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Pinterest Update 2020 – Kate Ahl Shares Inside Knowledge

Oh my word! Pinterest is changing again in 2020!!

How will this affect your traffic?

Will we need to change our whole Pinterest marketing strategy?

Is there any point in trying to use Pinterest any more?

If you're like me then these are probably some of the questions you've been asking yourself recently. 

So I figured it would be wise to get a perspective from someone who's whole business is based on Pinterest marketing. Ideally, someone that regularly speaks with Tailwind leaders and the people that actually make the Pinterest updates in 2020.

Of course, Kate Ahl from Simple Pin Media seemed like the obvious person!

Pinterest Update 2020- Inside Knowledge From...

Kate Ahl

Simple Pin Media

Kate Ahl from Simple Pin Media

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We chat about:

  • Why Kate was commenting on Harry Potter memes and how this really helped her (it's not what you think!)
  • Why and how you should learn more about who actually uses Pinterest in your niche
  • How many times you should be pinning per day in 2020
  • What the Pinterest updates are in 2020 and how that will affect you

Listen to the full Kate Ahl podcast episode here

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Popular niches on Pinterest in 2020

You probably know that there are some niches that are just more popular than others on Pinterest. 

The main big niches in 2020 are still:

  • Home decor
  • Recipes
  • Women's fashion
  • DIY crafts
  • Health and fitness
  • Weddings
  • Personal finance

But Kate suggests that smaller sub pockets within these niches tend to do better for bloggers looking to drive traffic from Pinterest.

After all, Pinterest users typically are searching for something specific when they type something into the search bar on Pinterest. For example, she explains how one of Simple Pin Media's clients has a "custom dog crates" website that does very well. 

If you can make your pins with specific keywords that people are looking for then you can "rank" on Pinterest's search feed.

This is how you can get consistent traffic from Pinterest. You can find out more about how to use Pinterest SEO here

What does Pinterest want in 2020?

As of February 2020, Pinterest is asking for:

"Relevant, recent and inspiring" content.

Pinterest does not want you to re-pin the same thing over and over again!

To be honest Pinterest hasn't really changed what they want since April 2018. They have been asking for "fresh content" since then and that is still the case today. 

But many bloggers still get confused what actually counts as "fresh content".

Pinterest now says that fresh content needs to be a "new image".

Fresh content used to be just changing the title or descriptions. But in 2020, Pinterest also wants new "Pinterest images".

So if you're using a template with the same picture in the background and text overlay in the same format and position, this may not always be counted as "fresh content". 

It doesn't have to be a new blog post to be counted as fresh content, but Pinterest does recognise new images.

How many times should you pin per day in 2020?

As always this really does depend on how much content your website has.

But Kate does provide a pretty good rule of thumb:

Pin between 5-30 pins a day.

If you have an established food website with a load of pins and different articles then you may be able to pin between 15-25 times a day and still "space out your content".

However, if you have a new account with only a few articles and pins then only pin up to 10 times a day... and even limit it to 5 times a day. You can pin good quality content from other websites in your niche too.

The key here is to focus on pinning as much "fresh content" as possible. 

So you shouldn't be pinning the same pin to the same board more than once every 6-12 months. And if you are pinning an image to multiple boards (still only pin to relevant boards) then space this out by at least a week, but probably more moving forwards!

Pinterest is starting to notice how much your account is "engaged with". So if people re-pin every pin or comment and interact with it, it shows Pinterest that your account is worth sharing!

How does Pinterest work in 2020?

Pinterest wants to show people really good content that they know people will engage with. This typically is content that is already proven on Pinterest (aka old content or from trusted accounts). 

However, there are 2 ways that people can find content on Pinterest in 2020:

  1. Home feed (also known as the smart feed)
  2. Search feed

Content is distributed to these places in a slightly different way.

The home feed typically shows users content that is new. So your "fresh pins" will typically show up in peoples home feed when they open Pinterest. 

The search feed will be very similar to Google. You get old pins mixed with newer pins. Pinterest will try to show people the BEST answer to their search and this is where your SEO will pay off if you can provide good content here. 

But if you ever want your pins to show up consistently in the search feed you will need people to engage with your "fresh content". 

This is why your pin design is so important!

Pinners typically see your image for a fraction of a second before they decide if they are going to click on it or scroll past it. You can learn all about the best Pinterest design tips from a professional graphic designer here

What is Simple Pin Media changing?

Kate was a Pinterest accounts manager originally but has created a whole business to serve people better with Pinterest marketing. 

You can learn more about the way Pinterest is changing by seeing what services Simple Pin Media offer:

  • Pinterest image department
  • Video creation
  • Promoted pins
  • Education 

You can find out more about Simple Pin Media's services here.

But as you can see, Pinterest is certainly moving towards trying to help more video and promoted pins get more attention in the future.

For now, fresh content and new images are more than adequate to get some serious traffic. But Pinterest is continually trying to improve their platform to help their users.

Full Kate Ahl Podcast Transcript

Pinterest update in 2020 Summary

So there are so many value bombs dropped by Kate in this podcast. 

Yes, you can see that Pinterest has changed and will continue to adapt over the coming years. But that is the same for any online marketing or social media platform!

The thing that stood out for me was that when I asked Kate...

"Is Simple Pin Media doing anything different?"

Kate's answer was...


The real change was made early in 2018 when Pinterest announced they really wanted "fresh content". Everything else that has come to light recently in 2020 is just more of the same!

If you want to get traffic to your website from Pinterest then you have to...

Create relevant, recent and inspiring content on Pinterest in 2020

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In simple terms that means create great content and design new awesome pins regularly. In reality, that's always been the case to get traffic from Pinterest!

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How to use Pinterest for Blogging: Ultimate Beginners Traffic Guide

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So you spend all this time researching and creating the most amazing blog post.

1 week later you check your Google Analytics and you see this…


Where is all of this traffic everyone raves about?

Is there any point in writing this stuff if nobody is reading it?

But getting a lot of traffic to your blog doesn’t have to be this hard. There are some ways that are better at driving traffic than others. And one of them happens to be using Pinterest for bloggers.

This post will show you exactly how to use Pinterest for blogging to traffic to your website on tap.

There are 3 main sections:

  1. How to set up a Pinterest account for your blog
  2. How to design beautiful Pinterest pins
  3. Pinterest marketing strategy for bloggers

Why should bloggers use Pinterest?

Did you know Pinterest is pretty different from most forms of social media?

It sounds strange but hopefully, this will help explain why:

  • Facebook = user to user
  • Instagram = user to user
  • Twitter = user to user
  • Pinterest = user to content

Basically… most social media platforms try to keep you on their own platform (if you’re like me you’ve probably seen 3 hours disappear scrolling down Insta!)

However, Pinterest works differently.

The sole purpose of Pinterest is to help users find the content they are looking for and send them off to the best place (aka your blog!)

There’s even a “search bar” at the top of Pinterest for people to look for something…

Pinterest search bar

Funny enough, this is actually very similar to Google and you may know a thing or two about the beauty of getting ranked using SEO.

But… Google can be a tough beast to crack and can take months or sometimes years to rank for certain keywords.

And this is where Pinterest for bloggers comes into its own…

Pinterest does not care how old your blog is or how many people link to it. All it wants to do is send its users to the content that they are looking for!

So now it’s your job to make sure you are providing the “pins” and content people are looking for on Pinterest.

Understanding Pinterest Demographics

So now you understand how Pinterest works a bit more.

But who is using Pinterest and why?

This may not seem relevant but it can impact a lot of decisions for your blog when you understand this a bit more.

Pinterest is still mainly used by women (around 80%) but 40% of new sign-ups are men.

How Users Interact on Pinterest

From Visually.

As you can see in the infographic above most users are older than 25 and 50% of Pinterest users have children.

Best Pinterest Categories

This means there are 4 categories that do very well on Pinterest:

  • Recipes
  • Home decor
  • DIY crafts
  • Women’s fashion

If you have a blog that relates to any of these categories, it can really help to get more traffic from Pinterest.

Now I can almost hear your mind saying… “but I have a personal finance blog, that’s not possible”.

Well, amigo, there is no such thing as “not possible”! You could potentially write about:

  • 25 delicious recipes to cook at home to save money
  • 9 best budget home decor tips
  • 15 cheap DIY crafts you can try with your family

Do you see how…

Last awesome tip…

Pinterest users LOVE “how to” posts and “listicles” (see examples above).

So shall we find out how to use Pinterest for blogging?

Part 1: How to set up a Pinterest account for your blog

Step one is to make sure your Pinterest profile is set up in the best way to help you get your pins seen.

There are 4 sub-steps to getting this done…

1. Get a Pinterest business account & enable rich pins

If the goal is to get traffic from Pinterest to your blog, then this is a crucial step.

It’s far better to use a Pinterest business account vs personal account.

There are a few reasons for this:

  • You can use Pinterest analytics to see your best-performing pins
  • Your website link & profile photo is automatically on your homepage and every pin with your content
  • Your account will have a special profile and allow you to control your branding more

It’s pretty straight forward to get this stage done but here are a couple of links that can help…

Step one for using Pinterest for bloggers is done!

2. Pinterest profile photo & name

So you may think this step is pretty straight forward.

But many people get this step wrong when using Pinterest for blogging!

First of all, many people suggest you use a picture of your face to help people relate to you as a person. Personally, I don’t think you need to worry too much about this, but the profile picture is important!

As Pinterest is still mainly used by women it’s a good idea to use a happy picture of yourself if you’re a woman, or a couples picture if you’re a man.

There are plenty of accounts that do great by using a logo. The important thing is that the picture is clear and easy to see on a mobile device.

Here are two examples of accounts I have…

Pinterest profile picture and Name
Pinterest profile picture and Name

You should also make sure your name includes some keywords that relate to your blog too!

Sneaky tip- type into the search bar and use the autosuggestion to find what people are already searching for!

3. Pinterest bio

Now we’re really going to learn how to use Pinterest for business!

These next two steps can seem quite boring, but they are mighty important!

Make sure your bio includes some keywords that relate to your blog.

But avoid “keyword stuffing” (listing keywords).

Make sure you use full sentences to add in your keywords naturally.

For example…

Pinterest bio keywords

You can also use a freebie offer in here, but it’s certainly not necessary as your profile is not the main place that people will look at. They just want to see your pretty pins!

Remember the sneaky tip- type into the search bar and use the autosuggestion to find what people are already searching for to find keywords to use!

4. Pinterest boards

That sneaky tip already mentioned comes in super handy here.

You want at least 10-15 boards relating to your content.

Obviously the more niche your website, the better it will do at ranking for certain keywords in the long run. But that’s a whole other decision for you when you choose your niche originally.

Pinterest group boards

Once you have those boards set up, your aim is to get 50 good quality pins into these boards.

How do you find good quality pins?

Well, knowing a few “leaders” in your niche will certainly help.

You can find out about who some of these may be in this blog income report study that looks into 57 blogs in 7 different niches.

Do Pinterest board titles & descriptions really matter?

Here is your second sneaky tip…

These probably matter more than anything else you will learn on this page on how to use Pinterest for blogging.

They are crucial for your Pinterest SEO, which we will get onto later.

Just remember to make sure you are not “keyword stuffing” by listing a load of keywords. Write in full sentences and naturally place them in…

Pinterest group board description

Part 2: How to design a Pinterest pin

If you have already tried using Pinterest marketing before, then I would bet my bottom dollar this is where you are going wrong.


Because it’s what I was doing wrong when I wasn’t seeing any traffic from Pinterest!

Simply put, if people do not stop and look at your pins, you won’t get any saves or anybody clicking on your pins.

That means no Pinterest traffic!

1. What does Pinterest Pretty mean?

If you have ever used Pinterest before you probably know that some pins catch your eye.

Some pins stand out and make you want to find out more.

For example, if you type in “Pinterest for bloggers” on Pinterest, these are the results that come up…

Pinterest for bloggers search

You can see there is a clear design and colour scheme that people are using for this keyword. The idea is to make something that stands out from the crowd…

But some stand out in a bad way that makes you scroll right on past.

How to use Pinterest for Bloggers- Pinterest Design Good vs Bad
The image on the left stands out… but not for the right reasons! It’s not “Pinterest pretty”!

The difference is that the pins that stand out and make you want to click are “Pinterest pretty”.

Typically that means the pins will have the following elements:

  • Vertical (2:3 ratio i.e. 600 x 900 px)
  • The image is clear and relevant
  • Text overlay (usually an intriguing title)
  • Big, clear, easy to read words (especially if using mobile devices)
  • Warm colours tend to do better (pinky/ red vs blue)

These are just generic Pinterest tips, but you will have to play around and use trial and error to figure out what works best.

2. Basic graphic design tips

If you’re like me, you would like to know the easiest design tips to make the biggest positive impact on your pins.

Here are 5 killer tips, from a professional graphic designer, that will make your pins go from zero to hero quickly:

  1. Proximity (each element should be in the same area of the pin)
  2. Alignment (left, centre, right, justified… don’t mix and match)
  3. Repeat colours and fonts
  4. Contrast (colour, size, shape, space)
  5. Hierarchy (make the most important things stand out first)

The good news is you don’t need to be a professional graphic designer to understand the basics and make great pins.

Using the example above it’s possible to make this pin “pop” and stand out even more in a “graphic design beautiful” way…

How to use Pinterest for Bloggers- Pinterest Design Good vs Bad

Typically this is where a lot of bloggers go wrong (myself included when I started using Pinterest!)

If your pins are not pretty enough or don’t stand out, you will never make people click on your pins…

You can learn more detail about the best graphic design tips here.

