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How to Use Pinterest Group Boards

Claudia is a longtime online writer and a crafter, quilter, and cook.

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If you are an active Pinterest user, you have probably noticed group boards popping up all over the place. You may have been invited to join one.

At first glance, these boards look terrific, especially for users who are interested in a particular topic. You may think that you'll be seeing all the latest and greatest pins. You may think that you'll get a thousand followers overnight. But look out, they are not always what they are cracked up to be.

Before you take the Pinterest group board plunge, take a few minutes to learn how to join or start one and find out what some of their pros and cons are. Learn some Pinterest etiquette along the way too.

What Is a Pinterest Group Board?

Pinterest group boards are boards, usually centered around a particular topic, that multiple pinners can pin to. Anyone can set one up. To pin to a group board, a user must be invited by someone already in the group.

Some group boards have hundreds of members and thousands of pins, while others only have a handful.

How to Find a Group Board on Pinterest

You can tell a Pinterest group board by the little group of three gray figures that are to the right of the board title.

You can tell a Pinterest group board by the little group of three gray figures that are to the right of the board title.

How to Join a Group Board

If you come across a group board that intrigues you, go into the board and see what the description says.

If there are no instructions for getting an invitation, try commenting on one of the recent pins. Since everyone in a group board can invite people to join, someone may invite you.

You will receive a notification of an invitation to the group board in your email.

  1. Enter the topic you are interested in finding in the search box at the top left of your Pinterest feed screen. For this example, I entered "recipe group boards."
  2. When the results appear, there will be a choice of three tabs at the top left of the page, "Pins," "Boards," and "Pinners." Choose "Boards."
  3. Scroll down and looks for boards that have a gray outline of three figures to the right of the board name (see photo above). This indicates that it is a group board.
  4. Click on a board and see how to join it.

How to Set Up a Group Board on Pinterest

It only takes a few minutes to set up a group board. Just follow these simple steps.

Step 1. Go to Your Pinterest Homepage; and Click on "Create a Board"

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Step 2. Fill in the Requested Information

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  1. Give your board a name.
  2. Fill in the description, although this is not required. Many group boards have no description.
  3. Choose a category.
  4. Click on "Create Board."

Step 3. Turn Your Board Into a Group Board

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It's not a group board until you start inviting people.

Click on "Edit Board."

Step 4. Invite People to Your Board

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  1. Type in the name of one of your followers. Note that you must be following them, and they must be following you in order to be able to invite them into your group board.
  2. Click "Save Changes."
  3. You now have a group board, and you can start pinning.
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Pinterest Group Boards Are Not for Everyone

  1. Anyone who accepts your invitation can pin whatever they want to your board, so remember to use caution when inviting people.
  2. Anyone who accepts your invitation can invite anyone they want to pin to the board as well.
  3. As a group board administrator, you can delete people from the group at any time, and it is your responsibility to make sure that spam is under control.
  4. If you don't like a board, you can leave it at any time. Just go to the board, click on "Edit Board," and click on "Leave Group."

Pros

  1. Pin exposure: For people who earn a living online, Pinterest offers a great source of exposure and an opportunity for many repins of your content.
  2. Access to more pins that you are interested in: For people interested in a particular topic, group boards are a great source of ideas.
  3. An increase in followers: Starting a group board can lead to an increase in followers.

Cons

  1. Spam: Large group boards are prone to spam—a lot of it sometimes.
  2. Clogged feed: The more groups you are a member of, the more clogged your feed becomes.
  3. Repetition of pins: In really large groups, users tend to pin the same things over and over.

What do you think?

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Use Caution When Pinning

Pinterest is not without controversy. There have been many complaints by artists and others that Pinterest is infringing on copyrights. Some of these complaints have led to lawsuits.

Additionally, some pins lead to questionable websites.

Remember that when you pin an image and/or article, the creator of that image may, or may not, have given permission for it to be copied. This holds true even if you are repinning the image from someone who has repinned it from someone else.

Whenever I am in doubt, I don't repin an image.

Here are a few general rules of thumb to keep in mind when pinning to your own boards, as well as to group boards.

Online Recipe Writers Beware!

Recipes fall into a "grey" area with respect to copying. While photos and descriptions are copyrighted and cannot be copied without permission, lists of ingredients are not and can be copied. See the U.S. copyright website for more details.

