each account and you’ll want to use that same proxy ANY time you log into that account. This is very important. If the account was created with proxy A then you should never log into that account with proxy B, or your own computer, or any other IP.
  • Each account will require a unique email. Some email providers, like gmail, may require phone verification. You can’t use the same phone number for loads of account verifications, so you’ll need to consider that. I don’t recommend using domain based emails (ie something@yourdomain.com). Use free email providers.

For each account you’ll want to create at least 4 or 5 boards, but the more the better. It is best not to have a very similar number of pins on each board. If you have 5 boards and the range of the number of pins in each board is within 20 or so, it will be suspect to a manual reviewer. Just create your account with those manual reviewers in mind. If a manual reviewer loaded your profile, is there anything that would look fishy? If so, correct it.

Step 5: Promote your Site with your New Account(s) – Obviously I use Social Multiplier 2 (SM2) for this. If you don’t, you’ll either need to spend an hour or more every day pinning and following, or hire a low-wage worker to do it for you.

It is very important that you use the same proxy that you used to create the account in order to login and use the account. If you’re using SM2 you’ll need to plug the proxy info into the account tab for that campaign.

Start off pinning no more than 100 pins per day. After 60-90 days you can start to increase that number slowly. Start off following no more than 250 people within the niche of your site (finding followers of boards in your niche) per day.

You can safely include your site URL as the source for ALL pins. We’ve been doing that the whole time with no trouble. Most of the traffic comes from the URL being added to the source, not from the URL being added to the description. The images we pin are from Pinterest itself. We’re basically just pulling popular images from Pinterest within the niche of the site and repinning them.

That’s pretty much it! This is what we’ve been doing to earn the massive amount of money we’ve previously mentioned in the past 6 months. It is very effective.

Put this all into place and you’ll be in good shape!

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Your Pinterest and Social Multiplier Questions Answered

We held a fantastic webinar this past Thursday, October 13th. It was loaded with proof of my personal Pinterest success, step-by-step details about how I’ve gotten almost 2 million visitors in 3 months from Pinterest, and a demonstration of how my Pinterest automation software (Social Multiplier 2) works and is super easy to setup and configure.

During the webinar we got hundreds of questions. We didn’t have time to answer them all on the webinar, so I took the list of questions and boiled them down to the ones that weren’t duplicates of each other and answered them all.

So here it is, all of the webinar attendees questions answered to the best of my knowledge and ability. These questions related to Pinterest in general and the Social Multiplier software.

Q: Are you using the Google Adsense Plugin or setting the Adsense Ads manually?

Yes, I use the Google AdSense Plugin on most of my network sites. But I also am using a special plugin that comes free with the Lifetime version of Social Multiplier (you’ll learn more about that in the next webinar on Friday, October 21st).

Q: Will it work for a blog of health info?

Yes. It works very well in the health market.

Q: Does our site need to have an email service?

I strongly recommend that you have an opt-in box where you collect people’s email addresses, yes. It’s resulted in a lot more sales and advertising revenue for me.

Q: If you keep sending traffic to your site from every pin won’t pinterest flag your site?

1.8 million visitors later across 10 sites and dozens of accounts and no, I haven’t had any issues with Pinterest flagging my sites because of that. It makes logical sense that a business account would almost always post pins that target their own site. Go to the Pinterest account for Best Buy or Amazon and you’ll see that all of their pins target their own sites.

Q: Any danger having TOO many pins per board? spammy ?

100,000+ pins later on my jewelry account and I haven’t had any issues.

Q: What’s the most practical way to keep multiple Pinterest accounts, so that Pinterest doesn’t penalise them – since Pinterest tracks the IP addresses of owners?

You need to use high quality private proxies (not shared proxies). That’s the best way to run multiple accounts from one installation of Social Multiplier.

Q: How many pins do we need to have in our Pinterest page to make more money?

A lot. I recommend you pin at least 200 times a day to each account. You also need to build up followers, which Social Multiplier will do for you.

Q: Don’t the pin links have to be linking to original site where the images are according to Pinterest policies?

No, that’s not in their policies, and I’ve never had an issue with that. Of course it’s up to you to read their policies and decide for yourself what they do and do not allow. I’m not an attorney so I can’t give you legal advice on Pinterest’s policies.

Q: Will this work in the real estate niche in a local area?