3. How to create a Pinterest pin on Canva for your blog post

There are so many tools that exist to help you design your pins.

I know people that use PicMonkey, PowerPoint, Snappa or Photoshop.

However, if you are new to graphic design the only tool you need is:

It’s free, easy to use and you can create templates to save so much time.

Here is Kristin (the professional graphic designer on a previous podcast) to walk you through how you can use Canva to create pins…

4. How to pin your blog post on Pinterest

There are different ways you can actually get your pins for your blog post on Pinterest.

You probably already know a few ways but there may be a sneaky time-saving way that you could learn here:

You can learn more about these ways in how to create a pin for Pinterest.

But here is a quick video to show you the amazing Tailwind Chrome extension method that can help you pin hundreds of pins in a few minutes.

It’s a massive time saver!

If you really want to increase your traffic from Pinterest, then Tailwind can really help to automate and be more deliberate with your pinning strategy.

So this leads on nicely to…

Part 3: Pinterest marketing strategy

So you’re probably starting to wonder how you can get traffic to your blog from Pinterest.

This is often the part that most people get hung up on and think…

Maybe there’s some secret strategy that I’m not using?

And this person says they only pin manually and they get loads of traffic!

Ah, maybe I need to use Tailwind Tribes way more!!”

However, there is a reason why your pinning strategy is part 3…

It’s probably the least important!

If your account is not set up correctly, or you are not designing beautiful pins, then nothing you do in this section will help.


Now, re-read that last sentence.

1. How to use Pinterest SEO (search engine optimisation) for Bloggers

Did you know there are 2 ways that people find content on Pinterest?

  1. Browsing and seeing something
  2. Searching for a “keyword”

This is the most important “strategy” that you can use on Pinterest. Using Pinterest SEO means you can go from having a few people clicking on your pins to having tens of thousands of Pageviews every month.

The idea is very similar to Google SEO.

Your pins can “rank” near the top of a certain keyword search on Pinterest. Just like this…

Pinterest search bar

Every time you pin something to Pinterest you can use “keywords” to help people find your content.

Here are the main places you need to make sure you have your keywords:

  • Words on your Pin images
  • Pin title
  • Pin descriptions (enabling “rich pins”)
  • Pinterest board (choose the most relevant board first!)
  • Board descriptions
  • URL of your post
  • Words on the blog post itself

Pinterest’s algorithms are becoming smarter all the time.

Just help them understand what your pin is about like this…

How to use Pinterest for Bloggers- Pinterest SEO

If you can make it clear to Pinterest what your pin is about and make them Pinterest pretty, then Pinterest will eventually reward you by placing your pins near the top of the search results.

And that means traffic every month… for free!

2. How often should you pin on Pinterest for Blogging?

This is one of the most common questions.

The simple answer is as much as possible without spamming the same pins to the same boards.

The answer you are probably looking for is at least 15 pins a day.

Why 15?

Because Pinterest loves content!

More specifically, Pinterest loves NEW content.

If you are not putting pins out there with a new Pinterest account, you will find it hard to get anyone to see your pins.

It’s especially important to pin good quality pins and content that is not your own at the beginning. Find the leaders in your niche and check out their accounts as a good place to start.

Rather than getting hung up on how many times to pin focus on only pinning great pins to relevant boards. If you only have 3 yoga boards then only pin a yoga pin to those boards.

Less is sometimes more!

Note I have spoken to some people who only pin a few times a day and still get traffic. But these accounts are much more established and have loads of pins “out there” already.

3. Pinning at the right time

This is actually a pretty important one.

You can use data to help decide the best times to pin to Pinterest.

It’s so much better to pin at times that people are actually on Pinterest. Typically that means do not pin during American working hours!

The most active time on Pinterest is from 8-11 pm in the USA, due to the most popular demographics of the users on Pinterest.

There are tools that you can use to find out when your audience is most engaged with your own pins.

Tailwind Time analytics
Note- this time zone is Qatar… 8 hours ahead of EST i.e. 5 am = 9 pm EST

This leads on nicely to…

4. How to automate Pinterest

There’s really only one tool to recommend as a Pinterest scheduler any more:

  • Tailwind (try 100 pins for free with this link and get $15 off if you upgrade to the pro version)

Here are a few reasons why using Tailwind is so beneficial:

  • Pinterest accepts Tailwind as an official partner
  • Tailwind creates “fresh pins” each time you schedule (Pinterest loves fresh pins!)
  • Optimise your whole schedule (saves time and makes your plan so much more specific and effective)
  • Pin at the best time of day (it even recommends time slots for you… this is perfect for me who lives in Qatar and has an audience active mainly around 3 am-6 am)
  • Better analytics than Pinterest (see the above screenshot)
  • Tailwind tribes mean you can get relevant accounts to pin your content and you return the favour!

There are too many benefits of using Tailwind to get into them all right now. All you need to know is that if you’d rather not spend all of your time on Pinterest and grow your traffic, Tailwind will help you do that.

Tailwind banner

5. Manual pinning vs schedule

It really isn’t better either way!

There has long been this debate but it has been proven that there really is no difference.

Some people swear by manual pinning.

Others don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t use a scheduler.

Here are the main differences though:

  • Manual pinning is free, using a scheduler like Tailwind will cost around $110 a year
  • Tailwind saves time and can help you pin to a plan much better

If you do manually pin, you will most likely need to create a spreadsheet with what pins you want to pin to what boards and tick it off as you go.

It is possible and some people love to have control of exactly what is being pinned and when.

However, I’ve personally tried it and it becomes super time consuming and confusing (especially when you live in another time zone!)

When you have numerous pins for each blog post it can become tricky to stay on top of it.

Using Tailwind means you can set up exactly what you want to be pinned at the exact time. The best thing is, you can be asleep or on a flight and your pins still go out at the best times.

6. Do group boards still work?


But not how they once did.

If you read anything about Pinterest from before 2019, chances are you would have heard the advice…

Get on as many group boards as possible and pin to them like crazy.

The truth is… this can actually hurt your account now.

However, if you have a brand new account and you want to reach more people quickly, then good group boards are crucial.

Here are a few tips to find these great group boards:

  • Look for the leaders of your niche on Pinterest
  • Check out the group boards they are part of
  • Only apply to specific group boards i.e. “lose weight” is better than “best life advice from my favourite bloggers”
  • Check the quality of pins in the board (are they Pinterest pretty and have people saving them?)

Find out more about this in the 5 Pinterest hacks.

Find Pinterest Group Boards

Once you find them, it’s worth trying to actually reach out to the person who owns these boards. Check out their website, comment, share and message them to see if you can help them in any way.

If you connect with them personally it’s much easier and more effective to join their boards eventually.

Is this as easy to do?


Is it worth it?

It depends on how seriously you take your blog!

Check out the short video below to check if you are on good group boards or if they may be harming your account…

How to use Pinterest for blogging summary

So there you have it.

Everything you need to know on how to use Pinterest for blogging to drive traffic to your website for free!

If you’ve just skipped to the end to find the main points summarised, I won’t disappoint you:

  1. Make sure your account is set up for keywords related to your blog (find keywords using the Pinterest search bar and see what it auto-suggests)
  2. Use basic graphic design principles to make your pins sexy (if you’re struggling for traffic, this is probably where you are going wrong!)
  3. Focus on optimising each pin for SEO

You can spend years down some rabbit hole looking for the perfect pinning tactic.

But if you focus on these 3 steps you will get more traffic to your blog than most people could dream of.

Be sure to pin this page so you can come back to it any time…

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How to use Pinterest for Bloggers

How to Create a Pin for Pinterest: Design Viral Pins Quickly W/ Kristin Rappaport

Struggling to get any real traffic from Pinterest?

Most bloggers know that Pinterest can be a great source of free traffic. But it can often feel like you are putting in a lot of time and effort and not seeing results.

Did you know that your Pin design is the main factor in someone clicking on your pin?

And you don’t need to be a graphic designer to create amazing pins. Just by following some basic design principles you can create some viral pins quickly.

This podcast with Kristin Rappaport from Applecart Lane will show you exactly how to create a pin for Pinterest that people will actually stop, save and click.

Listen on Apple Podcasts/ Google Podcasts

Why graphic design matters

If you’re like me you’ve probably spent hours designing pins only to find that nobody is clicking on them.

You’re left feeling like…


So you go down the rabbit hole of thinking…

Maybe my pinning strategy is wrong.

Or maybe I need to use Tailwind Tribes more.

No… I need a manual pinning strategy! That will fix it!!

Well here’s the brutal truth:

Your pin design is probably terrible!

When you don’t create “Pinterest pretty” pins, people won’t even stop to look at them.


Simply put… your graphic design matters if you want to get traffic from Pinterest or make your blog look professional.

But you don’t need to hire a professional or become a full-time graphic designer to make this happen. There are some simple tips you can learn right now to improve your Pinterest game quickly!

Best design tips: How to create viral pins for Pinterest

So you’re probably still thinking…

“But I don’t have an eye for design.”

It doesn’t matter!

By learning the simple design principles below, it’s possible to quickly improve your design skills to create pins that grab everyone’s attention.

Basic Pinterest design rules

There are some basic Pin design rules that you need to know.

This is just Pinterest best practice and will help you get those “Pinterest pretty” designs:

  • The pin should be vertical (2:3 ratio i.e. 600 x 900 px… but you can play with the size)
  • The image should be clear and relevant
  • Text overlay helps get more clicks
  • Write big enough for people to read (especially if using mobile devices)
  • Warm colours tend to do better (pinky/ red)
  • No pictures of someone looking at the camera

Now that’s covered let’s get to the juicy part…

1. Proximity

Proximity is basically the spatial relationship between the different elements in your design i.e.

  • Header
  • Subheader
  • Call to action (CTA) i.e. click now to learn more
  • Picture of a freebie

All you need to know is that elements that belong together, stay together (I mean… should be close to each other.)

And other elements should clearly be separated.

The below image shows a poor design on the left and a great design on the right!

Graphic design- Proximity

Pretty simple right?

2. Alignment

This is pretty obvious when you know it.

You won’t be able to ignore this ever again!

You can align your text to the left, middle, right or justified as below…

Graphic design- Alignment

This is the same with vertical alignment.

The aim here is to keep each element of your design the same.

You can have a call to action aligned to the right, whilst your heading is aligned to the left. But it looks weird if you have part of you heading aligned to the left and part of it centred (I know I’m guilty of that in the past!… Thanks Kristin!)

3. Repeat, repeat, repeat

If you’re like me, you love time-saving tips.

The best thing about this is it will help you look more professional… and save time!

Again, this is pretty simple.

Repeat- graphic design

Choose a few fonts, colours and styles that you use regularly across your pins, logos and brand.

Here’s the best tips:

  • Choose 2/ 3 fonts
  • Create a colour palette of about 5 colours (you can include black and white and use a free colour palette tool to choose around 3 others)
  • Use similar styles i.e. arrows/ boxes

Now write them down in your notepad or somewhere you have access to regularly.

I use Evernote (it’s free).

4. Contrast

Possibly the most important design concept.

This is the way to make the biggest difference VERY quickly.

You can use contrast by changing:

  • Colour
  • Size
  • Shape
  • Space
Graphic design- Contrast

This is really only skimming the surface as there are so many variations you can use. Even within one pin!

The aim is to draw your viewer’s attention to a particular element and make certain words “pop” off the page.

5. Hierarchy

My personal favourite new design principle!

There should always be a “hierarchy” of the order you want your viewers to see elements on your designs.

In a pin that order may be:

  1. Heading
  2. Subheading
  3. Image
  4. Call to action
  5. Your URL

Check out the two pins below…

Hierarchy Graphic Design

The one on the right draws your eyes to the words “harvest peas” first. The image of peas confirms your eyes read it right! Then you can see the CTA has a free checklist.

So you may want your viewers to see your CTA before your subheading.

Or maybe the image should be the first thing they see.

Your hierarchy is super important in conveying the message you want. And the majority of people do not even consider this when designing pins.


You now know more than most blogger pin designers!

Related content:

Quickly create viral pins- creating pins in Canva

This is exactly how to create a pin for Pinterest on a budget.

You have to use Canva.

It’s free, has amazingly easy to use tools and saves so much time.

With that said, here’s Kristin to walk you through how to use Canva…

But Kristin also added in an amazing value bomb in the podcast…

How to create 50 Pins in an hour

This is amazing!

Here’s what you need to do…

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to create pins for Pinterest quickly

  1. Choose 5 of your best blog posts

    Use Google Analytics to see what posts are performing the best recently (or the best posts ever).
    Top tip… choose one category if you have multiple categories you blog about How to Find Your Most Popular Blog Posts

  2. Create 5 pin templates on Canva

    Use Canva to create 5 templates that you can use for your best posts.
    The image needs to match all 5 posts, which is why it’s important to. choose one category!

  3. Create 2 headlines for your best 5 blogs (10 headlines total)

    Top tip- use free online tools such as Aminstitue or CoScheduler to see how catchy your headline is. Learn 13 ways to create headlines that catch attention here.

  4. Insert your 10 headlines into the 5 templates

    Pay attention to the hierarchy each time. You may want certain words to pop out or add in different CTA’s.

To be fair… Kristin did say you may need to spend a bit more time designing your 5 templates.

But this is certainly possible and a great little hack that I will personally be using… a lot!

One of the main messages throughout the chat was to…

Keep it simple stupid!

This is one of the most common mistakes when new bloggers are learning how to create a pin on Pinterest…

Most people try to add in fancy little design elements to make it look like they are a pro designer (I’m holding my hands up right now… typing with your nose is hard FYI!)