I am finding many websites that copy a picture of a recipe and then underneath, list the ingredients. They may include brief instructions, or they may copy the instructions from the original recipe. They may or may not include a link to the original source.

The problem with this is that they generally don't get permission to copy a photo and, since the ingredients are listed, very few people take the time to click on the link to the original recipe, if one is even provided.

People who repin from a site like this are unknowingly taking income away from the original author.

When you click on a pin, take a look at the page. Usually, recipe writers will post a nice little story with their recipe, and the website has information about the writer and maybe some pretty pictures.

The websites that copy these recipes are usually bland, with only a photo and ingredients.

If you think you've come across one of these websites, please click on the link to the original recipe, if it has been provided, and pin from the original recipe instead.

As an online recipe writer, I can assure you that it is extremely frustrating to come across a pin that is my photo but leads to someone else's website.

Always Click on the Image to See Where the Link Goes

  1. Sometimes that image will direct you to a suspicious link. Luckily, Pinterest usually catches it and gives you the option of continuing to the website or not.
  2. Assuming the link takes you to the creator's website, check it out to see if the author has given permission to copy the image. Many websites expressly state that their work may not be copied without permission. That means, don't pin it.
  3. If an article or image has an option to pin, which many do, then it is ok. Better safe than sorry.

Pinterest Group Boards Can Be Fun!

Pinterest group boards can be fun and rewarding when used responsibly. Take a minute and try one out.

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Donna on May 04, 2017:

hi there - thanks for your informative post! I am wondering how do I see the group boards that I belong to already in my P account?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 25, 2016:

My guess (and I'm not at all positive) is that you are following a group board or you tend to pin certain things that there are a lot of group boards for. Since I wrote this, Pinterest has changed their algorithm for their feeds and it's not really something that can be opted out of. I too get a lot of the same pins in my feed now. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Leslie on December 23, 2016:

The Group Board Groups on Pinterest are cluttering my Home Feed. Why was I included in this? I hate this feature of Pinterest! I have tried to find out how & why I was included but couldn't. I am now bringing my pleas to the board creators & participants. I can't figure out who I am following to stop following so I won't be included in the same pins being repinned and repinned etc... How can I opt out of this frustrating feature?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 27, 2016:

Thanks savenlives...I still enjoy using the Pinterest group boards. Glad you enjoyed the article.

savenlives on April 16, 2016:

Fantastic hub on group boards. Thank you for the extra information!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 18, 2015:

Hi Glenn - Thank you so much for your comments. I really appreciate it. I'm glad you are trying out Pinterest. There are so many ways to use it, no matter what one writes about. Good luck and thanks again.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on March 18, 2015:

I started using Pinterest a month ago and still learning a lot. You hub is one of the best, complete with pros and cons about using group boards. Your information makes it easy for me to decide which features of Pinterest to use.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 18, 2015:

Thank you aesta1. I really think Pinterest is worthwhile and it helps me get traffic. Have fun pinning.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 10, 2015:

Really worthwhile tips. I haven't been in Pinterest lately but I know I need to get back in.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2015:

Thanks MomsTreasureChest. I appreciate it. CyclingFitness - I have had a lot of luck on Pinterest. Unfortunately there are pins that lead to suspicious links, but many many items are good ones. See if you can find a board tailored to your interests. It's pretty amazing how many different group boards are out there. Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck!

Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on February 02, 2015:

I'm intriged by Pinterest as a tool for marketing hubs. Groups have potential to very quickly get links to your work i've found but the links on boards aren't always high quality. I'm not sure it will lead to treble figure page views daily but i'm happy to be in the double figures for now. Nice hub. Cf

MomsTreasureChest on January 06, 2015:

Great Pinterest tips, thanks for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 15, 2014:

Hi Peg - Glad this helped. I still use Pinterest a lot and for what I write it is very beneficial. There have been a number of changes over there lately, but I still love the group boards. Thanks for reading. Good luck with Pinterest!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on December 13, 2014:

Back to review this information. Lately I've been using Pinterest more often and this has really helped me understand the group feature. Thank you.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 16, 2014:

Hi smine27 - Thanks for stopping by and I'm happy you enjoyed the article.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 16, 2014:

Thanks so much mgbphoto! I'm glad you found the hub helpful.. I really enjoy using Pinterest, but there are still some aspects that are confusing. Apologies that it took so long to respond. I was away for a while and am trying hard to catch up on things.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 15, 2014:

Hi tillsontitan - Glad you enjoyed the article. It took me a while to respond as I took some time off. I definitely think that Pinterest it a great tool and worth the effort. Thanks for stopping by and hope you are well.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 13, 2014:

Thanks so much kindoak - I appreciate it. I still enjoy using group boards and seeing all the fun things pinned to them.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 13, 2014:

SheGetsCreative - I'm with you and love using pinterest. It's made all the difference with my articles, especially group boards. I appreciate your kind comments. Apologies that it took so long to respond. I took some much needed time off away from the computer.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 13, 2014:

Hi Arachnea - Glad you liked the image. The dots were fun to make. Hope you got a chance to read the article and thanks for stopping by!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 13, 2014:

Thanks very much Paula! I also appreciate the shares. I am sorry it took so long to respond to your kind comments. I was out of town for a few days and am trying to catch up with things. Glad you enjoyed the hubs. Group boards really are fun and useful.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on October 07, 2014:

Definitely useful stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on October 06, 2014:

Thanks for all the useful information. I use Pinterest but sometimes I get confused about how it really works. Your article is helpful.

Mary Craig from New York on October 06, 2014:

Comprehensive information here. We often jump in feet first but don't know what we're doing. This gives us something to think about.

I use Pinterest but not like it was intended. Thanks for the help Glimmer Twin.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

kindoak on October 05, 2014:

Thanks for this Hub. useful info about group boards!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on October 05, 2014:

I'm a big Pinterest user - it's made all the difference in page views! Group boards are awesome

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on October 05, 2014:

I haven't had a chance to read this, but I love the image with the dots and the font in your text. I'll be back.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on October 05, 2014:

Excellent and easy to follow article. :) Great tutorial for us newbiesque pinners. :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 24, 2014:

Thank you so much DrBill! I'm glad you found the article helpful. I really love using pinterest.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on July 22, 2014:

Thumbs up, Useful, and Interesting! I'm still learning about Pinterest and this hub was very helpful. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 04, 2014:

Thanks grand old lady. If you like pinterest, then you should like the group boards too. They are worthwhile for getting traffic.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 03, 2014:

I use Pinterest, but this is very informative even for Pinterest users. The advice to source to the link so that you won't end up repinning something from a questionable link is well taken. Also, this is the first time that I learned about group boards, and I appreciate your listing down the pros and cons of group boards. Great hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 23, 2014:

Hi younghopes - I agree that it is difficult to decide who to invite to a group board. Sometimes a spammer gets in there and makes things difficult. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Shadaan Alam from India on January 23, 2014:

Thanks for this information because i just love pinterest, however i think it is quite tough to exactly invite anyone to join your board- they should follow you and you should follow them etc. That is why i haven't created any group board

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 22, 2014:

Thanks for the pin ologsinquito! I'm glad you found the article useful. Good luck on Pinterest!

ologsinquito from USA on January 22, 2014:

I really learned a lot reading this. I'm pinning this to my Online Writing Board.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 20, 2014:

Thanks viking305! I'm glad you found it useful. I appreciate the support and votes!

L M Reid from Ireland on January 19, 2014:

Great article about using Pinterest and joining some groups. I found it very useful. Shared and voted up

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 22, 2013:

Thanks jponiato. Good luck using Pinterest. It can be lots of fun.

Joe Poniatowskis from Mid-Michigan on December 20, 2013:

Just getting started with Pinterest, thanks for the tips.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 23, 2013:

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Thank you for reading and commenting JPSO138. I hope you enjoy using Pinterest.

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 22, 2013:

I have read about people posting about Pinterest but have not tried it yet. I will visit the site and try my luck on this as well as the boards you have suggested.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 16, 2013:

Hi OldRoses - I hope you check the group boards out. They can be a lot of fun. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 16, 2013:

I can understand that notavgcraftymom. If you don't want to create your own, you could always join a group board. They are fun too and it's a good way to get your own pins out there to a large audience. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Caren White on November 15, 2013:

I didn't know about group boards. Thanks for the info.

