Pinterest puts the breaks on all affiliate links, redirects, and trackers from all the pins on their platform.
The premier social network sent out an official statement,“We are removing affiliate links to ensure we’re providing the best possible experience for Pinners. Recently, we observed affiliate links and redirects causing irrelevant Pins in feeds, broken links and other spammy behavior. We believe this change will enable us to keep the high bar of relevancy and quality Pinners expect from Pinterest.”
Pinterest began removing these links today, and specifically targeted links from popular affiliate networks RewardStyle and Hello Society. This is not the first time Pinterest has banned affiliate networks, but the company has never issued a total ban.
According to Pinterest, no pins will be deleted. The past Pins will still show up and be clickable, but the tracking links will be stripped.
So, those who were using tracking links from bitly.com just for tracking will have their links stripped.
Does this effect your business at all? If so, how do you plan to overcome the change? We would love to hear from you.