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Have you ever purchased a Pinterest course and implemented the suggested strategies? Did you get the results you were hoping for?
After enrolling in over 7 courses that teach how to use Pinterest for business I can tell you a thing or two of what actually works.
You see there are so many Pinterest courses that are available on the market that claim to offer you the ability to go from zero to 10,000 or 30,000 page views a month.
As a blogger, you have probably seen this claim many times before. You wonder at the back of your mind “will this one work for me?”
The truth is as a blogger you need website traffic to your site and in desperation, you will be willing to do anything for page views.
Before you whip out the credit card, there are some things you need to know. Pinterest does work without a doubt and I will explain the shocking details momentarily.
Disclaimer: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link. I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.
What is Pinterest Marketing?
Pinterest marketing is using Pinterest pins to display your products and services to potential customers using a dedicated Pinterest Business account.
There has been so much hype in the last four years when it comes to Pinterest marketing.
Many bloggers need a Pinterest course to take them through this process.
The reason why you would market using a Pinterest business account as opposed to a personal account is for analytics.
Other advantages are having the ability to confirm your website and enabling rich pins. It gives your pins an added benefit when compared to regular pins.
Because you have access to analytics, you can get a better understanding of how your content is performing on the Pinterest platform.
It gives you the ability to optimise and tweak your strategy so that you can get better results from your marketing efforts.
1. What’s Included On A Pinterest Course?
All of the Pinterest courses I took so far has the following common elements included as standard.
- Creating or converting a Pinterest Business Account
- Confirming your website
- Setting up Rich Pins
- Creating Boards and Pins
- Branding your account
Here is a list of items that were included in some courses but not in others.
- Using 3rd party schedulers like TailwindApp (get one month free of TailwindApp here)
- How to get the most out of Board list
- Manual pinning
- Using off-brand pins
- Creating several pins for a single post
- How to get the click-throughs
- Creating clickable titles
- Pinterest SEO
- Content upgrades
- Creating funnels
- The customer journey
2. My Experience of Each Pinterest Course
It is only when my account started to plateau after reaching a certain amount of views did I realise that something is missing.
I spent some time evaluating each course presenter to see what were the common traits across all their accounts.
After 12 months of troubleshooting and testing, I finally noticed something that was glaringly obvious.
Before I tell you what the one thing is, let’s look at the different courses just to give each a proper evaluation.
Pinfinite Growth by Melyssa Griffin was the first course I took which was great. I did spend a lot of time setting up the account for success. Her main audience is bloggers.
Pinterest Ninja by Megan is another great course. She does give some additional tips and tricks that aren’t found on Melyssa’s course. Her audience is mainly Mom bloggers.
Pin Practical Masterclass
Pin Practical Masterclass by Monica (I have no idea why their names all start with M) is yet another great Pinterest course.
She does teach things that are not found in any of the other two courses. Her focused audience is mainly Mom’s
Pinteresting Strategies by Carly is unique for her focus on manual pinning. It is obvious that she would teach stuff not found in the other 3 courses. Her audience is again mainly Mothers.
The Secret Sauce To Skyrocketing Your Blog Traffic
The Secret Sauce To Skyrocketing Your Blog Traffic by Angela is not 100% Pinterest focused.
Believe it or not, she does offer more Pinterest traffic strategies not found in the previous 4 courses. Her target audience is employees and bloggers looking to leave their 9 to 5.
Pin Signals by Jennifer (Potpie Girl) is not a course for the beginner. It is great as an add-on course for the advanced Pinner.
Pin Depth Advanced
Pin Depth Advanced by Kayla is a very big course that covers lots of different areas from start to finish including creating funnels and understanding the customer journey.
She really does a great job of covering every angle in great detail for both new and advanced pinners.
One thing I did notice is that certain elements of the course can do with some updating.
Adventures in SEO
Adventures in SEO by Lena Gott is easily the most comprehensive, constantly updated course of all the Pinterest courses I have ever taken.
She covers both Pinterest and SEO hence the reason why the course is so in-depth.
The most interesting thing is that her course is so very different from all the other courses in terms of its content as well as her approach.
If you are an intermediate blogger then check out my review of the best advanced Pinterest course to give you the boost you need.