Amanda from Texas on November 15, 2013:

I could see how using a group board would be useful but my control issues just won't allow me to try this! Thanks for sharing the information though. I love Pinterest and use it daily and I think this is a great feature for some people.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 26, 2013:

Thanks so much PegCole. Pinterest is really good for my traffic here, so I use it a lot. It also works well for the types of hubs I write. I hope you enjoy Pinterest and that it brings you lots of traffic! I appreciate the comments.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 26, 2013:

This offers a lot of useful information when using Pinterest. I've only just started pinning and for the most part, just pin my own pictures. I learned a lot from you. Thanks.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2013:

Hi Glenn - It really is a frustrating part of using pinterest, but since I get most of my traffic from it I use it anyway. I just wish more people were careful with how they pin things. I know photographers have an especially difficult time with pinterest. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 23, 2013:

Great article Glimmer Twin Fan. I never used Pinterest because of the legal issues. I'm glad to see that you mentioned the copyright infringement problems. Many people don't realize that images they find may be copyrighted or may even be stolen copies and they just pin them without backtracking to the original source. Then the original never gets credit, as is happening to you with your recipe images. It is frustrating, isn't it?

Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on October 23, 2013:

Yes, now that I have started using Pinterest, it is really proving beneficial :-)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 23, 2013:

Thanks so much AvineshP. I'm glad you enjoyed my article and I hope it helps when you use pinterest.

Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on October 21, 2013:

Hey Glimmer Twin Fan, I am really impressed by the information, regarding Pinterest, that you have shared with us as users.

Cheers !!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 19, 2013:

Hi brakel2 - Thanks so much for your kind comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I too love Pinterest and am always hoping for those "repins". Group boards are a great way to get more of them. I hope you give one a try sometime. Thanks again and have a great day!

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 18, 2013:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - Wonderful article about Pinterest and group boards. I have three boards and no group boards. Thank you for the pros and cons and instructions for setting up a group board. I like the idea of individual boards, and I am somewhat addicted to Pinterest. I always pins items from others as well as my own. I have one pin that has been repinned numerous times from one of my boards. It is not my item, and I sure wish it belonged to me. It is so nice to connect with you again, and I do like your hubs. Pinning and sharing. Blessings. Audrey

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 05, 2013:

SamitaJassi - I hope you give the group boards a try. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 05, 2013:

Thanks very much Denise - I think group boards are definitely worth investigating and I hope you check them out. I appreciate your kind comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 04, 2013:

kitkat - Glad to know I have helped some people learn something new. They really are fun. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 04, 2013:

Hi Sunshine! I think you would like group boards. They are not just for food and crafts either. There are ones for humor and serious topics as well as anything else you can imagine. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 04, 2013:

Thanks so much moonlake. Good luck pinning and I hope you enjoy it!

Samita Sharma from Chandigarh on October 03, 2013:

Hiii Glimmer its very interesting hub about pinterest and it is worth trying in gaining more traffic.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 03, 2013:

Very interesting topic. Like kitkat, I was unaware of the the pinterest group boards. A very thorough, and well written hub. Congratulations on your HOTD award. :)

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on October 03, 2013:

I, like many of the others who commented, didn't even know about group boards. Thank you for the advice.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 03, 2013:

I haven't used a groups board. Pinning is my quiet time, no patience for spamming or noise! :) Thanks for the tips! Fab HOTD!

moonlake from America on October 03, 2013:

Congrats on HOTD. Lots of good information I didn't know about. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

Many thanks Kathryn. I bet you'll enjoy pinterest. There are so many interesting things there. I appreciate you reading and commenting.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on October 03, 2013:

I'm delighted to see that you won a HOTD! Congrats. It's nice to see a familiar "face" win it.

I have just started a Pinterest account, so this is incredibly interesting to me. I don't know the ins and the outs of it yet.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a fantastic day!

~ Kathryn

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

Thanks for swinging back by and for pinning RTalloni! I appreciate it.

RTalloni on October 03, 2013:

Just stopping back by this post to say congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this helpful info on Pinterest group boards! :) (Added to my Pinterest Interest board.)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

I really appreciate it Rebecca. Thanks.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

Hi pstraubie - I have a lot of fun on pinterest and am always interested to see different things on there. Glad you enjoyed the hub and glad you know this info. Group boards are really are worth a look.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

Thank you so much Alison. I know you like using Pinterest so I really appreciate you reading and commenting.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 03, 2013:

Congratulations! Well deserved HOTD!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 03, 2013:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan

This is such important information to know. I am an avid "Pinterester" and by some miracle I know this. But unlike YOU, I have not shared the information.

