February 19, 2015

6 things not to do on Pinterest

I have a love affair with Pinterest. I can spend hours following pins and filling new boards. There are a few things that annoy me though...and if feedback is any indication, they annoy others too! I do not claim to be a expert on Pinterest. I don't really think I'm an 'expert' on anything, actually lol. The following 6 items are just reasons why I quit following people or boards recently.

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#1 Pin to the wrong board. 
Shoes on the cake board.......Purses on the gardening board....toddler crafts on the pets board. This one is super annoying. Anyone can make a mistake with a pin or 2, but when I woke up today to at least 39 purses on a gardening board...I quit following the board. If I wanted to see purses or toddler recipes, I would follow those boards. (yes, I blocked out the guilty party in the image below lol)


#2 Pin the same image on 6 boards all at once.
I really dislike when I open Pinterest and see an entire row of the same thing pinned to every board you have. That great milkshake recipe did not need to be on your 'milkshake' board, and the 'dessert' board, plus the 'my favorites' board and the 'yummy' board and the....you get where I'm going here? If you do feel the need to double and triple pin, try doing it at different times. If you want to make sure we don't miss it, pin it once today and a different board tomorrow, then a different board the next day. Or even an hour apart. Better yet, get Tailwind and create a drip campaign and hit all appropriate boards in a few days. This works real well with group boards! (and using my affiliate link gets you a free month!)

#3 Pin recipes and tutorials from tumbler
Tumbler is a lovely photo site and is awesome for quote images like the one below. Nothing irritates me more then when I click on a "fabulous cake" pin and it's just a tumbler picture. No recipe. No how to, no tutorial, no link. *sigh*



#4 Leave the descriptions blank. 
Don't do this especially if there's no text on the photo. I won't know if that picture of your kids and dog in the park is about the kids, the dog or well...the park! Give me a clue, write a short description if one isn't already attached when you create the pin.

#5 Re-pinning without checking the link first. I know when you're on your phone/tablet/I-device it's easier to just click the re-pin button, but a LOT of pins don't work. Sometimes they lead to a home page instead of the actual article you want. Other times they go to the dreaded 404 page. Sometimes they're spam. This is where I use the "like" button. When I have time and am at a real computer, I go through my likes and pin the good ones.

#6 Pinning sprees. I know you just realized that there are 7000 ways to clean without chemicals, and spent the last 2 hours finding ideas and you really want to save every single article on Pinterest....but pinning them all at once fills up your followers feed. I scroll down to the bottom of my home feed and I'm still seeing row after row of your pins. Too much at once is well, too much. Utilize the like button again here. If you save things by liking them, you can re-pin them from anywhere on your phone. Short bursts of pinning are better then marathon sessions.

Now there is a chance that what annoys me doesn't even phase someone else...but why take the chance?

~L

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14 comments:

  1. Wow....guilty as charged! You know, I forget that my pins do get seen right away in others' feeds. I am changing my ways. Thank you so much for sharing this at my party. I AM pinning it, ONCE! LOL

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    1. Lol Once is perfect! Thanks for stopping by!

      ~L

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  2. Thanks for the advice. I've just joined some group boards and had been happily pinning away, but spreading this out over a few days is great advice.

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    1. Group boards are fun aren't they! It's hard to not pin like crazy! Have fun!

      ~L

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  3. I had no idea I was spamming the people who follow me when I go on pin marathons.
    Thank you for pointing it out.

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  4. It's hard not to do pin marathons, I did it much more before I started blogging though when it was all just for me and I didn't care if people followed or not. These are really great tips!

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    1. There is definitely a difference when you're not blogging! Before I connected my Pinterest to my blogging I didn't care if what I did made people quit following me, I was just pinning for me. As bloggers though it's sort of like an extension of our blogs, and we're trying to get as many followers and as much traffic as possible. It kinda changes things.

      ~L

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  5. I know that some of those things "pinners" don't even realize they are doing - so I guess that's good you're spreading the word. The things that bother me are the pinning to just a picture, pinning to a bad link, and when someone pins to their homepage instead of the post that I'm interested in. Doesn't stop me from pinning, though. LOL Definitely gets addicting.

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  6. Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing. Stopping by from Mommy Monday Blog Hop.

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  7. Oh no... I'm guilty of the pinning spree! And I recently pinned something to the wrong board. Now I have to figure out what it was and fix that. lol Great tips!

    T'onna @ usscrafty.com

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  8. These are great tips. I agree especially about the marathon pinners. One thing I do to avoid filling up the feed of my followers is to do my marathon pinning to a Secret Board. Then, when I have time to click on the links, I'll repin the good ones over a few days. This also helps me to avoid sharing dead pins or spam.

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    1. Ohh, that is a great idea! I love my secret boards and am so glad we can have more then 4 now!

      ~L

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  9. I will raise my hand as a Pinterest addict. I love playing around and finding new content. I find broken links or photos leading to no where one of the most annoying things on the feed. Stopping by from #Brag About It Linky.

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  10. Thanks for sharing a great list of no-no's for Pinterest on Idea Box link party! Have a great weekend - Cheers, Christy

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