Affiliates had a ball making money on Pinterest until the site pulled the rug out from under them in April and started stripping Amazon affiliate link tags out of pins. Sure, there are plenty of other affiliates out there, but slowly, Pinterest seems to be weeding out more and more of those. But is this really the best move for them?
Jake Ludington of HasOffers.com says this “whac-a-mole” method is inefficient and may be illegal.
Altering links to strip affiliate tracking information represents a modification of material posted by users, which has the potential to put Pinterest on shaky legal ground when it comes time to defend against copyright claims.
Other Pinterest News
- We live in a world in which the President of the United States campaigns on Pinterest. And now his Vice President does too!
- Pinterest imitators are popping up everywhere. This one, My Last Wish, is described as “Pinterest for your bucket list.” It’s interesting how liberal it is with people’s contact information. Typically people are a fair amount of protective over that information, so that could be a big obstacle for this app to overcome.
- Another wannabe: Little Monsters. It’s like Pinterest, but for Lady Gaga fans.
- A more practical similar site, Grockit. It looks to organize videos, Wikipedia pages and ebooks into lesson plans according to Mashable.