Switch Blog Post Images, Preserve Pinterest Pins

Have you even written a blog post, pinned it like crazy and then decided that you HATE the image you pinned? Or is that just me?

Well, I always thought there wasn’t a damned thing I could do about it, but it turns out I was wrong. This post from Cuckoo 4 Design gives the basics for making exactly that kind of switch.

While it’s a fairly simple process, I thought maybe a little more detail and a few screenshots might be helpful for some people. I mean, I really can’t be the only one in the world who’d love to have a do-over on pinned images but doesn’t want to lose the traffic by deleting the image entirely. Can I?

Here’s what you do:

1. Pin the image you want to switch out to a secret Pinterest board so that you can make sure that the pin still works after changes are made. I created one specifically for this purpose because I doubt this will be the last time I ever want/need to do this.

2. Open the blog post for editing. Click on the image to open the WordPress so that you can edit. Remove any special properties you may have applied to the image. Save changes and close the window.

3. It’s probably not a bad idea to copy and paste the entire HTML of the post into a text file just in case.

4. Click on the text edit tab and locate the HTML for the image you are trying to replace. Delete any properties still applied to the image code and add img style=”display: none;” as seen below. Preview changes to make sure you have the code right then save your changes.

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5. Now that the image is gone would be a great time to verify that the Pinterest link still works. If it does, proceed to the next step. If it doesn’t, take a look at your HTML to see if you can spot an error. If all else fails, paste back in the original code and start over.

6. Add your new image as you would normally. Preview the post to make sure it’s all good then save and you’re done!

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Hopefully this helps someone out there  – it seems really complicated at first glance, but it’s actually very easy. Gives me all new motivation to re-photograph some of those recipes I pinned to Pinterest forever ago that don’t have the best photos. Also makes me less afraid to post a less than awesome photo because now I know I can always change it later without impacting my pins. Winning.


  1. says

    I wonder if this is a wordpress thing. I have replaced photos in blog posts and the old pictures that have been pinned still will link through to the post even though the picture is no longer there.

  2. says

    Is this only an issue if the pin is directing to the image file, rather than the blog post itself? In other words if your pin is always linking to the blog url, can’t you just do whatever with the photos in the blog post itself?
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    • Sarah says

      That’s what I thought. Can’t you just put the new image into your post and just repin your post with the new image. The old pin that is out there will still link back to your post even though you changed the image in the post.

      • Jessica Ferrara says

        Yes, you can but there are other reasons people might want to make an image invisible so I decided to leave the post up. Plus, not everyone is comfortable with just deleting.



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