Pinterest is a popular website for crafts, food, and romantic vampire related stuff. When the website first launched, it had one of the most unique web designs of any website. It still has a steady user base but Pinterest is one of the worst spammers of Google search results, particularly Google Image Search. You get an image that, when clicked, basically sends you down a rabbit hole trying to find the source. Here’s how you can remove Pinterest from Google Search Results.
If you’re a Firefox user, it’s going to be easier to remove Pinterest from Google Search Results because you can just install an add-on called Unpinterested. For Chrome users, or for mobile users, there’s still an option to remove Pinterest from Google Search Results but it’s a manual fix that you will need to apply each time you Google something.
Install Unpinterested and search for anything. Go to Google Image search and look for knitting patterns. Without the add-on, there are probably a few Pinterest results in there. With it, there are none.
For all other browsers, both desktop and mobile, you’re going to have to use a search modifier to remove Pinterest from Google search results. A search modifier lets you include specific domains, exact keyword matches, and file types when you search for something. There is one operator that lets you exclude all results from a particular website. In this case, that website it Pinterest.
All you need to do is append the following at the end of your search term.
Make sure you include the ‘www’ bit. You don’t need to add https:// to the start of the address. This will purge your search results of all Pinterest images, pages, boards etc.
This operator works on all Google search tools i.e. you can use it in Google web search, and on Google Image Search. If you have other websites that spam your search results, i.e., ones you don’t care to include in search, you can use this exact same trick to exclude them. The process is the same; add a minus symbol and enter the domain name.
Pinterest may be a good website. It certainly has its user base but nothing spams image search like this website. It seems everything in the search results was added by a user for the sake of spamming whoever finds it. With so much emphasis on the image itself, Pinterest makes it almost impossible to find the source of the actual image, or anything that’s remotely related to it.