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Massive Traffic Drop since June 20. No sign of recovery

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Just adding my story here in the hope that I can find some answers.

I have experienced a large traffic drop since the end of May and and I am feeling very disheartened after a year of hard work. 

I have gone from 385k total audience to 45k in just over a month an its still sliding. I have logged a ticket to try and ascertain if my account has been flagged as spam but no progress here yet. I don't see how it could be as my pins are good quality and all my articles are written by me and other native speakers that are experienced in my niche.

I am continuing to create fresh content and pins but they do not seem to go anywhere. Some of them only generate single digit clicks per week if anything. My most popular pins no longer appear in the search engine apart from some copy cat pins that other accounts scraped previously and linked to some spurious site.

I have other traffic sources that are keeping me going but the investment in Pinterest over the last few months is breaking my heart considering where I am now. Before my impressions would spike on a given day but they are now flat lining at less than 1k. I bought some ads as an experiment and got some spikes but it was back to very low impressions when the budget ran out on these.

Should I just keep plugging on by creating content and hoping that the issue resolves? Finding it hard to get motivated considering the flatlining I see in my analytics.

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I have been having an issue for about the same time frame. My account is only blocked from search though. I've been consistently communicating with help. They acknowledged a faulty spam block and put in a fix twice, but hasn't worked. It's so frustrating to have your livelihood damaged like this for doing nothing wrong. 😞

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My audience is half of what it was last year. I post only original pins. I submitted tickets in May and June and they have all been closed with Pinterest saying the fix was too far out. I've been told there is an issue that will be fixed in August. Meanwhile I find spammers stealing my content every week. I have pins that have thousands of impressions one day and 24 hours laters have less than ten. I'm pretty sure there is something broken with metrics reporting. It's disheartening. I'm still creating and posting, but that's only so that I keep my skills fresh. Pinterest is my favorite platform, but I've been looking for an alternative not named Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. I'm guessing niche platforms will be the way to go eventually if Pinterest doesn't shape up. And I don't mean niche as in small. I am an author and I've been hanging out on Wattpad - they only have book content. In your case, I'd find a niche site that has content similar to your product and start experimenting there while still remaining in Pinterest.

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I was never told anything about August... just that they were working on it. 
I hope they meant early August 😞

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hi @seriousequestrian .

It seems there are quite a few of us in the same situation.

Luckily for me, it's only been happening since July 15th.

I've been back in forth with Pinterest help, they keep trying to convince me that it's a natural organic fluctuation, only when I showed them that it clearly couldn't be (as well as proof that I've been on Pinterest enough years to tell the difference), did they say they would look further into it.

I can't imagine why they continue to deny something that's very clear to everyone. Something is going on, whatever it is, and it's ruining quality Pinterest accounts.

There are only two reasons I can think of for this pointless denial: either they have no idea how to solve it and want to diffuse blame or they're so close to getting it fix they figure they might as well deny it because it will all be well soon and no one will think about it after that.

Either way, it's unacceptable that they keep pushing us to continue to produce quality content that they know very well no one will see until they sort this out.

If there is anyone who's been in this situation who's had their issue fix, can you let us know please?
So far, all I'm finding are people still stuck in this limbo.

Good luck to all of you and let us know how it goes.

Sandy

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Quick update for anyone interested - my analytics are showing some signs of life since last night.

Traffic not yet back to normal but impressions seem to be significantly improved compared to what has been going on for the last few weeks. Previous viral pins still not appearing in search but hopefully things moving in right direction.

Over the last couple of weeks I have only been pinning fresh pins and have effectively stopped re pinning other peoples pins.

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@seriousequestrian @MomFoodie @theburntsunsetnovel @muchadoaboutpets 

I've also had this issue since start of May with 2 of my accounts. Support did say my accounts were marked as spam and that they were fixed/whitelisted, but my traffic never recovered.

I do get more than single digit impressions now (like a couple of hundred, still not the thousands I was used to), but all my pins that disappeared from search results when I was marked as spam still haven't recovered - so still none of my pins are in search results. When I reached out to support again (for like the 10th time or something) - the latest reply was this:

"We cannot confirm the exact date of when the performance of your pins will rebound to their previous levels. Sorry about the inconvenience this might cause."

And they closed my ticket. I'm not sure if those 2 accounts will ever recover to where they were before.

**** If you're interested in personal development, blogging and making money online, follow my Pinterest page Mind Her Way ****

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Thanks for the update, @seriousequestrian, keep us posted. 🤞

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Mine is out again. Third time since May and now the creator support email is no longer working. I was told they whitelisted me and that it wouldnt happen again but today around 10am, all my pins dissapeared from search. I can always tell because I have a healthy following and click rate and then it just poofs out. Then when I search my URL, all pins are gone. I only post new pins, I dont use Tailwind, and I dont spam but I keep getting caught up in "filters". Pinterest is the page I spend most of my social time on and so it gets frustrating. It would be OK if Pinterest responded quicker, but the soonest I get this resolved is usually 2-3 weeks, going through countless customer service before it gets back in search. 

There has to be a better way for professional creators. 

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Hi @seriousequestrian 

That's great!

I'm actually experiencing the same thing. While the traffic numbers aren't anywhere near what they used to be, it's going up, to numbers I hadn't seen since it began dropping.

Hopefully it's the turn around we've all been waiting for.

 Best of luck to all!

Sandy

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