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A Love-Hate View of Pinterest #3

“I love reading another reader’s list of favorites. Even when I find I do not share their tastes or predilections, I am provoked to compare, contrast, and contradict. It is a most healthy exercise, and one altogether fruitful.”
― T.S. Eliot

3x5" index card, smashed acrylics, white gellyroll

{Reference: Love-Hate Pinterest No. 1, No. 2}

Pinterest has changed many things and the fall-out is yet to be fully understood. Data junkie that I am, I noticed that the increase in inbound traffic from pinterest coincides coincidentally with a decrease in inbound links from other blogs. The funny thing is that Google doesn't care about all of those lovely links coming from pinterest but Google cares deeply about the lack of inbound links from other blogs in your niche. Google moves your pages lower and lower in search results.

All of this is to say that while pinterest sends you blog traffic, if folks are pinning your good stuff to their pinterest boards instead of linking to your good stuff directly from their blog posts it could mean that folks will have a harder time finding you {if at all} via Google's mysterious search.

Is there is a pinterest angle? Are you seeing (or in fact doing) less cross-linking to other blogs from posts? Is your inbound traffic from pinterest increasing?

Does anyone know if you delete a photo from your blog that has been pinned, is the pin then "empty" or does it then have a bad link? Just curious if pinterest is "storing" the images or not. And I am wondering if Google will be comprehending pinterest in their search as well.

Your thoughts, theories and ramblings are welcome.

{clarification: This post is clear as mud. The way I wrote this it sounds like I'm comparing pinning from a blog to pinterest vs. pinning from pinterest to pinterest (aka repinning). That has to do with crediting the source, and I think we all agree on that.

Actually I'm talking about A) an inbound "link" from pinterest to your blog - i.e. someone pins your stuff from your blog to pinterest and folks click on that pin and visit your blog, vs. B) an inbound "link" from another blog to your blog - i.e. someone writes a blog post about your wonderful new cool stamping technique and they link from their blog directly to your blog. The idea is that Google does not "count" the inbound links from pinterest to your blog but "counts" the inbound links from other blogs to your blog. If Google tracks it, that improves the ability of folks to find you on Google search.}

{UPDATE: I did a test. I pinned an index card from a post on Daisy Yellow to pinterest. Here's the pin: Then I deleted the image from the post, and deleted the image from the server at Squarespace where this blog is hosted. As you can see, the pin is still at pinterest and if you click it, you get to the page it used to be on, but it's not there. So pinterest is indeed maintaining your image without permission.}

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Reader Comments (10)

That makes so much sense on why when you go to click on a pin from someone else it gets that....what is 402 or 503 code....maybe the link is no longer there. I've been trying lately to go to the source and pin directly from there. I've found a few sights that I've fallen in love with due to that.

11.6.2011 | Unregistered Commenterpamelabou

I must say, whenever I pin I do my best to find the actual original artist and repin from their blog/website. I rarely repin directly from Pinterest. Not to mention that I learn so much from visiting other blogs I never would have found otherwise. Much like yours. :)

11.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Not sure how Pinterest is driving traffic - it's all so new. I DO know that my email account has been spammed quite a few times after having "pinned" several items to my boards. VERY upsetting and frustrating. And it only happens when I use my Pinterest Account. I just may end up "deleting" my account if the spamming continues. It would be such a shame, as I find Pinterest very inspiring. Hugs, Terri xoxo

11.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Kahrs

I am "blog illiterate". I do not have a blog, but very much enjoy visitng blogs. However, the only way I seem to be able to find blogs I like is through Pinterest. I AM a Pinterest Addict. LOL But I found your blog through Pinterest. and added your link to my "blogs and sites to keep handy" pinboard. So it's sad to hear that you don't get "credit" (not sure what that means) from Google for links to and from Pinterest. I am very thankful that I've been introduced to so many types of blogs from pins that I otherwise wouldn't have had a clue about. So I guess, keep up the good work...I love your colors and journals and basically everything! And let me know if there's something I can do as a non-blog owner, but Pinterest lover. :)

11.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Baker

I'm definitely not a fan of Pinterest. As I understand the way it works, pinned images are hotlinked from the original account, thereby PInterest is basically stealing bandwidth. It isn't hosting those images, it's pulling the original image from the account paying for hosting. If you're a blogspot or other freebie blogger, that doesn't mean much to you. But those of us paying for our hosting don't much appreciate subsidizing Pinterest. At least I don't.

✭{Tammy} Linda, Check out the bottom of the post, I added some info about a pinterest test I just did after reading your comment. Pinterest is maintaining a copy of each image. When you refer to bandwidth, what are you seeing on your site?

11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Farmer

This whole series has been very interesting and thought provoking (and has made me go double check all my pins to make sure I'm giving proper credit). disturbing that they maintain your images after you delete them from your blog. troublesome the way it impacts your blog traffic and google stats. makes me think twice about using it.

11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenteriamrushmore

my interest in pinterest has definitely waned. i love it but i hate it. it's inspiring yet it drives down the artist into a nameless nobody. and nobody cares! that's what kills me! i give proper credit where credit is due! yet i see my pin repinned and the accreditation is completely wiped out. that angers me beyond belief.

11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenteropal

tammy, just came across this post and then read through your previous pinterest posts. i have been wanting to get on my soapbox about pinterest and the other similar type of reposting i truly appreciate your honest thoughts and observations, in addition to the awareness you are bringing to the surface.

11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelle ward

Hmmm the plot thickens. I tend to pin en masse and then seek out the original website if I refer to it on my blog. Otherwise I don't tend to pay much attention, mainly because I don't use Pinterest as a social platform to comment and share (even though I'm aware it is- my point is I use Pinterest as a tool to collect images I like with little interest if others find them interesting). if I could make what I pin/repin private I would but I'm assuming that's not the point of Pinterest... In light of these discoveries I may have to alter my conduct. I'm not very stats orientated so if google doesn't like me then I don't care but I DO feel uncomfortable knowing images are being stored by them without the original creators permission, not to mention the shocking bandwidth issue. These points are not mentioned when you sign up. Mainly because as a user you have no control- it's the creator that needs to be informed and they may not even be aware of Pinterest. Have you contacted Pinterest to see what they say? I'd be very interested in their point of view.

11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLianne

Sounds like Pinterest is a new limewire problem. Incidentally though, Pinterest is how i found you. I think that those of us who are using pinterest will go to the original link to find more interesting things from the "author" or find out more aboutthe "author". It hss it's benefit in that.
Thanks to you via pinterest, I now know how to watercolor and doodle and will be doing a 30 days of art challenge to myself.

11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Miller

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