Just make your pins and all your designs simple.

Don’t add in crazy shadow effects or colour gradients.

Keep it simple = save more time + make your pins look more professional.

There were some other little gems thrown in by Kristin too…

Best free graphic design tools

Here are some super helpful (free) graphic design tools you can use:

  • Colorzilla (Chrome colour dropper extension to choose any colour you see on the screen… great for matching colours to an image)
  • Photopea (make transparent backgrounds and more fancy things)
  • Creative Market (free fancy designs and patterns etc.)
  • Ivory mix (get awesome stock photos… it has paid versions too!)

All of this awesome value, but you may still be wondering…

How to create a pin for Pinterest & post it

Now you know how to create a pin for Pinterest, how do you actually post it to Pinterest?

There are numerous ways and even if you already know one or two ways to do it, there may be another sneaky time-saving way that you aren’t aware of…

Use the Pinterest Chrome extension

Simply install the Pinterest extension.

Whenever you are on any website you can click the Pin button and you get to choose any image that is on the website.

Remember to add your description for the pin using keywords.

How to Create a Pin for Pinterest: Kristin Rappaport Podcast
How to Create a Pin for Pinterest: Kristin Rappaport Podcast

So if you upload your pin to your blog, you can easily pin from there.

Use your social shares plugin

There are loads of social share plugins out there and everyone will tell you theirs is the best.

I use Social Warfare as it doesn’t affect the website speed and I love the features (even in the free version!)

Simply click the extension that looks like this and pin it. You can even try the one on this page now 😉

Social Share Plugin

This method will again need you to upload your pin to your blog post.

Add from a website in Pinterest

This is the third way of saving a pin from a website.

Personally, I don’t know why anyone would ever choose this option as it seems silly.

But maybe you want to just stay on the Pinterest platform and you know the exact URL you are looking for?

Anyway here’s what to do…

How to Create a Pin for Pinterest: Kristin Rappaport Podcast

Upload a photo in Pinterest

You can do this without needing to upload your pin onto your blog.

This is great for designing multiple pins for one blog post. It means you don’t need to add a load of pins to one post, which does 2 things:

  1. Slows the page speed down
  2. Adds loads of unnecessary pins to your page


  • Click the + on Pinterest
  • Create Pin
  • Drag your image into the correct slot (see screenshot above)
  • Add your title and description (make sure keywords are in there. Check out this post for more about Pinterest SEO)

Directly on Tailwind

This is another way you can add additional pins that are not on your blog post.

Note it’s a good idea to make more than one pin per blog post. Read more about why in 5 Pinterest hacks for more blog traffic.

Then you simply:

  • Click publisher & drafts
  • Upload your pin
  • Add title, description and URL & schedule to appropriate boards

Using the Tailwind Chrome extension

This is very similar to the Pinterest extension.

The two big differences are:

  1. You can upload multiple pins in one go
  2. You can schedule the pins to multiple boards

Here’s a great little hack to help you pin 100+ pins in a couple of minutes…

If you don’t have Tailwind you can see how much of time-saver it is! (that’s an affiliate link that will give you 100 pins for free to try it out and 1 month free if you upgrade!)

Related content:

Full Podcast Transcript

What can you do now?

Check out Kristin’s website Applecart Lane.

She has a 30-minute free course that walks you through these design steps in much more detail.

I’ve genuinely paid over $40 for similar “courses” before (I won’t name & shame them!) and learnt a fraction of the actionable tips that Kristin provides here.

The training is complete with over the shoulder videos and it includes:

  • More detail about the 5 design principles above
  • How to plan your graphics
  • 10 common design mistakes people make
  • Branding basics
  • Graphic design checklist
  • Graphic planning worksheet

It’s epic and I doubt it will stay free for long.

Go to her website now to find out how to get it, before it’s taken down!

Kristin Rappaport podcast summary

So there you go… exactly how to create a pin for Pinterest and make it look amazing!

These “show notes” have ended up becoming a full-on blog post in itself because there really was so much to take away from this chat.

Graphic design isn’t just for people with an “eye for it”.

Anyone can learn these simple design techniques and use them to get way more traffic from Pinterest.

What are you going to do differently in your pin design from now on? Have you got any questions about graphic design?

How to Create a Pin for Pinterest: Kristin Rappaport Podcast

How to Make Money From a Blog Quickly: Blog Income Reports Study in 7 Niches

This Blog Income Reports Study on how to make money from a blog quickly has no affiliate links on it. It was made with the sole purpose of helping new bloggers go from 0 to 4 figures a month quickly by using the proven path already laid out for you.

How to Make Money From a Blog

You probably already know that it’s possible to make money blogging.

But for most people, it is hard to know how to monetise your blog at the start. Every “guru” you turn to tells you something different… you should do more freelancing, or use adverts, or affiliate marketing or write an ebook.

Here’s the truth…

Every niche has a slightly different trend in making money within the first year or so.

I’d like to tell you that hard work and dedication will make you money online in the end. But the fact is if you don’t see results quickly, you’re more likely to give up.

This blog income reports study will show you how to make money from a blog quickly in 7 different niches. It is a proven road map for you to take a blog from zero to 4 figures a month… and beyond!

This has the proven path to make 4 figures a month so it is split up into 3 parts:

  1. The Income Distribution of 7 Niches
  2. The Blueprint to Make $1000+ Per Month
  3. The Key Findings


How to Make Money From a Blog- New Blog's Income Report Study in 7 Niches. How new blogs start making money using ads, affiliate marketing, their own courses and freelancing or services

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How is This Blog Income Report Study Different?

Brandon Gaille produced a lot of amazing facts in his 2018 blog income report study.

However, one important thing was missing…

How does each niche make money?

More importantly, how does each blog niche make money in the early days?

The generic advice doesn’t work for every niche, as you are about to find out.

For example, if you have a food blog is there any point in looking for affiliate programs to promote? Or if you have a marketing blog, should you bother using adverts?

The more you read this study, the more you will see the proven path that is laid out for how to make money from a blog in your niche.

The 7 Niches in This Blog Income Reports Study

There are 7 niches researched in this blog income reports study:

  1. Food
  2. Health and Fitness
  3. Lifestyle
  4. Mommy
  5. Marketing
  6. Personal Finance
  7. Travel

And if you look into the majority of successful blog niches they will normally fit under one of these categories.

The lifestyle niche includes blogs that write about a variety of interests but could have an emphasis on DIY crafts, home decor, journaling etc.

The health & fitness or Mommy niches are closely linked to lifestyle but there was a clear focus on these blogs.

The Blog Income Reports Study Criteria

This study had a few criteria that had to be met:

  • At least 5 blog income reports in each niche
  • All income reports also need to be over $1,700 per month (most reports below this amount are just “a bit of this and that”)
  • All income reports are below 6 figures a month (51 out of 57 were under 5 figures per month with the highest at $19,889)
  • Income reports must also have a break down of where the income was from

Why use these criteria?

We wanted to find blogs that are making money from their own niche. Not just making money “blogging about blogging”.

Just think about it… have you seen those headlines on how to make money blogging like this?…

How I Made $1.5 Million Blogging Last Year... With my Eyes Closed on a Beach

Disclaimer- the “eyes closed and beach” part is totally made up!

These are great for motivation but when you see a Mommy blog with these numbers it’s almost always because of one thing…

It has expanded into blogging about blogging.

Therefore, it’s not an accurate representation of how that niche makes money anymore…

It’s really just another marketing blog.

For this reason, many of the income reports used were not the blogger’s most recent income report.

The farther back you look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

Winston Churchill

By finding the income reports towards the start of the blogger’s journey we are able to see how to blog for money in the early stages.

Key Terms for the Study

So here are some key terms that you will need to be aware of for this study to make sense:

  • Ads: The amount of income from ad networks.
  • Affiliate: Affiliate marketing income (being paid a commission if someone buys something through a link on your website for someone else’s product).
  • Own Products: Any products that the owner creates and sells. This includes ebooks, courses, physical products and apps.
  • Other: Any other income. This includes freelance work, sponsored posts, sponsorship for their website or podcast, coaching or other services they provide.
  • Start Year: The year the website was created.

Important Disclaimers

There are also some things to take into consideration with this study.

1. Some blogs overlap 2 or more different niches i.e. Fit Mom Journey is part Mommy and part Fitness.

However, the main niche that is written about is the one recorded in this study (hence, Fit Mom Journey is more about health and fitness).

2. Mommy bloggers often fall under the lifestyle niche but there were enough blogs that clearly had a focus on Moms and parenting.

3. It’s hard to find blog income reports from websites that are not blogging about blogging!!

And there is a big reason why people make income reports…

Most income reports promote more affiliate links.

Yes, they can be educational, motivating and helpful. I’m grateful for them just doing this- research! But, 99 times out of 100, they are used to recommend more affiliate products.

But the truth is, many successful blogs will never produce a detailed income report.

This makes finding income reports that fit the purpose of this study quite challenging!

Part 1- How to Make Money From a Blog: The Income Distribution of 7 Niches

You can find all of the blog income reports used in this study towards the bottom of this page.

But if you’re like me, you’ll be pretty excited to see the difference between each niche.

How to Make Money From a Food Blog- Income Distribution

There is a clear monetisation method for food bloggers.

How to Make Money From a Blog. How Food Bloggers Make Money Quickly From Blogging

Ads for food blogs are crucial.

This is why getting onto the best ad networks and understanding what the requirements are to do this is so important for them. You can learn more about this on The Best 5 Ad Networks for Blogs.

Food Blogs Focus on Ads

Well duh!

But let’s think about why and what this means…

The obvious reason for this is that food blogs tend to get a lot of traffic because everyone needs to cook.

When the typical “house chef” (AKA Mom… please don’t shoot me for the stereotype!) struggles for ideas they do one of two things, in 2019:

  • Google recipe ideas
  • Search Pinterest for recipes

This means that new blogs can get hundreds of thousands of page views from Pinterest alone if they use it right.

Pinterest still has a high majority of active users that are aged between 25-45 and female. Hootsuite shows there has been an increase in male sign-ups since 2018, but they are still not as active on the platform.

Therefore, Pinterest is crucial for how to make money blogging about food. If you have a new food blog, all of your efforts should be spent on Pinterest promotion at the start.

Check out “5 Pinterest Hacks to Explode Your Traffic” if you want to get more pinning traffic tips.

How to Make Money From a Health & Fitness Blog- Income Distribution

There is again a clear method that health and fitness blogs use…

Advertising networks.

How Health & Fitness Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

However, it’s important to note this doesn’t have to be the case.

For example, Avocadu didn’t use any ads on the website at the start and focused much more on affiliate marketing and selling their own products quickly.

Health & Fitness Bloggers Get the Least Income from “Other” Means

Out of the 5 blogs in this study, Only Root and Revel started making any money from sponsored content.

None of these websites reported income from freelance or coaching work.

So how did health & fitness blogs make money from a blog?

Common Affiliate Opportunities for Health and Fitness Blogs

In a moment you’ll notice there are a range of products promoted on each website without any real common trends.

Here are the main money earners for health and fitness websites (excluding ads):

  • Xukkhini- Weight loss products on Clickbank
  • Avocadu- Yoga products on Amazon Associates (note they even admit you won’t be able to make much from here) plus Clickbank and their own products.
  • Root and Revel- Affiliate for Butcher box (organic meat products)
  • Fit Mom Journey- Affiliate for Perfect Keto
  • Organize Yourself Skinny- Own products i.e. ebook and meal plans

Remember these are not affiliate links, but the links for you to join the affiliate programs.

Using Pinterest is again where the majority of your time should be spent if you have a new Health and Fitness blog.

Once you see what articles your readers are interested in, then you can look for appropriate affiliate products to promote.

How to Make Money From a Lifestyle Blog- Income Distribution

So how do lifestyle websites make money from a blog?

As you can see below, ads are also super important to lifestyle blogs when they first start to make money blogging.

How Lifestyle Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

However, due to the large range of topics lifestyle blogs cover there really is no right or wrong way to monetise these types of websites.

Lifestyle Blogs Use Different Income Streams

You can see from Chasing Foxes that it’s possible to get an insane amount of traffic quickly to your blog. Silas and Grace pumped out 50 posts before they even launched their website and had over 2 million page views in a single month… within their first year!

This is obviously going to bring in some great income from ads. They relied heavily on Pinterest for this again.

Whereas Let’s Reach Success focused on freelance work and sponsored posts in the early days.

Lifestyle Blog Formula

Despite there being many ways lifestyle blogs can earn money there is a general theme across the blogs in this study.

The main focus was on making money from a blog with ads and affiliate marketing:

  1. Typically the websites built up traffic to monetise with some ads.
  2. They used Amazon Associates to place links for products they were writing about.
  3. This way they could test out what their audience was interested in.
  4. Eventually, they could create their own product tailored to their readers wants.

To be honest this is not just a lifestyle blog formula.

It’s also really the trend across the majority of these successful blogs as you are about to find out.

How to Make Money From a Mommy Blog- Income Distribution

Mommy’s make money blogging in a very similar way to lifestyle blogs.

How Mommy Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

But again ads stand out as the main way to make money from a Mommy blog at the start.

There was an interesting finding from this study…

Mommy Blogs Quickly Blog About Blogging

Maybe this isn’t always the case.


Every one of the Mommy blogs (with Easy Baby Life less so) in this study started “blogging about blogging” or promoting some of their favourite blogging tools.

This kind of makes sense as a lot of Mom’s will be interested in making some money from home so they can spend more time with their kids.

However, these income reports prove it is possible to make money without doing that as none of them had really monetised in this way… yet!

