The rapid growth of Pinterest as a referrer #Marketing & PR#pinterest#referral#traffic December 11 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel This is a graph of the number of weekly hits Offbeat Bride has gotten from Pinterest.com since April 2011: The rise of Pinterest as top referrer has been pretty remarkable to watch. At this point, it's consistently one of the top 5 external referrers to Offbeat Bride on any given day. It still amounts for less than 1% of the site's traffic (it's hard to compete with Google, Facebook, and the mysterious magic of StumbleUpon), but Pinterest's quick ascent from "barely there" to "significant contender" has definitely caught my eye as a publisher. Each site has its own Pinterest account, which is pretty heavily used by editors: Offbeat Bride Offbeat Home Offbeat Mama …and I've got a lot of schemes in the works for how we'll be using Pinterest more actively on the new Offbeat Bride Tribe, including "pin drives," where we'll use our readers to help us source photos that we can then feature in posts. UPDATE MARCH 2012 It just keeps climbing. Pinterest is now Offbeat Bride's top referrer, more than Facebook and StumbleUpon combined: Oh, and the "Pin Drives" I mentioned have become a huge hit with readers. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS WTF is a "cultural context link"? NEXT Co-rumination: why you can’t let commiseration drag down your community Toggle comments [ 8 ] Very interesting (pinteresting?). I have been using Pinterst for almost a year for wedding inspiration and have only just recently starting pinning my blog images there and I'm definitely seeing some good traffic. In fact, I see more traffic from Pinterest than from Twitter, which I have been using since I launched my blog four months ago. 0 agree Reply Super interesting. I'm a big pinterest fan and it's definitely becoming my main gateway to Offbeanearing with Twitter. My only pet peeve is all the weird "thinspo" that shows up on the main page before you actually log in – what's with that, Pinterest? 0 agree Reply Offbeanering? Damn auto correct. 0 agree Reply OFFBEANERING!! Love it. And yes: pre-logged in Pinterest can be a scary place, and I find browsing the Weddings & Events section to be terrifying. It's great market research for me… buried in Offbeatland, I forget what most of ick that the wedding media is churning out, and peeking at Pinterest sometimes gives me a good reality check of "oh riiiiight, this is why my website has a market." 0 agree Reply I have tried to get on to pinterest but it appears you need an invitation. 0 agree Reply …Sure is easy to get an invitation these days. (Check your email.) We have threads on each Empire site where folks can request one. 0 agree Reply Awesome! Thank you so much! 0 agree Reply I like Pinterest but I totally agree with pre-logged Pinterest issues. Bleck to some of that shit. 0 agree Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.