What to Do If You’ve Got a Wonky Pinterest Feed (It’s Pinterest Personalization)

NEW Pinterest Personalization

If you’re seeing popular content, and not the content you liked and wanted to see on your Pinterest feed, you’re not alone.

So, here’s the deal . . .

Pinterest added a new “personalization” setting to your account.

Which means your feed will look different.

You’ll see pins from pinners you didn’t like.

Which means your settings look something like this – with the personalization including sites you’ve visited recently.

account personalization Pinterest

According to Pinterest, if you go to a Pinterest-infused site (is this like a fruit-infused water?), Pinterest uses a cookie to track your visit. Then, when you log in to Pinterest, that cookie personalizes Pinterest pins for ya.

They’re just trying to be helpful.


Pinterest I love you but this, . . . I’m not so sure about. Although, one could argue very convincingly that everyone else is doing it. (Google, Amazon, Facebook.)


If you don’t want Pinterest to show you pins from other sites, including old pins that are popular — change your personalization setting, clear your recent searches, and clear your recent contacts.

Then save.

Everything is back to normal.

account personalization step 2

What are you going to do?

Give it a try or change back to the old way?

(big thanks to Alea of Premeditated Leftovers for the heads up about this!)

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  • http://idealistmom.com Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

    I’m with you…no thanks, Pinterest! I’d be fine with a different feed personalized like that, similar to the popular feed…but leave my main feed alone!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor


  • http://jennylens.com Jenny Lens

    HATE HATE HATE IT. Why? Seeing WAY too many pins which have NOTHING to do w/my searches. So are you saying each and every time I have to clear my search history? Wait, I DO NOT search 99% of the time I’m on Pinterest.

    It’s really upsetting me. I’m actually BLOCKING ppl so their pins disappear from my wall. Sometimes I unblock them, sometimes they stay blocked. Not cool Pinterest.

    Here’s the bottom line: they actually think we are TOO stupid or lazy to search on our own. That we don’t know what we want to see. ALL these sites say that.

    But when I see religious or political rants which offend me, then I have every right to be upset. Or when I see food when I’m on a diet. Or purely irrelevant pins. Then I wonder, why am I here? And it’s making me want to spend less time here.

    Actually encouraging me to spend more time on my other fun activity: read. (PS Melissa, I see your Kindle book on Amazon all the time. On my wish list).

    I’m building a business (and new site) wherein Pinterest can be very helpful. However, I also turn to Pinterest for fun. It’s why I’m rarely on Facebook when I spent way too much time there.

    So yeah, bring it on Pinterest. Force me to stop looking and repinning on my wall cos it’s full of crap you’ve pinned cos you can’t program correctly.

    I’ll just use it for business. Fine, if that’s the way you want it. Help me be more productive. I don’t need to be here for fun. Pinterest, bad move. Not cool at all.

    PS Ya think they could ASK us if we want their help? Might surprise them MANY Pinners are techies, educated, erudite and capable of finding their own topics to pin. I’ve 12 yrs of college (that’s 24 yrs of formal education), many many classes in technology since 1987 and taught at colleges for over a decade. Computer graphics and many other programs. I know how to search. It’s SO easy on Pinterest too!

  • Lindy O’Brien

    Please put my Pinterest back to the way it was. Now I do not get any notifications of people repining my pins. I enjoy that part the most and it lets me know what people like on my boards.
    Lindy O’Brien

    Why did you mess with a good thing?

  • http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/ Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    I changed it back, but I hope my followers are savvy enough to do the same. Thanks for the help!

  • http://www.bearandbeaglecreative.com Bear&Beagle Creative

    Great post! I didn’t know those features existed inside of settings. I recently did a vlog about how the new Pinterest Smart Feed works to put all that stuff in your feed: http://www.bearandbeaglecreative.com/build-your-blog-vlog/pinterest-changes-stream-video/

  • http://www.holisticfashionista.com/ Holistic Fashionista

    love the tips!! I heart social media too 🙂 http://www.holisticfashionista.com

  • Lisa Hayden

    I’ve been uing PinPinterest for managing my Pinterest account. I have tried several tools previously, but PinPinterest is the best one since it pins only relevant pins. Don’t know how they do it, but yes, it pins only images relevant to me, so I don’t have to worry about my boards being cluttery every other day. I can schedule as many pins as I want to, and it’ll do the rest. It does all the operations related to my Pinterest account quite efficiently.

    • Eliran Kupfer

      i agree PP is the best, not cheap but the best

  • http://www.theefaeriering.etsy.com Miss Peppercorn

    The change that concerns me, and no one seems to be addressing, is that I can no longer see from the web just WHO pinned an item, or to what board. I like seeing what *individuals*, who I’VE CHOSEN to follow, pin – points that just seem lost on Pinterest itself. If anyone knows how to fix this, I’m definitely listening!