If you’re an avid pinner, Tailwind is simply a no-brainer. I am beyond cheap when it comes to blogging. I’m not rolling in dough so I tend to keep my blog expenses to the absolute minimum. After hearing my blogging friends raving about Tailwind for long enough I thought I’d give their 30-Day Trial a try. If you haven’t taken the leap yet – I highly recommend the trial. You’ll at least see how it can work for you in a short period of time.
In the first 30 days I saw a HUGE jump in my Pinterest traffic. In fact, Pinterest went from barely registering as a referrer to my top referrer! It was bringing in 20% of my traffic! It basically comes down to pinners that pin more often at optimal times get the most traffic. You can spend an hour on the weekend scheduling your posts for the week (or the next month!) and you don’t really have to lift another finger until your pins run out! How cool is that? Passive pageviews? Yes please!
One further note – make sure that your own pins are vertical, well-lit, and Rich Pin enabled to get the most bang for your buck. See the blog resources at the bottom for more tips!
Now onto your Tailwind Tutorial…
Your Complete Guide to Tailwind
Schedule Pins Easily and Increase Your Pinterest Traffic with Tailwind
1. Sign Up!
If you haven’t signed up for Tailwind yet you can start with your 30-day free trail by clicking here. After your free trial is over you can choose to pay in full for a year and benefit from a reduced rate and unlimited pins, or pay monthly. The prices are listed below and of course subject to change. I went with the yearly option and am so glad I did! I love having unlimited pins! No restrictions and a cheaper rate! It’s a no-brainer.
2. Explore your Options!
When you first sign in you’ll see the screen below. Click on your Dashboard in the top left corner to get started.
Now you’ll see a list of tabs to get you started! Let’s begin with your Home button at the top! This shows you a summary of the information you’ll want to know. It’ll give you an update on the number of repins, how many repins are from your own domain, and how many followers you have had in the last 7 days. This will also tell you your most popular board and will give you hints to increase your Pinterest profile! Notice I have a few “to dos” myself as I’m only at 70%.
3. Complete Your Account!
You might want to begin with “Complete Your Account” and ‘See all suggestions’ just underneath. This will give you several ideas for optimizing your Pinterest account. This includes having a minimum of 10 pins per board, adding descriptions to each of your pins, etc. It will grey out the boards that are optimized and highlight the suggested changes!
4. Install the Tailwind Extension or Add-On for your Browser
In Safari you can find it by clicking any subpage under the Publish menu bar. Just click the ‘Safari Extension’ button.
Then it’ll show up next to your next to your web address. It has the same tailwind logo.
This makes scheduling super easy! Just click the tail button on any page and you can add any pinable image to your queue!
5. Set Up Your Schedule
The next thing you’ll want to do is set up your Pin schedule. Click on ‘Publish’ and then ‘Your Schedule.’ Here Tailwind will suggest optimal time slots for you to pin based on your own analytics. All of these will show up in the +time with the dotted line around it and muted color (see below).
You can also add your own by clicking ‘Add Timeslot.’ The more you use the app the better this feature becomes! To begin I would add at least 15 slots per day. Some bloggers have up to 100 per day! This will obviously depend also if you opted for unlimited pins or the 400 limited pins from paying monthly.
6. Set up Board Lists
Under ‘Publish’ you will also find ‘Board Lists.’ Here you can group all of your blog boards. This makes scheduling pins en masse a piece of cake. Next time you go to schedule a pin you can type in the name of one of your board lists and it will populate all of the boards in that list to pin to.
7. Now You’re Ready to Schedule Pins!
And now the fun begins! Once you’re all set up log in to Pinterest and go to any blog board you wish to pin from. If you’re a blogger I highly recommend that you have a blog board dedicated to just your own blog posts! Start there.
When you’re ready to pin from a particular board just click your Tailwind extension or add-on button at the top beside your address bar. You will then see this page to select pins to schedule.
All you have to do is click on as many pins as you’d like to add to your schedule and click the blue ‘Go Schedule’ button at the bottom right corner.
Then you’ll see this page to give you some more options. You can either add all of the selected pins to one blog board or individually type in a board for each pin.
If you have selected multiple blog board to pin to you can set an interval. My favorite feature of Tailwind is the ability set intervals. This is done through the clock ‘Set Custom Time’ button. So let’s say you don’t want this one post to pin to 30 different boards all on the same day. You can set an interval to spread out your pins in intervals of an hour, several hours, or a day or more! I prefer to spread out my pins throughout the week so I’ll play with the interval until the schedule preview shows me something I like!
8. Check your Scheduled Pins to View Your Current Schedule
You did it! You have just scheduled your first pins! Go back to ‘Publish’ and click ‘Scheduled Pins’ to see your current pin schedule. It will also tell you how many pins are in your queue! With the latest update you can even click ‘Add/Remove Timeslots’ and lock individual pins in place so they don’t get shifted around if you add in additional times. I refer back to this page a ton.
You did it!! Do you still have questions? Did you find this post helpful? Leave a comment and I’d be happy to help with any troubleshooting!
You can also check out the following resources for additional Pinterest Tips:
xo The Good Enuf Mommy