5 Ways to Get Massive Traffic with No Extra Effort [Pinterest Group Boards]

By: | August 4, 2015 | Tags: , , , , |

Use Pinterest to get blog traffic #socialmedia #bloggingWhat steps have you taken to increase your online presence?

You blog.  What else?

Do you promote to Facebook and maybe Twitter, and then you’re done?

It would be understandable.  Blog promotion takes time, a great deal of time.

What if I told you this post will explain how to get up to millions of extra eyes on your material with no extra time and no extra effort?


Pinterest group boards are community boards on Pinterest.com.  They only have one owner, but they have multiple pinners.  I have seen group boards with over two million pinners.

The Value of Pinterest Group Boards

  • There are 72.8 million total Pinterest users.
  • 49% of users say they browse Pinterest instead of catalogs.
  • 9 million Pinterest users have connected their accounts to Facebook which would give you extra exposure.

Pinterest screen shot

By looking at the screenshot, you can see you will be getting triple the exposure with your blog graphic.  Potential readers will see it on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

These are three ways to get social media exposure with only one graphic that you would be making for your blog post anyway.  Three times more exposure with no extra effort makes using Pinterest a gold mine for social media exposure.

According to Whitney of The Common Great, Pinterest is her top traffic referrer, yet she spends less than ten minutes on Pinterest each time she goes.


According to Chelsea Marrs of DownbytheBay,

My best Pinterest tip is to join community boards! You can search for them and message the hosts for an invite. Community boards give you a lot more exposure for any pins you post there, as well as providing more inspiration for yourself!  

Kirsten, of Musings of an Average Mom, agreed.

My best Pinterest tip would be to join group boards, especially if you haven’t built up a large Pinterest following yet.

Some group boards have thousands of followers and the group board can be found among every pinners personal boards. It’s a fairly easy way to get greatest exposure with least effort.

According to Ashley Faulkes of Mad Lemmings, The biggest tip I give on Pinterest is to make use of Pinterest Group Boards. So if you are not making use of these yet, now is the time!

1. Make Pins That Will Attract Swarms of Readers

  • Make them longer than wider.
  • Red, orange, and brown do best on Pinterest.
  • Make sure you tag your pins appropriately.  Use hashtags and your keywords.  Keywords with topics trending on Pinterest get repinned the most offering you more exposure.

My posts 4 Simple Ways to Start Blogging Creatively and How to Blow the Roof Off Your Traffic Using Pinterest give further explanations about how to make pinnable graphics.

After the keyword should be a call to action.  For example, “#Pinterest can increase your #blog traffic.  Click to find out how.”  Look at the screenshot above for another example of how to describe your pin using tags and a Call to Action.

Then type the name of your site in case the link to connecting the pin to your site gets broken.

2. Find Pinterest Group Boards

Several ways exist to help you find a board you’d want to join.

The Pin Junkie has a group board directory.

Pin Groupie is also excellent for this purpose.  It is the only Pinterest group board directory I have ever used.


Go to Pin Groupie.com.

Type your niche into the keyword search bar.  Hit “Enter”.

It will tell you the number of pinners and how recently someone pinned to the board, so you know if it contains active pinners.

3. Join Pinterest Group Boards

  • You can ask for an invitation to group boards you like.  

Recently the Pinterest waters became harder to swim through.  Pinterest made a new rule that stated you can’t message anyone unless they follow you.

Things became tricky since you need to message the administrator of a group board to request being added.

Fear not.  There is an easy answer.

You can’t write a comment to the person who owns the board.  However, you can write a comment on their pin requesting to be able to pin to the board, and they will see it.

Write them on their pin detailing which board you want to contribute to and your Pinterest name.  Go to Pinterest, and click your picture.  Copy the URL.  It will contain your Pinterest name.

  • Follow the rules of the board.  They are often clearly stated under the name of the board.  Sometimes, the board administrator will ask you to Email them directly with this information instead of writing on a pin.

4. Use a pin scheduler to pin your pins at opportune times.  According to research, the majority of Pinterest users pin on Saturday.  The best times to schedule your pins are 8:00 am to 10:00 am, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm to 11 pm on Saturday.  The least busy times for Pinterest is any night from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and nights after 11:00 pm.

Ahalogy is so highly recommended as a pin scheduler that there is a waiting list to use it.  It only took me a few short weeks to get to the top.  Ahalogy is free for bloggers.

5. Check your referral traffic on your stats on Saturday.  This has two purposes.  Since your graphic will be most likely pinned on a Saturday, since that is when most users are on, checking on Saturday will give you a true indicator of whether using group boards is indeed boosting your traffic.  Also, it would be futile to continue a method that isn’t working.  Check your stats so that you see concrete proof.

In conclusion, since following the advice stated in the testimonials and made greater use of Pinterest’s group boards, my referral Pinterest traffic had doubled, and yours can too.

Readers, I am starting a new blog.  To thank you for following me over to my site, I have made an exclusive Community Pinterest Board only for followers of my new blog, mostlyblogging.com.  The site should be ready in a few days.

Even though we are not on a group board yet, sharing my graphic on Pinterest, or my article on your other social media, would be most welcome.

Readers, do you have any suggestions for using Pinterest to get blog traffic?  I look forward to your views.

