Last updated on July 6th, 2018 at 09:34 am
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Today is the last day of the free resources for bloggers to help you grow your blog. I thought I would end the 11 day series by sharing 200 Tailwind Tribes you can join to help you grow your blog.
If you don’t know, growing a blog used to be one of the most challenging things for me. You read that right, this isn’t my first rodeo. If you haven’t read about my past blogging mistakes, maybe you should.
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- 7 Best Free Plugins That Will Make Your Blog Successful
- 11 Amazing Pinterest Group Boards to Grow Your Blog
- 3000 Sites That Accept Guest Posts and How To Get Started
- Top 20 YouTubers That Will Make You A Smarter Blogger
- 11 Facebook Groups to Join That Will Help New Bloggers
- 6 Best Podcasts of All Times That Will Help You Become A Better Blogger
- 5 Best Blogging Courses That Will Help You Overcome Writers Block
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- 5 Blogging Courses That Will Help You Overcome Writers Block
I’ve been on the entrepreneurial journey for several years. Now you might be wondering why I have started this blog after failing several times in the past.
Well, I know that it’s possible to earn money from blogging. Many people do. Plus I am tired of trading hours for dollars with my WordPress freelancing gig.
So no matter how long it takes me, I am on the journey again. This time around, I have decided to start a blog in something that I am passionate about and can actually help you.
See the techie side of blogging comes easy for me. After working with WordPress for 8 years and managing over 22 WordPress sites for clients, I feel knowledgeable enough to share the basics.
I know what new people struggle with. They are the same things that I used to struggle with the first time I set up my first WordPress blog.
Growing A Blog
As you know, I love sharing my blog growth reports with you every month.
Well, it’s a great way to be transparent with what I’m doing. Plus it helps me keep track of the blogging tasks that I am doing to help me grow this blog.
So basically it’s a win-win. I get to share and hopefully help new bloggers understand what it takes to grow a blog. Plus I am keeping myself accountable with the tasks that I am doing. Hopefully, in the process of sharing what I am doing, I can help you grow your blog as well 🙂
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What Are Tailwind Tribes
Tailwind Tribes are nothing more than tribes that were set up to help new bloggers increase their Pinterest traffic. The tribe is set up by someone and he/she will allow people to join their tribe.
In return for joining, you’ll be able to pin your own pins so people can share them on their own boards. Basically, it comes down to I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.
You’re helping each other grow your Pinterest traffic.
If you’re not a member of Tailwind yet, you can get your free trial here.
Pay Attention To The Tribe Rules
Now I know what you’re thinking, I’m going to pin all 100 pins of mine today and start watching the traffic roll in. Unfortunately, that won’t be possible.
Every Tribe Has Their Own Rules
Once you start joining Tailwind Tribes, you’ll notice that every one of them has their own set of rules. Some of the most common rules are:
- Don’t spam the group
- Add only 5 of your pins per day
- Don’t link directly to affiliate links
- Make sure you share a 1:1 ratio or a 1:2 ratio
Yes, you’re going to have to share other people’s pins before you start adding your own pins.
This isn’t always a bad thing. Remember, the Tailwind Tribes were set up to help us get more shares and likes to our own pins.
If used correctly and if you give them enough time, you’ll be amazed at how they can help you grow your traffic.
Steps to Take Before Joining
Okay, okay, I know you’re anxious to start joining. However, here are a few things that you need to take into consideration before you start joining Tribes.
Make Sure Your Blog Is Ready
WordPress does not come Pinterest ready right out of the gate. If you want to succeed with Pinterest, you need to make sure that it’s ready.
Don’t worry, it’s not hard. In fact, I went out and found some articles that will help you get your WordPress blog ready for Pinterest:
Articles to Help You Get Your WordPress Blog Ready for Pinterest:
- Step-by-Step Tutorial On How to Make Your WordPress Blog Pinterest Ready
- Steal My Pinterest Image Creation System
- 100 Pinterest Group Boards to Join
Okay now that you have the basics down and have an idea of how to create the images for Pinterest. You’re going to need to find an awesome plugin that makes it easy for others to share. I personally use and recommend Social Warfare Plugin.
Of course, there are several other plugins available such as Monarch. The best I can tell you is to perform your due diligence and go with the one that you like.
Ready to Start Joining Tribes
Once you’ve taken the time to get your blog Pinterest friendly, it’s time to start joining some Tailwind Tribes.