Possibly, but I’ve never tried to target local businesses with Pinterest. I only target markets that work across all locations.

Q: In order to get a list from Pinterest do you send them to a landing page or is there an automatic email capture with Pinterest?

What I do is send people to informational pages that use a pop-up opt-in box with an irresistible offer. That is adding thousands of people to my email lists every month.

Q: Do we need “buffer domains” for this Social Multiplier 2 to protect our money sites.

It’s a violation of Pinterest’s policies to redirect visitors to another domain. My experience is that it requires a manual review for a site to get blocked, so it’s a risk you would need to consider.

Q: Do you have to use proxies?

No. If you’re only using one or two accounts you don’t need to use a proxy.

Q: Have you had other people who actually ‘own’ the pin come after you?

That’s all covered in the Getting Started guide. Once you read that it will make perfect sense how Pinterest looks at and responds to copyright claims.

Q: I know in other platforms, automated services can get you banned… how does this software avoid that?

The software is designed to follow the limits and guidelines laid out by Pinterest. Of course any tool can be misused, so it’s important that you read the Getting Started guide which will help you understand the do’s and don’ts of Pinterest.

Q: Can you run concurrent jobs?

Yes. I have one installation of Social Multiplier running almost two dozen jobs simultaneously. As long as your computer is powerful enough to support it, it can do it.

Q: Are the pins posted at random or constant time intervals?

The time intervals are currently constant. I’m working on adding an option for more random variations, but you can also achieve a level of randomness by using multiple jobs and just having them post different quantities of pins / follows per day.

Q: Can you visit the account while the SM2 is running?

Yes, but I recommend you use the same proxy that Social Multiplier is using to run the account in the browser you use to visit the account. That’s the safest way to handle it.

Q: Does what social multiplier do can be considered as spamming?

You can spam Pinterest without software, so of course you can use Social Multiplier to spam Pinterest, too. It’s a tool. You can use it properly or improperly. That’s why the first thing you need to do is read the Getting Started guide that comes with the software to understand what Pinterest considers “spamming”.

Q: Are there limitations on how many pins you can do in a day / how many boards / users we can follow?

Yes there are limitations. Social Multiplier sets limits based on the known limits that Pinterest enforces.

Q: I saw proxy info. Can you talk about when you need to have a proxy account?

That’s all covered in the Getting Started guide that comes with Social Multiplier.

Q: Does Pinterest have a listing of top categories?

Yes. When you add a board to your account there’s a dropdown of categories you can select for the board. Those are the most popular categories in Pinterest.

Q: Do you use proxy for each account?

I personally do, yes. I use a different proxy for each account.

Q: How many pages should you have on your site?

I have sites with page counts ranging from 10 pages to hundreds of pages. It doesn’t seem to make much of a difference to Pinterest as long as the site is high quality.

Q: Do you link from Pinterest to your home page or to a sales page?

I link to the inner pages of my sites for the most part. I don’t recommend you link directly to a sales page, as Pinterest considers that kind of overt advertising as spam. I just put ads to my sales pages (or affiliate sales pages) on the information page of the sites I promote.

Q: Does it rotate the landing page urls?

Yes, Social Multiplier will randomly select one of the target URLs you supply to use in each pin.

Q: Someone told me I needed a Pinterest business account is that true?

Yes. I recommend you only use business accounts because Pinterest’s terms of service don’t allow you to do any promotion unless you have a business account.

Q: Is the software desktop or in the cloud?

It’s desktop based. It runs on Windows and Mac computers.

Q: In preparation for the 24th, can we open multiple Pinterest Accounts under different profiles ?

You can, yes, just make sure they’re created with different proxies for safety.

Q: Would this work for a dropshipping store or amazon affiliates?

I use Social Multiplier to promote Amazon affiliate stores. I assume dropshipping stores would work as well.

Q: What about copyright issues of using other people’s images/content and linking to our site?

That’s all covered in the Getting Started guide that comes with the Social Multiplier software.

Q: It looks like it’s great for physical products but what about services?

I haven’t tried it with services, so I can’t speak to that from experience. I assume if the service is something that can be handled long distance nationally it could work well though.

Q: What pop up do you use?

Any pop-up box works well. If you use AWeber its lightbox pop-up works very well.

Q: How many pins should you do at the beginning to be prudent?

