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How I Doubled My Blog Traffic – Pinterest Presence Course Review

November 14, 2016
If you want to know how to drive traffic to your blog, you need to learn how to use Pinterest the right way. I doubled my blog traffic within one month of taking this course.
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It’s been over a year since I started Life and a Budget. I knew going in that I that I wanted to invest in my learning so I could make this site the best that I could for all of my readers.

I wanted my message to resonate with many people; however, if you’re a blogger — you know how difficult it can be to get your content seen!

I’ve taken two courses and they’ve been instrumental in making LAAB what it is today. One of these courses was on learning how to drive traffic to your blog using Pinterest.

There are a lot of courses out there on the subject, but I wanted to start with an affordable course that was easy to understand. I’ve followed Kristin from Believe in a Budget for a while and had a feeling her course fit my criteria so I decided to make the investment.

June 1st was the day I signed up for her course, Pinterest Presence.

I’ve shared before how I used Tailwind and Boardbooster together to increase my blog traffic; however, I never got around to sharing with you the hardcore evidence. I know some of you want to see that concrete stuff that proves this course was a game changer for Life and a Budget traffic. Therefore, I decided to talk about it in depth today.

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]If you want to know how to drive traffic to your blog, you need to learn how to use Pinterest the right way. I doubled my blog traffic within one month of taking this course.


Life and a Budget’s Traffic: January through October

Let me give you a little background on my traffic. Here are my pageviews broken down by month.


traffic from january to end of october


January – 2,300

February – 1,425

March – 1,733

April – 2,272

May – 6,849

June – 12,881 (Began Pinterest Presence)

July – 8,963 (Summer slump, still working Pinterest Presence strategies)

August – 13,333

September – 16,359

October – 27,770


In June I had my first post go viral on Pinterest. Then came the summer slump; however, I wasn’t discouraged because a lot of other bloggers experienced this too.  I used this opportunity to fine tune my own strategies and used them along with the suggestions from the course.


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What Will You Learn in Pinterest Presence

You learn many things in Pinterest Presence. Some of the things are as follows:

1) Creating a perfect pin image

2) Utilizing Pinterest for blog growth

3) Why you need a Pinterest Business account

4) How to apply for Rich Pins

5) Group Boards

6) The key to scheduling pins

7) And efficiently using Tailwind group boards


Why I’m Recommending Pinterest Presence to all Bloggers

I was intrigued by her quick growth and I initially thought I should simply ask her to create some Pinterest images. I figured this would be enough to help boost things over here on Life and a Budget.

Well, I was wrong.  It was hardly enough to increase my traffic to the levels I was expecting.

I had the nice images, but I still didn’t know how to properly use Pinterest to bring substantial traffic to my site. As you can see from my numbers above, it wasn’t until the very month that I took her course that I was able to double my traffic (June 6,849 to July 12,881).

So when I say this course is worth every penny, best believe I mean it. I wanted to take my time and allow Pinterest to naturally drive traffic to my site before doing a full review of the course; therefore, allowing me to confidently tell you that investing in this courses is money well spent.


How I Boosted My Pinterest Presence with Branded Images

After working with Kristin and reviewing her module on how to create a good pinnable image, here’s a look at how my pin images changed over the course.


The images I created prior to the course were hardly getting any attention on Pinterest. They weren’t that bad, but they didn’t stand out.

I also had trouble with making the images look consistent. Once I started studying images and using the advice Kristin shared, I gradually started noticing a difference in my repins on Pinterest.


laab brand image on pinterest


Eventually, I learned what pins resonated with my target audience, which helped me come up with a brand for LAAB.

You’ll notice on all of my pins, I use certain colors and fonts. This makes my brand recognizable in the sea of pins on Pinterest. If you see one of my pins, it’s easy to know it’s an LAAB pin.


How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Using Pinterest

Another amazing thing about this course is that some of Kristin’s tactics helped me boost my audience growth. When I first began the course, I was only a part of a few group boards.

After seeking out different group boards and then creating my own group boards, my pins were seen by a larger audience. Using what I learned, I created a very specific strategy that helped me drive traffic to my blog.

I began pinning some pins solely to group boards and other pins only to my individual boards. I also stopped manually pinning to my individual boards because it was taking up too much time. Now I pin other people’s pins using Boardbooster and I pin all of my pins using Tailwind.

