Yet Another Pinterest Thread!

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I know, I know.

Well, I received my invite from Pinterest the other day, and I was putting it off. I'm an amazon affiliate, and actually didn't think Amazon would encourage sharing on Pinterest, but apparently they do, since they have a button for it on their product pages.

BUT, I remember reading that Pinterest actually strips the affiliate code out and places their own in. I don't know how they can even get away with that, and if it's legal! Anyways, I'm trying to think of a way around this. Maybe those of us who are affiliated with amazon could do this:

1. Use the "Link to this Page" option in the site strip

2. Get the html code for the image of the product, and put it onto our own webpage as part of a collage of similar products

3. And underneath each one, we can have a link that says something like "Read Amazon Reviews".

4. Then you could just use the share to pinterest button, and as soon as it's pinned, just go to edit the url on the pic to your own sites address. That way, you're just basically linking to a larger collection of similar pics, and these will all have your Amazon affiliate tags in them.

I haven't tried doing this yet, cause I just signed up with them, and wanted to see what you all think about this. Also, for any review sites you have you could use Pinterest to link to the actual review page for the product. I know people on social networks aren't really in the buying mood, but I don't know, maybe there's some potential there if you had enough stuff on there.
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    When everybody and their dogs do something it is a very good indicator for the beginning of a bubble.

    Once your barber starts to talk about it: watch out!
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    • Profile picture of the author LetsGoViral
      Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

      When everybody and their dogs do something it is a very good indicator for the beginning of a bubble.

      Once your barber starts to talk about it: watch out!
      I agree to this. This is why I think right now the best idea is to stick to other, more abandoned niches and let the Pinterest bubble burst!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    From what I've been reading Pinterest is very seriously about now allowing stuff like this and they are well within their rights. What you suggest might work in the short term but I think they will catch on pretty fast. The question you have to ask yourself is if the short term benefits are worth the risk.
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    • Profile picture of the author Christopher Fox
      Pintrest, Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc., all have something in common - their business model revolves around generating large amounts of traffic by offering a service, their webpage, for free to the end user.

      And then charging butt-loads of money to companies for advertising. They are not in the business of giving free advertising to smaller companies (read: IMers) and any business model that tries to use them for free advertising will piss them off and eventually fail.
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      • Profile picture of the author Cartellian
        Originally Posted by Christopher Fox View Post

        Pintrest, Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc., all have something in common - their business model revolves around generating large amounts of traffic by offering a service, their webpage, for free to the end user.

        And then charging butt-loads of money to companies for advertising. They are not in the business of giving free advertising to smaller companies (read: IMers) and any business model that tries to use them for free advertising will piss them off and eventually fail.
        Here is a free fanpage... A well designed free fanpage... that has generated over 41million likes. Coca-Cola | Facebook

        Every time someone clicks like, every one of their friends will see that like as it happens. So 41 million people have clicked like, but how many people have 'seen' one of their friends like the page?

        Well, lets multiply the average number of friends which is 120 (Maintained Relationships on Facebook | Facebook) x 41 million = 4.92 billion. Now, I used FB's number for this and I know they don't have 4.92 billion users, but I do want you to try and contemplate the number of people their brand touched via there free fanpage.

        Maybe they paid for some fans with PPC, maybe not... I never have and I'm now able to communicate with tens of thousands of people every time I post thanks to consistent focused effort over the last few years.

        When you say... 'They are not in the business of giving free advertising to smaller companies (read: IMers)' I can't help but laugh, because it is my perception that they are and I know first hand that people who step up and take action can niche out income for an amazing lifestyle piggy-backed on these giants.

        Originally Posted by enterscope View Post

        That would be unfortunate if pinterest was modifying affiliate links without telling members....
        Have you read their Terms of Service (which were recently updated)?

        I would say cheers to them for this move (if it is even true) to be honest... Marketers with a lack of creativity simply publish their affiliate links en mass to any location they can. What happens to these locations? They get spammed out and annoying to the point that users go elsewhere.

        With an ounce of creativity and a simple wordpress site you can leverage Pintrest, Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. to connect interested people with affiliate products.

        You may even figure out a creative way to add some value in the process, too...
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  • Profile picture of the author enterscope
    That would be unfortunate if pinterest was modifying affiliate links without telling members because what's the point of sharing it if you're not benefiting from it? Might as well post your content on your own website.
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      Originally Posted by enterscope View Post

      That would be unfortunate if pinterest was modifying affiliate links without telling members because what's the point of sharing it if you're not benefiting from it? Might as well post your content on your own website.
      What is the point indeed. You do know that Pinterest was not created as another marketing channel for marketers, right?

