The Online Business FAQ // Pinterest

What is a stolen pin? How do I find a stolen pin and what do I do when I find one?

Updated: November 24, 2018

A stolen pin is your pin image with the wrong url. Someone has taken the pretty pin you have made and has uploaded it to Pinterest with their own url so that the pin now directs to their site.

Laura from Little Yellow Wheel Barrow has done her research on stolen pins and provided the following information.

How Do I Find a Stolen Pin?

I will take a look at my most popular pins. Usually, those are the pins that get stolen and the ones that do the most damage.

I will search:

  • Hashtags on that pin (I just click on the hashtags) - if you used a low hashtag keyword, it's best to start there. The pin stealers usually do not remove your text, so when you search those hashtags all the pins with that hashtag come up, including your stolen ones.
  • Keywords on that pin
  • The title of the post (or just the first few words so long as the keyword is there)
  • I also use the " related pins” section. I will click one of my pins and scroll through the related pins. I can easily spot my branding and quickly scroll over to make sure they are mine.
  • I click on the "view similar results" icon.

What Should I do When I Find a Stolen Pin?

Well, there are two sides of the fence on this one - let them get away with it because it's not worth your time, or be part of the solution and make noise.

I'm part of the noisier side of the fence. I don't report like I used to primarily because I don't have nearly as many stolen pins as I used to - maybe screaming every day made them piss off.

So if you find a stolen pin -

Before you do anything take a look at the account who pinned it - is it a spammer? (do all their pins go to a spammer site) or is it just a regular pinner who pinned your pin for later and didn't know it was stolen?

The other thing that could happen is your pin was saved from a roundup post by a blogger who did not no pin code it. Best to have a policy about what you allow for your copyright on your site.

File a DMAC!

Tips for DMACS -

  • NEVER click "remove all" - it will remove every single version of that pin, including your own.
  • Only click " strike " if you know the person who pinned your stolen pin is a spammer (does the account have multiple spam pins?)
  • You can file up to 50 stolen pins on one form
  • you do not need to add the URL for every single stolen pin, add your site URL and let Pinterest go look at your site to verify.

If you see your pin has been stolen and is showing up on multiple accounts, grab the account links and send an email directly to Pinterest copyright and explain that your account has been targeted or scraped and your pins are being redirected to many spam accounts.

Careful filling DMACs through the pin

At this point, there are many many reports of issues filing DMACS through the “flag” on Pin option. My advice is to file it directly from the form, and not access it through the pin.

If you find pins that are stolen from other users:

You can flag them on the pin if you want. If it’s a major breach, meaning you see countless stolen pins from one blogger, it’s a good indication that their site has been scraped.

You would be a good blogger citizen to let that blogger know, but for single pins I wouldn’t bother, just flag and move on.

More Tips:

Here are a few things I’ve read recently that claim to help.

  • Embed your pins - apparently, scrapers can’t get them from your site as easily if they are embedded.
  • Truncate your RSS feed - go into WP settings - reading - and change your rss feed settings to snippet.
  • Popular pin suddenly drop off the face of the earth? Go hunt. It could be the natural ebb and flow of the pin, but check to be sure.
  • Make new pins often - it’s Pinterest way of helping you keep ahead of the spammers. (gees, thanks Pinterest).