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Pinterest Traffic Avalanche Review #pinterest #bloggingtips #

I recently completed an online course called Pinterest Traffic Avalanche – where Alex and Lauren show us how to use Pinterest to drive free traffic to our blogs.

This course is a game changer for me in terms of time saved and reaching my ideal audience. However, it may not be right for everyone. Hopefully, this review will help you decide if the $197 Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course is right for you.

Searching for an “aha moment”

It’s been awhile since I’ve had one of those aha moments, particularly when it came to promoting my blog. I struggled to reach my ideal audience. Finding those rare readers that appreciate my brand of crazy took hours and hours and hours of work, often with little return. (But absolutely worth it when one of you subscribes or leaves that thoughtful comment that tells me my words and images struck a chord.)

aha moment | a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension. – Merriam-Webster

I could blog about more popular topics and use flashy headlines that attract the attention of Pinterest’s search engine. But, I’ve already discovered that I’m not good at writing for Google, so I doubt I’ll be much better with Pinterest. Nonetheless, Pinterest is the best social media platform to reach my ideal audience. The 200+ million monthly Pinterest users are far less likely to scroll past links to our posts than Facebook, or Twitter (if they are seen at all buried on the bottom of Facebook/Twitter feeds). And when pinners do click, they stick around.

While my ideal audience is waiting for me on Pinterest, I’m not the right “fit” for this platform. I don’t blog about fashion, or recipes (except vampire-repelling guacamole). I make a brilliant mess of coloring outside the boundaries of my travel blogger niche. Worst of all, the fact that I have boy parts puts me at an unforgiveable disadvantage as more than 80% of Pinterest users are women.


Before Pinterest Traffic Avalanche triggered an “aha moment”

I did what many rookie bloggers do. I read hundreds of Pinterest articles, and took an embarrassing number of online courses to help me overcome the obstacles keeping me from reaching my ideal audience. The result: crickets.

Finally, with the help of social media managers like Suzie at SuzieSpeaks, I grew to reach about 500 readers each month. It was exciting. Pinterest really can drive free traffic to my blog!


Do I really need to invest in another Pinterest course?

I stumbled across a review of yet another Pinterest course in October and initially brushed it off. After all, with lots of help from Suzie, I was reaching far more readers than I thought possible. The course was called Pinterest Traffic Avalanche and it was a whopping $197. Why invest more time and money?

Out of curiosity, I did a Google search on Pinterest Traffic Avalanche Review. I discovered pages of reputable endorsements. A few were written by bloggers like me: late to the Pinterest game, and blogging about the “unpopular” stuff. I was skeptical of reports about doubling and tripling their blog traffic in one or two months. However, when I saw that Alex and Lauren (designers of the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course) offered a 60-day refund if I wasn’t satisfied, I told myself:

If I don’t double my blog referrals from Pinterest in 1 month, I’ll ask for a refund.


Pinterest Traffic Avalanche: Course Overview

The course is divided into 13 organized and easily navigated modules designed to guide a new Pinterest user to mastery (and beyond if you include the Pinterest Ninja Secrets). Each lesson is a well-edited video and includes PDF notes and reference links. If I called upon my extensive Netflix binge-watching skills, I could probably get through all of the videos in one day, but I’d need to limit snack breaks.


Pinterest Traffic Avalanche Review course overview

Course observations: the PROs

  • as a retired surgeon and scientist, I’ve endured more than my share of monotonous lectures given by professors that are more interested in bragging about their accomplishments than teaching us the promised material. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche is not that. Alex and Lauren are dynamic instructors, and any mention of their accomplishments serve to highlight the impact of various lessons (they have created 2 extremely successful websites over the past 2 years: and


  • I have some experience with Pinterest already, so I could quickly scan introductory “setting up your account for success” or “applying for rich pins” lessons to focus more on lessons like “creating stunning images using Canva” and “Tailwind Tribes.” (These 2 lessons alone have helped me reach more than 7 million Pinterest users in one month.)

