Updated August 2018
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.”
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. The cause could be one of the following reasons:
- Pins that you simply don’t find useful or don’t like
- Pinners who constantly spam your group boards
- You realize that you’ve been following a spammer…yikes!
- You don’t want to see “Promoted Pins” because it’s clogging up your home feed
Here are the different ways to solve these problems:
1) 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:
Step 1: 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”.
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:
- 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”.
2. 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”.
4) Many people have disliked the “Picked for you” pins that Pinterest pushes to Pinners home feed. Pinterest has removed this feature and instead they will focus on content that you follow. Yay!
5) You don’t want to see 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/give-us-feedback-promoted-pins
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.
How to permanently remove Pinterest’s Promoted Pins and Picked for You Pins!
A website called Stop Promoted Pins created free extensions for the Google Chrome (desktop) and Firefox browsers. The extensions hide both Promoted and Picked for Your Pins on a user’s home feed. The issue with hiding these pins is that it leaves a “gaping hole” in the user’s home feed. Upon hiding these unwanted pins, their extension will dynamically rearrange the pin grid, as the user scrolls down the page. To remove Promoted Pins and Picked for You Pins go to http://www.stoppromotedpins.com. You’ll find the download links on the landing page.
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 become a Pinterest Account Manager.