Pinterest is such a big tool for maintaining a blog – its the one platform you really can’t afford to ignore, or even to not use to its full potential. Kind of like the 800 lb gorilla of the blogging world. Like most bloggers, I get at least half my traffic from Pinterest.
There are several tools available for this purpose, but the BEST one I’ve found is Viral Tag. It used to be called something else, I think Pinerly. But it’s the best tool I’ve seen so far for boosting Pinterest traffic and beefing up your boards.
It’s basically a bulk upload tool specifically for Pinterest. You can either use it to bulk upload pins to multiple boards on a schedule with very flexible options. You can space them every 10 minutes or every hour, schedule them for tomorrow or next week.
I use this option with every post I create. I typically will post it to 6 or 7 Group Boards that I belong to specifically for bloggers. I pick a very high-traffic time frame like a Saturday morning and space them about 60 to 90 minutes apart, so everyone in my data stream has half a dozen different chances to spot and pin those posts. Or sometimes if I join a new Group Board, I will use it to share some of my existing pins with the new board.
I have an art Group Board called Zentangles are the New Black – it’s gorgeous freehand artwork, typically done in black pen on white backgrounds.
There have been a few times when people in my group invite me to share their Group Boards as well, so I will usually reward them by sharing several dozen of my favorite pins from their board.
Another way I use it is to increase my boards exponentially. I have added about 5,000 new pins to my boards over the last six or so months I’ve been using Viral Tag. I’ve created 6 or 7 new boards and I’ve boosted the contents of just about every other board I have so I can make them more robust and useful to people. And I’ve gained about 3,000 new followers lately with more coming on every day.
For instance, I’ve created this board “Scouts are Awesome” – it has hundreds of pins for camping, Eagle ceremonies, merit badges, all sorts of Scout resources. And whenever I find someone else’s Scout board that I like, I can go in and in one step, I can harvest the pins from their board – just a handful or hundreds of them in one step. And again, I can schedule and time them out any way I choose. What a powerful tool.
Here’s a little snippet of my board on Scouting. We were researching tinfoil dinners for a campout, so I have a bunch of them right on the top.
Here is the link to my Boy Scouts are Awesome board on Pinterest.
It’s funny – I used to laugh when people said they used Pinterest to do research, but now I do it all the time. I know a lot of ladies use it for all their recipes and DIY ideas, but honestly, I’m not the least bit interested in stuff like that. Sometimes I just use it for relaxation and I just pin pretty pictures of celebrities, or jewelry, or just funny cat pictures. I even have a board of my favorite SciFi pins called Talk Nerdy to Me.
But usually, I’m using it to build resources that I can share with my users. For instance:
I have a board of Blogging tools on my Bliggity Blog Stuff for Bloggity Bloggers Board
I have tips for various issues related to Fundraising on my Putting the FUN in Fundraising Board
For parenting resources and tips for children of all ages, I have an extensive board called Mommy (and Daddy) Bloggers
If it’s Thrifty Tips you want – then you’ll like my Show Me the Money board
Or if you’re looking to be more organized, I have several organizing boards – Adrian’s Organized Life is my favorite. Here is a video that shows exactly how I use this marvelous tool.
Now, you’re probably wondering about the price. I’m not exactly sure because it has changed recently. You used to be able to share an account between five people for $29/month. That’s what I am able to do, so it costs me less than $6 a month, but I am hearing that we have been grandfathered in as a Beta test and they aren’t letting new people sign up for shared access.
So you’d be smart to find someone with one of these shared accounts and see if they have an empty spot on their account. It might be worth $14/month if you have a business or a wildly popular blog, but for small potatoes bloggers like me, that’s pretty steep. I’m sure it will change pretty soon, but for the time being, that $6 a month is a heck of a deal for such a powerful tool.
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