Pinterest is now No Follow

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  1. Marisa Wright profile image88
    Marisa Wrightposted 11 years ago

    I just noticed that Pinterest links are now "No Follow". … -nofollow/

    The only link which is still "Do Follow" is the description, which does not always survive repinning. 

    What this means is that while Pinterest is still valuable to attract real-life readers, it's now useless for getting backlinks.

    1. WryLilt profile image88
      WryLiltposted 11 years agoin reply to this


      I am a fan of "Made for Pinterest" images but not of the copyright hell it's creating.

      Hopefully this is a (albeit small) step in the right direction.

    2. Victoria Lynn profile image88
      Victoria Lynnposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hmmmm. I was getting quite a bit of traffic from Pinterest. Does this mean that will stop? Thanks.

      1. kgala0405 profile image69
        kgala0405posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        You will still get the traffic, but your links on Pinterest will no longer help you with your search ranking.

      2. sunforged profile image73
        sunforgedposted 11 years agoin reply to this


        "Nofollow' is a command for search engine spiders in regards to assigning authority in links - the linked article explains that much

        Pinterest has been using nofollow for awhile now - this outlines hwere and how a little bit more: … /21022012/

        1. Rosie2010 profile image69
          Rosie2010posted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks for the link, sunforged.  Very helpful.  smile

      3. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image84
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        No - direct traffic is very different.

        The "do follow" backlinks bring traffic in simply by being there for a search engine to count, and they might bring in direct traffic too.

        So if you're getting traffic from, then there's no reason why a change in the characteristics of the links would affect that.

        It's just a shitty thing to happen for those of us that used the site to create dofollow links - to increase our page rank in search engines.

        ...but then again, nobody truly knows exactly how Google's Search Engine works.

  2. mike1242 profile image60
    mike1242posted 11 years ago

    I think you all miss the point, even if its a NO=FOLLOW you can link out your images to any site you have, plus the better the image "your own" the more re-pins you will get, spreading your links out...allowing others if they like what they see to look at your website, blog etc.

    You can put your website as the title for your boards.
    <link snipped>

    be inventive when using the site and people will follow you and set up a friendship and wait for new images from you.
    <link snipped>

    as for copy right laws, its a load of nonesence, if you want use my images just give me credit and i would be happy....


    1. WryLilt profile image88
      WryLiltposted 11 years agoin reply to this


      1. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Nice dofollow backlink you gave to Mike there, Wry smile (his were nofollow)

        1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image84
          Wesman Todd Shawposted 11 years agoin reply to this


    2. Marisa Wright profile image88
      Marisa Wrightposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Not missing the point at all.  There is value in attracting real readers - but the best link is one that does both.

      Now you're missing the point, I think.  The first person who pins on Pinterest may do the right thing and give you credit.  The second, third, fourth...person probably won't.  And Pinterest takes the right to sell your image without crediting you, from the very first pin.  That may not matter to you if you're not a serious photographer or artist, but it does worry the professionals.

      1. SimeyC profile image88
        SimeyCposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Just one point - serious photogrpahers only post very small image files on the web - so the only use anyone has for them is on articles - there's barely any money to be made by 'stock photos' like that.....the real money in photos is for prints which Photographeres will keep to their own personal websites and sell on their own.

        I do see your point about people copying photos - but Pinterest isn't going to make money on them and from what I've seen they don't want to either - also, anyone can still copy your photo, even if you have 'no-pin' set on your Hub....

  3. sunforged profile image73
    sunforgedposted 11 years ago

    nonesence and boppycod ! LOVE the url board names, that is so intriguing and clever, it would really draw me in and make me excited to see what you might pin next

  4. mike1242 profile image60
    mike1242posted 11 years ago

    Ok lets look at it this way, is it traffic or credit you want. As for being a serious photographer or artist, that depends on your individual mind set. If your in the serious mind set then i would assume you would have a watermark or reduce your image so people can not steal it. (been there and done it, ive had quite a few images raided from flickr and hubpages)

    Pinterest is a social site after all and images anywhere on the web can be stolen if you have the correct software.

    Ive had a lot more traffic to my amature blog than i ever got with hubpages.

    1. WryLilt profile image88
      WryLiltposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      So what happens if YOU have a photo on your website, which I put on my hub and correctly attribute? Someone pins that photo from my hub and my hub gets traffic, but your original site/picture gets little or no traffic.

      And remember in this hypothetical situation  - the only reason I originally put your photo on my hub is because it had NO watermark (Hubpages rules) which means unless people really want to click back twice to see the original site, they're unlikely to ever know you created the picture.

      Then there's the scenario where I am a new user and don't even correctly attribute - so you wouldn't even get the chance of a small amount of traffic from the source box.

      1. mike1242 profile image60
        mike1242posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        honestly i would look at you for not protecting my image by putting it on a site that doesnt allow water marks, but lets you load large formatted images. (that are not even protected by disabling the right click button that other sites have)

        pro photographers always complain about images being stolen but it s a fact of life it will always happen on the internet even with copyright laws, there is no way someone can crawl a site like this to see if images have been taken.

        1. WryLilt profile image88
          WryLiltposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          So... because everyone does it we should do it too? Or let it happen? Or not try to stop it?

          1. mike1242 profile image60
            mike1242posted 11 years agoin reply to this

            its a arguement that could end up like a game of tennis, i say something, you disagree etc etc.

            fact of life the internet is a open domain unless you want to live in china where everything is restricted.

            anyone with good images or art work should have it on a secure website (if there is one) or watermarked. Failing that in a gallery or shop window.

            hiding behind copyright laws is a poor excuse and i would think make artists more money than there works.....

            honestly if you are quibbling about images being stolen, perhaps you should be grateful that people are actually taken the time and effort to show your images off even if you dont get traffic to your website.

            the whole thing about so called pro's is they forget how it was before these sites came alone, no hubpages,facebook,twitter,squidoo,flickr when the only market they had was word of mouth.

            we are all pro's in our own merit but some want to bitch on about copyright laws....tell me how many images have you had stolen and where they were placed and i bet you dont know the exact number because if your like me, ive had thousands of images on flickr being shared on groups there etc....

            copyright law should be turned around and the blame should fall on the photographer for not protecting his images, not on some lady on pinterest who repins a image etc.

            1. WryLilt profile image88
              WryLiltposted 11 years agoin reply to this

              ...This is the reason I never place my own images online - or if I do they're watermarked (rare).

              Enough people cause a fuss about it, Pinterest WILL have to tighten their rules or face a lawsuit.

              1. mike1242 profile image60
                mike1242posted 11 years agoin reply to this

                totally agree...

    2. Marisa Wright profile image88
      Marisa Wrightposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not a serious photographer, but I use photos from Flickr and I don't know whether those people are serious photographers or not. They've put their work out their on a CC license, so I feel I have to respect that.  I know if I put their work on Pinterest, I'm setting it up to be copied without the licence, and I don't feel that's fair.


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