9 Clever “Hacks” For Never Running Out Of Blog Post Ideas Again

How To Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas Again

Ever sat at the computer, fingers on the keyboard, ready to write the next blog post, but have no idea what to write about? It happens to the best of us. That blank screen call feel very daunting.

But today I have some good news. If you’ve struggled to come up with blog post topics, there’s a lot of ways to brainstorm.

You only need to know where to look and how to prompt your brain on those less than creative days. That’s where this list of ideas come in.

Whether you’re writing for fun or building your online business, these 9 ideas will easily inspire a years worth of blog post topics.

Stay tuned… You’re going to love this if you’ve ever suffered from Writer’s block.

Okay, so here we go: 

How to Never Run Out of Blog Post or even Podcast Ideas Again…

What’s the hardest part about creating high-quality content? Coming up with ideas of course.

Once you’ve established yourself as a quality writer, it can be hard to maintain the kind of idea consistency you need. Without that consistency, it’s impossible to create quality content day after day, week after week. It seems like the pros never run out of ideas, but how do they come up with ideas consistently? They use a system.

Inexperienced writers rely on their brains and their own abilities to create content. Sometimes that works, but eventually, you run out of ideas of what to write. Another mistake inexperienced bloggers make is focusing on the topics and ideas that they want to write about. The thing is, most readers come to your site with very specific interests and problems they’re looking to solve.

If you’re not solving your reader’s problem, there’s no reason (in their mind) for them to stick around. The best writers keep their minds filled with ideas that their readers care about. They rely on their systems to give them a never-ending stream of ideas, which gives them the tools and resources they need to create compelling blog posts.

Let’s take a look at how this idea system works.

Strategy: Figure out what your readers want

  • What are the problems your readers are struggling with?
  • What topics are they most interested in getting help with?

I rarely run out of topics for my blog you’re reading right now. I mostly have more ideas than I have the time to write. My blog is mostly about addressing problems for business owners. 

 

Content marketing is hard work. Anyone who thinks it isn’t, probably hasn’t done it. If your primary role is actually creating the content, then I can say with a high degree of confidence that your toughest job is coming up with enough good ideasIf you’re an avid blogger, and your experience is anything like mine, once you’ve got a good idea, the content just flows. But there’s the rub: once you’ve got the idea!

Over the years I’ve developed some techniques that keep me chock full of ideas. Now I have a constant and ever-growing list of blog post topics, so when that deadline is looming, it’s just a matter of picking an appropriate one and getting down to work.

Let’s first look at a few types of posts that always do well:

A LIST POST

“List” content works, in large part due to the attention-grabbing power of the headline. Quite clickable these below examples aren’t they?

A TUTORIAL OR “HOW TO” POST

Question: Are you skilled in carrying out a particular task? Or, is there a task you want to learn (that others would likely want to know how to do too?). Turn it into a step-by-step tutorial using video, photos or screen casts.

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A BEST-OF POST

Suggestion: Perfect for when you’re short on time or trying to prepare posts before heading off on holiday, a best-of post highlights your top five, 10, 15 (up to you!) posts for the month or year. It also makes a great starting page for new readers who want to see what’s been popular on your site without trawling through your archives. 

ULTIMATE GUIDES

Subject matter experts, on the other hand, are always seeking out the most credible ultimate guides for their areas of expertise.

Blog Post Ideas Strategy 1:Get Content Savvy

By far, training yourself to be what I call “content savvy” is the most important skill you can master as a content creator. This means developing the ability to see content everywhere. Whenever I’m reading something, watching a video, listening to a podcast, or attending a seminar, I am always watching and listening for content ideas. It occurred to me that this was where many of my blog post ideas came from: I’d see a topic idea in someone else’s post that might not occur to anyone else. When you’re viewing a piece of content, look for opportunities:

Question all the things. Questioning what you’re consuming is a good thing in general. It can keep you from being tricked or fooled, and help you to learn. But it also can stimulate many new content ideas. 

  • As you read, ask why is that so?
  • How does the author know?
  • What’s being left out here? 

Write down those questions and then explore them to develop new content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activate your question radar: Not only your own questions, but the questions of others, can be great content idea sources. Often I’ll see in the comments under a post some questions from other readers that either go unanswered or are incorrectly or inadequately answered. If I know the answer (or can research to find it out), instead of just answering the comment on the post, I’ll jot it down as something I should write about myself. In most cases, if one person has a question, many have it, and you could end up writing the authoritative piece that all those people are referred to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Post Ideas Strategy #2: Quora Questions

Quora is an amazing Q&A site that features questions with answers containing facts, opinions and humorous stories that are voted on by Quora members.