Pinterest Avalanche Review | Tailwind Tribes progress


  • While this isn’t a blogging course, several of the lessons like: “Beginning with the end in mind” and “Creating curiosity to increase clicks to your website” are helping me to become a better blogger and writer.


  • The course includes several helpful checklists (viral pin checklist is a personal favorite) and an invitation to a secret Pinterest Avalanche support group on Facebook. Lauren and Alex also update the course as Pinterest algorithms change. (If you’re wondering about the impact of newly introduced hashtags on Pinterest, they’ve recently added a decent lesson.)


Course observations: the CONs

  • $197 is an expensive investment for a course that will help drive traffic to my blog. As a personal blogger, my aim is to inspire, entertain, and inform an engaged audience of ideal readers rather than earn income. However, I’m so stunned by the meaningful growth in terms of new visitors and subscribers (Almost) Unsalvageable has experienced over the past 5 weeks that I’ve more than recouped the money invested.


  • The initial time investment is also significant. There hours of lessons to learn from (and review). I needed to spend several hours per week getting more familiar with Pinterest and the scheduling app Tailwind (another game changer). I have become far more efficient in the past week or 2. However, this is offset by a nasty habit of checking Pinterest to see if my follower count has tripled yet (not quite, but close). Then it’s off to WordPress to see if I have exceeded 200 Pinterest referrals per day (sooo close).


The results of my one month experiment

The Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course helped me to unravel the mysteries of Pinterest. I dedicated the month of November to applying the lessons Alex and Lauren taught. I asked questions on their secret Facebook support group (Lauren often replied with helpful answers herself). The results of my one month experiment?

  • 3x increase in Pinterest referrals (2016 referrals in November)
  • (almost) 3x increase in Pinterest followers
  • 12,791 pageviews from 6,582 visitors
  • 162 new email subscribers!

These results aren’t spectacular in the world of professional blogging. But for an aspiring blogger ready to make that next leap, it’s an “aha moment” worth sharing.

One-stop solutions to explode Pinterest traffic to your blog #bloggingtips #pinteresttips #almostunsalvageable

Is the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course right for you?

If you are a blogger and are searching for a way to reach more of your ideal audience, then Pinterest Traffic Avalanche could help you turn your blogging hobby into a passion project, even a successful business.

Alex and Lauren’s Pinterest strategies routinely attract 100’s of thousands of ready-to-purchase Pinterest users to their blogs each month. These strategies also help hundreds, if not thousands, of other bloggers dramatically improve the traffic to their blog. And I’m one of them!


What are your thoughts and experiences with Pinterest when it comes to promoting your blog? I’m always looking for another excuse to perform an experiment, especially when it comes to improving the quality of our blogs. If you have tips or observations, I’d love to hear them!


*This review contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a commission if you decide to purchase Pinterest Traffic Avalanche (at no extra cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and believe will benefit you.


  • Reply Miriam December 9, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    You have totally piqued my interest Gabe though I’ll be honest I really know very little about Pinterest. But I’m very interested in learning more. Thanks for this write up, I’m always keen to learn how to engage other like minded travellers, especially as I want to take my blog to the next level.

    • Reply Gabriel December 9, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      I remember you mentioning something about pursuing self-hosted blogging recently. If you do make the leap into professional blogging, I’m sure you would do amazing Miriam. You have already attracted a large and engaged audience that trusts and respects you.

      Gonna say this now just in case… Sign me up!

      • Reply Miriam December 9, 2017 at 11:57 pm

        Absolutely! And what a nice and totally encouraging thing to say. Thanks Gabe. Yes, I have a feeling that 2018 will be a year of big changes.

  • Reply Dalene Ekirapa December 10, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I know quite a little about pinterest thus my struggle on promoting my blog via pinterest. But thanks for sharing, I guess I will need to take a course as well since for sure, many thumbs up go to Pinterest in increasing blog traffic.

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      When you do check out the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course, let me know what you think. Hopefully you find it as helpful as I did!

