If you want immediate traffic, Pinterest is where it's at. One of the best ways to get this traffic is by utilizing Pinterest group boards. That’s why I’m handing you my ultimate guide for this year and beyond.
Pinterest group boards are essential to the Pinterest platform, to marketing, and to growing your blog traffic. However, they can seem very overwhelming, especially to new bloggers.
Gaining access to them seems to be a struggle for so many people. They often hear about "Pin Groupie" but are disappointed when the boards aren't taking contributors (or are no longer operating all together).
Trust me, there are tons of ways you can find group boards to join, right now, on your own.
Below I list real, simple ways you can find and join quality Pinterest boards (plus I include a FREE list of boards you can join right now!)
Quality group boards have the following characteristics:
They are niche specific
They have active contributors
Contributors are frequently re-pinning
Pins are all vertical with clear purpose
It’s followed by a thousand people or more (the more the better)
It’s easy to access
Of course it’s always OK to join a few generic boards - such as “PinLikeCrasy” or “All Topics” but most of the time bloggers benefit from targeted contributors.
Remember, it’s about quality, not quantity, if you want to see results.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Before we begin, here are a few things to consider when checking out Pinterest group boards:
Make sure group members are sharing quality pins. That means they are vertical with nice images and clear text. A few other tips include:
Below is an example of a quality pin. You don't want to see poor quality pins on a board.
The more followers, the better (most of the time). The only time I've seen otherwise is when you can get a small group of 2 or 3 people who will re-pin your stuff constantly. However, even with a small "follower count" quality group boards can still be incredibly beneficial.
Take "board re-pins" with a grain of salt. Why? Because so many people use "auto pinners" such as Board Booster and Tailwind. These pins are "copies" not originals, which means they aren't counted towards the board. For example, when you schedule a pin with Tailwind, you are making a copy of that pin, not actually "re-pinning" straight from Pinterest. Don't believe me? Read their F.A.Q. here.
In general, a board with a high follower count, high quality pins, and that are niche specific, will perform the best for you.
Before are the 5 best ways to find these types of group boards.
1. FIND YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGERS AND STALK THEIR PINTEREST PROFILE
The most successful bloggers belong to numerous group boards. These boards generally have a high repin count and are moderated well. These are the boards you want to join!
For example, think of your 5 favorite bloggers and hop on their page. If you see a board with numerous faces in the circle (see below), it's a group board. Click on it, read the requirements, and apply. Most of the time, you will simply have to send them an email to be added to the board.
2. JOIN FACEBOOK GROUPS
Facebook groups are not only a good way to interact, but also a great way to find valuable resources. This includes finding boards that are "open and looking for contributors". These are the EASIEST boards to join.
At the moment there are 3 groups I can think of that post regularly:
Additionally, multiple generic blogging and freelance writing boards have a "Pinterest Day" where you can share your boards and your pins. So be sure to check those out as well (you'll find those in the opt-in form below).
3. LOOK FOR PINTEREST GROUP "FREEBIES"
Many bloggers will giveaway Pinterest group board "lists" to increase their subscriber count.
Take advantage of this. By simply searching on Pinterest for "group boards" you will come across bloggers who are giving away 50 to 150 different boards you can join. What a steal! Some of them will even go as far as including requirements, topics, and follower count in the free files they send you.
Of course this means that I am going to offer you the same deal. Sign up below to receive my ultimate list of Pinterest group boards, Facebook groups, and Tailwind Tribes. These resources will explode your traffic.
If you haven't heard of Tailwind Tribes, you can read my post about it here. By clicking this link, you also get 30 days free. Be sure to check it out!
Remember, there is a FREE list of group boards if you sign up below!
4. CHECK OUT OTHER MEMBERS
Once you are on a group board, you can keep finding new group boards by creeping on your fellow members profile. How? By clicking on the their profile picture. Here is an example:
By clicking on their image, you will be brought straight to their profile, This is where you will find all of the other boards they belong to. I guarantee if they are on one, they are on many more. That's why I do this to every new group board I join.
5. FORGET PINTEREST GROUP BOARDS AND JOIN TAILWIND TRIBES INSTEAD
I'm somewhat kidding, and somewhat totally serious.
Applying to each group board takes time. Especially considering over half of them you may never hear from (although never be afraid to follow up).
I'm becoming more and more convinced that having a high quality profile with high quality boards (of your own) is the way to go. Combine that with Tailwind Tribes (which is the best alternative to group boards possible) and you can have more success than with Pinterest group boards alone (and a lot less headache!)
Tailwind Tribes are very similar to group boards but enforce reciprocation, are MUCH easier to join, and shows you the exact statistics for every post you share. How can you beat that?
To learn more about Tailwind Tribes, read my post here.
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