Sunday, 16 September 2018

How I Reached 250k Monthly Pinterest Viewers

The Basics

Pinterest is both a social media platform and a search engine. When joining for your blog or business, it’s important to really focus on the ‘search engine’ side of things.
You create boards which are digital collections of images. These images are click-through links that usually lead to the page the image comes from. For example, someone may have a board called ‘Art’ and pin paintings from galleries, artist profiles, social media, etc. It’s one place for all your inspiration.

How to Get More Monthly Unique Viewers

  • When starting out on Pinterest, I suggest creating at least 10 boards and filling them with at least 25 pins each. People are unlikely to follow you if you have hardly any pins or boards. Remember that this is all about visuals, so pin attractive images - not just anything!
  • Pin from your site, other sites and Pinterest itself. You can add a gadget to your internet browser to allow easy pinning! 
  • If your article doesn’t have a picture, create one using Canva. This is a free website that allows you to create graphics for all social media, including Pinterest! Pinterest graphics work best when they are Portrait. Even if I don't want to include an infographic or Pinterest graphic in my post, I upload it straight to Pinterest with a click-through link to the post. 
  • Join group boards. When growing your Pinterest, especially for business accounts who want to see a rise in their monthly unique viewers count, group boards are great. I found this daunting at first, but after joining groups on Facebook like 'Pinterest Group Board Add', I found it easy to join group boards relevant to me. You can also send direct messages on Pinterest, which is another way of asking to join a board.
  • Verify your website to access tracking information on how many people are visiting your site via Pinterest.
  • View data to see what your most popular posts are. In the ‘Analytics’ tab you will find a list of tag words related to your most viewed and repinned images. This will give you an insight into what’s working for you.
  • Pin regularly. This is a really important one. To keep your numbers up, keep pinning. I pin around 15 images a day. You can use apps like Tailwind to do this for you, but if you don’t have the budget to do this yet, the Pinterest app is so quick and easy that popping on it 3 times a day does the trick.
You can find me on Pinterest by clicking here!

Do you have any top tips for Pinterest? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Autumn ASOS Style Lust List

Despite my whole wardrobe being Autumn / Winter and owning next to nothing suitable for warmer days, here is my Autumn ASOS Style Lust List. This is my favourite time of year for clothes shopping and I practically live in big oversized knit jumpers. I've been really loving anything with a button up front and my go to colours are mustard and grey.

Have you made any Autumnal purchases this year yet? September is very close! 

Kate x

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Sorting Those Samples

If you've ever had a beauty subscription, stayed in a hotel or received a 'goodie bag', chances are you have a whole lot of sample sized products laying around. I always think 'that'll be so handy when I travel somewhere and don't want to take a full sized bottle with me!' but realistically, when going away, I don't want to be trying a new product. I take reliable products that I know won't let me down. This is why I decided to dedicate some time to go through my box of samples. I wanted to try them, decide if they are worth keeping & if not, GET RID! I'm a very bad egg when it comes to throwing things out / selling them / donating them. I have clothes I haven't worn for years. Why?! I get too attached to things. This is a good start to ending that, right?

So firstly, I'm trying really really hard at the moment to go 100% cruelty-free. Therefore, I thought a good place to start was to keep only the samples from brands that are cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. Here are some of the products I was left with & what I thought of them...

Balance me - Pure Skin Face Wash & Wonder Eye Cream

I have to admit, this isn't my favourite face wash. It leaves my skin feeling slightly sticky even though I've washed it all off. It isn't one that I'll be going back to and won't be purchasing the full-size product any time soon. BUT, not all bad, as this eye cream makes me feel bright & awake. If I wake up with slightly puffy under eyes (usually from staying up reading too late!) this quickly takes care of it. I'm impressed!

Percy & Reed - Volumising No Oil Oil, Wonder Overnight Recovery & Finishing Polish

I'd heard a lot of talk about Percy & Reed products in the past and now I understand why. All of these products make my hair feel and smell amazing and I cannot get enough! My favourite of the three is the 'no oil oil'. I get quite dry ends, so rubbing a tiny drop of this magical product through my hair makes such a difference. Since trying it I hardly leave the house without it in, and I've had a few compliments on how nice my hair smells when I go in for a hug!

Native Unearthed - Activated Charcoal Deodorant

I used a different scent of this a while ago and really liked it, but it quickly went off and started giving me a rash. This 'activated charcoal' version has been so much better! It's soft and lasts really really well. I was worried it wouldn't do the job, especially through the heatwave, but it really did!

Weleda - Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil

This oil smells lovely. I don't tend to use oils on my body as much as I do in my hair, but I can see me using this when I get dry skin, which tends to be the colder months. I feel like people would be able to smell this on me too!

Do you use any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

Kate x