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Are bots really necessary in order to get followers in pinterest?

Discussion in 'Pinterest' started by Radiohead8, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. Radiohead8

    Radiohead8 Newbie

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    Hello,

    I know this is a noob question but i'm just learning about Internet marketing. I chose Pinterest + Amazon. This is my question, i've read about pinbots and other bots in the forum, but they are kinda expensive and i can't afford it. Also, i think it is risky since Pinterest can ban your account. So my question is, are those bots necessary in the Pinterest + Amazon method?.

    I've created my pinterest account 2-3 days ago and i have 75 followers so far and I am following like 900 users in the women niche. I'd like to get around 200 for christmas but i dont know if i'll achieve it.

    Also, i've seen people creating a lot of accounts, like 100 accounts or so in pinterest. Is that necessary too?

    Thanks in advance and sorry for the noob questions.
     
  2. uffda

    uffda Regular Member

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    Most of my pinterest traffic comes from my primary account, which is up to 9500 followers. I have 6 other accounts right now, but honestly I don't use them to their fullest capacity. I use a bot and follow approximately 500-600 people over the course of a day per account. The other 6 accounts are between 1500-2000 followers each. My primary account was around 5000 followers and one of my boards was featured and I received another 3500 followers over the course of a day or so.

    I think you would do better with 1 manual account than 1000 bot accounts, or at least that has been my experience. It actually takes less time to run 1 manual account than it does to run dozens of botted accounts. Unless you want all your bot accounts to be exactly the same, you need to be thinking up different board names, finding different(good quality) pins for every board. That said, Pin Blaster is great for following and my account likely would not have grown as it has without that help. Additionally Pin Blaster has added a "blacklist" that keeps you from re-following the same people over and over again. I was actually pretty surprised how many people I must have been following over and over and over. Previously scraping a keyword or category for followers would net me 1000-2000 each time without issue, after the list was implemented scraping gave me 150-200 the rest were people i had already followed+unfollowed god knows how many times.

    I have also found that my traffic is based more on having a good quality pin than the number of followers I have. I've got two pins that each get me around 200-300 views each per day because they have been repinned so much.
     
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  3. cyrusdavirus

    cyrusdavirus Regular Member

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    Having your own groupboards is a pretty good way to get plenty of followers. Just keep in mind that there are housewives and grandmas who are using Pinterest as a hobby and they're getting thousands of followers.
     
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  4. Radiohead8

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    Hi,

    Thank you for the great input.. To be honest i only want to manage one and only one account. Like i said above, i dont want to take risks and i dont want to get banned. It would be a bit harder, but safer to work with only one account.

    I've seen that. Even users with fake pictures have around 2k followers.

    I've got around 100+ followers already and i even got requests to post stuff in other peoples boards.. I guess thats good.

    Everyday i follow around 200 or so.

    Now, i have a doubt, lately i've repinning stuff from other people. Is that a good idea? When should i pin some stuff from amazon? Ive read somewhere that if you post a lot of amazon products you can be banned or something like that.
     
  5. CazuaL

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    No and never had been. Just like any other social media site, if you post good quality content then you will gradually get a following.
     
  6. uffda

    uffda Regular Member

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    well, my board that was featured was 99% other peoples stuff. After it got featured i snuck in a few affiliate links. Posting other peoples pins definitely makes you look more legit. I post plenty of amazon products but they link to my website, not to amazon directly (pinterest will strip your affiliate tag from direct amazon links.)

    I don't think that you need to have any hard and fast rules for "post 50 times a day" or anything like that. I've been seeing success coming in with just posting my stuff as I add it to my site. Last month I did NOTHING. all I had time to do was set up pin blaster to follow new users and unfollow.. I still had 17,000 UV on my site for the month.. just from my previously pinned content. All I really did was build up 15-20 boards on my account, add 50-100 pins to each one and then follow+unfollow regularly.. Now I just post my content to group boards (and any relevant boards I have myself) as I produce it.
     
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  7. K.H.R

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    If you want more money you need more traffic & for more traffic you need more account.

    Software/BOT is not mandatory if you can manage more account manually.

    All Up To You.
     
  8. singingsleep

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    Definitely agree with uffda on the one account thing, I mean I think you should have a FEW, just in case the worst happens, and it's not hard to make the accounts so why not, but imo it's much easier to just deal with one main power account, take care of it and it will take care of you.

    Also while I'm thinking of it, be careful with the following, I've heard that pinterest has a point where it won't allow you to follow any more people unless you get more followers yourself, and it's a pain in the ass to unfollow people, as you don't know who's important or not etc., ppl you are members of their group boards and the like. I think there is one paid tool that claims to do this, the only other way I've heard of involves making a fucking spreadsheet. Fuck no. I have started to just stop following people because of this for the time being because it's not like twitter or insta where you can use tools to see who's following you anyway-- yet. I've also started going thru and unfollowing ppl with less than 100 followers because I can be fairly sure those folks aren't important to me. Just food for thought.

    But I came here to mention something I noticed over the past couple of days, I don't know if this is definitely what happened, but I have a lot of experience with this kind of thing on websites and I have a half a hunch. I've been dabbling back on my main account the past few weeks and I noticed that I was getting a SHITLOAD of repins, WAY more than a year ago when I started out, but was getting nearly no followers, I'm talking maybe 2 a day. I chalked it up to shit just being different, or inactivity, but after several days it was still the same. I tried some different methods with following people, but not following a whole lot really. So I had the idea to go on mylikes and get some followers since when I thought about it, like I said, it's hard to unfollow ppl on pinterest. You know how when you get followers on insta or twitter from mylikes how most of them unfollow you later lol? Well they kinda can't on pinterest, without a shitload of hassle. So I figured I'd just do mylikes for.... ever. But then a funny thing happened. I got like 500 points and paid 7 per, of course got a lot of fast followers over the next hours or so, and then they KEPT ON COMING, after my points ran out, and now for three days straight I'm back up to getting 150+ followers per day and my main site is getting a significant boost in traffic.

    So, I am wondering if maybe their algorithm watches for people that don't get a lot of either repins or followers and sort of "demotes" that account by maybe giving it less exposure in the form of related pins or "also posted on" etc. The only other reason for the jump I could see would be if I magically coincidentally hit a point on the same day where my new pins were reaching outside the circle of people already following me or something, but it would be one hell of a coincidence.

    tldr; I recommend spending 30 mins on mylikes earning enough points to get 100 followers and see if your follower rate comes up after doing that.
     
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  9. dracverde

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    If you want lots of traffic, you need a lot of accounts and bot.
     
  10. Radiohead8

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    Thank you

    I didnt know that about the followers stuff. I'll try to be careful and ill just follow people with 500+ followers or so. Maybe that would be a good idea?

    I'll give a check to My Likes. I didnt know about that web. Thank you.

    Noob question: Would My likes help me with amazon?