How I: Hit 3 Million Monthly Unique Viewers On Pinterest

20 February 2019

Ahhh Pinterest, when used correctly, you're an absolute Godsend, but, you aren't the easiest of platforms to get to grips with. I mean, we've all heard about how good Pinterest is for content inspiration and pretty pictures but just how does one drive traffic to their website using it?

Well, up until fairly recently I was in this very position and was totally clueless on how to use Pinterest for my blog. Yes, I'd pinned photos on and off for a few years on my personal (nothing to do with my blog) account but never just more than that. That was until Christmas rolled around, I did Blogmas, got really into the Christmas spirit and just wanted to pin allll of the Christmassy photos. During this time, I hit 3 million monthly unique viewers on my account @becc4blog, and, I'm going to be honest, I didn't believe it when I saw it. I assumed it was some sorta glitch... Why would 3 million people want to see what I was pinning? Well, it wasn't a glitch and there really were 3 million people out there looking at my pins.

How to grow your Pinterest account. An easy guide detailing how I hit 3 million monthly unique viewers on Pinterest.

Now, it's nowhere near that high currently, but, I'm still driving a lot of traffic from it, and I know exactly why it's decreased, but more on that later. Since using Pinterest for my blog a few months ago I've had over 6000 views specifically from it and 500 unique clicks from one pin alone. So, for something that takes very little time to set up and run, it's definitely worth doing and getting the hang of. (Also, I know these really aren't crazy stats, but, that's 6K views I wouldn't have had without Pinterest, so yanno, every little helps.)

So, how did I grow my Pinterest account?

I'm in no way an expert, let me tell you, I'm just a gal with a laptop and some free time and somehow I've managed to garner together a few tips and tricks to make Pinterest work. FYI: this isn't some top secret information, just some easy, handy tips for anyone that is pulling their hair out trying to get to grips with the platform.

How to grow your Pinterest account. An easy guide detailing how I hit 3 million monthly unique viewers on Pinterest.

Step 1. Pin Regularly 

I know this sounds stupidly straight forward but that's because it is. As soon as I started going on the app daily, pinning other people's photos here and there I really noticed a spike in my followers/viewers. It really is that simple. Being more active on the platform leads to more engagement, simple as. So, if you take home only one of these messages, let it be this one. It's simple, easy, and leads to a noticeable effect. 

Step 2. Switch To A Business Account 

It's fairly straight forward to do and once done leads to a whole load of benefits. (If people are struggling with that, I could always do a whole post dedicated to making the switch and how to do it... Let me know if that would be beneficial!) Also, you can simply upgrade your current personal account to a business one, there's no need to make a new one and you don't lose any of the pins/boards you've already spent time curating! So, what exactly can you do with a business account? Well, for one, it gives you access to analytics for your account and secondly, it opens the door for all sorts of paid advertising, but we won't get into that today.

Step 3. Make Your Blog Photos Pinterest Friendly 

Now, you've pinning lots of pretty pictures to your business account for a while and you've got some time to do a little bit more. Well, it's time for some direct blog post marketing. For any post you write, make sure that you have a portrait oriented photo to use on Pinterest. The logic behind this is that they take up more of the users' screen, so essentially they have to scroll past more of your photo to bypass it meaning that it's more likely to catch their eye... Which leads me to my second subpoint - make your photos eyecatching, whether this be pretty, colourful, an infographic, a guide, anything. One thing that works really well on Pinterest is having bold text over the photo itself - this is really easy to do in Canva - and makes a whole world of difference. Catchy, clickbaity titles are the best for this. 

Step 4. Schedule Pins

You've started making graphics for your blog posts to pin, now it's time to start scheduling them. We all have busy lives and don't have all of the time in the world to dedicate to social media. Well, within Pinterest itself you can schedule pins for later. It's really really straightforward, and even just scheduling a pin or two for each day in bulk will really make a difference. Now, I don't know the best time to schedule these for, it very much depends on the locations/habits of your audience, I suppose. Have an experiment, try a few different times with similar photos and see which fairs better, and then you'll have your answer. 

Becca, but why have your stats dropped?

Well, for one, I've stopped doing step 1, eeeek. Things are really busy at the moment and going on Pinterest is nowhere near the top of my to-do list. As well as this, now that Christmas has been and gone I've sort of lost my niche... I was pinning photos of presents, food, and trees like a maniac, and I still occasionally do now that it's February, but I don't have a board that is my go to. As well as this, I also don't have a board that I also have lots of my own photos to contribute to. Plus other people have a lot less time to spend endlessly scrolling now that the holidays are over, so this has played a big part in it too. It's not me, it's you


What are your thoughts on Pinterest?

