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How to Fix a Pin

How to Fix a Pinterest Pin

Have you ever seen a recipe, crafts or a pin that you loved!  Absolutely loved, so you pinned it.  But now that you want to use it, it takes you to the homepage of a blog and not the specific post you wanted? Or worse, it takes you to some bogus site or no where at all. What do you do?

Finding the right place and fixing a pin is usually pretty easy and takes less than 5 minutes.  Unless of course, the pin itself gives you no cool who wrote it or the name of the post. (Then sadly, sometimes you’re just out of luck.)

How to Fix a Pin that Takes you to a Homepage or Nowhere:

1) Find the right URL.  If you’re not familiar with URL’s on what not, don’t worry.  You’re just locating the post.  

  • If the pin took you to a homepage just search the site for the title of the pin (assuming they have a search and if not shame on them).  
  • If they don’t have a search or the pin takes you nowhere, search the blog name and blog post title (or some of the keywords) using a search engine (Google, Bing, whatever you like).  It should pop up the exact blog post for you within the first few results.

Search for Pin - How to Fix a Pinterest Pin

2) Copy the URL (blog post’s web address).  Copy the address at the top of the page. 

Copy URL - How to Fix a Pin

Highlight URL, Right Click and Select Copy

3) Insert the Correct URL into the address box of the Pin. 

  • Go back to your pin and click on the pencil (edit button). 
Edit Pin - How to Fix a Pin

Depending on if you’ve already clicked on the pin, you will see the pencil in one of these two places

  • Delete the old address in the source box (if there is one).
  • Paste the correct URL in the source box.

Pin is Fixed - How to Fix a Pin

  • Click Save Changes. 

And you’re done!  Easy as that!

How to Prevent this from Happening Again

Don’t pin from the homepage of a blog!  This is the number one reason, pins aren’t correct.  If you pin from the homepage with most “pin it” buttons, the pin will take you back to the homepage when you click it again.  The problem with this is months from now that great post you pinned is several pages back in their archives.
Click on the title of the blog post and pin from that that page.   

Also check pins before you re-pin them.  I try to always click a pin before I re-pin and make sure it actually goes to the correct place.  That way I’m not passing on a bad pin.

Final Tip 

If your pin is a joke or cartoon that you think is hilarious but goes to an incorrect or inappropriate site, you can just erase the address from the source box.  The pin will not just not lead to anywhere but for jokes or pictures that’s perfectly okay. 


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Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

Wednesday 27th of November 2013

Great tips. Editing pins is SO helpful. Definitely pinned this for you too! Thanks for sharing on The Patriotic Pam! Pam


Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

Thanks Pam! Discovering I could edit pins was so helpful!

Mary Ellen

Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Thanks for sharing at Talking Tuesday Over the Fence. Great post, pinned it also


Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

Thanks for Pinning! I appreciate it. Enjoying your link party!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

Thursday 21st of November 2013

I know some people who could have used this when Pinterest had their fiasco a few weeks ago! Pinned this so I can remember where I saw this should I ever need it again!


Saturday 23rd of November 2013

That whole fiasco was one of the reasons, I wrote this post! I had to go back and fix several that day and I know a bunch of pins still aren't right from that day.

Jenn Kurkiewicz

Thursday 21st of November 2013

This is awesome, thanks for sharing! Sometimes I forget that your can go back and edit your pin! :) Stopping by from the DBB and I pinned! :)


Saturday 23rd of November 2013

I love the ability to edit pins. It comes it so handy at times! Thanks for pinning.

Kenneth Goh

Thursday 21st of November 2013

Thanks for sharing. Yes, it is true that when you pin, you have to careful. I usually cut and paste the address. from DBB and pin in my board.


Saturday 23rd of November 2013

That's a good way to make sure the address is with the pin.