(I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I am a huge fan of this product!)
Wow, where do I start?
I always thought that Pinterest was kind of annoying. I search Google on my android or pc, and Pinterest feeds would pop up. I had a completely different idea of how to improve traffic, and so I did not see the value of Pinterest…yet.
I watched countless webinars on increasing traffic, and they all talked about leveraging Pinterest, and I listened to them and looked at my Pinterest account and said whaaaa?? How can this be?
I had no clue what people were talking about. How can a scrapbooking and recipe site help me??
And does any of this sound familiar to you at all?
One thing I did notice is that courses that teach about leveraging Pinterest are pricey. Most of the ones that I saw were in the $197 range, or even much, much higher. I was not sure that I wanted to put that much money into something that I was not quite sure of.
I have zero problems with investing in my blog, and 200 bucks is not a lot of money for education, if it produces results, but I was still pretty skeptical that Pinterest would be worth it. I mean, it’s just another social media site right?
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Enter Pinterest Ninja
Pinterest Ninja creator: Megan Johnson
Cost: $49 course only
-OR- $69 for course and a Pinterest Profile Audit (new)
*There is also a money back guarantee
My Review Rating: 5/5. Worth the cost with excellent Return on Investment!
Who is this course for? Anyone who knows little to nothing about Pinterest and wants to learn how to use this visual search engine (not social media!) to drive traffic to their website.
*Pinterest Ninja has just been updated (again!) to reflect all the new changes to Pinterest profiles and best practices that came about in April, and are still happening.
Megan, the creator of Pinterest Ninja, says that she spent over $500 on Pinterest courses before she found a strategy that works (totally believable, by the way), and now she earns 6 figures (also believable). Not bad for someone who has only been blogging for a couple of years!
Megan is very approachable. You can join her Facebook group (which I recommend), and she is prompt in replying. Megan gives out lots of Pinterest advice in this group! This also applies to email, where I get same day replies. Super helpful. I believe that Megan is very knowledgeable about Pinterest, and she is very giving with her knowledge.
The course is laid out in a logical manner, with each step leading into the next. The instructions are easy to understand and Megan clearly explains any jargon associated with Pinterest. I had no issues following the instructions and successfully completing the steps.
It is designed so that by the time you reach the end of the 13+ chapters, you should have a new understanding of how Pinterest can help your blog and you should be seeing an increase in traffic and engagement at your blog, even if you are not using Pinterest daily yet. More about this below.
Note: People have been asking me why there are no negatives in this review. I will say that I was completely new to Pinterest and had no idea that a strategy was required to use it for traffic. That being said, I only got benefits from taking the Pinterest Ninja course.
I improved my branding, started joining Facebook groups to meet people and doing pin exchanges for traffic, and through taking this course I have been introduced to many different bloggers who I consider to be blogging influencers. I have also been introduced to other bloggers who create online courses, some of which I have taken and completed, that have helped me to blog better.
In other words, I have not encountered a negative yet. If you are already familiar with how to use Pinterest for business, this course may not be for you. If you are a new(er) blogger who is looking to boost traffic organically and is up for meeting some new people and getting into the Pinterest side of traffic, this is an economical way to start!
Megan’s course is one quarter the price of anyone else
I decided to pay that much smaller amount of money to see if there is any value to learning about Pinterest. I thought that even if this course was not as great as the others, at least I would find out some of the reason for all the fuss, and not pay a premium price if it was not what it said it was or if I did not care to implement it.
I had read a few different reviews about Pinterest Ninja, and so I knew from previous research that there is value in taking a Pinterest course of some kind, and Megan’s course seemed comparable to me, but at a much lower price!
What I got was an e-book of roughly 120 pages, with 13 chapters and the bonus chapter with freebies and discounts! And links to tons more training, including videos, downloadable custom pin board covers, and the FREE WORKSHOP “Let Pinterest Grow Your Email List”. As well, you get lifetime updates!
Almost every chapter has links to other more detailed teaching, and this is a huge bonus. It is like Christmas morning, in that you keep getting more and more stuff!
Related Post: How to use Pinterest for Business
There is a huge amount of value here.