  • Reply Parul Thakur December 10, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Sounds interesting and should help me too. I’ve never used social media the best way. I do share on Twitter and Facebook but how much traffic can it drive?
    I’ll check this out. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      I hear you Parul. It’s great to play along with Big Up Your Blog on weekends, and I love connecting with the blogging community. But when its time for the next step, figuring out Pinterest is a great way to begin. Good luck!

  • Reply Shailaja V December 10, 2017 at 2:05 am

    So happy for you, Gabe! I agree that Pinterest IS a game changer. At the moment, I can’t boast of such numbers because I am doing it the old-fashioned way- reading up on my own. Plus I can’t shell out that kind of money since I don’t earn enough to justify that expense.

    Totally agree about Tailwind doing wonders for the blog. It’s picking up and I am giving it another 3 months to see where it will take me. Plus I am back to blogging for the fun of it, thanks to Pinterest.

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Tailwind is really awesome. Isn’t it great to be able to schedule a bunch of pins in convenient batches so we can refocus on the blogging part of blogging again?

  • Reply Judy E Martin December 10, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Sounds like a great course, Gabe. Congratulations for reaching so many new people. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Cheers Judy. If you’re thinking about reaching a wider audience on your blog, this might be worth checking out. If you do, let me know.

      • Reply Judy E Martin December 11, 2017 at 4:12 am

        No problem Gabe, but it certainly wouldn’t be for a while! 🙂

  • Reply susielindau December 10, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Are you using Pinterest along with Suzie?

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Absolutely. and Suzie is awesome. Showed me that Pinterest could even help bloggers like me to reach more of my ideal audience.

      • Reply susielindau December 11, 2017 at 7:01 am

        Cool!!! I have Tailwind too but haven’t used it for the last three months. Do you pin another 10 or so on top of what she pins? Thanks so much for helping me!!

  • Reply jeremy@thirstydaddy December 10, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Good for you man. I really need to up my pinterest game

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      hehehe Cheers Jeremy. Looks like you’ve got a pretty good thing going already. But if you decide to jump on Pinterest, strap in. its a crazy ride;)

  • Reply Amy December 10, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Thank you for sharing, Gabe. I haven’t heard about Pinterest Traffic Avalanch until now. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Hey Amy! I know you already have already grown a large and active blogging community, but if you decide to move to the next level and reach a broader audience on Pinterest, this course might be a good place to start.

  • Reply Gary December 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Looks like a New year project Gabe; I’ve worked with Susie to get me started and the right approach (her not me) does demonstrate it can drive traffic at my blog for sure. My weakness is knowing the write methods to sustain it. Might well look into this if you recommend it personally. Trouble with on-line reviews is how do I know they are good reviews; ode to the cynic lol

    Solid post my friend

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Suzie is great Gary and isn’t it fun to see a potential new approach to building our audience?

      I’ve recently begun to approach my blog as a potential platform to share future novels/memoirs I write (I know I know, I should really get writing). Suzie helped me see that Pinterest is a great way to build (and sustain) my blog without having to pay for advertising or work 80 hours/week. After taking this course, I had one of those “aha moments.” This is the most efficient way to promote my blog. I’m still in the exponential portion of the growth curve now, but time will tell if the Pinterest users that visit my blog will stick around. (I’m optimistic)

      And I hear your skepticism Gary. The pages of positive reviews I’ve read for Pinterest Traffic Avalanche left me wondering if this is too good to be true as well. However, I’m really surprised by the unexpected growth in meaningful traffic I’ve seen to my blog in the past 5 weeks. (and it looks like I’ll be doubling visitors etc again this month).

      I know that there are quite a few bloggers in our blogging community that are looking for ways to reach more of their ideal audience and I wanted to share the strategies that have worked for me.

      Hope this helps Gary. And if you do decide to check out the course, let me know!

      • Reply Gary December 11, 2017 at 8:28 am

        Yes, I’ve used her for three months now. Time I knew I’d be off line more in the NaNo run in. After that and I realised social media overkill and writing can’t co-exist; not with other life things that also need attention. Has to be a balance and a structure to approaching things. Suzie is showing how that works and from what you say that course builds on that.