Here’s how you find blog content on Quora:

  1. Go to Quora.
  2. Type your topic into the search bar. Quora will populate the list with common topics. Quora search will suggest several topics available based on your search.
  3. The results page will list popular questions and open (unanswered) questions. These unanswered questions are a golden opportunity to identify topics to blog about. It’s likely that others out there have the same question. Use unanswered questions on Quora as a starting point for your blog content.
  4. Take your answer and transform that same content into a blog post.

 

Blog Post Ideas Strategy #3: Pinterest

Pinterest is an incredible source of inspiration. Not only is it a fantastic discovery tool, but Pinterest also shows me what my target audience is searching for and pinning. This helps me: 

  1. Discover blog post ideas
  2. Create content my audience actually wants
  3. Find keywords for my blog posts to help with SEO on Pinterest

Let me show you what I mean. My target audience are bloggers/aspiring bloggers and intrepreneurs running/starting online businesses So, let’s go to Pinterest and start broad. I type the word “blog” in the search field. The first place I look for blog post ideas is in the search suggestions box.  Pinterest is showing me that my target audience is searching for blog post ideas

For more ideas, I just hit enter and start by searching for “blog.” Pinterest populates that top bar with words and phrases that people are searching for related to blogI see one of the most popular searches is for beginners.” This means there are a lot of new bloggers looking to learn about blogging. If there are more suggested keywords, you can click the right arrow to scroll through more topics.

The other great thing about using this approach to find blog post ideas is you’re learning what keywords your audience is searching for. Use the keyword in your blog post, your image titles, your pin description, and your board description to boost your Pinterest SEO rankings.  This means when people search for that keyword, your blog post has a higher chance of being at the top of the search results.

 

PINTEREST ANALYTICS

If you have a Pinterest Business Account you’ll have access to Pinterest Analytics. It’s free to setup or convert your existing Pinterest Account to a Business Account. I go into my Pinterest Analytics and look at which pins are getting the most saves and clicks. You’re able to see this information based off of all of the pins you save – not just the pins from your own blog. This tells me what’s resonating with my audience.

All of this digging is helping me get to know my target audience and what they’re interested in learning and reading about. This gives me ideas that I can use to create content, sharing my unique perspective and point of view. Give these techniques a try with your niche! 

 

Blog Post Ideas Strategy #4: Comment on Popular Blogs

The most popular blogs in your specific areas of expertise probably get hundreds of comments per post. Because of the volume, the authors don’t have time to respond directly to all of these comments and questions. This is a golden opportunity for you.

First, reply directly in the comment thread and provide a helpful response to the commenter’s question. Second, take the question from the comment and your answer and create a blog post with that content. If you continue to answer questions on these industry blogs, you’ll begin to be recognised as a subject-matter expert. Plus, you’ll have a blog filled with great content for your readers!

Blog Post Ideas Strategy #5: Using Amazon Look Inside

Amazon Look Inside is a great way to come up with lots of blog post ideas if you know how to use it. This strategy is incredibly simple and easy to use. Let’s say you’re running an AdWords company. You’re looking for topics to cover but you’re not sure what to write. Here’s how you use Amazon Look Inside to instantly create a list of ideas.

First, head over to Amazon.com. Enter your search query in the search box. For this example, we’ll start with AdWords as our search query. Focusing on titles with a good ratio of positive to negative reviews means you’re more likely to find books with the right kind of information.

Then, we’ll click on the book cover to preview the book.

Finally, scroll through the table of contents, grabbing as many of the ideas that you think will correlate with your own content.

These examples give us a lot of information to work with:

  • Old-school AdWords methods that no longer work
  • How to survive Google search updates
  • How to make Google pick up the keywords you want
  • How to find keywords that will send traffic to your site
  • How to find traffic-generating keywords for easy rankings
  • How to stay ahead of Google’s search updates

Scroll through the rest of the table of contents and you’ll see there will be numerous ideas… You can repeat this process with any topic or idea over and over.

All you have to do is find a book that’s relevant, look at the topics covered in the table of contents, write them down, and get to work. Just create a unique angle to the ideas or topics covered and you’ll be able to create helpful blog posts your readers want.

