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Pinterest are now choosing to go the route of totally removing all affiliate links and redirects from images that we've pinned.

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  • This is what happens when "marketers" abuse a system.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by We Sell Sunglasses View Post

      This is what happens when "marketers" abuse a system.
      Some also could say this is where a Company bites the hand that feeds it.

      They knew this from the beginning but chose to "dance with the devil" to make themselves successful.

      Then when they hit the success they wanted , they decided to clean up the mess ( the mess which in the beginning they were behind and knew it was bad)

      Its hugely ironic how greed initially works and the 'better than thou' attitude that can emerge in the aftermath



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      • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
        This is "spot on".

        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        They knew this from the beginning but chose to "dance with the devil" to make themselves successful.
        Every (even moderately) successful social platform has done this. I think Pinterest waited longer than they should have, but that delay just gave them even greater market penetration.

        Of course, no one here has been foolish enough to direct link from Pinterest to a seller's offer in the first place... right?

        I mean, we all know that we're leaving money on the table if we don't first get the traffic routed to our own opt-in offer so that we can develop leads for ongoing promotions - so this move shouldn't affect any good affiliate marketer.
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      • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Some also could say this is where a Company bites the hand that feeds it.

        They knew this from the beginning but chose to "dance with the devil" to make themselves successful.

        Then when they hit the success they wanted , they decided to clean up the mess ( the mess which in the beginning they were behind and knew it was bad)

        Its hugely ironic how greed initially works and the 'better than thou' attitude that can emerge in the aftermath



        - Robert Andrew
        This is not meant towards you personally, Robert. I'm referring to the Internet Marketing community as a whole here.

        I find it amusing, though, how Internet Marketers overrate their importance sometimes. Pinterest would have been hugely successful even if they had disallowed affiliate links from day one. Most of the people using Pinterest are likely not marketers, just people who like sharing their images.

        While I do agree with you that Pinterest did choose to allow affiliate links because they likely knew that it would aid in their growth, I doubt that they based their entire business model on the theory that without Affiliate Marketers they would not get huge. I think it was just one piece in the puzzle that they chose to put together.

        I'm sure they knew that allowing marketers would be a good idea because marketers will inherently do what they do, and that is spread the word to everyone they know about Pinterest. And that's exactly what they did. I'm pretty sure Pinterest knew that once they got what they wanted out of marketers they would then shut down the affiliate links.

        I never really liked Pinterest and only used it to share images from my blog posts, so I'll likely be fine. Anyone else who did the same will also not be affected. However, I never got much traffic from them anyway.

        I think people are rapidly losing interest in them anyway, as 90% of the people I talk to are all about Instagram and have dropped using Pinterest months ago.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Some also could say this is where a Company bites the hand that feeds it.

        They knew this from the beginning but chose to "dance with the devil" to make themselves successful.

        Then when they hit the success they wanted , they decided to clean up the mess ( the mess which in the beginning they were behind and knew it was bad)

        Its hugely ironic how greed initially works and the 'better than thou' attitude that can emerge in the aftermath



        - Robert Andrew
        The philosophy worked out pretty well with Google and AdWords.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    This has been on the cards for some time at Pinterest. And, really, they brought the situation on themselves. It has been far to easy, for far too long, to "game" Pinterest. They've been in a situation, for a good 18 months, where this was likely the only recourse. Will it negatively impact marketers? Not the clever ones.

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    • Profile picture of the author salegurus
      Originally Posted by Get Rich Methods View Post

      Not the clever ones.

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      Since you are one of the "clever ones" through the rest of us a bone?...
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      • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
        Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

        Tom
        Since you are one of the "clever ones" through the rest of us a bone?...
        Apologies for the brief reply up top, buddy. I wasn't trying to be a smarty-pants. Just short on time today; that and some subjects I can't really talk about in public. The real concern here is market reaction. Pinterest have (I guess rightly) introduced this policy out of greed. And, as we all know, greed is good; I suppose making this a good move, if we follow that rationale. The concern is how other social networks will also react. Will it cause a chain reaction? Possible. Probable. However, as mentioned, you have to be clever. Here's the thing no social network either understands or (more likely) do understand but are powerless to do anything about: When you have a clever marketer who earns enough from your network to pay the bills, he will always - always - find a way to continue earning. And the more he makes, the less chance you have (the network) of doing a damn thing about it. Anyway - back on point. Without spelling everything out, I suggest you - or anyone who's currently skee-rood - spend a day, today, browsing Pinterest. All the answers are there. What's happened - for now - is most BH approaches have gone.

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      • Profile picture of the author mikefashen
        Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

        Tom
        Since you are one of the "clever ones" through the rest of us a bone?...
        Don't use Pinterest to send people directly through an affiliate link.

        Instead you can use it like survival life does to simply get traffic to their blog and let the blog convert people to product buyyers and pull people into a mailing list.

