Updated February 23, 2019
Pinterest Consultant explains that 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.”
Why Am I Seeing Pins I Don’t Like?
While Pinterest has always made the user experience a priority there comes a time when pins in your home 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.
Remember that the images and videos that you see on your home feed is a combination of Promoted Pins and pins from the people, topics, and boards you follow. In addition, if you engaged on a pin (let’s say you clicked on it) it sends a signal to Pinterest that you like that content. So what will Pinterest do next? They’ll keep showing you similar results of that pin you clicked on.
Here are the different ways to solve these problems:
1) Do not use your home feed. Use your “Following” tab only.
If you’d rather see only Pins from people, boards, and topics that you follow, check out your Following tab. You’ll find the Following tab on the right top corner.
2) You can unfollow boards or the entire Pinterest profile
You probably followed the Pinner’s board or their entire account. To unfollow a board simply go to the board and click “Unfollow”. When you’re done it should read as “Follow”.
To unfollow a Pinner’s account go to their Pinterest profile page and click the “Unfollow” button as shown below.
- You won’t be able to follow, message or interact with each other’s Pins.
- Your mutual Pins—Pins you found through them—will stay the same. You’ll need to remove each Pin or one-by-one.
- We won’t notify people you block. They’ll only be alerted if they try to follow you or interact with your Pins.
- People you block will still appear in search, feeds, and group boards.
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:
Go to the pinner’s Pinterest profile page, click the three little grey dots to the right of the business name. You’ll see a pop-up as shown below, next click the red button “Block”.
If you decide that you want to unblock them in the future just go to Step 1 and click the red button “Unblock”.
4) If you own a group board
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 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, look for their name under COLLABORATORS (thank goodness all the names are in alphabetical order), and then click “Remove”, then “Save”.
b. You can block them. When you block them all their pins will be removed. To block a Pinner open your group board, search for their name, click “Remove”, next check off the box as shown in the image below, click “Remove”.
5) You don’t want to see a regular pin or Promoted Pins.
Promoted Pins are Pinterest’s paid ads. You can go here to give your feedback if you don’t like them https://help.pinterest.com/en/landing/promoted-pins-feedback
If you dislike a Promoted Pin click on the three grey dots on the bottom right corner of the image. Choose from one of the three options as shown in the image below.
If you dislike a regular pin click on the three grey dots on the bottom right corner of the image and click “Hide”.
If you think that the pin is a spam or it goes against Pinterest policy (as shown below) click “Report” and choose one of the following options.
There you have it you have just learned how to remove those unwanted pins from your Pinterest account. Now you can enjoy perusing through your home feed with joy!
If this is overwhelming for you and you feel like you are going around and around with Pinterest and not getting anywhere contact me about my Pinterest management services or to learn more about how to correctly set-up your Pinterest business account, the best place to start is with my Pinterest Marketing for Business Course, Chapter one is FREE.