Completely Honest Review Of Pinterest Traffic Avalanche: Travel Blog Update March 2018On
Honest Review Of Pinterest Traffic Avalanche:
How is March over already? Like seriously…did it even happen? I can’t believe I’m another month down but the calendar keeps insisting we’re heading into April so it must be true. It also means it’s time for another Blog Update so for this post I’m going to do something a little different.
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I’m going to give you all a complete and honest review of the course that has given me my biggest BlogWin for this month: Pinterest Traffic Avalanche.
What Is Pinterest Traffic Avalanche?
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche is a course designed to teach blogging beginners how to drive free traffic to their blogs using Pinterest. This course was created by Alex and Lauren over at Create and Go. They started where we all started: At The Bottom. With no traffic, no views, and no love. They now get more than 500,000 monthly viewers using Pinterest and they make over 20,000 dollars a month in passive income. Remember what I said in the last update? About me only spending my money on the best? Well, it’s hard to argue with numbers like that.
Why Did I Pick This Course?
Pinterest is a great way to drive traffic to a travel blog. It’s pretty much made for travel bloggers because travelers love beautiful destination pics, we love sharing all our tips and tricks, and we love telling people about the food we’ve tried and the places we found off the beaten path. Pinterest gives us a chance to combine all of those things into a pretty pin that draws people in and gives us travel bloggers a chance to share with them all we’ve learned.
To make a success of my travel blog and inspire as many future solo female travelers as possible, I needed to be on Pinterest and this was drilled into me repeatedly by other travel bloggers. ‘Get On Pinterest From The Beginning!’ The only problem was I had never used Pinterest before. Ever. I didn’t have an account. I didn’t know what to do or where to beginning. If you had asked me two months ago what a group board was you would have gotten a blank stare in return. I needed something that would take me back to basics and hold my hand through the process.
What’s Good About Pinterest Traffic Avalanche?
- This course was made for beginners (like me) who want to get it right from the start. They walk you through how to set up your profile and boards, how to apply for rich pins, and how to define your brand.
- They explain how to use Pinterest SEO to boost your visibility and Pinterest impressions so that you’re getting your pins in front of the right people.
- They teach you how to create pins using Canva and what makes a Good Pin vs a Bad Pin.
- They give you tips on how to find the right group boards and how to get accepted on them as a collaborator.
- They walk you through the best pinning strategies. How often to pin, where you should pin and the ratio for pinning content in regards to your content/other’s content. Hint: It’s actually not the 90/10 (others/yours) ratio that everyone else suggests.
- They show you how to use and schedule pins with Tailwind and Boardbooster. And how to utilize Tailwind Tribes for maximum exposure.
- The course is updated as Pinterest and it’s algorithms change so you’re not left with a bunch of outdated info and buyer’s remorse.
- Then, if all of that wasn’t enough, they share with you some bonus Ninja Secrets to use if you want to really get your money’s worth from Pinterest.
What’s Not So Good About Pinterest Traffic Avalanche?
- This might not be a con for you depending on what kind of learning you are but I’m a Reading/Writing Learner. Videos are not my jam, which is why you’re on my blog right now and not my YouTube channel. The course is taught through video with accompanying PDFs that summarize the video’s info. I watched all the videos but found myself referring only to the PDFs when I went back to reference something. The PDFs are great but I would have liked full transcripts go along with the videos so that I could just read those instead.
- The course does mention the importance of manually pinning but only alongside using a scheduler like Boardbooster or Tailwind. They don’t give pinning strategies for people that want to only pin manually, and by manually I mean they don’t want to use a scheduler at all. I think that would be a helpful addition because not every beginner has the money to pay for a scheduler so it would be great if they had the strategies that would be perfect for their situation.
How Did Pinterest Traffic Avalanche Help Me Achieve My Biggest BlogWin?
Let me set the scene for you a bit first. At the beginning of March, when I wrote my second Blog Update, my blog had been live for a month. For a whole month, it was loose in cyberspace ready to be seen by viewers. I was also two days into tackling Pinterest with the help of the course and crossing my fingers that I would see some kind of result within the next few weeks. So after a month of being live and only two days of driving traffic, my stats looked like this:
Page Views: 79
Social Shares: 0
Pinterest Followers: 2
Collaborator For Pinterest Group Boards: 0
This is what starting at the bottom looks like.
But now we are a month in (hello, April. I see you coming for me) and this is what my stats look like now:
Page Views: 4,649!!!
Social Shares: 1,465
Pinterest Followers: 85
Collaborator For Pinterest Group Boards: 44
Can you believe those numbers because I barely can. I went from a pitiful 79 pageviews to over 4,500 pageviews in a month! That’s a 5,785% increase!
I had a grand total of no one sharing my content on social media and now my posts have been shared over 1,400 times and yes, that was mostly on Pinterest.
But what I think contributed the most to all of that was the advice and tips the creators of Pinterest Traffic Avalanche shared that helped me get on to 44 Group Boards. If you didn’t already know, getting invited to collaborate on group boards is vital because it gives you a chance to get your content in front of the thousands of new people who are following that board.
I wasn’t very hopeful when I applied for Group Boards because I figured board owners would take one look at my Follower numbers and roll their eyes so hard they would hurt themselves. Being the pessimist that I am I figured I would be lucky to get on one or two this early in the game but that would be two more than before so it wouldn’t hurt to try. I followed the course’s advice word for word and in the first week of applying, I got invited onto 17 Group Boards. 17 In My First Week! Now, I’m on 44. I’m still geeking out over that.
Is This Course For You?
Should you buy this course? Will you get anything out of it?
I believe you will as long as:
- You are a beginner. If you are new to Pinterest and you have no idea how to use it to drive traffic to your travel blog then this course is perfect for you. It will walk you through all the steps right from the beginning. They explain what you need to do, why you need to do it, and how it will help you grow.
- You have been struggling with Pinterest for a while and just not getting anywhere. If you haven’t been seeing the kind of Pinterest Traffic everyone else has been boasting about and you can’t pinpoint what you’re doing wrong, then this course will help revamp your Pinterest strategy into one that works.
How Much Does It Cost?
The price of the course is a one-time fee of $197, or you can pay in two installments of $107 a month. Note that you have 60 Days to ask for a refund if you can show that the course truly did not help you. Still, I know that isn’t a small chunk of change, but I do believe the course is worth the price. I don’t have any delusions. I know I wouldn’t be seeing the kind of numbers I am now if it wasn’t for Pinterest Traffic Avalanche.
I’m still a very long way from being found through Google and SEO and I don’t have the money to pay for Facebook Ads. I needed to know how to properly utilize Pinterest for consistent free traffic and they taught me how to do just that. I absolutely got my money’s worth and I honestly think other beginning travel bloggers will too.
So head over to Create and Go now and purchase Pinterest Traffic Avalanche. Start raking in those pageviews!
Wrapping It Up
So thanks for reading this month’s Travel Blog Update. My goal with these updates is to give other travel bloggers the roadmap to building their own travel blog and follow me on my blogging journey while I discuss what has and hasn’t worked for me. If you want to start at the beginning you can check out Travel Blog Update: Month One and learn how to start your own WordPress Blog.
Good luck and Happy Travels!