I see Pinterest as a quiet place to be when you’re looking for inspiration and that extra creativity boost.
Over time, Pinterest has greatly improved user experience with the addition of categories and the ability to follow certain Interests so latest pins appear on your Home feed. However, I find that sometimes, what I wanted just wasn’t there to be “followed” when I know it should be.
For example, I wanted to see more printables on my Home feed for inspiration and to see the latest trends and whatnot. So then I clicked through to the category: Home decor and see the myriad of sub-categories etc and what I want is more specific.
As I looked around I noticed that in some cases, there are follow buttons in certain categories, and the difference? The URL is pinterest.com/topics/woodworking or something like that.
So then I typed in pinterest.com/topics/printables and voila! a Follow button! The world is right once more. 😀
a) multiple words are separated by dashes, not spaces. Example: pinterest.com/topics/christmas-decor/
b) “pinterest.com/topics/” is the key, just add whatever strikes your fancy at the end and hopefully you also get a follow button to click on. 🙂
c) sadly, this only works on a computer or a mobile browser, not the mobile app.
I tried a few other things that I wanted to follow that weren’t under their main categories like Quotes and Crochet (pinterest.com/topics/quotes and pinterest.com/topics/crochet/), and so far a lot of them worked. Some didn’t, because much of this is basically guess-work.
If what you’re looking for is not that popular, even though it shows many pins when you search, it will not be “Follow-able”. Like say, English Cottage. It has tons of pins but you’re just gonna have to keep searching for it every time you want to browse the latest. Alternatively, you can also follow a more popular but related interest to at least get some English Cottage pins to appear on your Home feed.
By the way, the Main Category I am talking about is the menu that drops down when you click the button with three lines (top right).
Alright then, I hope that was helpful. Leave a comment if you have questions, suggestions or if anything is unclear.
I don’t claim to be a Pinterest expert nor do I work for them or get paid by them to blog about this. They might change things later on and I’ll try my best to keep this post updated when that happens. Also, I do not know the inner workings of the website, this is purely a discovery that helped me which I hope will help you too.