I love Pinterest. I loved it years ago when I first found it, and I’ve grown to love it even more as a blogger. It’s a great way to connect with readers and find or share posts, but it can also be a major time suck.
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There are about as many different pinterest strategies as there are successful bloggers, but the one thing all strategies seem to have in common is the importance of pinning other people’s pins along with your own. I used to spend a ton of time individually repinning pins, but I figured out how to pin even more in a lot less time, and I wanted to share it with you.
I’ve tried a bunch of schedulers, and they all have their pros and cons, but I’ve never found one that’s easier to repin from than Tailwind. It’s truly the fastest and easiest way to repin on pinterest.
To start, you’ll want to create an account if you don’t already have one. Tailwind offers a free trial if you want to give it a test run so you have nothing to lose. They also have API access to Pinterest and great analytics! You can click here to get started 🙂
After joining, you’ll want to add the Tailwind icon to your address bar. I believe this is an option after signing in, but if not let me know and I’ll add a quick tutorial on how to do so. This little button will come in handy in just a minute.
Next, you’ll want to go to Pinterest and enter something specific the pinterest search bar. It would be best to choose something that’s related to your blog, would be interesting to your followers, and something for which you already have a board created.
If you’re having a hard time thinking of something specific to search for, pinterest will help you! You can see what’s currently trending on pinterest by typing in the pinterest search bar. As you start to type, different search terms will appear in red, orange, and yellow at the bottom of the drop down list. Those are topics that are hot right now so they’d be great to search for and pin.
In this first example I searched for “classical homeschooling.”
Click on the Tailwind icon in your address bar, and the posts from your pinterest search will pop up in a new Tailwind window. Click on the pins you want to repin, and they’ll become highlighted in blue. Once you’ve chosen all of the pins you want to repin, press “Go Schedule” button in the bottom right corner.
A new window will pop up with only the pins that were highlighted in blue. At this point you can add the pins to individual boards, but the big timesaver is being able to add them all to the same board at once. Here I chose “My Love for Homeschooling.” You can even add the pins to more than one board if you’d like. All of these pins will now be added to my queue and will be published according to the times already set in my Tailwind scheduler.
If you’re trying to repin something that’s already on that board, Tailwind will alert you by highlighting the board in orange. You can see the alert pop up in the image below. At this point, you can hover over the upper right corner of that pin and click on the little trash can to delete it. This helps to keep your boards fresh without a bunch of repeat content.
I usually do this five or more times in different categories and choose 15-30 pins for each topic. Once I’ve added 80 or more pins to my queue (which takes maybe 5-10 minutes, a lot less time than it used to!), I sign into Tailwind and go to my Scheduled Pins page.
Both the left and right sides of the screen show which pins are scheduled, but the left side gives more information like the times they’ll be posted and to which boards the pins will be sent.
Now it’s time to mix up our pins so our followers don’t see 30 pins on the same topic posted back to back. You can do this by either manually changing all of the times on the left side of the scheduler or by dragging and dropping pins around the right side of the screen, but the easiest way is by pressing the “shuffle queue” button that’s highlighted in pink above.
With the shuffle queue button, any pins that have been manually scheduled will remain at their set times while all pins that have just been added to the queue will be mixed up.
And there it is! I was able to schedule over 100 pins from other blogs in just minutes and now those pins will slowly trickle out on Pinterest over the next few days so I can focus on the million other tasks on my blogging to do list.
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Emily, this is golden girl!! I use Tailwind, but I never used the shuffle technique or even scheduled so many pins at the same time to the same board. You are genius! Lol. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Caressa! I’m so glad it helped 🙂
Girl! I never understood the appeal of Tailwind, but now I totally get it. I’ve had a trial for a while, but I haven’t done much with it. I have a feeling I’ll be using it much more after reading this. Thank you!
Pretty cool, isn’t it! Anything that makes life easier is a big win in my book!
OMG – you are right – it IS easy. I wasn’t 100% sure how you did it – I love it! Thanks for sharing.
No problem! I just wish I’d figured it out earlier! lol
Allison @ Frugal on the Prairie
Tailwind has completely changed the way I deal with Pinterest for my blog. Being able to schedule means I can set aside a couple of hours on the weekend and not look at it all week. That’s just more time I get to spend snuggling my little one.
Awesome post, Emily! Thank you for sharing your Tailwind wisdom! 🙂
Thanks for this I have never heard of tailwind before and was thinking about something to help me with pinterest I will give it ago now.
I hope you love it as much as I do, Claire. It’s a huge help!
I use, and love, Ahalogy. Does Tailwind have any advantages that you know? Ahalogy is free.
Thank you for coming to the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party on Monday.
Janice, one of your hostesses
I’ve used Ahalogy too. Each scheduler has advantages and disadvantages, but I’d say some of the big advantages of Tailwind are there are no pin limits, and you can do interval pinning, which means you can choose a pin, add it to as many boards as you’d like and then set how often those pins will be published on pinterest. That’s a huge time saver. The ability to repin quickly is one of my favorite advantages because it’s a huge time saver. I hope that helps, but if you have any other questions just let me know. 🙂
Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage
I had someone tell me to schedule my pins on Pinterest, but never told me how to do it. Without even trying anything else, I’ve pinned your posting and will be giving it a try. Thank you so much for sharing this.
Thanks, Carol! I actually have a post explaining how to pin through Tailwind. If you’re interested, you can find that here, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. 🙂
I love Tailwind it is a great time and sanity saver.
Yes, it is! I’ve tried a few schedulers now, and it’s my favorite by far.
Hi. I found you from the link party over at snap creativity. I’ve been wondering about Tailwind for a while…. I currently use board booster and really love it, but I wish it had the shuffle feature!
The shuffle feature is really nice. 🙂 I also like that I can schedule things through Tailwind while on Pinterest. I don’t have to go to Tailwind directly to schedule, which is great for when I stumble upon something I really want to pin. Tailwind support has also been really helpful and great about implementing changes to make the program better. I really can’t rave about it enough! 🙂
I’ve wondered how board schedulers work. Thanks for sharing this step-by-step. I’ll have to look more into Tailwind.
bonbon @ Farmhouse 40
Thank you for sharing this great information about Tailwind at Inspire Me Monday link party. This is really great information and very helpful when considering a scheduler. I hope to see you again this Monday. Have a great day!
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This is a great post, I’m pinning for future use, I have not chosen a scheduling tool and I think that this one is edging out the others. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and helping the rest of us make an informed decision!!!
Thanks, Nikki! I’m so glad to hear it was helpful 🙂
Hey! How do you add Tailwind to the address bar?
I believe it’s an option on the scheduling page within the paid Tailwind accounts. It’s been a while since I installed mine, but I think that’s how I did it. I hope that helps!