We all know that Pinterest is a game changer for bloggers. So, it comes as no surprise that people are always looking for ways to gain more followers on Pinterest!
There are varying opinions out there on how often you should be pinning each day but, it’s safe to say, you should pinning at least 40-50 pins per day if you want to see a significant increase in your followers, re-pins and blog traffic.
That’s a lot of pinning.
If you’re like me, finding all of those interesting pins for your boards isn’t the issue. You’d happily spend every single hour of every single day scrolling through Pinterest. But let’s face it, who has time for that?
I’ll let you into a little secret. You can pin throughout the day and even while you’re asleep, gaining more followers all the time. How? With the little miracle that is Boardbooster.
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How Can Boardbooster Help You?
A very good question my friend!
I’ll start by telling you a little bit about Boardbooster. Well, you probably already know this…it’s a scheduling tool for Pinterest. As I mentioned above, we can’t all spend all of our time glued to Pinterest ensuring that our pins are evenly spread throughout the day and consistent.
Having a scheduling system in place could allow you to gain hundreds, if not thousands of new Pinterest followers with very little effort.
There are three main elements to Boardbooster that will help you achieve this – Scheduling, Looping and Campaigns – but we’ll get to those later. First, let’s look at how to set up your Boardbooster account.
Getting Started with Boardbooster
You can try Boardbooster for free here. After your free trial is over, you can choose from their monthly plans which start as low as $5.00 per month and go up to $30.00 per month. It’s one of the best investments I’ve made for my blog.
Once on the Boardbooster website, click on the button that says “Sign Up”. It’s that simple. You don’t need to give any card details when starting your free trial. That comes later.
You’ll be asked to input some basic information such as your name and Pinterest account details but it is all really simple and straightforward.
Scheduling does what it says on the tin really. It allows you to schedule pins to be pinned at a later date. This makes it look like you are active on Pinterest even when you’re not. Bonus!
The way that scheduling works is that a second version of each board is created. These are then marked as “secret”. You then add your pins to those secret boards and Boardbooster pulls them through to the public version of the board at the time and frequency that you specified.
I know that sounds a little complicated. When I first read about scheduling on Boardbooster I thought, well that just sounds like pinning to me, why wouldn’t I just pin straight onto the public boards?
But trust me, it saves you a whole heap of time and you can be “pinning” whilst you’re not even on Pinterest which will free up time to be working on other things.
Setting Up Scheduling
Log in to your Boardbooster account. Click on “Pinning Tools” and then “Scheduler”. From here, select “Add boards”. Boardbooster will then connect with your Pinterest account and present you with a list of your Pinterest boards (including your group boards).
Select each of the boards that you want to schedule and then press “Continue”.
This next phase will take a little while. Boardbooster will “talk” to your Pinterest account and create secret boards for each of those boards that you have selected in the previous step. Just be patient with it.
You will be asked to configure the boards at this stage. I would recommend accepting the suggestions made by Boardbooster at this stage. They will look something like this:
Once your scheduler is set up you can go back through and make changes as required. From your scheduler home screen, simply click on the board that you want to adjust and you will see a menu like the one below that will allow you to choose how often you want to post to each public board and during what times.
Your scheduling is now set up but you obviously need to identify pins that you want to pinned. Each of the secret boards will have “-” in front of their name so that you can easily identify them on your Pinterest account.
Log in to your Pinterest account and start searching for the content you want to share. When it comes to pinning, you want to pin to the secret boards that you have created. Each of the secret boards will have “-” in front of their name so that you can easily identify them on your Pinterest account.
Looping is one of my favourite things about Boardbooster. It basically means that it will “loop” your oldest pin on a board and move it to the very top.
Why? Because the pins at the bottom of your boards can get forgotten about. A lot of people will only scroll so far down your boards, especially if they have a lot of pins on them.
It also counts towards your “daily pins” so that target of 50 pins each day seems even more achievable.
Setting Up Looping
Log in to your account and select “Pinning Tools” and then “Looping”. Next, click on “Configure Looping” and you will see a screen like this.
From here, you can select the boards that you want to loop on. Boardbooster will automatically exclude any board groups from this list (although it does give you the option to add them in, but I’m unsure why you would include them).
Once you have selected the boards that you want to loop on, you will be given the “Configuration” options. This is where you set up how often you want to post and at what time.
At the moment, I have mine set to 2 pins per day, at random times between 4 pm and 10 pm which is when my followers on Pinterest seem to be the most active.
You’ll see here that I have it set to loop chronologically which means that it takes my oldest pins and moves them to the top but you can set this to random if you want.
The best part of this is that if you enable the “deduplication” and then set the number of days to 5 (which is the automatic setting), Boardbooster will delete whichever version of the pin has fewer re-pins. This means that you won’t have multiple copies of the same pin on each board. What’s even better? You don’t have to go back and manually remove them!
Below the “deduplication” box, there are two more boxes that you can enable – “Protection for Viral Duplication” and “Protection for Pins with Comments”. By enabling these, you protect your popular pins from being deleted in the deduplication process.
Finally, click submit.
A word of warning with looping – only start looping on boards that already have lots of pins on them. If you start looping too soon you’ll simply be looping the same 10-15 pins day in, day out which would get repetitive. Personally, I only loop on boards with over 75 pins on them.
The campaign function of Boardbooster allows you to pin all of your blog posts to your Pinterest group boards without having to do them individually.
As you know, Pinterest Group Boards are amazing and will help boost your Pinterest account and blog traffic in no time at all. Bing able to automate your posts to group boards is a life saver and will free up lots of your time.
Setting Up Boardbooster Campaigns
Log in to your Boardbooster account and select “Pinning Tools” and then “Campaigns”. Next, click on “Random Campaign” and you will see a screen like this:
It’s probably pretty obvious but you should call your campaign something simple and that will make it easy to identify.
The “source of pins” is where you want your pins to come from (duh!). I would suggest choosing the “List of Boards” option. I have a FlourishingFreelancer.com board that is solely for my own pins, so I use this as the “source” here.
The target boards are the boards that you want your content to be pinned to. This is where you would select the group boards that you want to pin to. Once you have selected the boards, you will then be given the option of how often you want to post to each of those boards. Remember to check the rules on each of your Pinterest Group Boards to make sure that you’re not pinning the wrong content or pinning too often.
Click “Save” and you should all be set up to go with your campaign.
So, what are you waiting for?
You can get started with Boardbooster today and get your first 100 pins free. So, what are you waiting for? You’re all set to gain more followers on Pinterest with minimal effort!
I just know you’re going to love it as much as I do!