Common Mommy Blog Affiliate Ideas

There was one platform which dominated in all of these reports:

Amazon Associates.

That’s a bit vague, so here are some common ideas they promoted:

  • Baby gifts
  • Baby gear- buggies/ prams/ car seat etc.
  • Breastfeeding stuff
  • Nursery ideas- cribs/ lamps etc.

There tend to be lots of different items promoted. But the “comparisons”, “reviews” or “how to use” posts did well.

How to Make Money From a Marketing Blog- Income Distribution

This niche is where you see the biggest difference to every other niche!

How Marketing Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

This is why you need to take “blogging about blogging” websites with a. pinch of salt.

Have you noticed yet that the things that work for these blogs may not work in your niche?

There are 2 key findings from this blog income reports study….

#1 Marketing Blogs Rely Less on Pinterest- They Do Not Focus on Ads

Readers on marketing websites (i.e. blogging about blogging or podcasting or how to use affiliate marketing etc.) do not want to see a load of pop-ups or ads everywhere.

There are two main reasons for this:

  1. They want readers to click on their products and affiliate links, not the ads!
  2. It slows the website down.

Simply put:

  • Ads are annoying and readers on marketing websites are more aware of them, unlike the typical readers in other niches.

Therefore, the last thing the readers on marketing websites want is to be interrupted every two seconds.

…Or struggle to scroll down without the website glitching.

#2 Marketing Blogs Make Money From Their Own Products Quickly

This was another interesting finding.

Even when I put in Pat Flynn, Melyssa Griffin and JLD’s super high incomes ($150,000 a month+) the income distribution hardly changes…

How to Make Money From a Marketing Blog- High Income Distribution ($150k/ Month+)

This just shows that it is possible to make money from your own products even with a new website.

However, you are about to find out that the income distribution changes a lot for other niches.

This is why it’s good not to include these kinds of blog income reports in this study.

The Best Marketing Blogs Have Less Traffic and a Smaller Audience… But Build Better Relationships

Just take Pete McPherson’s Do You Even Blog as an example.

With a relatively new website, Pete generates 60% of his income from his own courses. You can listen to my chat with Pete on the Make Time Online podcast about what he sees as the “Future of Digital Marketing“.

Also, Ana from The She Approach has already had a lot of success from her own ebooks and courses, with 47% of her income coming from them.

Common Affiliate Networks for Marketing Blogs

There are some common networks for marketing blogs:

Remember these are not affiliate links, but the links for you to join the affiliate programs.

Every marketing website promotes individual affiliate programs too.

Ranging from Pinterest ebooks to full-on 6 Figure Blogging courses.

Click here to see my personal favourite blogging tools and courses.

How to Make Money From a Personal Finance Blog- Income Distribution

Another different looking graph!

How Personal Finance Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

As you can see personal finance bloggers make a higher percentage of their income from affiliate marketing than any other monetisation method.

So if you’re a personal finance blogger, chances are you should be looking at affiliate programs to make money blogging.

Personal Finance Blogs Focus More on Affiliate Income Than Any Other Niche

Even in the early days, you can see personal finance websites focussing on affiliate marketing.

Affiliate programs such as survey sites (i.e. Survey Junkie) or reward sites (i.e. Ebates, now Rakuten) will make up a large portion of this income.

You can even see what Jeff and Ben from Dollarsprout recommend…

Example Affiliate Setup

These type of affiliate links are easiest to convert (AKA low cost, free or even provide a sign-up bonus for people to join).

Are you beginning to see how getting someone to pay $10 to join is not as easy as paying someone $10 to join?

This is much easier to sell in the early days compared to $1,000+ courses that marketing websites may be offering, where trust is key.

Common Affiliate Programs for Personal Finance Blogs

Here are some of the common programs that personal finance bloggers use to make money from a blog at the start:

Remember these are not affiliate links, but the links for you to join the affiliate programs.

There are also loads of different affiliates depending on your specific focus i.e. credit card sign-ups or stock trading programs etc.

Plus, here’s a little bonus look inside Jeff’s income-generating platforms (this is super useful if you’ve never seen the backend of affiliate programs before)…

This was from their October 2018 Income report at $61,915, after Dollarsprout was more established.

You can check out our chat on the podcast if you’d like to hear how these guys created a $240k/ month online business in 3 years.

How to Make Money From a Travel Blog- Income Distribution

Again another different looking graph.

How Travel Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

This time you can see that travel blogs typically get their income in a variety of ways.

Some sites such as Once in a Lifetime Journey make money blogging mainly from consulting. Others, such as External Expat do quite a bit of freelance work.

The fact is, travel blogs will have to hustle more to find these opportunities.

Travel Blogs Make Money With Sponsors and Freelance Income

If you’re like me you may find this really helpful to know.

If you were starting a travel website the majority of them make money from other monetisation methods, such as sponsors and freelance writing.

In fact, 6 out of 8 of the travel websites in this study has some income from sponsored posts or freelance work.

So if you are trying to make money blogging with a travel blog by creating your own course, you may find it’s an uphill battle.

Remember, don’t reinvent the wheel!

Use the map that others have left you to copy their success.

Some Useful Marketplaces for Travel Blogs

Here are some of the places for how to make money from a travel blog:

Remember these are not affiliate links, but the links for you to join the affiliate programs or use the platform.

Freelancing and sponsored income comes in such a variety.

However, the best opportunities tend to not actually come from sites like Fiverr and Upwork.

This makes it harder to set out a blueprint for the best ways to do it.

For example, Will from Travel Blog Breakthrough got a big chunk of his income from a Trekking company after they saw his work on the Inca Trail Guide.

He jumped on a skype call to make that happen.

Make sure you check out the income reports below to find other ways of how blogger’s make money from a travel blog.

Part 2- The Blueprint to Make $1,000+

Now, I bet you’re looking at all of these pretty charts thinking…

So what?

Well, let’s summarise the key takeaways and more importantly…

Let’s work out an action plan moving forward.

#1 Every Blog Needs Traffic

First of all, let’s start with the obvious.

If you want to make money from your website you have to get traffic.


5 out of 7 niches have a large chunk of their initial income from using ad networks.

Yes, Google Adsense is easy enough to get onto and start the ball rolling.

But the majority of these bloggers were getting most joy by using Mediavine or AdThrive.

Ad Income For New Blog's to Monetise. 88% of Total ad revenue comes from MediaVine and AdThrive.
Note only 34 out of 57 bloggers used AdThrive or MediaVine, but they earnt the vast majority of the ad income.

So it would be wise to aim for this.


Now, I can almost hear your mind saying…

But How do I Get This Traffic?

If you’re like me, this is THE question you want to be answered!

This short video will explain exactly how many of the bloggers in this study have made sure they are writing content that people are actively searching for.

AKA how they get more traffic…

So if you use these techniques rather than just guessing, you will notice your articles will start getting much more attention quickly.

Click these links to try it out right now:

  1. Pinterest
  2. Ubersuggest

#2 Aim for 25,000 Sessions a Month (Unless You Have a Marketing Blog)

I know what you’re thinking!

That sounds like a lot, right?

But there are 57 blog income reports that show you this is 100% possible for you to do.

Why 25,000 monthly sessions?

Simple because Mediavine requires 25,000 monthly sessions to allow a blog to use their network.

Therefore, aim for that!

AdThrive, which tends to pay a bit better on average requires 100,000 monthly page views.

(Note 100k page views means if 25,000 people click on 4 pages each you’d achieve that!)

This means to make some good money from ads on your blog, you need to focus on getting 25,000 monthly sessions…


Check out “The 5 Best Ad Networks for Blogs” to see more details about the ad networks.

Even the bloggers that did not focus on ads still needed the traffic to work out what affiliate programs or products their audience wants.

If you aren’t getting 5,000 monthly sessions yet then check out “How to Use Pinterest for Beginners“. As many of these income reports prove… Pinterest is still the fastest free way to get traffic to your website.

The most successful niches on Pinterest are still:

  • Recipes
  • Home decor
  • Fashion
  • DIY (crafts, decor etc.)

Followed closely by:

  • Kids and Parenting
  • Travel
  • Health & Fitness

Many other niches can be successful, but these are still the most widely pinned and active niches.

#3 Use Affiliate Products to Match Your Readers Interests

Once you get traffic from Pinterest (at least 5,000 page views a month) you can use Google Analytics to see what posts most of your readers are reading.

How to Find Your Most Popular Blog Posts

This proves exactly what the people reading your blog are most interested in. And are you beginning to notice you don’t need to guess?

Use the data!

Once you know this, you can start to recommend great products that fit with these articles.

Plus, you can write more posts on these topics to get even more traffic!

There are plenty of niche-specific affiliate marketplaces in the sections above if you want some ideas of where to find these affiliate products.

#4 Create Your Own Product (Optional)

If you really want to start making a big income then this is the next step to take.

As you can see from this study already, it is possible to make well over $1,000 per month blogging without even thinking about this stage. (*Cough cough Chasing Foxes with $15k/ month from ads alone!*)

But if you make a better version of the affiliate product that you are promoting, you will get to keep all the profit instead of a per cent of the sale.

Hence, instead of making $5 commission on a $30 ebook, you can make the full $30 (or whatever you choose to charge for it).

This is the proven path that has already been laid out for how to make money from a blog.

Part 3- The Key Findings

There were some important and some unexpected findings from doing this blog income reports research.

#1 It is Possible to Make Money Blogging… Without Writing About Blogging

This could well be the biggest takeaway from this blog income reports study.

It is possible to make money in other niches than marketing.

All of the income reports below will show you how these blogs made money without talking about blogging.

You can tell that some of them (i.e. The Busy Budgeter) have clearly started to blog about blogging. But there was very little money made from “blogging about blogging” in these income reports.

#2 Some Niches Tend to Reach an Upper Limit

For example, Mommy & lifestyle blogs only have so many affiliates they can promote and only so many pageviews they can get in a month.

At this stage, it’s hard for them to create a specific “Mommy product” so many of these blogs tend to start “blogging about blogging”.

This opens up many more affiliate programs and provides an opportunity to create their own courses.

Just as I eluded (ooo posh word from me!) to earlier, most blog income reports will exist to provide motivation for others. But they also promote more affiliate links i.e. Bluehost hosting or an autoresponder or favourite theme to use etc.

Therefore, it is hard to find income reports that are based solely on a “non-blogging” niche. Many of the websites featured in this blog income reports study will eventually have affiliate links to blogging tools or courses.

#3 Income Distribution Changes Over Time

The graph below shows the average income distribution of 7 blogs, one from each niche.

The second graph is from the same 7 blogs. But they have since kicked on and made at least $40,000 a month.

How Successful Bloggers Income Distribution Changes Once They Make More Money

As you can see there is a much heavier reliance from their own products and affiliate marketing.

All 7 of these websites now have a focus on blogging about blogging (Show Me The Yummy has a course on how to make videos for food bloggers, which is sort of related).

Simply put…

Once you start making good money from your blog, focus on automating with affiliate marketing and funnels selling your own products.

The most successful blogs tend to have affiliate opportunities for their own products meaning it becomes even more passive.

The 7 Blogs Used For This

Blog NameNicheFirst Income ReportMonthly IncomeSecond Income ReportMonthly Income
Just a Girl and her BlogLifestyleFeb 2014$2,446Dec 2016$41,700
Show me the YummyFoodJun 2016$4,781Dec 2016$46,366
The Realistic MamaMommyMar 2016$5,891Aug 2018$48,162
Avocadu*Health & FitnessApr 2016$4,244Aug 2019$111,929
Making Sense of CentsPersonal FinanceJan 2015$15,396May 2018$136,808
It’s a Lovely LifeTravelMar 2017$37,810Dec 2018$147,833
Melyssa GriffinMarketingJul 2015$9,226Dec 2016$283,680

The Most Important Finding of All

Every single blogger that has started making $2,000 per month or more has done this one thing.

There are ZERO exceptions.

I bet you want to know what it is, don’t you?

But you won’t like it…

Seriously though you won’t…


I told you, you weren’t going to like it.

There’s no magic sauce that made these blogs earn money.

They all hustled at the start.

They all found “other” ways to make money or put in an incredible amount of effort to make money through the more “passive” ads, affiliate marketing and own products.

As you can see… content creation is key!

But you don’t need to reinvent the wheel (in fact, it’s better that you don’t because if it hasn’t been written about before, there is probably a reason!)

Find what works for others and make better versions of them.

57 Blog Income Reports in 7 Different Niches

So here are the blog income reports that were used in this study.

Feel free to click on the blog name and look into any of the reports in more detail.

Food Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Yup Its VeganFoodFeb 20172013$1,708
Pinch of YumFoodMay 20122010$2,970
The Endless MealFoodNov 20162011$4,118
Pickled PlumFoodNov 20162013$4,330
Show me the YummyFoodJun 20162013$4,781
Butternut BakeryFoodMay 20192018$5,041
Piping Pot CurryFoodAug 20182017$5,110
The Bewitchin Kitchen FoodJan 20172010$5,362

Health & Fitness Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
XukkhiniHealth & FitnessMar 20182017$1,732
Avocadu*Health & FitnessApr 20162015$4,244
Root and RevelHealth & FitnessJan 20182015$7,534
Organize Yourself SkinnyHealth & Fitness20152013$8,726
Fit Mom JourneyHealth & FitnessDec 20182016$10,123

*Income report was taken from Alex and Lauren’s book “How to Make Money Blogging”. Their income on Create & Go is updated every month.

