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Pinterest referral code is hit and miss

  1. WorkAtHomeMums profile image86
    WorkAtHomeMumsposted 5 years ago via iphone

    When I pin an image to my boards from a hub I edit the link and embed my referral code. I then randomly clicked on a couple of pins and noticed a pinterest warning message and unless the user accepts to proceed my hub doesn't open. So I remove the referral part and it opened fine.
    Some pins are ok. Some are not. Anyone else find this problem? I only link to my hubs not amazon products or anything like that.

    1. melbel profile image92
      melbelposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I noticed this thing yesterday. I don't think it's cool. It's kind of scary looking and is a great way to scare people away from a site... it almost reads like, "If you visit this site, you could get a virus and it would be all your fault." I've seen warnings like this in the past... I think MySpace used to have one that looked scary, too.

      1. WryLilt profile image86
        WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Facebook does it to some links as well.

        I think it may be because random text and numbers or suspicious looking things in URLs are often linked to, for instance, virus or executable files for example?

      2. WorkAtHomeMums profile image86
        WorkAtHomeMumsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah. That's right. But it only happens on some of my pins. So I ended up removing the referral code ( mine is a standard word ). I guess it's not such a biggie but hate the inconsistency.

  2. missolive profile image94
    missoliveposted 5 years ago

    I just saw this and decided to check it out. You are right melbel, it is 'scary' looking. I ended up clicking the 'more info' link and got this -

    Links from pins may result in this message for the following reasons:
    The pin links to a redirect or URL shortener instead of directly to the source. For the best experience, users should link pins directly to the source, and not to links or URL shorteners which direct users elsewhere.
    The owner of the site has been reported as spamming on Pinterest to gain traffic.
    The site itself has been reported as misleading or inappropriate.
    The site has otherwise violated Pinterest's Terms of Service or Acceptable Use Policy.
    If you believe a site has been flagged in error, please contact Pinterest Support.
    Click "Submit a Request" at the top of this page.
    For "What do you need help with?", select Brands/Websites -> Blocked Site
    Include the following:
    A link to the website or blog.
    A link to a pin that's resulting in the error.
    You'll receive an email with troubleshooting steps. Reply to this message (a simple "I still need help" will do), and your ticket will be routed to an agent.

  3. profile image0
    kelleywardposted 5 years ago

    I just found this out this morning. Wow! I hate being identified as a spammer. Thanks for this thread. I guess we just have to use the non referral tracker when using Pinterest.

  4. 2uesday profile image86
    2uesdayposted 5 years ago

    I am not sure how relevant this is to the problem mentioned here. I thought I had read that Pinterest strips out codes like Amazon affiliate ones, could this be something connected to that?

  5. paradigmsearch profile image85
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    A thanks to the OP for telling us about this, smile

    "Warning! This link redirects visitors to another site - it may link to spam or other inappropriate content."




    Well, BLANK Pinterest!

    I'm going to give myself a couple hours. If I feel the same way then as I do now, I'm deleting all my boards.

  6. paradigmsearch profile image85
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    I've calmed down. I have decided to just file it in my "I don't care" folder.

  7. WorkAtHomeMums profile image86
    WorkAtHomeMumsposted 5 years ago

    Ok now I am confused. Are you suggesting someone or something has reported me or my pins/boards as spam?

    You see if I remove the referral part out of the URL the warning does not appear.

    And some with the referral part don't show a warning.

    Oh boy...

  8. paradigmsearch profile image85
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Been going through and deleting my trackers. Pain in the...

    1. WorkAtHomeMums profile image86
      WorkAtHomeMumsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      yep same here....i feel your pain. (diff a#$e) loll

  9. CloudExplorer profile image79
    CloudExplorerposted 5 years ago

    Yeah I never use referral tracker's on pinterest, I only use it on facebook, mainly because I knew ahead of time that certain issues were going to come up such as this, it was just a matter of time, once security flaws were to occur there on Pinterest & since its such a new network. Good Luck for those who have, that sound like a nightmare to try to undo.

    1. WorkAtHomeMums profile image86
      WorkAtHomeMumsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I've only got a hundred or so, so not that bad. I'm just wondering how many views I've missed out on as a result. That's most frustrating.

    2. cclitgirl profile image94
      cclitgirlposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      CloudExplorer - you're on the money as usual.  smile  I have just been pinning from hubs without the tracker because the window that opened wouldn't let you.  I have on facebook, but I always felt like that was okay.  With pinterest, it's just images and there was so much talk previously about it being a new network and referral trackers, that I decided to steer clear.  Good to know this, though.  Thanks for the head's up, everyone.

  10. WryLilt profile image86
    WryLiltposted 5 years ago

    I've never used trackers on Pinterest. Although most of my pins come from organic traffic anyway (One hub with 7k+ and one with 3k+, the rest with several hundred - only about 100 of them from my own pins.)

    1. WorkAtHomeMums profile image86
      WorkAtHomeMumsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I just noticed you posted 7 days ago WryLilt that your hub had 7k pins and now a week later 10k. Woo hoo!!

 
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