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Spadston's little journey with Pinterest

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Spadston, May 30, 2015.

  1. Spadston

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    This is my first real journey and one of my first posts on here. I'm new to this side of IM, so I don't have much to contribute to these forums yet. I'm hoping to keep track of my progress here, and hopefully some of you might find it useful? :eek:

    This will be a learning experience for me, any revenue made along the way will be a bonus, but it's always good to have a target, so I will aim to achieve £50 a week.

    Like many of the other Pinterest journeys in here, I will create a blog that will be used to post articles based on my niche, I will then look at pinning the articles to my Pinterest accounts to drive traffic to them, so very basic stuff here.

    In terms of generating revenue I will look at setting up Ad-Sense, an Amazon affiliate, and I will also look at Etsy (as I see a lot of pins in my niche come from Etsy products).

    I have the following at my disposal:

    1x VPS (Ubuntu installed)
    4x Proxies (with 5 more on their way)
    Web hosting platform
    PinDominator (trial version currently)

    I currently have two Pinterest accounts setup:

    Pinterest Account #1

    The first account, I am manually adding pins and followers, this account has now been live for 7 days and looks like this:

    Boards 14
    Pins 595
    Followers 17
    Following 267
    This will be the main account for the blog, so I'm trying to keep it legit for now and I'm also interested in seeing how long it would take to grow its followers. I'm going to be actively adding followers (manually) over the next couple days.

    Pinterest Account #2

    The second account I am using PinDominator to add followers. I set this account up yesterday, I manually added the pins/boards, but adding the followers was automated. Instead of targeting followers in my niche, I tried something slightly different. While looking through the pins in my chosen niche I noticed some of the Pinterest users we're actually doing something similar to what I am aiming to achieve. I found someone who is following over 50k Pinterest users and had over 5k followers, I setup PinDominator to start following their followers. After one day this is how the account looks:

    Boards 9
    Pins 85
    Followers 101
    Following 206
    Nearly half of the accounts I am following are now my followers. Some of those followers are active pinners in my niche, but there are also a fair few who are not. I had hoped to be following more Pinterest users, but the proxies I have purchased are very slow and unresponsive (serves me right for going for the cheapest I could find).

    What's next?

    I'm currently waiting for delivery of another 5 proxy's (from a different host) and I will look at creating another 3-4 Pinterest accounts over the weekend. My main focus will be growing these accounts over the next week or so. I will keep account #2 following other user followers and see how that goes. I will manually create the boards for the new accounts, I will try using PinDomintor to automate adding pins, and then use it to to add followers.

    I already have web hosting sorted, as I host a number of other sites (not IM related), and I will look to purchase a domain name. I will use Wordpress for the blog, along with the WooCommerce plugin for adding Amazon/Etsy products for affiliation revenue purposes (need to think on this some more).

    I also need to look at the best way to write the articles, they need to be simple yet effective. They will likely be image heavy, I'm thinking that any articles I pin will need a unique image, maybe a compilation of images used in the article, not sure, will look more into this.

    PinDominator

    I'm currently using the 3 day trial, and so far it's done what I need it to do. The instructions that you get aren't the most in depth, so it's going to be a lot of trial and error I reckon. My trial runs out tomorrow, so I'm hoping to try most of the functionality before it does. Would anyone like me to post my findings and thoughts once the trial has run out?

    So, this journey has begun... :cool:
     
  2. mindmaster

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    Good luck with your journey mate.
     
  3. Spadston

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    Thanks :)


    A quick update:

    I've had a busy weekend away, so was not able to progress as much as I had hoped. I did manage to create another three accounts, and added pins/boards manually to them, and then used PinDominator to add the followers.

    Here's how they look currently:

    Pinterest #1
    Boards 14
    Pins 615
    Followers 23
    Following 278
    Pinterest #2
    Boards 11
    Pins 107
    Followers 437
    Following 648
    Pinterest #3
    Boards 6
    Pins 71
    Followers 283
    Following 452
    Pinterest #4
    Boards 6
    Pins 28
    Followers 94
    Following 333
    Pinterest #5
    Boards 7
    Pins 41
    Followers 136
    Following 413
    Total followers: 973

    I've been adding pins manually, I tried to automate it with PinDominator but I found it was adding pins that were not in my Niche. I'm not sure if this was down to me entering the wrong keywords, I will have to experiment a little more with it.
     
  4. tokokipiani

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    Good Luck with your journey.
     
  5. 7th Sense

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    Congrats mate... Keep updating...:)
     
  6. Spadston

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    It's been a couple days since I last updated, progress has been a little slow, but I have made some.

    Domain name has been purchased, and I've setup my website (Wordpress + WooCommerce + Theme).

    Currently the website is split into two main sections, a blog and an online affiliated shop.

    Blog

    The idea is to write 5-6 articles a week, they will be informative and used to try and sell affiliated products.

    I plan to keep the blog articles simple:

    Example

    Title: 5 Awesome Vintage Scarves

    Description: A description about what scarves are and why they need to buy one.

    Content: 5 related products found on Etsy, each one with a one line description, a photo and a price. Clicking the product will take you to the full product page in my online shop.

    Each article will have their own image that will be used for pinning, this image will be a collage of the photos used in the article and will be the maximum size allowed on Pinterest (735 x 1102).

    Online Shop

    Each of the products used in the articles will be added to my shop, they will be given a full description (copy and pasted from Etsy/Amazon), pricing information, photos and an affiliated link to purchase the product from Etsy/Amazon. They will also have a list of articles that the product has featured in, as well as a list of related products.

    Any products used in the blog articles will link directly to the product in my shop.

    My goal is to keep people on my website long enough for them to make a decision on purchasing a product, or they click an advert.


    I'll also try and post an update later today on how my Pinterest accounts are progressing. Also, I like ramble on, if people don't like this please say something and I'll try shorten my posts.
     
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    Hi, I like how you write in depth, keep doing that buddy.

    About the articles, if you dont intent to rank the site in future, just copy articles from other sites.
    You mentioned about using a few accs, are going to build them as authority accs in different niches or you will use some of them like slave accs for smaping purposes?
     
  8. Spadston

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    At the moment I have no plans to get the site ranked, I'm relying on all my traffic coming from Pinterest, but I'm open for trying other methods if I can't drive the traffic I need.

    This is my first real shot at producing something like this, so I'm going to produce my own articles to see how time consuming it is and whether I can produce decent content.

    I have 5 accounts all in the same niche, I have left my niche quite broad so I can always focus them on something within my chosen niche. I'm not 100% sure how I will use these accounts to drive traffic yet, something I'll think about over the weekend.
     
  9. Spadston

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    Another update...

    My website is looking great, logo has been created, and the general layout of the site has been done, overall it looks and feels very girly! (so my wife tells me!)

    I'm a little worried that I won't be able to drive enough traffic from Pinterest to make this worth while. When I started to add followers through Pindominator I was getting quite a few people following me in return, which is great, but a lot of these followers don't have any boards within my niche and the only way I can see for this to work is to keep adding masses of followers and hope a select few are interested in my niche.

    I do know group boards will be a big driving force for traffic as well, I have found quite a few large boards in my niche and once my website is live I will attempt to join them.

    Oddly I've had 5 group board invites for some very random boards (one for moulded plastics?!?), I'm guessing the owners are just mass inviting to try get their numbers up.

    Next up, getting my articles finished (aiming for 10 by the end of the weekend), I'm also going to have a closer look at the accounts that are following me and I'm going to try and produce a list of the ones in my niche so I can start to follow them on my other accounts (this might be a little too time consuming).