Yes, that’s right! And yes, it was horrible!
For those of you who don’t know, I’m Ayushi and I run this book blog which I started in January, 2019. I am fairly new to the blogging world but in these three months, I had managed to gain 90k+ monthly visitors and 286 followers on Pinterest before it got suspended.
Now, I know these are not breath-taking numbers, but this is my first ever blog and I was learning as I went and was content with my progress. You can check out my blog stats here. As I promised in my April Wrap Up post, here I am with my story on why was my Pinterest account suspended and what I did to get it back.
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Without any delay, let’s get to the story….
Pinterest Account Suspended
There was no warning sign. All of a sudden, my Pinterest account was suspended.
Well, in all fairness, I did do something stupid. I want to share it with you so you guys don’t make this mistake. Especially with Pinterest. For all us bloggers, Pinterest is a huge traffic source and can you imagine what it means if all of a sudden you realize that this source has been snatched away from you?
You’re right, it’s very harsh, not to mention, extremely demotivating!
Most of April was like shooting at darkness for me. Really, that’s how it felt like. But let me tell you what happened.
So I created a few boards – which is good right, Pinterest loves it when you’re active on the platform. No mistake there on my part.
I started filling up the boards with relevant pins – this is again a good thing, your boards are meant to have pins in them. Again, no mistake done.
I pinned TOO many pins to these new boards TOO quickly!! – BIG MISTAKE!!
And bam! The next time I went to Pinterest (a few minutes later), I was logged out and not allowed to log back in. I got an email that my account has been suspended for spamming!
Now, I will not ever think of spamming but I do realize why I got flagged. I should have filled my boards slowly over the course of 2-3 days instead of pinning 50+ pins at once.
So my dear friends, please do not do this. I really hope you learn from my experience and avoid making the mistake I made.
How I Got It Back?
Pinterest did give me an option to appeal if I thought they made a mistake. Now, at that time, I could not put two and two together to realize that the mistake was mine, so I appealed anyway.
I wasn’t in a very calm state of mind (as you can understand) and all I could think of was how to get my account back. Will I even get it back at all? What will happen to the progress I’ve made? Will I lose all my followers? etc. etc. etc.
I had just completed my third month of blogging and had worked really hard (I mean really, really hard) to grow my little blog. So, getting my Pinterest account suspended was a total nightmare for me.
I jumped into research mode, read other people’s experiences, talked with my blogger friends…. They were all very supportive however, most of them had not experienced this themselves….
Some blog posts that I read (I’m sorry I don’t remember where I read them because I was too stressed, if I do remember I’ll link them here), mentioned that this was common and that I should email Pinterest again and again until they fixed it.
I was lucky with this though, it took me two emails which I wrote from my heart explaining what I did and that I was very new on Pinterest trying to figure my way around, and I think within 2-3 days they emailed me saying my account was re-activated!
Oh the relief I felt! I quickly responded to them and thanked them for reconsidering. I was at fault so I took the responsibility.
What Happened Once I Got It Back?
I got my account back but it looked different. I realised my followers and the accounts I was following were now zero, yes, ZERO!! My pins were showing zero too although, I could see them on my dashboard. My best performing pins (including two that got mini-viral) disappeared!!
I emailed them about this and they responded saying it takes a couple of days to retrieve all the data. And rightly so, after 2 odd days, I received my followers back, also, I could see the accounts that I was following. The number of pins I had pinned was showing. BUT, my viral pins were still missing!
I decided to just accept it, I was grateful for getting my account back. This happened in the beginning of April, 2019. The next 3 weeks, my traffic from Pinterest just dropped like hot potato!
I was getting close to nothing impressions and the clicks were a joke, like 8-14 maximum a day. My monthly visitors on Pinterest started going down and from 90k+ I went to 62k. You can imagine how heart-breaking this can be! I started to realise this was what bloggers called ‘pinterest jail’!
But, I just braved it. I kept posting quality content and pinning, but I was too careful and did not pin more than 5 at once. I used my tailwind scheduling very judiciously by only pinning 8-10 times a day.
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Now remember I told you I read a lot of blog posts when my pinterest account was suspended… They were very useful but I did not come across any that mentioned about blog traffic…
Will I Get My Blog Traffic Back??
This was a big question! For new bloggers like me, getting traffic is crucial because it keeps us motivated. We work so hard to produce content and when readers come to our blogs, it does feel like our work is appreciated.
Now to answer this big question….
Yes, my traffic did return 🙂 Yay! Happy dance!!
It took a lot of patience and perseverance, but the traffic increased. I paid extra attention to my pin graphics, to the number of times and when I was pinning, to the boards I was pinning in, and slowly but surely, I went back to 90k+ monthly views on pinterest.
At the time of writing this post, I’m at 200k+ monthly visitors. I’m sharing this so all of you struggling if your pinterest account got suspended, don’t lose hope. Just hang in there, things will get better!
What To Learn From This?
If there’s one thing you want to take away from my experience, let it be to go through Pinterest’s terms & conditions. Read it please. See what they consider spamming and what they consider as inappropriate content. And then, run as fast and as far away as you can from them!
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