While scrolling through my Pinterest feed last week, my eyes widened in pure dessert desire over so many images: these red velvet oreo brownies, this skinny frozen chocolate s’mores pie, this chocolate chai layer cake… I eagerly repined them onto a few of my boards before realizing some of my categories desperately needed a little loving attention. I updated their titles, reorganized their content, and—most importantly—changed multiple pins’ URLs.
That’s right; several of my pins led to random spam sites that had absolutely nothing to do with the photo. A blueberry protein smoothie took me to a pork tenderloin recipe, a bowl of cinnamony oatmeal linked back to seitan tacos, and moist banana muffins led to a mushroom risotto. (I’d never actually save that last dish; I’m deathly allergic to mushrooms!)
Even while browsing today, I spotted a few “stolen” photos of gorgeous content originally posted by top-name bloggers and friends…
These talented ladies—and everyone else creating new, original content—deserve our Pinterest traffic, much more than those other spammy sites. To reduce the chance of repining these “stolen” image pins, here’s my #1 Best Pinterest Repin Practice:
Yes, you can trust certain pins to lead to the original website, such as those from a blogger’s official “blog” board (for example, my Foods for the Soul board), without needing to double-check whether they link to the correct URL. But when in doubt, click through. It only requires 5-10 seconds, yet it guarantees that the creators earn the credit and traffic they deserve.
And that means the world to them.
I recently adopted this simple technique, and it greatly reduced the amount of time required for repining while still confirming the images linked to the proper content.
- While scrolling through Pinterest, right-click on any interesting pins and select “Open Link in New Tab” for each one. This makes it easy to skim through lots of potential repins at once without losing your place!
- Click on the image of each pin you opened in a new tab. For the ones that lead to the correct website, repin them to whichever of your boards you’d like!
- For any pins that lead to the incorrect URL, do a quick Google image search. No, you don’t need to close that pin’s tab just yet! Most of the time, the caption is correct, even if the image leads to a different website. Copy and paste that caption into a Google image search, and find the picture that matches your pin of interest. It’ll usually be one of the first few results.
- Now that you’ve found the correct URL, you have 2 options…
- Pin the content directly from that site instead. Most websites contain a “Pin It” option somewhere on their page, or you can use the official Pinterest “Pin It” button for your browser’s bookmarks menu. (I highly recommend the second option! See here for directions on adding it to your browser.)
- Repin the incorrect pin AND replace its URL with the correct one. After repining the image you first opened in that new tab, a window will pop up reading, “Added to ___ Board” with a “See it now” button. Click that red button, and when you reach your new pin, click the “Edit” pencil icon in the bottom right corner. (Alternatively, if you’re viewing your entire board, the “Edit” icon will be in the top right of each individual pin.) When the “Edit Pin” screen appears, copy and paste the correct URL into the “Source” bar. Click the red “Save Changes” button.
I included a set of example photos above. However, because I pinned them directly from my friend Sally’s official blog board, they didn’t require any changes.
The #1 Best Pinterest Repin Practice is that easy—and totally painless. This quick little method ensures that bloggers, magazines, and other websites get the traffic they deserve. And since many of us spend 10-15 hours developing, photographing, and writing each recipe, article, and blog post for you, we really, really, really appreciate it! ♥