You’ll want to approach these ideas with your own fresh perspective.  Reading the book increases the likelihood of accidental plagiarism. If you haven’t read the book, there’s no way you can plagiarise.

Here’s why this strategy is so effective. It leverages work that has already been done. The authors on Amazon have already completed the research to identify the ideas, objections, frequently-asked questions, and topics readers want to know about.

Blog Post Ideas Strategy #6: Check out what people are saying on social media.

Twitter, Facebook, and other social media channels are a goldmine of information. Do a search of your target topics and see what people are saying about their problems, needs and wants. From there, turn those into blog post ideas.

Blog Post Ideas Strategy #7: Research Google autosuggest results.

Open a new tab in your web browser and do a Google search of topics you are interested in writing about. When you do, Google will autosuggest keyword phrases people are already searching for. These are perfect for modifying into blog post titles.

For example, let’s say you are an Internet marketing company who is interested in generating more blog post ideas. When you type “How to do AdWords” into Google, the autosuggest results will populate as you’re typing.

You could write a post called “The Beginner’s Guide to AdWords for small business” or use the direct phrase for a piece about “How to do AdWords.” By using what people are actually typing into Google, you will increase your chances of ranking in the search results.

Blog Post Ideas Strategy #8: The Competition

You should have a list of your competition on social media, so check out their blogs and social accounts and see what they’ve been posting. You can track them down in less than five minutes.

If you want to get in-depth, you can cross-reference their topics with yours. Are there any popular topics they’ve covered that you’ve missed on your own blog?

 

You can use a tool like Buzzsumo to find and sort a competitor’s posts in terms of popularity (calculated by how many social media shares each post achieved.) What about posts you feel you could cover more in-depth? Remember, the idea here isn’t necessarily to copy or one-up your competition, but rather to take inspiration from what they’ve done.

BuzzSumo is an important tool that you can use for your content marketing and SEO campaigns. The ability to quickly identify what content is working well in an industry and who the major influencers are. This is a very helpful tool

Blog Post Ideas Strategy #9: Find questions on Twitter

Twitter is an idea magnet. Is it possible to generate ideas on demand with Twitter? Absolutely — if you focus your attention on the right tools. When it comes to creating ideas, Twitter’s secret weapon is based on one thing. Hashtags. Here’s how you find ideas on Twitter.

Head over to RiteTag.com and search for hashtagsNext, enter a broad keyword that describes what you do, like marketing, tech, finance, or accounting. You’re not looking for specific long-tail keywords, you’re looking for broad keywords that describe your industry, product, or service. Make sure the “All” tab is checked. RiteTag displays a list of keywords and the data that goes along with both. Next, head over to Twitter.com and add your keywords into the search box.

Bonus Hack: The News (and trending topics)

Next, check out the news feeds and trending topics. If you already have a list of go-to sources, you can start browsing in less than a minute. If you don’t, you’ll need to make a one-time investment; create lists on social media, or by using a content discovery app like Feedly to organise sources of industry news, national and international news, and any sources of content that could provide valuable inspiration to your content creation process.

Then, work your way through the topics and see what’s new…

 

So, tell me… have you tried any of these ideas yet? 

I really hope this helped. Hey, have I missed anything here though? Drop me a note in the comments section below and let me know your thoughts. 

 

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29 Ridiculously Effective “Hacks” To Flood Your Blog With Traffic Using Pinterest

How to Improve Your Reach and Promote Your Brand With Pinterest

If you still think Facebook and Twitter are the be-all and end-all of social media marketing tools, then think again.

Say hello to your business’s new best friend – Pinterest.

Pinterest pins are 100 times more spreadable than a tweet, with the retweet average hitting only 1.4%. And, as for Facebook, the half-life of a pin is 1,600 x longer than a Facebook post 

Since the recent Instagram purchase by Facebook, Pinterest has become the hot ticket item for business marketing.

And that’s for good reason. If an increase of 27% in Pinterest accounts of Fortune 500 companies over the last year (including Exxon Mobile, Wal-Mart, and Apple) isn’t an indication that your business should be joining the 70 million total users, I don’t know what would be.

Aside from feeding obsessions with exotic destiny vacations and gourmet food, the real strength of Pinterest is the integrated features of their business accounts.

Join the 500,000 businesses with Pinterest for Business accounts, and you’ll get added marketing features to promote your brand on one of the fastest growing and insanely popular social media platforms.

