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Tips For Cleaning Up Your Pinterest Boards


I adore Pinterest. But you know, sometimes you pin something that, upon further reflection, you say to yourself..."What on earth was I thinking pinning that ugly thing?"

Therefore, you should perform regular maintenance on your Pinterest Boards. 

Here is my mantra: Don't just pin it and forget it. 

So I'm going to tell you how to do housework on your Pinterest Boards.

I've got, I don't know, 180 Boards or so. I have them alphabetized because I'm a bit anal like that. Sure makes it easier to find a board though!

So now I'm working on my boards, setting aside some time each day to deleting old pins that aren't being repinned. Because you don't want to keep duds on there. 

You want to show the best of the best! The ones that get repinned the most. 

So what to do first? Open up each board and click on each photo. See how many times it has been repinned, which is right there at the top next to Pin It.

I set an arbitrary number for myself. If a photo has been pinned in the single digits, it gets deleted. If it's been pinned in the double digits, it stays. Occasionally I make allowances. But rarely.

Yeah, it's tedious, but worth it in the long run. 

To keep from being bored, I play a little game with myself. I try to guess if a photo has been pinned a lot or a little before I click on it. 

Sometimes I'm REALLY surprised. Like one I guessed was pinned under ten times was actually pinned 545 times!

And then one I really thought was extra special gets pinned 2 times. And so it gets deleted. 

You just never know.

Think of it like decluttering your home. Instead, you're decluttering your Pinterest Boards. 

Oh, and be VERY careful about deleting entire Boards. I deleted a Board one day and lost about 10,000 Followers. Just wasn't thinking!

Here's something else. In the beginning, I wanted to put "cutesy" names on my boards. Like for bedrooms, I had "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep."

What's wrong with that? 

No one on earth is going to Pinterest search and typing in: "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep."

So I've gone in and made everything obvious. That Board is now just Bedrooms. 

Cozy Kitchens became merely Kitchens. 

You want to think of what people will be searching for, and make it as easy as possible for them. Which means there's far more likelihood your boards and pins will come up in their search.

And something else I've learned, it really is true what they say: Vertical and tall pins get repinned A LOT more than horizontal pins as I'm doing housework on my Boards. 

Folks, Pinterest is big. And it can bring you a lot of traffic. I get well over 2 million monthly views on Pinterest. That breaks down to around 52,000 daily impressions. 

Tip#1
Occasionally change the cover photo on your boards.

Tip#2
Pin regularly. And not just your own stuff. Make it a habit to pin from other places.

Tip#3
When posting your photos, make sure more are vertical rather than horizontal. And when pinning, use the same strategy.

Tip#4
Go in and delete pins that aren't getting repinned. Do a little housework and decluttering.

Tip#5
Keep a watch on your Pinterest Analytics so you'll know what kind of posts are popular. Then you know what readers really want.

So keep your Pinterest Boards visually nice and tidy and it will be the gift that keeps on giving.

Here are my Pinterest Boards.

And here's some more Pinterest tips for you...




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  1. Thank you for the great tips. I love pinterest.
    Joyously,
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

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  2. I first organized my pinterest boards during the Super Bowl two years ago. I only watch for the commercials so it was the perfect opportunity to organize during the game. First I did as you did and picked simple names for my files. Crafts, Home, Recipes, etc. Then I began separating into "sub files" for example: Crafts - Sewing, Crafts- Quilting, Recipes - Salads, Recipes - Vegetables, Home- Bedroom, etc. This not only helps me locate favorite pins, but makes easier to pin new pins. If I notice a board is getting too large, I can divide it further. For example Party: Baby Shower divided into Party: Baby Shower Owl and Party: Baby Shower Farm Theme. I also alphabetize my files. I look at my pinterest as an online filing cabinet. Is this because I am a retired secretary?

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  3. I'm about to launch my blog and the Pinterest information will be so helpful. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Brenda, how do you alphabetize your board names? I am at a loss on this one. Thanks in advance!

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    1. You just tap your cursor on them and slide them around to where you want them.

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  5. Thank you, Brenda! This is great information. I alphabetize my boards too!

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  6. I used Pinterest until my life got threatened by some horrible person and not just once on one of my beautiful boards They refused to take action. So I refuse to use it. Then I tried to delete my account and they refuse to allow me to sign in. I do not miss the waste of time it was.

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    1. I'm sorry you had a bad experience. I don't find it a waste of time. I have 71 boards I save recipes, crafts, decorating ideas, etc., and it's all for my own use.If someone wants to repin one of mine, that's ok. I like sharing. How else could I save the wonderful ideas I find online?

