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Pinterest: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Group Boards

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by Cush2332, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Cush2332

    Cush2332 Registered Member

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    I wanted to contribute something of value to this forum, so here is my piece of advice to everyone.

    I have been utilizing Pinterest for a few months now and have had great results. I had a steady stream of new real followers each day, and would have a few pins go to the front category page (evidenced by huge traffic swarms during times). After reading some other opinions, people recommended getting added to some group boards.

    For those of you unfamiliar with Pinterest, Group Boards are just like other boards, however, they tend to have a much higher follower base, and many tens of thousands of pins. These boards contain guest pinners who can pin anything to the board. It seemed like a win-win for me!

    I had access to about 250 group boards and pinned accordingly each day. The funny thing was. These group boards actually hurt me. Let me explain.

    Many of these group boards seem attractive, but honestly, the most a quality pin has been re-pined is 5-6 times. On my own board, I have seen 200-300 repins. Another point is that most of the followers on group boards are fake or inactive. I found this by doing a macro to follow/unfollow on a normal board (40% return follow rate) and then follow/unfollow a group board (2-5% return follow rate).

    Two more point to wrap up my case that group boards are a bad idea.
    - Spammers grow on Pinterest faster than minute rice can cook. What I mean is, spammers tend to spam the heck out of group boards. I can't tell you how many times I go to pin items, and I see 200 ads for fake Uggs or LV.
    - When a real follower visits your boards, and sees so many, they get scared, and move on. I like to keep 15-20 boards, as it shows you are a legit pinner, yet don't overwhelm them with options for boards.

    Whether you agree or disagree, this is my experience. To success in Pinterest Marketing, stay away from group boards.
     
  2. Spawnie

    Spawnie Power Member

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    Why dont you just pin them on your own boards and just repin them to the groupboards?
     
  3. xpesos

    xpesos Regular Member

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    Well yes you are right you should only have couple of group boards which are according to your niche, but it is not like that to stay away from group boards
    For starters group boards is the only thing that can work for you
    After a while if you think that your boards have grown to some extent you can discontinue posting to group boards and give more time to your own personal boards
     
  4. EmpireQuality

    EmpireQuality Elite Member

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    i disagree.
    i would say that group boards contributed to 90% of my success.
    they allowed me to basically do "follower jacking" which gained me thousands of real followers.
    and followers are THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS when it comes to pinterest marketing.
    and also, back in the mass invite days, group boards allowed me to mass invite which gained me another 10k followers.
     
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    I just deleted all my group boards because i've posted to all of them before and tracked my URL and never made a sale.OP is right about group boards with no repins hardly.I was invited to a few group boards with 15,000 - 30,000 followers and they were crap.I deleted them all today to make my profile look cleaner.Plus all my followers are real.We will see if it improves my profile.
     
  6. aus10

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    Either you guys are doing something wrong with group boards, or you're doing something I've never imagined outside of group boards. I probably get 95% of my traffic from group boards.

    That said, not all group boards are created equal. Most of the easy ones to find are garbage and full of spam.
     
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    I was invited to all the boards I had and they were garbage.You get most of your traffic from repins,so i'm not going to use group boards anymore.Plus it makes your profile look cleaner.
     
  8. srinu0812

    srinu0812 Supreme Member

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    How about stop spamming your link all over the forum?
     
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    I am currently in the middle of experimenting with this :) I have a bunch of accounts pinning to a bunch of different group boards and a few accounts pinning to their own boards and leading to a different site. Gonna see which one works out better :)
     
  10. Jayar

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    OP could you share that macro to follow/unfollow ?
     
  11. xpesos

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    Like i said group boards are for starters, you can just say they are crap, they are the only thing that work for new pinterest users who have zero followers
    But once you have things going i advise to delete group boards
    I have also deleted group boards from my main profiles because i have got certain number of followers but that was possible only due to these group boards
     
  12. AlphaZeta

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    Group boards are good if the group creator is active on board else spammers just spoil them. You can get good traffic within 2-3 days since you start your campaign but if you want long term and full control make your own boards good it may take little time but they are long term and you have full control over them.
     
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    Exactly. The same applies to almost all social exchange sites. Facebook groups become worthless when it is overrun with spammers.
     
  14. Cush2332

    Cush2332 Registered Member

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    Thanks for the feedback to my post!

    To those of you who have success with Group Boards, keep it up! You must be part of special group board that strictly limits who can post, as well as continual active followers.

    The many many many group boards that I was a part of had thousands of contributors and most of the followers were fake or inactive. I don't care how much you pin, or what you pin, but if the follower base is not active or real, it won't matter. =)

    To the person who asked "Why not just pin to all boards" - There is a reason... Say I make a post on my site with some photos, and then share those on Pinterest. About 95% of my followers are real, with the remaining 5% being 100 fake followers I bought to get my account moving. Now, lets say I post the article photos to Board A, then Group Boards B, C, and D. My real followers are gonna get ticked, because their feed will be flooded with the same photos I posted. This may seem like a good idea, but to the loyal pinterest users that will click your image and then to your site, they will probably get upset and stop following you. How do I know this? Because it happened to me...

    Long story short. If you are new to Pinterest, post good quality content. Don't flood. Don't spam. Also, to gain followers, use the old twitter trick. Follow 100 to 200 (max) per day. Let it remain for 2-3 days, then remove whoever hasn't followed back. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. This is what I have been doing now, and I see a great gain in followers, along with those who naturally follow me.
     
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