I never pin less than 200 times a day per account, even when they’re brand new.

Q: What is the least amount of pins and following do you advise?

I advise 200 pins a day and 250 follows a day to start with.

Q: One account per domain promoted?

Yes, at least at first. Once a domain is well established in Pinterest (the original account has thousands of followers and has been pinning hundreds of times a day for at least 30 days) then it typically becomes safe to create multiple accounts to promote the same domain. But until it’s established you risk getting the domain blocked if you try to promote it with multiple accounts.

Q: Can I use Pinterest to promote my Amazon/Kindle book — and others’, as well?

Yes. I can definitely see it working well for something like that.

Q: In some of your documentation you mention that SM2 finds popular pins to pin. Is there some way to control the quality of the pins to pin?

Yes. You can control the quality of what’s posted by creating a file with all of the images, page URLs and image descriptions that you want to use and importing it into Social Multiplier. That way you have total control over what gets pinned.

Q: Do the pins need to point back to a specific image on your site? I’ve heard that Pinterest users can feel disappointed if they follow the pin link back to a site where the image doesn’t exist.

I’ve never had an issue with this, but if you’re worried about that you can also create a custom import file and make sure you’re only using images that exist on the page of your site that the Pinterest user is sent to.

Q: Can I use this just to get more followers? I want to pin only products my ecommerce store sells and our own graphics, etc.

Yes, you can do that.

Q: If your site gets blocked on one account will that automatically block the site from a different account?

Yes. Once a domain is blocked by Pinterest it cannot be pinned to by any other Pinterest account.

Q: If you have several sites on one IP will blocking the site block all your other sites on the same IP?

I’ve never had that happen, no.

Q: Does running SM2 while using another software create computer performance issues?

Not with Social Multiplier 2. It’s very efficient and streamlined to not cause performance issues.

Q: Can you see Pinterest niches getting saturated at all in the future? or with this method you have?

No, I don’t see this happening any time soon. Pinterest has 150 million users and growing fast. That’s a huge number of people available to reach out to.

Q: How many Pinterest accounts can the software work with at anyone time?

There’s no limit. It depends on how powerful your computer is. I have one installation running on a cheap VPS that isn’t very powerful at all that’s running 7 accounts with dozens of pinning and following jobs. The software is very efficient so it runs multiple accounts very well.

Have a Pinterest or Social Multiplier question that wasn’t answered in this blog post? Post it in a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer it!

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$5,025 in 7 days (Pinterest Case Study Update 2)

As I demonstrated to you in my Pinterest case study and the case study update (where one of my Pinterest properties went viral), Pinterest can seriously deliver when it comes to traffic and earnings.

It’s been 7 days since that one site went viral in Pinterest and I wanted to give you an update on how well it’s performed during that time.

From Friday, September 30th, through Thursday, October 6th, the site got more than 186,000 visitors from Pinterest, my Pinterest network earned $5,025.57 and I added 2,795 email subscribers to that one site’s email list.

Here are the screenshots to prove that I’m not inventing these massive numbers. I’ve blacked out parts of the screenshots that would violate my own privacy, customer privacy or the terms of service for each revenue provider. Otherwise the images have not been altered.

 

The Traffic

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The Earnings

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The Opt-Ins

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$15,695.70 Since July 1st

With these outstanding viral results, my total earnings from Pinterest traffic (both AdSense and Clickbank) come to a whopping $15,695.70 from July 1st through October 6th. Just over three months! The numbers are growing, too, as I add new web properties, build new accounts and the existing accounts keep growing in popularity and followers.

I’m telling you folks, Pinterest is tough to beat when it comes to amazing traffic that converts and is easy to generate using software automation.

Your Turn Comes October 24th!

There’s no way I could have achieved these numbers without software automation. I use a tool that automates pinning and following with my Pinterest accounts. My desktop version is almost ready for public release. In fact, LearnFromJon.com members will be able to beta test the new desktop tool in a few days (probably Monday).

I’ve made my new tool super easy to use. All unnecessary options that haven’t proven themselves useful in improving traffic have been left out. It’s streamlined and simple, and comes with an easy to understand “how to” guide that walks you through everything you need to know about promoting your website(s) with Pinterest using the tool.

Get ready! The public release of this tool is scheduled for October 24th. If you’re not already on my email list and you want to be sure to get the announcement, go here to opt-in.

