5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest

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So I’ve been on Pinterest for over a year now. Pinterest followers has been the hardest thing to build up. I get tons of page views and repins, but I don’t have a lot of followers. But I recently changed the way I approach this and the result has been awesome! I was able to get about 100 followers on Instagram in less than a week. I was floored! It might not seem like a lot to you, but it’s a lot to me. Where before it took me about a month to get 10 followers, if I was lucky. I’m excited to share with you my 5 tips to get followers on Pinterest. And best yet? These tips are all free. 🙂 That’s something I love to hear. Because, let’s be honest, blogging can be expensive when you are first starting out. Now, I want to put a disclaimer out there: these tips are not going to get you thousands of likes overnight. In fact, you’ll be lucky if you get 5 followers overnight. But stick to them, and it will eventually pay off. I promise.

Hey! I wrote a blog series all about Pinterest! If you want to read the rest of the series, check out the posts below:

check out my 5 Ways to Get Sincere Followers on Instagram post

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1. follow those you want to follow you

Tip #1 is to follow those pinners you want to follow you. I love to go to a big influencer in my niche and see who is following them. Then, I follow those people! It’s obvious that these people are following that big influencer in your niche for a reason: probably because they like what they are pinning and are interested in that specific topic. Think about the typical person on Pinterest: what are they doing? They’re searching specific topic and pinning to try for later. Right? So your best bet is to follow the type of people that are interested in your specific topic.

That’s why I love finding someone big in my niche to follow their followers. For me, I am there to help photographers better their photography. A big person in my niche would ClickinMoms. I go to their profile and search through their followers. I like to look for mom’s and other photographers to follow on Pinterest.

By doing this one simple trick, I’ve gained 50 followers in less than a week – I think that’s a win. Let me know how your results were!

2. repin from those you just followed

So the whole point is to try to get your name out there a whole lot. You want to repin pins that are relevant to  your niche from the people you just followed. This will cause your name to pop up in their notification bar. Meaning they’ll see your name more and possibly follow you.

Pro tip: Don’t just repin any pin, though. You want to make sure it’s relevant in your niche and to your boards.

3. join group boards

I wrote a killer article about group boards that you should check out. But, essentially, joining Pinterest group boards will help get your content seen by those who follow the group board. This is excellent in not only getting repins but also getting followers.

If you’re interested in learning more about group boards, check out the article I wrote on how to join group boards.

Pro tip: Join group boards that are specific to your niche! If you are a photographer, don’t join a group board for Arts and Crafts, join a group board for Photographers. Make sure it’s niche specific! And then pin your pins to these boards. Don’t have pins or need help making pinnable images? Check out my blog post how to create pinnable images in Canva to get started.

4. update your board descriptions

This feature is great. You can edit your board descriptions by going to that board and clicking on the pencil icon to edit it. Then add what category it is for and write a nice board description filled with some keywords.

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By editing the board descriptions, this helps get your board seen and hopefully gets you more exposure and in time, more followers!

Don’t forget to include some keywords, though. You want your board to pick up the right type of followers and not just anyone. So make sure your description describes exactly what your board is all about.

5. add keywords to your pins

When you pin a pin from your website, make sure to update the description with keywords that will help get your pin seen. This is totally similar to the tip above, but keywords are so important in your Pinterest profile. It’s even beneficial to put keywords in your name and profile description. I was so shocked when I learned about this tip. And since putting keywords literally everywhere my Pinterest profile has picked up so much traffic. I was literally blown away with my results!!

And they just keep getting better.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Pinterest. I post about helping photographers learn how to edit, shoot, and even blog better. So if any of that sounds intriguing to you, then go ahead and follow me!

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This was part of a blog series to help better your Pinterest experience:

As always, if you have any insights and if any of these tips helped you, please let me know! I love to update my blog posts based on what my audience needs.

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Alyssa (sometimes going by Aly) is a hobbyist photographer who loves to teach. Her love of photography started before she ever had any kids. Now a mom of two, she loves to photograph her kids, flowers, and landscape. She specializes in capturing her everyday life. She loves to teach fellow beginner photographers how to take control of their cameras and get the images they dream about getting.

23 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Great post Aly! Pinterest is still a mystery for me, although I love to scroll through the gorgeous pictures I see there…
    Never thought of finding big accounts and following their followers. Definitely giving it a try.

  2. I am absolutely in love with Pinterest. What I really have to work on is my board descriptions and key words . I think I have every thing else covered . This post is perfect for the Pinterest newbie . It was all so confusing to me at first . This article lays it out so simply .

  3. Great post, thanks for all the tips. I’ve been using Tailwind recently and it has really helped me to grow my account. Thanks for the tip about updating board descriptions, I didn’t thin about that.


  4. One of my biggest problems. I am not getting followers on pinterest. I think I need to join group board. Hopefully it may helps me to get new followers. Thanks for sharing

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