Lifestyle Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Vigor It OutLifestyleMay 20182017$1,907
Anastasia BloggerLifestyleJan 20182017$2,085
Just a Girl and her BlogLifestyleFeb 20142013$2,446
Jessicas LaughterLifestyleJul 20162016$2,569
Gathering DreamsLifestyleJan 20182017$3,836
Chasing a Better LifeLifestyleJun 20182017$4,274
Let’s Reach SuccessLifestyleJun 20192013$4,305
SewrellaLifestyleMay 20182016$10,180
Chasing FoxesLifestyleAug 20172016$19,889

Mommy Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Moms Make MoneyMommyAug 20132011$2,147
What Mommy DoesMommyJul 20152012$3,391
Single Moms IncomeMommyAug 20152012$3,754
Mommy on PurposeMommyDec 20162010$3,976
Easy Baby LifeMommyApr 20172015$4,310
Rose AtwaterMommyMar 20162013$4,886
The Intentional MomMommyApr 20172008$5,481
The Realistic MamaMommyMar 20162014$5,891
Pulling Curls MommyMay 20172014$6,621

Marketing Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Blogging Her WayMarketingMay 20182017$1,704
Moms Make CentsMarketingOct 20162016$2,127
Do You Even BlogMarketingMar 20192017$2,883
Inspired Blogger University***MarketingMay 20162014$3,738
The She Approach**MarketingJan 20192016$4,230
House of BrazenMarketingMar 20172013$5,219
Her Paper RouteMarketingMar 20182017$8,426
Melyssa GriffinMarketingJul 20152015$9,226

**This is Ana’s first $50,000 income report. The total has been divided by 12 even though it took 2 and a half years to get there because the income has sped up more recently.

***Only the income from Inspired BU was used for this study (not the income from Meet Penny)

Personal Finance Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Millennial BossPersonal FinanceApr 20182016$1,950
The Frugal Millionaire BlogPersonal FinanceJan 20172014$2,171
The Savvy CouplePersonal FinanceJan 20182016$2,412
Retired by 40Personal FinanceDec 20162013$3,328
FitnancialsPersonal FinanceNov 20182013$4,612
Inspired BudgetPersonal FinanceJun 20182017$7,296
Unconventional Prosperity Personal FinanceFeb 20182017$8,221
DollarsproutPersonal FinanceJan 20182016$12,372
Busy BudgeterPersonal FinanceMar 20162014$12,484
Making Sense of CentsPersonal FinanceJan 20152011$15,396

Travel Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Wherever Writer*****TravelFeb 20182012$1,973
External ExpatTravelJan 20182016$2,502
Ali’s AdventuresTravelJun20172007$2,868
Get Away CoupleTravelSep 20182017$3,027
Travel Blog BreakthroughTravelOct 20162014$3,431
Practical WanderlustTravelApr 20182016$5,882
Living the Dream RTW****TravelAug 20192010$8,113
Once in a Lifetime Journey TravelNov 20182014$9,682

***** Only travel related income was reported in this study- not the “blogging about blogging” income.

**** This income report gets updated every month but was used with the figures from August 2019

One Final Note on How to Make Money From a Blog

Remember this…

It is possible to make money in any way in any niche.

Of course, it is possible for food bloggers to create their own course or “monthly meal plans” and sell them in the early days.

Of course, you can make money from ads in any niche.

But what you have above is a proven path that successful blogs have taken to start making good money in different niches.

Use what they have left behind to your advantage.

Once you get that regular income, it then becomes possible to put more time into automating things and generating passive income from affiliate marketing funnels and sales of your own products.

How to Make Money From a Blog Quickly Summary

You can see a clear roadmap that successful blogs have taken to make money blogging in 7 different niches:

  • Food, Lifestyle & Mommy blogs should focus on Pinterest. Ideally creating list posts that people want to read & aim to get on Mediavine or AdThrive ad networks.
  • Health & Fitness blogs should do the same but quickly find affiliate products for their most popular articles.
  • Personal finance should also use Pinterest, noting that budgeting does better on Pinterest closely followed by ways to make money (use low cost or free affiliate products such as survey or cashback sites).
  • Marketing blogs should have an idea of a product they can create i.e. an eBook or Teachable course. The focus is on creating high-quality articles and really connect with the readers.
  • Travel blogs should still use Pinterest to drive traffic. Hustle to find sponsorships and freelance work to make up the income initially.

It doesn’t mean that you have to stick to this, but it does give you an idea of the quickest and proven ways for your niche to start making money.

Feel free to use any of the charts and graphs from this study. All I ask is that you kindly link back to this study from your blog post.

Keep changing for the better,


P.S. Check out “The Most Profitable Niche” and “The 5 Best Ad Networks for Bloggers“.

How to Use Pinterest for Beginners

In the spirit of full transparency, know that this post on how to use Pinterest for beginners contains affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. In fact, you may receive a discount or some money for free! Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

As you start reading the beginning of this article you find yourself wondering what it would be like to receive regular free traffic from Pinterest.

You’re intelligent enough to know that some people use Pinterest to drive most of their traffic to their blog.

The further on you read you’ll begin to understand how this is possible.

Welcome to how to use Pinterest for beginners…

Firstly, Why Use Pinterest? 

If you’re anything like me you’ve probably not used Pinterest much.

The little time you have spent on it has been wasted by pretty pictures of barn weddings and girly stuff.

So why bother to use Pinterest?

Because it’s business model is designed to connect users to content. No other BIG social media platform is designed for this.

Now, read that again.

Simply put, the best way to get NEW visitors to your site are:

  • Pinterest = user to content (awesome)
  • Google = user to content (awesome)
  • Facebook = user to user (good)
  • Twitter = user to user (good)
  • Instagram = user to user (average at best- it is good for creating “followers” and a brand though!)

Any social media can be a great way to drive traffic to your website, especially if you already have a “presence” on there.

However, Pinterest really takes the biscuit for getting new visitors to your website.

A pin that is months or years old can still bring traffic to your website.

This is not the case for most other social media platforms (especially Twitter… imagine!)

As you pay close attention to this page you will find out how this is all possible…

Related content:

5 Steps to Get Traffic to Your Blog Using Pinterest

So there are loads of little tips and tricks to automate this traffic and to turn your blog into an online business.

But let’s keep it simple to get your account set up in the best way possible.

If you are interested in seeing some of these automation tips then check out how Jeff and Ben created a $240k/ month online business using Pinterest.

Let’s find out how to use Pinterest for beginners…

#1 Set up Your Account- Understanding How Pinterest Works

Step one is to have your account set up in a way to help Pinterest know who you are and what you are sharing.

Just like other social media platforms, Pinterest uses fancy algorithms that decide what content is shown to which people.

It’s your job to make sure your account is set up to tell Pinterest what your blog is about and people that are interested in it can find it.


Here are a few things you need to make sure you have done for your account to be set up in the best way:

It doesn’t sound too bad but if you do this stage right it can take some time. Click any of the links above to find out more about each step.

I will leave this little nugget with you to help find your Pinterest keywords…

  1. Click ads in the top left corner on Pinterest (only available to those with a business account).
  2. Click “create ad” (don’t worry you won’t actually do this)
  3. Hit continue
  4. Scroll down to Keywords
  5. Type in your keywords and it will show you the number of people that search for variations of your keywords every month
How to use pinterest for begginers

Top tip- target keywords with the highest searches as Pinterest doesn’t care (as much) how old your account is unlike Google.

That stage alone is enough to make your Pinterest game way better than a lot of pinners!

If you’re worried about doing all of that or not understanding you can sign up to the free course at the bottom of this page. It has all the information there that you need to get started with much more detail and help than in this post.

#2 How to Create a Board on Pinterest

I’m not going to waste your time here… but this is an important step for how to use Pinterest for beginners!

  • Click your profile, click boards, click add board.
how to use Pinterest for beginners

The bit I do want to mention is what you should have on your board.

  1. Specific title (“blogging” is bad “blogging tips for beginners” is better)
  2. Keyword-rich descriptions (put in keywords i.e. “get more traffic” “SEO tips for beginners” “Affiliate marketing tips” etc.)
  3. Design a brand cover photo using colours and fonts that you usually use (see below)
How to Use Pinterest for beginners

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Re-arrange Pins on Pinterest Boards

This can cause some confusion!

It’s easy enough to repin your own pin to a different board but a lot of people seem to struggle with rearranging pins WITHIN a board.

Let me ask you this… Do you have certain posts that you want more people to find?

Of course, you do!

So make sure you rearrange your pins on occasion so that your best pins are at the front of your board!

There has been a couple of changes to Pinterest recently so check out this video to see how to rearrange pins on Pinterest.

#3 How to Make a Pin for Pinterest 

So you’ve had your appetiser, now let’s just jump into a few plates of meat…

There are 2 main graphic designers you can use to create your pins:

  1. Canva
  2. Snappa

Canva is free

Snappa costs $10 a month (or you get 5 downloads for free each month).

Canva is great for starting out, so here are my top tips:

  • Bookmark different designs you use so you can quickly find the layout you like.
  • Use to get all the FREE stock photo’s you need
  • If you want a transparent background (especially for logo designs) use this website for free.
  • Use a png compressor to make sure your pins are a smaller storage size (which improves the SEO of your website)

Snappa basically can do all the above (minus the png compressor) in one place.

Here’s why you may choose Snappa:

  • You pay for convenience!
  • It’s much more user-friendly to use
  • You can save unlimited pin designs (to save you time rather than recreating them EVERY time)
  • The stock photos are better than

UPDATE- Since trying Jeff and Ben’s (yeah you know the guys who make $240k/ month) “The Perfect Pin” course, I actually now use PowerPoint for a few reasons:

  1. Your pins stand out compared to most people
  2. I like the shading on letters which makes your words POP off the page
  3. Using colour boxes with gradients behind words can help your words look much clearer & more professional
  4. You have more control over how your pin looks
  5. They really know their stuff!

Now, I can almost hear your mind saying…

But What Should Your Pins Look Like?

There’s really only one rule…

Make them “Pinterest Pretty”

But what does that mean?

Just look at the best pins for “affiliate marketing for beginners”:

How to use Pinterest for beginners

Top tips for how to use Pinterest for beginners:

  • Don’t make them ugly
  • Make Writing BIG and clear to read
  • Use LOTS of white space
  • Don’t make them ugly
  • Use COLOURFUL text
  • Use a 2:3 ratio (typically 600 x 900px… don’t go over 1,260 px tall but I’m currently trying out 735 x 1,105 px to make it stand out a bit more)
  • Don’t make them UGLY!!

Here’s an example (be sure to Pin this so you can come back to it later!)

Learn how to use Pinterest and how to get blog traffic. These tips will help you learn how to make money from a blog quickly. Find out how to get followers on Pinterest simply by understanding how Pinterest works. You will also learn how to make a pin with these tips for Pinterest for beginners #pinteresttips #pinterestforbeginners #howtousepinterest #howtogettraffictoablog #blogtraffic
Pin me!

UPDATE- Your pin design is often the thing that will let you down at the start. I know because I have been there!

Funny story about this one- I didn’t try the “Perfect Pin” course for a few months because it was only $9. I figured it couldn’t be much good for that price.

It hands down beats other Pinterest courses I’ve taken for $40+! You can learn more from their on brand vs off brand and pins for engagement vs click through part than most other courses I’ve seen

The Perfect Pin course
Click this picture to find out more about the Perfect Pin course

#4 How to Get Followers on Pinterest 

There’s no secret sauce here!

Here’s the scientific 2 step process (which can be used on ANY social media platform):

  1. Follow Pinteresters that you’d like to follow you!
  2. Pin stuff!


Honestly, it has been said numerous times by Pinterest that the number of followers you have on Pinterest DOES NOT MATTER.


Re-read that sentence.

Partly because your content can be found through the search bar and the home page but mainly because of Tip number 5…

#5 Ultimate Tip! How to Join Pinterest Group Boards

So this is the game changer!

This is how Pinterest can help to drive so much more traffic than other social media platforms. 

Hold on a jiffy… What is a group board?

It is a board that has 2 or more “collaborators” (people that can post pins on a board)

You can invite others to collaborate on your boards but the exciting part…

You can become a collaborator on other boards.

So if you are new and you get on a board with 10,000 followers then all of these people can see, share and view your pins!


If you would like to know how to do this then I would recommend you start this free Pinterest email course.

This includes an email template of how to ask to become a collaborator and how to track who you’ve asked!

How to Use Pinterest for Beginners Summary

The more you keep reading this article the more you begin to understand how to use Pinterest and how it can be a MAJOR traffic supply.

Since you’re still here I’m going to assume you want to take Pinterest seriously.

If that’s the case you can find out a lot more tips and tactics about how to set up Pinterest in the best way for traffic in the FREE 6-day email course above…

The best part is:

There’s a way to automate it so you only need to put in one hour a month once it’s going!

Get on it like white on rice!

Keep changing for the better,


P.S. If you want more Pinterest tips, then check out the 5 Pinterest Hacks to get More Traffic.

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    How to Create a $240k/ Month Business Using Pinterest- Jeff & Ben from Dollarsprout

    MTO16- In the spirit of full transparency, know that this podcast with Jeff and Ben from Dollarsprout contains affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

    Jeff and Ben from Dollarsprout

    You probably know that making passive income online is a great way to create the lifestyle you want. 

    But most people struggle to make money online or even know where to start. I would like to tell you that all you have to do is work hard and you can do it. But in reality, finding the right strategy is more important to see results. 

