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Pinterest Is Quietly Generating Revenue By Modifying User Submitted Pins

Pinterest Is Quietly Generating Revenue By Modifying User Submitted Pins | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

By Josh Davis

 

Breaking news that Pinterest is changing user submitted pins to make money. Are they now one of the biggest affiliates on the Internet?

 

If you post a pin to Pinterest, and it links to an ecommerce site that happens to have an affiliate program, Pinterest modifies the link to add their own affiliate tracking code.

If someone clicks through the picture from Pinterest and makes a purchase, Pinterest gets paid. They don’t have any disclosure of this link modification on their site, and so far, while it has been written about, no major news outlet has picked up on the practice or its implications.

 

Pinterest doing this is big news in my opinion for two reasons:

Pinterest is monetizing their site while in the early beta stage, which is almost unheard of for a newish social network.

Pinterest has taken this action in a quiet, non-disclosing way.

 

How long this has been going on isn’t clear, but it has been at least a month as Lindsey Mark wrote a blog post that mentioned it on January 5th. In my case, I saw a tweet from from fellow Lawrence social media user Debbi Johanning that linked to an article Why I Don’t Mind Pinterest Hijacking My Links.

 

That blog post was based on a post by Joel Garcia on an affiliate marketing blog which pointed out the practice, but also explained that if an affiliate link was in the original pin, Pinterest wouldn’t modify it.

 

How Pinterest modifies its users’ links:


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5 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Fan Engagement

5 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Fan Engagement | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

Want to increase your Facebook fan engagement? Keep reading for some simple techniques to get your fans more involved.

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Pinterest offers restaurants another way to socialize with customers

Pinterest offers restaurants another way to socialize with customers | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
Social network Pinterest has been creating quite the buzz in the media lately. It has been recognized for driving more referral traffic to sites than Google+, Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn and Myspace combined
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What Brands Can Learn From Bands About Social Marketing | Digital - Advertising Age

What Brands Can Learn From Bands About Social Marketing | Digital - Advertising Age | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
The music business is now a collaborative dialogue, and musicians have learned social media's value to foster relationships with their followers.
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Mercedes allows you to control billboards with your own car keys

Mercedes allows you to control billboards with your own car keys | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

Car manufacturers all over the world are always looking for new ways to help you notice their cars and this campaign in Berlin Germany by Mercedes is special!

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Infographic: 5 companies that are "rocking" social media

Infographic: 5 companies that are "rocking" social media | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
Here's a clever infographic produced by Voltier Digital that pays homage to some of the top companies using social media to improve customer (and employee) relationships and experiences.
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A Brief Insight Into Facebook Marketing (Infographic) 2012 | Social Media Today

A Brief Insight Into Facebook Marketing (Infographic) 2012 | Social Media Today | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
Did you know Facebook is currently the largest single publisher of all U.S. ad impressions? Or that over a quarter of engagement comes from content posted on the Facebook newsfeed?

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Infographic: Measuring the Impact of Social Media - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media -

Infographic: Measuring the Impact of Social Media - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

Ever since social media was deemed the coolest communications channel on the block, nonprofits are continuing to question what kind of impact social media has on their bottom line.

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Twitter Approaching 500 Million Users | Jeffbullas's Blog

Twitter Approaching 500 Million Users | Jeffbullas's Blog | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
It seems Twitter has entered a second tipping point as more users have been attracted to the platform since the launch of the new Apple mobile operating system, which now includes Twitter and is expected to reach 500 million users in February.
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What Has Your Blog Done for Me Lately? 11 Tips to Provide More Value! | Social Media Today

What Has Your Blog Done for Me Lately? 11 Tips to Provide More Value! | Social Media Today | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

How long has it been since you knew deep in your heart and brain that you are providing value to your readers, your clients, partners, audience? If you have to think more than a few seconds on this question then it’s been too long.

Take your blog back!


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LinkedIn Global Expansion Grows; 25 Million Users in Asia Pacific Region Alone

LinkedIn Global Expansion Grows; 25 Million Users in Asia Pacific Region Alone | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

After the company's Q4 2011 report brought good news for the company, LinkedIn are now on a high and the day gets even better for the professional social media site.

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Why Using Social Media For Business Isn't Working For You

Why Using Social Media For Business Isn't Working For You | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
Using social media for business is more than creating social profiles wishing people turn up. Why they don't and what you can do about it.
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How Are the Airlines Using Google+? [Infographic] - SocialTimes.com

How Are the Airlines Using Google+? [Infographic] - SocialTimes.com | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
How Are the Airlines Using Google+? [Infographic] (How Are the Airlines Using Google+?
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Using Foursquare for Your Local Business | Social Media Today

Using Foursquare for Your Local Business | Social Media Today | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
Foursquare is an amazing way to market your business because it makes the process of social discovery and check-in fun.
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How to (easily) add a Pinterest tab to your Facebook Page – Simply Zesty - Simply Zesty

How to (easily) add a Pinterest tab to your Facebook Page – Simply Zesty - Simply Zesty | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
A very cool little hack to add a Pinterest tab to your Facebook Page.
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13 Ways to Get More Pinterest Followers

13 Ways to Get More Pinterest Followers | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

Pinterest – the web’s latest social media craze, is a great way to build awareness for your blog or website. But as with most social media promotion techniques, your ability to influence others through your Pinterest presence is limited if you don’t have that many people following you in the first place.

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Valentine’s Day social media campaigns from around the world – Simply Zesty - Simply Zesty

Valentine’s Day social media campaigns from around the world – Simply Zesty - Simply Zesty | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
A host of Valentine's Day campaigns from around the world, many of which you may not have seen before.
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Social Media Video News

Social Media Video News | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

17 Social Media Marketing Trends for 2012

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Pinterest for Brands

Pinterest, the next big social network explained, for Brands! This presentation is completely my own, carries no commercial purpose, made for educational purpos (¡Buenos dias a todos!

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Facebook Fan Page Design

Facebook Fan Page Design | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

Facebook become one of the best business source and most emerging as well as popular business solutions. There are a number of ways a business can be popularized or advertised on Facebook. One of the way is to creating a Fan Page of your company organization or whatever you want to be popular among your customer or you can say your fans.


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Instead of Marketing, Businesses Should Use Social Media for Customer Support

Instead of Marketing, Businesses Should Use Social Media for Customer Support | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
Social media is used by businesses for a lot of different reasons... except for the one thing it's really, really good at.
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Social Media Fails, Foibles and Fiascoes | Social Media Today

Social Media Fails, Foibles and Fiascoes | Social Media Today | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
The recent and much talked-about McDonald's Twitter fail highlights a couple of grim realities about using social media.