Have you considered using BoardBooster to help you schedule pins on Pinterest?
UPDATE: BoardBooster is shutting it’s doors on June 27,2018. You may want to consider using Tailwind as a BoardBooster alternative. It is on the list of Pinterest approved partners.
Tailwind has a Tribes feature and is working on a looping feature as well.
It has many great features including something called BoardBooster Tribes.
Basically, these Tribes are groups that you can join within BoardBooster to help you get more exposure for your pins.
After playing with them for almost a month, I have come to realize their potential – but only if everyone in the Tribe uses it correctly.
This is how I think it should be done.
Let’s start at the beginning.
You Will Need a BoardBooster Account
To join a BoardBooster Tribe you will first need to have a BoardBooster account.
The service is not free, but they do offer a free trial of 500 pins, which is pretty generous.
BoardBooster’s fee structure is a little bit different than other Pinterest schedulers like Tailwind.
You pay for a certain number of pins per month – plans start at just $5 per month. And you can upgrade or downgrade at any time because there are not contracts.
Once you sign up for a BoardBooster account, I encourage you to set it up and become familiar with how the service works before you join Tribes.
You can also read my BoardBooster Review to become more familiar with how it works.
How BoardBooster Tribes Work
In General Terms …
BoardBooster Tribes are quite different that Tailwind Tribes – if you are familiar with those.
In BoardBooster, Tribes are very automatic, if you will.
Once you are accepted into a Tribe – you designate one or more of your boards where you will share other tribe members pins. And you upload a specified number of your own pins that you want other tribe members to share.
BoardBooster takes care of the rest.
The service will post other people’s pins to your boards and your pins to other people’s boards automatically, on a daily basis.
How to Join a BoardBooster Tribe
When you navigate to the Tribes tab in the BoardBooster menu bar, you will be given an option to explore Tribes to join.
Tribes that are open to new members will show up in this list.
You select a Tribe that fits your topic, and apply to join it.
Alternatively, you can create a Tribe.
There is No Tribe Owner
While you can be the person to create a Tribe, you don’t become the owner of that Tribe.
Once you get more than 3 members, allowing new members to join (and removing slackers) is done by voting.
You Will Need Votes
You will NOT be accepted into a Tribe until a majority of other members vote you in (with the exception of Tribes that are set up to accept new members automatically). I am not sure how BoardBooster calculates a “majority” but more have to say yes than no.
It is hard to visualize this voting thing until you actually get accepted into a Tribe. It will become clear when you see your dashboard.
BoardBooster makes it really simple.
But here’s the flaw.
You need to be a good Tribe member to have a good Tribe.
Why You Want a Good Tribe
The beauty of BoardBooster Tribes is that the process is that the automatic process saves you a lot of time.
But since you are not looking at every single pin (with the exception of some Tribes that require voting on each pin), you need to trust the integrity of your tribe mates.
You need to have confidence that they are submitting quality pins that are spot on topic.
The way YOU can make this happen is by
- being very involved in the voting process and
- by only applying to Tribes that fit your niche.
How to Evaluate a New Tribe Member
There are a couple of things that I look for when someone applies to a Tribe that I belong to.
Do They Have an Active Pinterest Profile?
First, I always click over to their Pinterest profile to see if it is active.
I check to see if they have followers and boards that are well filled out with quality pins. It amazes me to see people approve new Tribe members that have zero followers.
Remember, these are people that will be sharing your pins and you in turn will be sharing theirs.
So, if you approve someone with zero followers – then they are sharing your pins to an audience of no one. Meanwhile, you are sharing their pins to your hard earned audience.
Fair? I don’t think so.
Do They Have Boards In The Same Niche As the Tribe?
Someone may have a beautiful and active Pinterest profile, but they may not be posting anything about the topic of the Tribe.
Let’s look at an example.
On of the BoardBooster Tribes that I belong to has to do with Blogging.
I have designated that pins from this Tribe will post to one of Blogging boards on Pinterest.
Recently, one of the Tribe members, who appears to be a fashion blogger continually uploaded fashion related pins that had nothing to do with Blogging.
Even though her pins were lovely, they were sorely out of place on my Blogging board. Not only that, since BoardBooster charges me per pin – I was paying to have these irrelevant pins show up on my board! Yikes!
Fortunately, or unfortunately – depending on how you look at it – you can also flag tribe members that are not following the rules of the Tribe.
Why You May Need to Flag People or Vote NO
I really hate to be the bad guy – I think most people do.
But if your blog is your business, you have to treat it that way.
You don’t have the time to police each and every pin that your Tribe members submit.
To build a strong Tribe you need to include people that have the same level of commitment as you do.
How To BE a Good Tribe Member
On the flip side of evaluating new BoardBooster Tribe members, it is important to also BE a good Tribe member.
You can do this in a few ways.
Make Sure that Your Pinterest Account is Well Established
I hate to say it – but if you are brand new on Pinterest – don’t apply to BoardBooster Tribes right away.
Make sure that you have a minimum of 10 or so boards that have a good number of quality pins on each one (at least 10 pins so there are no blank spots).
Build up a few followers as well before you apply.
You are more likely to get accepted into a BoardBooster Tribe if you have both a following as well as established boards.
Related: How Does Pinterest Work?
Only apply to Tribes that Fit Your Niche
You should only apply to Tribes that fit the niches that you blog about.
This way you will have quality content to contribute to the Tribe and the pins that you share will make also make sense for your Pinterest Board.
Take an Active Role in the Voting Process
Before you vote, take a few seconds to check out the applicant’s profile.
Do NOT blindly vote Yes to everyone.
If you want your pins to reach the right audience then your Tribe mates need to be quality pinners with solidly established Pinterest accounts.
Also, take the time to flag inactive pinners or those that violate the terms of the Tribe.
This will keep the Tribe healthy.
General Tribes May Work For You Too
I have seen BoardBooster Tribes that are general in nature.
These are usually something like “Best Pins on Pinterest” type Tribes.
If you blog about a lot of different niches, these could work for you. But I am concerned that you may end up with some spammy pins going on your boards because the scope is just too wide.
It’s your call.
BoardBooster Tribes Are Only As Great As the Tribe Members
Because BoardBooster Tribes are run through a democratic voting process, it is important for everyone to play their part.
A healthy Tribe will give your pins great exposure and save you time that you would otherwise spend on Pinterest.
An unhealthy Tribe, on the other hand, will COST you money – because you will be paying for pins that are subquality or irrelevant.
If you don’t already have a BoardBooster Account – feel free to use my affiliate link here and grab a free trial of 500 pins.
Do You Use BoardBooster Tribes?
If you’ve given BoardBooster Tribes a run – tell us what you think in the comments below.
After trying Tribes out for several weeks, I posted a follow up BoardBooster Tribes review here.
Helpful Pinterest Resources
- Tailwind – another Pinterest scheduler
- HauteStock – beautiful feminine stock photos
- StoryBlocks – another place to find relevant stock photos
- PicMonkey – an easy to use online photo editor for creating pinnable images
- Stencil – another awesome online photo editor
- Simple Pin Masterclass – an excellent Pinterest course for learning the basics
- Pinteresting Strategies – an eBook on manual pinning techniques
- Pinterest Improvement Master Plan – advanced pinning techniques