    In this podcast with Jeff Proctor and Ben Huber we chat about:

    • How they struggled for over a year to make any money from their online business. 
    • What their “lightbulb” moment was
    • How you can use their “secret formula” to grow your online business quickly. 
    • What they would do if they were starting from scratch
    • Their online businesses: VTX Capital, Dollarsprout and Breaking The One Percent (BTOP)

    Buckle up pumpkin, this is a long one with insane value bombs! (Be sure to check out the video below… it’s a game changer)

    Be sure to pin this for later…

    Part 1- Jeff and Ben’s Background

    2 mins

    As you start to listen to this podcast you will realise that Jeff and Ben are just 2 normal guys.

    In the next 5 minutes you’ll find out:

    • Both Jeff and Ben had University degrees in Science
    • Jeff went down the finance route
    • Ben had a lot of debt… so started nursing
    • They knew there was more to life than working for someone else

    It was in February 2015 that they decided to give an online business a shot

    The Start of VTX Capital

    7 mins

    During this section, you’ll find out why Jeff quit his job with no proven business model in place…

    • They planned to earn $10-$15 per month for a membership model (people could see Jeff’s and Ben’s trades they were making etc.)
    • How Ben found an extra 40-50 hours a week to put into it (whilst working full time)
    • Jeff contributed 50-60 hours of work each week by himself
    • Learn how they avoided burn out and kept up the motivation

    Of course, you’ve heard that starting a business is tough. But after reading the title for this podcast, Jeff and Ben’s story may just surprise you.

    Here is the stage VTX Capital was at by May 2016: 

    • They were still making $0 (for 14 months!)
    • Jeff had to go back to work just 9 months after quitting
    • The membership model wasn’t working
    • They had no traffic

    Now, let me ask you this… Would you have the cahoonas to persevere if you worked for 14 months before seeing your first taste of success?

    Related content:

    The Lightbulb- Dollarsprout was Born

    12 mins

    It wasn’t until Jeff went back to work when their lightbulb moment happened for them:

    • They stumbled upon affiliate marketing and made a few dollars!!
    • In October 2017 Dollarsprout replaced VTX Capital
    • After about a year of Jeff working at the hospital, he quit his job again 
    • Ben took his first paycheck in March 2018 (over 3 years after starting!)

    Are you beginning to see how this was not a “get rich quick” thing that Jeff and Ben started?

    Affiliate marketing was a huge eye-opener for Jeff and Ben. They realised they had been working hard using the wrong strategy. They hadn’t even heard of it when they started so you will know more than they did just by reading “Affiliate Marketing Online: The Secrets Revealed“.

    Related content:

    Part 2- Pinterest- Dollarsprout’s (not so) Secret Traffic Source

    20 mins

    If you have ever heard bloggers mention the best “social media” to drive traffic (I use quotes here because it’s not really a social media platform) then you will no doubt have heard of Pinterest.

    But you may not have heard of BTOP’s Pinterest strategy.

    Find out my own experience of using Jeff and Bens Pinterest course including:

    • How long it took me to complete it and implement it
    • How it blew my mind (some people say that’s easy to do… I beg to differ!)
    • Their on brand/ off brand marketing tips
    • How to create pins for engagement vs click through rates (this was eye opening!)

    Jeff explains more about why they created the course in the first place and why it only costs $9. If you haven’t used Pinterest before then check out “How to Use Pinterest for Beginners” for an overview of why it beats other social media platforms and the basics for starting.

    THE Best Pinterest Tips (You Won’t Even Find This in BTOP’s Course!)

    25 mins

    You’re about to see that Ben is literally the Pinterest Don. Imagine what you could do if you really understood how Pinterest works. 

    In the next 2 minutes you will learn:

    • How the smart feed generates content
    • Why viral pins will have descriptions that contain “high volume keywords” (at least 99% of the time)
    • Understanding how “crawlers” learn what content is about 
    • Priority is given to “fresh” pins
    • How to optimise your pins & descriptions

    Little by little you begin to realise that “engaging pins” with “high volume keywords” will always win!

    However, the design is what will make your pin stand out when all else is equal.

    Listen to Jeff Analyse my Pin!

    32 mins

    I was cheeky and asked if these Pinterest criminal geniuses could check out a pin that was gaining some traction for me…

    Before Dollarsprout advice

    Hopefully, this advice will be able to help you too!

    So here are some of Jeffs top tips…

    • What do you want people to focus on? (i.e. where should their eyes be drawn to first?)
    • Increase Click Through Rate by adding a call to action (CTA)- i.e. a red button saying “Read Now”
    • Use a photo of Grant Sabatier if he allows it (people may recognise his face as he’s on a book tour currently)
    • If you’re getting traction Make 10 other pins for this article (try different things i.e. empahsising “Make $50,000 in 4 days”… or make Finacial Freedom easier to read)

    Are you beginning to notice that Pinterest has no issue with using different pictures and multiple pins for one post?

    Some ideas for what background image to use to add context were:

    • a picture of the book cover
    • Grant’s van in the desert that resembles financial freedom
    • a picture of a podcast microphone

    Here are some of the new pins I have created using his advice. 

    Dollarsprout finished pins

    I’ll let you know the stats after a week or so (please do ask… I have a tendency to forget to update these things!)

    Optimise Content That’s Getting Traction from Pinterest

    37 mins

    There’s really just one main piece of advice here:

    Think about what your goals are for a piece of content before you write it.

    There’s a few different goals you may have for every article you write:

    1. Gain email subscribers (i.e. create a specific opt in)
    2. Drive affiliate income (i.e. Affiliate link for what you are writing about- can you make an image with more flair than a button that catches people’s eyes?)
    3. Lead people to buy your own products 
    4. Link your Youtube channel or podcast etc.

    Are you beginning to see how it’s much easier to do this before you write the article rather than going back over it? Check out BTOP’s article on repurposing content if you still want more.

    IMPORTANT- Group Boards & How Pinterest Works

    39 mins

    There was one amazing piece of advice Ben gave here if you are interested in getting more traffic from Pinterest:

    Aim to reach a targeted audience rather than a large audience

    Quality always wins on Pinterest in the battle between hyper quality vs audience size!

    The boards that your pins are pinned to really matter i.e. if it’s on a “spam board” it will be really unlikely to feature on the smart feed. 


    Group boards in the past were phenomenal, but they have been toned down due to people abusing them.

    As you absorb this information you will realise that group boards have not been phased out altogether. But they won’t have the impact that they used to!

    Hence it’s important to use:

    • Personal boards (make them specific i.e. “Blogging Tips to Drive Traffic for Beginners”, rather than “Blogging Tips”)
    • AND high-quality group boards.

    Tailwind Hacks to Find Quality Group Boards… and Drive Insane Traffic

    42 mins

    As you continue to listen to this podcast you’ll start to get excited about what Pinterest can do for you.

    It’s important to note:

    • Pinterest analytics shows you which content is performing well
    • Tailwind helps you to see if a group board is still performing well

    This video on how well the group board is still performing shows you what Ben was referring to:

    Ben and Jeff only use boards with a virality score of 1 or higher. Therefore, pins should get re-pinned at least once on here.

    Note- Ben mentions this is slightly superficial as it only shows repins and not clicks on your pin. You may be getting 10 clicks per pin on a group board but this metric is not possible to track. 

    You probably know that group boards with dozens or hundreds of contributors tend to perform poorly. 

    But if they have less than 15 contributors they tend to perform better as a general rule. However, this doesn’t mean they’ll be high quality!

    Tailwind saves so much time. It’s possible to schedule a whole months worth of pins within a few hours and use Tailwind Tribes to find that super targeted audience Ben was talking about. You can try 100 pins for free and get $15 worth of credit when you join Tailwind through this link (affiliate link).

    Part 3- Scaling Dollarsprout

    48 mins

    The key takeaway from this section is:

    Pinterest helps with SEO

    Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) has “exploded” within the last year for Dollarsprout. But it can take 3-12 months+ to rank well for any given keyword. 

    Pinterest is a great way to accelerate this process and get traffic early on.

    Jeff and Ben ended up doing the exact same thing they did with Pinterest for SEO on Dollarsprout…

    They studied the pants off it!

    Ben says that finding medium volume keywords with low competition has been a crucial part of rapidly scaling their business. 

    This has helped Dollarsprout go from 30,000 search users/month to over 1 million organic searches every month!

    Shut the front door! I know right…

    The key was then to turn readers into email subscribers 

    And then turn them into paying customers. Simples…

    If you’d like to learn more about keyword research then check out “How to Find Keywords for Your Website“. Their research into this has been a huge factor for scaling their business.

    What Does Dollarsprout Look Like Now?

    53 mins

    Once Dollarsprout started earning more money they could scale and start to employ more people.

    Personally, I think this is where Jeff and Ben have shone compared to other online marketers who have started to make a bit of money online. 

    Jeff mentions how he remembers hearing Kyle Taylor from recommend that online businesses should invest half of their income back into the business. So that is what the Dollarsprout has done.

    This is how Dollarsprout looks now:

    • Ben and Jeff work full time
    • 2 full-time editors that are salaried with benefits and the full shebang
    • They have about a dozen freelance writers
    Eggs in basket

    The more you listen to the podcast the more you will realise that they don’t have all their eggs in one basket. So if one affiliate partner removes their services Dollarsprout won’t get burnt.

    Have you noticed that Ben and Jeff utilise their time and outsource more and more work to give them more time to do high-level thinking? Check out “Save Hours of Time with these Resources” to find more apps, websites and plugins that will save you much more time, hence, make you much more money!

    Dollarsprout Stats

    56 mins

    Jeff makes a disclaimer here:

    You do not need to go for the same targets and size of business they have built.

    Saying that here’s the bit you’ve probably been waiting for. Dollarsprout’s current stats (May 2019):

    • 1.4 million page views
    • 900k users
    • 80% from search engines
    • Revenue- just under $240k

    Do you remember they try to operate at a 50% profit margin? However, because they are growing so quick they are keeping more than 50% currently. 

    Now, let me ask you this… Would you be comfortable spending $120k in one month on expenses?

    Stock Market Investing

    They admit they never thought they would be in this position this time 2 years ago. 

    So what are Dollarsprout’s goals?

    • Some days they want to be leaders in the industry (personal finance)
    • Other days they wonder why they’re still working so hard

    But it is clear to see that they are really enjoying giving other people opportunities for meaningful work and making a difference to peoples lives. 

    And are you beginning to realise how modest and down to earth these guys are?

    Part 4- What is a Normal Day Like Now for Jeff and Ben?

    64 mins

    So it was at this stage that they were talking about how it’s not really about the money aspect as much any more. 

    It begged the question… what does a normal day look like for you now? Are they just sipping cocktails on the beach?

    You’ll have to listen in to this part to see what their day is like. 


    It’s probably not what you think…

    Dollarsprout- Top Tips for Themselves Before They Started

    66:30 mins

    Here are 5 amazing takeaways that can help you in whatever venture you are thinking of starting.

    This is what Jeff and Ben would tell themselves if they had a time machine


    1. Save more money than you think you need
    2. Have proof of concept! Make sure your side hustle is producing some income- Otherwise, the stress you’re under is more than you may expect


    1. Have an accountability partner- It could be your wife, a friend or another blogger
    2. Give it enough time to manifest- probably more time than you think
    3. Set a date to audit yourself and be prepared to pivot if it’s not working   

    Action for You…

    This obviously depends on where you are at:

    1. You’re looking to start an online business or make more money with affiliate marketing
    2. You’ve already seen some success from affiliate marketing but want more traffic

    1. Start an Online Business

    This may apply to you if you are either of these people:

    1. Want to start an online business, but have no idea where to start
    2. Already have a blog (online business) but haven’t seen the results you wanted.

    Disclaimer- DO NOT sign up to this email if you are looking to get rich quick without putting time and effort in.

    2. Not Seeing the Traffic You’d Like?

    If you have an online business (or blog) already but you are looking to grow your traffic, then there’s only one place I would recommend people go!

    The BTOP “Perfect Pin” course.

    Once you try this course out you will see why so many people recommend it to their friends. 

    For $9 it is a steal (I’ve spent over $25 a whack for Pinterest books before, that offer a smidge of value)

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    Jeff and Ben From Dollarsprout – Summary

    Well, this has been an absolute beast of a “podcast show notes”.

    I genuinely think there is too much information in here not to access it so hopefully the podcast, written content and videos may help you take some of their amazing wisdom away with you. 

    To summarise my main takeaways:

    • Get better at using Pinterest
    • Find an accountability partner
    • Invest 50% of income back into growing your business

    Drop a comment below to let me know what your main takeaways are.

    On a personal note, I felt like these guys were so humble and genuine. They started the podcast by saying we have all day, there were no time limits on their end. 

    They even went as far as to say that they were grateful to be on the podcast! 

    If you’re like me, then you’re probably very excited to see how far they will go on this journey. 

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      13 Effective Ways to Create the Best Blog Headlines [Top Secret Blueprint]

      There may be affiliate links in this article on how to create the best blog headlines, read the full disclaimer here.


      You’re intelligent enough to know that your headlines can result in you getting more traffic to your website.

      But most bloggers struggle to create a great headline that relates to their article. 

      Don’t fret though amigo… Because headlines have been studied in great detail and there are some clear winning tactics that can help. In fact, once you start using the “perfect headline formula” it becomes as easy to write great headlines as saying 1-2-3!

      This post will show you the findings of the best headline research ever done and how you can use this to create the best blog headlines.


      Why are Headlines so Important? 

      Here’s a fact for you:

      You get less than 5 seconds to make someone’s mind up as to whether they want to read your article.  



      Now, let me ask you this…

      Do you think it’s important to spend time on something that accounts for 50% of your blog posts effectiveness?



      The best digital marketers, such as Neil Patel, have identified the main reason that bloggers should spend more time on their headline.



