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:
- 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 “Picked for you” 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” because it’s clogging up your home feed
Here are the different ways to solve these problems:
1) You’ve been following a Pinner who constantly clogs up your home 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”. 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, click on the toggle on the top right corner and the drop down will show up, click “Report this profile”.
Step 2: Click the red button “Block Pinner”.
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 can block them (see #2 on how to do that)
- 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 “Picked for you” pins that Pinterest pushes to Pinners home feed.
Here’s how to stop seeing it in your home feed:
- Go to your “Settings”
- Go to Home Feed and turn the slider to “No”, click “Save changes”.
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
If you don’t want to see these paid ads to show up in your smart feed go to your account settings. Go to Personalization and turn your slider to “No”.
UPDATE: 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. They are also working on a standalone Pinterest browsers for Android and iOS. These Pinterest-only browsers will automatically hide unwanted pins.
The extensions hide both promoted and picked-for-you 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. Upen 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 five ways 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.