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: http://pinterest.com/pin/460929625. 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.}