Six Reasons Why You Receive Annoying Pins & How to Remove Them From Your Pinterest Page
One of the reasons why people love Pinterest so much is because the visuals inspire them to discover new things they want to do, create, plan for, buy, and new ways to improve their lives.
According to Bizrate 70% of online consumers go to Pinterest to get inspirations on what to buy and more online consumers agree that Pinterest is a place to “help keep track of or collect things I like,” and “to keep up with the latest trends on things that I like.”
While Pinterest has always made the user experience a priority there comes a time when pins in your smart feed have made you think “Hey I’m not interested in those pins”. Or “Why am I seeing so many pins of the same type of image?” You get to the point… and if it happens often enough you are annoyed. The cause could be one of the following reasons:
- An individual pinner who clogs up your smart feed by posting too many images
- Pins that you simply don’t find useful
- Pinners who constantly spam your group boards
- You disliked the “Related” pins Pinterest has been pushing onto your Pinterest feed
- You realize that you’ve been following a spammer…yikes!
- You don’t want to see “Promoted Pins”
Here are the different ways to solve these problems:
1) You’ve been following someone who constantly clogs up your smart feed with too many pins.
You probably followed the pinner’s board or their entire account. To unfollow a board simply go to the board and click “Unfollow board”. When you’re done it should read as “Follow”.
To unfollow a pinner’s account go to their Pinterest home page and click the “Unfollow All” button.
2) If you want to block the pinner; here’s what Pinterest has posted from their Help Center
- You and the person you block can’t follow each other or interact with each other’s’ Pins (including liking, Pinning or commenting)
- We’ll automatically remove any previous follows and comments between you and the person
- We’ll block all other interactions, including any messages between you and the person
- We won’t automatically remove likes and/or Pins between you and the person—you can unlike Pins one by one
- We don’t notify the person, but they will be alerted about the block if they try to follow you, interact with your Pins or invite you to a group board
- We don’t remove them from search, so the person may still show up in search results if you search for their name
When you block someone, you might see his/her boards and Pins in public areas such as search results, category feeds or group boards.
Here’s how to block a pinner:
Step 1: Go to the pinner’s Pinterest profile page, and click on the ‘Flag icon’ next to their profile icon.
Step 2: Click on the red button “Block”.
Step 3: You’ll get a confirmation message. Click on ‘OK’
If you decide that you want to unblock them in the future just go to their profile and click on ‘Unblock’
3) If you own a group board and you have a board contributor that pins images that are not related to the theme of your board or maybe they are not complying with your group board rules here’s a couple of choices:
a. You can block them (see #2 on how to do that)
b. You want to remove them as a board contributor but you want to keep the pins they’ve contributed in the past. Here’s what you need to do:
Go to your group board, click EDIT, and then remove them and then save.
4) Many people have disliked the “Related pins” that Pinterest pushes to their Pinterest feed. The only thing you can do is to limit seeing the related pins but they’re staying for good so here are the steps to follow:
a. Click the grey icon.
b. Click on the thumbs down.
5) You don’t want to see Promoted Pins. Promoted Pins are Pinterest’s paid ads.
Step 1: If you don’t want to see these paid ads to show up in your smart feed go to your account settings.
Step 2: Go to Personalization and turn your slider to “No”.
There you have it! You have just learnt five ways to remove those unwanted pins from your Pinterest account. Now you can enjoy perusing through your smart feed with joy!
Over to you…
What’s the biggest reason why you would remove a board or a pinners account from your Pinterest page?
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