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Today I have an awesome interview with Kristin from Believe In a Budget! She was able to leave her corporate job to focus on helping other entrepreneurs grow their businesses through Pinterest and learn how to side hustle with success.
I had the pleasure of taking Kristin’s Pinterest Presence course this year and since then my blog traffic had more than quadrupled. I credit her course and the scheduling service Tailwind to the fast growth of my blog. Also, After taking her course my Pinterest traffic grew overnight as you can see below. It skyrocketed super quickly! Below are my Pinterest stats before I took her course and after I took her course! Pretty cool, right?
In this interview, she will share how her blog got started, information about her top notch course, Pinterest Presence and how you can increase your blog traffic through Pinterest TOO!
Let’s jump right in!
- What made you want to start a Blog?
I launched Believe In A Budget because I was totally in love with so many different blogs! I’ve always been a big fan of bloggers, different writing styles, the blog layout and design, that I was just itching to start my own and add my two cents! I really wanted to create my own online presence, write about topics that interested me as well as figure out how to make a full time living from having a blog.
- How long did it take for your blog to create Full- Time income?
I went into blogging with the goal to blog full time. I launched my blog in January 2015 and left my full-time job in October 2015. This happened pretty quickly, but I was very intentional with my time and obsessed with making this happen!
- What has been the leading factor in your blog growth & income?
When I first started earning blog income, the majority of my income came from my freelance services through my Pinterest management company that I started. I really wanted to expand my revenue streams, so I made sure to spend 50% of my time on my Pinterest management company and 50% growing my own brand.
For my own brand, I really focused on increasing my affiliate income as well as creating products and courses that my audience would find helpful. I always start with the question, “what will help my audience the most?” and go from there. This led to creating Pinterest Presence as my signature course, as well as offering Pinterest pin templates, which is my signature product.
- How fast did you see growth in your blog after focusing on Pinterest?
Immediately! Within my first month of using Pinterest, my monthly page views went from 7,000 to 15,000 page views. The next month, I increased to 40,000 page views. Today I earn over 200,000 monthly page views with 90% of my traffic coming directly from Pinterest each month. The key to getting great results is creating highly clickable pins, writing great descriptions and getting my pins in front of the right audience!
- What made you decide to launch your “Pinterest Presence” course?
This was actually a really easy decision for me! I purposely limited my freelance time to only take up 50% of my weekly schedule because I was really intentional about growing my brand. The downside to this was I could only help a set amount of clients, which prevented me from growing my income. Unfortunately, this led me to turning down potential clients on a daily basis. Instead, I decided to focus on how I could help more people. It’s so hard to tell clients no, so I created Pinterest Presence. The course uses the exact same strategies to grow my website as well as my clients’ websites. This was a great alternative solution to give to potential clients that wanted to work with me!
- What can someone expect from the course & what will be covered in the course?
There is a ton of information provided in the course! I provide a lot of step-by-step instructions in the form of text and video tutorials. There are three specific units that are covered, including what goes into making a great clickable pin, how to utilize Pinterest for blog growth and how to schedule your pins on a weekly basis. I also include cheat sheets and bonuses.
It’s also important to point out that as the Pinterest platform changes, so does my course! Unlike other courses out there, I am regularly monitoring Pinterest and then applying the changes to the course so it’s updated and current. The last thing I want is to give out tips and information that is no longer current.
I will straight up say that there is no easy button! But if you work hard, follow my steps and put the time in, you will see results.
- Who is Pinterest Presence for? New Blogger? Experienced Bloggers?
Pinterest Presence is designed for the blogger or website owner that has limited to no experience with Pinterest. It doesn’t matter if you are a new blogger or an established blogger; if you want to learn how to drive traffic back to your site and have a profitable blog, this course is for you. All of the tutorials are easy to understand and are geared towards bloggers at all levels.
- How long does a person have access to the Pinterest Presence course once purchased?
Forever and ever! Pinterest Presence is available 24/7. I also make myself available for all students, so I reply back to every email a student might have. I want my students to succeed and crush it, so I make sure I’m always around to answer their questions!
- What tips do you have for someone looking to make a profit from their blog through Pinterest?
Great question! This topic is actually covered in Pinterest Presence in more detail, but there are so many ways to have a profitable blog. By creating a highly clickable pin, you can direct readers back to your website to do so many things! You can gain readers by providing incentives in exchange for newsletter opt-ins, direct readers towards a “hire me” page if you offer freelance services, recommend products with affiliate links, as well as earn ad income based on page view clicks.
- What recommendations do you have for new bloggers looking to grow their blog traffic & income?
Every blogger and website owner needs to get on Pinterest! Pinterest has become one of the top search engines and is a great, free way to promote your brand and drive traffic back to your site.
Outside of Pinterest, I would recommend having several different revenue streams, including creating your own product or service. This can include things like ad revenue, affiliate links, working with brands, offering products and freelance services. By creating your own product or offering services, you are really able to have full control over how successful your own brand is. The possibilities are endless!
So there you have it! If you are looking to generate more traffic to your blog and Pinterest account quickly I highly recommend Kristin’s course. Not only is the course AMAZING the customer service is stellar TOO!
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