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 views are a great example of a vanity metric that we need to stop putting so much emphasis on.
Focusing on your Pinterest monthly views 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 views and what you should focus on instead for better results!
What are Pinterest Monthly Views?
A major Pinterest mistake many people make when first getting started on Pinterest is to focus solely on their Pinterest monthly views.
Pinterest monthly views (or viewers) are the number of times your pin was viewed in the Pinterest feed.
A high number of Pinterest views 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: views aren’t just for YOUR pins only, they take into account ALL your pins, including other bloggers)
Pinterest views by themself don’t tell a big enough story. If I have 2 million views but absolutely no clicks or traffic back to my website, then those 2 million views are worthless.
Pinterest Metrics to Focus On
With a Pinterest business account, you’ll have access to your analytics. You can find your analytics located along the topbar.
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.
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”.
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 and monthly engaged audience.
Here’s where your monthly viewers might actually come in 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 views.
These two examples illustrate why Pinterest monthly views 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 views. 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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