Pinterest is one of my strongest traffic sources here on The Blogzilla.
But I have decided not to dedicate a lot of time to growing my social media networks for the next few months.
Like everyone, I have limited space in my schedule to get everything done and have prioritized other areas of my blog to concentrate on for now.
What I have done is taken a few quick and simple actions to get the most from the brief time I AM spending on each platform. Here’s one action that helps me get the most from Pinterest.
Why Join Group Boards on Pinterest?
Joining groups on any platform provides you with an opportunity to:
- Gain exposure to your blog
- Connect with other bloggers as well as potential readers
- Discover new information and resources that will benefit your blogging
Pinterest group boards are no different.
Here are some of the brand spankin’ new group boards on The Blogzilla on Pinterest – come on over honey and join in the fun!
How to Find Group Boards on Pinterest
There are three methods I use to find group boards on Pinterest. Each method has pros and cons in terms of how readily you’ll be able to find suitable boards.
Search via the Pinterest Search Bar
The Pinterest search bar allows you to search:
- All pins
- Your pins
Select Boards and start searching for “keyword group board”. Scroll through the results to find potential boards.
I’ll also search using keywords alone (ie without adding “group board” in the search phrase). That will often flush out additional group boards I didn’t find earlier.
The search functionality is a bit clunky so you may need to run several searches using different combinations of key words to extract a decent number of boards (depending on what your niche is).
TIP: Have a notepad, document or spreadsheet open on your laptop so you can copy board links and other details as you find prospective boards to join. I’ll talk through how to join group boards on Pinterest below.
NOTE: If you’re a really new Pinterest-er-er, group boards have two grey vector people (torsos) at the top right of a board, beside the board name. You can see them on The Blogzilla “Blogging Tips + Tools” board above. Psst, all the boards are called Blogging Tips n Tools but which cover image stands out the most for that title?
Search via Other Pinners Boards
My preferred method is to see what group boards influential bloggers, peers and blog buddies are contributing to and try to join the same ones.
If you were to participate in the same board there’s a chance the other blogger may notice your pins if you’re consistent, repin generously, have optimised your pins and descriptions for Pinterest AND have quality content sitting at the other end of your pin.
It’s an opportunity for you to build your profile and reputation with those other bloggers. That goes for your behaviour as well as your posts right? You don’t want to get a rep for machine-gun pinning the same post over and over to the same board – bleh.
You can see some of the group boards I belong to in the image above.
Search via Pingroupie
Pingroupie is an Pinterest group board directory.
It’s a good search tool which will let you refine your search via filters. Like the search functionality in Pinterest, it’s not perfect but you’ll be able to derive a decent list of boards from it.
Do be aware though, as with Pinterest search, you can’t limit the results to boards that are actively seeking members and have clearly defined ways to join.
Currently Pingroupie excludes group boards with less than 5 collaborators, 50 pins AND 250 followers which works in favour of the group board seeker.
How to Join Group Boards on Pinterest
When searching for group boards I’ll have a notepad, document or spreadsheet open on my laptop to copy each board link to. Rather than visiting each individual board straight away I’ll wait until I find a good pile.
1. Visit each board to see whether it’s active, relevant and non-spammy. Then check whether it’s open to new members and what the rules of the board are. If the rules are set out in the description it’s a good sign the board may be open to others joining.
Here are the rules of one of The Blogzilla’s group boards (some boards are open to everyone, some are exclusive to subscribers only).
2. Record any email address noted in the board description in your spreadsheet.
3. Head to the board owner’s Pinterest account and follow them. Even if following isn’t a requisite for joining, it’s a courtesy. At a bare minimum, follow the board you want to join.
If you couldn’t find an email address, copy the website address from the board owner’s account page to your spreadsheet.
4. When you’ve finished compiling your list, write your first email requesting to join a group board. You should include a link to your Pinterest account so the owner can see if you’ll be a good fit and has another way to send you an invitation. Including your blog address is good practice in your emails.
Don’t forget to copy the content of that email into your spreadsheet so you can use it as a template for your other emails.
5. Visit the websites on your list, find contact email addresses there and repeat the request process.
TIP: If you send your email from your mail service provider, be sure to use the same addy you have loaded into your Pinterest account. Alternatively, you could go to the group board and use the message function (it looks like a paper airplane to the right of the [follow board] button). If there’s no email addy to be found, you could leave a comment on a recent pin by the board owner requesting to join.
6. And finally, if accepted you’ll get an invite via email or your Pinterest notifications. Accept and start exploring your new group!
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Let’s be buds on Pinterest!
I’d love to connect with you and share your pins. So I’ve created a whole lot of new group boards to help do just that.
Click on any Pinterest image to go to The Blogzilla’s Pinterest account to join one or more of the boards above!
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Image credit: The original photo of a woman pulling on her boots is by Chelsea Francis via Unsplash (CC0) which I’ve modified. The other images are my own.