Pinterest is ruining the Internet?

Foresight, by jennspoint

So, I’ve been studying how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to my blog. Apparently, the gist is you download an app and schedule about 20 posts per day (preferably from your own blog), and you just keep posting your content over and over…then you join something called “tribes” and you re-pin each others’ content en masse until Pinterest becomes fully saturated with your posts, and people have no choice but to visit your blog to pay you thousands of dollars for your products.

At the same time I’ve been reading this, I’ve been noticing two things about Pinterest and Google:

  1. If you click on a Pinterest link or image from a Google search, you have to sign in to Pinterest either in your browser or on your app to get any useful information from that link or image, and
  2. Once you’ve logged into Pinterest, you cannot get out of it without just closing the window. If you want to share the link you found to another website or social network, you have to go BACK into Google, look for the title of that post and click directly on that link from Google.

Confused? Me, too. And exasperated. And I’m wondering what the point of all of this is.

Well, from the perspective of the bloggers who have learned how to play the game, the purpose is to increase income (understandable). But in the big picture – what is the purpose of all of this?

To make things worse, while I was pondering, I Googled myself and a few links on my blog, and found that a ridiculous number of search results were broken links to Pinterest boards I deleted a couple of months ago. Again, what is the point of all of this?!

Out of things to Google, I searched for: Is Pinterest ruining the Internet? and came up with 14.6M results. So, yes. The good news is that they recently filed for IPO, making them a juicy aquisition target for the likes of Google and Facebook.

Meanwhile, if you’re having the same problem I was, and all of the search results to your website are broken links from Pinterest, I discovered how to remove those broken links from Google search results – Go HERE and follow the instructions – it really works!!

Remove Broken Links

6 thoughts

  1. You can access Pinterest links without needing to sign in to get to the information. I post my photography on a website called Pexels, it’s a busy website, I get lots of downloads for images I post. I like to random Google search those images sometimes, it helps to see how bloggers are using the images, what articles they write etc, so I can plan what to create in the future. I often come across links from Google to Pinterest posts instead of direct Google web links. If you go from the Google link to the Pinterest post, when you try to access the link, or scroll down other posts it will come up with a tinted screen with the sign in box… yes, they want you signed in, but you can close it and continue. Look up to the top right of the tinted screen, you should see a white X. Just click the X and it will close the sign in screen. Once the screen has closed you should be able to access any post, board or link on Pinterest without needing to sign in at all.
    I wouldn’t rate Pinterest very highly for bringing traffic to your blog or any web page you have, it tends to attract image obsessed people who don’t read very much, which is not really what bloggers want. I’ll be very surprised if Pinterest still exists in a year or so… hardly anyone uses it now. I do have a page on Pinterest but I don’t use it often.
    As for broken search result links, I find some of those, but they often disappear within a few months because Google deletes them. I’ve never seen permanent broken links in Google searches.

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