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How Would YOU Handle A 1+ Million Account Being Banned?

Discussion in 'Pinterest' started by SatelliteH, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. SatelliteH

    SatelliteH Newbie

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    Hi there BHW,


    Long time lurker, first-time poster. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and replies.

    I have a site in the health niche that has 200 posts (manually created, high-quality) and approval from a top tier advertising publisher.

    A few weeks ago, the site was bringing in ~3,000 people a day and about ~$100 in revenue. Then, out of the blue, my Pinterest account was suspended and my site was listed as spam. I suspect either a VA messed up and posted to too many group boards, or a competitor went in and flagged a bunch of my pins.

    Regardless, I can't get my account back and my site unblocked - I have tried reaching out to support multiple times, and even filing a complaint with the BBB. As you guys know, Pinterest's customer support is terrible.

    My question is, where do YOU think I should go from now? I'm bringing in ~400-500 people a day from Google, and ideally, I would like to keep this going.

    I am toying with the idea of creating a new website and a new Pinterest account, getting that set up, and then moving the content over and 301 redirecting everything once the account is aged a bit.

    What would YOU do if you were in this situation?
     
  2. Simon Freemen

    Simon Freemen Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If you have high-quality content automatically you will be receiving organic traffic from the search engines more than Pinterest.
     
  3. Stiletto

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    Pinterest got strict with health niche. They don't like unproven natural remedies or cures on their site and as soon as someone reports you, they'll block site and ban account. They even send you a message that your post/pin isn't by WHO guidelines.

    Happened to me on couple of test accounts.
     
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  4. SatelliteH

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    Stiletto, so you think the move is to just throw in the towel and call it a day on this site? Fighting an uphill battle?
     
  5. Stiletto

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    In one case, I managed to get one account back (it was banned again later), but the websites that got blocked were never unblocked.

    I'd say to try to get back the account, appeal couple if more times, acknowledge your mistake and say it won't happen again, it worked for me, but website...you'll probably have to find another way to promote it.

    Don't throw it way, you have 500 visits from SE, just switch to other networks, Facebook, IG, Twitter, Tumblr... lot of options.
     
  6. AzonGeek

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    How many pins were you doing per day? And what was the interval between two same pins on multiple boards?
     
  7. SatelliteH

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    Thanks for the tips. Do you have any recommendations for where a home remedy health site should try to drive traffic? And any tools? Never heard of one using Facebook, IG, Twitter, or Tumblr but I'm sure some people are doing it and driving real traffic.


    I was doing ~100 per day, which wasn't a huge deal until Pinterest updated their algorithm. Tailwind warned us about it, but I didn't believe them since my results had been great up until this point. Not sure about the duration between boards - it was all set up with SmartLoop.
     
  8. AzonGeek

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    This can be an issue. Tailwind is Pinterest's official partner and when they said about the maximum limits, they may have insider info from Pinterest. I mean Pinterest will never say anything about limits. But as Tailwind is a partner that automates the pins, they must follow certain guidelines from Pinterest to stop spamming through Tailwind.

    Also about the interval, Tailwind says the same pin can go to multiple boards, but the interval must be at least 2 days. This is new too, so I guess that's what Pinterest asked them to do.