In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions you have or post any of your own thoughts in a comment below.

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Pinterest Case Study Update – 93,180 visitors in 3 days

Hopefully you’ve already read my Pinterest Case Study post. If not, then I suggest you go look at those numbers before you look at the ones in this post – it will give you some perspective. The short version is that in three months I was able to get more than one million visitors from Pinterest that resulted in more than $10,000 in profit.

Friday morning, however, I woke up to a very pleasant surprise. One of my Pinterest-promoted web properties had begun to go viral. The pins targeting that site were being repinned like mad. Friday was by far the single best earnings day for the site, and one of the best earnings day for my Pinterest network (about $400).

It was, at least, until Saturday. The viral storm continued to strengthen, and I ended Saturday with another $543 – the best earnings day for my Pinterest site network period.

Until (you guessed it) Sunday. The traffic and earnings exploded Sunday (which is definitely the best day for Pinterest traffic), resulting in a whopping $1,320 in net earnings for that one day.

From Friday September 30th through Sunday October 2nd the site got more than 93,000 visitors from Pinterest, my Pinterest network earned $2,259.90 and I added 1,340 email subscribers to that one site’s email list.

When was the last time Google rewarded your site with that kind of traffic, earnings and opt-ins in such a short period of time? Never? I didn’t think so.

Here are the screenshots to prove that I’m not inventing these massive numbers. I’ve blacked out parts of the screenshots that would violate my own privacy, customer privacy or the terms of service for each revenue provider. Otherwise the images have not been altered.

The Traffic

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The Earnings

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The Opt-Ins

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The Viral Trend Continues

The viral traffic storm hasn’t stopped yet. It will be interesting (and lucrative) to see how long it lasts, but I wanted to update you with the figures now so you can see what’s possible with Pinterest if you do things right.

Also, keep in mind that these results didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been promoting this particular web property in Pinterest for about three months.The accounts promoting this site have been aging and growing in popularity over that time. The traffic and earnings have grown quickly but steadily until Friday when they seriously spiked.

That said, three months to achieve this kind of traffic and revenue is extremely fast in comparison to how long it normally takes to rank a site in Google for enough keywords to get even a fraction of these results. If you’re not putting your time and attention into Pinterest, you’re missing out big time.

Automation Is The Key

Like I said in my original Pinterest Case Study post, software automation is the key to the successful promotion of my web properties in Pinterest. I am hard at work at a desktop version that will perform the same kind of automation that my in-house system does. It’s coming along nicely and should be ready for public distribution by the last week of this month (October).

If you’re not already on my email list, click here to opt-in so you are notified when the software gets released.

I’m sure you have questions and opinions, so please post them in a comment below. I’ll do my best to respond.

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CASE-STUDY: 1 million visitors and $10,000+ from Pinterest

pinterest-logoI’m a very methodical person, always have been. It’s just in my nature to test and tweak and test until I get something just right.

Whatever I’m doing, be it improving my physical fitness, learning to build canvases for my wife to paint on or figuring out how to generate traffic and revenue for my web sites, I study and learn and test until I’m satisfied with the results.

Even when I’m happy with the outcome, I never quit trying to improve. It’s how I’ve achieved my success.

So when I started tinkering with Pinterest last year and saw it’s incredible traffic and revenue generation potential, I started testing and searching for ways to take better and better advantage of it.

I’ve learned three things through this process:

  1. Pinterest delivers traffic in a big way.
  2. Pinterest traffic is high quality.
  3. Pinterest traffic is easier to get than any other organic (unpaid) source I’ve used.

I know you’re eager to see what I’ve accomplished, and I’m going to show you. But first let me tell you a little bit about Pinterest. Afterward I’ll show you my results and outline the methods I am using to generate traffic and revenue from it.

 

How Pinterest Works

While having more than 100 million active users, Pinterest is not nearly as popular as Facebook or Twitter in terms of active user counts. A big part of that is because the great majority of Pinterest users are based in the United States. It hasn’t caught on in other countries like those other social networks have.

My traffic shows that 83% of traffic generated from Pinterest is from the USA, 4% from Canada, 2% from the United Kingdom and the final 11% is from a variety of other countries (with each additional country providing less than 1% of the total traffic).

