This post is for the new blogger in the Christian niche. It describes how to use Pinterest Group Boards to boost blog traffic. You will read about why Pinterest group boards are helpful to even new bloggers for growing blog traffic quickly. Read here to get the list of 30 Pinterest Group Boards for Christian bloggers which you can join to start extending your reach on Pinterest today.
Why Pinterest Works For New Blogs to Boost Blog Traffic
For new bloggers, it is important to know that organic growth in blog traffic through search engines like Google normally takes time. Usually, even with great keywords, it takes about six months for search engines to start sending significant traffic your way.
However, this is where Pinterest becomes a new blogger’s best friend. Pinterest will begin to promote your blog and send traffic to your site much, much faster than Google would normally do.
A Pinterest Group Board is a collaborative group of bloggers which pin to the group board based on some rules. The rules usually relate to content, the number of times you can post, the size of the pin, and repinning from the board.
A group board allows you to share a pin which links to your blog post and instantly expose more people to your content. If your pins get repinned from a group board, it raises your profile with Pinterest’s algorithm and your pin gets circulated even more widely.
One other amazing thing about Pinterest is the amount of time your pin will be in circulation being fed to others in the Pinterest algorithm. On average a good pin can be recirculated for up to 4 months. On Twitter, a Twitter post has a life of circulation of about 30 minutes. As you can see posting a pin from your blog post to Pinterest is the highest bang for your buck in blog traffic in terms of time invested and return on investment.
Helpful Resources if You Haven’t Started on Pinterest Yet
Pinterest often changes the rules about the size of pins. Currently (as of August 29, 2018) the ideal pin size is 600 by 900. This is different than just a few months ago. They often change algorithm prioritization rules too, so it is good to stay up to date on Pinterest changes-I will give you a lead on how to do so below.
I use Picmonkey to make my pins (programs from $5.99 Canadian dollars/month or less than $5 USD a month!). You can try it for a month free, but I think you will want to buy it soon after trying it. It allows you to select the size of your pin in a custom format which is great whenever Pinterest changes the pin sizes. I use Pixabay and Pexels to source free stock photos for the pins often too. There is a great recent YouTube video here by Jessica Richardson on how to get started making a pin.
To make your life easier, consider using an automation tool like Tailwind. Tailwind allows you to schedule all your pins weeks in advance from your blog and even pin from group boards in advance, using optimized times for readers of your blog. It also has analytics so you can see how your profile is performing on different group boards. There is also a function called Tribes which I will describe in a later post.
Tailwind’s basic package for bloggers is just $9 USD a month. If you would like a free month of their Tailwind Plus program, please leave me a comment below indicating this. There is a referral program. I will email you with the information related to the referral and how you can access the free month of Tailwind Plus. No need to include your email in the public comment. I will be able to see it privately if you leave a comment. They also have a free trial program you can sign up for as well if you would like to try before you buy. You can schedule up to 100 pins with the free trial (trust me that goes by fast!).
If you have never made a pin before or used Pinterest, please start with Carly Campbell’s course “Pinteresting Strategies” which covers the basics of Pinterest. It includes a strategy for manual pinning- if you are not yet ready to invest in an automation tool like Tailwind. Her course is affordable at just $32.00 USD. You can buy Carly’s e-book now by following the link to the book title Pinteresting Strategies. You will read how to get started on Pinterest and go from 0-200,000 page views with manual pinning. It really helped me to learn how to use Pinterest optimally for blog growth. It is written in a very easy to follow format.
Lastly, I find Louise Myers Visual Social Media blog also very good for staying up to date on all the changes with Pinterest. I subscribed to her site and follow her on Pinterest to get all the latest free updates. Since I am a beginner too (started about 2 months ago), I am not really working any other social networks yet, but when I get to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, she has helpful and up to date information for those of us just beginning.
Pinterest Works for Me as a New Christian Blogger
I did the official launch of my blog (including starting a Pinterest effort in earnest) on June 15, 2018. At that time I had 135 monthly viewers on Pinterest. Today is August 29, 2018, and the monthly viewers are up to 120,000 (yay!). I am told Pinterest traffic fluctuates with their algorithm changes so we will see how it continues.
