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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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19 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
  4. I am guilty of long Pinterest sessions….sometimes half the night. My own daughters said they quit following me because I pinned to much at one time. Thanks for the tip, I didn’t realize it was such a problem.

    Posted by RoseAnn | September 11, 2014, 6:21 am
  5. very helpful, I sometimes pin too fast and say too much, I will rein it in and be more mindful in the future

    Posted by Diane | February 17, 2015, 1:17 am
  6. Very sound advice. I will make a copy of it to remind myself, that on occasion I find myself reverting to the ‘Pinner’ I was when I first started. It’s so easy to do when you find something new and interesting. And I’ve been Pinning for several years, now. I would like to direct the following right at Pinterest: Why has the comment window been altered. BEFORE, when I went over the 500 item limit, I was able to copy it and alter it to fit the 500 item limit. Now, it’s instantly erased without me changing it. I have to start my comment all over. What kind of action is that ? When I rewrote it, it was usually within the 500 item limit. Now I’m not allowed to copy nor see what I needed to change to be within the parameters.

    Posted by Byron Lloyd | April 3, 2015, 10:12 am
  7. I have had a few pins removed for copyrights on them. Please let me know how I can verify this first so I don’t
    Pin something I shouldn’t. I was unable to find this in the
    HELP screen. I don’t want to lose Pinterest.

    Posted by Sheila Blackwell | August 28, 2015, 12:27 am
  8. Thank you for your great advice, very helpful. I personally am cleaning a folder at a time of anything with no information. flickr & tumblr are the worst. So I’ve decided to rid of anything from those sites period. tumblr also has a large porn site of which I find revolting.

    Posted by Kim McCulley | September 4, 2015, 6:41 am
  9. I totally disagree. I don’t pin for other people – I do it for me! When I have time to spend on Pinterest, I will often pin a whole slew of stuff. Then when I have more time, I will go in and take a more in depth look at each pin. From there, I decide whether to keep or delete & I may then move it to a different board. Don’t like it – unfollow me.

    Posted by Ellen | October 12, 2015, 2:26 am
  10. I like your info you it help me do it right. I did not know there was a limit # of pins on a board. Do I need to delete the extra one.

    Posted by Sandra Coy | November 6, 2015, 6:21 pm
  11. This is great info….thanks………I also find lots of repetitive pins on the same page…..not good

    Posted by Susan Henderson | January 9, 2016, 11:49 pm
  12. I dont post anything of my own..I just pin and pin! I have from 30-48 followers on my account every single day.I keep my boards free of errors as to say pins in the wrong places. Etc. Etc. I consider my account a compilation of my personal..very personal interests. Im honest and I have very good taste! I find my oen boards useful to me and thats all I care about. So anything else like followers is a bonus* thank you!

    Posted by Paloma Loca | January 24, 2016, 9:28 pm
  13. I like a lot of good pics together on one board.when people look they don’t get bored having different boards with the same theme gets to be too much! Variety is nice together…But only excellent pics! That’s my choice….only
    take pics from pintrest anyway! Don’t want five hours of stuff also! Bye bye????

    Posted by Eneri | February 10, 2016, 9:55 pm
  14. And what will come next?
    What do we do with so many pins?
    I love Pinterest and we get addicted to it.

    Posted by Gilka | February 16, 2016, 9:47 pm
  15. I inadvertently hit a button that has stopped my getting the pinterest logo and send button. 2. how do I get rid of names on my contacts list that I do not know or want. 3 I would like to add some newer contacts.

    Posted by Marlene Russell | February 27, 2016, 1:10 am
  16. I have just gotten back into Pinterest after years of not doing anything. I was taking care of family members and just didn’t have the time. Now I find that I’m pinning maybe too much. I don’t know how many you should pin on one person’s place. I love doing it but just 3-31-2016 I hit on something that totally surprised me. I had been blocked and didn’t know it. I would like to know why so it doesn’t happen again. I don’t even know who blocked me. Help I afraid to pin anything now.

    Posted by Shirley Bussman | April 2, 2016, 2:32 am
  17. Thank u I am still learn. Abt Pinterest.I visitto learn new ideas,don’t know why people need followers (adv me) but I mostly want ideas to print tku

    Posted by linda | April 7, 2016, 9:22 pm
  18. I am new to Pinterest and didn,t even know that there were rules. I just thought one could pin anything. I do not know anyone that could help me to learn all about these things. Is there a Pinterest for Dummies book? Someone blocked me for pinning too much, and I feel terrible. I,m now afraid to pin. It has taken all enjoyment away.

    Posted by Diane Eskew | April 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
  19. WOW…First comment I would make is that I don’t treat Pinterest as a “social” site….When I first discovered it I thought well this is an ideal place to put things I find and want to keep….I don’t pin for anyone but myself and to occasionally post to Facebook. So the number of pins I do at one time is only important to me. I don’t care if they lead back to search engine…nor do I care at all about talking to much because it will be what I want to read. I don’t ask for followers and any who don’t like the way I post can “unfollow”
    No hate mail please….LOL

    Posted by John Gibbons | April 12, 2016, 9:52 pm

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