Q. I just read your articles about Group Boards on Pinterest and I found some I really want to join. But it’s not as easy as just clicking a button, though I wish it was!
I’ve been following Group Boards but I want to join them so I can pin to them. Can you do an article on how to join Group Pinterest Boards?
A. Great question. Yes, I also wish joining Group Pinterest Boards were as easy as clicking a button. But you know who else wishes joining were that easy? Spammers!
That’s right, if anyone could join Group Boards with just a click of a button, spammers would quickly flood those boards making them useless for legitimate pinners like us. So Pinterest has restricted membership of Group Boards to be Invitation Only.
About Group Pinterest Boards
Group Boards amplify Pinterest for you. Active Group Boards can expose you to pins from thousands of pinners and get your pins seen by a much wider audience. Pins from Group Boards show up in the stream of all of its members and followers, giving your pins to Group Boards much broader exposure than if you pinned them to your own board.
➲ For more information on Group Pinterest Boards, see:
- How to Use Group Pinterest Boards to Make Your Pins Go Viral!
- 4 Easy Tools for Finding Group Boards on Pinterest!
Follow Group Pinterest Boards to have pins from that board appear in your Pinterest stream. But to pin to a Group Board you need to join the board.
How to Join Group Boards on Pinterest
Group Pinterest Boards are Invitation Only. You must be invited by either the owner of the board or one of its members to join the board and be able to pin to it.
Instructions to Get an Invitation
The Group Board description ideally should have instructions on how to request an invitation. Go to the home page of the Group Board and look at the top to see whether the owner of the board has shared information about how to be invited to join.
Often you’ll be instructed to send an email or tweet to the owner to ask for an invitation. Be sure to include your Pinterest email address and/or URL when requesting an invitation.
Finding Your Pinterest Email and URL
To find your Pinterest email and URL, click on your name in the upper right corner on Pinterest.
Pinterest Email: From the drop-down menu click Settings. Your email address that you use with Pinterest will appear in Settings.
Pinterest URL: From the drop-down menu click Your Profile and Pins. In the address bar at the top of your screen your Pinterest URL will appear.
You cannot receive an invitation from someone to join a Group Board unless you follow that person first. You can follow every board or just one board but you must follow at least one for that person to be able to invite you to a Group Board. You can unfollow them later if you’d like.
How to Join If No Instructions Are Provided
If the Group Board description does not include instructions on how to get an invitation, you’ll have to get a bit creative in reaching out to request an invitation.
Contact the Owner of the Board
You can reach out to the owner of the Group Board to request an invitation. The owner of a Group Board is the first one listed on the left side of the list of members:
Reach Out On Social Media
You can contact the owner on social media if they’ve added their profiles to Pinterest. Look for social media icons on their profile page.
Leave a Comment
You can also try leaving a comment on a pin on the Group Board you’re trying to join. This works best if you comment on a pin by the owner of the board. If you leave a comment on a member’s pin asking for an invitation, they may not respond, not knowing that they have the power to invite you.
Note that not everyone has email notifications from Pinterest enabled so even though you may leave a comment on a pin, the pinner may not find out about your comment.
Find a Friend
Any member of the board can invite you so if you know people who already joined the board you can request an invitation from them. Many people don’t know that any member of a Group Board can invite new members though.
Note that some Group Board Owners want to be the only person who invites people to the board. They can’t block members from inviting others to join the board but they can delete people who join via an invitation from another member.
How To Know When You Get a Group Board Invitation
If you have email notifications enabled, you’ll receive an email when you get an invitation to a Group Board.
You can also see your invitation in your notifications on Pinterest. Click on the notification button in the upper right corner of Pinterest and your invitation will appear.
You can click to accept or ignore the invitation.
If All Your Attempts to Get an Invitation Fail
No matter how hard you try, you may not be able to get an invitation to a Group Pinterest Board. Some are closed, some don’t want new members, some are inactive, etc. There aren’t any guarantees that you’ll be able to join a Group Board.
If you can’t join a board, you can still follow it to see the pins in your stream. You can also find other Group Boards to join or start your own Group Board.
Group Board Netiquette
After you join a Group Board, you should play nice to remain a member of the board. After all, you worked hard to get an invitation to the party, so you don’t want to get kicked out!
Like any party, Group Boards are most fun when people behave. Don’t flood the board with your pins or you’ll be seen as spammy. Follow the 80/20 Rule of Social Media: 80% of what you share should be other’s stuff, 20% should be your own stuff.
Follow the rules set out by the owner of the board. The owner can kick anybody off of a Group Board at any time without warning so be sure to play by the rules. If an owner doesn’t want members inviting new members, then you shouldn’t invite anyone.
Support other Group Members by repinning their pins, liking, and leaving comments. By being members of the Group Board you all share a common interest so you may make new friends!
Have you ever requested an invitation to a Group Pinterest Board? Do you have any secrets for success? Have you ever been unsuccessful in trying to get an invitation to a Group Board? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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Austin Powers GIF courtesy of Shagadelic on Tumblr.