HERE IS YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TAILWIND TRIBES
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Tailwind is more valuable than just automating your Pinterest account. Its new feature, called Tailwind Tribes, picks up where Pinterest group boards left off.
This post will walk you through EVERYTHING related to Tailwind Tribes, including how to share them and what to expect from them. I also include a list of over 20 tribes with links that WORK (because we have all opened that blog post loaded with broken Tailwind links before).
WHY TAILWIND IS IMPORTANT
If you haven't already noticed, there have been major changes to the Pinterest algorithm. These changes, along with poor pinning habits, have created a bit of a problem with group boards. What used to guarantee bloggers both virality and traffic, is no longer a dependable method of marketing.
That's where Tailwind Tribes comes in. It improves reciprocity and collaboration. Instead of the usual "pinning your own and forgetting" movement that is wrecking boards in Pinterest, Tailwind is forcing users to participate, which is beneficial to all of us.
UNDERSTANDING TAILWIND TRIBES
It's important to understand Tailwind, first.
It's an application that allows you to schedule your pins throughout the day (to be pinned at the perfect times). Most people can't be on Pinterest all of the time. Therefore, Tailwind posts your pins for you. This not only helps your pins gain exposure, but it also pins at the perfect times to help you rank higher in the Pinterest algorithm.
This is why the Tailwind scheduler is used by thousands of bloggers, many of which have experienced great success.
However, I'm not one of those bloggers.
Due to recent changes to the algorithm, I actually pin manually. BUT, I use Tailwind for its tribe feature. It's been a very interesting combination. Do note that if you are interested in my results with manual pinning, I recommend you read more about it by clicking here.
Tailwind Tribes are essentially Tailwind's version of group boards. They allow multiple users to contribute content to a large audience, similar to Pinterest's group board feature.
However, when you schedule pins from a tribe, you are only scheduling to Tailwind... you are not directly contributing to Pinterest. Instead, you are letting fellow Tailwind members schedule your pins to their Tailwind queue.
Below I've compiled a few differences to help you understand the purpose of Tailwind better.
Tailwind Tracks Pins VS Repins
This is nice because it's a simple way to remind the users to pin other people's content while simultaneously moderating the group boards. Pinterest group boards only work when people collaborate and repin other people's pins. Tailwind Tribes enforce that factor.
As a moderator, it's also incredibly easy to see who is NOT reciprocating, and it's even easier to remove them. This helps keep the maintain high quality tribes.
Easier to Join than Group Boards
Most group boards require emailing an administrator (many of which don't reply). This can take a lot of time, with little return.
However, with Tailwind, you only need a link, which I so kindly provided you with at the bottom of this page. With the link, you gain access instantly.
Allows Other Members to Schedule Your Pins to be Posted on Their Boards
As previously mentioned, when you are posting to a tribe, you are allowing other members to schedule their pins in their Tailwind scheduler. These pins will then be pinned on Pinterest at a later time (assuming they don't clear out their Tailwind feed).
This can help your pin receive massive repins and rank higher in the Pinterest algorithm. Ranking higher usually means more click throughs and therefore more traffic, which is the ultimate goal of all of this in the end.
Your Reach Can Be INCREDIBLE
The number of people you can reach for one tribe is incredible. For example, look at the image below:
As you can see, the reach on "Adrian's Tribe, is 260,800 people. That's a LOT of people that could potentially see your pin.
Keep in mind that there are tribes with much higher reach, AND you can join as many as you want. Do you see how this can bring you significant exposure?
THE BENEFIT OF TAILWIND TRIBES TO YOU
By contributing content to Tailwind Tribes you allow your pins to be seen by hundreds, if not thousands, of Tailwind users. If you have high-quality content and attractive pins, many of these tribe users will add your pins to their scheduler. This can generate a large number of repins, helping you rank higher in the algorithm and having more eyes on your content. Follow the rules, but make sure to distribute as many of your pins to as many tribes as possible. If you feel overwhelmed, then choose niche specific tribes over generic ones.
