7 Easy Ways To Get More Followers On Pinterest — Yes, We're Competitive

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Chances are if you've read our story on the top Pinterest users and weren't using the image-based, social media tool before, you are now. But now that you're populating those ever-growing boards, how can you gain more followers without resorting to the junior high-ish desperation of "follow me and I'll follow you back — pretty pleeeease?"

Well, we've rounded up some easy pro tips that will have you and your pins sparkling in the limelight. So, take a break from pinning, and take note.

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1) Sync your Pinterest account with Twitter and Facebook
It's such an easy process, and once you do it, you'll have access to tons of follower possibilities including the friend messaging/following option that enables you to send out endless Pinterest invites to friends and family, and also find out who is already pinning. Bonus? Easy links will be placed under your Profile for quick access. With Twitter also based on a follow system, showcasing your pins and tweeting them for the world to see will quickly amount to new followers, provided you serve it up right. In short, only tweet and FB your very best pins.

2) Packaging is Everything
Don't resort to boring boards! Be creative when naming your boards and make sure they are browser friendly (read: not too long) and arranged in a way that reads like a delicious story. Think like a marketing genius and brand yourself accordingly. If you want your followers to know you're a die-hard foodie, crafter extraordinaire, or fashion lover, let those boards come first, and if necessary, break up your boards to further your branding. A DIY queen can have several boards for different types of projects and a style maven can separate her wish list from her inspirational street style shots. The key is to provide easy navigation for new followers to breeze through.

3) #Make #Sure #You #Tag
Just as on Twitter, hashtags (#) make it easy for people to access what they are looking form and tagging other Pinterest members with the "@" symbol fosters conversations, creates hype, and — you guessed it — attracts followers. Don't overdo it, though. Save your tagging (again) for the cream of the crop.
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4) Follow and Comment
It takes a friend to have a friend. Find others who share your interests, follow them, and chances are they will follow you back. If you see a pin that intrigues you, leave a witty or appreciative comment. Commenting on the pins of popular accounts also opens you up to the possibility of gaining a new audience. It's a social media tool, so be social and have fun with it!

5) Leverage Your Blog
Maybe you already have a loyal audience somewhere else. Bring them over to Pinterest with you. In addition to installing a Pinterest button on your blog, and/or plugins for each post, there are other ways you can recruit new followers. Interactive boards or contests that require comments and new pins from people are a great way to engage your audience and attract new readers.

6) Give The People What They Want
Visiting Pinteret's Popular page to see what is trending as well as checking out what's being pinned from your site or blog is a great way to see what's hot. The next step? Give readers more of what's popular, as long as it jives with your interests.

7) Choice Content
Finally, make sure your content is quality. It's a VISUAL space and people are after great images. While repinning is a given, find beautiful pins through image-based sites like Tumblr, Stumbleupon, G+ and blogs filled with eye-candy. Better yet, bust out your camera and let your work go viral. Original pins will have your account listed as the origin, no matter how many times they're pinned, and others will most likely check you out.