How I Doubled my Pinterest Followers in a Month

I try not to compare myself to others, but as a blogger, numbers are important. When someone has similar page views as me, I can't help but look at their social media stats to see how I measure up. When I realized how much I was falling behind on Pinterest, I made it my mission to up my numbers…and quick! Here's how I doubled my Pinterest followers in just 4 weeks.

When I decided to up my Pinterest game, I had 1600 followers. Could have been worse, but there was definitely room for improvement. Here's how I began.

Clean Up Your Boards

I started by going through each pin one by one. If it had a dead link, poor photography, or didn't represent my blog's message, away it went. Another clincher? If it had zero likes or re-pins. If those fit all my other criteria, I re-pinned them to a secret board so I could re-pin in the future.

I also condensed my boards. If they didn't have many pins, I figured out what other board they could work on and placed them there. I cut my boards in half this way. Unfortunately, I cut my followers down this way too. Some of them were only following a board I cut, so my followers shrank to under 1400. Ouch! But I knew it had to get worse before it got better.

Rename Your Boards

When I first named my boards, I gave them clever names like Caveman Cookin' and Polish Pretties. Though I thought they were witty, it didn't give people the best indication of what the board was really about. I simplified the names to Paleo Recipes, Nails, etc. Now people know exactly what's on there.

Sort Your Boards

Having your boards in some semblance of order creates flow. It will be easier for your followers to see how your they relate to each other. If they follow one board, they may look to the next coordinating board and follow it too.

Pin…a lot

The most important part to upping your Pinterest followers? Pinning 50+ times a day. After I cleaned up my boards, I wanted to get them all above 50 pins. I took one board each day and re-pinned quality content to that board. Once I reached that goal, I decided to get them all above 100 pins. Next goal? 150 pins per board. (I skipped some seasonal and holiday boards since pinning to them wouldn't be timely and people aren't searching them heavily right now.)

The key is consistency. Pinning a lot at a time in one topic gets more of your pins seen in searches. Hence, more re-pins. But, again, make sure you're pinning quality content with attractive pictures, and working links. I can't guarantee that your followers will double, but you will see an increase.

When I decided to pin 50+ times a week, was at 1810 followers. Here's the breakdown week by week…

  1. 2085 followers (275 new) = 13% increase
  2. 2385 followers (300 new) = 24% increase
  3. 2797 followers (412 new) = 35% increase
  4. 3373 followers (576 new) = 46% increase

I had a total increase of 1563 followers in 4 weeks. From the time I started the process, I went from 1600 to 3373…an increase of 53%!

I'm still not where I want to be in my Pinterest following, but I know how to get there! How do you get more followers on Pinterest?

Exercise Your Mind

Well, this is where I admit to one of my flaws. I am forgetful. Not just a little bit. I forget nearly everything. Swimming Lessons for the kids, appointments, when I’m supposed to have a blog post up. And sometimes even what day of the week it is. I have forgotten to blog for nearly a month now and I’m disappointed in myself. So I did some research to see if this was something I was born with or if it was something I can fix.

You can fix it. Yes, it is practice and exercise. This exercise requires you to be engaged in having fun, sitting on the couch, soaking up some sun, waiting in the doctors' office, watching swimming lessons. Anytime! Anywhere! You get to PLAY GAMES! It only takes a few minutes a day. The key is consistency to keep your mind well trained. Because I’m forgetful already I require reminders. There's an APP for that! 

The app I’m using right now to get myself in shape is Fit Brains Trainer. Best thing: it’s FREE! 

Fit Brains Trainer (FBT) is something to love. FBT will customize your brain workout for whatever you seem to be cognitively struggling with. Problem solving, concentration, efficiency, and so on. Mine is specific for memory. It also sends you notifications (if wanted/needed) to remind you that you need your training. It tracks your progress and rates your reaction time and accuracy.

I’m excited to increase my memory! After all…

Road Trip Ready Vehicle Checklist

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'Tis the season to hit the road! Kids are out of school, three-day-weekends are plentiful, and the great outdoors is calling. Summer vacations usually involve a lengthy drive, but is your vehicle road trip ready?

There are 9 things to check off your safety list before heading out to your destination.

Check/Change Oil

If your motor oil is low or old, you risk the chance of damaging your engine. With your vehicle on a flat surface, pull out the dipstick, wipe it off, and reinsert it. Pull it out again and check the oil level. It should be close to full. If it's not, or if the oil is too dark, it's probably time for an oil change.

You can do this yourself or a professional can do it for you. Regardless of who does it, make sure you get the product that's right for your vehicle. I use Pennzoil High Milage Vehicle oil since both my car and van are over 75,000 miles. I'm partial to Pennzoil because it is designed to protect my engine so I can drive an extra 550 miles a year versus driving with a dirty engine. Hey, 550 miles is a good road trip!

Check/Top Off Antifreeze

I've passed many a person, pulled off the road, pouring water in their overheated vehicle. Let's avoid that, shall we? Take a peek under your hood and check your engine coolant level. If it's between LOW and FULL, you're good to go. If it's below LOW, have a professional check for leaks.

Check Battery for Leaks & Cracks

Make sure the box powering your car is damage-free. If you find corrosion, it's leaking acid and will need to be replaced. Bite the bullet. It's easier to buy a new battery than drive with vinegar and baking soda to clean the terminals when your car won't start. (Yes, my sister totally did that.)

Top Off Wiper Fluid

Driving through a bug-infested stretch or a dust storm is pretty par for the course on my road trips. But if I'm out of wiper fluid, an annoyance has become a hazard. You have to see to drive, so fill it up and you won't have to stop at a gas station just to clean your windshield.

Check/Replace Wipers

Once that wiper fluid is filled, run it through and check your wipers at the same time. Again, visibility is key and you don't want to be caught in a rainstorm with a streaky windshield. Replace those wipers, even if the forecast doesn't call for rain.

Check Lights

Have a family member or friend stand outside while you hit the breaks, turn on headlights, and signal for turns. I've been pulled over a few times not knowing I had a taillight or headlamp out. Don't risk getting a ticket on vacation!

Check Tire Pressure & Tread

Before you fill up with gas, take advantage of the station's air compressor and check the air. Look at the sticker on your door frame for the recommended tire pressure. For tread, use the "coin trick." Stick a penny in the tread of your tires. If the tread covers any part of Lincoln's head, there's still life in your tires. If the tread doesn't touch his head, it's time to replace them.

Check Spare Tire

Changing a tire is no bueno. It's not difficult, but it's annoying. Hopefully you won't have to do it on your trip if you've checked your pressure and tread. But just to be safe, at the same time you check your other tires, pull out the spare and check its tire pressure as well. If it's a full-size tire, the pressure will be the same as your others. If it's a donut, the recommended tire pressure should be on the whitewall.

Purchase/Update Emergency Kit

I'm mildly paranoid. I like to prepare for the worst. Having an emergency kit helps me not worry about the unexpected. Mine has jumper cables, a flashlight, flares, a small tool kit, and a first aid kit.

To dot your i's and cross your t's, I created a printable PDF of these safety reminders. CLICK HERE for the free download.

Last, but not least, here's a little time-saving tip for all your road-trip preparation…
Take your vehicle to your local Walmart for your oil change. While the pros put some much-needed Pennzoil in, you can shop for all the other things you may need for your vacation.

Now through September 9th, Pennzoil oil changes will be on Rollback. I paid $35.88 for my High Milage change compared to my normal $39.88. (Getting it changed elsewhere typically costs $46.) More money in my pocket means more road trip souvenirs!

Where are you heading this summer? Is your vehicle road ready?