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5 Things To Avoid On PinterestSome of us often need a helping hand. Whether it is riding a bike, baking a cake, or advice on which credit card we should get, there’s always good advice online, and it’s no surprise that we’ve had lots of requests asking us for hints at tips to get more Pinterest followers, or some best practice on how to pin effectively.

The problem is that while the web is full of information to help you on your way with the worlds favorite pinning platform, there is little help giving advice on what not to do on Pinterest?

What are the things that are considered bad practice, and what are the things that we shouldn’t be doing to annoy our fellow Pinterest followers and drive them away?

We’ve decided to have a think about that and put together our top 5 things to avoid on Pinterest. We think that this should be adopted by everyone and we suggest that you share these ideas with all of your fellow Pinterest followers and friends.

Don’t overdo it!

Things To Avoid On PinterestPinning it great, and we all love to pin, but there’s a line that we should avoid crossing.

If someone is following your pinboards, they do not want to be bombarded with a 1,000 pins the next time they log in. If they follow 200 people, they do not want to be forced to scroll for three days to see a different pinner other than you.

If you pin everything, the law of averages suggest that you will pin something terrible. Pinning everything means you end up pinning lots poor quality images, or it suggests you will pin small images, blurry pictures, or images that just simply do not look good in a picture.

Yes, Pinterest is addictive. It’s easy to fall into that trap and pin everything. There are lots of jokes on the internet about “pinning everything”, but the problem is that there is a lot of poor images on the internet, and you should try to avoid pinning what is considered by many as poor content.

Always remember that Pinterest is a visual platform, and it’s easy to annoy people. It quickly gets boring and you will lose your Pinterest followers much quicker than you can find them.

Don’t be lazy and pin search results

Things To Avoid On PinterestDon’t pin your images from search results. Pinning from search results doesn’t direct pinners to the original content source. There’s nothing worse than seeing an interesting or cool image on Pinterest, and clicking straight though to the search engine results page and not anything to do with the content source.

Clicking through to the website where the image came from also passes credit where it is due and gives the pinner what they were looking for when they found your pin.

Pinning from the search results will almost definitely annoy experienced pinners, and you are unlikely to build up a steady following if you pin things to annoy others.

Don’t get too talkative

Things To Avoid On Pinterest

Don’t add a small novel to your pins. Don’t copy and paste an entire page of blog content to your pins and expect followers to treat it the same way. Pinterest is a pinning platform. It’s visual. Users of Pinterest do not expect to scroll down an image to read war and peace – they want to view it and decide to click, like, share and repin. They want to move on, not read the encyclopedia Britannica.

You should always try to add comments to your pins. You need to add keywords and hashtags to make sure that your pin can be found, and you get new Pinterest followers (check out our best practice guide for more information), but do not overdo it.

Keep it brief, add your keywords, and pin your image……but don’t overdo it.

Don’t force feed

Things To Avoid On PinterestPromoting your brand is a great idea. Pinterest is a fantastic mechanism for showing off your products and services visually, but don’t force it down the necks of your Pinterest followers!

Adding a picture from your site is great. Pinning your latest product is an awesome idea, but don’t keep pinning images about “how great we are” and “buy this product” (or that product) every hour of every day.

Don’t pin the same image multiple times, and don’t put the same image on all of your boards. Keep it varied, and do not talk about yourself, or your business, all of the time.

Don’t pin too quickly. Think about it

Things To Avoid On PinterestPinning is easy – and that’s what makes Pinterest so great. It’s easy to pin everything that you see at the click of a mouse. It’s that simple, but just think about it for a second…..
We’ve already suggested that you shouldn’t overdo it. Don’t pin everything that you lay your eyes on or there is a good chance that you will end up pinning a load of rubbish.

If you pin too much, people won’t like/trust you. If you repin, but don’t review the text in the pin, it might just say “nice”, “stuff” or “want”. If it doesn’t, it will probably-say-something-that-is-not-very-easy-To-ReAd. Perhaps it says that “my website is great” or “click here for naked pictures”. Just take a moment to review your pin.

Equally as important, don’t pin it to the last board you visited because it was the easiest thing to do. Don’t pin a picture of Fluffy the cat on your “plastic surgery” board or your “support child cruelty” picture to your “fun times” pinboard.

…….and don’t forget to tell all your friends and Pinterest followers – they’ll thank you for it

Happy pinning!

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3 Responses to “5 Things You Should Avoid On Pinterest”

  1. Great advice on Pinterest etiquette. I love looking at what folks pin. My favorites are people doing something outdoors like camping, hiking, skiing, eating, or just relaxing on the beach.

    Posted by mark | July 15, 2012, 2:07 pm
  2. Great advice here. It’s annoying finding pins in the wrong categories, like a picture of a house in food & drink. I’ve found that sometimes these pins are SPAM.

    Posted by Cynthia | July 18, 2012, 12:05 am
  3. This is very helpful. I look forward to seeing more informative posts coming from you.

    Posted by Pat Curry | July 21, 2012, 6:28 pm

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