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13 July 2013

Saturday Sessions: Helene In Between Does Pinterest

Oh hi, this isn't Sarah, I have kidnapped her and therefore taking over her blog but she's cool with it (JK she's off frolicking in Florida). My name is Helene or you can call me Lener. JK. I'm not sure why I wrote that. But I'm sticking with it. I blog over at Helene in Between.

Today I'm taking over Saturday Sessions to talk to you about Pinterest. Interestingly enough, it brings some staggering amount of traffic to my site. What's been popular so far? 

This hair tutorial:

And this silly post on how to be Instagram Famous

So why are these posts popular? Why did someone repin them? 

Let's break it down. 

First, I think you should be an avid pinner. What I mean, is you don't just pin all your pins from your blog all the time. You also pin other things on Pinterest. This not only shows your diversity but it also helps you gain more followers. In fact, the top 10 users on Pinterest (with over 1 million followers) spend 83% of their time on Pinterest repinning others pins. (source

Just in case you don't know, here's how to pin from your blog:

You can go to Pinterest's website and install the "Pin It" Button on your computer. This way you can pin anything: something from your blog, someone else's or a website. 

It will end up looking like this on the top, right of your browser:

Or you can add a "pin it" widget to the bottom of posts so that people can pin from your blog. 

Now that you can pin, pin something relevant. If I pin a picture of me dancing to "My style" board, that doesn't make sense. Sure, maybe it's a cute outfit, (I mean it probably is... JK I don't dress well AT ALL) but if people go to click on it they will see it's not a fashion post and click away. So instead, I might pin this picture to my "party" board. 

But in reality, this probably will not bring very much traffic. 

Here's what people like on pinterst:


How To (Tutorials)




Wedding/theme related



My blog focuses on anything I find relevant. Sometimes, my pins don't fall into these categories above. But when they do, I pin them. And I make sure to pin it at the right time. 

The best time to pin is between 2pm - 4pm or 8pm- 1am (weird huh?! People must be bored and can't sleep and go to Pinterest!) The VERY best time is to pin Saturday and Sunday morning. The word time is between 5pm to 7pm weekdays. (source)

You can also see how your pins are doing. Are people repinning them? Or liking them? First, you must verify your website. 

  1. Go to your Pinterest, Click your name in the profile menu to go to your profile
  2. Click the pencil icon on your profile
  3. Add your website to the Website field
  4. Click Verify Website
  5. Click Download Verification File
  6. After it's downloaded go back to Pinterest and click Complete verification

Just go to your Pinterest home, click on your name then click "Analytics" 

On the left you set the date you want to see. You can click on "most recent" to see waht's been pinned from you most recently. Most repinned is what has been most repinned the most, You can only see the top pins from one day, or the last 7 or 14 days. And the most important one: "Most clicked" this shows you what drives the most traffic to your website.  

My advice is to make sure your pins are relevant. Pin it even if you don't think it will bring traffic, you never know!

Thanks Sarah for letting me take over Saturday Sessions! Stop by and say hi!

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  1. I have been a pin junkie but I ended up never completing a project . It makes me sound like a legit pinner .
    Noor @ Noor's Place

  2. I had no clue about the Pinterest analytics!Pinterest is my biggest referrer as well. I find if I pin Saturday morning I get the most hits, but I will try in the evenings as well and see if that makes a difference! Thanks for this Helene!

  3. Helene,

    I can't escape (not that I want to because I have officially decided we must be bffs)! This was a very helpful post regarding Pinterest. I have never pinned anything from my blog - maybe I should start!

  4. Thanks for this Helene! I have been slacking on getting the Pinterest setup on my blog outside of a pin widget here and there, now I'm all good to go. You rock!

  5. Loved this post! I have tried to verify my page SO MANY times and NOTHING ever works! I even contacted my host! Way annoying. I really liked that you included the best times to "pin" :)

  6. I am not much of a pinner is that a well.....but the info shared here was intersting........

  7. Thanks for this!! Just verified my blog!!

  8. Ahh thank you so much for posting this! I had no idea that function even existed.


  9. I had no idea that you could do this!! Many many thanks :)

  10. great advice! i need to be better at pinning at peak times - had no idea that those were the best times to pin!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  12. I HATE clicking on a picture and finding a random story behind it!

  13. I drove myself insane last night trying to figure out the "pin it" widget. Thanks for saving me a trip to the loony bin. :)

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