        Or you can drive people to a squeeze page that has more about the image they clicked on (my approach). From there you simply market your affiliate products from your list.
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  • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
    I think this is excellent, and I'm surprised the Big Boys at Pinterest HQ took so long. There were too many spammers direct linking to affiliate offers on their platform and this would have led to a bunch of spammy pins clogging up various boards.

    In any case, this won't affect savvy marketers as they know that it's far better to presell visitors on their site or better yet, their email list, as this will increase conversions drastically and they won't have to worry about Pinterest's new (and appropriate) rule.

    Unusually Happy About This,
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  • Profile picture of the author Teravel
    Reading these threads is like reading "<Marketing Topic> Died" threads, and I can't help but laugh every time. You see the beginners without a clue crying about the sky falling. You see intermediates who are barely earning playing the blame game. Then there are those few who 'get it' looking at everyone else thinking "What's the big deal?"

    So you can't direct link to an affiliate offer on pinterest anymore. Boo hoo. You shouldn't be direct linking to affiates anyway!

    When you direct link from Pinterest (or any site you don't own, really) to an affiliate offer, the visitor has two choices.
    1, stay, read, and possibly make a purchase.
    2, leave the page.

    On the extremely slim chance the visitor does #1, you earned a small commission and the visitor disappears into the void of the internet, forever lost to further marketing.

    Even when you win, you lose. You have to do all that work to achieve the same results.

    Whereas, the smart marketer sent those visitors to an opt-in, added a majority to his list, and can now contact those people to suggest several offers over the course of their relationship.

    Quit bitching about Pinterest forcing you to be a better business owner. It's for your own good!
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      Maybe I am remembering this wrongly, but I had thought that when Pinterest in its original format linked all or a significant portion of the images uploaded to their own affiliate links. I might be mistaken about this, its one of those things just kind of cooking around in my mind
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    • Profile picture of the author GloriaWrites
      Honestly, I'm just surprised that it took Pinterest this long to crack down.

      All those affiliate links, in my opinion at least, were bringing down the quality of the user experience. I mean, when you're looking for cute crafts, great videos, or interesting images to pin as you spend time online, constantly running into affiliate links can get old after a while.

      I imagine it'll take more work and time going about things the roundabout way, but long-term I think it pays off. The marketer has an established relationship with the prospect, and the prospect gets the product or service they want without having to put up with hamhanded advertising.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Pinterest has been really clamping down on us. They do not want us to promote our company. Basically, what they want is free images. However, they do not give us a link any more. It's like a girl who wants you to repair cars. Oh yes, for free. She does not pay for parts even. However, she is too busy to go see any movies. Really, you don't say.
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  • Profile picture of the author nesito29
    Pinterest was a great way to market, (after all it was incredibly easy) however it was abused, and now they remove affiliate links, which makes me wonder if paying users (businesses) will be able to still market there, I'd love to learn more about that, if anybody has info about that please let me know =)
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    • Profile picture of the author CurtisSWN
      You can still link directly to your site and can deliver sale type messages in the description to a very targeted audience.
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      • Profile picture of the author deebee23
        First and foremost I never direct link to Pinterest in the first place. I promote my affiliate offers by creating product pages for them with an opt in form in the right side bar.
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  • Profile picture of the author jfalxr
    So all redirect links will also been removed..

    Let's face it..

    We can still target it by creating a blog post or landing page with an opt-in form..

    I guess we can still building our list there.. The process may be a little bit slower but I'm sure all leads will become more targeted and responsive..

    I have been using Pinterest for almost 2 years and it's my favorite social platforms until now
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    • Profile picture of the author Marvon
      I've never used affiliate links when posting images on Pinterest.

      I find creating a website with great content as a source will reward you a lot more.
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  • Profile picture of the author realnetworker
    I agree with mikefashen, I have always liked to display a bit more class, and sending people straight to an affiliate link always felt cheap to me. I also wanted my blog/website(s) to get the benefit from any backlinks/traffic that came from Pinterest, so I chose to do a post about the product, then Pin my post. Takes longer, buy has more long-term benefits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Well they've been after me for about a month to try their "promoted pins."

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 3:44 PM

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    —The Pinterest Partner Team
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  • Profile picture of the author BernardR
    Everytime Marketers abuse a good source of business it gets locked down ... watch YouTube next!!
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  • Profile picture of the author boydstone
    Originally Posted by Jamaican2011 View Post

    Pinterest are now choosing to go the route of totally removing all affiliate links and redirects from images that we've pinned.

    Read more here on the performance insider site Pinterest Bans Affiliate Marketing | Performance Marketing Insider

    Thank God, I hope all the majors uncrap the Net in this way. Especially YouTube.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeadRooster
    It's less "cracking down on marketers" and more "getting ready to offer sponsored pins"
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