The other day, we discovered an unpleasant surprise: Pinterest has flagged our website, 1001Pallets.com, and they blocked all our pins from their Network: “Blacklisted” as they call it :(
It is now impossible to pin from our website or go to the 1001Pallets.com website from all Pinterest pins. We received emails from some of our fellow pinners that they are not able to repin our content anymore, and this is the reason why.
That was when we found out that ALL pins associated with our website are now blocked. Our website has been marked as spam, and now we cannot upload any pins that are linked to my blog or you cannot access our website from Pinterest.
Not only have we stopped getting traffic from Pinterest 3 days ago, but what is most distressing is that everyone can see (and probably believe!) that 1001Pallets is a spam site with inappropriate content :(
There is no email you will receive once this happens. There is no customer service you can contact on the spot and get immediate relief.
So, what can you do? Unfortunately, not much. We are over 72 hours into being aware of this situation and we’re still waiting on Pinterest to contact us back. We sent them emails regarding their policies, trying to understand what’s wrong with our website as we are compliant with all Pinterest spam policies.
And – then you wait.
There is no one you can contact. There is no customer service. You are at the mercy of the Pinterest gods.
We are just hoping our followers aren’t deleting our pins once they are discovered as blocked.
We think that we are the victim of the Pinterest Mafia or Lazy scammers as explained in this article from Hibusiness: Website Marked As SPAM on Pinterest? The Mafia Is Doing It. Some people were unhappy cause they saw a lot of our pictures at Pinterest, they reported our site, and Pinterest removed us from the platform. We never published, and we will never publish spam content or content that could go against the policies of Pinterest which are the same policies that we follow at 1001Pallets.
All it takes is one person reporting your website as spam, and Pinterest automatically flags your website and blocks it.
Pinterest needs to look at its system. The fact that all it takes is one person to say you’re spam, and you are automatically blocked with no available recourse or even notification of it happening just isn’t right. Blogs are people’s incomes, and it shouldn’t be so easy for a stranger to take away your income.
We encourage you to please share this article as much as you can with other bloggers. Pinterest needs to stop punishing innocent bloggers who are not violating any TOS. The system should not be automatic to ban entire websites based on one person’s report. These reports need to be looked at by human eyes before any choices to block entire blogs are made.
That is why, we are seeking help from you, our community and all our friends to get back on Pinterest! If you have a Pinterest account and have two minutes of your time, we would be very grateful for your help. Please follow the steps below by sending an email to Pinterest, and ask them to remove 1001pallets.com from their blacklist, to return all our pins back so that we can share our content which is also YOUR content with our community on Pinterest again.
Here is how to contact Pinterest (and help us)
Click on this URL: https://help.pinterest.com/en/contact
Select the following options (also shown in the image below):
Pick a topic.. select Appeals
Select Pinterest blocked my site
Select A Pin from my website is blocked for Spam
Then, enter your Pinterest credentials.
Now, you’re on the page to describe the issue.
It’s where you will be able to ask Pinterest to unblock 1001Pallets.com, so all of us will be able to share pins again. You can add a title to your message and description.
In the description box, you will be able to write your message and show your support for 1001Pallets.com. (see below for message we suggest).
For “what’s the link to the page…” write: https://www.1001pallets.com
Set “Content Removal Reason” at – None –
Set “Is this a secret board or a public board?” to Public board
Set “Are you trying to create a Pin, or is the Pin already on Pinterest?” to New Pin
Let the field “Link to the Pin or account” empty
Tell them about your device, some statistical stuff I imagine…
Tell them you’ve got an error message when trying to pin, the message is “Sorry! We blocked this link because it may lead to spam.” This is the message that appears in the window when you try to pin our content.
After all, click the red button Submit…
Here is the message we suggest :
Title : Please unblock 1001pallets.com!
I love your site for inspiration, but I noticed you’ve removed 1001 Pallets again. Every few years this happens, and I can’t figure out why. I love this site and have used it and repinned/shared so many times over the years. They are a great help to so many of us who need a little help with extra income or just projects for home. Please put them back on. I’ve never had a problem with their website OR they’re Pinterest posts.
I beg of you to put them back up.
We strongly believe that by joining forces we can get back on Pinterest and share great content again.
Thank you for your help!
Update 14/04/2020: Pinterest send us an email telling us that they unblocked our website! Thanks, everybody for your help, without you, we will never be able to do it! Love for all of you & stay safe in these difficult times!