Tailwind tribes are a great way to get more exposure to your pins, resulting in more visits to your blog. I recently created a bunch of tribes for my local blogging community, but many are not currently using Tailwind. The good news is that they can still take advantage of Tailwind’s Tribe feature and so can you!
Links to Tailwind in this post are my referral links. You get $30 credit as do I if you end up paying, but you don’t have to.
What are Tailwind Tribes? Tribes are a Pinterest sharing platform within the Tailwind (Pinterest schedule and analytics tool) dashboard. Tribes allow you to connect with other bloggers in your niche to find and share great content. It’s basically Pinterest inside of Tailwind. Except, you see pins chronologically and only from the people that have joined your Tribe. Winning. Tribes are a community over competition kind of a thing. It’s helping each other grow.
You know that old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child” wellIt takes a tribe to grow on PinterestClick To Tweet
I say this everytime I talk about Pinterest, but if you’re the only one saving your content on Pinterest it will take a lot of time to get any traction there. You need a tribe to help you out!
Tailwind Tribes are by invite only. Once you’ve received an invite, then you are able to join that tribe and create your own tribe if you want.
When you get an invite to a tribe, you are also signed up for a free trial of Tailwind, it comes with 100 free pins and if you’ve signed up through links on this page you’ll also receive a $30 credit towards your plan if you choose to purchase.
You don’t need to purchase a plan to use tribes. From Tailwind, “Tribes will always have a free version available for use. We want it to always be easy for you to collaborate with people in your community.” Yep, you can keep on using Tribes for free, even after your trial is up. Let me show you how.
Step 1 > Get an invite to a tribe.
As I mentioned above, you can only access Tribes via an invite.
First, talk to your blogging BFFs and see if any of them belong to or host a tribe. See if they’ll invite you.
If you’re striking out with your besties, there are hundreds of posts out there about Tailwind tribes to join. In all honesty, those are not my favorite tribes to join because I think they get too big. Once Tribes are too big, your content isn’t seen as much, the content moves fast. They’re a great place to start if you really want in.
My favorite Pinterest Facebook group also has a running document for Tailwind Tribes.
Step 2 > Join the Tribe and Tailwind.
If you’re new to Tailwind, click the big red button to signup and join the tribe. If you’ve already set up a Tailwind account, then click Join.
Step 3 > Connect your Pinterest account to Tailwind.
It’s all good. Pinterest is an approved API, meaning you won’t get dinged for having them access your Pinterest account. This steps for those that haven’t set up a Tailwind account.
Step 4 > Install the browser extension
You’ll need to install the extension in order to add your own pins to Tribes. This is also how you schedule pins if you choose to do so. Once it’s installed, you’ll have the little blue Tailwind logo in your browser toolbar.
Step 5 > Add your pins to the Tribe
I’m going to show you how to do this directly from your blog or from Pinterest.
From your blog
Open up the post that you want to share in your Tribe. I am using my friend’s blog postcardstoseattle.com for the tutorial pictures. Click the little blue Tailwind icon in your browser toolbar.
Select an image you want to share with the tribe and then click the green schedule button. Once the image pops up in the Tailwind box, click add to tribes.
Select the tribe(s) you want to share the pin to and then click add to tribe. Ta-da it will show up in the Tribe for your buddies to see and hopefully share on Pinterest.
You can also share directly from Pinterest. Head to the pin you want to share with your Tribe. Since you’ve connected Pinterest and Tailwind, you should have a the Tailwind schedule button show up on your pins (you might have to hover over it to get it to show up). Click that button and then repeat the same steps as above.
Make sure you are sharing quality pins, this will increase the chance of people sharing your pins. Great pins are, “helpful, beautiful, and tasteful.” – Pinterest Great pins are vertical, with at least a 2:3 ratio and 600 pixels wide (600×900). You can read more about the best sizing for Pins and how to create pin-worthy graphics.
Step 6 > Share others pins
If you use Tailwind to schedule your pins, then sharing other people’s pins is super easy. You just click the little green add to queue button after choosing a board to save it to. If you aren’t using Tailwind, there are a few extra steps, but it is not difficult.
If you don’t use Tailwind to schedule your pins you can still pin yours from your tribe. Click on the pins source page at the bottom and then save the image directly from their site. OR click the Pinterest icon and repin directly from the pin they shared.
The downfall is, that even though you are sharing your friends’ pins, it won’t look like it from the Tribes dashboard. Next to your name, it will show 0 shared. This shouldn’t be a problem unless you have a strict tribe chief (I made that up, but it seems fitting that the admin should be referred to as a chief).
Your pin to their site will still help them grow. If the chief or someone asks, just let them know you are saving their content but that you live pin. 🙂
Step 6 > Repeat steps 5 and 6
There. Now you know how to use Tailwind Tribes, regardless of whether or not you are a paid subscriber to Tailwind. I like to use Tribes to get my new content out there faster. When I set down to pin, I check my tribes and go to sites first for things I want to pin.
To recap, Tailwind Tribes are awesome because:
- Tribes help you get your blog content in front of an audience that is actively looking for pins to share with their audience
- You can easily, and quickly find high-quality to content to share with your own Pinterest audience.
To use Tailwind to schedule pins or not?
I use Tailwind because I have better things to do with my time than be on Pinterest all day. Scheduling my pins also helps me be more strategic with my pinning. For me, it’s a worthwhile investment. If it’s not in your budget, don’t feel like you have to pay to schedule pins just because all the other bloggers are. Work out a pinning plan that works for you. Luckily, a free version of Tribes will always be available.
Ready to schedule? Sign up for Tailwind and get $30 off.