3. What Was Lacking In Every Course?
I did a careful evaluation and noticed that every course was very focused on an audience of consumers.
While my blog had a very business to business focus on it. This does not mean that any of the courses were bad.
It just means that I did not choose the correct mentors for my blog. Melyssa’s course has a mixed element of business and consumer but mainly consumer.
All these courses and their associated testimonies were getting results because of their audience type.
If I just lost you totally let me explain. When marketing to consumers the techniques used are very different when marketing to a business.
If you have taken any of these courses but did not get the results you were looking for then check to see what kind of blog you have.
If you are in the business to business (B2B) space then just be aware that you would need to tweak what you have learned.
4. What Are The Tweaks?
It will take me a lot of time to go through the tweaks in this blog post but I needed to test my tweaks.
I ran a 30-day Beta Pinterest course a few months ago with 60 participants to see what the results were from my tweaks.
- Setting up Pinterest Boards should be done differently
- Pinterest pins should be refreshed weekly or twice weekly
- Using Tailwind Pinterest tribes is a must
- Board lists on Tailwind make a huge difference
- Content Upgrades are not what they seem
- 1-2 main goals are sufficient
I have learned so much on my own that is not even available in any of these courses and I want to find a low-cost way to share it with you.
A membership seems like the best option so I plan to launch this shortly for anyone who is interested.
5. Pinterest Course Side By Side Comparison
If you want to experience success and learn how to market on Pinterest you have two choices.
- Invest in a Pinterest Course
- Read up every possible article on Pinterest tips
One of these will cost you money and the other involves a whole lot of time. I wanted to give you a side by side comparison to help you to decide.
Oh wow! This is going to sound very weird coming from me but I never realised how many of these courses don’t teach about Tailwind tribes.
I guess I did a lot of experimenting on my own to get the results that I currently get. I have a huge science background so I love running tests.
6. Which Pinterest Course?
At this point, you are probably wondering if you should invest in a Pinterest course. The answer quite simply is yes.
You will need to make that investment because you will need a coach to bring you forward. Your blog needs to grow.
If you are in any of the 6 most profitable blog niches except for travel then Pinfinite growth, Pinterest Ninja and Pin Practical Masterclass should give you what you need.
The travel niche and the blogging niche can be a bit challenge and difficult to grow so you will need some out of the box thinking.
Although Lena’s course will be able to help simply because her approach is so hands-on and she actually helps you when you’re stuck.
The Pinterest algorithm keeps changing and there are still so many bloggers struggling to get to the 30,000 a month page view mark.
As a result, I’ve created a low-cost membership with a view to help you get the results that you want within 12 months.
7. What’s Included?
Every Pinterest course available seems to be written or created by people who have not really struggled to get their success.
This course will cover not only Pinterest but other traffic hacks to help you get to your goals.
- Pinterest Traffic Hacks
- SEO Hacks
- Pinterest Pin Image Templates
- Content Upgrade Tips
- Guest posting shortcuts
- Tailwind Tribe Tricks
- Content Upgrade Templates
- Improve your blog writing
- Much, much more
If you are interested in joining the membership then click the big button below to get started.
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8. What Are The Benefits?
Maybe you are not quite sure that this is for you. If you have been a blogger for a year or two and you are disappointed with your traffic performance here’s how you’ll benefit.
- No need to invest in another Pinterest course
- Get everything you need to skyrocket your SEO
- Achieve your blog traffic goals without the disappointing big investment
- Quit your 9 to 5 sooner
- Spend more time with your family
- Be the envy of family and friends
- Get access to a community of like-minded people
- Reduce your sleepless nights
Take care of your traffic worries so that your blog can take care of you and your family.
Finally, achieve your blogging goals once and for all.
Click Here To Access The Blog Traffic Membership >>
It can be heart-wrenching when you invest money in a Pinterest course and follow the teaching and the results are not great.
Sometimes it is not even the fault of the course because the course worked for other people.
Getting the right group of people who have the grit that it takes to keep going despite disappointments is what you need to get you to success.
The support and out of the box thinking is available to help you achieve your goals it is up to you to take the step in the right direction.
It will not be a walk in the park but a good amount of trial and error with all the support that you need.
