I am very disappointed.
It’s not every day that I put myself out there for the whole world to see.
Well… I do do it every day (after all, blogging is a very public occupation), but I usually pretty myself up before I allow the world to see me.
Of course, now that I said “do do“, you won’t pay attention to the rest of the post…
OK, OK – say it quickly 10 times and enjoy a hearty chuckle…
Now back to prettying myself up.
Usually the world sees me like this:
Or even this:
(Yes, this one will be back around Christmas time).
But never like this: Angelina Jolie vs Ana Hoffman.
No, I am not writing this post to fish for compliments (although I definitely welcome them and count them as a point in your favor.)
Since I’ve been MIA for close to three months due to a move, I needed to do something radical to bring my readers back to my blog.
The only reason I posted those pictures was in hopes to stir up some talk and image sharing.
Yes, I DID IT FOR TRAFFIC!
Yet, those image didn’t go ANYWHERE, let alone go viral.
As a matter of fact, that post didn’t get any more/less comments/tweets/shares that what any post at TGC gets on average.
I was particularly disappointed with Pinterest shares.
Makes sense, right?
Sounds like a perfect medium for sharing images; Pinterest is all over the web, quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Personally, I don’t get Pinterest.
Mostly because of all the hype surrounding it, but mainly because I fail to see its value to the internet marketing/blogging world.
Many will disagree with me; it comes with the territory.
Here’s just a sample of great reads about Pinterest and internet marketing:
- 1634 Words on Pinterest For Internet Marketers
- 15 Best Pinterest Boards for Social Media Infographics
- 7 Creative Ways Your Brand Can Use Pinterest
- 9 Pinteresters for Email Marketers to Follow
(and if you haven’t gotten into email marketing yet, the time to start is now!)
The only time I’ve ever gotten anything out of Pinterest (and the only time I actually browsed it for “market research”) was when I found this lamp from Anthropologie:
… which, in turn, inspired me to pick the most beautiful interior colors for my new house:
If this is the only thing I’ll ever get out of Pinterest, I’ll remain a happy woman.
The Solution? You tell me.
This morning, I got an email from a blogger friend who told me about the new Pinterest plugin he seemed to be very excited about.
Not that I wanted to bother with another premium plugin (PLUS who cares about Pinterest, right?), but at $19.95 for the plugin, I decided it would be money worth spent on a little Pinterest experiment.
And this is where you come in.
I still haven’t added the photo I was referring to earlier in the post for a reason.
I am now adding it below and activating the Pin Button Attraction on it with one goal in mind:
–to see if I can drive any significant amount of pins and then, in turn, blog traffic FROM Pinterest (and that photo) back TO my blog.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
I bet this one is and then some, wouldn’t you agree?
But is it worth a thousand pins?
IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE, PLEASE CLICK ON THE “PIN” BUTTON IN THE IMAGE.
If you think I had better days, click the button anyway.
Let’s collect some true data and find out if Pinterest is really worth our time!
If you are just as curious about the results as I am, feel free to check back on the post to watch the number of pins to (hopefully) grow.
Also, please remember to keep sharing this post with your social media following to make sure we’ve got some solid numbers to rely on at the end of this experiment.
As a matter of fact, tweet this post right now please:
The Starting Point
Let’s give this Pinterest challenge a week – we’ll take a look at the results next Tuesday, July 24.
Meanwhile, here’s some Google Analytics data to give us an idea of my current Pinterest traffic.
Hmm… or lack thereof, I should say.
In the past month (June 15 – July 15), Pinterest brought me whooping 25 visits.
The two spikes you see in the GA screenshot above are from June 22 and July 12 and seem to be completely random; they don’t coincide with any particular post/image.
By the way, my biggest Pinterest fan turned out to be Amy Roberts; THANK YOU, Amy!
Pinterest Challenge Takeaway
As much as I hate relinquishing control over my post, it’s now in your hands.
For the slow ones (no, not YOU, of course), here’s what you need to do:
1. Pin my fabulous morning picture – here’s a more interesting (and hopefully, more shareable) version:
2. Tweet about it – preferably, a few times in the next week:
3. Come back often to rinse and repeat and watch the Pin count grow!
4. And please don’t let me fall flat on my face – again.