For more information on why I use both, read this post.

Here are my audience numbers for June:


june pinterest analytics


Here are the numbers for October:


october pinterest analytics


To get a substantial amount of traffic and followers, you need to be pinning at least 50 pins per day. I’m now pinning over 100 pins today and it only takes me about an hour or two to set things up.  I started June with 1,055 followers. Now I have 3,255 followers.

Here’s a chart of my follower growth below:


pinterest follower growth


If you want to see audience growth, schedule a bunch of pins, and do less work on Pinterest — I recommend signing up for a pin scheduling tool like Boardbooster or Tailwind.


Wrapping Thangs Up

As you can see, I learned a lot by taking Pinterest Presence. This course is available for $197 and now you have the option of signing up and paying in increments too.

I know that this isn’t a drop in a bucket, but considering I doubled my traffic within ONE month, I’d say that it’s money well spent. You will learn how to drive traffic to your blog using Pinterest and you will learn how to appeal to your potential readers.

If you’re struggling to grow your traffic using Pinterest, having access to timely information makes it much easier. Kristin has given student’s lifelong access to the course and regularly updates it to keep up with any Pinterest changes.

If you’re looking for an affordable course that will help you learn how to drive traffic to your blog, I recommend checking out Pinterest Presence today.


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Latoya Scott is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and personal finance writer with a mission to help millennials learn how to stop living paycheck to paycheck so they can become financially carefree.

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  • Kemkem November 16, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I use Pinterest. I totally see how it works for your niche. For my travel blog, l find it does not bring views to my site, but a lot of repins from people saving them. Travel must be planned for most and l’m glad if they are saving them for later, but l need to get more engagement because l know people are doing it. Congrats!
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  • Kita November 16, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Pinterest use to be my number one source then I got lazy and got off of it. Now I am trying to get back in the groove of things over there. Pinterest can be a beast with the right type of picture and content.

  • Ayanna November 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Great info and congrats on your traffic increase. I just started blogging, so I’m trying to work on one thing at a time. I use Boardbooster and was considering signing up for a Pinterent course in the new year, but there are so many options. This was definitely helpful in helping me narrow things down. Thanks Latoya!
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    • Latoya Scott November 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      You’re welcome, Ayanna!

  • Stacie November 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot about pinterest presence course. I may have to think about trying this out fo rthe new year.
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  • Mimi Green November 16, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    That is incredible! You are killing the game, I’ve always heard that Pinterest was great. I don’t even pin every day let alone 50 times a day. My lord!!!! There really are levels to this. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Latoya Scott November 20, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Yeah, I wouldn’t be pinning this much without Tailwind and Boardbooster.

  • Kim November 17, 2016 at 1:14 am

    This is a great post with helpful information. I used pinterest a lot with my beauty blog, and I received a lot of traffic from it. I need to start using it more for my mommy blog.
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  • Tanya Barnett November 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I love how you share so much with us, including graphics. “This is great sis!
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    • Latoya Scott November 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks, Tanya! Hope it helps!

  • Don November 17, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    WOW! I had no ide it was this detailed. For newbie like me, that is a lot.

  • carlana November 18, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Your posts are always so informative and you are so transparent. I think those too are reasons for your growth.
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  • Kim November 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I’m a local blogger right now and don’t see much use for pinning most of my content. I am in the process of rebranding the blog for a broader appeal so I’ll keep these tips and course in mind.

  • Cleverly Changing November 21, 2016 at 1:05 am

    This is great information. I was really thinking about quitting this whole blogging thing, but i won’t quit just yet, I will give your advice a try first.

    • Latoya Scott November 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Blogging is hard work! Success doesn’t come easily, but it does pay off if you keep at it for the long haul.

  • Ramona November 21, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Fantastic post! This is great information. I definitely need to up my Pinterest game. Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Latoya Scott November 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      You’re welcome:)

  • Little House November 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I have one pin that drives the majority of my pinterest traffic. It’s not even a great pin! I might have to look into this course, I always wonder why some pins get thousands of repins and others have hardly any. Thanks, Latoya.
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    • Latoya Scott November 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      You’re welcome:)