I recently had someone ask here in the comments of my Ten Things I Love About Pinterest about how to get more followers on Pinterest. I have to admit, I haven’t really sought out to build my followers on Pinterest (I just love it for collecting ideas), though I have been blessed to have many people following – thanks!
Ten Ideas for Gaining More Followers on Pinterest:
1. Have a Pinterest Social Media Button on Your Blog/Website. Take advantage of Pinterest’s buttons that they have available to help people that visit your blog or site to know that they can find you on Pinterest. This way, even if you’re not mentioning it in a post, they still know where to find you.
The buttons look like this (and when you get them on their site, they automatically have the coding to include your link):
2. Have Well Organized Boards. Do the way you put your pins on your boards make sense? If all of your pins seem randomly placed in a variety of boards, people are less likely to follow them. And, what I think is more important – you will likely have a hard time finding something you want to look for again later.
3. Rearrange Your Boards for Easier Browsing. When I decided to break up my “Food and Drinks” board into things like Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and so on, it put those new boards all over the place. You can actually rearrange boards, and I think this makes sense for making your boards more user-friendly (for both you and new followers).
4. Variety of Boards – Because I have a tendency to follow people’s individual boards, rather than just following them and all their boards, I like it when people have a nice variety of boards. That could just be my personal preference. But, I have noticed that a lot of people with larger followings also have more boards.
5. Come Up with Good Names for Boards. You can choose whether this means that they’re really catchy or just very obvious names. But, if you go with catchy names, at least make it easy for people to figure out what the board is about. A board about morning routines could be named “Morning Routines” or “Morning To Dos,” but if you name it “Rise and Shine,” people will know it has something to do with mornings, but no idea that it’s morning routine ideas.
6. Come Up With Boards to Coordinate with Blog Posts. Again, this only helps if you’re a blogger or having a website. But, you can make boards that specifically coordinate with something going on with your blog. Amy from Mom Advice did a very popular summer activities board this year, and many bloggers have also now done similar things. Recently, I had a lot of new followers after making a Cleaning Schedules board that coordinated with my post at The Happy Housewife titled “Find a Cleaning Schedule That Works for You.”
7. Use Your Link When You Mention Pinterest in Posts. Again, for the bloggers — when you link to Pinterest on your blog, don’t just link to the home page of Pinterest, link to your own profile. (Okay, but don’t do it as much as I just did on this one. It was just to make a point.)
8. Link Your Account to Your Facebook and/or Twitter Account. You can link your Pinterest account to your Facebook and Twitter account. This can help your Facebook friends and Twitter followers to be able to find you easily!
9. Don’t Post Too Much of the Same Thing All At Once. This could, again, just be my personal preference. But, if someone is continually pinning 20 – 30 items that are all of a similar nature all at once, I am more likely to unfollow them. Sure, I’d love to see a recipe for S’more cookies. I don’t, however, want most of my feed filled up with S’more cookies, S’more pies, S’more cake, and everything else S’mores all in a 20 minute time span.
10.Follow Other People. You can’t expect to have hundreds or thousands of followers if you’re only following a handful of people. Sure, there are probably people that have that happen, but it’s not typical. So, if you want followers, you need to be a follower too!
But, more than anything, just remember to have fun with Pinterest!
It’s easy to get caught up in gaining followers on Pinterest, just like on Facebook and Twitter. But, while it’s fun to have followers, Pinterest is so much fun. Pin things because you love them or you’re interested in them or you want to learn more. Pinterest should first, and foremost, be for your own enjoyment. If people follow, great. If people don’t, you can still find all kinds of cool ideas. So, don’t worry too much about followers.