Here’s Why You Need to Stop Focusing on Your Pinterest Monthly Viewers

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    Last updated on September 23rd, 2020

    Vanity metrics are hard to ignore. At times, we feel elated looking at our numbers climb, but when they fall, we feel confused and wonder what we are doing wrong.

    Pinterest monthly viewers are a great example of a vanity metric that we need to stop putting so much emphasis on.

    Focusing on your Pinterest monthly viewers will harm your marketing strategy and prevent you from digging into data that will actually help you grow your blog/biz.

    In today’s article, you’re going to learn why you should ignore your Pinterest monthly viewers and what you should focus on instead for better results!

    What are Pinterest Monthly Viewers?

    A major Pinterest mistake many people make when first getting started on Pinterest is to focus solely on their Pinterest monthly viewers.

    Pinterest monthly views (or viewers) are the number of times your pin was viewed in the Pinterest feed.

    A screenshot of my Pinterest monthly viewers at 2 million
    My Pinterest monthly viewers are at 2 million

    A high number of Pinterest viewers indicates your Pins are showing up in many different feeds which could mean:

    • you’re using the right keywords and your pins are showing up in different searches
    • you have lots of followers
    • your pin was pinned by someone with a large following
    • your pin went viral
    • you pinned someone else’s content and it went viral (remember: viewers aren’t just for YOUR pins only, they take into account ALL your pins, including other bloggers)

    Pinterest viewers by themself don’t tell a big enough story. If I have 2 million viewers but absolutely no clicks or traffic back to my website, then those 2 million viewers are worthless.

    Luckily, there are lots of other Pinterest metrics you can focus on that will help you understand your Pinterest marketing strategy!

    Pinterest Metrics to Focus On Instead of Your Pinterest Monthly Viewers

    With a Pinterest business account, you’ll have access to so many incredible analytics. It’s time we wave goodbye to your Pinterest monthly viewers and see what other handy metrics to focus on instead.

    You can find your analytics located along the top bar.

    A screenshot of Pinterest analytics

    If you click “Overview” you’ll be able to see a summary of your analytics.

    To view the analytics for your website, make sure to change the selection from “All Pins” to your website.

    A screenshot of Pinterest analytics

    Now you’ll be able to see your analytics for the past 30 days. You can change the timeframe if you wish, Pinterest currently allows users to view data up to 90 days.

    To start, take a look at your “Performance over time”.

    A screenshot of Pinterest analytics line graph

    Here you can view different metrics to build a colorful story about your Pinterest marketing!

    Pinterest offers a variety of metrics you can choose to dig into:

    • impressions
    • engagements
    • closeups
    • link clicks
    • saves
    • engagement rate
    • closeup rate
    • link click rate
    • save rate
    • total audience
    • engaged audience
    • monthly total audience
    • monthly engaged audience
    A screenshot of all the different metrics you can choose from Pinterest analytics dropdown

    Ok, now I know I told you that we’re not going to focus on your monthly viewers but here’s a situation where you might still find it handy…

    Let’s say you have 300,000 monthly viewers, but when you dive into your analytics, you find that you only have 30 link clicks per month. That means your click-through-rate (CTR) is 0.01% and could indicate many different problems.

    If you were to only use your monthly viewers as your guiding metric, you’d probably think a number such as 300,000 means you’re doing a great job.

    However, once you take into account the CTR, it’s clear there are major problems and your pins are not performing how they should.

    On the other hand, if you have 500 monthly viewers but your CTR is 100%, you’re driving traffic back to your account and your account is performing significantly better than the previous example with 300,000 Pinterest monthly viewers.

    These two examples illustrate why Pinterest monthly viewers are such a poor metric to look at on their own.

    What You Should do Next

    To start, stop holding some much weight for your Pinterest monthly viewers. If they fluctuate, it’s fine.

    They shouldn’t be your main focus!

    Get familiar with other metrics and comfortable with your Pinterest analytics dashboard so you can paint a clear picture of how your account is performing.

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    Dana Nicole is a freelance SEO writer. She has a Bachelor of Business with a major in marketing and has over 10 years of experience in marketing. Dana currently works with B2B and SaaS clients and uses her blog to help small businesses and bloggers learn online marketing. Learn more about me here.

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