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After getting a few emails and requests, I realized that a lot of people don’t fully understand how to join Pinterest group boards, or even how they work. If you’re a new blogger or a blogger who is just starting to use Pinterest group boards or Facebook sharing groups, I hope that this post will help you!
In the past few months, I’ve had a lot of requests to join my group boards on Pinterest. Once you get a certain number of followers (1,000-2,000), newer bloggers or Pinterest users will want to join your boards. Being part of a group board with more followers than you can help get eyeballs on your content. That’s a good thing!
I also created a Facebook group. Both of these things are great, and I am so excited that people want to be part of what I am doing! However, I have noticed that some bloggers don’t seem to understand the “unspoken rules” of Pinterest group boards. I wanted to write this post to talk about Pinterest group board best practices, but also touch on Facebook group best practices since they are often interlinked.
I don’t want for this to sound like I am talking down to anyone, we all start somewhere. In the blogging world, connecting with other bloggers is so important! These simple tips will help you do that in a way that 1) doesn’t piss anyone off and 2) will help you connect with other people and grow your blog. If you haven’t even started using Pinterest yet, or you currently have a personal profile, check out this post on how to use Pinterest for business first, and then come back this!
How to join Pinterest group boards
If you’re pretty new to using Pinterest, you probably heard that group boards are a great way to increase your followers and drive more traffic to your site. They are! However, it seems like a lot of people don’t understand how to join them. Let’s take a look at how it works. See this board? This is a group board that belongs to me:
See how my picture is first? That’s how you know the board belongs to me. I also have simple instructions on how to join the board, and how to join my Facebook group.
Unfortunately, not all group boards have instructions for how to join. If it says the board is not accepting new contributors, don’t bother the owner. All of my group boards are currently open, but I’ve heard from other group owners that it’s annoying to get messages when the board clearly says it is not accepting new contributors.
If it doesn’t say whether or not they are accepting new contributors, it never hurts to ask! Here are some ways to try to contact the owner:
- Message them on Pinterest
- Go to their website and find their contact info.
- Reach out on social media (linked on their website.)
Sending a message on Pinterest is the most straightforward way, but you may not hear back. Sometimes I will see messages in my Pinterest inbox that are over a week old. Oops! In fact, you may not hear back anyway. You are unlikely to get a no, but more likely to receive no answer at all. Make sure to include the email address connected to your Pinterest account to make it easy for the owner of the board to add you.
Want to find boards that ARE accepting new contributors? I made a list of 100 different group boards for you to download. They are also broken down by niche. You’re welcome. 😉
More tips for joining group boards
See this group board? You might run into this if you were looking at my Pinterest profile. It’s a great board because it has a good number of followers and allows lots of different topics.
I am part of this group board, but it doesn’t belong to me. To join, you would need to contact the owner of the board (the black and white photo on the far left.) This board doesn’t have instructions on how to join, but emailing me won’t do you any good because it doesn’t belong to me and I don’t have the capability to add you.
Now let’s take a look at this board. It’s also mine, but it is not a group board.
So, how can you tell if a board is a group board or a personal board? Let’s take a step back to my Pinterest profile. These two boards are right beside each other.
“Housecleaning and organizing” is one of my personal boards while “Blog Share Karma” is a group board that I am a part of. You can tell by the circle image with multiple photos that it is a group board. See the person on the left side of the circle. That is who owns the board.
If you emailed me asking to join either of these boards, you wouldn’t be able to. The first one is not a group board, and the second doesn’t belong to me.
I want to say again that most bloggers are patient and remember being new. That being said, it’s still good to know how things work.
Once you’re on a group board
You got accepted to a group board, yay! Now what. Of course, it’s important to share your content there. Make sure to check out the rules to see how many pins/day are allowed or what type of content is allowed.
Here is an important tip that many bloggers either don’t know or don’t understand.
It’s very important to pin the content of others from the group board.
You don’t have to do this every day. I primarily pin my content manually but even if you use Tailwind or BoardBooster you can go and in manually do it. About once a week, I go to my group boards and make sure to share a pin or two from the board. Why?
Pinterest likes active boards, active means that pins are being shared to and from the board. You shouldn’t be only pinning your own content anyway (that looks spammy) so this can be a great way to find content to pin to your personal boards.
You can check out this post about manual pinning vs. Tailwind. If you are interested in manual pinning, I highly suggest checking out the book “Pinteresting Strategies.”
Facebook group best practices
There are many groups that focus on social media sharing, including mine! Every group is different, and the rules will be different. Not following the rules of a sharing group is a great way to get kicked out, quickly.
First and foremost, know the rules of the particular group. Most Facebook groups have rules about self-promotion. If the rules say not to promote yourself, don’t promote yourself.
Find out who runs the group. If the person who runs the group has a course on affiliate marketing, you probably shouldn’t promote a competing course unless that is allowed. Most groups will either have the rules pinned to the top of the group or on the docs section. Try to find and familiarize yourself with the rules.
Don’t be that person who leaves your link but doesn’t share any other content. Not only is that not fair, but it will probably get you kicked out of the group. You may think that the admin/moderators of the group won’t notice, but they probably will.
It’s good for you to share relevant content that belongs to other people, especially on Pinterest.
Did this post help you figure out how to join Pinterest group boards? Maybe it helped you understand group board and Facebook group best practices. If this post helped you, please let me know in the comments and share it so that more people can see it! Want to keep digging into Pinterest? Check out 7 Pinterest mistakes bloggers make (and how to fix them.)