Manual pinning has been somewhat of a ‘buzz’ word around the internet for a while now and I’m pretty sure it all stems from an eBook titled Pinteresting Strategies that came out this past year.
In the book, Carly details how she massively grew her traffic from Pinterest by using ONLY manual pinning. People started seeing the same results, and all of a sudden, it seemed like everyone and their mother was talking about how manual pinning was driving crazy amounts of traffic to their sites.
But… there was also another group of people who were saying that they gave manual pinning a try and didn’t see much of an increase in traffic at all.
So what gives?
How could it be that manual pinning had worked for some people but not others?
This is a question I had been trying to figure out myself. But, because I didn’t have the time to actually start my own manual pinning routine, I sided with the people who got very little results from it, and figured – it couldn’t work the miracles everyone was claiming.
Or, could it?
After reading Pinteresting Strategies, I realized that I just didn’t have the time to devote to a manual pinning routine. Spreadsheets, pin tracking and spending an hour a day just felt very overwhelming and to be honest, just not doable for me. (Remember, I’m a single mom to three crazy boys!!!)
In fact, it seemed like the tracking of my pins alone would take the most amount of time. Even more so than the act of actually going into Pinterest and manually pinning my pins.
After speaking with a lot of other people in my community, it seemed that most of them were held back by the time manual pinning takes and the hassle of having to keep track of what, when, and where they were pinning via a complicated spreadsheet.
And I agreed with them 100%, but I decided to give it a try and see if it actually made a difference.
Traffic to my blog had been falling since September and I was looking for a way to bring it back up. I decided to try manual pinning from my smartphone and I stumbled on something that made it super easy to pin throughout the day and keep track of everything right inside of the Pinterest app on my phone.
No more complicated spreadsheets or pin tracking! I developed an easy to use system that lets me go into the Pinterest app (from my smartphone) a few minutes at a time and it got me BIG results.
My experience with manual pinning
One day, on a whim, I decided to take an email I had written to my list and turn it into a blog post. I got a lot of great feedback from that email so I figured it would translate well into a blog post.
The post How to Make 100k in 2018 was published on December 29th. I went ahead and created a brand new pin and decided that I would try to manually pin it for a few days to see if I could give it a little boost.
Here is an image of the pin that went viral.
For the first few days, not a lot was happening with that pin… but on day 4 Pinterest sent over 700 people to that post.
I was beside myself.
And I instantly thought, OMG this is really working!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes as I became slightly obsessed with checking my stats multiple times a day. Can you relate?
Over the next week, the stats for that post continued to climb. On day 7, I had over 1500 views of that one post. It was bananas!
You’ll see in the image below, that traffic to my site had been slowly declining since September 2017. But once I implemented this system I more than tripled my page views in just 30 days!
I also gained over 150 new subscribers to my list and made over $300 that week from purchases of my digital products! #happydance
Plus my stats on Pinterest shot through the roof.
Here is a screenshot so you can see exactly how much growth I’ve seen on Pinterest since implementing this manual pinning system.
Over the last two weeks, my average monthly viewers have gone up by over 100k and I more than doubled my average monthly engaged users. #holyguacamole
My theories on why and how this works…
I started thinking about the people that didn’t see results. Why was it that manual pinning didn’t make a difference in their traffic? Why weren’t they getting these same results?
Remember that the pin I started with was a brand new pin.
Over the last couple months, I’ve noticed a lot of pins in my feed that I’ve never seen before. And when I look at the dates they were published, most of them are from the last 30-60 days.
For a long time now, pinners have been complaining about always seeing the same pins in their feed.They were frustrated that they couldn’t find new content.
People weren’t going to keep using Pinterest if there was nothing new for them to discover.
Now, it seems that Pinterest has finally listened to its users and is now favoring new content in the smart feed. This is great for people that are newer to Pinterest marketing because they have all new pins to contribute. This is one of the reasons I think that my post went viral because it was a brand new pin.
So, if Pinterest is favoring new content then it makes sense that people who are using manual pinning to push out a lot of new content/pins on Pinterest are seeing a huge spike in traffic while people who have been using Pinterest for a year or more aren’t seeing those same results.
Now, this is just a theory but I wanted to test it out and see if I was on to something???
I decided to ask my audience if they were interested in hearing more about the system I used to get these insane results? Over 100 people responded with a resounding YES!!!
I wasn’t too surprised by the response. I thought about creating a blog post or email to my list outlining the steps I took to get these results, but I wanted it to be more than just showing people what I did. I decided to build a little test group to see if this could work for other people as well.
This is where the idea for the Manual Pinning challenge came from. I wanted to see if this was just a ‘fluke’ or something that could be replicated? I got a wonderful group of about 150 pinners who were willing to give manual pinning a try.
I ran the Manual Pinning challenge and the results people were getting was nothing short of amazing! People were seeing insane growth after only 7 days of implementing my manual pinning system. #saywhat?
Just take a look at the results people were getting after only a week of using this system.
I’m so excited to see this manual pinning strategy is working for other bloggers! After seeing these results, I decided to create an eBook that shows you the exact smartphone manual pinning system I’ve been using to get these amazing results.
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