Pinterest Notifications For Your Blog or Website

by Gigi Ross on October 9, 2013

get emails when your blog post is pinned on pinterest

If you’re an active Pinterest user, you’re probably in the habit of checking your notifications each time you log in. Pinterest notifications show you who has repinned items from your boards, who has started following you, and more.

There’s only one problem with Pinterest notifications.

Pinterest doesn’t notify you when someone pins one of your blog posts or website items.

Yes, you can enter to get that info, but it’s really kind of hassle, and who has time to remember to do that every day or week?

Enter PinAlerts.

PinAlerts allows you to get regular notifications of who has pinned items from your domain. Here’s how it works.

How To Get Email Notifications When Someone Pins Your Blog Post

Go to PinAlerts.

Enter your blog or website domain name (example: into the box.

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Select how frequently you want to receive notifications of folks pinning items from your site. You can select once per day, once per week, once per hour,  or as they happen.

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Click “Create PinAlert” and you’re good to go! You can always go back into PinAlerts to change the frequency of your notifications.

At your selected intervals, you’ll get a nicely packaged email that looks like the one I get, below.  The alerts show what item was pinned, by who, the date and time, and the name of the board they pinned it to.

pin alerts - get notified of who pins blog items to pinterest

Great, I Get Notifications. So What?

As I’ve said before, data is only worth something if it’s actionable.

Here’s what you can do with your PinAlerts.

1. See what types of boards your pins are being pinned to. This can help you with naming and giving descriptions to your images so they’re likely to be found by similar pinners.

I do a lot of font collection posts, and they’re typically pinned to font boards. However, holiday font collection posts are also pinned to holiday boards, so that information would be useful for me in describing my pins.

2. Grow your following. Because the pinner and the pinner’s board name are hyperlinked, you can easily click to follow individual pinners and individual boards (and hopefully, they follow you in return!)

One of my recent notifications showed me that Peg Fitzpatrick pinned a post I did on Google Plus.

pinterest notifications

By clicking through my PinAlert, and doing some research, I would have learned that Peg works for Guy Kawasaki and is a great authority on all things social media. In this case, I knew Peg and her background already, but it’s a great example of being able to see the authority and influence of people who are interested in the content you’re writing about – and obviously, she’d be someone I’d want to follow (if I wasn’t already).

3. Look for trends in the times that your items are pinned. This can help you figure out ideal times to pin your own items to your Pinterest boards!

Hope this helped you be a better pinner. And if it did…I would love a pin :)





Alison October 9, 2013 at 5:27 am

I use PinAlerts, which is awesome. Your tips on how to use that information is great, thank you!

Jennifer October 9, 2013 at 6:56 am

I love PinAlerts. I had not thought to look at the names of boards though. That’s a great idea. I do wish there was an easier way to find out how many times something has been re-pinned (as PinAlerts only shows you original pins). The only thing I’ve found so far is this: direct link to specific posts here), which is cool, but can be tiresome if you are trying to look up several posts.

Peg Fitzpatrick October 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

Hi Gina,

Great article!

I pinned your article on my Google+ resource board as part of my secret plan to get Google+ plussers on Pinterest. It’s working well so far.

Gigi Ross October 9, 2013 at 9:40 am

I think G+ and Pinterest compliment each other really well myself. Thanks for coming by! – gigi

Shereen Travels Cheap October 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

This is awesome. Thanks for the info, because I really need help trying to figure out how to use Pinterest better.

Max October 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Great article and info! I use pinterest, but haven’t really taken the time to get the most out of it. Your post has inspired me to do some analysis and clean-up this weekend! :)

Tina @ Life Without Pink October 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Great tips as usual!

Nina October 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

Great info! Thanks, Gigi!

Ashley @ It's Fitting October 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

Good lord, how do you KNOW all this stuff :-) You are an internet genius.

Leah October 15, 2013 at 10:46 am

This is great, Gigi! Just signed up now.

Amy October 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Wow, good-to-know resource! I’m one of those people who is a constant notification checker, so this will definitely streamline the process. Thank you!

Michelle @ Life on the Horizon November 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

Thank you for this!

Amberly Lambertsen November 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

This is an awesome article!!! I didn’t know about any of this. I’m glad I found out about it through The SITS Girls! :)

Sharon November 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

Fabulous info! Just signed up. Pinning this!

Jamie Rippy (@MamaMommyMom) November 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I just set this up! Thank you for the heads up on this service!

Dana@chocolateandsunshine November 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Thank you!! I didn’t know something was out there like this! I just went through your very easy to understand steps and completed it. I’ve always kept on top of the individual pins via e-mail alerts but as I’m a new blogger, this is good to know for my blog itself.

Really appreciate your help!
Now, how do I add more subscribers? Does it matter if readers view my blog via Bloglovin or as a Subscriber as far as future statistics for marketing purposes? Thanks.

GiGi Eats Celebrities November 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

GIGI!!!! Nice to meet you! I was drawn to your blog because we have the same name! 😉 What’s your full name??!

And this is a GREAT TIP I knew nothing about :) I signed up even though my blog isn’t very PINNY.

Sue November 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

Thanks for the info. Just signed up for this.

Stopping by from SITS :)

Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly November 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Mind. Blown. This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing this great info! :)

Helen West November 10, 2013 at 4:48 am

Thank you so much! I’m a newbie at blogging and your posts are a great resource. Off to check this out now! :)

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