1.Pinterest for Business is Different from Your Personal Account: The Added Benefits:

If you don’t have an account already, or if your account is personal, you’re going to need to sign up for an official Pinterest for Business account in order to tap into the full potential of Pinterest’s marketing potency. With your business account, you get:

2. Different Terms of Service

The terms of service are a little bit different for a business, so be sure to read through them. The difference comes from the fact that you are using the account commercially.

You’ve still got the same Acceptable Use Policy and Pin Etiquette Policy, but there are a few guidelines for commercial use:

  • Don’t promote spam, “such as asking participants to comment repeatedly.”
  • Don’t “run a sweepstakes where each pin, repin, or like represents an entry. [or] ask pinners to vote with a repin or like.”
  • Don’t run contests, sweepstakes or promotions “too often.”
  • Don’t “suggest that Pinterest sponsors or endorses” your business.

3. Pinterest Analytics

Pinterest Analytics is one of the  most awesome features of a Pinterest for Business account. When you verify your account, you get access to important tracking information.

You’ll be able to see which strategies and content work so you can constantly improve your marketing.

Track Your Success and Learn the Strategies that Work with Pinterest Analytics

One of the newest features on Pinterest for Business is the super helpful Pinterest Analytics. This feature is only for business accounts and allows you to see:

  • Which pins and boards from your profile people love most
  • What people like to save from your website
  • Who your Pinterest audience is, including their gender, location, and other interests
  • Which devices people use when they’re pinning your stuff
  • How adding the Pin It button to your website leads to referral traffic from Pinterest

And, there is another reason verifying your account is a good idea. It will help you gain authority and build trust. When Pinterest users see that little red check mark next to your website, they know you’re legit.

You can verify your website in the settings section by adding a meta tag. This will give you a verification badge, and you’ll be official. If you choose not to verify your site, you can still include a link to your site on your page, but you won’t be able to use Pinterest Analytics.

Don’t miss out on the crucial information Pinterest Analytics will give you. Make sure you verify your account!

4. How to Create Popular Pins

Your pins can get the kind of engagement  for your business if you execute them right.

Pinterest has been described by Social Media Examiner as a visual search engine. So, just like when you are writing your blog articles or posting on your business Instagram account, you want your content to be searchable.

If it’s not searchable, then it won’t be found or seen.

Therefore, before you grab that mouse to start pinning, you have to understand the Pinterest culture, a.k.a. what your followers search for, and learn how to create popular pins.

5. Most Popular Categories

If you know what the most popular Pinterest categories are, then you’ll have a better idea of which boards will work for your business.

 while 80% of users are female, men are starting to catch the Pinterest bug. In the past year, the number of male users has DOUBLED, making them Pinterest’s fastest growing demographic.

6. Images that Work

One quick perusal of Pinterest, and it’s clear how visual a site it is. With such an emphasis on the visual impact, your images are the cornerstone of any pin you share.

What makes the top Pinterest pins so popular?

7. Optimal Pin Size

All pins have the same width, with an unlimited length. A good size to shoot for is 736×1102 pixels for a typical pin. It’s not too big, and not too small. Canva’s Pinterest template is this size and makes sizing your images a lot easier.

8. Instructographics

Sometimes it’s good to take advantage of the longer length allotment. The term instructographic was coined by Pinterest, and is another name for infographic. These are popular because of their DIY, how-to nature, which we know is the second most popular category!

9. How to Get Your Pins Seen and Shared: Optimising Your Pins

It’s one thing to create a fantastic pin, but it’s a whole other game to get it seen and shared. No one is going to find your pin if you don’t optimise it for engagement.

10. Make It Easy to Pin Content from Your Sites

Add a hovering Pin It button to any image on any of your sites or your phone app through Pinterest directly. Or, if you use WordPress, there’s a Pinterest Pin It Hover button plugin.

These simple-to-integrate buttons direct your site visitors to either check out your Pinterest account or actually pin your site’s content on their own accounts. If you don’t have these buttons, there is little chance your site will bring ANY interaction with your Pinterest account.

11. Connect with Your Other Social Media Platforms

You don’t want to have to start over with followers when you create a new social media account. It’s super easy to connect your Twitter and Facebook accounts to your Pinterest for Business account.

This will help you get more followers by tapping into the ones you already have on other platforms. It also will help spread your content across platforms so more eyeballs see it. And, it will add Twitter and Facebook buttons to your Pinterest account.

