Pinterest has starting removing affiliate links, redirects and trackers on pins. Without affecting any posts on the platform, all the tracking pins shall be removed. This will restrict bloggers from earning a percentage of share which they used to previously, when the shoppers clicked on the links they shared.
As reported by TheNextWeb, the company suggested bloggers to participate in paid social media marketing involving Pinterest- “be paid to curate a board or be paid to create original content for a business.”
Pinterest specifically targeted links from two affiliate networks — RewardStyle and Hello Society. Both companies enable bloggers to monetize their content by pinning products, available online on Pinterest. Now that Pinterest will remove the affiliate links, the bloggers won’t be able to claim or receive commissions for the sales they drive.
Pinterest claims that doing so, would remove all the irrelevant links from the user’s feed, thereby help them maintaining a high quality experience for its users.