How to see when a Pinterest pin was pinned
Have you ever wondered how to find the date you posted a pin to Pinterest? I see this question all the time in some of my favorite blogging groups on Facebook: “Is there any way to tell when I pinned a pin?”
And I often see people say that there isn’t. But there absolutely is! I’m going to walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to find out exactly what date and time you pinned a pin.
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Why would you want to know when your pin was created?
Well, maybe you’ve got a pin that all of a sudden goes viral. Or even just starts bringing you decent blog traffic overnight.
It’s nice to know when you pinned it to see how long you might expect future pins to get attention. Remember, Pinterest is a long game. You can’t expect instant results. It can take many months before a pin really starts to gain traction.
Let’s find out how to tell the exact age of a Pinterest pin!
How to Find the Date You Created a Pinterest Pin
*It should be noted, I’m doing this on a PC. I don’t know for sure if these steps work on a Mac.
Open the desired pin and right-click somewhere below your description.
A typical menu will open up. Click on “View Page Source”.
A new tab will open that looks like a whole lot of gibberish. If it doesn’t look like the image below, make sure you select “Line Wrap” in the upper left.
Note: All this “gibberish” is ALL the information Pinterest stores about THIS pin. Just this one pin has all this info, that Pinterest has to store and process.
Knowing this really makes you realize why Pinterest no longer wants us repinning multiple copies of our own pins! This platform/algorithm is MASSIVE!
Anyway, on to Step 3:
Next, with the “gibberish” screen open, type “Ctrl F”.
A small search bar will open at the top of your screen
Type “created_at“, and press Enter.
Ta-Da!! The exact date and time you created the pin will be highlighted in orange!
That’s it! It’s really simple and the information is so interesting! Personally, I find all my really strong pins are at least 6 months old.
Can You See When Someone ELSE Created a Pin?
Yep! This fun little Pinterest trick isn’t just for your pins. You can use this method to find the original date and time of any pin on Pinterest.
Maybe you see the same pin repeatedly. It always shows up in your newsfeed, and you’ve been seeing it for months, maybe even years. Curious when that viral pin was made? This works on those pins too, even if they aren’t your own.
This can give you insight into how long it might take to see similar traction on your own pins.
More Pinterest Tips for Bloggers
Wondering where I get these juicy little tips? Everything I know about Pinterest I owe to:
a) Pinteresting Strategies and b) Pinterest Mastermind With Carly Campbell
Pinteresting Strategies is the best blogging-related course I’ve ever taken. I owe the majority of my blog traffic to the strategies taught in it.
The Pinterest Mastermind Group is THE most up-to-date information you will find about the Pinterest algorithm.
Carly is a self-proclaimed Pinterest Geek! She is obsessed (in a really great way) with Pinterest and how to make it work for bloggers.
This Facebook mastermind group is a paid membership. At any time you can ask personal questions about where you are struggling and what’s happening with YOUR account. Carly more often than not will weigh in and offer advice. Often she’ll even record a video just for you!
She also pops in about once a week to record a live Q&A session or to discuss any recent changes, observations, or hacks.
This membership originally started as a pin template subscription. But the members seem to unanimously agree that the mastermind group is invaluable!
Don’t get me wrong, the pin templates are also amazing and get sent to your inbox every month.
I have reviews for both the course and the membership if you want to learn more:
Honest Review of Pinteresting Strategies + Discount Code
Pinteresting Pins on Autopilot Review + Mastermind Group
Final thoughts on finding the day your best pins were created
Knowing when you made your most popular pins can be very valuable. I use this little Pinterest hack all the time.
I hope you find the tutorial to see when a pin was originally created helpful!
Try it yourself and share this post with your blogging friends that might find this trick useful too!
P.S. Did you know I offer pin design services? And Pinterest Business Account Audits?
Learn more HERE.
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How to tell the age of a Pinterest Pin
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