Pinterest Marketing Tips for 2019

Pinterest Marketing Tips for 2019

Pinterest marketing strategies and tips for bloggers in 2019! Tips on increasing your blog's traffic with Pinterest in 2019.

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2018 was a big year for Pinterest. Not only because they rolled out tons of new features but because they are set to hit over 700 million dollars in ad revenue. Which shows us how many businesses are killing it on the platform! 

Since starting my blog in 2015, and managing hundreds of Pinterest accounts, working with hundreds of bloggers and business owners on their Pinterest strategies, I have learned a lot when it comes to what works and what doesn’t. 

Here are some tips to help you start 2019 with a bang! 

First and foremost you NEED to know that Pinterest is a HUGE experiment. I wish this was a disclaimer they sent to all users when they sign up for a Pinterest for Business account. 

If I had a dollar for every person I saw post something along the lines of, “Pinterest isn’t working for me.” “None of my pins are converting.” “My monthly viewers are so low.” I would have a million dollars. 

So what do I mean by, “experiment?

You will not start on this platform and be a success from day 1. It just doesn’t work that way. It took me MONTHS to gain traction and start actually seeing consistent traffic from Pinterest. MONTHS. 

It takes a decent amount of time to figure out what works. While pinning 100 times a day works for one pinner, 25 pins a day may be your perfect number. 

And those 25 pins a day may get you a good amount of traction for 3 weeks but then your stats tank and you have to try something new. 

All in all, you need to keep an open mind, be willing to WORK and try new things! Be okay with stepping outside of your comfort zone because that is what will help you the most. 

Things you want to focus on

Your Pin images! Yes, SEO will expand your pins reach (we will get to that in a min) but your pin image is EVERYTHING. That is what will get users to click through to your website. 

You may have a set look in mind, and that look may work! But, if it’s not getting you that click through, you may want to consider completely changing up your look. 

Keep in mind users scroll through the smart feed at a pretty decent pace. So what can you do to make YOUR pin stand out in a feed full of pins? 

Focus on emphasizing certain words that will encourage a click through such as; simple, easy, 20-minute, can’t live without. There are certain words that subconsiously trigger curiosity. 

For example: “Delicious, Christmas Cookie Recipe.” Instead, you could say, “Simple and Delicious, five-ingredient Christmas cookie recipe.” Most likely a mother or a woman would be on Pinterest searching for a Christmas cookie recipe. And because she is a lady, she is probably busy! So she is more likely to click on a pin that is telling her; “hey, this is a simple, delicious and quick recipe!” She is busy! So try and put yourself in your target audiences shoes, what do they want from you and how can you word your pin to let them know you are offering what they want! 

SEO! Pinterest is a search engine. Let me say that one more time, Pinterest is a SEARCH ENGINE. How does Pinterest know which pins to showcase when certain words are searched for? The SEO of your pin’s description and your rich pin description! 

Keyword research is going to help you immensely. 

Are you willing to invest in learning? 

I am a HUGE believer of courses and education. Not just because I sell them either.  I mean think about it, how did you learn your profession? Nurse? You went to school! Lawyer? School. Teacher? School! 

How did I get a degree in Marketing and Communications? School! 

How did I learn the ins and out of Pinterest? Courses, conferences, podcasts,  seminars, and webinars! 

I took the time (and still take the time) to really educate myself and learn how the platform works. While there is a ton of information out there on Pinterest that you can get for free, nothing will teach you as a course can. I promise! 

So even if you don’t invest in my Pinterest course or services, I encourage you to do your research and invest in some sort of Pinterest eduction. Especially if you are really looking to take the next step and kill it on Pinterest in 2019! 

Happy Pinning! 

xo Megan 

Why Ads are hurting your blog’s traffic, and the potential for income.

Why Ads are hurting your blog’s traffic, and the potential for income.

{This post may contain affiliate links. That means I make a small commission at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure for details.}

You guys, there were a few reasons I was inspired to write this post this week.

One. Since It’s the holiday season, I was busy searching Pinterest for some new Christmas cookie recipes. I am a sucker for a good Christmas cookie tray, as I am sure most of you are too 😉

Anyways…

After about an hour of clicking to new blogs trying to jot down new recipes, I was SO over it!

Why?

Y’all I am not even joking when I say that I had to X out of over 90% of these cookie recipe posts even before I was able to jot down the recipe. Why? THEY HAD TOO MANY ADS! These bloggers had so many dang ads on their website; the post took FOREVER to load!

Can ads make you money?

Yes. But they have to be done the RIGHT way. STOP with the ad overkill! 

There is a way to tastefully place ads on your website, so they don’t hurt your loading time AND don’t block your reader’s view. 

