I was reading along on Facebook and ran across this article
about Pinterest. Seems they are now banning affiliate links.
Here is a small excerpt from the article….
“Build your own blog / brand
Provide added value
Link back to your site from third-party venues
Build a list
Create a relationship with those on your list
Care about your readers
Market to those people as if they were your friends and family
The message is and always will be – work to build a business (emphasis on WORK).”
Since I had learned a hard lesson already, dealt out by Google through YouTube I was a little leery when it came to Pinterest.
Even though Everyone said, Pinterest allows affiliate links, but I had this
doubt way down in my soul.
So for the most part, when I pinned anything
on Pinterest…that should have had an affiliate link in it…
linked back to a post on my site or
to a shared page site that I use and
let the affiliate link exist there…
either as a banner ad in the side bar
or a text ad in the content.
So except for a couple of videos pinned from YouTube that had
links in the first line of the description…everything was intact…..
All my links were to Posts or pages on my site or something that I had liked and
shared from someone else and the link was to their content on their website.
The moral of the whole story, is to build your own business, don’t depend on someone else or something they are letting you use.
Keep in mind, that if you don’t own it, you don’t control it. I’m not saying don’t use Social Sites or other programs,
just handle with care…you are a “renter” paid or unpaid. So your stay can be limited by your landlord….
I mean have you ever taken the trouble to read YouTube’s terms of Service especially when you are signing up to use something new?
I always notice that little threat so artfully inserted into that mountain of text: This is being offered for free to use, but at a later date we might charge for this…Google, who just happens to be YouTube’s landlord.
Unfortunately the same thing can be said for paid programs that you use, especially if they are web hosted and not in your control. …..
Doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes things disappear and your house built on someone’s property comes tumbling down when the foundation is removed.
Have you ever had a nice surprise like that? I’d be interested in the details.
Seems almost like they had a Secret
Super Power Social Sites Webinar and forgot to invite us to attend.
That is the reason, I started this article with the ending of the one I read. Still true. Depend on what you build and what you own and control.
Agree or Disagree….