I am optimistic that Pinterest will gain traction in other countries as well. It’s comparatively young – only about five years old. Compare that to Facebook (12 years old) and Twitter (10 years old), and it’s easy to see Pinterest becoming far more global in the next five years.

The beauty of Pinterest is its simplicity. You simply “pin” (post) images that you like, along with descriptions of the image, to “boards” (collections of typically related images). If you like what a Pinterest user is pinning, you follow either the user or just the specific board. You can also invite other users to add pins to your boards. Traffic is generated when people click-through from the pinned image to the web page (URL) attached to the image.

New users can create a Pinterest account in seconds. The interface is lovely, clean and intuitive, making it easy for users to get started creating boards, pinning images and following other users.

Ok, enough about how Pinterest works. Let’s get into what I’ve been able to achieve with it.

 

1. The Earnings

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I have used Pinterest traffic to generate $10,301.04
in earnings from July through September

 

As you can clearly see from the chart above, Pinterest traffic generates serious revenue. The reason for this is simple: Pinterest users are active buyers. In fact, a study done by Shopify shows that 87% of Pinterest users use the social media tool when making buying decisions. That’s the kind of traffic you want: people who are actively looking to buy.

Here are the month to month earnings, totaling $10,301.04:

  • July – $1,376.69
  • August – $3,991.03
  • September – $4,933.32

I included June in the chart so you can see the dramatic growth rate over the last few months (it’s not included in the total earnings number). The October value is a forecast for next month. I expect October to do far better than September based on short-term growth rates.

I am monetizing the traffic with three different sources:

  1. Google AdSense
  2. ClickBank affiliate sales
  3. Amazon affiliate sales

ClickBank and AdSense account for the lion’s share of the revenue. I’ve just started ramping up traffic to Amazon for one particular web property. The results are promising, so I expect its revenue share to grow considerably in the coming months.

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The above chart is my projection of the earnings I expect from Pinterest traffic through the end of the year. It’s based on current short-term growth rates of only the current web properties I am monetizing with Pinterest.

The truth is, though, that I’ll be adding more web properties to my network before then, which means that the numbers shown in this chart are really just a conservative estimate.

 

2. The Traffic

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I have used Pinterest to generate 1,013,501
site visitors from July through September

 

Pinterest may not have as many active users as Facebook or Twitter, but my experience and testing shows that it delivers far more organic (unpaid) traffic per pin (post) than both Facebook and Twitter combined.

The reason is longevity. The images you post to your account can be “repinned” onto other user’s boards. When another user puts your pin on their board, it appears in the timeline of everyone that follows that user. The following users can also repin the image, etc., resulting in a continuous stream of viral traffic over time if the pin gets popular.

While other social media sites also notify an account holder’s friends or followers when you like or share something, because Pinterest is so visual and its users so actively engaged in shopping (which means more click-throughs to your site), the results from Pinterest are far superior in my experience.

Here are the month to month traffic numbers, totaling 1,013,501 visitors:

  • July – 184,592 visitors
  • August – 364,940 visitors
  • September – 467,589 visitors

As with the earnings, I included June in the chart for comparison purposes only – it’s not included in the 1+ million total. October is my forecast based on short-term growth rates.

 

3. The Email Subscribers

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I have used Pinterest traffic to add 7,475
email subscribers from July through September

 

“The money is in the list.” Marketers say it all the time, and it’s true. It’s much easier to sell to somebody who has volunteered to receive marketing information from you than to make a sale from a first time visitor. That’s true whether you’re engaging in direct mail marketing, marketing through television, video or radio commercials or sending traffic to your website.

Once a person has volunteered to get onto your email list (opted-in), you can start to build trust with them by sending them valuable information on the subject they’re interested in. Once you have their trust they are much more likely to buy based on your recommendation.

Don’t get me wrong – I make a lot of money from direct site visitors as well, both in advertising and affiliate referrals. But I would be missing out on a big chunk of weekly income if I didn’t also email my subscribers. Even if you’re just referring your subscriber to your latest blog post, it still earns you more money when they click the ads or click-through and buy your affiliate offer.

Here are the month to month subscriber numbers, totaling 7,475 email opt-ins:

  • July – 1,380
  • August – 2,690
  • September – 3,405

As with earnings and traffic, opt-ins are growing dramatically month over month. I expect that trend to continue, which will further boost earnings as I market to the subscribers.

