How to Find Out if Your Pinterest Pins Have Been Stolen!
**Article Updated 4/26/2020
Why would someone "steal" a Pinterest pin, you ask? If you have pins that are very popular and getting a lot of traffic, they are susceptible to 'pin hijackers'. This means that they will take the image from your pin (aka the infographic), create their own pin with it (usually covering up any of your site/contact info), and have it link to their own website from Pinterest!
If you're worried that this might have happened to you or could happen, here's one way to find out:
Step One: Login to Pinterest and click on one of your popular pins.
Having a Pinterest Business Account makes finding your popular pins much easier and it's free! If you have a Business Account, you'll want to click on Analytics and scroll down to Top Pins. For example, this pin of mine is very popular:
Step Two: Click on that pin and when the screen comes up, click on the little button in the bottom right corner of the pin. Like so:
Step Three: Clicking the magnifying glass will bring up a Pinterest search for pins that look similar to yours. If your pin is large enough, you can move the cropped box around to search for a certain area of the pin.
Step Four: In this case, I had to scroll down quite a bit before I found someone using my photo. Here's how to see if the pin links to a site that is not yours (hover over the pin and the link will show):
Step Five: This pin and the one below it are stolen! They added some extra words to the picture, but it's still my photo! Here's how to report a stolen pin:
Step Six: The 'Report This Pin' box will pop up with several different options. For this case, I'm going to choose 'My Intellectual Property' and click 'Next'.
Step Seven: The next box will ask you to choose if it violates your copyright or your trademark. Since I don't have this trademarked, I'm going to choose 'copyright'. As soon as you create a pin and upload it, you own the copyright since it is your intellectual property.
Step Eight: Be sure to fill out all of the information on the next page.
And that's it, you're done! A box will pop up saying you've submitted the report and Pinterest will be in contact with you. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me by leaving a comment below or clicking the message icon in the bottom right corner. Thank you so much for checking out my blog!