There are more pinners than ever, making it harder than ever to get noticed. So you need to be strategic. Here’s what you can do this next month to increase your followers.
1) Pinterest Contest
No longer can you do a Pinterest contest where a follow, pin, or board is a required entry. IF you want to include Pinterest, the entry must be optional.
Here’s an example of a follow entry that was required — before the rules changed. You can still do this as long as the entry is optional and you have a different required entry. (Like a comment.)
2) Comment on Pins from Influential Pinners
This used to be one of my favorite ways to get noticed and find new followers. It’s not a sure thing anymore but still worth trying. Experiment. Comment on 3-4 pins a day for a week and see what happens to your numbers.
3) Use Key Words
Have you researched the key words for your blog or business? (You should!) You can also use these same words on Pinterest!
4) Cross Promote on Facebook and Google +
5) Embed a Pinterest Board or Your Profile in Your Blog Posts
This post on Better Homes and Gardens shows that they’ve embedded their whole Pinterest profile.
6) Crowd Source a Board
Ask fans to send you photos of themselves using your product and pin to a dedicated board.
7) Make New Niche Boards
8) Post About Pinterest
Offer helpful Pinterest tips or try self- mockery with your own Pinterest fails.
9) Collaborative Boards
Be on the look out for collaborative boards you can join or create. You want boards that fit for your content AND that have a large following.
When you approach the board owner (first profile of board members) be cool. What are you going to do for him or her? Are you a big fan? Are you able to reciprocate? Promote her pins? Contribute to the well-being of peace and harmony in the world? Don’t be greedy or demanding or you won’t get an invite!
10) Get Rich Pins
Pick one or two to try this week. Track your progress. Then add something else.
Don’t be discouraged. I know it’s hard but you can do this!