6 Ways to Optimize Your Pinterest Account

(for Maximum Results)

6 perfect locations for keywords on pinterest how to optimize your pinterest account for maximum results

Are you struggling to get maximum results out of Pinterest? Do you hear others tout the power and magic of Pinterest but it’s just not working for you? Well, my friend, you’re in luck!

6 ways to optimize your Pinterest account for maximum results.

This post is part three of the 5-part #PinterestBootCamp series. In this 5-part series, you will learn how to optimize Pinterest into a traffic generating machine for your blog. If you missed the first two posts in the series you can check them out here:

1. Is Pinterest Right for Your Business: 14 Niches Perfect for Pinterest.

In this post, I explain why Pinterest is perfect for bloggers and side hustlers. I also share 14 niches that are perfect for Pinterest and I have a downloadable swipe file of 70 Pinterest accounts with a great strategy you need to copy.

2. 4 Mistakes You’re Making on Pinterest

In this post, I share four common mistakes people make with their Pinterest Account and how you can avoid them. I also show you how to set your Pinterest account up for success in four simple steps; generating traffic and leads for your business.

Ok, time to tackle part three! In this post, I teach you how to use keywords to optimize your profile and your content – allowing your target audience to find you! Are you ready to have some fun?  

Social Network or Search Engine?  

Are you confident marketing yourself on a social network such as Instagram or Facebook? Or maybe your skillset is SEO and you’re good at ranking on Google and YouTube. Or possibly, you’re new to all of this and the previous two sentences made you want to hide in a hole and cry.

No matter your skill set, or lack of, I promise you that Pinterest is much easier to master than you think. I can’t tell you how many people comment that Pinterest is the one social network they know the least about.  

No matter your skill set, or lack of, I promise you that Pinterest is much easier to master than you think.Click To Tweet

The reality is, Pinterest doesn’t actually behave like other social networks. It behaves more like a search engine, and that scares the crap out of marketers and small business owners. If that’s you, it’s time to put your fears aside, step out of your comfort zone, and leverage the power of Pinterest.   

When you marry a social network with a search engine, something truly amazing happens! The content shared on the platform is discoverable forever. Those precious blog posts and videos you work your butt off to create can generate traffic to your website for years to come.

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When studying the half-life of social media posts, Stone Media Consulting discovered Twitter posts have a half-life of 24 minutes, Facebook posts are 90 minutes and Pinterest Pins are 105 DAYS! However, I would challenge that data and argue that if you use keywords appropriately, there is no half life to your Pinterest content.

Pinterest Smart Feed

Even though Pinterest also behaves like a social network, you don’t need thousands of followers for your content to be seen. In fact, when I first started using Pinterest it generated nearly 3,000 visitors to my blog and I only had a couple hundred followers at the time.

How is this possible? Essentially, three different factors contributed to all that traffic – group boards, Tailwind Tribes, and the Pinterest Smart Feed. In this post, I’m going to focus on the Smart Feed and keyword optimization, but if you’re itching to learn more about group boards and Tribes check out these posts:

What is this mysterious Smart Feed?

The Smart Feed is a sophisticated algorithm Pinterest developed to deliver better content and enhance the user experience. Before the Smart Feed, your home feed (pictured below) would display Pins from the people you followed in chronological order of when it was pinned. This made a large follower count very important.


Enter the Smart Feed and follower count is not nearly as important. The quality of your Pins, the description, and the headline are what matter to the Smart Feed. The Smart Feed pulls content from three sources: 
repins made by people you follow, related Pins, and Pins from interests you follow.

The Smart Feed works hard to display the best content to Pinterest users. If you’d like to know all the in’s and out’s of how the Smart Feed works, check out this post from Pinterest: Building a Smarter Home Feed.

Now that you know how the Smart Feed works, how do you use it to your advantage? One word: KEYWORDS! You need to optimize your account and all your content with keywords so your Pins show up in people’s Smart Feeds.

So, where do you put these precious keywords? Essentially, you put them everywhere you can! Not only do you want your pins to show up in the Smart Feed, but you also want your profile and your boards to show up in search.

However, “put them everywhere” isn’t very helpful so I’ve outlined 6 ways you can optimize your account with keywords. These keywords will allow your target audience to find you – producing maximum results.

1. Business name

Do not put just your name or the name of your business in the “Business Name” section of your profile. This is the most valuable piece of real estate on your profile. In addition to your name or your business name, be sure you include your top keywords so people can find you!

Business Name

2. “About You” profile description

Work those precious keywords into your description about what you do and who you help.

About You

3. Board names

When naming your boards, keep them short and sweet and keyword heavy. Resist the urge to get really creative or use clever puns.

Board Names

4. Board descriptions

Pinterest allows you up to 500 characters in your board descriptions so fill those puppies up with keywords describing the type of content you pin to that board.

Board Descriptions

5. Image name

When you create an image you want to pin, be sure to include keywords in the name of the image when you save it to your computer. Check out the screenshot below from my Google Drive for my previous blog post. I always save my Pin images as the headline of the blog post.

Image Names

6. Pin descriptions

This just might be the most important place on Pinterest to insert keywords. When loading a Pin, take some time when writing your pin descriptions. A well written, keyword rich description can get your Pin into the Smart Feed and generate returns for years to come!

Pin Descriptions

Important Tip: Do NOT use hashtags on Pinterest. Pinterest doesn’t like them, there is no benefit, and you may even get penalized in the Smart Feed.

Now that you’ve learned about the Smart Feed and keyword optimization, it’s time to optimize your own Pinterest account with keywords!

And be sure to check back next week for part four of the #PinterestBootCamp series: Why Pinterest Isn’t Working For You and How To Fix It.  I show you what a strong Pinterest foundation looks like so you can take your Pinterest game to the next level!

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ACTION ITEMS:

I’m a woman of action, so each post in this 5-part series will list specific action items you need to complete before the next post in the series.

  1. If you haven’t yet, read Part 1 and Part 2 of this #PinterestBootCamp series.
  2. Keyword optimize your own Pinterest account! Not sure which keywords to use? Sign up for my free 5-day email course. This course is almost complete and lesson one will show you how to find the right keywords for your business.

Keep reading >> Check out the next post in this series: Why Pinterest Isn’t Working For You and How To Fix It.

Are you struggling to get maximum results out of Pinterest? Here are 6 Ways to Optimize Your Pinterest Account for Maximum Results.

About the Author:

Angie Gensler teaches online business owners how to use online sales funnels and digital marketing strategies to drive traffic, generate leads, and increase sales. She is a seasoned marketing professional focused on keeping it real. This means real simple tutorials and resources that cut out the confusion and provide actionable tips. She is passionate about her family, dance parties, and creating a life worth living!

  • Thanks so much for posting. I always see Pinterest as an “optional” posting site for my blog, but I really should start using it more!

    • Hi Mary! You’re very welcome! Glad you liked it. Pinterest is a huge traffic driver for me – I highly recommend it!