Cleaning Up Your Pinterest Boards

So, I’m on my way back to Utah right now. And since we are moving back, I totally don’t have any time to post today! SO, here’s a wonderful guest post from my friend Amber at Rickabamboo about everyone’s favorite social network — Pinterest. 

 

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Hi, I’m Amber.  I blog over at rick•a•bam•boo. {www.rickabamboo.com}  It’s my little corner of the Internet where I muse about life, love, and the pursuit of craftiness.  If you have read my About Me then you know that I’m a Pinterest addict.  So I thought it was only natural to talk to you about Pinterest.  I’m here today to help you get your Pinterest in order.  And a Google tip too!  So listen up.

 

Did you know that your Pinterest account is a mess?  It most likely is, and you probably don’t even know it.  Or maybe you do know it and you don’t know how to fix it.  It’s simple really.  Let me show you.

 

Do you ever click on a pin and it takes you to a broken link? Or maybe just to the image, but not the actual site where it came from?  Or even it the home page of a blog, but not the actual post that contains the image?  Grrr. So aggravating.  First thing to do: find the image. (Here’s where that Google tip comes in.)

 

  • Right click on the image and choose the “Copy Image URL” option.

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  • Go to Google Images and click on the camera in the search bar.

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  • Paste the image URL into the search box and click “Search by Image”.

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  • Find the non Pinterest site from the list of sites that contain the image.  It shouldn’t say “Pinterest” in it anywhere in the address or the description.  Another hint is that the original site will have a bigger image than sites like Pinterest.  Check the numbers under the images for the size.

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When you think you have found it, click the Google search and go to the website.  Make sure that it doesn’t have another link in the post saying that they found it on another website.  If you are certain you have the original source, it’s time to fix your pin.

 

  • Copy the URL from the actual blog post or page that the image is on. NOT the home page.

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  • Go back to Pinterest and find your pin that you want to fix.  Hover over your pin on your board or in your list of pins and click the edit button.

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  • In the “Edit Pin” box you can change the board your pin is on, the description for the pin, and the website it is linked to.  This is where you want to paste in the new URL that you just looked up.

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  • Paste the new URL into this box and click “Save Changes”.  And your done!  Now when you click on that pin it will take you right where you want to go.

 

See?  That wasn’t so hard.  Now go check all your pins to make sure they go to the right place.  Yeah right.  It’s something that I am working on doing little by little.  One day I will be done.  Hopefully.  To help me in this goal I make sure all of my new pins are cited correctly.  Then everything is in order and I don’t have to play Nancy Drew to figure out where I can find that cupcake recipe. Yes, I have a cake problem too.  But that is a story for another day.

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5 Comments

  • I realize this was written a few months ago - but I just found it on Pinterest and decided to check it out ... I'm so glad I did!! Every now and then I get in a "clean up my boards" mood and when I do if I find a pin with a dead link {after getting frustrated} I usually simply delete the pin -- thank you SO MUCH for this tip!! I haven't tried it yet - but I promise I will!!
  • Thank u for the tip, I tried this to clean up my boards but I don't have "copy image url" when I right click on image. I think its a great idea but it doesn't seem to work for me.
    • What browser are you using? I would recommend using Google Chrome if the one you are using now doesn't have that option!

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