        Mu over arching concern is does traffic convert to engagement. I have regular hits from Pinterest and SU now. Twitter and FlipBoard also contribute, but I know my methods are not structured to optimise hits. Seeing how you are performing is a good recommendation too. I’ll dig into methodology in the New Year now too. My first goal is to finish my novel before Feb 1st. Then I will have four completed books at various editing stages and one ready to publish.

        Part of me thinks we could do with a group of bloggers all working to the same ambition. Finding out how to optimise social media and cross connecting. The more I delve into top bloggers I know or follow that seems to be what they do. Question is, can writers and authors find the time necessary lol

  • Reply D. Wallace Peach December 10, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Interesting pros and cons, Gabe. I used to pin to Pinterest, but my blog kept growing and I couldn’t keep up, so I haven’t pinned there in a couple years. In fact, as my blog grows, I do less and less other social media. I haven’t figured out how to manage blog traffic effectively. I need a class in that.
    🙂 <3

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Hey Diana! You are one of my blogging role models. As a successful author many times over, its not surprising that you’ve built a successful blog. And you’re so prolific – both with your published work, as well as your consistent outreach within the blogging community.

      For those of us that are years behind you (but still unwavering fans), this course has helped me to find a way to bridge that gap in an exciting way.

      (now I just need to get writing!)

      • Reply D. Wallace Peach December 11, 2017 at 7:01 am

        You’re sweet to say so, Gabe, because I feel like I’m in a constant state of “figuring it out.” Ha ha. Yes, get writing, my friend 😀

  • Reply Diana Frajman December 10, 2017 at 10:44 am

    162 new subscribers in a month! I’d take that Gabe. Me thinks I will look into this course as a New Years project. Thanks

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      It’s been a fun experiment, and looks like I’m set to keep growing exponentially this month as well.

      If you do consider taking the course, let me know what you think!

      • Reply Diana Frajman December 10, 2017 at 10:36 pm

        Absolutely, I probably won’t consider it until the new year but I know you have an affiliate link with it so let me know how I can benefit you you when I do. 😊

        • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm

          This is the first time I’ve used an affiliate link, so I’m no expert. But I just did some research…

          The links on this post will take you to Alex and Aluren’s landing page (it’s very persuasive btw). If you do decide to make a purchase, then I will get the “credit” unless you visit another review article first. (The LAST review article you visit before making a purchase gets credit.

          Thanks Diana!

          • Diana Frajman December 10, 2017 at 11:00 pm

            I will endeavor to see you get the purchase if I go ahead. Thanks Gabe

  • Reply Writing to Freedom December 10, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for a fair evaluation Gabe. Like Diana, my blog is growing organically and I don’t use Pinterest or Twitter, and Facebook is more personal than for my blog, though I do share posts on FB. Overall, I prefer the organic method and am curious why you care about growing fast when you’re not aiming to make money.

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Hey Brad! Thats a fair question. There are plans to promote future books here. And having a larger audience that is still engaged is a big part of that.

      Recently, I’ve been asking myself “what’s next?” As I move past that “rookie phase” of blogging, I’m beginning to pay more attention to the veterans who struggle with burnout, and recognition that they are losing readers faster than its growing. This is my way of staying ahead of that, (and setting myself up for success in the future).

      Building my blog community will always be a big part of this blog, and I enjoy the meaningful interaction I have with readers. I hope that rare veteran bloggers like yourself that can stay ahead of “blog atrophy” will continue to stop by to visit.

      (insert insipid albiet inspiring illiterate illusion to illustrate the illuminating influence of alliteration here)

      • Reply Writing to Freedom December 11, 2017 at 9:05 am

        Thanks for your helpful feedback Gabe. I guess I haven’t kept up with the industry. I just write and share. 🙂 I hope you follow your joy and grow your community. I enjoy you and your writing and look forward to your book!