So thank you for letting every one know...especially about checking out the links!!!

Congratulations on HOTD....

Many Angels and blessings are on the way to you today ps

Alison Graham from UK on October 03, 2013:

Thank you for a really informative article and congratulations on a very well deserved HOTD

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 19, 2013:

I appreciate it RTalloni - I definitely think group boards would be good for your hubs. Different types of categories seem to blossom on pinterest more than others. Thanks for reading and the support.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 19, 2013:

Thanks for reading thelma. I find pinterest really worthwhile so I think it is worth it to investigate, especially if you are trying to make money online.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 19, 2013:

Hi psanasangma - It is worthwhile to get to know pinterest. I hope you give it a try. Thanks for reading and commenting.

RTalloni on September 19, 2013:

Good stuff here--thanks. I've been hesitant to use group boards but need to understand and get experience with them. This is helpful and I plan to come back to it soon.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 19, 2013:

Thanks for sharing the information. I pinned my writings there in my own boards. I don´t really know much about using pinterest and I appreciate your writing. Voted up and useful.

Prasanna M Sangma from India on September 15, 2013:

I used pinterest but I do no exactly how to use.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 13, 2013:

Teaches - I definitely think your hubs would do well pinned to group boards. If you pin at the right time they can really take off. Thanks for reading. I'm glad you liked the hub and have fun on Pinterest.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 13, 2013:

Hi Emmanuel Kariuki - I think you'll enjoy the group boards once you are up and running on Pinterest. Good luck.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 13, 2013:

Good luck getting traffic augusfanani. I hope you enjoy using Pinterest.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 13, 2013:

Thank you so much Prasetio30. I'm glad you found it helpful.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 13, 2013:

There are definitely things to consider Schoolmom24. It can be a pain checking every link, but I think it is worth it. I like the traffic I get from it, but get annoyed at all of the sites that take it away from me. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 13, 2013:

Thanks Tashaonthetown - I think pinterest is worth a try, but with a little care. Good luck if you give it a try.

Dianna Mendez on September 12, 2013:

I was not aware group boards was an option. Thank you for the information on this idea. Thanks also for the advice on what to post and what not to post. This is very useful. Voted up!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 12, 2013:

Hi Sue Adams - I have noticed that too and did a quick test with some pins. Some get pinned to users I don't follow and some do. My guess is that they just randomly repin a pin to another user with a same category. I did not check to see if they were my followers or not. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 12, 2013:

Thanks MHatter!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 12, 2013:

Thanks so much AliciaC - I think Pinterest would be worthwhile. It's another potential source of traffic which can't hurt.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Thanks epbooks - I hope you enjoy using Pinterest. It can be a little time consuming.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Christryon - I'm glad you found this hub helpful. Pinterest really is fun and it is an effective tool when used correctly. Besides I like looking at all the pretty pictures. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Hi Millionaire! - I think we might be in the same quilting board. For a couple days there it was all about weight loss, but since then the admin has cleaned it up. With those really big groups it must be really hard to manage once a spammer gets in. I do like that Pinterest warns me that I have already pinned something. Sometimes I forget that I pinned something and I like it so much I want to pin it again. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Thanks Bill - With all of your hubs on Italy, I bet a travel board for that would be a hit. Good luck!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Thanks so much Gypsy Rose Lee! I hope you have a lot of success using Pinterest. It is lots of fun.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Hi Rebecca - With the things you write about, Pinterest is definitely a good deal for you. It's amazing what all is out there and hopefully people will pick up some of our stuff as well. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Thanks for all of the support Nell! Group boards are definitely worth a shot, especially if you have a favorite niche.

Emmanuel Kariuki from Nairobi, Kenya on September 11, 2013:

I joined Pinterest but haven't pinned anything yet. Group boards sound like something worth a try when am up and running - thanks for the information.

agusfanani from Indonesia on September 10, 2013:

Very interesting information about pinterest and it is worth trying in gaining more traffic. Thank you for sharing this informative hub.

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