so this is the BHW where people do not want to follow the rules? I have been poking around pinterest in the past few days. the most important thing about pinterest is in the followers. the assumption of blackhat tactics is if i follow you, you are likely to follow me. at least when i follow you, you see me. the success rate of the strategy though does not seem to be high. of course it gets confusing when you can follow a specific board of a person, and/or just follow all. still even manual following ("targeted" or interested-oriented) is not that efficient. after one whole week, i manage to gain 160 followers, using iMacro follow-all, and sometimes manual follow focusing on specific topics. the other main thing is of course about the picture. however, i am really not sure that there are that many pictures that guarantee to generate interest, not like naked women or something. 160 followers is pathetic. so i look at the most-followed on pinterest. there is one thing in common among them - they do NOT follow! more precisely they barely follow! they are like 1 million followers compared to 20 following. So you don't have to follow to get followers. so how do they get followers? by their pins? so what's so spectacular about their pins? I looked at a most-followed guy. not finding anything that epic, i see a pin of his - a poster of "gentleman rules." The list shows what a gentleman is supposed to do, including always saying thank you, opening doors, being punctual, blah blah. the poster, full of boring-to-death cliche, that I tried so hard to finish, is followed by some cheering female crowd's comments... Long Live the Big Beard, or something like that! I have to promptly leave the pin before I am bored to tears. I feel that blackhating pinterest is hard work. it does not have to be hard work, if you can do it smart? like making pins that can attract interest? "if you build it, they will come?" maybe following the gentleman rules is a good starting point..?