Over to you what has been your experience with a Pinterest course? To your success.
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39 thoughts on “Honest Pinterest Course Reviews – The Good, Bad and Ugly”
Interesting. I have still not invested in a Pinterest course but have opted for the paid plan for Tailwind which frankly isn’t working for me. I guess instead of jumping on to the bandwagon I should have done my analysis first.
Nabanita, you would benefit from using TailwindApp by understanding Pinterest first. Thanks for your feedback.
Thanks for sharing. Of all the social platforms Pinterest is probably the one I would need a course for the most. This is helpful.
Scott, this may surprise you but Pinterest is not a social platform but a search visual search engine for now. They are slowly transitioning to social but no one is sure if it will take flight.
I am trying to up my game on Pinterest. I need to use Tailwind.
Yes Tara, Tailwind has so many benefits and I will be publishing a review on this shortly.
I do want to get better with Pinterest, but I doubt I’d ever take a course. I find I can discover most answers on google or YouTube for free.
It is interesting that you say that Amber. Many of the ladies who took my free Beta course a few months ago were very surprised about what they learned. Because they spent the previous 12 months using the free information that was available but so much was missing from that free information. The only regret that they have is that they did not take a Pinterest course sooner.
There are so many courses I have wanted to try but always hold back thinking…will it work for me? Seeing the pros and cons of so many side by side was so helpful! Thank you!
Samantha, you are very welcome. I just wish that someone did this for me over 12 months ago.
The internet is inundated with different courses, and it’s wise to make a research before enrolling yourself into one. We have to be careful, and I’m thankful for this post.
Yes Mitch, so true. Thanks for your feedback.
Pinterest is my social media that i rarely open! Maybe its time to pay attention to it and learn the Pinterest craft.
Blair, interestingly Pinterest is not a social media platform but a visual search engine. Think of it as Google with images only. Maybe it is time that you look to see how it can help you.
This is such an informative post. Pinterest is really helpful, especially when you need visual ideas. Thanks for the fun share 🙂
Thanks so much for your feedback.
wow, thats really a very in-depth analysis of all the courses in the market. Actually your evaluation is quite on the spot and would help people make the right choice
Moon, thanks for your feedback and great to have you here again.
Social Media has a big part of blogging and small business. We all know keeping it and maintaining it is a lot of work. This is so helpful for my blogging site I kinda left behind with my pinterest posting.
Farrah, so glad to give you a timely reminder.
This is a great post. Pinterest has been my best media for getting traffic but I have noticed a lot of advice that isn’t helpful. It’s so hard to sort through and find the gems.
Hi Leslie, so great to hear your feedback on Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by.
Pinterest is one that I’m still figuring out. It’s definitely not like the others.
Heather, you are right. Pinterest is different because it is a visual search engine rather than a social media platform.
Pinterest is literally a catalog of ideas that people use to plan. If you have content that can help your target audience when they are in the planning stages of achieving their goals then consider Pinterest.
Monidipa, this is so true I tell everyone Pinterest is for planners. All you need to do is let your content fit into their planning.
I don’t pay attention to Pinterest much. But guess I need to !
I have never taken a Pinterest course before but I know many that have. The results that are going to come from taking one are going to vary from person to person – so I can totally see how it might disappoint some.
Becca, what you said is so true the results can vary from person to person. I do believe that it is possible to streamline the input to improve the results over time.
Tailwind is the way to go when it comes to Pinterest. I went from barely 5k monthly views to 250k monthly views in less than a month! xo, Suzanne
Suzanne, that is amazing results. Thanks for sharing.
I didn’t even know they had Pinterest courses. These tips are helpful.
Kay, yes there are many Pinterest courses available. I’m glad you found it helpful.
This is all really helpful information! I’ve just started my blog and am working through everything I need to learn how to optimize. Pinterest is on that list!
Katie, congrats on your new blog. I wish I was starting fresh again with the knowledge that I have but it is impossible because I only gained that knowledge from my experiences so far. Let me know if I can help.
I need to learn more about Pinterest so many people say they have a lot of traffoc from Pinterest.
Ohmummymia, yes Pinterest is a great source of traffic for your blog and business.
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