This is an update since last year research:
Pinterest has recently announced that they are reversing the decision by allowing pinners to use affiliate links once again! Pinterest has apparently improved their spam fighting technology. Check out the updated policy here.
Have you heard it through the grapevine yet? Is it shocking that Pinterest is no longer accepting affiliate links? No, not really!
My thoughts on Pinterest
Personally, I knew it was too good to be true for a social network site to just allow affiliate links right off the bat; and if they did at some point, it wouldn’t last. I mean really, (if this were the case), I’m sure many more affiliate managers would have jumped at the chance and stepped up our ‘A’ game on affiliate marketing. Now, those that have, are no longer able too.
Pinterest it’s a great place to share and get inspiration from. It is something different that just stands out from the rest of the pack, so to speak. I really enjoy the visual images, marketing articles, infographics, quotes and beautiful photography of pinners that Pinterest allows.
For me, Pinterest is a fun, exciting and a cool social media networking platform. It is a site I visit to relax my mind and enjoy the display of wonderful boards. I particularly like seeing images that inspire and provoke me one way or another.
I understand where Pinterest is coming from though. I’m also not a fan of spam or worse, affiliate links imposed by someone else on my feed. Some of those pins can get re-pinned (without my knowledge of knowing it’s an affiliate link) to one of my own boards…a very sneaky tactic (I might add) and not welcomed at all.
This is part of the reason I never did affiliate linking on Pinterest in the first place. If I have something beneficial to share with my followers, I’d rather go about it in a different and ethical way by disclosing to my readers that if they choose to click on an affiliate link, I will be compensated for it. That’s just my own personal take on it.
Who did it affect?
Two of the most prominent affiliate networks RewardStyle and Hello Society were specifically targeted. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal on Friday, a Pinterest spokesperson stated the reason why Pinterest is no longer accepting affiliate links:
“We observed affiliate links and redirects causing irrelevant Pins in feeds, broken links and other spammy behavior,” Adding, “We believe this change will enable us to keep the high bar of relevancy and quality Pinners expect from Pinterest.”
Other options of using affiliate links
With that being said, there are other successful methods an affiliate marketer can use to manage their own products and/or services effectively; for example, blogs, websites, newsletters, sponsored posts, etc. Therefore, in that respect, I applaud Pinterest for implementing this change on their site by keeping it simple, yet inviting. As an observer and a Pinterest pinner myself, I appreciate that.
Here are some articles and tutorials written on Pinterest:
- What the Heck is Pinterest
- How to Install the Pinterest Pinboard Widget on Your Blog
- 10 Powerful Tips to Use for Pinterest Success
- How to Install the Pinterest Pin It Button Plugin on Your Blog
What do you think? Will this new change on Pinterest affect you in any way shape or form? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog & The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom Blog. She is also owner at Books About Me. Sign up for the newsletter and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE eBook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog’. Follow me on Pinterest
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