My Reasons For Checking Every Pin Before Pinning ~Do you check every pin by going back to the original site it came from before pinning it on Pinterest?
I love how Pinterest right at the beginning made it very clear as to what the rules were for pinning and using Pinterest.
- Be respectful
- Be yourself
- Give credit
- Stay alert
- Let us know
But there is a frustration that I think we can all do our part to make sure that Pinterest continues to be the awesome tool that it is. It does take a little extra time but it is so worth the extra effort…. and this is it! Before I pin ANYTHING on any of my boards I always go back to the original source. I have made a number of mistakes over the years and through trial and error figured out what to look for and what to avoid.
My Reasons For Checking Every Pin Before Pinning:
Give Credit To The Creator/Originator Of the Pin
This to me is the most important reason. Give credit and recognition to the creator/originator of the pin. I can only speak for myself, but it takes several hours from the idea to make the idea a reality on my blog posts. Going to the original source by visiting the website really is a compliment to the bloggers and website owners by having you stop by and visit! We bloggers love to have lots of traffic!
On another note, I am always on the hunt for great websites and this is a fabulous way of discovering them!
Watch Out For Spam
Spam shows up in so many places in social media that we don’t want to inadvertently contribute to this hassle. We don’t want this irritation to take over and clog up Pinterest. We can do our part by not helping to promote spam just by making sure to take that extra step that it isn’t spam. If you do come across spam, Pinterest has made it very easy for you to report it! All you have to do is click the little flag in the lower right hand corner of the pin and select your reason for reporting it.
The Pin Takes You To A Dead Or Broken Link
Now this is a tricky one. You may have pinned the pin because you just love the image and don’t need any other information to go with it and that’s a personal choice. It may be a recipe or a tutorial that you want to know how to make but unfortunately the link no longer exists. I can speak from experience about this one. I do have pins all over Pinterest that go to a dead link because they were pinned from my blog that previously went by a different name. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do about it because it’s impossible for me to trace all of the pins from the old blog that were shared. What I have done to help the situation is add these pins from the new site where the links are working.
The Pin Takes You To An Incorrect Link
This occurs when a pinner has pinned a link from the website rather than the individual post. I have found a pin I really wanted to learn more about but couldn’t find it easily because I was taken to the homepage of the website and the post connected to the pin is buried somewhere deep in its archives.
The Pin Takes You To A Non-Link
This is my term, but non-links are usually found on sites like Etsy, Tumblr and Flickr. I try to avoid these pins because they don’t usually provide information other than just the image. What usually happens with an Etsy pin is that I get a notification that the item is no longer available when I follow up on the pin. I will say that I have chosen to re-pin some things from these types of sites because I just really like the image for the inspiration. It’s a choice.
On a side note, Group Boards are very clear that they only want pins added to the board that came from websites and have good links.
The Information About The Pin Doesn’t Match The Original Site
This hasn’t happened to me that often but I have been a little surprised when I went to the website and what I saw on Pinterest doesn’t have anything to do with the original site. I remember one pin that was all over the place on Pinterest and it was a really great idea. But it led to a website that was totally pitching a totally different product. Now that is smart and sneaky!
The Pin May Have Been Scraped From Another Blog
Unfortunately, a fair bit of this happen to bloggers and website owners. This is when someone takes either the whole or part of the post with content and images and puts it on their site without having done any of the work and without giving due credit to the original owner. I make sure the original owner always gets the credit. I do not pin anything where I cannot clearly see that the original author has not been given credit.
The Original Pin Is Hidden In A ‘Collection Of Ideas’ Pin
Pins that are compilations or collections of ideas in the same topic are very popular but between you and I, they are not my favourite. The collector of the ideas gets the credit and hopefully in turn they gave credit to each creator/originator of each link. But sometimes it’s more work for me to navigate through all of the huge collections to find the original link. One time it took me three different links to finally get to the original owner of what I was looking for. I tend to only pin collection pins that are around ten ideas, which is more manageable for me. Again, it is your choice.
So those are my reasons for checking every pin before pinning. I just wanted to offer a few tips for helping make sure you are happy with each one of your pins and keep the fun in pinning on Pinterest.
I love Pinterest and love helping others make sense of it and get more comfortable working with it. Here are some other how-to posts I have written that you will find helpful too! How To Move Your Pins On Pinterest, How To Organize Your Boards On Pinterest Updated and How To Rename Your Pinterest Boards On Your iPad. And If you want to follow me on Pinterest here is the link. I go by Time With Thea! I would love to see you!
What I have shared here is what I have just learned by trial and error and working with Pinterest. I would love for your to Pin this so we can help everyone keep Pinterest full of quality pins!
Hope it helps!
I would love to hear what your thoughts are and what you have learned through your trial and errors!
Followup: I am in the process of cleaning up my boards and deleting pins or tracking down the original source of pins that I had pinned earlier not realizing they were one of the pins that I just talked about. Phew! That was a lot of pins in one sentence. This will definitely be an in front of the T.V. at night activity.
Take care and happy pinning!