How to get your first 1000 Pinterest followers

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Want to know how to get followers on Pinterest?

Who doesn’t!

Having more Pinterest followers is great because it can help you to get more people to your blog.

For example, you have 600 followers. Whenever you pin something, you’re putting it in front of 600 people.

And if it includes a link to your blog, that’s a chance of 600 people visiting it!

And even if you don’t have a blog, getting more Pinterest followers is good because you can earn money using Pinterest. Just through pinning!


I recently hit my first 1,000 Pinterest followers!

Number of Pinterest followers

It was quite a milestone for me because my Pinterest account is an extension of my blog. For me it means people are interested in what I am pinning (and my blog).

I found that it was really hard in the beginning to get followers (I started my Pinterest account with 0 followers). But once I got the ball rolling, I started to get followers regularly. Recently I got almost 60 followers in a week, which I’m very pleased with!

Bizarrely, I’ve reached the point now that I get followers even if I don’t pin anything for a day or so. Which means my pins must have gone far enough that people are finding me on their own, which is a definite win!

UPDATE: I have now reached over 4,000 followers!

I get over 150 followers a week….

…And my Pinterest reach is over 1 million impressions!

(You can check out my account here to make sure!).


This post is a list of all the little tips and tricks I learnt to get my first 1000 Pinterest followers.

It took me around 11 months, maybe slightly less.

But hopefully after reading this post, you will know how to get followers on Pinterest a lot sooner than I did!

Get your first 1000 followers


So now we’ve set up our profile and joined boards, it’s time to start pinning!

But if you want to know how to get followers on Pinterest, what you pin is just as important.

STEP 1: Make sure your pins look good

Nobody wants to follow someone who has rubbish pins! That’s regardless of whether you’re pinning your own stuff or re-pinning other content. Pinning images that are high quality and are designed to do well on Pinterest is the best tip on how to get followers on Pinterest.

If you’re not sure “the design secret” is for pins that do well on Pinterest, I cover this and other lessons to help you get Pinterest success fast in my free email course Easy Pinterest with Emily. 

It’ll cover info you won’t find anywhere else (seriously, I couldn’t find how to add the “Pin it” button to appear over my images anywhere!).

You can read more about it here, or sign up below to get started!

STEP 2: Pin about “general” topics

This might sound strange, but it’s kind of obvious.

But one of the easiest tips I can give on how to get followers on Pinterest is to pin about more topics.

It does make sense- if you only pin about how to make felt dinosaurs, you’re only going to get people following you who are interested in felt dinosaurs.

Which is fine, and especially good if you want a really focused, engaged group of followers that you know what they’re after.

But it won’t be as big a following if you were to pin just about felting.

Because more people will be interested in just felting than specifically felt dinosaurs.

Don’t feel the need to pin about everything however.

I don’t pin stuff like beauty tips, or recipes on my Pinterest account, because I only want people following me who are going to be visiting my blog.

And my blog isn’t about beauty or food, so there’s no point to me in having them follow me.

And I’m still managing to grow my following!

STEP 3: Pin stuff people actually want

There’s no point in pinning an imaging saying “my favourite spot clearing products”, because people who haven’t followed you yet won’t know who you are.

So they won’t care what your favourite spot clearing products are.

But, if you pin something like “How I cleared my acne” and use a before and after photo, there are tonnes of people with acne who are looking for solutions to clearing it.

Do you see the difference?

It’s so important to think about why people are on Pinterest.

Ask yourself, “What problem can I solve for pinners?”.

And by solving their problems with your pins, you’re more likely to get followers.

STEP 4: Pin your images to group boards

What’s the point in pinning other people’s images to the group boards your in?

You’re just giving them more exposure when that could be your pins more people are seeing!

Pin your images to the group boards in order to spread your pins as far as possible.

The further they go, the more likely it is people will discover your profile.

And the more followers you will get!

(If you’re looking for some group boards to join, check out my list of 30 Pinterest group boards for all niches.)

STEP 5: Pin to your own boards regularly

One of the biggest mistakes I made was neglecting the followers I had already acquired.

By that I mean only repinning content from group boards to my own individual boards.

This is a mistake- people have followed me for my content, and I was only putting other people’s images in front of them!

Now I pin images from group boards to my own boards to keep it varied, but regularly pin my own images to my own boards too.

So if you want more Pinterest followers, make sure to pin your own graphics to your own boards too.

This means the people following your individual boards are more likely to repin them for their followers to see… and they could eventually become your followers too!

STEP 6: Be consistent 

By consistency, I mean pinning regularly.

I’m awful for “taking holidays” from Pinterest and not pinning for a few days.

Even though I still get a few followers in during my Pinterest holidays, I’m pretty sure Pinterest isn’t too happy with me when I do this.

Or my followers when they hear nothing from me, then I overload them with 50 pins in an hour!

So no doubt I might have even more followers by now if I was more consistent.

UPDATE #2: I’ve actually managed to be more consistent with pinning by using a scheduler.

Pinterest prefers you to share pins spread throughout the day rather than all at once… And I need to sleep!

So I’ve started using Tailwind.

I really do think it’s not only helped me be more consistent, but also to increase my reach.

I say this because having Tailwind gives you access to Tailwind tribes, which are like the better versions of group boards (or at least the ones I’m in get me more shares than group boards do!).

If you’re not sure Tailwind is right for you, you can get a free trail where you can schedule 100 pins here!

STEP 7: Be patient

Lastly, you have to be patient when it comes to getting social media followers on any platform.

Unless you’ve gone viral (UPDATE #3 I actually did go viral! You can read more about my viral pin here), it’s normal to build a following slowly and steadily.

So don’t panic!

And as a final tip, set yourself a goal for gaining followers.

For example, “I will get an extra 200 followers within a month”.

But make it realistic so you can achieve it.

I can’t tell you how good it feels to finally achieve a mini goal you set yourself!


I do think if you want to get more followers, you need to set the right foundations first.

Which is why I created Easy Pinterest with Emily– to share my best tips to help Pinterest beginners prepare their profiles, ready for Pinterest success.

So make sure to sign up for it below!

If this post helped you, please share it on Pinterest.

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Now go and start getting followers!

How to get your first 1000 Pinterest followers

15 thoughts on “How to get your first 1000 Pinterest followers”

  1. Hi

    Thank you for writting this article. It is very informative article.

    I will definitely going to add the rich pin and keywords to my Pinterest strategy


    1. You’re welcome John! I’m glad you find it helpful.
      And I do think rich pins and keywords essential for growing a following on Pinterest. The sooner you make these changes, the quicker you will see results!

  2. Great tips! I love the one about being patient. I’m struggling with just being patient and working consistently and this gave me hope! Thank you!

    1. Thank you Katt! And yes definitely, I spent to much time looking for tips that would help me grow my account that I forgot how important mentality and mindset matters 🙂

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