Are you ready to start driving more traffic to your blog?
Well, of course you are!
Pinterest is a goldmine when it comes to driving organic traffic to your website.
With that, you’ll need to start scheduling pins to get them to your blog!
That’s where using a handy Pinterest scheduler comes in! It can’t be easy to always be paying for every blogging tool you come across.
I’ve been looking for free scheduling tools ever since I started my blog and I’m happy to say that I’ve found a few.
It’s important to use a scheduler because you can save lots of time, and get your content out there even when you’re not blogging.
This way, you can stay active on the platform and still get pins posted – even on your lazy days.
If you feel that using a Pinterest scheduler is worth it then scroll to see the free tools.
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If you still haven’t made up your mind on actually using a scheduler, here are some benefits.
Why you should use a Pinterest scheduler
Manage your time
We all know how hard it is to manage the daily grind.
When you have a blog, you’ll find that it’s even harder.
You have to write blog articles, create social media posts, promote your blog, send newsletters and the list goes on….
That’s why using a Pinterest scheduler is very important. You can create your pins using a template, and then schedule them in a jiffy.
You won’t have to be scheduling pins around the clock, which can be a tiring process.
Get more content out there
Pinterest is a great way to get your content to the right people.
By using a Pinterest business account, you can create boards and pins that are SEO friendly and use keywords so that people who are looking for your type of content get to it.
There are millions of people using Pinterest, so it’s up to you to take advantage of the platform so that they’ll see it.
When someone sees your pin, they just might click it and get to your blog.
When they read your awesome content, they may become a loyal reader.
Build an audience
The more you pin, the more exposure you’ll get. The main way to be successful on Pinterest though is to pin consistently.
You’ll never want to start pinning regularly and then suddenly stop.
With a scheduler, you can build your brand and gain an audience who will come to know you for the content you publish.
Always be consistent and write for your readers.
Using a scheduler will just help you to stay on track with prompting it and gaining an audience.
Should you use a Pinterest-approved scheduler?
The answer is yes, yes, and yes! If any of you are familiar with the travesty that is Board Booster, you know how very important it is to stick with a Pinterest-approved scheduler.
Not only can Pinterest ban your account for using non-approved schedulers, but you may lose the loyal audience and the content you’ve worked so hard to build.
Just to get to the point here, you should ONLY use Pinterest-approved schedulers.
The scheduler I use
I’m going to be honest with you. The scheduler I use now is Tailwind.
However, it’s a paid scheduling tool.
That’s because using only the free options causes a serious time constraint for me.
Tailwind allows more flexibility and I’m able to schedule bulk pins to specific time slots and I can do this waaay ahead of time.
One of my absolute favorite thing about Tailwind is using Tailwind Communities or what some may know as Tailwind Tribes.
Right now I’m a member of a few Tribes and they’re working exponentially for my growth and especially for my pins to be seen by lots more people than regular pinning does.
The best thing about tribes though is that it’s free.
You do have the option of upgrading, but five tribes work quite well for me right now.
More on Tailwind Tribs later!
If you’d like, you can try Tailwind Plus for free with no time limit and schedule up to 100 pins.
You can take your time and schedule as many as you’d like and use Tailwind Plus with all its awesome features!
Free Pinterest Scheduling tools
Now that you’ve seen the benefits of using Pinterest, here are some of the Pinterest Scheduling tools you should be using if you’re not yet ready to invest in Tailwind:
Pinterest Native Scheduler
The Pinterest Native scheduler was the very first scheduler I used when I started using Pinterest for traffic.
I found it simple to use and it got the work done.
The process goes as follows:
You upload your pin or pins to the scheduler, add your pin images, pin titles, pin descriptions, your URL, and hit publish.
You have the option of publishing immediately or publishing at a later date.
Once you’re done scheduling, you can check on all your scheduled pins by going to your Pinterest profile.
Using the Pinterest scheduler worked pretty well for me and I didn’t have to think about pinning every hour of the day.
I’d say the only drawback is that you can’t schedule your pins for more than 2 weeks ahead.
I know…crazy right?
But that’s how it works. If you’re a beginner who doesn’t want to invest in a scheduling tool like Tailwind, the Pinterest scheduler works just fine.
Even though I do use Tailwind as my main scheduler, I will still use the Pinterest scheduler now and again.
I think it’s helpful to know how to pin manually, and for Pinterest to realize that you’re active on their platform.
Once you’ve scheduled your pin, you can actually view them and also review the date and time they’re scheduled to be published.
As I mentioned before, while the Pinterest Native Scheduler is really handy, you cannot:
- Schedule more than 30 pins at once
- Schedule more than 2 weeks in advance
- Cannot edit pins when they’re scheduled
If you do need to make changes, you’ll need to delete them.😒 I know this is by no means convenient, but at the very least, you can still schedule pins for free!
I really use Later to schedule posts for Facebook, but you do have the option for using it to schedule Pinterest pins and Instagram posts.
With Later’s free plan, you can schedule up to 30 pins a month which comes down to about 1 pin per day.
This is not a lot by any means, but if you’re new, you can use Later’s free plan in conjunction with the Pinterest Native Scheduler to schedule more pins around the clock.
You simply upload your files and then add your descriptions.
Now I didn’t say this was easy… I said it was free.😄
What Pinterest looks at more than the amount of pins you have is consistently.
So if you are consistent with a smaller amount of pins each day, that’s much better than scheduling 30 pins for 2 days and then not posting for a week after that.
By using this free scheduler, you can get your content out regularly, and then once your free pins run out, you will still have the option of using the Pinterest scheduler.
