Pinterest Group Boards: How to Grow Your Traffic Exponentially

Pinterest group boards are one of my blogging “secret weapons”. When used properly, group boards can drive massive traffic back to your blog, your opt-in freebies, and your products or services.
 
I get a lot of questions about Pinterest group boards, both from other bloggers and my coaching clients. Questions like…
 

“How do I find the right group boards to join?”
 
“Once I’ve found the right group board, how do I actually go about joining it?”
 
“What kinds of things should I be pinning to group boards, and how often?”
 
“When is a good time for me to create my own group board? How many followers should I have?”
 
Because group boards are one of the major ways I’ve grown my Pinterest account, my email list, and my blog traffic, today I want to share with you everything you need to know about creating, joining, and utilizing group boards.
 
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Once you know how to find, join, and use group boards, you’ll be able to exponentially increase your traffic coming from Pinterest. To give you some “real life” numbers, over the past few months Pinterest has increased from bringing in only 16% of my blog traffic, to now bringing in over 70%.
 
You can achieve those numbers too! And Pinterest group boards will be your best friend when it comes to doing that.
 

But first, what is a group board?

A group board is one with multiple contributors – AKA, more than one person can pin to it. You’ll know it’s a group board because it will have a little circle in the bottom left corner, like so:
 
how to tell group board apart

Why Should I Join Group Boards?

The benefits of group boards are two-fold:
 
#1. Group boards typically have a high number of followers – anywhere from 1K to 50K and beyond.
 
This means when you pin your original content (your blog post pins) to group boards, they’ll be seen by a lot more people. And this, of course, will increase the number of re-pins and click-throughs to your website.
 
#2. Group boards are amazing “Source Boards”.
 
Because the group boards you join are directly related to your niche, each board serves as a super-curated feed for you to pin from. All you have to do is click over to the group board and you’ll have hundreds (if not thousands) of pins that are perfect for re-pinning to your own boards.
 
Plus, because group boards are monitored by the board’s “owner”, irrelevant and/or unattractive pins are removed. Basically, each group board is a gold mine of relevant pins for you to share to your own accounts and boards.
 

Which group boards should I join?

The perfect Pinterest group board will meet the following 4 criteria:

#1. It’s directly related to your blog’s niche.

e.g., If you’re a travel blogger, don’t join a fashion group board. And vice versa.

#2. It has a decent number of followers.

Ideally you want to join group boards that have more followers than your account does. Again, this will help you put your pins and content in front of more sets of eyes.

#3. It has a decent number of contributors.

If only 3 or 4 people are pinning to a group board, the feed can get clogged up pretty quickly. You won’t be able to pin your own content to it as often without looking like you’re “stealing the show”.
 
To see how many pinners are contributing to a group board, click over to the board and look in the top right corner. There you’ll find the group board creator in the circle on the far left, along with 2 other accounts that were the most recent to join the board. Next to that you’ll see the number of other pinners contributing besides those 3.
 
see number of group board contributors

#4. It has a high re-pin rate.

This last one is super important. What do I mean by re-pin rate? I mean the average number of re-pins each pin on that board gets. If the average re-pin rate is only 1-2 re-pins, it’s probably not worth your time to join that group board.
 
How do you determine the re-pin rate for a group board? That’s coming up next!
 

How do I find relevant group boards to join?

This is where my favorite site ever, pingroupie.com, swoops in to save the day. Although there are definitely other ways to find group boards on Pinterest, this method is my favorite by far.
 
Pingroupie is basically a search engine for Pinterest group boards. You enter in a word or phrase that’s related to your niche, hit the “Filter” button, and you’re presented with a list of relevant group boards that you can join!
 
For example, look what comes up when I enter the keyword “blogging” into the description field on Pingroupie:
 
How to use Pingroupie.com to find relevant Pinterest group boards to join!
 
