7 Remarkable Ways to Get More Pinterest followers for FREE

In this post, I research using Pinterest and how to get more Pinterest followers for FREE.
Pinterest is capable of generating TRAFFIC to your blog. Its the perfect platform for promoting your latest blog posts.
Get More Pinterest followers for FREE
In my previous post, I wrote about the importance of SEO. Good SEO practice is essential. Using SEO and Social Networks generate LOTS of traffic and interest in your blog.  Pinterest is a fabulous source capable of generating lots of traffic. Its the perfect way to get more Pinterest followers for FREE.

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest was formed in 2010.  It allows users to save images/websites and categorize them on different boards. Users can follow other users’ boards if they have similar tastes. Pinterest is based on the shared interest of its users and relies on its users to produce the content.

Some of the most popular categories include

Food & Drink, DIY & Crafts, Health & Fitness and Women’s Wear.

Further stats and information can be found here

http://repinned.net/

and here

https://www.omnicoreagency.com/pinterest-statistics/

Pinterest Demographics

  • 81% of Pinterest users are Female.
  • 40% of New Signups are Men; 60% New Signups are Women.
  • Men account for only 7% of total pins on Pinterest.
  • Food & Drink & Technology are the most popular categories for men.
  • Shopping: Every day nearly 2M people Pin product rich Pins.
  • Top Category in the US is Art, Art Supplies & Hobbies.
  • Recipes: There are more than 1.7 billion recipe Pins.
  • Articles: More than 14 million articles are Pinned each day.
Being a man, I have failed.  According to the figures I am within 7% of the user base. Well, that’s just shit. My EPIC quest for Blogging Supremacy has come to an end.
How can I a simple man compete with the lovely ladies of Pinterest?  This means rethinking my strategy!  I need to think like a lady.
I have decided that I am going to change my entire blog to specialise in healthy and nutritious recipes.  To create my recipes, you would need to do burpees and star jumps as you prepare your food.   Maybe, I will also consider knitting patterns as well.
 
I mentioned this to my wife and she told me I was an idiot.  Somehow, I don’t think this will work?
 
All joking aside using Pinterest and following boards provide ideas for blog topics.

Getting Started.

#1. Create a Business Account

If you want to use Pinterest for your blog. Creating a business account is a must. If you have a personal account, change this to a business account.

Having a business account enables the user to use the analytic tools, ad programs and more.

#2. Verify your site.

In order for Pinterest to interact with your blog, you need to verify that the site belongs to you. You do this by claiming ownership of your Website.

Here’s how.

Click on the 3 dots on the top right-hand side of the screen then settings > Claim

From here you will be shown 2 options.  Add or upload in my case I selected Add HTML tag.

Pinterest Claim

The HTML tag is a unique number that identifies your site and Pinterest.  Copy the HTML code.

Add the code to your WordPress site.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a programmer to do this.  There are several plugins that are available for WordPress that makes this step a lot easier.

For my example, I will be using Yoast

From WordPress Dashboard select SEO > Social.

seo social

Under the Facebook tab, you need to make sure that open graph settings are enabled.  This a how Facebook interprets information that is shared from your blog.

Next, within Yoast click on Pinterest Tab and paste the code that you copied into the Pinterest Confirmation Box then save changes.

seo social

Once you have saved the changes it can take up to 24 hours for verification.  When it’s completed you will be able to see confirmation on the Claim Website section on Pinterest.

#3 Repinning Pins

This is the most common thing that most users do with Pinterest.  Try following established users. Get a look and feel of how often and what they post. Re-pin content that you and your followers might find interesting and relevant.
 
Using your Smart Phone or Web Browser
 
Simply copy and paste a link between the web page and Pinterest app. This selects a picture from the post and prompts which board that you want to save your Pinned website too.
 
Using the website is not so simple.  You copy and paste the URL but doesn’t create a picture.  You have to add a picture manually.
 
Your Pinterest account attaches to every pin you re-pin to your boards. Try re-pinning quality pins that get re-pinned.
 
Pinterest algorithms place quality pins in the searches and homepage of fellow Pinners.  Avoid re-pinning the same thing over and over again. Pinterest might consider this spammy.