  • Reply December 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I struggle with the whole promoting my blog thing. I am not interested in gaining a bunch of ghost followers just to up my numbers. I want people who engage and leave comments… it’s the connections that count for me. I don’t promote on any social network platform, I just search out other bloggers I like, and leave comments… and hope they read and like my blog enough to become an active follower. I’m having enough trouble with personal time management… I’m not sure I have the bandwidth to add Pinterest posting to my schedule. I hope this works well for you, but my impression is that you already have a terrific group of followers who leave insightful (or sometimes just funny) comments.

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      I hear you Janis. Blog community is incredibly important to me too. At the risk of sounding like a bad salesperson, it seems as though Pinterest is also attracting an engaged audience to my blog. (I’m still pretty surprised.) For someone who has HORRIBLE time management skills, this course taught me how to keep growing my blog without tying myself to the laptop.

      In the meantime, I really hope you keep stopping by. Those insightful (and funny) comments are the good stuff!

  • Reply Andrea Stephenson December 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Although I have a pinterest account, I rarely use it – in fact blogging is really the only social media I use, I hardly ever look at Twitter or Facebook – too many social media platforms and too little time 🙂 But thanks for doing the research so we don’t have too Gabe!

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Cheers Andrea! Blogging is my favorite way to make meaningful connections as well. But I gotta admit, I’m having more fun on Pinterest than I expected.

  • Reply Kat December 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I haven’t heard of this course. So glad it was able to help you. I’ll have to look into it!

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Thats great Kat – let me know what you think. If your experience is at all like mine, there will be lots of exclamation marks 😉

  • Reply the incurable dreamer December 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    You totally inspired me to go to Pinterest and try to set up my blog on there. Epic fail, Gabe! I don’t even know how to get my blog photo on there properly! Ahhh.

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      hehehe sweet Tanya – I hear you. Pinterest is confusing at first. Guess that’s why I had to go back to school to figure it out 😉

      But love ya just the way you are – and I’m also a bit selfish, so don’t want to share youth anyone else!

      • Reply the incurable dreamer December 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

        You really know how to make a girl feel good about herself. Thank you, Gabe!

  • Reply the incurable dreamer December 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Why does WordPress hate me so much…here is the whole comment. *eye roll*

    You totally inspired me to go to Pinterest and try to set up my blog on there. Epic fail, Gabe! I don’t even know how to get my blog photo on there correctly! Ahhhhhhh. I think I need a basic 5 dollar tutorial on how to pin something before I pull out the big guns and dive headfirst into that course. Working on it though…one of these days I will get it done. I would love to reach more people, but I just can’t seem to do anything right! Gah!

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Actually… WordPress and I have an understanding. See this way I get to have twice the interaction;)

      And earlier I joked about wanted to keep you all for myself. but seriously – the world would be a better place with more Incurable Dreamer in it

      • Reply the incurable dreamer December 14, 2017 at 7:30 am

        Aww, see there you go again. *sniff sniff* Thanks again, Gabe, you really are the best and have inspired me once again! ☺️

  • Reply A Gypsy's Tale by Brooke Breazeale December 10, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Dammit Gabe…a) didn’t even think about using Pinterest, b) now I have to effing learn how to navigate the Pinterest world. That was a not-so-direct thank you, btw. Point is, you never cease to amaze me with all the effort you put in to sharing your tips and experiences with us so we can benefit…you are truly a gift.

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      hehehe like Tanya, the selfish part of me loves that I get to horde the extra attention. But the much quieter grown-up version of me knows that the world would be a better place with more Gypsy Tales in it. If you do decide to try to figure out the Pinterest thing, I think you would be even more amazing. Cheers Natalie!

      • Reply A Gypsy's Tale by Brooke Breazeale December 10, 2017 at 11:19 pm

        I’m on it, and in Gypsy fashion… no idea where I’m going or what I’m doing ;o)

        • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

          Well… we’ll be here enjoying the ride. regardless of where we go or how we get there;)

  • Reply Maggie Wilson December 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Well now. I’m glad to hear you recouped your investment and have gained extra traffic. But I’m with Janis, I guess – a different snack bracket of blogger – and actually, lately I’m more of the anit-blogger – I don’t want traffic these days – I’m in the ebb state of ebb and flow. Taking a time out.