Sick Tings 039

17 February 2019

Hellooooo, welcome back, how are we all? Here we have it, another Sunday evening catch up on all that's happened in the last week. I've had another really busy 7 days and it's actually been amazing. I've been up to all sorts of things and the days have absolutely flown by. 

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring Valentine's Day, trying out kickboxing and a disappointing Nandos.

Besides lectures and lunch, the first social occasion of this week was Take Me Out. One of the societies at uni were hosting their own version for charity so me and a few of my pals went along to watch. Now, the absolute highlight of the night was the videos the boys had made to introduce themselves. Some of them genuinely had me crying with laughter, they were fantastic. There's another Take Me Out in March and I think I might have to sign some of my friends up for it, I think that'd be hilarious.

My psychology friends and I went for one of our regular Nando's trips and I was actually kinda disappointed with my meal this week... That never happens, Nando's can do no wrong. I went for my usual double chicken burger with peri chips and the chicken was just a bit naff, booooo. The original plan was to go out for cocktails afterwards but the day we chose just so happened to be the day of one of the big Champions League matches so we ended up going to the pub to watch the football instead. (This is what happens when you make friends with the only boys on your course). We had a really fun night though regardless, and I got strangely into the football.

I waffle on about my dissertation all the time but this week I hit another milestone. I finally got my ethics submitted for my research paper. For those of you who are new around here, a quick summary; I study Psychology, as part of my dissertation we have to run our own research study, the first half of mine was on homelessness and hence so is my proposed research. In order to carry out said study, we have to obtain the go-ahead from the ethics board of the University. This essentially just oversees what everyone is doing, what the wider implications of the research could be etc. Anyway, there's a lot of paperwork and planning involved with submitting ethics and this week I finally got it all in and sorted. Fingers crossed it gets approved!

Ahhh, February 14th, Valentine's Day. I think this years' was my favourite V-Day ever, and even more impressively, my favourite night out ever. Now, what was I doing I hear you ask? Bongo's Bingo - that's what. It was genuinely the best night ever. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, imagine turning up at your favourite club and it is filled with tables and benches. Everyone is handed bingo cards and a pen on arrival, and the DJ has got the music blaring. He makes everyone get up on the benches and dance to get 'warmed up'. Then, the bingo begins with all sorts of jokes, euphemisms, music interludes etc in between. The prizes range from £500 to a hoover to a Zac Efron cardboard cut out, and if there are two people who call bingo at the same time there is a dance off. Best night everrrrr. Oh, and it also starts at 7 meaning you can be back home, in bed before midnight. Woop woop.

This weekend has just been spent exercising - corr I am a changed woman aren't I? Saturday saw me attend a gifted session at 9round Southampton with the Soton Bloggers. Becca doing kickboxing? Who'd have thought it. It was genuinely really good fun and despite being only a 30 minute session I left feeling oh so sweaty. Sorry to the poor gal who had to sit next to me on the bus home.

Now, I woke up today not feeling sore at all so decided to head for a swim because I didn't really fancy going to the gym... Guess who ended up swimming lengths on her own for an hour. Yep, that's me. For someone that normally spends all her time in a swimming pool messing around, an hour's worth of lengths is a pretty big deal. As soon as I got home my muscles were beginning to ache so I have a slight feeling I won't be able to walk tomorrow... Eeeek.


What have you been up to this week?

Published this week: Styling Four Trends

Styling Four Trends

13 February 2019



- This post contains gifted items from Femme Luxe -

I love clothes and I love shopping. I mean, I don't even want to admit how many items of clothing I have spread across my three (!!) wardrobes. (I've literally been the same size/height/weight for years now, so it's fair to say I've accumulated rather a lot of pieces. Or that's how I justify my excessive collection to myself at least.)

One thing I don't tend to get too caught up in is trends. Now, don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like them, I just like what I like and buy whatever I fancy. So, for today's post I thought I'd style four of the current trends on the high street and report back with my thoughts...

Styling Four Trends: neon, leopard print, one shoulder, teddy fur.
So, where better to start than with an absolute marmite item. I've previously tried on a few neon pink pieces but I decided they weren't really for me, so, here we are trying out what can only be described as baby sick green/Stabilo highlighter yellow. Now, I actually love this a lot more than I thought I would. It's the Oversized Neon Jumper*, I have mine in S/M and definitely wouldn't want it any bigger. It's so cosy and has the hugest roll neck. You definitely wouldn't get lost in a crowd wearing this piece. I just styled it with black Topshop Leigh jeans and black heeled boots from Primark. As for a jacket, I would definitely wear a black jacket, perhaps a leather one. Overall, I like this a lot more than I thought I would and I'm definitely going to make the most of it whilst neon is on trend again. (The last time I wore neon I was at a school disco with legwarmers on, so yeah, a long while ago). 