Keep in mind, you can literally sign up for as many as you can find. I have over 25 and counting. The more eyes on the pins, the more opportunity for repins and for people to check out my website.
However, make sure to contribute and manage them. They can be very time-consuming. I often find it's a good "tv" task. When my husband and I sit down for a TV show or a late night movie, I usually catch up on my tribe counts.
TAILWIND TRIBE MISCONCEPTIONS
I've heard some pretty crazy comments about Tailwind Tribes that I'd like to correct.
Many times, people assume that they should be seeing traffic from Tailwind on their analytics. But this isn't the case, nor is it suppose to be.
Yes, you can receive direct traffic from Tailwind. This happens if someone chooses to check out the pin directly in the tribe (like by clicking a pin in the image I previously mentioned). However, that's not its main purpose. It's primarily meant to increase pinning rates added to people's Tailwind schedule.
"Therefore, your Pinterest referrals should reflect your work on tribes. It's OK that any Tailwind referrals are minimal - that's not the purpose. "
However, if you do happen to get traffic directly from Tailwind, more power to you.
HOW TO SIGN UP
To access tribes - First Sign Up for Tailwind by clicking HERE. In fact, by using my link you even get a free trial.
Remember, the first month is free with my link. The following months are $9.99/mo for the annual plan and $15.00/mo for the month to month plan (I have the annual plan).
Previously, you would be required to have a link to a direct Tailwind Tribes to join. However, since they've rolled out the official version, you are able to search for the tribes you want to join.
Looking for a tribe right now? Then you can gain access to my tribe Blogging Traffic Tips by simply clicking HERE. I have a list of all other tribes listed below (you can thank me later!)
Once you are signed up, finding the tribes feature is easy. To start you have to click on an invite link (like the one I just gave you above) once you accept you will be redirected to your Tailwind dashboard. You will find the tribes feature on the dashboard (per the image below).
Once you click on Tribes, you will have access to ALL of the ones you signed up for.
HOW TO SHARE LINKS
I'm sure you have seen tons of Tailwind invite posts floating around. They promise you a long list of tribes to join, but you only find a bunch of links that no longer work.
I know I have, almost every one in fact.
Thankfully Stephanie, from Blog and Create, shared a special tip on how to share tribes and KEEP the right link.
So why are so many links expired or broken in the first place? Because they are sharing the "accept links" and not the "join links".
Originally, I thought that you had to request links from the tribe owners. However, that is NOT the case.
Although you just can't copy the link from your URL bar, you can copy link addresses straight form posts.
For example, simply RIGHT click (or click with two fingers on a MacBook) on one of the tribe links below. When you do this, it should say "copy link address" or "copy link location" something of that nature, depending on which browser and OS you are using.
Then, when you paste the link, it should have the word "join" embedded within it. For example:
Is a proper join link.
If you are still confused, you can read Stephanie's blog post for a more in-depth explanation.
If you are looking for a list of tribes you can join right now, I've provided them below! Keep in mind that I will be periodically expanding this list, so make sure to check back.
BLOGGING & MARKETING NICHE
- Blogging Traffic Tips
- All Things Blogging
- Team Work Pinning
- Blogging Tips and Resources
- Small Business
- Blogger's Chalkboard
- Blogging Tips
- Bloggers and Creative Entrepreneurs
- Internet Marketing Super Friends
- Creative Biz Haven Community Tribe
- Striving Bloggers
- Pinterest Friends
- Bloggers Killin' it on Pinterest
- # Plan With Debbie
- Blogging Friend's Pins
- Chic Sisters
- HerPaperRoute Tribe
- The Millenial Life
- Awesome Bloggers
FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR FINDING TRIBES
I always appreciate pinners! So if you have Pinterest, please pin the images below OR share the content on any social media channel on the app you see floating around. Thank you!