    That said, I’m glad that Pinterest is working for you.

    • Reply Gabriel December 10, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Hey Maggie! I’ve gotta admit, the “blogger burnout” you describe is one of the reasons I got excited about this course. I’m probably beyond that “rookie blogger” phase and enjoying the benefits of an engaged blogging community. The early excitement is fading and I’m asking “What’s next?” This is my answer for now. Not positive its the right one…

      I tend to take lots of adult time outs. This course taught me how to use Pinterest to make my blog posts “evergreen.” and to allow me to stay active even though I’m not generating new blog posts. And seems like when I return from a blogging hiatus, I bounce back more quickly.

      Hope you have an amazing time out Maggie, and that you enjoy a great holiday season!

  • Reply Marca Tanner Brewington December 10, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I blog about family law, more specifically, family law in Utah. Some of my stuff is general use info, but it’s all family law. Am I wasting my breath? Does anyone care? I’ve got a couple hundred followers, but my topic seems like it’s just about pain. Any point in trying to increase my readership?

    • Reply Gabriel December 11, 2017 at 12:05 am

      “Does anyone care?” That’s a question I’ve wrestled with quite a bit. (also “SHOULD anyone care” about what I’m saying)

      I realize that in a room with a 1000 busy people, no one would be interested in hearing stories about a househusband with a hiking problem. But how about if there were 100,000 or even 200 million? When I started recognizing that my problem wasn’t sharing my stories with the same people again and again in the hopes of persuading them to be interested – reaching out to larger audiences might allow me to find people that share my kind of crazy. This means I don’t have to try to change who I am (or what I’m blogging about) in order to reach an interested audience.

      So far, seems to be working for me. For a successful lawyer focusing of a specific niche? sounds like a recipe for success to me…

  • Reply RAWLINGS BLOG December 11, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Great post here. Since i joined pinterest i have seen a little percentage increase in my views per day from pinterest. Am hoping of creating the pinterest board but just heard of what will try out your post and learn something new.thanks for post.

  • Reply Liesbet December 11, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for the review and explanation of this course, Gabe – an interesting experiment indeed. I am not familiar with Pinterest at all, so the course would not be for me, yet. It would not fit in the budget either, but I could see why a blogger aiming to grow a bigger audience can benefit from it. I am not clear as to what you mean with “I’ve more than recouped the money invested” since you are not monetizing your blog. Do you mean the exchange money for results (= larger audience)?

    Happy Pinteresting!!

    • Reply Gabriel December 13, 2017 at 9:04 am

      I completely understand Liesbet, blog promotion through Pinterest is fairly new to me as well and I had pretty low expectations (but am always eager to experiment when it comes to growing readership;) ). The results were so surprising I thought a few others out there might benefit as well and couldn’t resist sharing the good news.

      As far as recouping my investment, yes I was referring to the value of more readers. Since publishing this post, I’ve already doubled (again) readership and my “old” posts are getting lots of attention. Its pretty exciting!

      • Reply Liesbet December 13, 2017 at 9:20 am

        That’s awesome, Gabe! Glad you found a way to reach your goal. I will have to keep Pinterest in mind for the future. I have also discovered through other blogs that posts about blogging and how to improve traffic, etc are popular on the web. 🙂

        • Reply Gabriel December 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

          hehehe yes they are popular – but I have to admit, I was nervous about writing this post. I was very reluctant to promote a product.
          However, it seems to be making such a big difference that I felt others would appreciate it.

  • Reply JT Twissel December 11, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for the information. Sounds like a lot of work!

    • Reply Gabriel December 13, 2017 at 9:14 am

      hehehe it was a lot of work initially. Getting a bit better now -and I should be able to get caught back up on the blog backlog before New Years;)

  • Reply bedlamanddaisies December 11, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I keep hearing wonderful things about Pinterest. I did just sign up for the free version of Tailwind. I joined some tribes, but am not sure (as of yet) if I joined the best ones for me. I’ve increased my Pinterest monthly views exponentially recently. Not from Tailwind, but just by becoming more active. It still hasn’t generated much traffic back to my site, but I don’t have Rich Pins since I still haven’t made the leap to self-hosting or upgrading to the business plan on WordPress (one of the things I’m considering since I’m not technically savvy, but am still sifting through information to see if there are numerous restrictions by going that route. I do realize it would be the more expensive route as well.)