Styling Four Trends: neon, leopard print, one shoulder, teddy fur.
Now, I'm not new to leopard by any means but I thought I ought to include some in this post because it really is everywhere at the moment. This is the Leopard Midi Dress* and it literally fits like a glove. I have mine in a size 8 and it's a perfect fit. It's a really thick, stretchy material and I love it. Now, I'm not usually that much of a midi dress fan and tend to opt for a mini, but I think I'm slowly being converted. This dress I just paired with black heeled ankle boots and a black fur jacket, and it's a solid 9/10. 


Styling Four Trends: neon, leopard print, one shoulder, teddy fur.
Ahhh, the one shoulder trend. I must admit, this is one I just didn't really get. This is the Mustard One Shoulder Midi* and like the other dress, is really good quality. Now, it does fit a bit funny around the chest, but the fit everywhere else is great and I love the split on the leg. I think this colour would definitely look a lot better on me with a tan so either I need a date with St Moritz or a holiday... I know which I'd prefer. Having tried a one shoulder piece, I'm still not sure I get it, and I won't be rushing out to buy more things in this style, I'm perfectly happy with my regular two straps, yanno?


Styling Four Trends: neon, leopard print, one shoulder, teddy fur.
And the final trend; teddy fur. I LOVE THIS STUFF. I recently bought a burgundy teddy sweatshirt from Stradivarius and it is the cosiest thing ever. So, when I spotted this Grey Teddy Jumper Dress* I decided it really needed trying out. It is the softest material ever and is slightly longer at the back than the front. I styled this with black vans and a denim jacket for a super chilled, casual look. I also think this would look fab with black velvet over the knee boots and a leather jacket, or just with leather trousers whilst it's still pretty chilly out. This is 100% going to be my go to lazy day outfit, it's just so so comfy. It seems a bit paradoxical to be wearing a big cosy dress whilst having your legs exposed to the elements, but that's a problem Becca can deal with another day...


Aaaaaand that's a wrap. Those are the four trends I decided to try out and my favourite by far is the teddy fur, closely followed by the leopard print. Neon is in third place - I can't work out if it looks really good or really bad, and my least favourite of the four is the one shoulder trend. I'm not sure I'll ever get it. 


Which is your favourite of these outfits?
What's your current favourite fashion trend?

Sick Tings 038

10 February 2019

Aaaaand that's another week that's been and gone. It's actually been a really really good week, with lots of highs but also a massive low... So, you know that job I had the interview in London for? Well I didn't get it. It sucks. And, ironically about 20 minutes before I found that out I withdrew my application for another job lol. BUT, to quote a tweet I saw the other day 'rejection is just redirection' and I always tell myself that everything happens for a reason, so why is this any different. I clearly wasn't meant to work there and something bigger, better and more suited is sure to come along. So, now that we've got that out of the way, let's get on to the good stuff. 

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring being rejected by a job in London, the coolest PR package ever and three nights out

YOUR GAL GOT A 78 IN HER DISSERTATION. As I've mentioned many times before, on my course, at my uni, we write two smaller dissertations rather than one big one, and the first one I submitted in early January. Well, this week we got our results back and I only went and smashed it with a first! In case you were wondering or wanted to know, I did a systematic review and meta-analysis of the causes of deaths in homeless populations. The second half, the other dissertation that I need to start working on ASAP, is then my actual research study. For that, as long as my ethics gets approved, I will be going into homeless shelters and asking individuals to complete my questionnaire, and then running the statistics on the results and writing up a research paper on it all. Eeeek, what a busy few months I have ahead of me. Can we all just cross our fingers and toes that my ethics gets approved, I have my heart set on this project and I really don't want to have to do another...

The other massive thing that happened this week is I received the coolest parcel EVER from Pixi Beauty. I'll set the scene. My Mum messaged me to ask if I was expecting any parcels to my home address, to which I replied no, when she said that I'd received a huge parcel from Pixi... So, we facetimed whilst she opened it for me. It was essentially me just saying 'wow', 'is this really for me?' and 'I don't know what to say' every few seconds whilst she showed me what was inside. I really cannot believe that Pixi decided to send little old me a Galentines present, oh my god. I'm going to take a load of photos of it in the light tomorrow so expect a bombardment of photos over on the gram in the next few days.