      The rule of thumb is to spend the same amount of time on piecing your headline together as you spend writing your blog post. Are you beginning to see why the best bloggers spend so much time on their headlines? 


      Is There a Science to Writing Headlines? 

      It’s more of an art combined with some science! But since there’s no way to guarantee what people will click on, this post will focus on the science side as much as possible. There are studies that have produced some incredible stats about what people tend to click on more often.

      The more you read this article the more you will begin to understand how you can use these studies to your advantage!


      So what are some of these results from these headline studies?


      1. Use a Number at the Start


      A number in the title resonates the most with readers by far! So try to use a number in your headline in at least 50% of your blog posts. 

      Conductor did a study and produced the following table…



      2. Odd Numbers Get 20% More Clicks Than Even Numbers


      Not only do we now know that we should use a number, but it’s been proven that odd numbers get more clicks! Content Marketing Institute discovered this when they analysed 150,000 of the most successful headlines. Do not ask me why… it’s weird!!



      3. Use Caps For The First Letter Of Each Word

      The Conductor study also analysed the best way to use capitals in your headlines. 

      They looked at 3 different ways:

      Sentence Case – Effortlessly Create the Best Blog Headlines


      lower case- Effortlessly create the best blog headlines


      As you can see “Sentence Case” was the clear winner…



      #4 Use 57 Characters or Less

      If your title gets cut off in Google then it may not have the same impact. Google cuts off headlines that are wider than 600 px wide on desktop.

      Moz studied over 28,000 headlines on Google’s first page.

      They found that the headlines get cut off between 42-68 characters long. The average was 57.7 characters. It’s important to note that some letters take up more space than others i.e. “w” takes up 4 times as much space as “i”.

      If you’re like me you are gonna want to test that…



      (Seems about right to me!)


      If you want to air on the side of caution then use 45 characters max. But remember you can often use more emotional or powerful words the longer the title is, so it needs to be long enough to do two things:

      1. Make sense 
      2. Grab attention!




      The Webmaster tweeted me back on the above link. Moz found it actually increased to 70 characters in 2016 and 78 on mobile…

      Moral of the story, longer headlines can be found so don’t scrimp! Make sure your message comes across in your headline and it makes sense.


      #5 Stack Your Targeted Keyword at the Start

      Verbilo did a report on how to use CoScheduler to write great headlines. They found that readers tend to skim headlines and so really only take in the first and last 3 words. 

      If you want your readers to know what you are writing about then try to use your keyword at the start of the title.


      #6 6 Words is Optimum

      Since readers skim headlines, you can help them to read it all by trying to use 6 words. Remember, they tend to read the first and last 3 words of a headline

      Makes sense, right?


      #7 Use a Strong Adjective (Superlative) at the Beginning of the Title- But Don’t Overuse Them! 

      Remember the one job of your title is to get readers to click on the link. This means they want to know what it’s about! If you just write a load of descriptive words the message gets lost… so don’t overdo it!

      However, a great superlative adds more emotion and can make people want to click. That’s probably why 1 superlative did the best in the Conductor study!



      #8 Scare People Into Clicking With a Negative Superlative 

      i.e. 11 Worst Things That Will Destroy Your Business


      CoScheduler discovered this interesting fact:

      Negative superlatives performed 30% better than positive ones!


      Blinking human nature eh?! Why does this not surprise you?

      Have you noticed that the news always seems to be depressing? This probably explains why they choose these types of headlines more often!



      #9 Use You or Your 

      Make it about the reader. How are you going to help them?

      Putting “you” in the title makes the reader believe you are talking to them! Buffer analysed the most highly shared titles and found that posts most shared were list posts and then “you/ your” posts (that’s why using a number was tip #1!)



      #10 Using a Question? Only Use “How”

      Buzzstream did a study that looked into the 10 worst shared phrases in titles. Among these 10 phrases were:

      What should…

      Would you…

      Are you…


      The only question word that does well to create the best blog headline is “how”. i.e. How to Win Friends and Influence People. 



      #11 Use the Most Shared Keyword Phrases

      Check out Buzzsumo’s awesome research and see how Max Woolf has broken it down into easy to see phrases.

      The best 3-word phrases are…

      Measured by Facebook shares:

      1. Character are you
      2. Before you die
      3. You probably don’t

      Measured by FB engagement:

      1. Will make you
      2. This is why
      3. Can we guess




      #12 Use Power Words! Create Emotion

      You probably already know that emotional blog titles are shared much more. CoSchedule proved posts that were shared over 1,000 times had a much higher emotional marketing value (EMV)


      Here is an infographic with CoSchedule’s “power words”! Use these to create emotion…


      As you continue to read this page you will discover 2 amazing headline tools that can help to see the EMV score for your headline!



      #13 Use a [Bracketed] Word!

      People pick up on the bracketed word(s) because it is promising a certain type of content. For example:

      • Infographics
      • Interviews
      • Templates

      Vb3 found that people tended to click on a bracketed headline 38% more often. 


      The Perfect Headline Formula- Top Secret Blueprint

      Now I can almost hear your mind thinking… “I don’t know where to start!!”

      So let me put all of this information into the perfect headline formula. This formula can be used to churn out the best blog headlines as easily as burgers in McDonald’s. 

      Of course, you’ve heard that you should spend just as long on your headline as you do writing your posts. You probably know that you should write 25 titles to create the best blog headlines. But this formula can help you come up with emotional, precise headlines that people will want to click!


      Here it is amigo:


      |odd number| + |superlative| + |keyword| + |additional wants|


      The first thing to do is decide what your blog topic is going to be about. If you’re anything like me then you probably want to get a constant stream of free traffic to your website. Of course, you know that you will need to improve your SEO and rank on the first page of Google to be able to do this!

      Therefore, the most important thing is obviously your keyword. 

      Unless you’d like an epic 5,000-word article, this is not the time to get into finding great keywords that people search for every month but don’t have too many competing websites for it.


      How to Find Keywords That Will Bring Traffic to Your Website

      Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool Review- is it The Best Keyword Tool?


      Now, you have your keyword we fill in the other blanks from the formula. This is how you can find out what number you should use, what superlative would work and what the additional wants should be…

      1. Type in your keyword into Google
      2. Make your number odd and higher than the highest number on page one of Google
      3. Note if there is a common superlative
      4. Take note of what the additional parts of the headings are


      And do you begin to notice how you are creating a title that already ranks on page 1 on Google? But it doesn’t finish there!! You are going to make your title stand out and better than everyone else…


      Let’s walk through an example together…


      Let’s use the keyword “fat loss tips”…

      1. Type in Fat Loss Tips into Google

      2. The highest number on the page is The 77 Best Fat Loss Tips… So we want an odd number higher than 77 (as the highest number often gets clicked!)

      3. The superlative’s on page one include “effective” and “best” (none are in more than one headline)

      4. The top 4 out of 5 headlines mention “experts” or “backed by science”.


      So if your keyword was “fat loss tips” a great title would be:

      85 Effective Fat Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based [2019]


      You have made your title stand out in 3 key ways:

      1. You now have the highest number (human nature likes more!)
      2. Your superlative is related to the most common emotional pull (“effective” in this case)
      3. You have taken the most common additional wants and gone one step further (put 2019 in brackets)


      Now let’s compare your headline with the top three on page one:



      • 20 Effective Tips to Lose Belly Fat (Backed by Science) 
      • How to Lose Weight Fast: 3 Simple Steps, Based on Science 
      • 26 Weight Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based 
      • 85 Effective Fat Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based [2019]


      You decide what title you would click on here.

      You may be thinking this is all a lot to take in in one go. So get your free copy of the hypnotic writing cheatsheet, which has additional headline templates, camouflaged words (that can make your ad NOT look like an ad) and another example of the perfect headline formula.





      Headline Tools That Gives You the Edge

      OK so that was the juicy part but there’s one last step that you MUST do if you want to make sure you’re writing the best headline possible!

      These are the 2 amazing headline tools:

      1. CoSchedule– Great to get a quick rough idea
      2. Aminstitute– More accurate at giving an emotional score


      CoSchedule is a great tool to get an idea quickly about whether your headline would work to drive traffic and shares. It’s monkey simple to use and gives some great tips to improve the score.

      Once you think you’ve settled on your headline head over to Aminstitute. This is where you can find out your headlines EMV (Emotional Marketing Value). This score is without a doubt the one you need to focus on the most as if you can get a good EMV (above 50% is pretty good!)

      As you can see below, the average EMV score is almost 40 of posts that get shares of over 1,000. So if you can get the score above 50%, have an odd number in there with a great keyword you’ll definitely be doing something right!





      Going back to the example above it shows why these are the top 3 rankings on Google!

      • 20 Effective Tips to Lose Belly Fat (Backed by Science) – CoScheduler 64 Aminstitute 40% 
      • How to Lose Weight Fast: 3 Simple Steps, Based on Science – CoScheduler 67 Aminstitute 27.27%
      • 26 Weight Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based – CoScheduler 65 Aminstitute 50%
      • 85 Effective Fat Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based – CoScheduler 65 Aminstitute 55.56%


      Get your free headline templates and a different example of the perfect blog formula here…




      Create the Best Blog Headlines Summary

      So writing a headline is part art part science. 

      However, are you beginning to notice you can use these studies to your advantage when creating your headlines?

      There’s no easy way to create the best blog headlines and it will require some time and work. But if you can use the perfect headline formula you will be on your way to making your headlines stand out like an honest man in the White House. 

      Keep changing for the better,




      P.S. Let me know which tip you think is the most useful and please do put a comment below with your next blog headline (obviously after using the perfect headline template!)


      P.P.S. One last tip… If you find a headline with a higher EMV on Aminstitute then use that in your pins (as long as it’s the same topic!)



      Who Else Wants Free Traffic? Find Keywords for a Website

      There may be affiliate links in this article to find keywords for a website, read the full disclaimer here.


      Picture yourself one year from now waking up and opening your laptop.


      find keywords for a website


      You open your email and…


      There’s an email from PayPal…

      “You received a payment”


      You receive another one…

      They are from an affiliate program you have been promoting.

      In fact, when you check you’ve been receiving a stream of these emails overnight.

      You’re not even surprised.

      You’ve mastered how to find keywords for a website.


      Therefore, you get a stream of traffic from search engines…

      For FREE!


      Why Find Keywords for a Website? 

      First of all, let’s define what a keyword is:


      The word or phrase that best describes the content on your page.


      Hence, It is what people will type into Google to try and find what they are looking for.


      Secondly, what does SEO mean?


      Search engine optimisation is making your website easier to find on search engines. 


      There are numerous ways to improve SEO:

      • Page loading speed
      • Links to relevant websites (use a free link tracking tool like Link Okay)
      • Write so that humans understand!
      • Write meaningful content
      • Use readable URL’s
      • Use the right keywords on images
      • Create and publish unique content consistently!
      • Research Keywords BEFORE you write

      However, what this page will focus on is the last point and how to find keywords for a website.


      Here is the simple process of using good keywords on your website:

      1. Find keywords that people search for EVERY month.
      2. Write great content about it
      3. Get your post onto search engines number 1 page! (this is where a good keyword will help)
      4. People click on your website
      5. Add amazing value to your readers, build trust and show them how the products you promote can change their life
      6. You make money



      While you’re sitting down analysing this article, you begin to realise the importance of using keywords that other people are searching for.



      How do I Find Keywords for a Website?

      How do you find out what the Pope’s middle name is?

      That’s right amigo…

      Google it!


      The same principle applies here but let me show you some little tricks…


      #1 Google trick

      Have you ever struggled to think of what to write on your blog?

      You probably already know this is pretty common for bloggers.


      In a moment, I’ll tell you the little trick that helps to find keywords for a website.

      It also can give you ideas for your next few hundred blog posts!


      Introducing Alphabet Soup!

      Just picture this for a moment, you are a photography blogger and you want to write something about the best camera’s available.


      So, you go to Google and type in “best digital camera”.


      As you can see Google gives you ideas of what people are searching for beneath this.



      Now I can hear your mind saying, what if I don’t want to write about these things.


      Here is a great tip:

      Write the word “for” at the end.



      Now there’s a whole heap of ideas that you’ve been given.

      If you see one that you like the idea of, then you can then change the search to get more specific ideas for this.


      Let’s say you would like to focus on cameras for beginners…



      Within a few seconds, you have received over 10 blog post ideas and you’ve found some great potential keywords for your post.


      Do you see how “best mirrorless camera for beginners” is much more effective than “best camera”?

      This is more like a Long-tail keyword, which often means your writing is more specific.


      Thus, it will improve your chances to rank on page one of Google AND sell something!

      To help receive hundreds (if not thousands) of ideas for what people are searching for simply use the alphabet soup technique.

      Type in your keyword then “a”

      Type in your keyword then “b” etc. etc.



      Are you beginning to see how finding blog post ideas and keyword research is very similar?


      #2 Yahoo answers

      If you want more ideas then head over to Yahoo answers.

      Now you can use your blog idea of a camera for beginners to see what people are already writing about to get some more specific ideas for your keyword.



      Have you noticed yet that it’s important to use a keyword that people are searching for EVERY month?

      But can you make your content even better than the content out there?


      #3 eHow

      Another great website to find keywords for a website is eHow.

      The same idea applies as using Yahoo answers.



      Using these techniques will help to answer “how do I find keywords for a website?”.

      It will also make your website stand out like a white man in China.



      How Many Keywords Should I Use Per Page?


      Jumping the gun are we?


      Only rare thinking people like you already know that it’s possible to use more than one keyword per page.