    You’ve shared some great information Gabe. If I do make the leap, I’ll have to think about this course!

    • Reply Gabriel December 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Pinterest has been a lot of fun, and I just checked out your Pinterest account. I can see why you’ve been doing great. Love your pins!
      And Tailwind really is awesome – but the learning curve seems to be pretty steep here too.

      • Reply bedlamanddaisies December 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm

        Thanks Gabe! Tailwind learning curve does seem steep, but I’ve heard lots of great things about it. Fingers crossed.

  • Reply restlessjo December 12, 2017 at 2:16 am

    All set to change the world, Gabe! And the very best to you- you certainly don’t lack for industry. 🙂 🙂 I’m definitely moving in the wrong circles to be a game changer and I’m fundamentally lazy but it’s interesting stuff to read. I did dip my toe very gingerly in the Pinterest world a couple of years back but then faltered. My site is dead as a Dodo. Maybe I should devote some downtime to Suzy, who sounds like a star, and get myself up and running again. Trouble is, enough of my life gets gobbled up already. Always good to hang out with you, Gabe.

    • Reply Gabriel December 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thats surprising Jo. Your site is the photographic life of Algarve (and beyond)! But I understand the sentiment. There comes a point when bloggers ask “What next?,” when growth tapers and that sense of staleness threatens to creep in. I’m really trying to stay ahead of that.

      And Susie is a great (and incredibly reasonable) social media manager. She not only helped teach me the blog promotion ropes, but saved me soooo much time. Definitely worth checking her out.

      • Reply restlessjo December 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm

        I’m impressed with your energy. I’ve never been great with technology and my laptop has the power to reduce me to tears (and it knows it 🙂 ) so I’m slow to leap for the newest thing. Good intentions though- I’ve saved my latest Pinterest emails to investigate fruther.

  • Reply Arionis December 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I have to admit, I just recently set up a Facebook page for my blog and I haven’t really even advertised it yet because I am not sure it’s ready for prime time. Pinterest is a total mystery to me. I will eventually have to check it out and if I go that route I will definitely use your affiliate link.

    BTW, you won a Chriester Award. It’s a made up thing and not real at all but with that and about 7 lei you might be able to get a cup of coffee. (

    • Reply Gabriel December 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      hehehe Was fun to read about our shared interests – ligers are my spirit animals too. And Stephen King IS a great writer!

  • Reply Bel December 16, 2017 at 12:07 am

    This is interesting. Thanks for sharing about this – Pinterest is a huge market. One that I haven’t had the time to really focus on but would like to – I’m going to have to force myself to find the time to look into it!

    • Reply Gabriel December 16, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Hey Bel! It looks like you already have a great audience, so I can understand sticking with what is working well for you. But I gotta say, Pinterest has been a surprisingly big boost in terms of traffic. If your looking to expand, I suspect you would be far more successful than I.

  • Reply Di December 17, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Hello Gabe…
    It’s an interesting post and I’m so happy that you have received the results you were hoping for…
    A good male blogger should be on everyone’s requires reading list whether Pinterest, or WordPress!
    Your writing needs to be seen by so many as your message within many posts is highly relatable to many including myself…

    • Reply Gabriel December 17, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Thanks Di!

  • Reply ButterflyinRemission December 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for sharing this, so useful for me… i love pinterest and use it a lot though not for my blog!

    • Reply Gabriel December 19, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Thats great. You’ll likely be way ahead of me then. You’re already familiar with Pinterest!

  • Reply angelanoelauthor December 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Since I’m one of your fans (maybe not the biggest, because I haven’t met them all–so let’s just say top ten) I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t come say hello and enjoy your kind of “crazy.” So I’m very glad your a ha moment has led to more people discovering you. That makes me happy.

