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What is the Best Pinterest Scheduler For Bloggers?

WHAT IS THE BEST PINTEREST SCHEDULER FOR BLOGGERS?

In case we’ve never met before, or perhaps you are just new around these parts, you might not know that one of my favourite things ever (next to a nice glass of Pinot) is discovering awesome tools I can use to make my life easier, and my blog and business better (and if these can go hand in hand then that’s the jackpot!)

Just ask any of my poor girlfriends, who have to pretend to be interested while I rabbit on about this amazing new plugin, or software I’ve just discovered (usually for far longer than is rational).

And if you can get me away from Theme Forrest for long enough, then my next favourite thing is Pinterest!

Like a lot of you reading this, so, so many hours of my life have been spent down the Pinterest rabbit hole. Which is all well and good (especially when there’s nothing new on Netflix!). But spending hours and hours Pinning and re-Pinning is definitely not the best use of anyone’s time. No really, it’s not.

I don’t know about you, but if my tombstone says “Here lies Kate, she pinned a lot!”, I’ll be kinda pissed!

So, to not spend every waking hour on Pinterest you need a Pinterest scheduler or Pinterest scheduling tool.

Best Pinterest SchedulerAnd there are quite a few out there now, each with their own pro’s and cons.

And yes, I have tried pretty much all of them.

So, I thought I’d go let them smash it out Gladiator style, so you can decide which Pinterest scheduler is going to be the hero you choose to save you… and all your precious spare time too!

Let the battle commence!

WHICH IS THE BEST PINTEREST SCHEDULER?

Ahalogy Pinterest Scheduler Review

Best Pinterest Scheduler Contestant 1 – Ahalogy (FREE)

Ahalogy is not your standard Pin Scheduler. In fact what they really are is a Pinterest content aggregator, and they then sell that content (which is basically anything you Pin from your site via their tool) to brands to then re-pin on their own Pinterest accounts and boards.

So in return for you being able to use their tool for free (which does have it’s upsides), you are basically allowing them to make money off promoting your content for you. This does of course also have the bonus of your content possibly also being shared by some big brands. So it can be a win, win. Although the rest of the Ahalogy functionality is a little lacking for the things that really count.

Access is via application only, you can get more info and apply for Ahalogy here. 

Things I love: 

1 – Weekly emails from the team highlighting what’s trending right now.

2 – Awesome “follow me on Pinterest” slider.

3 – Gorgeous and easy to use design.

4 – It’s free for bloggers.

5 – You could get extra exposure when your content gets pinned by others through their system.

What’s not so great: 

1 – No bulk scheduling (and that is really necessary if you ask me!)

Use it for: Growing your reach by sharing your own content with brands.

Best Pinterest Scheduler

Best Pinterest Scheduler Contestant 2 – Viral Tag (from $24 a month)

Viral Tag was actually the first Pinterest scheduler around, and so it will always have a special place in my heart. It is also the first (and as far as I know only) Pinterest scheduler to also let you schedule to Instagram. Which is quite the game changer if your blog is very visual-based.

It’s pretty easy to use, and lets you very easily re-pin and pin in bulk. You just select the images, update the captions and URLs if needed (the fact you can bulk update the captions is the thing I love about it most), and then set how far apart you’d like them scheduled.

Things I Love:

– You can bulk update descriptions and links – this is really useful, especially with the new Smartfeed as pics without good key-word rich descriptions will rarely even get seen at all.

– You can also schedule to Instagram and every other Social Media platform – enough said!

Best Pinterest Scheduler

Best Pinterest Scheduler Contestant 3 – Board Booster ($10 – $30 per month)

This one I had heard a few people rave about, but it was just so ugly (it’s pink and looks like it was designed by a uni student in the ’90s!) I just assumed it would be really buggy and didn’t bother with it. BUT after hearing the lovely Melyssa from The Nectar Collective rave about it a little while ago, I knew it must be good, so I jumped in and tested it. And yep. Even though it’s hella ugly, it’s also hella-smart. And has a couple of very cool functions the others don’t.

The most impressive one being a thing called “looping”. Which is really handy if you’ve already been pinning for a while, and so already have quite a few pins on your boards. What looping does is automatically (on a schedule you set) re-pin existing pins from your boards, so taking old pins and looping them to the top. It also can be set to delete the old pin (or which ever gets pinned more!), so you don’t end up with lots of duplicates.

The second awesome feature is something called Board Doctor. This tool will scan your pins for any with broken links, or a low number of repins and lets you bulk move them to another board (for $0.01 per pin). This is great for keeping your boards clean and up to date, and to stop you getting penalised by the Pinterest Smartfeed algorithm too (if you’d like to know more about the Smartfeed alogorithm check out my course Pinterest 4 Bloggers for all the details!)

Things I love:

– Pin looping… this is life changing!

– Board Dr

What’s no so great

– The way the actual Pin scheduling works is a bit clunky and confusing and leaves you with a bunch of secret boards which just makes things a bit messy. I much prefer Viraltag or Tailwind for this.

