How to use Pinterest for traffic

How to get traffic with Pinterest

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How to get traffic with Pinterest

In this article you will learn how to get traffic with Pinterest. And not just any traffic, but highly targeted traffic!

Pinterest is a social media platform where people share pictures. So how exactly can you use it to get traffic?

Most of you know that social media play a big part when it comes to driving traffic to your website an getting ranked well in Google. And I’m sure most of you concentrate on Facebook and Twitter. And that’s good as Facebook and Twitter have been proven to help with Google rank. But not that many know that you can use Pinterest for highly targeted traffic.

The most important thing with Pinterest is to choose images for your posts that are interesting and therefore will result in a social engagement. That’s why I always try to use images that tell what my post is about as my post image. Think of it as an advertisement on a massive billboard that is Pinterest. So including text in your images is recommended.


Creating your Pinterest account and your first board


Step 1

If you already haven’t done so, go to and create new account. Fill out all the information and upload your picture. You want to make your Pinterest account looks like it’s a real person’s account. We want people to follow us and when you have a picture uploaded for them to see, they are more likely to do so.

How to get traffic with Pinterest


Click on the profile icon in the top right corner and select “Profile” from the drop down menu.

How to get traffic with Pinterest


Click the “Create board” and name your board. If you have multiple websites in different niches, create one board for each. So if you have a weight loss blog, create Weight Loss board, if you’re in the “make money online” niche, create “make money online” board, etc.

How to get traffic with Pinterest


In bottom right corner click the Plus symbol and select “Save from a website”

Copy and paste the URL of your post and click Next.

How to get traffic with PinterestHow to get traffic with Pinterest


Choose an image you want to pin. This is going to be the image representing your post so it should be related to your post. Having text in your image that says what your post is about is advised.

How to get traffic with Pinterest

Choose the board you want to pin your image to. This is going to be the board related to your niche, you created earlier.

Congratulations, you have now pinned your first picture.

How to get traffic with Pinterest

Now that you have created your board and pinned your posts, we need to get some followers. Without followers your pins would be like a billboard on a deserted island. You can advertise what you want, but if nobody is going to see it, our efforts wouldn’t bring much traffic, if any at all. So how do we get people to follow us? And mainly how do we get people interested in your niche to follow you?

How to build targeted following on Pinterest

Search for your niche in the search bar on top. For this example i chose “Weight loss”. Next, you select “Boards” instead of “All Pins”.

How to get traffic with Pinterest

Then you click on each of those boards at a time a click the number of followers as highlighted on the picture bellow.

How to get traffic with Pinterest

And the last step is to simply follow all the people that have an image with their account. You want to chose the ones with pictures, because there is less of a chance of it being unused or fake account.

The great thing about this technique is that the traffic you’ll now get from Pinterest is going to be highly targeted to your niche, because the people we chose to follow have an interest in your niche as they already following other similar board.

There is a limit on how many people you can follow per hour (about 200). So you follow as many people as you can, and do this once a day. Within a week that’s about 1400 people and from those about half will follow you back.

How to get traffic with Pinterest

Hopefully now you realize that Pinterest can be a great source of highly targeted traffic. If you enjoyed this post, please like and share with your friends. 

And if you have any comments or info related to this article, just leave them in the comment section bellow and I will get back to you.

If you would like to learn how to make money online i highly recommend you read my Review of the Wealthy Affiliate.

Comments 10

  1. Thank you so much for the step by step instructions on how to get traffic with Pinterest. This is so helpful. I am not involved in social media enough–especially when it comes to advertising. Now that you showed me how to do it, I have no excuses!

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  2. Mike- Thanks for some excellent instructions to join Pinterest. I have been researching it for a bit and you have convinced me to join. I appreciate the examples of how I can use for my online business!

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      Hi Jon,
      Thank you very much for your comment. I’m glad my post helped.
      All the best

  3. Hi Mike, thanks for the how-to about getting targeted Pinterest traffic for my website! I knew how to use Pinterest as a user, but not how to use it to promote my own business and website.

    I did a quick search for boards in my niche, found only 5 boards directly related to my niche, but with over 1,200 potential followers… and I think (because 2 of those boards came from the same website) that I can do something similar, drill down my niche into sub-niches, and create related boards that tie in to my niche in a similar manner as the website I saw in my board search on Pinterest.

    Great information!

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      Hello Laurie,
      Pinterest is somewhat overlooked by many.
      Glad i could help
      Appreciate your comment.
      All the best

  4. It’s crazy how helpful all these apps are to promote whatever website/business you may have. This post was extremely helpful and eye opening!

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      Hi Abby,
      Thank you for your comment. You’re right, all these can be very helpful for generating traffic and also some backlinks.
      Kind Regards

  5. Oh My Gosh! Thank You! I totally see how the tip you just gave me is going to make a big difference!!!

    Your tip under the heading “How to build targeted following on Pinterest” is the missing link in my pinterest efforts!

    I am doing everything else and more, but not that. So that’s how a targeted following is built!

    You are the best. You are so lucky this is the internet, because I am thrilled enough to give you a bear hug right now.

    Have a great day – and consider yourself followed!

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      Hi Elizabeth.
      You made me blush 🙂
      Thank you very much for your comment. I’m glad I could help.
      All the best

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