How to be Private on Pinterest in 3 Steps

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Learn how to protect your privacy on Pinterest in 3 easy steps.

3 Steps for More Privacy on Pinterest

Pinterest is known for being a open and sharing community but sometimes you need a little privacy.

For some time after Pinterest launched, it was the only social platform without any privacy options. However, within the past few months, Pinterest heard the cries for privacy and implemented ways for you to protect your website, your Pinterest boards, and your Pinterest feed. Learn how to protect your Pinterest identity with the 3 easy steps below.

Step 1: Privacy Off of Pinterest

As we addressed last week, there are many ways to protect your images on Pinterest. However, if you want to fully protect  your website from prying pinners, just embed the “No Pin” code Pinterest introduced in 2012.  This simple code protects your entire website from the “Pin-It” bookmarklet.

Embed a No Pin Code on Your Website

  • To add the “No Pin” code to your website, just copy and paste

into the section of your website’s HTML. After adding this code a window will pop-up reading, “When someone tries to save things to Pinterest from your site, they’ll see this message: This site doesn’t allow saving to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!” when a user tries to pin an image using the “Pin It” bookmarklet.

  • If you want to allow some items from your website to be pinned, you can still install the “Save” button on a certain image. This allows you to control both the image and the description  being pinned from your site because it typically picks up the alternate text you’ve entered on the image.

Step 2: Staying Private on Pinterest

Up until a couple of months ago, users couldn’t hide any of their boards on Pinterest. Now that private boards are available, you can Pin without fear. 

Secret Boards on Pinterest

  • To make a private board, click on your profile (found in the top right corner of the browser) and scroll to the end of your boards. From there, you can create any secret board you would like! Personally, I use them for gift ideas and pins that I use in my everyday life, but the possibilities are endless! You can even repin Pins to the secret boards without fear of the other user knowing.

Step 3: Keep Pinterest Clean

Another feature that has been implemented within the past few months is the ability to block and report users on Pinterest. With this feature, you can now control who interacts with you and help Pinterest find and delete spam accounts.

  • Pinterest’s Terms of Service outlines what is and isn’t allowed on Pinterest. If you see a pin that is pornographic, report it. If you see a user that claims to be under 13 years old, report their profile. If you find an account that is obviously used for spam, please, for the sake of all us on Pinterest, report them!
  • If someone is not in violation of Pinterest’s Terms of Service but is still bothering you, block them! There’s no need to open yourself up to content you don’t appreciate – whether the user is posting vulgar images, or if their pins are cluttering your feed with fattening foods while you’re on a diet.
  • Easy instructions on how to block and report users on Pinterest can be found on the Tailwind blog.

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Melissa Megginson is resident Community Manager and Cat Lady at Tailwind, the leading Pinterest & Instagram tool for brands. Melissa specializes in affiliate marketing, public speaking, and making our members look good. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelMegg.

7 thoughts on “How to be Private on Pinterest in 3 Steps

  1. Step 1 may stop some pinners, but the implementation, ultimately, is a fool’s errand. It’s easy enough to get images using the browser, or, worst-case, do a screen grab.

    1. Kathy, there might be a few things going on.

      First, when you pin something do you have the box at the bottom that says “post to Facebook” checked? If it is checked, you should just be able to uncheck it and the posts will stop going to Facebook.

      If that doesn’t work, you can also remove Facebook in your settings. Go to your profile, click on the gear in the right corner, select “account settings”, and disable Facebook from the social networks.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Then, what’s the point of having pinterest (or going social in social media) if it is very private?
    Geesh, just put watermarks on your images. Social media for traffic. Social media for SEO.

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