  • Reply Unbound Roots December 17, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Okay, so now I have read through your post and all of your comments. I need to learn as much as I can. Ha! I’m still stuck in-between knowing how much time to invest in writing and how much time to invest in social media. Sometimes this in itself gives me writer’s block. Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon so I can be on my merry way. I have this post pinned for future reference. 🙂 Thanks so much, Gabe. I always respect and appreciate your posts.

    • Reply Gabriel December 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Oh I hear you Erin! Its so easy to get trapped in the social media quagmire, which takes away much needed writing – and napping – time. So far, it seems that Pinterest shares my posts much more widely for far less effort. I’ll let you know if this continues to be true in the coming months.

  • Reply Wendy Weir December 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I just love your writing, Gabe! Reading this post made me a little anxious though–every so often I wish I’d write that one big breakout post, become instantly renown and respected, and give up my day job. Baaahh! The reality of my world however, is that I shy away from social media as a means to that end. There is so much to learn, and so many savvy bloggers, I’m going to content myself with amateur status and continue to read and learn at the feet of the masters, preparing for that someday. . . I am beyond thrilled for your success–you deserve every success coming your way!

    • Reply Gabriel December 19, 2017 at 8:27 am

      hehehe no plans to become “instafamous?” Me either. (maybe Pinsta-famous? Is that a thing? 😉 )
      I hear you though. As quite few other blogging friends mention, there is a lot to be said for growing through individual outreach to readers. Forming meaningful connections. Getting that thoughtful feedback. Learning from each other.

      Looking forward to following along with you Wendy on your way to that “someday.”

  • Reply inesephoto December 30, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I have a Pinterest account, but don’t know what to do with it 🙂 It is the time to start learning.

    • Reply Gabriel January 2, 2018 at 8:32 am

      With your amazing skill as a photographer, I suspect Pinterest would lead even more interested fans to your wonderful blog.

      • Reply inesephoto January 2, 2018 at 10:44 am

        Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  • Reply Shallow Reflections December 31, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I have not been as diligent about pinning regularly as I was – I do use board booster but my boards have been devoid of pins. I do include a rich pin with each blog post and pin it to my Shallow Reflections board. I don’t look at how much traffic I get from Pinterest but I know there is great potential. Sounds like this is a terrific course, Gabe. I can relate to you in your assessment of your ‘niche’ since I, too, resist being labeled and enjoy an eclectic style of writing/topics.

    • Reply Gabriel January 2, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Molly, I hope you continue to keep blogging “outside the box” because you’ve created a wonderful blog. Looking forward to seeing where we go in the blogiverse this year as well!

  • Reply AlexisChateauPR January 6, 2018 at 11:49 am

    That sounds interesting. Never did get much into Pinterest and deleted it last year. Most of our traffic comes from Facebook, WordPress, search engines, and Twitter.

    • Reply Gabriel January 6, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      There are so many platforms to choose from when it comes to blog promotion right? But I have to say, Pinterest is driving far more traffic to my blog than I had expected (and it looks like I’m on track to double monthly traffic again this month, even though I haven’t posted anything new for several weeks).

      • Reply AlexisChateauPR January 9, 2018 at 11:05 pm

        That’s amazing! I just didn’t have the patience for it. People didn’t seem to interact much on Pinterest, which was an immediate turnoff for me, and one of the reasons I don’t spend much time on IG either.

        — Alex

  • Reply Alex Nerney April 6, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Hey Gabe,

    Just saw this post about our course and wanted to say thank you for sharing with your audience. We keep trying other traffic sources to this day (Instagram, Facebook, Google SEO) and still to this day nothing gets you the same bang for your buck like Pinterest. It’s the peanut butter to blogging jelly and even if you don’t grab the course, something EVERY blogger/ website owner should try.

    Alex Nerney

  • Reply Nikki | Busy Mama Daily May 17, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats on your success with Pinterest, I really enjoyed your review, great post. I decided to buy the course from your link. So excited to learn more.

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