      Pinterest has been around for some time now and mostly women have been happily sharing pretty photos with each other without any thoughts of benefiting from it. It is a social network.
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  • Profile picture of the author lisakleinweber
    Pinterest is not stripping affiliate links and adding their own. I see tons of amazon affiliate links to various affiliate ids all the time. I know this was the rumor - or maybe they did it at one time - but it's not happening now.

    Also, why not create a page, or even a squidoo lens, and then pin that. Nothing to strip, no abuse is done. Everybody is happy.
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    • Profile picture of the author spunkz
      Originally Posted by lisakleinweber View Post

      Pinterest is not stripping affiliate links and adding their own. I see tons of amazon affiliate links to various affiliate ids all the time. I know this was the rumor - or maybe they did it at one time - but it's not happening now.

      Also, why not create a page, or even a squidoo lens, and then pin that. Nothing to strip, no abuse is done. Everybody is happy.
      They are stripping Amazon Affiliate Links. Go try it now, and click your own PIN, it'll be gone. Perhaps they are allowing specific brands or people of influence to link directly to Amazon that you are seeing?

      I just tested and they are still stripping Amazon Affiliate Links on my page.

      However, on your second part you are correct. They are not adding their own affiliate links - yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tjalling
    You are right, they used to do this via a site called skimlinks. There was so much commotion about it that they changed it. After pinning a picture, just hoover of your image and click ''edit''. Next step is pasting your affiliate link again. Should work fine!
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  • Profile picture of the author freehosting2012
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    Its sad that this site is gonna be spammed as hell with bots =(
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    • Profile picture of the author gforces
      Originally Posted by freehosting2012 View Post

      Its sad that this site is gonna be spammed as hell with bots =(
      Looks like you are right on that one. Bots are getting developed and sold even as you read this. I don't know how long Pinterest is going to be a 'happy hunting ground'. With the bots out and with the inevitability of them getting into irresponsible hands... the honeymoon will soon be over.
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  • Yeah, they're stripping the links right out, and if you go and edit it to put yours back in, when you go and look at it, it's not there.

    I don't know if they're putting their own in or not by now, but I had heard they were and when I checked the link, I saw what looked like a referral ID.

    I see your point that these places charge companies to advertise on their sites, but I don't think that means we should count ourselves out from trying.

    Plus, as far as there being a bubble, I do agree that it's always best to get in on something early before everyone tries to cash in, but I don't think that means you can't still cash in after that. Plus, I still think we're seeing this site in the earlier stages of it's lifespan, though I don't think it has the capacity or relevance to become near as popular as something like Facebook.

    And speaking of Facebook and cashing in later on, just look at how ubiquitous it is, and yet as one of you pointed out, there are pages on there with absolutely massive followings. Facebook has been around for quite a while now, in terms of the social networking phenomenon in general, yet some people are still very able to use it to make money.

    But, for what it's worth, I'm not sure if Pinterest has all that much potential as a marketing tool. It would be nice to have it as an option in the social marketing arsenal, though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Christopher Fox
      When you say... 'They are not in the business of giving free advertising to smaller companies (read: IMers)' I can't help but laugh, because it is my perception that they are and I know first hand that people who step up and take action can niche out income for an amazing lifestyle piggy-backed on these giants.
      I understand your point, and would not suggest it lacks validity ... but you are not Coca-Cola. Don't forget about apples and oranges and the inability to accurately compare them. And if you think the aforementioned sites are going to let IMers take them over, well, Google and pintrest are already fighting it, aren't they?

      Make no mistake bigwigs at Facebook have already run calculations and alternative modes of business models to determine if there is a way to make more money off of their current systems. Alternative models for when they should start charging Coca-Cola big bucks for advertising. And smart execs at Coca-Cola, once they figure out that their brand name that they spend enormous amounts of money advertising worldwide is being used to fund the advertising of small time IMers, will demand something in return from the piggy backers for using their brand as free advertising for themselves.

      That is their goal - to make more money. For them, not you. Not Coca-Cola.

      The words I put in bold is where the future concern lies. Piggy-backed, riding coat tails, hitchin' a free ride, whatever you want to call it, has its limits. And when those limits are reached, either Facebook or Coca-Cola, will reach into their pockets and do something about it. At least according to the history of the net as I have seen it across almost 3 decades of surfing.

      Your mileage may vary ...

      A big part of this IM game is a series of waves - make sure you aren't riding one is all I am saying.
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