      So if your main keyword receives 100 searches per month on a search engine, imagine how many more visitors you could get if you use multiple keywords…


      If you use subheadings with other keywords in them then it’s easy to have multiple keywords per page.


      But how many keywords should you use per page?

      Yep, you guessed it…

      It depends!

      • It depends on how long your blog post is.
      • Also, it’ll depend on whether it makes sense to your post.
      • And It depends on your own preference.

      That being said, I hate a cop-out answer so here’s the general rule of thumb I try to use:


      • Short post <1,000 words = 2-3 keywords
      • Medium post 1000-3000 words = 3-5 keywords
      • Long post >3,000 words = at least 5 keywords

      For example, let me show you what I’ve used in this post that you are reading (medium length post).

      1. Main keyword = find keywords for a website
      2. Other keywords: how do I find keywords for a website
      3. How many keywords should I use per page?
      4. How to find the best keywords for SEO
      5. What is a keyword research tool?

      As you read on you will find how I chose these keywords and the little trick that I use…


      Related Articles:


      How to Find the Best Keywords for SEO

      Since you’re still here I’m going to assume you want to find the best keywords for SEO.

      Now, I would like to help you experience receiving free traffic to your website EVERY month.


      Have you noticed yet that this is how bloggers can make money from a post that they wrote years ago?

      Therefore, this is how bloggers make a passive income!


      So, you want to use the above tips to get an idea of what to write about and some keyword ideas.

      But if you WANT to find the best keywords for SEO you must use a keyword research tool…


      This is the secret that all successful online marketers know.


      Pin this page to save it for later!

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      What is a Keyword Research Tool?

      Another great question hombre!

      If you’re like me, you’re still learning lots about how to make money online.


      You probably are looking for a way to make multiple streams of income and you know that blogging can be a great source of income.


      Well, this is a biggie to help…

      A keyword research tool is a website that helps to decide what keywords to use.


      For example:

      • Google Adwords
      • Google analytics
      • Moz
      • Google trends
      • SEMrush
      • Wordstream

      All of these websites can help.

      However, they are not ALL designed specifically to find keywords.

      Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could use ONE website that does all the research you need?


      What’s the Best SEO Keyword Research Tool?

      Little by little you begin to notice that there can be quite a lot of work to find keywords for a website.

      However, there is a solution that can help you receive more and more traffic over time.


      Imagine what it would be like if you could put the time in now to pay you over and over again in the future.

      This is where Jaaxy comes into its own.


      Click here to read my review on the Jaaxy keyword tool. 


      I’m not going to go into all the benefits of Jaaxy now as you can read my review on it above.


      But I am going to point out my favourite 3 features:

      • Find out the number of competing websites (helps you reach page 1 on search engines!)
      • Use saved lists to put your favourite keywords in one place (easier to research & remember)
      • Alphabet soup technique (means you don’t need to spend ages using Google – see example earlier)
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      You can try Jaaxy out for free right now or you can pay $19 per month to receive this amazing tool at providing continuous traffic to your website.


      Check out this post for how I use Jaaxy, get affiliate marketing training, incredible hosting, receive mentorship and much more for $299 per year.



      Find Keywords for a Website Summary + My Number One Tip

      The closer and closer you get to the end of this article, the further and further your problem of finding regular traffic to your website disappears.

      The more you keep reading this article the more you realise it is possible to make blogging into an online business.


      Here’s my number one tip:

      • Write naturally

      If the keywords fit into what you’re writing then that’s brilliant!

      But DO NOT force them in if it doesn’t make sense or it’s not what you want to write about.


      And do you remember that it’s important to always remember one thing?


      You want to add value to your readers. 


      Don’t focus on tricking machines to put your website on page one of search engines.

      This is not a sustainable business model!


      Keep changing for the better,



      p.s. If you have any questions or thoughts please feel free to drop a comment below… or send me a message on WA here


      p.p.s. If you haven’t already done this, get the Yoast SEO Plugin. Yeah right now, thank me later.


      2019 Jaaxy Review- Best SEO Keyword Research Tool

      ‏Can you imagine getting FREE traffic to your website whilst sleeping? Well, finding the best SEO keyword research tool will certainly help you do this.


      Simply perform a search below to start your research.


      After you read this short article, you will feel a sense of relief that it’s possible to get this FREE traffic.

      So settle in amigo and read on to find out!


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      Jaaxy- The Overview and Rankings


      First… What is a Keyword?

      A keyword is the word OR phrase typed into Google or another search engine (i.e. Bing or Yahoo etc.)

      So why does this matter to you?

      Because if you know what people are typing into Google you can create more content that people are searching for.

      Therefore people will naturally visit your website for free!

      Second… What is SEO?

      Search Engine Optimisation.

      Simply put it is making your website easier to find on search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo etc.

      Monkey simple… Next!


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      What is Keyword Research?

      Let me ask you this.

      What is the capital of Tuvalu?*

      Not sure… well go and work it out then come back and read some more.

      I bet if you actually did that you went into Google and found the answer within seconds.

      Did you see it on the Wikipedia page at the top? But if you were to scroll down you will probably see a load of random peoples websites.

      These websites have got onto page 1 on a Google search because of a number of reasons:

      1. The page has a keyword that matches what was typed into Google (i.e. “What is the capital of Tuvalu”)
      2. The web page has relevant content to what was typed in
      3. They provide valuable content to their audience regularly.

      However, the most important factor here is number 1.

      If you create specific content for a keyword that fits EXACTLY you’ve got a higher chance of being ranked on page one of Google!


      Here’s a fact for you:

      Google’s entire business model is built on MATCHING the right content to their users intent

      Now read that again.


      Now if you’re like me you’re probably thinking…

      “Will many people even be typing that into Google?”

      Well, does the Pope wear a funny hat?

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      181 people type this into Google PER MONTH! (see the screenshot above)

      The fact is that the websites on page one of Google will receive regular visitors to their website every month from people typing in the keyword “what is the capital of Tuvalu”…

      Now imagine you had 10 or 100 or 1,000 posts that are on the top page of Google.


      Are you beginning to see how you can get free traffic?

      Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could find certain keywords that people search for every month and have hardly any competition from other websites?

      Hence, the keywords you put onto your website’s pages you can increase the chance of receiving FREE traffic every month to your site.


      In Affiliate marketing, MORE traffic means MORE sales and more sales means more money.

      So if you can get traffic for free, it is effectively more money for free!

      This is a big step in the right direction for you to create more TIME, which is the whole purpose of this website!

      Little by little you begin to see why keyword research is pretty important…


      Who is Jaaxy for?

      Imagine what you could do if you could get free traffic to your website EVERY month.

      Are you still looking for the best SEO keyword research tool?

      And have you noticed yet that Jaaxy can help you to find keywords that have little competition, so it’s more likely that you can reach the desired page 1 of Google?

      This is what the online world calls SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). It is a method of bringing people to your website every month for free.

      It’s another great way to decide on a specific niche if you’re just starting out.

      Click here to read more about how to find your niche.

      If you are currently using affiliate marketing or thinking about starting to use affiliate marketing, then the best SEO keyword research tool is a must!

      Here is a list of people that may use Jaaxy:

      • Anyone with a business
      • Niche pursuers
      • Article marketers
      • Freelance writers
      • Professional bloggers
      • Domain flippers
      • Site flippers
      • Online / Pay Per Click advertisers
      • YouTube marketers
      • SEO companies
      • People who want to ‘spy’ on their competitors
      • Viral-news website owners looking for new trends to leverage
      • Internet marketers wanting to know how high their sites and posts are ranking on the SERPs
      • Local marketers
      • Local businesses
      • Affiliate marketers
      • Email marketers wanting to find hot topics to discuss with their subscribers.

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      Jaaxy- How to determine a “Quality” Keyword?

      Here are the MAIN features of using Jaaxy explained:

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      Monthly Searches (Avg)

      This is the total number of searches that the keyword produces on search engines each month.

      The HIGHER this number the more people will visit your website.

      So look for over 50!



      If you achieve 1st-page rankings this is the estimated amount of visitors you will receive to your account.

      Just think about it…

      Will you receive many visitors if you do not rank on the search engines first page? (think back to the earlier example of Tuvalu, did you even consider clicking onto page 2 of the results?)

      Again the HIGHER the number the better!

      And do you being to notice that the monthly searches column is more important because traffic is an estimation?


      Quoted Search Results (QSR)

      This is the BEST indicator for you to look at.

      This shows you the number of competing websites ranked on Google for the keyword.

      The lower the number the more chance you have to rank on Googles page-1.

      Ideally, the number should be below 100.

      Keyword Quality Index (KQI)

      Shows how likely it is you will reach page-one on Google.

      This is a quick way to determine whether the keyword will be a good marketing campaign for you to use.

      If it is green and says Great then it may be a good option

      If it says normal and is orange then you should probably look for another campaign to start.

      Red= don’t even bother

      SEO Power

      This is a score for the keyword based on traffic and how much competition.

      If your keyword has <10 monthly searches then you will not receive any traffic (as nobody cares!)

      If there are hundreds of competing websites then it’s less likely yours will feature on page 1 of a Google search!

      You want this number to be HIGH and ideally over 90.

      Alphabet Soup

      If you type in your keyword into Google it will pop up some common searches beneath.

      For example, a common headline for articles starts with “how to become…”

      Beneath it brings up some ideas for what people search for on Google:

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      If we go one step further and click on “how to become rich…” we end up with more results appearing below:

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      In a moment, you’ll see how the alphabet soup function in Jaaxy really saves you TIME.

      Once you have your post idea you just type the letters of the alphabet one at a time to come up with hundreds of ideas that people are already searching for

      For example, type in “how to become rich a…” “how to become rich b…” “how to become rich c…” etc.

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      If you are struggling for content ideas this is a super simple way of generating hundreds if not thousands of ideas.

      Have you noticed yet that you know other people are already searching for these ideas?

      The best thing about Jaaxy is that it does this all for you.

      And gives you the option to then do your own research in more detail or add to your brainstorm queue so you can see these keywords together.

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      Saved Lists

      Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could put all of your ideas in one place and then compare them against each other?

      Enter “saved lists”!

      Remember the main goal of keyword research is:

      Get as many monthly visits to your website by reaching the top page of a search engine for your keyword.

      This walkthrough for how to use Jaaxy shows you how I can find a good key phrase to write a blog post or YouTube video for.

      Top tip: Find your keyword before writing the post (this gives you the focus throughout!)

      Is it Worth it?

      Do you remember that my promise is to always be completely honest with you?

      Now, I can almost hear your mind saying “as a relative newbie to the affiliate marketing world, are there other things that I should be spending my time and money on?”

      100% YES!

      So here are 2 things that you will NEED to pay for before this:

      1. Hosting
      2. Affiliate marketing training

      If you are just starting out and are not creating useful and engaging content already, then spending $49 a month on a Keyword Research Tool would be more silly than electing Donald Trump as the US president!

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      Now, let me ask you this “Would you pay for a service that provides regular visitors to your website EVERY month?”

      If you would then getting the best SEO keyword research tool will help your website stand out like Shaquille O’Neil at a midgets convention!

      Are you beginning to see how important the best SEO keyword research tool is?

      As you read each word on this page you will see why people who upgrade their Jaaxy account say it is easily worth $99 per month to them.

      Imagine what it would be like if your research on one post helps you get an extra $99 each time… hence, it pays for itself and some!

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      Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could get your SiteRank worked out for you and tracked?

      The Pro version tracks up to 2,000 websites and the Enterprise version tracks up to 10,000 websites for a specific search.

      Can you see how useful it would be to see how your website is progressing and improving over time?

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      What do you have to lose?

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      Jaaxy Pro version is a no brainer if you already have your website going and you have had some affiliate marketing training (through a legitimate course!)

      Just picture this for a moment… You are already making some decent money each month and you are looking to scale your online business…

      Therefore, the enterprise version will help you do just that!


      • Are you still relatively new to affiliate marketing?
      • Have you been trying to make money online for a while now but you’re NOT seeing the results you were hoping for?

      In the next 2 minutes, you’ll find out how I get to use Jaaxy.

      I don’t pay separately for average hosting.

      I don’t pay separately for my training.

      And I don’t pay additionally for Jaaxy.

      Because I get all of these things (and more) as part of my Wealthy Affiliate membership.

      Here are some things included in the Wealthy Affiliate membership:

      • Hosting (people pay over $200 per month just for this type of hosting- you can easily move your existing website here to benefit from this hosting)
      • Site Rubrix (helps build a great website in 30 seconds, then helps to track and add content to your website)
      • Community Support (hundreds of thousands of people- there is ALWAYS someone on there to help)
      • Affiliate marketing training (AMAZING CONTENT- constantly updated)

      You also get the “lite” version of Jaaxy, which has pretty much everything the pro version has (see video above).

      So you effectively get the best SEO keyword research tool for free!

      Click here to join Wealthy Affiliate for free!

      Make Time Online Summary- Best SEO Keyword Research Tool

      The closer and closer you get to the end of this article the more you realise that Jaaxy is the best SEO keyword research tool.

      And as you are thinking about using the alphabet soup function, you become excited at the idea of getting content ideas on tap!

      Earlier on, I asked you the question

      Have you been trying to make money online for a while now but you’re NOT seeing the results you were hoping for?

      If you want different results, do not do the same things.

      Albert Einstein

      You’ve got to wonder what you could do if you were able to receive FREE traffic so that your website can become more and more like a business instead of a job.

      Keep changing for the better,


      p.s. If you have any questions and I mean ANY questions about Jaaxy, please leave them below. Also, if you have used Jaaxy or another keyword tool before then please also add your opinions below.

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