Not only does Pingroupie provide a clickable list of group boards related to your niche, it ALSO gives you some important statistics for each group board, including:
 
• Number of collaborators
• Number of followers
• Re-pin rate
 
So the hard work is done for you! Pingroupie makes it a cinch to find group boards that meet the criteria we talked about above, which is why I love it so much.
 

How do I Join Group Boards?

This is where things get slightly more tricky, but don’t worry – I’ll walk you through it!
 
To join a Pinterest group board, you must be invited by either the group board’s creator, or by another pinner who’s a collaborator on that board. Depending on how the creator has set up the board, sometimes other members will be able to send invites, and sometimes they won’t.
 
So how do you secure an invite?
 
Start by reading the board’s description, right up at the top underneath the board’s title. This description will often include instructions for obtaining an invite. These typically include:
 
#1. Following the group board, OR the entire account of the board’s owner.
 
The owner will always be the pinner on the left-hand side of the list of contributors, which you’ll find in the top right corner of the board. Click on his/her image to visit their profile and follow their account, if necessary.
 
#2. Send a message or an email to the owner, OR leave a comment on a recent pin asking for an invite.
 
Messages on Pinterest can only be sent between accounts that follow each other, so this method is becoming less common. However, sending an email request is still very popular. If that’s the case, the group board owner will leave his or her email address in the board’s description.
 
If they ask you to leave a comment on a recent pin asking for an invite, here’s a quick and easy way to do that:
 
• Click to the board owner’s profile
• Click on the section called “Pins” just under their bio
• Click the most recent pin in the feed (top left)
• Scroll down and click “Comments” to expand that area
• Leave your comment in this section
• If possible, use the @ symbol to tag the board owner in your comment
 
Not sure what to write in your comment or email when asking for an invite? Here are a few things you need to include:
 
• A quick greeting and introduction
• Your request and the name of the group board(s)
• The email address you log in to Pinterest with
 
Invitations to group boards can be sent in one of two ways: either using your Pinterest account name/handle, OR using your email address. This is why you should always include that email address when you ask for an invite.
 
Here’s an example of an email I might send to the owner of a group board I want to join:
 
“Hi Jenny,
 
My name’s Krista, and I run a website called Blog Beautifully, where I share blogging, email list, and Pinterest tips for bloggers.
 
I would love to join your “_______________” group board on Pinterest!
 
Here’s the link to my Pinterest account.
 
And my email address is krista@blogbeautifully.com, if you prefer to send invites that way.
 
Thanks so much!
 
– Krista
 
Simple, to the point, and effective!

 

How to Accept an Invite

Your invite will arrive in your Pinterest “inbox” (the tab to the right of your Notifications feed).
 
When you see the invitation, all you need to do is click “Accept”. Sometimes it takes a few days for group board owners to get back to you – especially if it’s a very large and active board – so give it time if you don’t hear back immediately.
 

What if there aren’t instructions for joining?

In that case, it’s likely that the group board owner isn’t looking to add new contributors at this time. If you really want to join, there’s no harm in sending an email or leaving a comment on a recent pin asking for an invite. But just know that you might not hear back.
 
Most of the time if I come across a group board that doesn’t have instructions for joining, I just move on to the next one. There are plenty of fish in the sea!
 
 
It seems like I have a LOT to say on this topic, so rather than keeping you here all day, I’m going to turn this into a two-part series. In the second post, we’ll cover:
 
• How many group boards you should join
• What you should pin to them and how often
• How and when you should create your own group board
• How to set rules and manage your group board
 
Click here to read the second post in this series!
 
 


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  • Kristine Bennett

    Hi Krista. This was a great article. I only have a little knowledge about Pinterest. Your information makes me feel more confident to keep working on it. Thank you.

    • Yay I’m so glad to hear that, Kristine! Please let me know if you ever have any questions 🙂 I love chatting about Pinterest!

      x Krista

  • Rich

    Am curious as to how old this article is and whether over the past month or three if you’re still getting the high traffic numbers?

    I was getting terrific traffic from Pinterest till March of this year when Pinterest changed it’s algorythm. Since then, my traffic from Pinterest went from thousands to 200 visitors daily.

