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How to Get Pinterest Traffic With Group Boards

How to Get Pinterest Traffic With Group Boards

Pinterest is a bloggers best friend. If you haven’t made your Pinterest profile into something that will bring you lots of traffic, you have come to the right place. I wrote a blog post about how Tailwind can bring you lots of traffic with little work. But I wanted to point out that it is possible to get your Pinterest profile up and going without spending a dime. Tailwind just gives you some of your time back, which is really handy. Because money is time in the blogging world #amiright. So, stick with me in my handy blog series and we’ll talk all about Pinterest and how it can benefit your blog.

Hey! I wrote a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

check out my 5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram post

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pinterest business account

If you’re at all serious about blogging, then you need to invest some money up front. It will make your life a whole lot easier if you buy the right tools for your blog. Before investing any money, though, one thing you really need to do is make your Pinterest profile into a business account.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • you can track how your pins are doing – which is really helpful in determining which pins are bringing you traffic
  • you can turn on rich pins
  • more traffic!

I found this handy little guide to making the transition into a business account really helpful. Do all that it says up until she starts pitching her class to you (I’m sure her class is awesome, though, if you’re interested in taking it!). I’ll dive in a little further about what she talks about in this blog series, but essentially, we want to first transition our Pinterest account into a business one.

track how your pins are doing

I really love this fancy feature that comes with a Pinterest business account. You get an email every so often telling me which pins are hot and I love this because it helps me understand which pins worked and which ones didn’t. You can also go to Pinterest > Analytics > Overview to learn more about what pins are doing well and which ones aren’t.

Pinterest Group Board

turn on rich pins

One thing you might notice when you go to the analytics page is it will say ‘pin type’ and then usually have an R underneath it. The stands for Rich Pins. And if you don’t have this feature turned on, you need to do it right away. Rich pins help you track your pins. In order to turn rich pins on, you need to connect your website to your Pinterest account. I found this handy dandy guide to be excellent for connecting your website and turning on rich pins. And bonus! It also tells you lots of juicy information about Rich Pins and why you should be using them!

By turning on Rich Pins you will be getting more traffic just from that simple step. Rich pins make your pins look more professional and therefore make people want to repin them more. I also love that rich pins can be connected to your website, so that you know exactly what pins are working. Go switch to rich pins now – you won’t regret it!

join pinterest group boards

The video below will walk you through how to join group boards and why they are good for your Pinterest profile!

If you’re anything like I was when I first started investigating how to use Pinterest, then you probably haven’t heard about Pinterest group boards. WELL. Let me tell you about them! The number one thing I love about Pinterest group boards is that they are free. Yep. Free!

The reason you want to join pinterest group boards is because you’ll pin your pins to this board, and then someone else who is also a member of this board will pin your pin to one of their boards. This increases your traffic. Joining and finding boards aren’t hard at all. In fact, I even have a Photography Tips Pinterest Board you can join if you so wish! Just follow the instructions at the top to join (and if you’re still having trouble, just leave a comment below!). Joining Pinterest group boards is probably the number one thing I did to build my Pinterest traffic over night. I didn’t have to work very hard to get traffic from the boards.

how many boards should i join?

I’ve seen a few different opinions on this…don’t join a bunch, join a bunch, somewhere in the middle. For me, I joined quality group boards. What do I mean by quality group boards? I mean group boards that don’t have a ton of contributors. If the group board has a ton of people adding pins each day, then your pin can be lost.

You also want to give what you take. If you pin a pin to a group board, you want to be sure to pin a few of the other pins to your own boards. Sharing all of their content with your followers. That’s the main point of group boards, is to help each other reach more people.

You also don’t want to join a board that is dead. This is a little tricky to tell, though. You’ll probably have to join and see if it’s dead or not. If you pin one pin and then a week later you’re still the only one pinning your pins to the board…you might want to leave that board!

Be smart about the boards you pick!

how to find group boards

The only hard part about joining boards is finding boards in your niche. That’s the key, in your niche! If you are a photographer, like myself, then you’ll want to search up in the search bar on Pinterest ‘photography tips’ as you are typing this, a drop down will appear. At the bottom it will have ‘Boards called ‘photography tips’. You’ll want to click on that.