Try and stick to 3 ads MAX per page. With one or two being in your sidebar.

STOP WITH THE POP-UP ADS! That is me yelling at you. These are NOT making you money; these are hurting your traffic, loading time and BOUNCE RATE!

I bet you that 90% of my views didn’t even register on these websites I visited because the overkill of ads made me leave even before it could count as a view.

No joke. 

Think about this for a min…

Are you making money from your ads? If not, get rid of them. You could have a killer post with some high paying affiliate links in them. But no one is ever going to get to that affiliate link if they have to close out of 10 ads and your website is taking 20 min to load.

Go to some of the big time bloggers website. What don’t you see? ADS!

OR if there are ads, they are tastefully placed. Too many ads also make you look SUPER spammy.

Trust me when I say, you have a much higher chance of making a decent amount of money each month (no matter your blogging niche) by focusing your efforts on writing killer posts with affiliate links in them.

Again, I am not saying to nix ads out of your life. I am saying, take a look at where they are and how many you have. Look at your bounce rate. Is it hurting? Take some ads down. I PROMISE you; it will help!

xo Megan

Your FREE TailWind Tutorial!

Your FREE TailWind Tutorial!

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Hey there!

TailWind got ya down?

I got you covered! I know TailWind can be a tad overwhelming when you are first getting started so I am going to break it all down for you in this FREE tutorial video!

And you get your first 100 pins for FREE (no payment method required!)

Super cool right?

Just enter your info below!

Have you joined my FREE Facebook Group yet?

Have you joined my FREE Facebook Group yet?

Hey there!

Facebook groups can be a huge resource for bloggers and online business owners! They have helped me immensely since day 1!

I created my own FB Group called, “Pinterest Ninjas,” and you can join it here! (be sure to answer the questions)

We do threads that will help you expand your reach and grow your following, find the right Pinterest group boards and seek advice and tips from other members!

And, coming in 2019 I will be doing a TON of FREE LIVE training!

Come and join the nearly 4,000 members! Hope to see you there!

xo Megan

Dollar Store Christmas Decor

Dollar Store Christmas Decor

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Yes I realize it is only November 14th… However, if your schedule is anything like mine is, every weekend from Thanksgiving on is booked. Solid. Needles to say I like to get a head start on decorating for Christmas. I will note that my husband knows thinks I am crazy and doesn’t love the fact I decorate before December 1st. Sorry Hubbs, not sorry.

Every year I like to add a little more to my collection of Christmas Decor. I also try to be as thrifty as possible. So this year I took a little trip to the Dollar Store and I hit the Jackpot!

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I found some holiday flowers to add to my mason jars, and SUPER cute  Christmas Figurines! Total = $5

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Next, I needed a little something extra for the tray on my center island. I found this vase, more flowers and a tube of Christmas bulbs. Total= $3.00

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I already have a few glass candle holders around my house so I grabbed another tube of mini bulbs to give them a little holiday flare. Total= $1.00

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More holiday flowers added to the mason jar in the hallway. Total= $1.00

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And lastly on my way out I saw this super cute sign that fits perfectly next to the front door. I will probably sort through my burlap to make a bow for the top!  Total= $1.00

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Grand Total= a whopping $11.00

Now you can’t beat that!

Do you have any cool Dollar Store Christmas finds? Let me know below!

Happy Holidays!

xo Megan

Million Dollar Spaghetti

Million Dollar Spaghetti

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You guys, this recipe definitely lives up to it’s name; Million Dollar Spaghetti. Not only is it a HUGE hit in my family but it’s very easy to make and re-heats really well. You know I am a big fan of left-overs! Also this is a GREAT dish to bring to someone who just had a baby!

Prep time: 15 min     Cook time: 1 hour     Total time: 1:15      Serves: 8

You will need:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter, sliced – divided
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
*Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.                                               *Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until “al dente” (cooked through but firm to the bite), about 12 minutes. Drain.
*Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
*Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes, drain and discard grease.
1. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic and cottage cheese until well blended.img_9875
2. Use the butter to cover the bottom of a 9×13-inch casserole dish.
Spread half the spaghetti into the dish. Top spaghetti with creamy mixture.img_9876

3. Layer remaining spaghetti over creamy mixture.img_9877
4. Pour ground beef mixture over spaghetti and spread sauce to cover casserole.img_9879
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
6. Spread Cheddar cheese over pasta and continue baking until cheese has melted and is lightly browned, about 15 more minutes. img_9881

And last but not least if you want to block out 48% of these carbs from being turned into glucose make sure you take two block before you eat! You can get your bottle HERE! I never eat a meal without it!

If you make this million dollar recipe be sure to let me know what you think!

xo Megan

 

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