I actually have a bit of a funny story about this blog post featuring my favourite quotes you can use on social media.
(You can scroll past this tale entirely if you’re only here for the quotes, but if you’re trying to grow your blog/Pinterest account, you might want to stick around and read for a moment.)
I started making very simple text-based Pins for Pinterest, using famous or inspirational quotes, as gap-fillers. I don’t know if you’ve seen my Pinterest page, but it’s rainbow-themed, just as my Instagram feed is, and it’s honestly the stupidest, hardest theme I’ve ever tried to implement on a social media page … but I love it so damn much.
I can’t give it up now.
I just can’t.
Anyway, so, I’d made a few of these quote-Pins for Pinterest to fill the gaps when I couldn’t find/didn’t have an appropriately-coloured Pin to fit with my theme but didn’t want to leave it too long before Pinning something new and fresh. They were literally created for the sole purpose of keeping my feed looking cute, plus I figured that they might get a few repins.
Inspirational and motivational quotes always seem to get repinned a lot.
Two days after pinning my first quote-based Pin, I noticed something: it was getting decent impressions … and it was also generating clicks.
I’d expected it to get viewed a lot (impressions) because of the specific keywords and hashtags I’d used in the description, but I hadn’t banked on it actually getting clicks. I didn’t have anything for it to click-through to. It wasn’t as if the quotes had been created to promote a blog or social media post. They were literally just quick gap-fillers.
The cogs started turning in my head.
An idea was born.
1) Why don’t I create a blog post that uses the quotes I’d created gap-filling Pins for, giving myself a relevant link from my Pins to my blog for people to click on?
2) Why don’t I insert my Pin-quotes into existing blog posts, where they fit appropriately, and then use those blog post links for my Pinterest Pins?
You’re currently reading the blog post I created for idea #1.
And if you check out: 4 Guaranteed Ways to Make Facebook Work Better For Your Blog, you’ll see that I’ve used an Einstein* quote to prove a point I’m making, giving me the link I needed for idea #2.
*I know there’s a hot debate on whether or not Einstein said those words, but I’m giving it to him. He was a genius, he probably said it, right?
I also recommend using things such as quotes/facts/stats as a way to add quality AND content to your blog posts, something you can read about in How to Make a Blog Post Longer.
The point is, I now have Pinterest Pins that are generating clicks back to my blog so I don’t waste any of the click juice.
If those Pins are generating clicks anyway, without any effort on my part, I might as well make sure people are clicking back to something useful and relevant … right?
(And, let’s face it, if you’ve clicked on my Pin, landed here, and have read through to this point, I’ve proved my point.)
So, without any further ado, here are a few of my favourite quotes you can use on social media:
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ~ Oscar Wilde
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ~Herman Melville
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
If you’re in the mood to learn more about blogging and social media, specifically what you can do to get more readers and followers, why not take a peek at some of my other advice posts:
And if you’re in the mood to read some of my probably too-honest thoughts on beauty products or fashion, why not take a peek at one of these:
Thanks so much for taking a peek at my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!