How To Use Pinterest Group Boards to Increase Your Blog Traffic

Pinterest group boards

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.

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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.

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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.’

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Save the board by pressing ‘Create.’

Easy!

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.

Want to get a Pinterest analysis? Elena offers a service for a small fee, and I can absolutely testify that her advice absolutely works – providing you follow her instructions!

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!

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Happy Pinning!

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.

 

109 thoughts on “How To Use Pinterest Group Boards to Increase Your Blog Traffic

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  2. Great post! πŸ™‚ I set up a Pinterest account a while ago, but haven’t really done anything with it. I haven’t even logged on for ages, but I’ll get back to it now. Thank you for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

  3. Huge thanks for this information, Suzie! I have only used Pinterest for things like makeup, chocolate, places to visit, and contests! *LOL* I will be checking into this straight away! Thanks so much my dear! Cher xo

  4. Thanks for this. I really don’t understand Pinterest. I signed up ages ago and every so often receive an email telling me about pins! I think I’ll try again to fathom it out.

  5. Thanks for this, I set up a Pinterest account when I got married but have not used it since. But now I have recently joined your bookblogging Pinterest group, which has been great for reading.I just need to gain a few more followers and get a bit more interactive on it.
    I loved it when I was Wedding planning and I’m sure I will love again for my bookish love.
    Amanda.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve been meaning to join Pinterest group boards for a while, but I have a hard time wrapping my head arount it. How do I find the ones I may be intersted in? How do I join them? There seem to be nothing set, and I’m quite confused, but I feel I missing out on a very important part of Pinterest.
    I like it a lot, it’s my second favourit social after Twitter, but it doesn’t really generate any traffic to my blog, and I don’t really know what to do…

  7. I love Pinterest, but I mostly just pin things I like and things I like to get out to others. I never had tried it for business or promoting my blog. I may have to check it out when I can relax and concentrate on it. Followed all of your boards. Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  8. Reblogged this on chrllrobb and commented:
    If any of you are interested in Pinterest, here is a new way to use it. I love to pin. Hope you can try it and get lots of new views and followers. Have a great weekend all!
    Stay Safe and God Bless!
    ❀

  9. Thanks Suzie. Kimmie from Stuck in Scared has mentioned Elena to me before. I haven’t got to work trying out any of the ideas yet so your reminder was very timely. Your results certainly sound impressive.

  10. Haven’t tried pinterest yet, still too busy getting to grips with Instagram, but one to perhaps think about in the future. Great post Suzie, and I love how you are doing links to other top bloggers to follow. Such a great idea. πŸ™‚

  11. I asked about this a while ago and got a lot of “Yes!” to Pinterest. Just didn’t know if I wanted another social media platform and, honestly, didn’t make the effort. I kept saying I was going to try it but I never did. Well this is a brilliant post. Thank you for sharing. πŸ’•

  12. I’ve always been mildly curious about Pinterest but have never tried it. Perhaps I should give it a go πŸ™‚
    When I get the computer that can handle more than two tasks (hopefully) set up, I might just dive in!
    Thank you as always for a very informative post πŸ™‚

  13. I have never joined a group board before. I never knew how. So thank you for this! I have followed your board and commented. I’ll give it a try!!

  14. This post is so useful – thank you! I’ve been on Pinterest for ages but had no idea it was so good for boosting blog traffic. I have just left a comment on a (very helpful) post on your board. Does this mean I can now join the board or was I meant to comment to ask to join? Sorry wasn’t completely clear!

  15. I’ve been using Pinterest for a while now, but just for personal inspiration stuff. I’ve never really used it for blog promotion. Maybe I’ll have to look into it more. Thanks for the tips.

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  17. Hi, so I’m a little confused how this works, I had gone on pingroupie and some said to just follow the board and then click edit button to be able to add posts to group board, but I don’t see an edit button anywhere on these pages??? can you guide me? also, other boards like yours where it is requested to comment on most recent post do I leave my info or comment on the post itself? and how do I know once I am accepted?
    Thank you,
    tonya rebhahn

    • Hi Tonya! You can’t just join a board and then be able to post on it, and the edit button is for the owner of the board. There are a few ways of doing it and this depends on what the owner of the board requests, so read the info at the top of the board first. You might be asked to email the owner with your Pinterest name or email, or comment on one of their pins, or you can send a private message to them. They will then add you to the board, and you will get an invitation in your messages on Pinterest which wil say ‘…. has invited you to join their board’ and then you can either press ignore or accept. If you accept you will then be able to post onto the board

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