To connect your social media accounts:

  1. Go to your account settings
  2. Go to the social networks section
  3. Connect your Facebook and Twitter accounts

12. Share Pins in Your Newsletter

Take the difficulty out of getting people to find your pins by sending the pins straight to them! Your newsletter is the perfect place to throw in a couple of your latest pins and direct subscribers to your Pinterest account. Try this:

“Our most popular pins from this week. Head on over to our Pinterest for even more!” 

13. SEO for Pinterest

You have to use some SEO strategy to get your pins discovered by the eyes of your target audience. But, don’t worry, it doesn’t take much to optimize your pins in regard to Pinterest searches. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Research keywords. Try a tool like Google AdWords Keyword Planner to find popular keywords related to your business and your pins.

Step 2: Add your keyword/keywords to your pin titles.

Step 3: Add your keyword/keywords to your pin descriptions.

Step 4: Add your keyword/keywords to your pin image file names.

As with any SEO you use, make sure not to sound too “keywordy.” Don’t go too crazy and add three keywords to your title and descriptions like a robot would. Optimise and still sound human by simply adding a strong keyword within the right context.

14. Use a “Call-to-Action” in your Pin

In the same way you use a call-to-action in your ad copy, a call-to-pin will significantly increase the engagement of your pins. In fact, you’ll get 80% more engagement with a CTP. In your pin’s description, add a little something like:

“Repin to your own inspiration board.”

Good Headlines

15. Engage to Build Relationships and Gain New Followers

Now that you know what kinds of pins are popular and how to get your pins seen, the next step in Pinterest marketing is to use your pins to build relationships with followers and influencers that will grow your reach.

As we all know, more reach = more success.

Knowing what users look for when following other accounts will allow you to give them what they want and, in turn, grow your following. A little mind-reading never hurt anyone.

A recent study found that the three main factors that Pinterest users take into consideration in the should-I-follow-or-not decision-making process are:

  • how many accounts you are following / are following you
  • how many pins you have
  • how many boards you have

To be on top of those factors and build relationships to grow your reach, you need to:

16. Post Frequently

To get more Pinterest followers, you should post between 5-30 new pins every day. Make sure you are not just repinning the content of others, but also pinning your own unique pins with your own content.

Warning! Avoid a major Pinterest faux pas: don’t pin all 30 new pins within a 5-minute span. Spread your pinning throughout the day.

Tip! You can create a Secret Board and collect pins to save time. Load up your 20 or so pins in the morning, and keep them on your secret board. Throughout the day, return to the board and grab the pins you want to pin on other “live boards.”

17.  Engage with Followers, Reply to Comments

Just like you respond to tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram comments, engage with your followers directly by answering their questions and responding to their comments. Go the extra distance and address them directly, using their names to really take your customer service to the next level.

18. Comment on Your Followers’ Pins

Engagement is a two-way street. You need to reach out to your followers’ boards as well. Leave comments on their pins so they’ll feel some love. Their followers will see your brand, too!

19. Follow and Engage with Popular Boards

The best way to see successful Pinterest strategy in action is to follow and engage with popular boards. You can learn a lot from the bigger players. See what kinds of pins they pin, what kinds of boards they have, and how much engaging they do. Your goal is to get on that level!

If you are commenting on these popular pins, your brand name will be seen by the huge number of people who follow those boards.

Tip! It’s a good idea to follow popular boards because they are relevant to your industry and business as opposed to “just because” they are the most popular. If your business has literally nothing to do with wedding fashion, you can do yourself a favor and follow the boards that have a following closer to yours. Those are the people you want to connect with anyway.

20. Invite Others to Pin on Your Boards

21. Build Influencer Relationships

Reach a wider audience and gain more followers by reaching out to influencers in your field.

Start by following their boards, repinning their pins, and leaving engaging comments on their pins. Once you’ve dropped your name that way, you can initiate a bigger collaboration.

Ask if they will post on a board of yours, or offer to contribute to one of their boards. Offer ideas for their boards and show that you are familiar with their content when initiating collaboration, and you’ll be closer to that “yes” you’re looking for.

22. How to Promote Your Brand Successfully: Pinterest Strategies

23. Mix Up Your Content

The rule for all social media is to mix up your content. You will lose the interest of your followers and lose your chances of gaining any new ones if your content is static and not diverse enough.

So, please whatever you do, don’t just post product photos.

Diversity of your pins is a hugely important factor when users were deciding whether to follow an account. So, throw in some other boards that give your followers added value in order to avoid coming off as overly salesy.

