Yes, guys. I know Pinterest removing affiliate links screwed some of us super hard. Some significantly moreso than others. And that sucks. And I know that the change in the way they do feeds, the promoted pins, etc., aren't exactly desirable for wedding bloggers. Trust, I'm right there with you on many of these. Pinterest has been a huge traffic driver for BAB for a while now.
But, I'm on the fence about the affiliate links. And there's a pretty good reason for it.
Pinterest is its own platform. If Pinterest is looking to monetize -- hey, aren't we all looking to make some more money? -- it makes TOTAL sense that they'd put the kibosh on us using them for our gain without them getting any legit kickbacks, ya know? That would be like you coming over to me, writing a guest post just for my readers and then monetizing that post so that my readers are giving you money and I get nothing. I hope you'd at least buy me a drink first.
Pinterest has been pretty up front about its acceptable use policies and how they want pins to be meaningful and organic. And while we can insist that we're only pinning affiliate links that we truly enjoy, we're also motivated by the monetary aspect, and that's where this whole grey area become super apparent. When we're no longer solely driven to pin based on our own content and interests, then the reason for pinning becomes less intrinsic.
Look, I know that as wedding bloggers, we've been a HUGE part of Pinterest's growth and continued influence. We're the OGs, yo. But Pinterest seems to be evolving in such a way that it is no longer starstruck by our glitter and tulle. And such is the way of social media. Facebook has been doing it for eons, and well, we all hate it. I know. Does it suck that such an amazing and actually useful tool such as Pinterest may go the way of the Zuck? Totally. Does it mean that we might have to explore options to see what will work for us in the future? Absolutely. Remember, it wasn't that long ago that Pinterest wasn't even a thing, so it certainly won't be that long until something just as or more rad comes along.
For further reading, I highly suggest "Pinterest Bans Affiliate Links" by Lisa Picarille on the PMA blog.