I am impressed! I have sat through webinars where the host gave me a meager amount of information and then a sales pitch for a $500 course ($600 if you pay in installments!). Megan’s course kept me busy with productive tasks for a number of weeks and I am very happy with the results for one tenth the price of those programs.
This program is massive!
Pinterest Ninja was updated last week (today is March 20), and a lot more has been added since I bought in December.
I can already tell that you will be getting more video training than I got. And since Pinterest updates constantly, you are getting the current information on Pinterest analytics and algorithms.
Megan is also now offering a Pinterest Profile Audit as a package deal with the course. If you want to purchase this separately, it is $25.99. It is a personalized video and a PDF that Megan will send you after she has reviewed your Pinterest profile. It will be her recommendations for how you can improve your analytics, pins, and profile.
The Pinterest Profile Audit was not available when I purchased the course, so I am not reviewing it except to explain what it is.
Here is just a taste of what you get
-Setting up Pinterest for business or converting your personal account; learning how to use pins and pin boards.
-Video tutorials on confirming your website with Pinterest, enabling rich pins, and starting group boards, searching for trending keywords and much more!
-Branding your business, finding free stock images, creating pins with the new smart feed layout in mind (this information is gold!!), and how you convert re-pins into website clicks, and more!
-Understanding Pinterest SEO and how the Pinterest Algorithm works (aka “working the Pinterest system”).
-Social Media and how to use Facebook groups to promote your website; 100+ Facebook group boards you can join; 385 Pinterest group boards that you can join, sorted by niche (this is also gold!!)
-How to monetize your blog, 85 affiliates organized by blogging niche, how to promote affiliates without writing blog posts, and more!
-How to create your own profitable courses with Teachable!! This is actually pretty cool information.
As well, there are some freebies included from other bloggers, like some free stock photos and discounts to other programs. Nice!
If you want to see the entire list of goodies, click here (link will open in a new tab).
I bought Pinterest Ninja at the end of December. Even just setting up my business account upped my stats (they were kinda sad at this point).
I do recommend creating a new business account IF your niche does not align with your personal account. It is just easier than moving your personal stuff to “secret boards”, and makes it easier to share relevant pins later.
I started following Megan’s directions, and then I got to Chapter Three “All about branding”, and I stopped. I kind of thought that I already had a “brand”, but Megan quickly showed me how to do it right!
I had to learn how to use Canva (a free program for graphic design)
to create my brand elements, and create a smoother experience for visitors. I could actually “pin” point (ha! see what I did there?) an increase of traffic after I did all of this, and it continued to climb in bits daily. All of this basically took up my month of January.
Then I resumed the course, but had to stop again when I got to Chapter Eight “Using Pinterest to grow your email list”. Because I did not have email set up on my website, I signed up for another course to finally get my email marketing in line, and I will be reviewing that course in the future. That project took up most of my February.
While I was getting set up with my email program, I kept working on the lessons in Pinterest Ninja. I started creating nicer pins for my boards.
Megan gives you all of the information that you will need to create pins that convert (this is KEY), as well as all the tips, tricks, and strategies that you will need to start improving your traffic stats right away.
Look at my traffic increase…
Here is a screen shot from Jan 3rd/18 right after I started reading Megan’s book. I had done nothing at this point but go to Pinterest and change my account to a business account (hence the up arrows lol). At this point I had only a couple of affiliate marketing friends on my Pinterest profile (Avg. daily viewers):
And here is a screen shot from Feb. 28th. At this point, I had created some boards and gave them board covers, created about 8 tall pins for my board, and I had added a few pins from other people, which is why my viewership is up:
Still a bit sad, but that is just from being active on Pinterest even for a few minutes.
And here is a screen shot from March 20th, so basically 3 weeks later. I had my email newsletter set up, and I had updated most of my pins.
As well, I had joined some Pinterest group boards (thanks to that list of 385 that Megan gives you):
Check it out! You can see that my stats are vastly improved in the 3 weeks since I merged all of Megan’s teachings together! Honestly, it is exhilarating watching my traffic stats increase daily! (yes, I do check daily lol)
Now, imagine what YOUR traffic will look like in a couple of months!
