Last updated on July 22nd, 2018 at 06:10 am
As you know, I have been learning how to use Pinterest to grow my blog. I’ve invested in courses, read blogs and read books to learn how to use it. Today, I wanted to show you how to remove pins from Pinterest that have been hijacked from other users.
If you’ve read my blogging mistakes from the past, you know that this isn’t my first blog. In fact, it’s not even my second blog.
I’ve started my entrepreneurial journey several years ago. The difference with this blog and all my others in this blog I am doing it the right way.
As you know, I am currently working as a WordPress freelancer and started this blog to move away from freelancing.
My goal is to turn this blog into a full-time income through passive income such as affiliate marketing, ads, and other monetization means.
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Growing A Blog Is New
If you’ve been following me, you know that growing this blog is completely new. I’ve never grown a blog before and don’t even get me started on social media.
When I started it, I had no clue what I was doing. (sometimes I still feel like that)
Yet I didn’t let that stop me. I dove in and started learning. I purchased courses, read and did whatever I needed to do to use it effectively.
Focusing On Pinterest
If you’ve read my October blog growth report, then you know that Pinterest is my biggest traffic referral. If you’re ready to learn how to start a profitable blog, then be sure to check out the tutorials and advice on this blog.
That’s because I’ve actually been learning the ins and outs. I even purchased the PIMP product by Jennifer Pot Pie Girl.
You can pick it up here.
This product has shown me new things that I didn’t even know about Pinterest. I am always trying to learn how to use it effectively since it’s the social media platform I am focused on, I need to keep learning as much as I can about it.
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I spend my time and money on courses to learn. There’s nothing wrong with spending money on courses or products as long as they teach you something new and you actually use it.
So why am I writing a post on how to remove pins from Pinterest when we’re trying to grow our account?
Well because last week I realized that someone had hijacked one of my pins.
What Upsets Me The Most
Last week, I was in my Pinterest account working and doing my daily Pinterest tasks. I clicked on the notifications and saw a pin of mine had been repinned.
So I clicked over to inspect the pin and guess what?
I saw that someone had stolen my pin!
It was my pin but the pin redirected to someone else’s site. Yes, I hate to say it Pin theft is real.
I ended up having to file a Pinterest DMCA complaint to have that specific pin removed. If you’re like me, you work your ass off learning and doing things the right way.
The last thing you want is someone stealing your pins. Unfortunately, whenever you put something online, you open yourself up to someone stealing your content.
Which sucks because we know how hard it is to grow a blog. Maybe you’re working hard on your blog to create a better lifestyle for you and your loved ones?
Or maybe you’re trying to get to a full-time income so you can leave your day job? Regardless of why you’ve started a blog.
It’s hard work and you’re busting your butt trying to grow.
So I thought that I would share the exact steps I took to get Pinterest to remove the stolen pin.
How To Remove Pins From Pinterest
While I don’t remove a lot of images from Pinterest. I know that some people say that you should delete pins to improve your account. I haven’t personally done that, so I don’t have any experience.
Sara Titus has a great article that will help you understand if you should delete pins on Pinterest.
This was the first time that I’ve ever filed a DMCA request to Pinterest.
Unfortunately, pin theft is real. If you’re on Pinterest, you may eventually experience this and hopefully, this step-by-step tutorial will walk you through on what to do.
This is my personal experience and I can definitely tell you that Pinterest makes it easy to report a pin.
Let’s get started…
How I Found The Stolen Pin
Before I walk you through the process of how to remove pins from Pinterest. I wanted to show you how I found out about the stolen pin. People in the Facebook group were asking me how I knew the pin had been stolen.
As I mentioned above, I got a notification on Pinterest.
Check Your Pinterest Notifications
Whenever someone pins a pin of yours depending on the stage of the pin. Yes, every pin has a different stage and the PIMP product will explain this in detail.
I always make it a point to check my notifications. You can find your Pinterest notifications as soon as you log into your account.
You’ll see the pins that people have shared on your boards. Those pins can be yours or other people’s pins.
Make sure that you’re checking those notifications on a regular basis.
What I Found
I always check the pins that people are sharing from my boards, especially if they are my pins. When I clicked over to the pin, this is what I saw.
As you can see, it’s my image but someone had redirected it to their own site. I’ve blurred out the information to the person who stole the pin.
I don’t want to reveal the person who stole the pin. I’m just trying to show you what you might experience if someone steals your pin.
Report A Pin On Pinterest
When you run into a pin that someone has redirected to their own site, the first thing you want to do is submit a copyright complaint on Pinterest.
You have the option of emailing them or filling out the online form. I personally filled out the online form.
I’ll be walking you through the entire process of what I did. Remember, this is my experience and I can say that I had a good one.