You add your pin description as you do on Pinterest.
What’s also nice about Later’s free plan is that you can upload your pin images and save them as drafts to use later.
So even if you’re not yet ready to schedule, you’ll have them waiting for you in your account.
Later’s drag-and-drop calendar also makes it easy to switch dates and times for scheduled pins.
Not only is their calendar easy to use, but you can save and reuse pin descriptions for any new pins you add.
A lot of people may not know as much about Planloy as they do about Tailwind or Later, but it’s another free tool you can use for Pinterest and Instagram.
It works much in the same way as Later’s interface does.
You create your Pinterest images, upload them one by one or bulk style and then add your pin Titles and descriptions.
While you’re limited to 30 Pins per month, you can always use it in tandem with the other free tools on this list.
That’s why I emphasize that if you’re new to blogging, Planloy and the other schedulers are great because you won’t have as much content to go around and you’ll be scheduling much less than bloggers who have tons of posts.
That being said, Planloy does have a drag-and-drop feature like that of Later’s and this makes it sooooo easy to post your pins for optimal times that suit you.
You’re also able to view how many posts you’ve made, the likes and comments made on them, and the number of followers you’ve gained or lost.
I find this feature is great for analytics as you can know which pins are more popular and the type of reach you can achieve.
Of course, the one downside is only being limited to 30 posts a month. But if that’s not an issue for you, You can get started using Planloy today!
My secret method for driving Pinterest Traffic
Tailwind Communities or Tailwind Tribes are the best way right now to skyrocket your Pinterest traffic.
I’m not saying that Pinterest Group boards are dead, but Tailwind Tribes is where it’s at! While Tribes are a part of Tailwind’s features, you can actually use them for FREE! Yes, that’s right.
You can have as many as five Tribes with the free plan and share up to 30 of your pins a month in these tribes.
When you add pins to Tribes, other bloggers will then share your pins, so they can be seen by hundreds if not thousands of people.
How to start with Tailwind Tribes
Once you’ve signed up with Tailwind, you can head over to the Communities tab and search for a niche that is similar to your own.
Tailwind will also provide categories that you can use to sort these niches.
You will then see a list of Communities or Tribes, and you can view their activity and how many members are in those Tribes.
The activity level is basically a sign of how much Tribe members share each other pins.
I would recommend you choose a Tribe whose activity is between 4-5 bars like Rocking Pinners Network and Lifestyle Pins tribes below.
I would avoid tribes with only 1 or 2 bars because this means there’s not much engagement in the tribe.
Once you’re a part of that group, you can then start sharing your pins.
Be sure to look at their rules as each Tribe is different.
Some groups have a 1:1 ratio, meaning you share one pin of another Tribe member for every one pin you share of yours.
Other Tribes have a 1:2 ratio meaning that you have to share 2 Tribe member’s pins for every pin you share.
Does Tailwind Tribes work for me?
The answer is a resounding YES! As a matter of fact, Tailwind Tribes has brought me a lot more shares than simply pinning to my own boards.
I’ve gotten lots of shares since joining Tailwind Tribes and this goes for almost every group I’ve joined.
I’ve noticed since using Tailwind Tribes that only one Tribe reshared none of my pins and I just left that Tribe and found another.
Besides that, I’ve been getting shares almost daily from the pins I’ve added in these Communities and it just has not been the same for Pinterest Boards.
Listen, I’m not saying to NOT join Pinterest Group boards as they do still work.
But for me, Tailwind Tribes is helping my reach far more.
I must also tell you that once your free trial for Tailwind comes to an end, you still can use Tailwind Tribes for free.
You will still be able to add your own pins to communities in the same way. However, you won’t be able to publish other Tribemates pins automatically.
Luckily, there is a little workaround for this!
What you’ll have to do is a little more time-consuming, but it works.
If you’re not yet ready to take the plunge and pay for Tailwind, you can still manually pin other members’ pins.
First, make sure you head into a Community or Tribe where you’ll see their dashboard and pins from other Tribe members. You will need to share one of your Tribemate’s pins to make sure you’re following the rules.
Otherwise, you’ll get booted out!
What you’ll do is this. You schedule a Tribemates pin normally by selecting the add to queue button.
This gives you credit for sharing their pin, but it will NOT be automatically pinned to your boards on Pinterest.
Once it has been added to the queue, you will have to head over to the scheduled pins tab. Below you’ll see the Tailwind Publisher icon, and hit that.
After that, it will bring you to the Publisher interface which shows all your scheduled pins, drafts, and schedule, which you can change at any time.
The pin you have just added to the queue will show up here.
Finally, all you now is select PIN NOW on the pin you’ve added to the queue.
It’s as simple as that.
This way you will still be sharing other Tribemate’s pins to your boards with a manual option.
So if you’re new to blogging or you’re just not ready to invest in another blogging tool (there are so many right?) then this method can work for you.
Is Tailwind Tribes worth it?
It definitely is and if you really want to boost your engagement on Pinterest and get more people to your blog, then Tailwind Tribes is the way to go.
Pinterest traffic doesn’t build overnight, but I’ve found that Tailwind Tribes is a big helper when it comes to traffic and reach.
When you see just how helpful Tailwind Tribes is in boosting your traffic, not only will you want to join more Tribes, but you will definitely want to upgrade to Tailwind Plus.
With Tailwind Plus, you can purchase powerup to add more Tribes and share more pins.
If traffic is a problem for you right now, or you’re just not seeing that much engagement with your pins, it certainly couldn’t hurt giving Tailwind a try!