…or by the end of the year! I could see the value of the program immediately, and I hope that you can as well. I am only promoting this product because of the traffic results that I am seeing in a very short time.
Getting traffic from Pinterest is just the start of the sales funnel; I now have more people signing up for my newsletter daily, and that is translating into more affiliate sales for other programs that I review. That is hands-down my number one reason to recommend this course, and it has already paid for itself!
Traffic on Pinterest is converting to sales for me directly because of the steps that I have taken from implementing Pinterest Ninja.
In Pinterest, your pins last forever!
One of the very best reasons to use Pinterest is that your pins can be “rediscovered” at any time! A really old pin that is buried at the bottom of your Pinterest feed can suddenly go viral and bring you new traffic!
All it takes is for someone to go through your pin boards, pinning your content. They find a pin that you pinned last year, pin it into their board and it will be placed at the top. Boom, that pin is suddenly popular again.
You will NOT get results like that from Twitter or Facebook.
Tweets have a “shelf life” of about 15 minutes, and a post on Facebook lasts about 30 minutes before it disappears down the feed. Which is why I stopped focusing so much on social media and decided to commit myself to learning Pinterest. I am so glad that I made that decision!
Do You Want To Know How You Can Climb the Feed?
Pinterest will promote you more based on how often you are online using it. Pinning daily rewards you by moving your pins up the feed because clearly you like Pinterest and go there often.
Moving up the feed means that more people see your pins on their feed as they are scrolling and that gives your pin an opportunity to go viral, which can lead to blog followers as well.
Keep in mind that Pinterest has 200 million users. Yes, 200 MILLION. That is a lot of people who can find your pins and re-pin or save them. A lot of high profile companies are starting to see the potential of Pinterest to drive traffic, and you should as well.
Pinning once a day will help your analytics, but not as much as pinning several times a day. I recommend that you use a pinning scheduling tool, like Boardbooster. I am still learning how to use Boardbooster, so I will review it in the future.
You do not have to use a pinning tool for this, especially in the beginning when you are learning a lot of new “Pinterest skills” or if you do not have many pins set up.
After you have everything ready and have updated your pins, consider a scheduling tool, or create a schedule for your manual pinning that spreads out pinning across the day to get the most benefit from using Pinterest.
Related Post: Pinterest Strategies (the latest on the April updates from Pinterest)
Well, I can go on and on about this course, but I recommend you at least check out the sale page and think about how the most economical and competitive Pinterest course that I have found can help you bring more traffic to your site.
Megan also has a link (on the sales page) to other peoples traffic stats that have improved since they took the course. Actual blog traffic and not just Pinterest views!
I think that even if I had paid $197 for this course I would still be happy because it filled in the gaps for me in a couple of areas where my blogging knowledge was lacking.
That alone would be worth it. And it was a welcome surprise, because I was not expecting it, that I would learn some stuff about branding that I had not considered, or that I got a list of 101 Facebook groups that can help my following, or 4+ ways to market my affiliates that don’t have to do with a blog post, or countless other information.
Oh, and for all you guys out there who think that Pinterest cannot help your blogs, think again! 40% of Pinterest users are men, and this stat is steadily climbing, because when I first looked into this program in early December, the number of men on Pinterest was 37%. You may want to get in on this now.
Well that is it for my review. In case you cannot tell, I LOVE PINTEREST NINJA. This has so far been the best and most economical investment that I have made in my blog, and I highly recommend it.
If you are still reading this STOP and follow the link to the Pinterest Ninja page and sign up. You will not regret vast amount of helpful education that you will get from Megan.
I have no idea what you get in the $200 courses exactly, but from what I have been researching since I got Pinterest Ninja, it seems to be pretty much everything that I got in Megan’s course…
For ONE QUARTER of the price!
Yay! Who doesn’t like to save money?
If you have any questions or if you have experience with Megan’s course, please comment in the box below. We are always happy to hear from you or answer questions!
**Update: May 23/18: Monthly pageviews at Pinterest are now over 50K. So 12 weeks from zero to 50,632. My Google Analytics sessions info is increasing by 50% every month now.
-Irma 🙂 Follow me on Pinterest