I use a triple-pronged strategy on Pinterest: Pinterest Group Boards, Facebook Group promotion (for more details please see this post on How to Choose a Facebook Group for Blog Growth and this one on 10 Facebook Group Boards for Christian bloggers), and Tailwind Plus (which includes pinning to my boards, group boards and pinning to Tribes).
I started with Tailwind on July 14 (2018) right before leaving for a ten day trip to Scotland for our anniversary. My expectation was that my blog traffic growth would tank because it was the summer and I was putting no new content out when I was away. To my delight, Tailwind kept things rolling with my Pinterest automation and my blog grew while I was away!
Why Christian Pinterest Group Boards Specifically?
When you are starting in this niche, you will need initial traction to get people familiar with your content. You want to connect with people who resonate with your content. If you pin to a Christian board, it is most likely the followers of that board will be interested in your content specifically and will repin it. Pinning to a board without a Christian focus makes it more unlikely for your content to be reshared.
Also, Pinterest needs to figure out what your profile is about. Pinning to group boards that rank for the Pinterest keywords associated with what your blog’s content about helps with this. This will lead them to start prioritizing your blog in their feed algorithm for those keywords. You can find Pinterest keywords by typing into the search bar a word you think is related to your blog (e.g. Christian) and it will give you suggestions.
Why This List is Going to Save you Time
Honestly, it is not a quick or easy process joining group boards. Sometimes the directions on how to join or who to contact are not clear. It can take time to hear back from group board owners. This took me about six weeks to find these groups, contact the right person, and be accepted into all of them. I am hoping that this list saves you six weeks of time hunting for how to join Christian group boards as a new blogger. All of these have clear directions on how to join right in the group board description. There is one where it is not obvious, so I have provided the information right beside that group board name.
30 Pinterest Group Boards for Christian Bloggers to Join to Grow Blog Traffic
I have provided the titles of the boards. If you would like to read more about the board rules and see their content, please search the board title on Pinterest. The directions will be in the board description.
- Christian Women Bloggers
- Girl Bosses & Jesus
- Christian Faith
- Blessing Counters Group Board
- Faith ‘n Friends
- By His Grace Bloggers Group
- Fellowship of Christian Bloggers
- Christian Posts on Scripture, Prayer, Parenting, Marriage, Friendship, Faith, Food, and Family (The Mom Cafe is the creator)
- Christian Life
- Hope + Faith
- My Christian Faith
- Christian Bloggers of Color
- Things the Single Christian Woman Should Know
- ***Young Marriage, Engagement, and Dating Group Board***
- *Christian Bloggers
- Keeping the Faith (there is a heart symbol beside the title)
- The Best of Women Bloggers
- Top Faith and Christian Living Tips (from Bloggers)
- Moments of Hope-Christian Inspiration and Hope
- !Victory in Christ!
- My Story Defined by God
- Bloggers on a Mission
- Christian Blog and Business
- Pray without Ceasing
- Amazing Christian Bloggers
- Christian Bloggers Helping Christian bloggers
- Blogging Joyfully Christian Bloggers (need to join Facebook group first-you will see how in directions)
- Christian Women Corner
- Christian Bloggers! | Notions of Hope
- Women Faith Bloggers to Follow
This post gives a summary for the new Christian blogger on how to get started with growing their blog traffic fast using Pinterest group boards. It further supplies a list of 30 Pinterest group boards available for Christian bloggers to join to start growing their blog traffic.
Please Let Me Know
If you are just getting started on Pinterest as a Christian blogger, please let me your experience and/or lessons learned with Pinterest. If there are other group boards you think I should know about please let me know too by leaving a comment below.
Do This Too Please
Feel free to pin this to Pinterest (hit the red pin save button and save the long image to Pinterest) so you can come back to it later. Please also share to Facebook with your Christian blogger friends who may benefit. Thanks!