    • Hi Rich,

      This article is actually brand new! I just uploaded it last week –Aug 29th to be exact.

      I’m definitely seeing amazing results with these strategies to this day (both for my own accounts and my clients’). I started the Blog Beautifully Pinterest account in March of this year, and group boards have been one of the major factors in its growth.

      If you’re struggling with Pinterest, I’m currently working on an amazing Pinterest course that will be launching in October! You can click in the little pink bar at the top of my website to join the VIP List for early-bird specials 🙂

      x Krista

  • Sheena Lastoskie

    Thanks for the information, cant wait to put it to good use on my blog ShiningThoughts.com

    • You are so welcome, Sheena! Glad you enjoyed 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions!

      x Krista

  • Jenna Jenkins

    Krista, I just found your blog and I’m so glad that I did! You have so many great tips for new bloggers! Do you have any suggestions on group board to join geared towards diy, crafts, home decor, and recipes? I’ve used pingroupie to find boards and have sent several messages/emails to boards that claim to be accepting contributors, but never seem to hear back from anyone 🙁

  • The Author

    Just started out with Pinterest and this helped me A LOT! Thank you so much 🙂 I’ll check out more of your blog!

  • I’m a new blogger and this was SUCH a helpful post. Thanks for creating wonderful content. You have another blog follower here! 🙂

    http://www.honeydewblog.com

  • Mae Brian

    Great info here! Thanks for sharing. thegospelofbeauty.org

  • Megan

    I’m so glad I found this post! I feel like I’ve been randomly throwing my posts out into the ‘universe’ of Pinterest and crossing my fingers. Now I know how I can make better use of my efforts! I can’t thank you enough!! You’re helping me change my life and be a better support for my family <3 http://www.momlifeonpurpose.com

  • Hey Krista, thank for this great post!
    After reading it, I wanna start a group board. What do you think: How many pins should already pinned before I public the secret board and invite people to join it? Leuchtend Grau http://www.leuchtend-grau.de

  • Thank you so much for your post. I just started to find out about everything Pinterest can do for my blog so you helped me a lot. Susi

    • You’re so welcome, Susi! Best of luck with Pinterest – it really is a gold mine for bloggers 🙂

      xx

  • Hi, Krista! Would you say it is more important for group boards to have a high number of followers or a high re-pin rate? I find the boards with 10K+ followers have a lower re-pin rate, but it seems like a large amount of followers would also be beneficial.

    • Hi Sarah!

      That’s a great question, and while I think both are important to consider, I would say that re-pin rate ranks a bit higher in my mind. Truly, I think it’s best to join every group board you can find in your niche, even if the re-pin rate is a bit lower than what you might like. You never know which group boards might help one of your pins go viral!

      xx

  • Ilene Blessing Modica

    Hi Krista! I created a group board but I don’t see the two-people icon at the top of the board. Is it only when people join that you get that? https://www.pinterest.com/imodica/ The group board is “Let’s Share Italy Photographs”. Thank you!

    • Hi Ilene! Yes, that’s exactly right. That icon displays the profile pictures for contributors of your board, so once a few contributors have joined, the icon will show up 🙂

      Best of luck growing your board!

  • Alicia Jackson

    Thank you Krista. I have been trying to find all the ways to get traffic to my blog once I hit publish and this really helped me.

  • Ryan Biddulph

    I use PinPinterest to automate and manage my Pinterest account. Settled for it after looking a lot for a decent Pinterest manager tool. I like the way it intelligently learns and pins only pins relevant to my business to my boards. I normally schedule a week’s pins on mondays and it does the rest 😀 It does all the Pinterest-related operations on Auto-Pilot, so yes, it is literally my Pinterest Media Manager 😀
    The ads keep coming up, so its a bit annoying, but other than that, PinPinterest is truly the tool you’d want if you want to rule Pinterest B-)

  • Glad I stumbled upon your blog. Such great info!