How To Avoid Being Marked As Spam On Pinterest
One of the greatest tools to increase traffic to your site, especially in the beginning, is Pinterest. Even as my first site is approaching one year old, Pinterest still brings in the majority of my traffic! I absolutely recommend it to every single blogger.
However, Pinterest isn’t somewhere you can mindlessly promote your blog (unfortunately!), and using Pinterest the wrong way can get your account marked as spam, suspended, or even banned. That’s why I created this guide on How To Avoid Being Marked As Spam On Pinterest.
Pinterest is literally always changing, and it’s important to stay up to date on their best practices! These are tips that I have found successful in my blogging journey, but there are still ways to accidentally get marked as spam.
If you think your account has been wrongfully marked as spam, reach out to Pinterest directly! I have heard of many accounts being banned and then unbanned due to an error in the banning to begin with, etc.
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General Rules To Avoid Being Marked As Spam On Pinterest
There are some general rules you should always follow on Pinterest, and while they may come across as common sense, I feel they are important to mention!
If you are brand new to Pinterest and aren’t sure where to start, read this first, then come back here.
Here are things that Pinterest may find as “spammy” behavior:
- Pinning pins that don’t relate to the pin or bring you directly to an affiliate link
- Overly pinning the same image or link
- Using pins that weren’t created by you or are unoriginal
Typically the best success on Pinterest comes from creating your own pins and linking them to your related post. If you stay genuine in your work, you shouldn’t have any issues!
Spam On Pinterest: Unrelated Links
When you create a pin, Pinterest uses its fancy Pinterest brain to figure out what that Pin is about. It uses the pin image, pin title, and pin description to learn what your pin is about to help it promote it to the appropriate audience.
This means that if Pinterest thinks your pin is about DIY Christmas Decor but your link takes you to a post about gardening, you may be marked as spam.
You can help Pinterest by making great pin titles and descriptions!
Spam On Pinterest: Overly Pinning
This is a HUGE one! This is also probably the quickest way to be marked as spam on Pinterest.
If you create only one pin image for one post and repeatedly pin that same image and link every single day for 30 straight days, you will probably be marked as spam. This may concern you if you’re just starting out and don’t have many posts yet!
I try to avoid pinning the same pin image with the same link more than once a month. This means that I create 6-10 different pin images for each post I write, and I rotate pinning those every few days with other posts mixed in between.
I took an AMAZING Pinterest course when I first created my blog that I literally owe all of my Pinterest success to. Check it out here. Pinterest can be the best tool for your site or the reason your site goes from increasing traffic to no traffic. I suggest taking the time to learn the in’s and out’s and investing in a great course to help get you there!
Spam On Pinterest: Stealing Pins
This may seem obvious, but stealing other people’s pin images and using them as your own will get you marked as spam. You cannot take someone else’s beautifully designed pin image and use it just because it relates to your article.
I use Canva to create all my pin Graphics, and I upload all the graphics as images on the bottom of my blog posts, so I can pin straight from my website! I use a Google Chrome extension to help me do this. This also eliminates the need for space on your laptop or desktop!
Feel free to leave me a comment if you’re still confused, and definitely check out my other Pinterest Tips Here.