PinterestBoards

After you click on that, a ton of boards will pop up. So how do you know a group board from a regular board? There will be a little circle at the bottom with different profiles in them. See below:

Group board

After clicking on a group board, you can usually find in the board description how to join the board. It usually involves you emailing someone. If there is no instructions on how to join the board in the description, then you will need to contact the boards creator. To figure out who the board owner is, just look at the top right of the board. There will be a few profiles shown. The first profile shown is the board leader. Message them on Pinterest and they usually let you join if they feel like you will benefit their board.

That being said, if you aren’t a photographer, don’t join the photography tips boards. If you don’t sew, don’t join a sewing board. Make sure you are joining boards that are specific to your niche.

Once you get accepted into some of these group boards, you will want to start pinning your pins! For this to get you traffic to your website, it’s important that you are pinning your pins. You want to make sure they are relevant to the group boards topic. Again, if you join a photography tips group board, don’t pin a pin that is about sewing. That’ll get you kicked out fast. 😉 Join boards that will benefit you!

If you’re not sure how to create pinnable images for your website, check out this post!

A great way to find group boards that will benefit you is to find a influencer in your niche and look at what group boards they joined. If they work for your niche and what type of pins you want to pin, then you should see if you can join it!

what if i don’t get accepted into any boards?

Sometimes it takes a while for group board owners to get back to you. And then other times, they don’t. Sometimes group boards aren’t accepting any more contributors. When I first started, I just sent a ton of emails and I got accepted into about 50% of them. I didn’t have much following and I didn’t have very many pins on my profile.

I think if you still aren’t being accepted into pinterest group boards, it might benefit you to start pinning a ton of pins from the top contributor. That way, they see that you pin quality pins (because it’s their own pins!) and they see that you are active on pinterest. Many group board owners will check your Pinterest account, and if they don’t see any of their pins there and you’ve never interacted with them on social media, they will have a difficult time believing you’ll be an asset to the board. Poor-performing group boards can hurt a Pinterest account.

Before applying to any group boards, you want to make sure your Pinterest account is up to date. I wrote the perfect tutorial for this! Check it out.

pinterest group boards will bring you traffic

I’ve touched on this a little bit, but let’s talk about why pinterest group boards will bring you traffic.

First and foremost, they will bring you more exposure because when you pin a pin to the group board, someone who also contributes will pin your pin to their own boards. Most group boards also have a lot of followers, probably more than you have, and they will also see your pins and pin them.

By contributing to group boards I grew my website traffic significantly. I went from about 10 page views to over 100 page views a day. This was just from about a week of pinterest group boards.

Pinterest Strategy

Hey! This post is part of a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

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How to Make Pinnable Graphics with Canva

How to Make Pinnable Graphics with Canva

Have you heard of Canva? Oh. My. Gosh. I love Canva so much. I use it for all of my blog’s graphics. It’s so easy to use and the free version is all I need! Although, the paid version does have some nice features, I just don’t see a need to upgrade to the paid version yet. Canva is great for creating Pinterest graphics and pinnable images. If you want to be successful at advertising your blog on Pinterest then you need to make sure you have a pinnable image on each blog post. If you’re interested in learning what a pinnable image is and how to make one, then stick with me!

Hey! I wrote a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

check out my 5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram post

Aly Dawn Blog How to Make Pinnable Graphics with Canva

This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you in advance for supporting Aly Dawn Photography!

canva – creating a pinnable image

See the image right above this text? That’s my ‘pinnable’ image for this post. Notice how it’s long and vertical? That’s the perfect size for Pinterest. Pinterest images need to be vertical instead of horizontal. You want to make sure you always have a vertical image to pin to Pinterest.

So, there are some other programs out there you could use. You could even use Photoshop to create your pinnable image. But I have found that Canva is the quickest and easiest free program to use! I really like the features it offers and how quickly I can get my pinnable image made. Time is money!

canva video

Since I’m really bad at explaining things without showing you an example, I made a quick video for you to follow and learn how to create a pinnable image in canva. I tried to make it short and sweet! Just so that you get an idea of how to use canva and then create your own designs in canva.

images for pinterest graphics

So, you’ve gotten really good at creating and designing your Pinterest graphic…great. But now you might be wondering, how do I get beautiful images for my graphics? You can go about this different ways. One way is to learn how to take pictures. My blog that you’re reading right now has some nice photography tutorials, browse around! You might learn something. Another way is to use stock images. I would recommend learning photography. You don’t have to have a fancy camera to get good images for your blog. You can use your iPhone or Andriod and get good images. I’ve seen tons of bloggers do that.

