One of my goals this year is to grow any/all my social media channels to 1000+ followers. Well my Pinterest was the first one to hit that mark. Here are some tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over time.

7 Pinterest tips and tricks to utilize.
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1. Vertical images only

Well when I first started making Pinterest graphics, I just copied everyone else and made a vertical images. It was only later (like 4 months ago…) that I actually learned why vertical images make the best graphics. Vertical images take up more space on their site because of how it’s set up.

2. Find your style and stick with it

I’ve used this design since I started making graphics. When I found my brand colors and fonts, I applied them to my graphics, and kept with it. Consistency is key! That way when someone is scrolling through Pinterest and sees the pin I made-they’ll know it’s one of my designs and it will go to my blog.

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3. Try to use warmer colors and simple backgrounds

Not in every graphic, but most. Shades of reds, oranges, pinks and other warm colors get the most traffic and repins. As for using simple backgrounds, it looks more professional and (if it’s white) goes with everything.

4. Set up rich pins

Rich pins place your favicon, post information and website name under the pin itself. Thanks to this little preview my pin clicks, page views and even my email lists are growing! And they’re easy to set up- I followed these instructions, but here is a great post about setting up rich pins.

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5. Craft your bio wisely

If you use the search feature a lot (which you totally should) then you can guess that others do that too. Your bio (even the name you put) has keywords in it so I recommend using words like ‘blogger’, ‘lifestyle (or whatever your niche is)’ or any kind of descriptor in your bio/name.

6. Join group boards

Group boards are great to gain exposure. Read this post to get started and join some great ones! Rotate your pins so all the topics get noticed-speaking of rotating pins…

7. Invest in Boardbooster

Okay really any pin scheduler- Tailwind, Hootsuite, Buffer. Boardbooster just came out with a ‘tribes’ feature which essentially is a list of shared pins. Every member can pin personal pins, but there’s a setting makes sure that every tribe member pins a certain amount of other pins. Tailwind also has this feature for free. Use my BoardBooster link to get a discount when you sign up (I also get a discount if you use it).

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What Pinterest tips and tricks have you learned?

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • Denay DeGuzman

    All of your Pinterest advice is right on! I’m just having difficulty contacting the administrator of group boards that I want to join. I wish the process was easier!

    • Join mine! I’ll add you right away.

  • Courtney Drew

    Great advice for Pinterest! I used Tailwind to schedule my pins and I saw a huge difference in amount of followers it was incredible! I need to look into setting up “rich pins”. Thanks!

    xo Courtney Drew

    • Rich pins are such a game changer! Do it!

  • I use Boardbooster too but I need to learn how to better use it. I noticed I have gained many followers using it though.

    • I think there are some great tutorials floating around!

  • I’m so close to 1k on Pinterest and it’s driving me insane — I’m only 2 people away!!
    I definitely implement (or try too) these tips. I don’t use Boardbooster but I love Tailwind!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Melissa Chee

    Thanks for the tips!!!

  • YASSSSS to Boardbooster… that’s the ultimate game changer!

  • We’re using Tailwind and have seen a big increase in the number of views to our DIYs. I love having rich pins too, its so helpful to get more info about what you’re actually clicking through to!

    • Any Pinterest scheduler is the best! Rich pins are so great.

  • Adriana

    Rich pins is definitely my biggest tip too! Once I set them up, my following basically took off from where I started at. It was crazy! Love your tips!

  • mckenna bleu

    Thanks for the tips. I need to work on my Pinterest.

    • I could spend hours on it if I’m not careful haha.

  • I wish everyone would know that they have to use vertical pictures! I love Pinterest!

    • Me too vertical images just seem to work better.

  • Anna Hubbard

    Thanks for the tips! I really need to bite the bullet and invest in Tailwind!

    • I was like that with BoardBooster! Go for it! It’s so worth it.

  • I’m not sure vertical pins are hat strong anymore. I’ve noticed that if I pin a few instagram (square) pics, the algorithm will show me more pictures in different dimensions.

    Cristina | *janded

    • Hmmm all me vertical pins are doing great!

  • These are such great tips! I’m definitely a fan of growing on Pinterest!!

    • Me too! I’ll never stop learning.

  • Nicole DaRosa

    I LOVE Boardbooster – it has really taken my Pinterest to the next level. But these are great tips! I definitely want to work on creating more eye-catching pins.

    • Isn’t it the best?! I just updated my design.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Great tips!! The one thing I put on all my pins is my URL. That is no longer included in the description. Thanks for the tips!

  • Heather Brown

    Such useful tips – great read!

  • I am a huge fan of Pinterest! I am still trying to find my style for my pins but it’s a work in progress 🙂

    • That’s the hardest part sometimes.

  • Benita

    I am still working through Pinterest and this information helps a lot. So much I don’t know about it.

    • I know I still don’t know a lot, but these tips helped me so much!

  • Mary La Fornara

    I have really been wanting to up my Pinterest game and your tips are going to come in handy! Pinning!

  • Great tips! Definitely vertical images. I now refuse to pin any square images haha.

    • The only square pics I pin are IG pictures that are automatic lol.

  • Atzimba Pahua

    Useful! I’ve been wanting to grow my Pinterest so these tips will help 🙂

  • Lisa Roe

    I just had to pin, so you must be doing Pinterest right! I really need to make a brand pin and stick with it, I find it a bit more difficult in the home decor niche but I always use the same colors and type of font so it’s getting there.

  • Allison Ellzey

    Love these tips! I’m going to double check that I have rich pins set up!

    • Rich pins totally doubled my traffic!

  • Loved these tips! I definitely am seeing the benefits that Pinterest can bring for blog traffic!

    • Using Pinterest as a blogging tool is such a game changer!

  • Thanks for the great tips Alix!

  • Amanda K

    Great tips! One thing I need to hop on board with is a board booster!

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

    • I can’t rave enough about BoardBooster!

  • Pinterest is CLUTCH. All of the above couldn’t be more true!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Brittany Daoud

    Thanks for sharing these tips, I’m definitely going to check out those instructions on setting up rich pins! xo, Brittany | http://www.theblistblog.com

  • Greta Hollar

    These are all such great tips. I just started using Tailwin and absolutely love it!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • These are really great tips and very informative.

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    I’m a part of group boards but I still don’t know what to do w/them. I’m still confused.

    • Just pin your own content on the board for more site traffic!

  • These are great tips! Knowing I need to improve my pinterest; traditionally, I focus more of my time on other social media platforms. Thanks for the advice, I will be trying these

    • I need to really spend time on Twitter and Facebook now.