Tailwind Pinterest scheduler

Best Pinterest Scheduler Contestant 4 – Tailwind

Lucky last in the “Best Pinterest Scheduler Smackdown” is Tailwind. I didn’t used to like Tailwind very much, as when it first launched it was super buggy, and they had quite restrictive re-pinning limits. However over the last 12-months they’ve pulled out all the stops, and now their platform is definitely one of the best. At least as far as appearance, ease of use, analytics and yes also price (it’s $10 a month for unlimited pinning when you buy an annual pass).

Things I love:

– Shuffle – As I like to do about a months pinning at once, it’s very handy to be able to bulk upload things in batches, and then “shuffle” my schedule so it looks more natural.

– Official partner with Pinterest – I actually just found this out, but as I know a lot of people worry about

The winner & what do I actually use?

Turns out this is one of those “everybody gets a prize” type of contests. Because to be honest, we actually use most of these tools together.

– We use Ahalogy for their awesome “sign up” slider and also to share our best blog posts each week.

– We use Boardbooster to periodically clean up our boards, and also to do daily “looping” (this means we can share about 80-100 pins a day all on autopilot!)

– We use Tailwind (although Viraltag does the same thing, it’s just more expensive) to share & re-share our blog content, as well as any extra “timely” re-pins (for seasonal things like Easter, Christmas etc..)

This costs about $40US a month (although you could do it for less if you wanted less “looped” pins), and means we can do an epic amount of pinning in under an hour a week which is not too shabby at all.

Have you tried any of these Pinterest schedulers? Got a favourite? Found another one? Tell me everything below!

COMMENTs:

  1. Evi M

    February 10th, 2016 at 3:00 am

    That’s a great post! Thank you Kate! Taking Pinterest more seriously is definitely one of my blogging resolutions, I don’t seem to be the only one… Pinterest strategy tools, posts and newsletters are hitting me on a daily basis! xoxo

  2. Kate McKibbin

    February 10th, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    It’s funny how that happens once you start to focus on something! 🙂

  3. Sonya

    February 11th, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know all these fab tools were around! Thank you Kate. Awesome and very detailed post that has taught me so many things. x

  4. Kate McKibbin

    February 17th, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Yay, so glad I could help x

  5. Christine

    February 13th, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Wow, this is so informative and well-researched. Well done!
    I’ve been using Tailwind, which come with one free account if you are a Hootsuite Pro subscriber. It’s fantastic and I haven’t needed to look elsewhere, but the ‘Board Doctor’ of Board Booster sounds like a must-have for serious Pinterest growth!

  6. Adrianna

    February 17th, 2016 at 2:42 am

    That sound nice. But I am a Hootsuite subscriber, but can´t find out how to get Tailwind for free

  7. Kate McKibbin

    February 17th, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Such a time saver, particularly with the new algorithm x

  8. Miranda Nahmias

    February 14th, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Great post! I hadn’t even heard of Viral Tag! I notice that you didn’t include Buffer? I know some people use them for scheduling pins, but I haven’t. Not sure how good it is.

    Personally, I love combining both Board Booster and Tailwind. It’s the perfect strategy for me and has really exploded my Pinterest account over the past 2 months!

  9. Kate McKibbin

    February 17th, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve actually never used buffer for Pinterest, but thanks for the reminder I’ll be sure to give it a look! x

  10. Tiffany

    October 21st, 2016 at 11:13 am

    How great! I loved looking at this post and your blog! Definitely super helpful and stylish 🙂

  11. Alicia

    September 12th, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Hi, Kate! I was using Board Booster ’cause I didn’t like Tailwind’s interface, but now I’ve rediscovered it. What I like most about Tailwind is that you “play” with pins, not boards. Not all pins from one board can be pinned on another (like not all “blogging tips” pins can land on “social media tips”), so I’ve learnt to love Tailwind a bit 🙂 I’m paused my scheduling with BoardBooster to test which one works better for me 🙂 Thanks for your post, awesome as always!

  12. babyfoote

    September 13th, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Viral tag is much cheaper than that for bloggers. They offer 6 months free then a blogger’s price. I love it.

  13. Robin

    October 7th, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you for the great information! I have a lot of studying to do!

  14. Pinterest scheduler free

    November 3rd, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    The best Pinterest scheduler free guide I ever read so far!!! Thanks for this

  15. sbbteam

    November 16th, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    We’re so glad you found it useful 😀

  16. Valerie Deveza

    May 22nd, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Kate, thanks for putting this comprehensive review of all your Pinterest tools. I did use a lot of tools but right now I stick to Tailwind. I love its Smart Loop feature which is for me is genius. Basically, it’s your key to staying consistent. This is different from the Smart Scheduler, and it makes it so easy to reshare your existing pins. Though Tailwind has a free trial with no time limit, I suggest paying even for the lowest package which is Plus ($9.99/month). You’ll definitely enjoy its features you can only see in paid.

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