Those of you who are familiar with Pinterest may find it to be incredibly addicting. I mean, where else can you look at cute pictures and videos of pets and babies, learn how to redesign your house and your wardrobe, and plan for every event you will ever have in your life?
It can get pretty overwhelming. But Pinterest isn't just about losing yourself for hours. It's also a way of life for many bloggers and DIY instructors online. Well, it used to be, anyways.
Pinterest used to have a system in place for bloggers to have affiliate tags on their pins to make money every time someone repinned an affiliate pin. But now Pinterest has stripped all the affiliate tags, and with it some blogger's livelihoods.
Pinterest is saying that the affiliate links have been stripped from pins, but the pins themselves will still be available. According to Business Insider:
Pinterest began removing affiliate links, redirects, and trackers on Thursday night, according to VentureBeat. It regularly removes spammy affiliates, but now it has issued an all-out ban, targeting the popular affiliate networks Hello Society and RewardStyle.
A Pinterest spokesman gave Business Insider this 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."
It may be good news to the regular Pinterest pinner, but the bloggers that made their living off of it had other things to say.
Did you hear? All affiliate links will be removed starting today on Pinterest. Woah. #Pinterest
— MADE BY GIRL (@JenRamos) February 12, 2015
"Did you hear? All affiliate links will be removed starting today on Pinterest. Woah. #Pinterest"
Sooooo pinterest doesn't allow affiliate links anymore. Ciao. Bye. I'm done.
— Ria Michelle (@riamichelle) February 13, 2015
"Sooooo pinterest doesn't allow affiliate links anymore. Ciao. Bye. I'm done."
— WhatsHaute (@WhatsHaute) February 12, 2015
"So #Pinterest is removing all affiliate links from this day forward??? Sounds like a bad decision. Definitely not a good look for #bloggers."
Pinterest bans affiliate links. Just like that, a million blogger voices cried out, and were suddenly silenced.
— Jay Miranda (@jaymiranda_) February 13, 2015
"Pinterest bans affiliate links. Just like that, a million blogger voices cried out, and were suddenly silenced."
You can see the email sent to Pinterest users below.