Updated: Mar 18
A beginner-friendly guide to Pinterest Boards
Pinterest is a visual search engine, which means having a beautiful pin image is necessary to boost your online presence. You need to have the right strategies for designing pins to drive traffic to your website or blog. Your pins circulate online longer than any other social media post.
You also need to maximize your options in getting your pins to reach as many people as possible. And one way to do this is through Pinterest boards.
You have to create boards on Pinterest because you can't pin any pins. So first things first create a board.
How to create a Pinterest Board?
Once you have your Pinterest account created you'll see something that will look like this on the top of your screen:
Pinterest will automatically have you signed in to your business hub or your home feed. To create a board, you'll have to first navigate away from your Pinterest account home feed and click your profile picture in the top right.
This will take you to your Pinterest profile. From here you'll see two tabs that say "created" and "saved" that is below your profile photo. Click on the Saved tab (this is where you will find all your Pinterest boards once you have them created), then you'll find a plus (+) sign on the right underneath your Pinterest account info.
After you click on the plus (+) sign, it will give you three options to create. You can Create a Pin, Create an Idea Pin, or Create a Board. The next step that will come up is the part for naming your board, which is another section and before we go there, I'm going to first give you another option to create your Pinterest boards.
If you don't see the plus icon, go over to the top left that says "Create" then select "Create a pin". It will open up your Pinterest Pin builder where you can set up a new pin. In the Pin builder in the right hand corner, you'll see a drop-down menu next to the "Publish button. This is where you choose your board, but if you don't have any created you see an option to "create a board." Click create board and you then be asked to name your board.
You Pinterest board name should be very specific and meaningful Pinterest boards that best reflect your ideas and business. Let's talk about some Pinterest board ideas.
What should you name your Pinterest board?
The first thing you should do with boards is to decide on the name. When you go to Pinterest, use the search bar and start searching the content that you usually share. You should familiarize yourself and get inside the brain of your ideal client or customer.
Consider these helpful questions that will guide you during your research:
What are they searching for?
What is it that they're asking?
How can I answer their questions?
The name of your Pinterest board should never be random, just like anything else in business marketing, you need to have a plan and a strategy.
Your board name is an important ranking factor for SEO on Pinterest, which means you want to make sure you're using relevant keywords.
The keywords that frequently show up are what you're going to use for your board names, pin titles and descriptions, and Pinterest profile. It is vital that you do the keyword research often. Once you've looked into what exactly they are searching for, you should put it on the boards that you've created.
To get started, brainstorm a list of potential keywords that best describe your board topic. You can use the Pinterest search bar and type in something that your audience might search for. Before you hit enter you'll see search suggestions come up.
These are Pinterest keywords or Pinterest SEO that you will use for your Pinterest board name, your Pinterest account name/description, your pin titles/descriptions, and your Pinterest board descriptions. So keep note of all the Pinterest keywords that are related to your business.
Once you've chosen a keyword, put it into your Pinterest board and click save.
The next thing you'll want to do once you have your boards on Pinterest is to create pins and start saving them to your boards.
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It's also helpful to join a Pinterest group board to share your pins.
How to join Group Boards?
Once you've created your boards and you've started pinning to your boards, you may want to look to join groups boards where you can share ideas that are similar to your content. So, how do you find and join group boards on Pinterest?
If you're on Pinterest, you can filter your search results by all pins, profiles, your own pins, or by boards. You can do this through the search function on Pinterest and selecting the drop-down menu on the top right corner near the search bar. When you choose boards, you will see multiple boards and group boards that are relevant to the topic you searched.
As you're scrolling through the Pinterest boards, you'll notice that in the bottom right corner of the board there is a profile photo. If there is only one photo, there's no collaboration since it's not a group board. If you see multiple profile photos on that board; this is a group board.
You also have to remember that not all of these Pinterest boards are going to be open for you to join. So how do you find the ones that you can join?
You can click into the Pinterest boards and see if there is an option to "request to join." Then there is also a website called pingroupie.com.
It is a free directory service for Pinterest boards. Simply sign up for a free account and then do a search by topic and it'll bring up a list of group Pinterest boards that you can join.
How many boards on Pinterest should you have?
In this article, I'll tell you how to use create and use Pinterest boards. You can refer to this guide regardless of whether you have a personal account or a business account on Pinterest.
If you're just starting out on Pinterest, you want to have at least 10 boards. This number of boards will help you to not feel overwhelmed, and it will also give you a good range to start pinning your ideas from a blog post.