#4 Creating Pins

Pinterest is all about visuals.  Finding the right visuals can be tricky.  I search for what my pin relates too and see what catches my eye.  Consider your audience. Try creating original pins. 80% of posts are re-pins.
 
Creating eye-catching pins is a very useful skill that I would recommend developing. Good Pins are essential to get more Pinterest followers for FREE. Make your pins shine!
 
There are lots of Apps, Sites and Software available for creating and designing the right Pin.
 
Try your best to make your Pin original. If you copy other users pins this will cause problems. You will quickly find that there are lots of pins that are the same as yours.  For your followers, this can be confusing as each pin will lead to different websites.
 
For instance when I started playing around trying to get familiar with Pinterest.  I used one of the stock designs from Canva only to find it already pinned many times beforehand.
 
There is a quick and easy way to check potential images. By using the visual check on the app or via the website.
 
You should see a small box on the app or within the website displayed on the bottom, right-hand side.

visual search

When you click on the visual check, Pinterest searches for Pins that are using similar images.  This is a great way to see if your proposed image is original or not.

Dimensions & Design

Vertical Pins are a must.

The default pin dimensions are around 700 px by 1100 or around 2:3

There are 4 elements that make up a quality Pin design.

  • Colour
  • Text Overlay
  • Photos
  • Design
Colours

Pastels – soft colours are recommended such as baby blue, lavender and yellow.
Light and Crisp.

Text Overlay

Simple and easy to read Fonts.
Use a small number of words.
Make sure important words are easy to read

It’s best if the background is plain.

Photos

Contrasts work the best.  Think red on White.
Try using photos that are both fun and relevant to your post.

Design

The overall design and look. This is something I need to practice.  But isn’t learning fun?  I’m not a designer by any stretch so it’s going to take time but its no big deal.

If you have a brand. You are advised to display this discretely. It could be a logo or your web address.

If you use a template, pick something with a few words and use fonts that are easy to read.  Remember the majority of Pinterest users use their mobile devices.  Try making it eye-catching.

The important thing to remember is that you don’t need to be a designer to create Pins. There are lots of sites and apps available for creating and designing Pinterest images.  They are perfect because they take some of the hard work away for us amateurs.

Here’s a few

https://crello.com/create/pinterest-graphic/

https://www.picmonkey.com/home/pricing

7 Day free trial then monthly payment.

https://ipiccy.com/

https://www.canva.com/

Free.  Premium elements are payable.

Infographic or Photo?

I keep reading about how useful Infographics are.  For me, it depends on what your pin relates too. For instance, my previous post related to improving SEO. This would be suitable for an Infographic.  Whereas another post related to how I dealt with grief which for me required a picture.  I admit my designs might not be the best but as I said I am still learning and still sharing.

pinterest traffic

#5 Creating Boards

Pinterest Boards are very similar to old-school cork-boards.  For instance, create a board for Sewing if you find Sewing interesting.  A board for Keep-fit if you want to save Pins that relate to Keep-fit.  Creating Boards keeps you organised.
 
I would recommend that you have at least 10 boards that relate to what you blog about. 
 
My problem is that I blog about a variety of subjects, but no big deal I will just create more boards.
 
When you create your boards think SEO.  My SEO Guide can be found here.  Try using names that people are likely to search for.  If you are not sure, search for your subject on Pinterest and get some ideas.

Board Design

I am going to use my example below to see what I can improve.

Pinterest Board

  1. Board Name – My board name “Blogging” is too broad.  I need to mix it up a little.  I created this board when I first started using Pinterest and the pins relate to blogging. There is nothing stopping me from creating a board called “Blogging for Beginners” or “Increase Blogging Traffic.”

Consider how people will search and find your board.  In my SEO guide, I talk about Long Tail Keywords, apply the same here.  For instance, I could use “Increase WordPress Blogging Traffic” as a title which is more specific.

2. Board Description – Try to write a sexy and seductive description.  Be specific, use the cliche “Call to action” action! Examples such as “Do you want to get more blog traffic for free?” “Find out how to get more readers”

3. Category – There isn’t a Category for Blogging.  The nearest would be Technology. Maybe Pinterest does not deem that Blogging important enough as a category.