So, I'm currently in third year and, hence, tend to opt for a cosy night in and a 10pm bedtime most nights of the week, but, this week I actually went out three times! Three!! I can't even remember the last time I did that. The first was a pub golf social that was actually really good fun. If you're unsure what it is, it's essentially just a pub crawl, but dressed in golfing attire with specific drinks and challenges to complete at each stop. The night then ended in a club that I hadn't been to in forever, so it was really good fun. I then went to a techno event on Thursday and then to a club I usually absolutely hate on Friday for one of my best pals' birthday. Well, shock horror, I actually didn't hate it at all and had the best time. I normally do everything I can to avoid going there, and despise every second I'm there, but this week was different. I'm not sure I wanna risk going again in case this was just a one off, yanno? But, I've spent a lot of this week feeling sorry for myself in my PJs, so I'm looking forward to having a few days without a hangover in sight.

In other news, this week Molly Craggs Design over on Instagram drew me and I actually think it's the coolest thing ever. So much so that I've made it my profile picture on my socials. Molly is so so talented so if you're looking for a custom illustration, she's your girl.

In light of Valentine's Day coming up next week I wrote a whole rambley post about being single and it has received some really really good responses. If you haven't already read it I've linked it above but the gist of it is it's better to be single than in a crappy relationship. The end.

Speaking of Valentine's Day, my plans for this year include a night out out (with a twist) with my gals and I'm so excited. It's something I've never actually done and I've been meaning to do for a while... (That makes it sound like a trip to the strip club, it's not, trust me).


What have you been up to this week?

On: Being Single

6 February 2019

There's a lot to be said for making yourself happy, enjoying your own company and being content. I mean, being in a relationship is great, and I'm not sure we all need to read a list of reasons why, but, sometimes, they're not so great.  I know it's really cliché and kind of obvious to an outsider, but being lonely in a relationship is far worse than being alone.

I'm currently single, and really happy.

On being single in a world surrounded by couples and social media

So, to commemorate Valentine's Day I just thought we'd have a long old ramble about love, relationships and being single... (I also thought I'd post this before the big day in case it was just what some of you needed to read before being inundated with the engagements, social media posts and the bombardment of roses in the supermarkets).

It's a long-standing joke that I’m always the third wheel. I live in a student house with four others. Four others who all have boyfriends or girlfriends. In my friendship groups, the majority of them are in relationships. My sister has a boyfriend. Pretty much everyone in my immediate circles have partners.

Now, I haven’t always been single. I had a two-and-a-half-year relationship that ended midway through my first year at university. We got on really well at the time, and when he wasn’t being an absolute tool, we had a fab few years together. But, people grow apart, things change, and these things don’t always last forever. We’re actually fairly good friends now and whenever I am home for the holidays we tend to meet up and catch up on everything we’ve been up to. It’s nice. Spoiler: it hasn’t always been that way. After a pretty savage breakup (savage towards me, not him) we had nothing to do with each other AT ALL for well over 6 months. No talking, texting, going back, meeting up, nothing. And, at that time, I think it was both exactly what we needed.

So, if you’re reading this and considering salvaging some sort of friendship with an ex, my one piece of advice is give it time. Take the amount of time you think you need, then add a few more weeks/months, you can’t be too sure. You need to go through the hurt, the anger, the frustration, get it all out of your system before you even consider attempting to be friends. I mean, it’s not like it was, it’s never going to be, but it’s nice to be amicable. He’s a nice boy and neither of us did anything wrong. Things just fizzled out and as we grew up it became very apparent that we have very different goals, ambitions and outlooks on life.

On being single in a world surrounded by couples and social media

“Becca, have you found a boyfriend yet?” is a question I hear alllll the time. Pals, do you not think you’d be the first to know if I came across a hunky, funny, charming and intelligent single boy… And as the previous sentence alluded to, it’s fair to say I’m rather picky. Not picky in the sense that I’m specifically looking for someone who has won gold medals, looks like David Beckham and can speak 17 languages, but I know what I deserve. I deserve someone fab.

Hell, I know a fair few boys that if I asked them to consider a relationship with me, they’d jump at the chance. That’s not me being big headed nor blowing my own trumpet, it’s a fact. Look at me, absolute 10/10, I joke I joke… But, you get my point. To quote another Tumblr quote ‘you only accept the love you deserve’ and this gal isn’t accepting anything less than platinum.