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  1. GP Cox

    I can understand where photographers would benefit from Pinterest, but I can’t see me spending time on one social site and then another when I could be spending the time researching and connecting with my friends and followers and historians – right?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi GP Cox,
      Are you trying to increase your blog traffic? Each board you pin to gets you massive additional exposure. I read that half those people statistically will click your pin and come to your site.
      I inferred you feel this is extra time on top of networking. This takes no extra time since you have a graphic to go with your article anyway. It just takes a second to click the “pin it” button. So, my answer is “no” to your question. I hope I clarified why. Thank you for commenting.

  2. fittoservegroup

    This is such a timely post for me. I have a recipe that has gone viral and my blog is getting record breaking exposure. After a little research I noticed that it all started in pinetrest. I am taking to heart your tips and going to ride this wave as long as I can. Thanks so much.

    • Janice Wald

      Congratulations on having your post go viral. How exciting! Pinterest has a strong reputation for helping DIY (Do It Yourself) Bloggers who make crafts and recipes like yourself. You should have an easy time finding group boards that contribute recipe pins.

  3. tanasiakenney

    I had no idea there were group boards on Pinterest! Thanks for the tips (:

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Tanasia,
      Thanks for writing! Nice seeing you! I am so glad I can help! Use the directories I shared to find boards that have pins in your niche. I love it when I share thing people don’t know about. Thanks for telling me..

  4. john doe

    I didn’t realize how important Pinterest good day for a blogger thank you so much

  5. Janice Wald

    Hi (May I call you Hilda?)
    Seriously, what a nice ething to say! I woke up this morning to your glowing comments. Truly a great way to start my day!
    Since you are on the first page of Google, it means your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) ranking is high. Congratulations!

  6. Trudy

    You’ve given me another project for the week! I’ll have to start in this soon.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Trudy!
      Thanks for writing! I plan on using Ahalogy as my next project. I’ve heard great things hence the waiting list.

        • Janice Wald

          Great!! Thank you!! That’s why people return to blogs–to learn new things. =).

        • Janice Wald

          You taught me something too this week. The gold star or comment bubble in the upper right–I never knew that mean I had comments waiting. Thank you! That helped a lot.

          • Trudy

            No problem and on the right hand side as well shows when you have comments waiting the icon next to your gravatar.

          • Janice Wald

            Very helpful since I was concerned about getting comments at the new site.

          • Janice Wald

            If I am correct, clicking the star or gold comment box in the upper right only shows the last 9 comments. Otherwise, I still have to go to Dashboard. Is this right?

  7. Melinda

    Hi, I’m here as promised. But see, you needn’t have worried. People love you! You teach us all so much. I really appreciate you.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Melinda,
      Did you send this comment that I am responding to to Mostlyblogging.com or Reflections?
      Can you write me again at Mostlyblogging.com and see if you can put in a link? Thanks! I am concerned about both.

  8. Kristin 2z

    Thank you for sharing this blog post! I hope to get more traffic once I get used to my new camera!
    Is there an easy way to follow your posts (missing the WP)

  9. Terri Webster Schrandt

    Great info, as usual, Janice. Another blogger changed her personal Pinterest to business. If you don\’t follow her blog, you should! Here is her latest post. http://www.livingwithbatman.com/2015/08/03/pinterest-content-bloggers/

    Your site won’t let me add a URL. When I try to publish the comment, it tells me error and says I have too many URLs.
    I am going to ask her if changing her personal site to business helped in any way. Your new site looks great! Does it come with a like button?


    • Terri Webster Schrandt

      Janice, when I unclicked the reference to my latest post it added her URL. It’s probably something you can adjust in your settings. Self-hosting is FUN 🙂

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Terri,
        1. My tech girls should have fixed the problem. Can you please try again to post a link in a comment at mostlyblogging? I am planning a Meet and Greet this Saturday and people need to be able to post links without trouble. Please let me know. Thanks.
        2. I am planning a post on my journey to self-host. May I ask why self-hosting is fun? Perhaps I can quote you and link back to your site. Thanks for everything.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Terri,
      You’ve been a huge help this morning. Thanks to you I discovered and followed Elena’s blog, I now have a like button, and if my tech girls are right, you should now be able to post a link a comment section. Please try again to do that so I know if people can leave links in comments without struggles.
      I know how busy everybody is, but all this progress was made because you took the time to check out my new site and write me.
      By the way, I read Elena’s post. She loves Pinterest for business. I don’t remember your concerns about it.

  10. Susan Langer

    Great post and info about Pinterest Group Boards. I am on about 5 group boards and I have seen my traffic increase and more followers to my boards for each of my four blogs. I will have to try looking for group boards on my own to join and also Ahalogy. Thanks for the tips. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Can you advise me? I started a group board for followers of mostlyblogging.com, but I don’t think anyone has gotten an invitation. I just invited you. Can you please let me know if you got the invite? I don’t want to invite others if I am doing something wrong. Thank you.

  11. Anonymous

    Thanks for this I will be using this advice to hopefully increase my pinterest traffic.

    • Janice Wald

      It’s my pleasure! I’m glad you liked my group board post. I am glad you were able to find my new site. I haven’t promoted it much as of yet. Can I ask how you knew about my blog?

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  13. Andri

    Thank you for this article! I came here from #SITSblogging…I never really considered Pinterest or group pinning. Thanks again!

    • Janice Wald

      My pleasure. I just started a Pinterest board for my blog followers. Thanks for clicking my link.

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