Did you know that Pinterest can be used to drive traffic to your website? Recent research indicates that it is growing rapidly as a tool to boost your social media presence and drive traffic.
According to Shareaholic's Q3 2014 Traffic Report, Pinterest drives more than three times the traffic of Google Plus, YouTube, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Reddit and Twitter combined.
But in order to get that traffic, you have to use the right methods. Just pinning your content will not help. The most important things on Pinterest are the images themselves. So make an extra effort to create compelling and irresistible images. Once that is taken care of, you can focus on how to drive traffic using Pinterest.
Here are three actionable methods that can help you.
1. Add a Pin It Button to Your Website
The first thing you need to do is to add a Pin It button to your website that will appear on every piece of content having an image. You can do it just like you add any other social media buttons.
Doing this will help visitors to share your content on Pinterest that they find interesting. And when they do so, their followers will also see it and further share it. This way, your content will gain popularity and credibility.
2. Make Your Board Easily Searchable
Creating the board on Pinterest is not sufficient. You have to make it easily searchable. Name your board same as your website or blog name. Also add description, taglines and links that tell people what your blog and board are all about.
It will also make it easier to find your board on Pinterest as well as search engines. But make sure you don't stuff your description with keywords just to rank higher. Keep in mind that, ranking in searches will be of no use if you turn off your potential visitors.
3. Improve Engagement
You need to engage people to get traffic to your website. Regularly share images that are not only compelling but also invoking curiosity and interest in the viewers so that they click on it and go to your website.
Also do research on your followers' interests and the kind of images they like and share.
Recently Pinterest has introduced the feature of Rich Pin. You can use it to add descriptions and specific information to your images to tell people more about the content they link to.
You see, if used the smart way, Pinterest can be a great source of referral traffic. If you implement the methods described above, you can attract a lot of visitors to your website.
But make sure you post images that are highly specific and relevant to your niche. This will help them to rank in searches and they will engage more viewers.