Here are some of my tutorials that you could use with your phone to get better images:

Photography is very important for your blog. So it’s not just a matter of writing excellent content, but also a matter of making your images look as professional as possible. This really takes time and practice. Don’t get discouraged. Take images for your blog, and as you get better with photography, update your graphics for your posts. You should be updating your blog anyways as you learn more and become more experienced.

Pinterest Strategy

Hey! This post is part of a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest

5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest

So I’ve been on Pinterest for over a year now. Followers has been the hardest thing to build up. I get tons of page views and repins, but I don’t have a lot of followers. But I recently changed the way I approach this and the result has been awesome! I was able to get about 100 followers on Instagram in less than a week. I was floored! It might not seem like a lot to you, but it’s a lot to me. Where before it took me about a month to get 10 followers, if I was lucky. I’m excited to share with you my 5 tips to get followers on Pinterest. And best yet? These tips are all free. 🙂 That’s something I love to hear. Because, let’s be honest, blogging can be expensive when you are first starting out. Now, I want to put a disclaimer out there: these tips are not going to get you thousands of likes overnight. In fact, you’ll be lucky if you get 5 followers overnight. But stick to them, and it will eventually pay off. I promise.

Hey! I wrote a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

check out my 5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram post

Aly Dawn Blog 5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest

This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you in advance for supporting Aly Dawn Photography!

1. follow those you want to follow you

Tip #1 is to follow those pinners you want to follow you. I love to go to a big influencer in my niche and see who is following them. Then, I follow those people! It’s obvious that these people are following that big influencer in your niche for a reason: probably because they like what they are pinning and are interested in that specific topic. Think about the typical person on Pinterest: what are they doing? They’re searching specific topic and pinning to try for later. Right? So your best bet is to follow the type of people that are interested in your specific topic.

That’s why I love finding someone big in my niche to follow their followers. For me, I am there to help photographers better their photography. A big person in my niche would ClickinMoms. I go to their profile and search through their followers. I like to look for mom’s and other photographers to follow on Pinterest.

By doing this one simple trick, I’ve gained 50 followers in less than a week – I think that’s a win. Let me know how your results were!

2. repin from those you just followed

So the whole point is to try to get your name out there a whole lot. You want to repin pins that are relevant to  your niche from the people you just followed. This will cause your name to pop up in their notification bar. Meaning they’ll see your name more and possibly follow you.

Pro tip: Don’t just repin any pin, though. You want to make sure it’s relevant in your niche and to your boards.

3. join group boards

I wrote a killer article about group boards that you should check out. But, essentially, joining Pinterest group boards will help get your content seen by those who follow the group board. This is excellent in not only getting repins but also getting followers.

If you’re interested in learning more about group boards, check out the article I wrote on how to join group boards.

Pro tip: Join group boards that are specific to your niche! If you are a photographer, don’t join a group board for Arts and Crafts, join a group board for Photographers. Make sure it’s niche specific! And then pin your pins to these boards. Don’t have pins or need help making pinnable images? Check out my blog post how to create pinnable images in Canva to get started.

4. update your board descriptions

This feature is great. You can edit your board descriptions by going to that board and clicking on the pencil icon to edit it. Then add what category it is for and write a nice board description filled with some keywords.

how to gain pinterest followers

By editing the board descriptions, this helps get your board seen and hopefully gets you more exposure and in time, more followers!

Don’t forget to include some keywords, though. You want your board to pick up the right type of followers and not just anyone. So make sure your description describes exactly what your board is all about.

5. add keywords to your pins

When you pin a pin from your website, make sure to update the description with keywords that will help get your pin seen. This is totally similar to the tip above, but keywords are so important in your Pinterest profile. It’s even beneficial to put keywords in your name and profile description. I was so shocked when I learned about this tip. And since putting keywords literally everywhere my Pinterest profile has picked up so much traffic. I was literally blown away with my results!!

And they just keep getting better.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Pinterest. I post about helping photographers learn how to edit, shoot, and even blog better. So if any of that sounds intriguing to you, then go ahead and follow me!

Pinterest Strategy

This was part of a blog series to help better your Pinterest experience:

As always, if you have any insights and if any of these tips helped you, please let me know! I love to update my blog posts based on what my audience needs.