Today I’m sharing how to get on a Pinterest group board – including what I look for in accepting people to my own group board!
Today I’m deviating just a little from Disney to talk about one of my favorite platforms, Pinterest. Pinterest is a great tool for both bloggers and Disney fans. I love using it to find travel planning tips, recipes, craft ideas, and more!
If you’re a big Pinterest user you’re probably familiar with group boards. While you can save all of your favorite things onto your personal boards, you can also join a group board where different people all contribute pins on the same topic. It’s a great way to find new content that interests you, and if you’re a blogger it’s also a good way to share your own content with people.
I run a Pinterest group board for Disney stuff (of course!) called All Things Disney. As you can guess by the name it’s open to anything Disney-related. It’s grown quite large, with over 100 contributors and 13,000 followers. As a popular group board I get requests to join almost every day. I don’t want to have thousands of people all spamming their pins so I’ve set up some rules for my board. When I get an email of someone requesting to join, there are certain things I’m looking for.
Pinterest is an amazing tool for people in general, but it’s also great if you have a business, blog, Etsy shop, etc. – check out some of my tips here on how to be successful at Pinterest. Group boards are a good way to help your brand grow.
If you’re interested in joining a Pinterest group board yourself, here are some of the tips and top things I’m looking for when I get a request:
You repin other people’s content regularly
When I get a request the first thing I do is go to that person’s boards and see what they are sharing. If they are using Pinterest almost solely to promote themselves I don’t want them on my group board. It means they’re only going to use it to share their own stuff, not other people’s quality content. Generally I look for people who have 50% or less of their own blog posts. If your boards are more than 70% of your own stuff it’s going to be a rejection.
How often you pin items about Disney
My board is called “All Things Disney.” You don’t have to have a Pinterest full of just Disney stuff, but there should be enough that it makes sense for you to be on the group board. I’ve gotten requests from bloggers who have maybe 1-2 articles that are Disney related and they don’t repin other Disney content often. It just means you’re probably not a good fit.
If you’re following my group board
If you’re applying to be part of my group board, that should mean you like it enough to actually follow it, right? If you’re not following it because you’re interested in the content then that says to me you won’t be interested in resharing a lot and you’re probably just requesting a ton of group boards without any discernment.
You send an email that feels personal
It doesn’t have to be long, but something to show me you truly do want to contribute and share. I get too many messages that are just “I’d like to join” and a link to their profile. Tell me a little bit about yourself, if you have a blog, why you like Disney! It’s always more impressive if you have actually looked at my personal pinterest or blog and have some familiarity with the type of stuff we share.
You have good quality pins
The appearance of pins is very important to Pinterest’s algorithm, so like all things I pin I want the stuff on my group board to look nice. This means easy to read fonts, good photos, vertical pins.
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Are you part of any Pinterest group boards?
Christa Del Giorno says
This is such helpful advice. So often, content creators want to just share their own posts and forget about re-pining others. It’s that collaborative spirit that makes group boards work well.