How I Made Pinterest My Full-Time Job
I don’t work for Pinterest, but because I drive all of my traffic to my blog with Pinterest, it has essentially become my full-time job!
And you know what the best part about it is? I set my own hours! I work when I want to work. “Full-time” can mean a half hour a day or 7 hours a day…
I work when I want to work!
How did I get here?
First, let me give you some clarification…
I do not work for Pinterest in any way.
When I say my “full-time job,” I simply mean that I spend A LOT of time on the Pinterest platform growing my blog.
I am talking about creating pins, scheduling pins, pinning content, researching Pinterest strategies, etc.
The money I make comes from my blog, and all of the traffic from my blog comes from Pinterest!
Okay, let’s move on! Well, it’s really a crazy story, because just 8 months ago, I was working full-time as a certified public accountant (CPA) for a small firm in Dallas, TX.
My boyfriend, Alex, was working full-time as a personal trainer, and he had big business plans. He, unlike myself, always knew he wanted to go into business for himself. He was just looking for the right path.
Fast forward a little bit, and we decide to start a health and fitness blog, together, because it was a passion we both shared.
We worked nights and weekends and during every other second that we weren’t working our other full-time jobs. After 3 months of this double time, we decided to give this thing everything we had and quit our jobs (BEFORE we were even making a dime!). This was in January of 2016.
We had no guarantee that anything would work out, but we knew that it somehow had to, because it was the only option left!
It took us less than a month to start making a little money, and we were in the green just 2 months after that!
Things moved fast, and within the first few months of business and how we doubled our revenues every month! By July of 2016, we had made over 40k in just one month! This can be seen in our July Income Report.
All of this success was thanks to one awesome and underrated (for business) social media platform: Pinterest!
How I Made Pinterest My Full-Time Job
We started dabbling in Pinterest after reading about them on a digital marketing website that we followed at the time.
They talked about driving tons of traffic via Pinterest for FREE. This sounded like heaven because everything we knew about Facebook marketing screamed: “get rich or die a slow, painful death trying!”
We tried promoted pins at first, and we didn’t have much success.
Our most successful posts were in the weight loss niche, and Pinterest is VERY strict on the weight loss content that you are allowed to promote.
Growth was slow at first, but then we unlocked a few Pinterest secrets, and our account took off! We now have over 70k followers (on our health and fitness account), and we get about 300-500 new followers every day!
One thing I learned right away was that in order to grow quickly and rise to the top in Pinterest, you had to spend a LOT of time learning it and really paying attention to it.
This meant not only creating beautiful pins, pinning your own content and that of others, but also finding and studying the top players in your niche.
The more time I spent on Pinterest, the more we were rewarded for it! You can outsource Pinterest pinning, management, and upkeep very easily and inexpensively by hiring a virtual assistant, but we choose not to.
I am hesitant to let go of the reigns when Pinterest has been so good to us
So how do we actually make money?
We created digital products to sell on our health and fitness website, Avocadu.com. We write mainly yoga and weight loss content, and we created a yoga eBook and online weight loss program to sell on the website and the bottom of those articles.
Simple as that.
It wasn’t THAT simple to get there. You have to figure out what content to write, what kind of products your readers are interested in, and how to sell them on it.
This process took us a couple of months to see the first bit of profits, and several months to see SERIOUS profits.
Check out our website, Avocadu.com, if you’d like to get a better idea of what it looks like.
For all of you preferred video learners out there, here is a quick video on how to become a full-time Pinterest expert from our Youtube Channel, Blog and Go, below.
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Check out our post on how to drive over 300k views/month to your blog to read some more information on the power of Pinterest as a social media platform for business!
Pinterest is a great place to start for new bloggers because you can generate all of your traffic for FREE! Advertising and marketing are often the biggest expenses for startups, and we avoided it completely!
We are now averaging about 15k views/day to our health and fitness blog, all through Pinterest. We have made as much as 40k a month with this blog, and last month we made over 20k!
And let me tell you… Going into business for myself has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done!
You can see our growth in traffic in the chart above! Bottom line: Do NOT underestimate the power of Pinterest for your blog!
Related Topics and Courses:
- Pinterest for Business – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide
- How to Make a Pinterest Board People Love and Follow
- FREE 7-Day Blogging Course for Beginners
- Start a Blog, Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide
If you are ready to get serious about growing your blog or business on Pinterest, make sure to sign up for our FREE 4-Day Pinterest Marketing eCourse for beginners.
Pinterest is the largest source of traffic for both of our blogs, and it is the reason that we have been able to bring both of our blogs to six figures within just a year!
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Alex & Lauren
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