 

The Proof

I’ve shown you a lot of big, impressive numbers generated over a very short period of time in this case study. I know that can be hard to believe. That’s why I’m also providing you this list of screenshots that prove the numbers. The numbers may be slightly different than the totals shown here, since I didn’t take the screenshots at the same time that I added up the figures, but where they are different it’s only by very small amounts.

I’ve blacked out parts of the screenshots that would violate my own privacy, customer privacy or the terms of service for each revenue provider. Otherwise the images have not been altered.

AdSense Reports

ClickBank Reports

Amazon Reports

 

The Methods I Am Using

Like I said in the beginning, I am very methodical. I test and tweak and improve as the results come in. That means that what I am posting now might change somewhat going forward as I continue to improve the way I use Pinterest for traffic and revenue generation. However, it’s clear that what I’m doing is successful, and I suggest you use it as a starting point for your own testing.

I Use Multiple Pinterest Accounts

As you may have already guessed, I am not getting these results from just one Pinterest account. I run a number of websites, and have accounts dedicated to the promotion of each site. Pinterest lets you create Business accounts for promotional purposes. As of the time of my writing this, you are not limited to just creating one account. That only makes sense. Many people run multiple businesses, and Pinterest naturally wants them all on board (no pun intended).

I Pin A Lot

I pin to each of my accounts typically a few hundred times a day. Those pins are linked to specific pages of my websites. People click-through the pins to my sites, generating traffic and revenue. It’s really a numbers game. The more you pin and the more eye-catching the images you pin, the more traffic you’ll generate.

 I Follow Users With Clear Interest

As with all social media sites, a certain percentage of people that you follow will follow you back. I use this reciprocal following to grow the popularity of my Pinterest accounts.

In order to get followers who are clearly interested in my market, I search for boards related to my market and follow the users that are following those boards. Anywhere from 10% – 25% of those users follow me back, growing the account popularity. When I pin, the pins appear in those users’ timelines, resulting in traffic to my sites.

It’s my experience that the more followers you have that are clearly interested in your market, the more likely your pins are to show up in the Pinterest search results as well. So having a popular account generates traffic not only from your followers but also from the Pinterest search function.

I Use Software Automation

Obviously I can’t pin hundreds of times a day to multiple accounts (or follow that many people every day) without automation being involved. I’ve developed an in-house software tool that assists me in doing this, making it easy to grow popular accounts in my target markets that generate traffic to my sites and revenue from that traffic.

 

“What Software Is That?”

While I have no plans to release the in-house software tool I’m using to the public (it’s not designed for multi-user personal use), I am working on a desktop tool that duplicates the functionality that is most important to my in-house tool’s success. The new tool runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s being designed from the ground-up to use everything I’ve learned about Pinterest in the last year to help you maximize the value that Pinterest can bring to your own website(s).

As with any software automation, you will need to use this tool in a way that does not violate Pinterest’s Acceptable Use Policy. Failure to do so may result in your Pinterest account (or accounts) being suspended so that you are no longer able to use them. Get familiar with what they allow, because if you do things right the results are clearly spectacular.

I anticipate the desktop tool being available toward the end of October. If you’re on my email list I’ll notify you when it’s available. If you’re not on my email list, click here and enter your details in the opt-in box.

 

I hope this case study has gotten you as excited about Pinterest as I am. I’m sure you have questions, so feel free to post them in a comment below, along with any other thoughts you have. I’ll do my best to respond to everyone that requires a response.

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Pinterest Traffic Tips – Expert Q&A

My brother Ted manages my powerful in-house Pinterest system that has generated a million visitors so far. Ted puts in long hours testing to see what works with Pinterest and what doesn’t. Because my system is so powerful and gets such great results, Ted has insight into Pinterest data that most do not have.get traffic from Pinterest

I’ve done so well online because my tools, services and advice help my subscribers succeed! That’s why I’ve asked Ted to reveal it all … everything a person who wants to leverage Pinterest to drive traffic and build their business would need, and want, to know.

Here are his replies to my questions:

Q. Which niches do best in Pinterest? 

A. First I’ll tell you that “making money online,” type niches and blatant affiliate sites are considered to be spam filled markets in Pinterest and don’t work well.

