October 17, 2011

Just a Little Pinterest Rant

Okay, it's about time to clear something up.
It is driving me bonkers!
My intention in writing this mini tutorial is
not to make anyone feel dumb, I just have to
write this, or I'm gonna pull all my hair out. :)

Pinterest is the best website ever. Agreed?
Seriously, props to whoever created it.

So anyway, what's the problem you ask?
Inaccurate linking
Let's go over it.

First, I want you to take a minute
and visit this lovely blog:

Okay, now I want you to visit this specific link:

I'm sure you see where I'm getting at.
One is the direct link to the main blog/website, and the other is
a direct link to a specific Halloween craft on that same blog.

The second type of link example {like the picture below} is
what needs to be added to the blank box when pinning a link.
So then when someone clicks the pinned link {image},
they are taken to the exact source.
Note: to get the direct link, just click on the
title of the blog post and then copy the URL.


I can't tell you the number of times I've clicked on a
pinned image to get details about a project or recipe, and
was directed to the main blog where I had to either:

a.) use the search engine
b.) scroll, scroll, scroll, next page, scroll, scroll, scroll, next page,
scroll, scroll, scroll, next page. Oh whatever! I give up!

Is this making any sense?
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Hope this helps and please, please pass it along! :)
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Kaylie said...

Amen! So right there with ya!

stacia hehenberger said...

Drives me crazy too!

Samantha {Moody Mama} said...

AMEN!!!! I hate that and normally if I discover it is that way I don't repin OR if it was something I was really interested in I find it and pin the ACTUAL page.

Kali said...

hahahaha SO true!!

Cheryl @ That's What Che Said said...

Could not agree more! It's not meant to send people to a website that has featured YOUR project...it should send people to YOUR project first!!!

Anna Elder said...

i def. believe in giving the right link. when i pin i don't get the option to put a direct link though. i have a little pin on my mac tool bar that i click when i'm on a page and i want to pin something. i think that gives the direct link after you pin it. but if not…how do i get the URL box?

Rachel said...

AGREE!! Sometimes I repin without checking and then go back and get super annoyed!!

Lindsey Jo said...

i know, right?!

The Christians said...

Girl, what would I do without you? You introduced me to Etsy, tumblr, and now to Pinterest. I still need to get mine going haha. But I love scrolling through yours! Thanks for the tutorial - I need it!

Julia Roseman said...

Thank you for posting this, I am new to Pinterest & blogging, so I thought I was just doing something wrong, nice to know I'm not just stupid, lol!

valiegal said...

I have a question...would it be OK to create a blog with my favorite pins from pinterest and give
credit to the original one posting the pin? Would I have to ask each person for permission to put it on my blog? I would only be helping to generate traffic to their blogs. Is this creating any violations with pinterest?

Charee said...

Pinning is all about the link to the original info. I couldn't agree with you more. It looks so yummy pretty the way the info is presented. BTW: Your blog has awesome style! Can't wait to explore more of your creativity.

Anonymous said...

Well Said! I hate having to search for the item after clicking the link or worse, having no link! I think people repin without even clicking to see if there is a viable link attached. And as a personal note, I'm so tired of seeing the comments, "I'll be so glad I pinned this one day!", "Must do now!" and their derivatives. Kudos to all you bloggers out there who now have a voice through Pinterest. I've loved learning so many new things. You guys rock!