Blog post 10, July 25, 2018
My Work-From-Home Journey
Learning new tools to boost my traffic.
Hello everyone. I had the craziest dream the other night. I was working on a transcript proofreading job, and my Apple pencil kept breaking up into little pieces. This kept happening until it got all the way down to the part that you plug in to charge it. I have no idea what it means. I can look at it two ways; first, I am over stressing about deadlines or second, something is telling me to get a new pencil. When I proofread, I have specific tools that I use. Now, I just found a new blogging tool to help increase my traffic. Being open to learning new tools is key to increasing your traffic. Now if you don’t have time to finish reading the blog post now feel free to save it to your Pinterest board using the pin icon below this blog post to read later.
What is Tailwind? I discovered this week that Tailwind is a tool that helps you schedule your posts to both Pinterest and Instagram. Now, what makes this so beneficial? Why do you need this as a blogger? Well prior to discovering this pinning tool. I was creating each one of my individual pins and manually pinning them to Pinterest and Instagram. Talk about time-consuming. Now, I set aside a block of time to schedule them out over two or three weeks. This seems to be so much less time-consuming. Currently, I am using the free version, but because of the increase in traffic, I will be upgrading to the monthly service plan. Their annual cost is $119.88 which works out to be $9.99 per month. If you chose to be billed monthly, then the price increases to $15.00 per month.
Create an Account
The first mistake I made was thinking that I needed to download the app to my desktop. Nope, not required. I told you I wasn’t tech savvy. Just go to the website and create an account. I did download the apps to my phone and iPad so that I can log in when I am away from my computer. They use apps for everything nowadays; I never know which device they are to be used on.
Attach Your Other Accounts
Once you have created your account on Tailwind, you can now associate your Instagram and Pinterest accounts. After you associate your accounts, it will take about 24 hours for Tailwind to analyze them and gather all the stats. The best part of the information it collects, in my opinion, is the best active times that people are looking at your boards. So when you go to schedule your pins you can choose the preselected time slots based on these results or create your own custom time slots.
Schedule Your Pins and Posts
Now that your accounts have been analyzed it is time to schedule your pins and posts to Instagram and Pinterest. You can create all of your image posts in Canva. Once they are created go to the left-hand margin on Tailwind and click on the little megaphone icon, this is their publisher icon. This will show you a menu that will include drafts, scheduled pins, SmartLoops, published pins, your schedule, board lists, and Pin from Instagram. Some of these menu tabs are self-explanatory. The ones I wasn’t sure about were smart loops and board lists. If you choose to select SmartLoop, then your top producing pins or seasonal content will be reposted keeping your account active. Board Lists is not just a list of your boards on Pinterest. This is actually a list that you can customize based on how closely related that they are to each other. For example, if you write a blog about camping and you want to save it to three boards; camping, RVing, and traveling you can create a board list to post these to simultaneously. There is even a helpful video to show us what the purpose is and how to do it.
To Create a New Pin
Over on the far right of your Tailwind page, you will see +Create New Pin. Click on that. It will ask if you want to upload your image from your computer or if you want to repin from Instagram. Once you select an image, it will automatically save in your draft to schedule tab. Here is where you choose one board, multiple boards or your board lists. Enter your description about your pin. After that, you can select to also pin to a Facebook page that you manage or your personal page. There is also a selection for Twitter but found that it is no longer a functioning option. Under those selections, you can also add your pins to Tribes. Below that is where you link the URL for your blog post. Just hover over your website domain that is automatically populated and edit it with the correct blog post URL. Finally, click the green add to queue tab and viola all scheduled.
What is a Tribe?
This is a new term that I learned while learning Tailwind. Instead of groups, they have Tailwind Tribes. What is a Tribe? Well, it is other people that are pinning and posting things that are like-minded with what you are posting and pinning. There are rules to participating. Make sure you review those rules prior to pinning because if not followed you can be removed from the Tribe. One of the rules I like is for every pin you post you need to repin someone else’s pin. The reason why I think this is a great rule is that now you are helping other people drive traffic to their blogs and the favor will be reciprocated. I love the sense of team effort in succeeding. Each Tribe you join has its own rules, so like I said be sure to follow them.
My Traffic Increased Overnight!
Before my scheduled pins posted, I had 62 friends following my boards, and average monthly viewers were at 80. Just a week and a half after using Tailwind I now have 69 followers; I know not much, but still an increase. However, as of today, I have 2159 average monthly viewers. My best pin previously had 35 impressions. This means that my half of my “original friends” didn’t even look at it. As of today, 2700 people have seen it. I know that it is going to take patience and time to build my traffic. I am glad I found this tool and I hope it helps you on your journey.
Catch You Next Time!
Now I know a week and a half isn’t the best time to give you amazing numbers that you all want to see. I would rather share something that is working as soon as I see results instead of keeping secrets. This is how we all succeed. I plan to edit and add results to this post in a couple of months to give you even better results. Until then is there anything that you want to learn about or want me to cover and write about? What are you finding hard to master on your work-from-home journey? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send me a private message through the main page’s email form. If you found this blog post helpful feel free to pin this to your Pinterest board and share with others.
Good luck on your journey,
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