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Using Pinterest To Grow Your Blog


Disclosure: I am not a blogging expert.  I just wanted to share a couple tricks I've learned about blogging + Pinterest.  

I'm just going to jump right into things... because who doesn't want to grow their blog via Pinterest?  First things first, make it EASY for your readers to pin your content.  This means you should have a hover 'pin it' button - a real technical term I'm sure ;)


Here's how to do that...
((Note that this requires editing your blog template.  Make sure to back up your template first!  If you don't know how, see super easy instructions here.))

1.  Go to your blogger dashboard.  Click on Template, then Edit HTML.

2.  Use the CTRL (or CMD on a MAC) + F buttons to locate </body>

3.  Paste the following code ABOVE </body>

<script>
//<![CDATA[
var bs_pinButtonURL = "http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag436/sliceoflifechicago/259_zps207cb4c5.png";
var bs_pinButtonPos = "center";
var bs_pinPrefix = "";
var bs_pinSuffix = "";
//]]>
</script>
<script src='http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.2/jquery.min.js' type='text/javascript'/>
<script id='bs_pinOnHover' src='http://greenlava-code.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/publicscripts/bs_pinOnHoverv1_min.js' type='text/javascript'>
// This Pinterest Hover Button is brought to you by bloggersentral.com.
// Visit http://www.bloggersentral.com/2012/11/pinterest-pin-it-button-on-image-hover.html for details.
// Feel free to use and share, but please keep this notice intact.
</script>

4.  Preview blog to make sure everything is still in tact.  If something is out of whack, this is when you'll be happy you backed up + saved your template!

5.  If all looks good, hit Save Template.

And you're done!

Now that you've made it a billion times more easy for your readers to pin things from your blog, let's see how YOU can track what's actually being pinned.  All you have to do is type in your browsers address bar: www.pinterest.com/source/yourblogurl -- replacing yourblogurl with whatever your blogs address is.

So for instance, to see what's being viewed from my blog, I'd to go: http://www.pinterest.com/source/katieelizabethchicago.blogspot.com/

Pretty cool, right?  Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try and help ya out!  Otherwise, enjoy the extra traffic from Pinterest :)

Linking up with AnnieNatalie and Joey

34 comments

  1. Great idea. I am starting to be more involved on pinterest for home items. I didn't use it for my wedding as much, because I would have changed my mind a million times. Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. I had no idea you could search what has been pinned from your blog!! Mine = blown! Thanks for these tips girl!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

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  3. I feel like mind blown this morning not knowing that you could search for all the things pinned from your page.....thank you so much for that little tidbit of amazing knowledge!

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  4. OMG I had no idea you could search for things pinned from your blog on Pinterest! How fun!! And I love when blogs make it easy for me to pin things from their blog!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. Ahhhhhhmazing! I just did this and it is such a game changer! THANK YOU!!!!!

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  6. i should totally do this! haha its about time. i think i had a pin it button before but i didnt like how it looked so i removed it. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  7. Um hello?!?!? I can't believe I didn't know about that trick- that's so cool to see who pins your stuff. You're the best, thanks for sharing!! xo

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  8. I had no idea you could see what's been pinned from your blog!! Thanks for the info girl!

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  9. I had no idea I could plug in that Web address to track my Pinterest traffic ... genius!

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  10. I love checking to see what is most pinned from my blog!

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  11. You are the best for sharing this!! I've actually been wondering how to add this to my blog! Yay!

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  12. I really get a lot of traffic from pinterest. I think it does have to do with the fact that I have a pin it button on all my photos. I hate it when blogs don't have the pin it buttons! It just makes pinning so much easier!

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  13. A great trick! I've definitely been working on the quality of my photos in hopes that Pinterest will help drive traffic!
    xo Southern Style

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  14. I pin from peoples posts all of the time, especially recipes, so I always appreciate a pin it button :) That is AWESOME about that link, I had no idea!

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  15. I didn't know that about the url thingy, you're so smart!

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  16. Thank you soooooo much! I always wanted to know how to do this! Now I'm going pin crazy!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  17. This is awesome!! Thank you so much :)
    Chelsea @ thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

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  18. Oh wow! I had no idea you could track what is being pinned! Thanks for sharing this little tutorial!

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  19. I just love that "source" feature to see who has pinned stuff from your blog! Great tips here :)

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  20. I already have the P in my pictures for people to easily pin things but didn't know about checking your website! Heading to do that now!

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  21. I just tried it & nothing happened... I have the hardest time trying to install anything that has to do with Pinterest..

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  22. Ohhhhh I didn't know any of these tips! You're a smartie! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Done! Thank you for the tips! :-)

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  24. THANK YOU!! I am horrible at keeping up with all of the different apps and social media tools out there. Sending you puppy kisses for that one :)

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  25. I've had a Pinterest button for a while, but NEVER knew about the pinterest link to see what people are pinning from your blog!! It was interesting to see what's been so popular on my blog lately. What a fun tool. Thank you for the Pinterest education :)

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  26. THANK YOU!!!! I just did it. You're awesome!

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  27. So cool! At first I loathed pinterest, but one day a switch flipped in my brain and now I am obsessed!

    xo

    Michaela

    http://michaelajeanblog.com

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  28. Using pinterest with blogging is HUGE! And I totally agree about the "pin it" button! I need to change mine so I'll definitely be using your tutorial!

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  29. Oh great tip! Thank you!! My 2015 goal is to build and grow my blog and pinterest is one area I want to focus on.
    Just found your blog and I am loving it!

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  30. Thank you so much for this post! It was so simple! I have followed a few other bloggers Pinterest tutorials and it never worked for me. I'm so glad I came across this today!

    SimplyARoughDraft.blogspot.com

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  31. WOW! This is very Nice and well mention Post Which clear my concept for Drive Free Traffic by Pinterest and I applied this on my way and got amazing results which demo is here that How i got FREE Traffic by Pinterest .

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  32. Pinterest is very popular social media specially for Females because here we can see most of the female staffs, I usually ask me girl friend to use Pinterest to interact with other females.

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