Monday, August 20, 2018

6 Tips to Stay Safe on Pinterest

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Side of Pinterest

Pinning is one of the easiest ways to boost traffic top your website or blog. You'll find numerous blog posts telling you all of the good things about Pinterest and how easy it is to start pinning and get a ton of traffic. 

Popularity on Pinterest can be both a blessing and a curse.  It's certainly true that getting traffic is pretty easy when you have a flair for creating eye catching pins.

But that's when you start attracting the wrong kind of attention.

 
In this blog post I'm going to show you how to stay protected on Pinterest, and stay clear of unwanted attention.

1. Beware of Spammers

Before you save a pin to your board always check the URL attached to it.  It goes without saying that you should never post personal information, but be mindful when you comment on other peoples boards and pins to.  Most pinners are just trying to advertise their blogs or businesses, but unfortunately it has become a hive for scammers to.

2. Don't Collaborate Unless You Know the User

Any board you collaborate with is immediately attached to your Pinterest profile.  If other people are pinning on that same board you have no hold over what content they attach to it.  Any content in violation of Pinterest's guidelines could get you into trouble.

Fortunately you can univite yourself from that board, but don't trust anyone you don't know directly. 

3. Look Out for the Fakers

Fakers are everywhere on Pinterest, they love to pose as celebrities and scam people or just make trouble for anyone that gets in their way.  Look for the people with an abundance of boards and the kind of content they're sharing.  As mentioned in the previous point above stay clear of these pinners especially if you're asked to participate on their boards.

4. Create Rich Pins

Rich pins offer your audience more content than normal pins, and make them more beneficial.

Not that different to 'rich snippets', a rich pin is an HTML markup that adds extra detail to the text underneath the URL in a result.

There are four types of rich pins: app, product, recipe and article. 

Each blog or website adds a small piece of code into the HTML in their website, then you validate your URL.  After you've completed both of those tasks you await the email from Pinterest saying that you now have rich pins enabled on your website. 

This is another way to keep scammers at bay, you're adding authentication to each image you pin on Pinterest.

5.  Learn About Your Privacy Settings

Your account settings are a very important part of your Pinterest account.  Over the years Pinterest has added or revised various privacy settings.  If you want to keep undesireable eyes a way from your Pinterest account check out these tips below:
  1. Set the Search Privacy option to on.
  2. Clear your search history regularly.
  3. Reduce the number of notifications you get by receiving updates from Only People You Follow.
  4. Change your password regularly, at least once a week.
  5. