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.
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: avacadu.com and createandgo.com).
- 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.)
- 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.
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!
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