4. Cover – Try to pick an eye-catching cover for your board. They tend to be square – 600 x 600 pixels

5. Secret – This option is to hide boards that you don’t want to share with anyone.

6. Collaborate – This is how you set up a group board when you want friends to collaborate on Group Boards.

If you have your own brand (which I don’t, but maybe need to consider but feels too corporate for me?) Anyway, I digress if you have your own brand create a board that contains all your boards alone.

For instance, I will create a board called “This is the Day Blogging Advice” and maybe one called “This is the Day Blogging for Beginners“. Blogging Advice and Blogging for Beginners are popular search terms which could potentially attract followers.

Pinterest Group Boards vs Pinterest Smart Feed

During my research into this post. I have read lots of articles and posts and there seem to be some conflicting views.
 
On the one hand, Group Boards are a great way of gaining exposure.
 
Some groups have large followings which are great for sharing content.
 
You can either create your own group board but if you are new like me its best to join established groups.
 
Cons.  This shouldn’t take very long. Established bloggers complain about the lack of control and quality standards. Which makes sense.  There are Group Boards that let anyone pin on any subject which does not benefit your profile.  That’s about it?
 
Okay now on to the PROSExposure.  I am not established and one of the reasons that I wanted to research Pinterest was to get Exposure.
 
What is the point of blogging if nobody reads your posts?
 
As a member of a Group Board. When you Pin a new post to the group, your Pin appears on the Smart Feed of the board followers and board members.
 
Let’s say you’re a member of a Group Board with 80 members and 1000 followers.  That’s instant exposure right there baby!
 
Finding the right group and getting invited can be difficult. There are plenty of groups on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Make sure that you follow the group rules and be courteous and try to re-pin other members pins. Think blog karma!

Pinterest Smartfeed

The Pinterest Smartfeed generates Pins that user search and “care” for based on mixing different pins together. The QUALITY of the pin. Placing Pins into a pool of what users might search for by using KEYWORDS in your PIN description.

That’s why its so important to FOCUS on QUALITY Pins.

Quality Design and SEO Friendly Descriptions are fundamental to your Pinterest Strategy.

 

#6 Sharing from WordPress

Don’t forget to configure WordPress to make it easy for your readers to repin your blog to Pinterest.  The easiest this via the Jetpack add-in.

Do this by clicking on your dashboard.

Select Settings under Jetpack.

Select Sharing > Select Configure your Sharing Settings

sharing buttons

Click Add or Edit

sharing buttons

#7 Track Your Pins

Use this method to track what is being pinned from your site. Engage with those pins

For starters, see what is being pinned from your own site by using the following URL:

http://pinterest.com/source/YourWebsite.com/

You can see what Pins are your most popular.

  • Like pins from your site to give them better ranking and increase ranking
  • Repin some of the most interesting and unique images. You can even repin user comments.
  • You can see which boards your pins have been added too.

Don’t forget to check your Analytic’s, find your most popular categories and Pins.

That concludes my guide 7 Remarkable Ways to Get More Pinterest followers for FREE.  I hope it has been helpful. I appreciate you reading this and would like to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Please share if you would be so kind. Remember, sharing is caring.  Keep smiling it makes the world a better place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21 thoughts to “7 Remarkable Ways to Get More Pinterest followers for FREE”

  1. I really need to start using Pinterest. I started my blog last year but have only started pushing it and posting regularly this month. Having never used Pinterest before, bloggers seem to advise that it is the best way forward.

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  2. This is really helpful, I have just started using Pinterest and still finding my way how things work.You have explained things in detail that anyone can understand and follow, really appreciate.

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  3. You’re right; I was discouraged when I thought that EVERYONE on Pinterest were either a doting mom, a fashion blogger, or emo/anime lovers; none of which are my blog’s target market. However, I found a few musicians and went to their pages. I checked out who they were following, followed those people, started re-pinning their posts and slowly, I am meeting people who care about the same things that I do—and engage with more men than I knew were on Pinterest! It takes persistence and a long-range plan—well, at least it has on my part—but Pinterest is starting to be the prime way we draw traffic to our site. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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