Is deleting old pins the best thing to do?

Is deleting old pins the best thing to do?
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Is deleting old pins the best thing to do on Pinterest?

It’s a question we hear all the time. 

Should you be deleting underperforming pins? Is it worth it to go through all your old pins and delete the ones that have nothing to do with your brand anymore?

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Or is it better to just leave them and focus on creating great content now. Keep reading to discover the pros, cons, and the how-to of deleting underperforming pins.

Should You Delete Old Pins?

So the question is, should you go through the effort of deleting your old pins? And the answer is probably not, but maybe yes. 

For most pinners who have thousands of pins, going through and deleting pins with no engagement is a massive undertaking. It’s time that is probably better spent creating fresh new content that will convert your audience. 

At the same time, Pinterest’s Smart Feed algorithm prioritizes content from high quality pinners. So any low performing, or low quality content you have can affect how often you show up on others’ feeds. 

You also want to make sure your pins are on brand and on message, so it might be worthwhile to make sure your messaging is consistent. 

So, if you have the time or can outsource this project, deleting poor performing pins can improve the performance of your other pins.

How Do I Delete Old Pins on Pinterest?

You can delete pins individually on the mobile app but you can only do a bulk delete on the browser version of Pinterest.

  • First go to the board where the pins to be deleted are located. Click on the “organize” button.
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  • Next, select the pins you want to delete (up to 50 at a time). Pins you’ve selected will be outlined in red and Pinterest will keep track of the number selected.
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  • Third, you can choose to move, copy or delete the selected pins. Verify you would like to delete the selected pins. Once a pin has been deleted you can not undo it, so be sure that you are positive you want to delete those pins.  
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How do I know which Pins to delete?

So how can you choose which pins to delete? First, you’ll want to check your analytics and see which pins have the lowest engagement. 

The TailWind app even allows you to sort by underperforming pins so you can easily delete pins in bulk. Look for pins that have the lowest engagement which means other pinners have seen them, but they aren’t saving or clicking on them. 

Think carefully, though, before you delete any of your own content, since it will lower the number of repins others will see on the Pinterest stats on your website. Instead focus on deleting other people’s content that you’ve pinned. If any of that content is low performing, feel free to delete the pins. It won’t hurt your numbers and will help you see which content just doesn’t resonant with your audience.

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One last thing to remember is sometimes it takes awhile for a pin to go viral. Be sure to give your pins a month or two before you decide whether to delete or not. Sometimes, a pin that wasn’t successful initially, can really take off as the trending topics change on Pinterest. 

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Laura Rike

Laura Rike is a Pinterest Powerhouse. She helps high-performing business owners, content creators & influencers (like YOU) grow PROFITABILITY the right way with SUSTAINABLE systems, so you can be found first without tantrums over tech and trading sleep for success. She has helped clients and students bring in over 50k+ in revenue month after month. Laura’s clients have become industry leaders with 6-figure and up businesses, most now found on page one of Google and growing sustainably with targeted email leads daily. With over 3.2 Million monthly viewers on Pinterest alone, Laura has been featured as a guest on podcasts like Ultimate Marketer, Twin Cities Collective, and Small Business Revival

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