How to Find and Join Pinterest Group Boards

Posted 09/05/2017 by Dani in Networking, Social Media / 44 Comments

Pinterest group boards are the absolute best! They really are amazing.

You might be a member of a number of group boards or you might be sitting there wondering what group boards are and why on earth you’d want to join one.

We’ll start with the basics of what group boards are – they are boards that “Contributors” can add pins to. This means that more than one person can pin to it. The boards themselves appear on every “Contributor’s” Pinterest account which means that any pins you add to a group board will be seen more. Anyone can request to become a “Contributor” to a board, although each board will have its own requirements.

So, now you know what a group board is (I didn’t doubt you for one second!) let’s look at why you should be joining them, how to find them and how to join them.

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Why Join Pinterest Group Boards?

Well, quite simply, because they’re amazing!

Need more of a reason?

Okay, okay, I get it. My word alone isn’t convincing enough.

The real reason you should be joining Pinterest group boards is to get your pins seen more. Ultimately leading to more followers, more re-pins and more traffic to your site. Win, win, win. Am I right?

How does it work? Let’s look at it this way. You may have 100, 500 or 1,000 followers on Pinterest. And that, my friend, is amazing. But, one of your group boards may have 2,000 followers, another group board may have 15,000 followers and another may have 25,000 followers. You get the picture. Each time you pin your own content to a group board, it’s getting seen by more people than your account alone could achieve.

Need another reason why?

Well, group boards are a fantastic, and simple, way to find new content to repin. We all know that we should be pinning other people’s content as well as our own. Group boards are an easy way to find content in the same niche as you that you can repin. Each group board is a gold mine of relevant pins for you to share on your own boards.

Where to Find Pinterest Group Boards

I currently use three different ways to find group boards on Pinterest…well, maybe four but the fourth one isn’t really me doing anything. Let me explain.

Stalking!

My first and favourite way to find Pinterest Group Boards is to do a little stalking! Whenever I follow someone new on Pinterest, I always check out what boards they have on their profile. If they’re a member of any group boards, they’ll be listed right there on their profile.

I always check out those group boards and see if they fit with my niche, the style of blog I have and (this one is more difficult) whether or not they look spammy! If it looks like other contributors are pinning anything and everything to the board, I leave it alone.

Boardbooster

The second way that I search for group boards is using BoardBooster. On Boardbooster you can search for just about any type of group board that you could ever want. Boardbooster will show you some info for each of the boards including, repin rate, followers, active contributors and new pins per day. I open each one up that appeals to me and run through the checklist above – niche, style, spammy?

Facebook Groups

The third (and final) way that I look for Pinterest Group Boards is in Facebook Groups. A lot of Facebook Groups for Bloggers and Entrepreneurs will have threads about Pinterest where people will share their own group boards. By far the best group I have come across for finding group boards is (surprise, surprise) Pinterest Group Boards but there are hundreds of other amazing groups out there. You can access my free list of 201 Facebook Groups for Bloggers and Entrepreneurs here.

Invites

I know I mentioned a fourth way but it’s not really a way that I look for group boards. Sometimes I just get invited to them by other people. Again, I run through my little checklist before I press “accept” on them.

It might seem extremely flattering that someone has invited you to join their group board but the same standards apply. Ensure that it will be worthwhile for you. For example, make sure that the board has more followers than your own account does.

Whilst it’s amazing to support other bloggers, don’t just accept because you feel you have to.

Lists Created by Other Bloggers

You know what?

I’ve actually just remembered a fifth place to find group boards! And that is these amazing lists that other bloggers have pulled together:

The Ultimate List of Pinterest Group Boards – For Every Type of Niche

The Ultimate List of Pinterest Group Boards for Bloggers and Creatives

100+ Pinterest Group Boards Directory

Ultimate List of Pinterest Group Boards

List of 15+ Best Pinterest Group Boards to Join

If the board fits my niche and they are accepting new contributors (the description of the board will usually state if they aren’t), I request to join. This leads us nicely on to…

How Do I Join a Group Board?

Each group board will have its own rules and guidelines so please make sure you read them properly before asking to join. Some boards can be quite onerous, for example, for every pin you add of your own content you must repin 5 pins from other contributors. Whilst this might seem manageable, just bear in mind what else you have to do for your blog – writing, editing, photos, social media – everything adds up!

Anyway, back to joining group boards. The description at the top of each group board should have instructions on how to join. Some boards will ask you to follow the owner’s account and then send them an email. Others will ask you to follow the owner’s account and then comment on one of the recent pins. I have come across a couple of group boards that don’t have any instructions on how to join so I’ve simply sent the owner a message on Pinterest asking if they are accepting contributors and, if so, how I can join.

Flourishing Freelancer currently has one group board open for contributors, you can join here.

Pinterest Group Boards

You can easily find the owner of the group board – they are the first profile image you can see on the right-hand side.

Sometimes it can take up to a couple of weeks for your request to be processed and accepted so be patient. Other people will accept you immediately. It all depends on the group board owner.

How Do I Pin to Pinterest Group Boards?

So, you’ve found some group boards, requested to join and been accepted? Go you!

Now what? Now you start pinning.

As I mentioned above, some group boards will have rules about how often you can pin your own content, how much of other people’s content you should be pinning and how often you should be repinning. Make sure you read these guidelines carefully and follow those rules.

You can save yourself loads of time by using a pin scheduling tool such as BoardBooster. Once set up correctly, Boardbooster will run for you on autopilot and before long you’ll be seeing a huge spike in your repins and, as a result, your blog traffic!

Are you already making the most of Pinterest Group Boards? What are your favourites?

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44 responses to “How to Find and Join Pinterest Group Boards

    • Glad you found it useful Bethany. It can be difficult as a new blogger to know where to start. Please get in touch if you have any questions

      Dani x

  1. Great list – I didn’t know Board Booster could help you find group boards. I’ve been thinking about either replacing Tailwind with Board Booster or just adding it to use besides Tailwind because it seems that they do different things. What do you think?

    • I didn’t enjoy Tailwind – just because of the way my brain works I couldn’t get to grips with it but I know lots of people who use both.

    • I know, neither did I until I started exploring some of the other menu items – I actually found it by accident so thought I would share it with others

      Dani x

  2. I only found out about Pinterest Group Boards two days ago! Thanks for breaking down the information about them. This was a great and helpful read!

    • So glad you found it useful 🙂 Group boards are great, I’ve definitely been getting more re-pins and traffic since joining group boards.

      Dani x

    • Hey Jessica, I’d definitely recommend group boards as a great way to promote your blog. I’ve certainly seen an increase in my traffic since using them.

      Dani x

    • Thanks, I find a great way of finding group boards is to look at bloggers similar to me and see which group boards they are part of too.

      Dani x

    • I certainly didn’t before I started looking into it more but since putting a strategy into place I’ve definitely seen an increase in my re-pins and traffic.

      Dani x

  3. highheelsandhomework2017

    Thank you so much for the information. This was SO beyond helpful! I’m just learning about Pinterest groups and this made it so much less confusing.

    • So glad that you found it helpful. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or need a hand with anything

      Dani x

    • It definitely makes a difference. I’ve seen a big increase in the number of referrals coming from Pinterest since joining bigger group boards.

      Dani x

    • Thanks Arfa, it’s so true. I don’t think people realise the value and how much traffic it can bring (which is totally understandable)

      Dani x

    • There really is Carol and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with it but I actually find Pinterest the easiest, and least time consuming to manage (with the help of Boardbooster)

      Dani x

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