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This post about how to avoid having your pins marked as spam is the sixth in a 10-day blog series that I have created.
I’ll be sharing all my Pinterest tips and tricks with you so that you can optimize your Pinterest strategy to help drive more traffic to your blog.
I personally have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest mainly because it is so fickle.
However, if you can realize that and insert that knowledge into your blogging strategy, then you can still use it to your advantage.
Here’s what you have to look forward to over the next 10 days:
- Day 1: 3 Pinterest Marketing Mistakes that You Really Need to Fix
- Day 2: What You Need to Know About Manual Pinning vs Scheduled Pinning
- Day 3: How to Use Pinterest to Drive Traffic to your Blog the Easy Way
- Day 4: How to Find Your Best Pins and What to Do With Them
- Day 5: 4 of the Best Tools for Creating Pin Images
- Day 6: The Best Ways to Avoid Having Your Pins Marked as SPAM
- Day 7: How to Get Readers to Actually Click on Your Pins
- Day 8: 5 Completely FREE Pinterest Courses You Need to Know About
- Day 9: What You Need to Know About Pinterest Group Boards
- Day 10: Tailwind Tribes vs SmartLoop: Which One is the Best?
What to Do if You Find Your Pinterest Account Marked as SPAM
That moment when you realise that for whatever reason, your Pinterest account has been marked as SPAM is pretty awful.
In my case, it was that they accidentally marked my domain as SPAM and blocked all traffic from going to it.
I panicked, as Pinterest traffic makes up a large portion of my blog traffic overall.
Thankfully, my account was reinstated after about 24 hours, but it was a very stressful situation all the same.
Not to mention the subsequent loss of revenue.
I know how frustrating and stressful it is to go through that so I want to share some tips for avoiding ending up in that situation.
However, sometimes it isn’t your fault at all (as was in my case) so I’m also going to share what to do should you find yourself in a similar situation to what I was in.
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Double Check Your Account & Settings
The very first thing that you should do is to go to your account and check on everything.
Providing you haven’t been blocked from accessing it, make sure that it is still secure and consider changing your password.
Take a look at your boards and recent pins. Have you accidentally been sending out multiple copies of the same pin?
It can be done by just using the wrong settings in your scheduler.
If all of that checks out fine then go ahead and move onto the next step.
Reach out to Pinterest & Be Persistant
Get in contact with Pinterest. Use this email address: [email protected]
I emailed them about 3 times in 24 hours because as far as my income was concerned, it was imperative that they restored my account a.s.a.p.
Be persistent without being rude.
You need to let them know how serious the situation is for your business.
The other thing is that you need to explain to them why you HAVEN’T been spammy.
In my experience, once they get an actual human set of eyes on your account, things get rectified fairly quickly.
It is just a case of working through their system of automated emails until you make actual human contact.
Take Steps to Avoid Being Under a Pinterest Block Again
A lot of the time bloggers accounts get blocked or suspended by no fault of their own.
It is just a glitch in Pinterest’s technology.
As frustrating as that is, it is also a really important reminder to diversify your blog traffic.
It is never a good idea to have all or even the majority of your traffic coming from just one source.
And while many times it isn’t the fault of the blogger that their account is suspended, that also isn’t always the case.
For that reason, let’s talk about how to avoid being marked as SPAM.
Use Pinterest Best Practices to Avoid Having Your Pins Marked as SPAM Again
Pin Fresh Content
Pinterest has kept it no surprise that they are wanting fresh new content on their platform.
Pinning the same old pins over and over again isn’t the powerhouse that it once was.
It is also more likely to get you marked as SPAM.
For that reasons, do the following.
Create New Posts
The obvious way to get new pins on Pinterest is to create new content on your blog.
While this is something that will please Pinterest, it is also something that will appeal to Google.
Google likes to see that you are consistently creating valuable new content and they will be a lot more likely to rank it as a result.
Create New Pins for Old Posts
This is my favorite trick for driving a ton of traffic to my blog with a very small amount of effort.
Go into posts that are at least 5 months old and create a fresh pin for that content.
Think about using a fresh image, a different headline and a new colour scheme.
Pinterest doesn’t mind that you’re linking to old content. They just want fresh pins.
Create Multiple Pin Images
Fresh content is king, so to get more eyeballs on your blog content without spamming Pinterest, make sure to create multiple pins for each new post.
As a rule I always create a minimum of 2 and then add to that as necessary.
Use Tailwind’s Interval Settings
Tailwind has a free trial where you can try out all of their great features.
If you haven’t already got an account with them, try it out for free HERE.
Two of their features are particularly helpful to avoid pinning the same pins too often.
The first is their interval setting.
When you schedule a pin to go out to multiple boards you can choose how long to wait before pinning it to each board.
For instance, it could be 1 day, 10 days, or 100 days.
I like to do at least 2, but you decide what works best for you depending on how much other content you’ll be pinning in between.
Make Use of Tailwind’s SmartLoop
The second feature of Tailwind’s that is incredibly helpful is their SmartLoop.
It allows you to schedule out your pins to multiple boards so that they loop around without you having to go in and reschedule them.
Not only is this great for making sure that your content is recirculated and bring consistent traffic in, but it also saves you time.
The best part is that you can set it up to align with Pinterest’s best practices.
Last I heard, it was that you shouldn’t be pinning the same pin image to the same board any sooner than 5 months.
You can totally set that all up in SmartLoops and it’ll take the pressure right off because you won’t have to be constantly monitoring it.
- If your account is flagged as SPAM make sure that it is still secure and that you haven’t been pinning duplicate pins in quick succession
- Get in touch with Pinterest a.s.a.p. and make your case
- Work to prevent it from happening again by paying attention to Pinterest’s best practices
- Create multiple pins for new posts and use Tailwind to avoid pinning the same pin too often