Required Info For Reporting A Pin
I thought I would share with you the required information to report a pin on Pinterest. It’s pretty easy, but I’ll show you what I did.
You’ll be asked to fill out your personal information. I’m not sure if you need to fill everything out, I did.
Identify Your Work
You’ll be asked to identify what’s been stolen. Most likely it’ll be an image, but you’ll also get to choose from:
- Text or quote
- Audio in a video
- A recipe or instructions
- My name
- A design or Artwork
- An object I own
Once you make your choice, you’ll need to prove that it belongs to you.
How to Prove It’s Your Work
Chances are the pin is on your website. (hopefully, it is) Enter the link to the post where they can see the pin on your site.
I was lucky enough to have the exact pin on my blog. Plus the image had my watermarked logo on it.
Identify The Material You Want to be Removed
Enter the URL of the stolen pin. You’ll have the option to enter up to 100.
You’ll notice that there are two options under this. I was totally confused on what to check.
After spending some time reading, I realized that if I checked “Remove All” I would be asking Pinterest to remove all instances of that pin. Regardless of whether they are yours or not. (I’m not really sure if that’s what will happen, but I didn’t want to risk it so I left that blank)
You don’t want all your pins removed. All you want to do is remove that one specific pin that has been stolen.
So be sure that you don’t check “remove all.”
Confirm Your Information
You’ll need to check all 3 boxes to confirm that the information is accurate before you can submit the form.
Sign The Form
The final step is to sign the form. Your signature will act as an electronic signature. Then click on submit once everything has been filled out.
If everything was filled out correctly, you’ll get a confirmation number.
Now you can go on your merry way and work on other things to grow your blog.
Remember, you don’t want all your traffic coming from Pinterest, so be sure that you focus on other blogging tasks.
How Long Does It Take Pinterest to Get Back With You?
Another question I got from the Facebook group was how long does it take for Pinterest to remove the pin?
My personal experience was excellent. I filled out the DMCA complaint form around 10:30 AM. I remember it because I was actually getting ready to go for my 3-mile walk.
It was about 5.5 hours when I received the email from Pinterest saying that the pin had been removed.
Overall, the process is very easy. Of course, it’s a waste of time because as bloggers there are always other things that we can be working on.
The last thing we want to spend time on is dealing with people who steal pins.
How to Protect Your Pins
As I mentioned pin theft is real. However, there are a couple things that you can do to protect yourself.
If you notice my pin above, I have my blog URL on it. However, this didn’t stop the person from removing my link and redirecting the pin to their blog.
So it doesn’t really keep people from stealing your pins. But it will make it easier if you need to file a DMCA complaint because you can easily prove it’s your pin.
Use Your Pins On Your Blog
If you have to file a complaint with Pinterest, they’ll want to see the pin on your blog. It’ll be much easier if you can point them to your blog so they can see the pin.
I personally use the Social Warfare plugin which makes it easy for me to add my Pinterest images to my blog.
Don’t Let This Stop You
The last thing we want is someone stealing our pins. This could literally stop you from wanting to use Pinterest.
Don’t let this scare you from using Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog. It does take time to learn and you may have to deal with this, but it’s totally worth it. It’s become one of my biggest traffic referrals.
I couldn’t imagine using Pinterest without the help of Tailwind.
Get Your Traffic From Other Places
You don’t want to spread yourself too thin by trying to be everywhere. However, you don’t want all your traffic coming from Pinterest. Create blogging tasks that will help you grow your blog but don’t require you to be everywhere.
As you know Pinterest is a social search engine. If something changes and all your traffic is coming from that one source, you’ll literally lose all your traffic overnight.
I’ve been there before when I focused 100% on SEO. Let me tell you, it isn’t fun when you work so hard to build something.
Then your traffic disappears overnight. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Final Take Away
This post wasn’t meant to discourage you and make you scared to get on Pinterest. The truth is that 98% of people who repin your pins are doing it correctly. Maybe 2% are actually stealing pins. (that’s just my personal experience NOT proven stats)
Most bloggers are trying to grow their blogs the right way. If you haven’t started your blog or just want to learn more, be sure to stop by and visit my page on how to start a blog tips for beginners.
You’ll find tons of helpful articles to get your blog going. You’ll even be able to learn the basics of WordPress to help you manage your blog.
You can’t focus on the negative. Focus on growing your blog and where you want to go. Take the necessary daily action and eventually, your blog will grow into something that you can be proud of.
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Hopefully, your pins aren’t being stolen, but if you do find one, hopefully, this tutorial will show you report it learn how to remove pins from Pinterest the right way 🙂
Have a question or comment? Want to share your Pinterest experience? Please leave it in the comment below! You can also email me at susan(at)susanvelez(dot)com and I’ll do my best to help.