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Big news, bloggers. Some of the biggest news, actually. Pinterest has reversed course and you can now post affiliate links on Pinterest again!
It’s time for all of us to do a collective happy dance!!!
In short, it was awesome.
Pinterest cracked down on affiliate links in early 2015 because they decided it was getting too spammy. They removed all affiliate links from the platform EXCEPT for links from ShopStyle Collective. (Nobody knows why ShopStyle was allowed to remain.)
Here’s part of the post from Pinterest explaining why they are now allowing affiliate links on Pinterest again:
“We understand that businesses and bloggers need a sustainable way to keep making great content. That’s why we’ve decided to allow affiliate links on Pinterest.
In the past, we removed affiliate links from Pinterest because spammers were abusing them. Now that our spam detection system is so much stronger, we’re ready to allow affiliate links again. To make way for these changes, we’re making minor updates to our acceptable use policy. We’ll start rolling out all affiliate networks today and over the coming weeks.*”
Does anyone else find it just a little bit awesome that they actually mention bloggers in this post? I’ve got to believe we’re responsible for a large percentage of action on the network and it’s nice that they acknowledge our needs.
As for the acceptable use policy, I don’t see much in there other than you can’t use link cloakers to mask affiliate links and you can’t spam the platform with links. Right now the policies seem pretty basic, but we’re going to have to wait to see how things pan out over the weeks ahead. If the spam policy has you puzzled or you’re not sure HOW to add affiliate links to Pinterest, check out this post: How to add affiliate links to Pinterest without looking spammy.
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this day would never come, but I can’t tell you how happy I am that we can now put affiliate links on Pinterest again. Before the crack down there were some bloggers who were making the majority of their blogging income on Pinterest. To say this is huge is an understatement.
If you’ve been neglecting your Pinterest account NOW is the time to get active again and start building up your follower base. Just like with a blog, more eyeballs on your pins equals more opportunities to earn! If you’re not sure how to grow your following on Pinterest, check out my Pinfinite Growth review. That course really helped get my Pinterest account on track and taught me a lot of tricks for growing my follower base and posting the right content.
Alright, one more time:
* Please note: While Pinterest has made the announcement that affiliate links are allowed and even said some links were already working, it is unclear which affiliate networks work and which do not. For this reason, pin at your own risk at the moment because you do risk Pinterest stripping your affiliate link until the particular network you’re using is set up.
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