How to Improve Your Pinterest News Feed

The Pinterest you fell in love with has changed and your news feed just doesn’t hold your attention like it once did. Pins that don’t interest you keep popping up in your news feed and some pins show up multiple times. Pins from months ago are showing up at the top of your news feed showing you past holidays. It seems to be happening to all of us but we can change our Pinterest news feed with a little bit of cleaning.

I know that to see pins we need to follow people and boards, but when we follow too many our news feed starts getting cluttered with pins we don’t even like. So what I am suggesting may be upsetting to some bloggers but it is what is best for Pinterest news feeds everywhere. UNFOLLOW!

1.  Unfollow boards that do not interest you. I am not a cook. I do not enjoy being in the kitchen. Therefore, recipe boards are the first boards I stopped following. While looking through my news feed when I came across a recipe pin, I clicked on the board name then choose to unfollow. I also picked out some of the pinners I was following and looked at all their boards. Some pinners had multiple boards for recipes so I unfollowed those boards. Don’t get me wrong, I still have recipes that pop up in my news feed and I even have a board to pin food, but I am no longer overwhelmed by food pins. So get rid of what you don’t like. Maybe you don’t want to see pins about sewing or pins about remodeling a room. It’s alright to unfollow those boards and free up your news feed for what interests you.

2.  Get rid of group boards in your feed. Group boards are great for sharing ideas or planning a trip. Our family has a group board for planning a wedding. However, when the number of pinners to a group board starts getting into the double digits, the pins on this board can take over your news feed. And a lot of these group boards share the same pins you have already seen.

 Group BoardThe icon with three people indicates that the board is a group board.

I once again picked out some of the pinners that I follow and looked to see if any of their boards were group boards. I unfollowed the group boards that I had no interest in. Some of the group boards I will continue to follow, but if I find these boards are taking over my news feed I will unfollow them too.

3.  Let Pinterest know what you want to see. Pinterest is now posting pins to your news feed.

Picked for you

Look for the “Picked for You” pins. To remove, hover over the lower right corner and an x will appear. Click on the x to delete the pin. Another box will pop up where the pin once was, click on that box to tell Pinterest why you don’t want to see it. Pinterest gives you three choices – is it not interesting? Did you already see this pin? Is it offensive? Let Pinterest know so that your feed keeps you inspired.

I changed my Pinterest news feed with these three steps and now I am enjoying Pinterest again. I see what interests me and not what everyone else wants me to see. My news feed is now back to a more chronological order. I guess with so many pins hitting my news feed, Pinterest just didn’t know how to show me everything. I even see more pins from my close friends, I had almost forgotten they were out there pinning what inspired them too.

Be Inspired,



2 thoughts on “How to Improve Your Pinterest News Feed

  1. Shel Harrington says:

    I wondered what was going on with Pinterest, Dena. You’re right, it’s just not as enjoyable and is lacking in the variety I once looked forward to. I’m not sure how much unfollowing I’m willing to do (I’d be so bummed if my own numbers started dropping – especially while I’m still trying to grow!), but unfollowing specific boards might change things up. And I appreciate the tip about getting rid of repeat “picked for you” pins!

    • Dena says:

      I feel the same about losing followers. You may try just unfollowing group boards. Usually these boards are made up of people you already follow individually. Following both the individual and group boards causes a lot of duplicate pins.

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