When it comes to Pinterest, I’m still very much a newbie. A good bloggy friend of mine, Elena from Fabulously 50 and Living With Batman was (and still is) the biggest influence on my Pinterest activities – after achieving a monumental amount of success with her own account in a very short space of time she very kindly analysed my profile, boards and activity and then gave me a detailed list of things that I needed to do to start gaining traffic to my blog.
And oh my gosh, it works! Within just four months I have gone from receiving 100 views for the month of September 2015 to at least 100 views a day in January 2016. In fact, by the end of this month I’m set to reach 4,000 views just from Pinterest alone. Yes, it’s hardly taking the blogging world by storm, but think about this over the space of a year – with no increase this would mean 48,000 extra views to the blog with minimal effort.
A large proportion of these views have come from group boards.
Essentially, a blogging group board is like an ongoing blog party (and those of you who follow the blog regularly will know how much I like I good party). It works in the same way as all the other boards, but instead of just the creator sharing their pins, others are allowed to join the board and pin their own posts and posts from others that they have enjoyed. The more members a board has, the more likely the pin will be seen and repinned elsewhere.
Each board is different, usually with specific rules depending on the creators preferences. Some are a free-for-all, ie. you can pin as many posts as you like, while some only allow one pin a day. Others ask that you share someone else’s post along with your own. Some are focused solely on a theme – blogging tips, DIY, recipes, crafts, beauty. Some have no theme at all, as long as they are blog posts.
I’m a member of a number of boards, and even though I only follow 450 pinners I know that my posts are potentially seen by thousands of people who are also members of the same boards.
How Do I Join a Group Board?
Again, this will depend on the creator. Some may ask that you comment on one of their pins in the board. Some will ask that you email them directly. When requesting an invitation, be polite, and ensure that you follow the collaborators requests with how you use the board.
How Do I Set Up a Group Board?
I use Pinterest through the app far more than a PC, so these screen shots are taken from that. However, the process is exactly the same on any device you are using.
Go to ‘Create a board’ and click on it.
Decide on a name for your board. Make it short and clear what the board is about.
Add a description of your group board, again making it clear what theme you have for the board, how often people can post and how others can join the board.
Invite people to join the board by clicking on ‘Collaborators,’ typing in their Pinterest name into the search section and pressing ‘invite.’
Save the board by pressing ‘Create.’
Want to be part of my group board? You can find me on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/suzie81speaks and my board is called Share your blog! You can request an invitation by commenting on one of the pins, and you’re welcome to share posts from both your blog and others, but ensure that you aren’t spamming the group by sharing everything you’ve ever written all in one go.
You can also find Elena on Pinterest – @Elenaopeters, where she also has a group board!
Elena is also one of my Top Bloggers to Follow in 2016 – please go and check out her blog as it is fantastic!
You can also find me on Twitter and Tumblr @suzie81blog, and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/suzie81speaks, my Pinterest page http://www.pinterest.com/suzie81speaks and my Instagram page http://www.instagram.com/suzie81speaks.