Have you been looking for the secret to gain more Pinterest followers?
Over the past few years, Pinterest is the one social media app that I’ve steadily gained followers. Now that I’ve instituted a system for myself, I gain between 100-200 new followers a week. It’s been surprisingly successful, and I’d love to pass on to you what’s been working for me. This post contains affiliate links.
These are ways I’ve learned to increase followers on Pinterest.
#1 Tailwind – I know it costs money, but it’s an investment worth it, if you want traffic and sponsored work. When I joined Tailwind at the end of 2016 I had 9K followers on Pinterest. I now have over 36K followers, and I truly believe it’s related to using Tailwind because I was stuck at 9K for a year prior to that.
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#2 Create several boards in which you can pin the same content. Now, don’t do this too much, but you can create a board for Desserts and for Fun Kids Food, and then if you have a kid friendly dessert, pin it to both.
#3 Join group boards. Some people don’t think this is a popular idea, but by being in group boards, some of my pins get over 70,000 impressions in just 30 days.
#4 Make your pins the size Pinterest currently recommends – 600 x 900 pixels. In the past they liked really long pins, but now they are wanting a smaller size.
#5 Use keywords in your descriptions. Do a search for popular keywords and incorporate relevant ones into your Pinterest description.
#6 Use hashtags in your descriptions like you would with Instagram.
#7 Check Ahalogy and check out their pics for top Pinterest trends. They are usually on the money when it comes to what people are looking for next. These are the things you should be pinning or even creating in blog posts and pinning from your own site.
#8 Check out Pinterest’s Pinsights into top trends they are predicting. These are also the things you should be pinning or even creating in blog posts and pinning from your own site.
#9 Make it easy for people to pin your content. I can’t tell you how many blogs I go to today that don’t have a “pin it” button. There are many choices of plugins from Wordpress for a Pin it button.
#10 Take time every few days and manually pin. Even if you have a scheduler like Tailwind, it’s still important to manually pin.
Don’t Delete Pins!
I’ve seen popular bloggers who actually delete pins they’ve pinned if it’s from some other blogger and it’s getting more traction than their own blog’s pins. However, I do not think this is a good idea. I have a pin from a food blogger friend that is huge all the time. It’s some kind of buffalo chicken thing, and it’s always popular. And, do you know what that popularity gets me? More impressions from that pin, which then translates into more impressions of my own blog’s pins. The more popular your pins are, the more likely Pinterest is to show your other pins more.
9 out of 10, I’m doing okay. I don’t use a hover button but have a widget directly under specific photos.
This is perfect. I need to work my way through this whole list… Oh, and I’m heading over to follow you on pinterest!
Great tips. Switching out the Pinterest board covers is on my monthly blogger checklist and I try to rotate the order of my boards too based on what’s hot (e.g., right now St. Patrick’s Day and spring) rather than just boards that are my favorite. Not sure it’s making a difference but I like the organization.
Never thought about refreshing my cover photos for my boards! I like that one, now I just need to remember to do that, and find the extra time. Thanks for sharing!
Great tips! I joined a couple of Facebook groups on your suggestion! 🙂 Blessing to you!
Great tips! 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
– Brooke –
Your tip about mixing up the content when you pin a lot in a short time is gold. That’s the nuance that seems to get lost when people say “don’t pin a lot at once!” I don’t care if you pin 20 times in a row as long as it isn’t all macaron recipes, you know?
I’m so obsessed with Pinterest. It is really not healthy.
Great info. Thanks. I’ve been wondering if I’ve been doing everything I could on Pinterest and I’m not. Coming over from Daily Blog Boost.
Thanks for the great tips, especially #6. I never thought about changing my boards out but I’m going to go try that now! I’m going to look for groups to join too and pin my older posts the way you wrote about. Thanks thanks thanks! I think I’ll head on over and follow you too. 🙂
Great post. thanks i appreciate all the tips