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  7. I'm not on Pinterest often and my boards are mainly for myself, but I still do "housekeeping" on them every so often. Thanks for the tips.

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  8. Here I am again-I tried your directions and was able to alphabetize my boards by just clicking on them and moving them around; what fun! They kept slipping away from me but I finally got the hang of it. Thanks so much, Brenda!

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  9. I had no idea you could move your boards around! Thanks, I'll try it!

    I think I've gone about Pinterest all wrong? I go through regularly and delete pins that I don't think will ever again inspire me. And I find it easier to enjoy my own boards if I delete until everything is something I love. I hadn't thought before about it bringing traffic. I've even deleted pins that kept on bringing me so many emails when they were pinned. And I had no idea there were analytics on it? I can't even figure out how to add a follow me on Pinterest tab on my blog so I kind of gave up on it as anything except fun and interest to myself.

    But I will try to make mine more easy to navigate by grouping like boards together. Thank you!

    Dewena

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  10. Great tips, Brenda, thanks! I get attached to my pins, I like to look at the pretty, but yes, sometimes, I do go in and say, what was I thinking!!! Off to peek at them now!

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  11. What great tips, Brenda!! Next time I have a little spare time this goes on the top of my 'TO DO' list!

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  12. Hmmm...I don't use Pinterest for other people, I use it to save and organize things I want to refer to later. I don't care who repins or how many repins there are, it's for my use, it's a great way to organize and safe stuff for later. Am I the only one that uses it this way?

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    1. I pin for myself. and Have Secret boards also.
      I do clean up my Pinterest Boards often though. Makes me feel more organized.

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  13. Hmmm...I don't use Pinterest for other people, I use it to save and organize things I want to refer to later. I don't care who repins or how many repins there are, it's for my use, it's a great way to organize and safe stuff for later. Am I the only one that uses it this way?

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    1. I use my Pinterest board for the same reason as you Kathy, and I thought I was the only one. I only have 61 board's and waaaay too many pin's. There are some I need to delete because they've been on there too long. They're for me to enjoy and anyone else who decide's they like something I've pinned are more than welcome to repin it :))

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  14. What do you mean by guessing about how many pins a photo has? The number is stated right below the photo. At least on my boards they are. Great tips.

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  15. I mostly use the boards for myself to inspire me to get off my butt and finish the house LOL I do clean them up once in awhile though and these are some great tips :)

    xo,
    rue

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  16. Kathy, you aren't the only one who uses your boards for you only; so do I. I'm sure if you were trying to build traffic on a blog you made money on and it was linked to Pinterest, it would matter if something got pinned. Like my mama used to tell me, "each to his own." I do "clean house" on Pinterest from time to time because my tastes or needs have changed.

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  17. Kathy, you aren't the only one who uses your boards for you only; so do I. I'm sure if you were trying to build traffic on a blog you made money on and it was linked to Pinterest, it would matter if something got pinned. Like my mama used to tell me, "each to his own." I do "clean house" on Pinterest from time to time because my tastes or needs have changed.

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  18. These are great tips!
    It's tedious to delete pins but soooooooooo important. I also learned to pin only(!) vertical pins. Never horizontal as they simply don't do good on Pinterest.

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  19. This is a very timely post for me. I admit I've neglected my Pinterest boards and it's time for some serious housework. I'm having surgery soon and on my To Do List during my recovery is to lie in bed and work on Pinterest. I've pinned this post to share and to refer back to. Thanks so much Kathy!

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  20. P.S. I know you're name is Brenda so ignore the Kathy reference in my comment. Dahhh

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  21. Lots of useful info Brenda! I'm afraid I have some cutesy names to clean up. :) ~Ann

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  22. The obvious this post is being pinned.. but seriously thank you for the great and timely tips.

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  23. Good tips, Brenda. And congrats on making the "Top 5"!

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  24. I think these are great tips and I need to get into my Pinterest and do some clean up. I know I'm guilty of just going through and clicking on something before I realize what I've pinned. Maybe that's why I get some weird stuff in the emails they send me! :-) I'm so proud of you and congratulations again! Love ya!

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  25. Great tips, Brenda. Very helpful and timely, as I've been thinking about revamping my Pinterest boards. I do have mine alphabetized. I did that in the beginning. But, like you, I gave my boards cutsey names and I now know I need to change that. I also have a couple of boards that aren't really relevant to me now and had thought about deleting them. So glad I didn't because I would have lost followers, as you mentioned.Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  26. I was extremely happy with Pinterest until I opened a pin and had a virus hit my computer which took weeks to get rid of. I still pin, but I am very careful about which pin I open. I hope no one else has this terrible experience.

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