Following back on Twitter has been established as a powerful method to get more followers. When I started following back on Twitter, my results changed dramatically. There are many people with over 100,000 followers who are also following that many people. Following people on Twitter also helps build quality connections that are made to stick.
Pinterest is the same story with a different tone. There are some people who say following back on Pinterest isn’t important since it’s a new social network. These people say that following back is not part of Pinterest etiquette. This past week, I decided to test that statement.
I was stuck at around 2,300 Pinterest followers, and I was relying on PinWoot and YouLikeHits to get more followers. They are good places to get more Pinterest followers, but I wanted to find a way to mimic my Twitter results on Pinterest. So, I started a following frenzy. I went from following only 100 people to following well over 1,000 people. I learned about Pinterest’s maximum rate of times you can follow people as well.
I focused on following people who I believed would follow me back on Pinterest. There are people on Pinterest with over 10,000 followers who are following twice as many people. I followed those people and others, and sure enough, I got follow backs.
On the first day I used this plan, I got around 20 followers. When I woke up the next day, I got a notice saying I got 37 extra followers. One of those followers even left a comment on one of my pins. I never gained that many followers in a single day on Pinterest without the use of PinWoot or YouLikeHits. I have been utilizing this plan ever since. In fact, while I was writing this blog post, I was still getting more followers on Pinterest.
Before I started following back on Pinterest, my goal was to get to 3,000 followers before the New Year. Now that I am following back on Pinterest, my goal is to get to 5,000 followers before the New Year. If you follow me on Pinterest, then I will gladly follow you back.
Billie Sue says
Why do you want 5000 followers on Pinterest? What do you get out of it? This is an honest question. I’ve used Pinterest for several years to capture things that I think might be useful to me in the future. I don’t see any value in having zillions of pins or in having any followers what so ever. I keep running across Pinterest etiquette articles telling me how to make my boards more appealing to other people. Why should I care if my boards are appealing to other people? I don’t get it. What am I missing? Any insight you can give me would be appreciated.
Marc Guberti says
Pinterest can produce great results because people love engaging with pins. When I had under 5,000 Pinterest followers, I got over 50 daily visitors to my blog at certain points from a few inconsistent pins throughout the day. The only problem with Pinterest is that it is a time consuming social network, but like many problems, this one can be solved–with outsourcing.
Sean Carey says
Great Post! Looking to build my Pinterest following with one of my websites and this looks to help. Had a couple of questions.
First, do you follow the person back entirely so that you are following all of their boards, or do you selectively go through and follow the ones that would interest you?
Second, How do you flush unfollowers? Is there an easy way to do this on Pinterest like there is on Twitter?
Marc Guberti says
I’m happy to see that you liked the post.
In regards to your first question, I follow the entire account.
In regards to your second question, there is currently no easy way to flush unfollowers. Most of the processes associated with flushing unfollowers are manually going through your account.