Several bloggers have put together huge lists that make it easy for you to join some tribes. I know that not everyone is in the blogging niche.
200 Tailwind Tribes You Can Join
That’s why I wanted to share this humungous list of 100 Tribes you can join today. Lynn has even gone as far as categorizing the list into different niches.
Regardless of whether you’re in the health niche or you’re a lifestyle blogger. I have no doubt that you’ll be able to find several Tribes you can join.
How Many Tribes Should I Join?
One of the mistakes most new bloggers will make is they will try to join all the tribes possible. However, you don’t want to do that.
Remember, you’re going to have to share other people’s pins if you want to stay in the group.
If you’re just starting out with Pinterest and learning the ropes. I recommend joining no more than 5-10 groups.
Of course, this depends on how much content you have published on your blog. You’ll want to make sure that you have enough of your own content to start pinning and sharing.
Once you join some groups and start getting familiar with adding your own content and sharing other people’s content, give it some time.
If you’re completely new to Tailwind Tribes, it may take some time to learn how to use Tribes. However, I personally think that it’s worth the time to learn.
It will tell you everything you need to know about using Tribes.
How Long Does It Take to Start Getting Traffic?
I know that some of you are going to join some tribes and then you’re going to come back and say it’s not working.
While I can’t personally tell you how long it’s going to take you to start getting traffic. I can tell you that it’s going to take awhile.
My Personal Experience
I started with Tailwind Tribes about 7 months ago since the time of this writing. Personally, I don’t create more than one pin for every blog post.
I’ve heard bloggers say that they create 5-10 images for every blog post. I just don’t have the time to do that. If I did, maybe I would be seeing more traffic from Pinterest?
As I’ve mentioned, I don’t want to put all my eggs in the Pinterest basket. I personally like to have my traffic coming from multiple sources.
I’ve heard bloggers say that I should focus 100% on Pinterest traffic. However, I’m gun shy of doing that. I did that before with SEO and when Google made changes, I got burnt.
I Don’t want that happening again. So instead I choose to focus on other traffic methods as well to grow my blog. However, you don’t want to focus on more than 1-3 different traffic strategies.
Otherwise, you’ll end up stretching yourself too thin, and you’ll never see growth.
How To Evaluate A Group
Once you’ve been sharing and adding your own content, it’s time to evaluate to see which Tribes are worth staying with and which ones you need to leave.
Yup, if a Tribe isn’t performing and helping you grow your blog, it’s time to leave. Here’s what I look at when I consider leaving a tribe.
- Are people sharing my content
- Am I getting a lot of repins
- Is the content related to mine
Personally, I want more repins than I do shares, but I’ll take both. As long as people are actually sharing my pins, then it’s a great Tribe in my opinion.
You might look for something else when you’re evaluating whether to leave or stay in the Tribe. The most important thing to do is join tribes and test them for yourself. You can’t take other people’s opinions on whether tribes will work for your blog or not.
Give It Time
Just like blogging, you’re not going to grow your blog overnight. It doesn’t matter how many Tailwind tribes you join.
I’ve noticed that it takes time to start seeing success with Pinterest. As long as you’re pinning eye-catching pins that link to great content, you’ll start getting people to share your pins.
Don’t forget to implement Pinterest SEO to make sure that your pins rank well.
Here’s an awesome Pinterest course that I’ve been following and it has helped me improve my Pinterest marketing.
I know that many people say that followers don’t matter. To tell you the truth, I don’t really focus on followers. As long as I’ve taken the necessary steps to SEO my pins and create great content, then that’s all I focus on.
Final Take Away
We all know that it’s easy to start a blog as a hobby. However, if you want to learn how to start a profitable blog, it’s going to take time and patience.
Learning how to use Pinterest is the same. It’s taken me some time to really start learning how to use it. Heck, I am still learning how to use it.
If you want to succeed online it’s important to invest in products that will help you learn. I’ve invested in this Pinterest course and I can definitely say that it’s been worth it.
However, if you’re completely new to Pinterest, I would invest in the Pinning Perfect course. It’s a great course for beginners who are just getting their feet wet with Pinterest.
The PIMP course is geared towards accounts that are at least 8 months old. I picked this course up about a month ago to dig even deeper into learning about Pinterest.
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Have a question or comment? Want to share your experience with Tailwind Tribes? Please leave it in the comment below! You can also email me at susan(at)susanvelez(dot)com and I’ll do my best to help