24. Include a Direct Link to Your Site

Not all of your pins are going to make sense as Rich Pins. (Product photos, events, and articles benefit from the added information provided with Rich Pins, but not all of your content will.)

It’s all about context.

25. Put Your Most Popular Boards on Top

Over time, you’ll be able to see which boards are more popular and get more engagement. Put your best foot forward and move these boards to the top of your page so when users come to your page, they will see your best material.

26. Create a Board Just for Blog Posts

Grab all those article Rich Pins you have, and organise them into their very own board! You’ll want to put this board at the top of your page so your followers will see it first thing. This will help draw traffic to your site and make it easier for users to find your content since it’s all in one easy-to-find-board. They will thank you.

27. Use Rich Pins! Huh? What are Rich Pins?

Rich Pins provide more context about an idea because they show extra information directly on a Pin.

There are four types of Rich Pins: app, product, recipe and article.

Add Rich Pins to your account.

Rich pins refer to Pinterest pins that have your website name and icon displayed underneath the pin image, easily directing users to the pin’s source. 

Full Set Up Instructions here:

STEP ONE: INSTALL THE “YOAST” SEO PLUGIN 

In order to set up rich pins, Pinterest requires you to add certain meta tags to your site. The Yoast plugin adds these for you.

After Yoast is activated, go to the Yoast’s “Features” tab. Make sure the “Advanced settings pages” is “Enabled” and that will enable the metadata.

STEP TWO: VISIT THE “RICH PIN VALIDATOR”

Go to Pinterest’s Rich Pin Validator, and plug in a link to any blog post on your site (it CANNOT be the link to your homepage).

 It doesn’t matter which blog post and you only need to do one. Click “validate.”

APPLY

After validating, you should see a message that says “your pin’s been validated!” Then, click “apply now.” A pop up will come up with your website’s domain and “HTML tags” selected. Click “apply now” once again.

Now, you’ll just need to wait for a few days while Pinterest approves your application. Once it’s approved, your pins will all display your website name and icon.

Setting up Rich Pins is a two-step process.

First, you’ll need to add metadata to the content on your site.


To see what kind of metadata is available for each type of Rich Pin, check out our topics 
on article, product and recipe Pins. Generally, the most common formats are Open Graph and Schema.org. 

If you add metadata for multiple types of Rich Pins to your page, the type of Pin that appears will be based on priority. The priority of Rich Pin data is 1. App Pins, 2. Product Pins, 3. Recipe Pins and 4. Article Pins.

Second, apply for Rich Pins


You need to verify your Rich Pins before they appear on Pinterest. Choose any page on your site that you’ve added metadata to. Enter your chosen URL in our validator and click Validate.

Correct any problems you see with your metadata. Once everything is correct, select one of three options to indicate how you’ve marked up your pages: HTML Tags (if you are using Open Graph or Schema.org metadata), oEmbed (if you used the oEmbed format) 

Click Apply now.

Note: You only need to validate 1 URL to apply for Rich Pins on your entire domain. No need to submit all of your URLs

28. How to Start Using Pinterest for Business to Improve Your Visibility and Promote Your Brand Right Now:

Your Pinterest for Business account comes with a ton of marketing power that’s completely different from a personal account. To tap into that power, you need to:

1. Create popular images that are:

  • bright
  • crisp
  • high quality
  • 736×1102 pixels
  • infographics
  • in popular categories

2. Get your pins seen by:

  • using keywords in pin titles, descriptions, and image file names
  • linking to your other social media platforms
  • adding the Pin It Hover button and Pinterest widget to your sites
  • sending your pins in newsletters
  • adding a call-to-pin in your pin descriptions

3. Engage with followers and influencers to grow your reach by:

  • pinning up to 30 times per day
  • responding to follower comments
  • commenting on follower pins
  • following popular boards and commenting
  • inviting followers and influencers to pin on your boards
  • building influencer relationships
  • using “find friends” from Twitter and Facebook

4. Promote your brand successfully with:

  • direct site links in descriptions
  • a variety of content – seasonal and relevant
  • your most popular boards at the top
  • a board dedicated just to your blog posts

29. Use the information from Pinterest Analytics to create a more successful future strategy

If you follow the strategies here and learn from the engagement you get, your Pinterest for Business account will continue to develop for the better, attract more of your target audience, and direct people to your site.

Happy Pinning!

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