Anything that deals with mainstream hobbies and interests have the potential to do well on Pinterest. Here are some examples of markets I mean:

crafts
sewing
food and drink
home decor
art
photography
fitness
women’s fashion
interior design
travel
weddings
furniture

Even humor and inspirational quotes do well. To reallPinterest tipsy know which markets do best – when you create an account in Pinterest, they make you follow five of the boards that show up on the page. Those boards have the most traffic on Pinterest. They have you follow those to get you off to a good start.

Categories such as beauty, etc. are popular but Pinterest seems to keep a heavier eye on these and if you have a site in this category it better be legit or they will probably find it and suspend the account.

Q. Where does the traffic come from? People clicking the images, or the description?

A. The majority click the image. So much so that I now keep the link out of the description so it will seem less likely to be considered a marketing pin in Pinterest’s eyes. We get a lot of clicks on the in-house campaigns without having a link in the description.

Q. What should you focus on in order to get more traffic?

A. Create an account with a lot of pins and regularly add new ones. There are many repinning fanatics who follow you, and once they do they will repin many of your new pins as well. I had a number of them coming back every few hours every day. So I think that’s the heart of visitors.

Q. What are the best types of images?

A. Though human faces are great for ads, that’s not the case with Pinterest. The best type of images are those without a human face. We don’t hand-pick the images with our system, it’s automated and based on keywords, but research shows that without a human face the pin is repinned more often.

It also has to have little background. There needs to be multiple dominating colors, and red is the most popular. The colors have to be in the middle range though. When they get very light or very dark, it gets pinned a lot less. The pins need to be vertical as well. If you try to put a pin in that is horizontal the pin image looks squashed.

Q. Where can you get images to post to Pinterest?

find images for PinterestA. We found the best place to get pins is in Pinterest itself. The average pin gets repinned 11 times, so why not repin what is already there. Also, if you go to Pinterest to get your pins, (unless you find them in markets that have been overrun by marketers) you will find more images in one place to add to your board that are targeted than if you went to the search engines for images. Even on Instagram you will find that a good number won’t allow you to use their images on Pinterest.

Q. What do you need to be careful about? Things that will get your account banned. Things that will get you in trouble etc. 

A. Don’t break Pinterest’s rules. If you are manually working with the account that is easy. Just pin to your boards with any pins from Pinterest and you won’t have an issue with them saying you aren’t supposed to pin that, because you can repin any pin that’s already on Pinterest.

Pinterest doesn’t want to see the same URL in every pin on your boards. If they do a manual review and see the same url in every pin description, you will get banned. However, you can sometimes get away with it and it can result in a lot of traffic. Those who get away with it seem to be in less-saturated niches and the site being linked to is typically very legitimate looking and non-spammy. So if you do it you need to know that there is a possibility that your account will get suspended if it is manually reviewed, and your site needs to be legit. Many believe it is well worth it though.

Also, they don’t like redirects in a pin. You can get away with it, but again, if the account is manually reviewed it may be suspended. We’ve used them many times, but we’ve had some accounts suspended because of it. So it’s a risk/reward thing. Each person will have to decide for themselves.

Also no stores. If they find a store such as an e-commerce store, etc. and you are not on their program of paying for that – you will be suspended.

Q. What types of sites can you promote with Pinterest? 

A. No direct affiliate links. We have been experimenting with affiliate links in the header and sidebar of legitimate sites and so far so good. But, we also have a ton of real content on the page. I want to say if you have a site with rabble on it that is of no use to anyone, and it’s obvious that the affiliate links are what you are promoting with the site, you will be banned. Or if you don’t use a direct affiliate link, but all the site has are links to affiliates and that is it, you are getting suspended.

The Take-Away

So that’s the advice from my Pinterest-marketing-expert brother Ted. He’s accomplished amazing things in the last year with Pinterest, both for our own in-house network of sites and also for our (very happy) clients.

The bottom line is: pin quality images often, make sure you’re promoting a high quality site, and stick to Pinterest’s rules unless you’re willing to take the chance that your account will be suspended (and possibly the site you’re promoting).

AND REMEMBER: You need to get a lot of followers to your Pinterest account to generate a lot of traffic from it. That means following lots of other people interested in your market (many will follow you back) and pinning often!

Questions? Comments? Have your own Pinterest experiences? Feel free to put it in a comment below and I’ll do my best to respond!

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