Boost Your Pinterest Account with Viral Tag

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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Comments

  1. Hi Adrian – Thanks so much for writing about Viraltag. We’ve added some great new features recently you should definitely check out. We’re also happy to tell you Viraltag is now running on Pinterest’s API. With the new data we’re building more functionality to make Viraltag an even more powerful platform for our users. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly — Jilly Badanes, Director of Marketing @ Viraltag.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing/educating! I’m totally behind when it comes to Pinterest and I’ve just added a couple of boards and it’s taking so much time to populate them. This will help! Do you have any tips on how to spot pins that look spammy (or is pinterest pretty good about getting rid of those for us all?)?

    thanks 🙂 kristiina

    • No, not really. The only way to tell is to go through and click on each one and who has time for that. I just pin what I like and hope for the best. I do police my boards every week or so just to make sure that spammers aren’t adding junky pins to them. So far, it hasn’t been a problem.

  3. Hey Adrian
    I really like Viral Tag too. I tried Board Booster for a bit but Viral Tag is much easier to use. I schedule like crazy but I certainly haven’t reaped the new Follower numbers that you have. I wonder what I need to change.
    Thanks for sharing my account!

    • I do really love it. I’m ip to 15,000 pins now. I think the difference in followers is due to the extremely wide variety of boards I have an pins I like. Surprisingly, my camping and Scouting boards have been extremely popular as has my quote board. I thought my recipe board would be a big hit, but I think the market is saturated with too many recipes. Maybe start some new boards with new topics? Thanks for having me on your account!

  4. Hi 🙂 Thanks so much for the information! I was wondering where you find your group pinterest boards? Thanks! xoxo

    • Yes, I would love to add you to my group boards. Just find me on Pinterest – pinterest.com/Adrianscrazylif Then just leave a comment on any of my pins. I’ll come find you and add you too all my boards. I have about 5 but you can choose which to accept.

  5. This is really helpful! Thanks for sharing your tips on Pinterest! This is the one social media outlet that I’d like to put a lot more effort in since it’s such a huge traffic source. Pinning this!

  6. I found this at the Saturday sharefest. Reading it, I am realizing I have barely scraped the surface of figuring out what Pinterest has to offer!

  7. That is amazing and you’re right, Pinterest is something that you just can’t ignore, I’ve gotten a lot of hits and traffic from Pinterest.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Visiting from the SITS SHAREFEST!! 300 more to go… 🙂
    Have a great Saturday.
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  8. Very neat tool! Thanks for the tips on Pinterest. “if” I ever get to where I’m making some money doing this, I can see that this tool would be a great thing to use!

  9. Saw you on Saturday Sharefest-I really need to learn how to use Pinterest to my advantage, I’m just lost on there. I’m pinning this to my blogging board!

  10. This is interesting, but I’m not sure I’m willing to pay $29 a month. I’m currently using Ahalogy, but I haven’t seen a huge increase in followers. Some to be sure, but not like what you described. I’m going to pin this and keep it in the back of my mind for future reference. Never say never.

  11. Interesting. I’ll have to check it out, although I’m not sure I’m ready to start paying yet. I’ve just started using viralwoot.com, but I haven’t been using it long enough to say whether it’s really helping me or not (although I do seem to be getting a lot of new followers). Thanks for the tip! #SITSBlogging

  12. I haven’t used Viral Tag, yet. I’ll have to give this a try for sure, I’ve been kind of slacking on Pinterest.
    Loving meeting you by way of #SITSBlogging
    XOXO

  13. I saw your post on Saturday Sharefest.

    I used to have a Viral Tag account, however, I found I didn’t have much time to use it AND I’ve been using Ahalogy. I should have tried sharing the account with some other bloggers to hold onto it.

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  1. […] I have over 14,000 pins and about 50 boards – many of them group boards, both mine and other people’s.  I have a Viral Tag account that I share with four other ladies, and I use it to pin every one of my posts to a dozen or so group boards.  I space them out over several days so each one hits a different group of my Followers.  Here is a great post about how I use my Viral Tag account. […]

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