Without disclosing too much, I’ve heard a lot of the crappy things my friends have to put up with, and quite frankly, it’s just a no from me. I see how upset these boys/girls can make them, and again, it’s a no from me. Being hurled verbal abuse? It’s a no from me. Being cheated on? Again, another no from me. Are you starting to sense a theme here?... Essentially, what I’m trying to say here is that relationships are not the be all and end all.

On being single in a world surrounded by couples and social media

If it wasn’t for social media, we wouldn’t know that Beth from school is currently on a surprise trip to Paris with her beau or that Adam is cooking his girlfriend a three-course meal to celebrate a year together. I think social media plays a huge part in this current obsession with not being single and finding the one.

Romantic gestures have been going on for years but social media has just amplified their visibility and I’d also argue it’s increased the need for these huge gestures. People are constantly trying to out-do each other and send out this ‘I’ve got the best relationship ever’ message. I mean, maybe you do, but I’m not sure 250 red roses in the shape of your face is the best way to exemplify that, soz. Tell us about the other things your partner does, the ones that mean a lot and cost nothing.

Being single is not the end of the world, and trust me, it has its perks.

After writing all of this, however, if anyone knows any tall, witty, attractive boys, send them my way… No dickheads though pls.

Also, if you’ve made it all the way to this point of my ramblings, well done. I appreciate this post is pretty much word vomit but it’s something I wanted to talk about and yanno, with V-Day coming up it seemed like the perfect time to do such.


What are your thoughts on all of this?

Sick Tings 037

3 February 2019

It is so so nice to be back to reality. Exams are well and truly done and forgotten about, I haven't even had to think about revision and I've actually had time to hang out with my friends. All of my new modules have started and I'm welcoming the change. This semester I'm studying 'The Psychology of Advertising' and whilst I've only had one lecture so far, I can already tell that this is going to be super super interesting so I'e got a really good feeling about the next few months.

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring a job interview in london, aqua zumba and my little sister passing her driving test

Last semester I picked really random optional modules choices and so I rarely I saw my best pals. Well, this semester is a whole other kettle of fish. We all have one compulsory module together, and then we've also all picked one that's the same so it really is a welcome change. We have our little lunch club altogether and catch up on everything that's been going on. It's lovely. We also have a piece of group work we need to do and are all in the same group, so I'm so glad that I get to spend my last few months of university working with my best pals. All is good.

This week my LITTLE sister passed her driving test, eeeek! For those of you who are new around here, I passed my test whilst I was at sixth form and haven't driven since. But, my little sister has a car and so this weekend has been spent being chauffeured by her. We took our Nannie for afternoon tea at the local garden centre, and can I just say, the scones were INCREDIBLE. Potentially one of the best I've ever had, a very high accolade indeed. My sister also drove me for a food shop and then today we went for a swim this afternoon. (Something we haven't done in yeaaaars).

Speaking of swimming, I also went to Aqua Zumba at uni with week with one of my best pals. Now, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but what unfolded certainly wasn't what I had been anticipating. For one, there were only four of us in the whole class so there was nowhere to hide, but it was more just aqua fit than zumba, but we had a good time nonetheless. I don't think I'll be going again though, mind. I think I'll just stick to the gym, thank you. But, two swims in a week, look at that.

Okay, so the biggie this week; I had a job interview for a graduate job in London. So, I bought my coach tickets weeks in advance feeling all smug that I could just jump on it at uni and be in London in a couple of hours. Well, the south was hit by a load of snow, so my uphill walk to uni at 7am in heeled boots was a little more sketchy than first planned. But, all was good and I made it to the stop with plenty of time. I spent the morning wandering around Oxford Street and Carnaby Street, before having lunch near the offices where my interview was being held. Now, I should hopefully hear the outcome of the interview this week and if I'm successful there's another interview and then after that, it's the whole contract signing stage. Eeeeek, I've got everything crossed. I then headed back to Oxford Street for a second - less preoccupied - wander around the shops. Due to the snow all of the coaches home had been cancelled due to the M3 closure, but thankfully I managed to run and catch a train so managed to get home safe and sound. For a minute I thought I was going to be having a very last minute London sleepover in the cheapest hotel I could find. Alas, it didn't come to that thankfully.

In blogging news, this week I actually collaborated with Holly of Hey It's Ok. I was the first blogger to take part in her new series and I looooved answering all the questions. If you wanna hear all of my opinions on Zoella and Alfie, how to juggle uni and blogging, and why I first started Becc4 then head over to her post here.


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