5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest

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.

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

5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest

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 topics and pinning to try for later. Right? 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. Also be sure to click through to the website and make sure it’s content you want to share with your followers. You don’t want to lead them to a spam website!

3. join group boards

I wrote a killer article about group boards that you should check out. You need to join Pinterest Group Boards. It 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.

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 with keywords

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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Board descriptions are really important, so make sure you update them.

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.

I like to find keywords by searching on Pinterest and seeing what auto populates.

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. This is one of my favorite tips out there. And since putting keywords literally everywhere my Pinterest profile has picked up so much traffic. I loved the 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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Want to learn about how I go about pinning images for FREE! No Tailwind or scheduling tool needed?! I go over it in my Pinterest Strategy PDF which you can get, free of charge, if you sign up for my email list.

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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23 Thoughts to “5 Tips to Get Followers on Pinterest”

  1. Poovanesh

    Great post. I will definitely use your tip about following the followers of influencers you follow. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Alyssa Ahern

      Glad you found it helpful!!

  2. 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.

    1. Alyssa Ahern

      Pinterest is a great tool! Glad you found it helpful!

  3. Really good tips! I’m due to work on my Pinterest strategy and this will be part of it. Thanks!

    1. Alyssa Ahern

      Oh good! Glad it helped!

  4. Awesome tips! I definitely need to re-update my board descriptions! I wasn’t sure how much they played a role in boosting your searches!

    1. Yes! Board Descriptions are so important. Glad the article helped.

  5. These are all great suggestions!

    1. Alyssa Ahern

      Thank you!

  6. 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 .

    1. Alyssa Ahern

      Thank you!! Board descriptions and keywords are so important!

  7. I’m still trying to figure Pinterest out. Thanks for sharing some helpful tips. I need to take your advice and be more specific of who I follow.

  8. jporebasoc

    Thank you for those tips! I definitely need to update my group board descriptions as I somehow never put any attention to it!

  9. I am going to have to learn how to get better with pinterest – thank you for sharing – I will be reading your article about group boards! Keywords was a new thing for me…..

  10. Oh these are great tips! I love Pinterest, but sometimes I get stuck. Definitely going to try these tips!

  11. I have been taking a break from all things blogging and it’s great to get back into it and relearn the ropes. Thanks for the tips.

  12. I am totally clueless about Pintrest but it seems something I need to crack. This will really help – thank you I have printed these to work through!

  13. 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.


  14. Fantastic tips it is true about getting a bunch of followers on Pinterest verses the traffic. I fall into the same category too.

  15. Sarah Fatima

    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

    1. Group boards are amazing! I hope you do, and it’s really not hard to get in to most group boards!

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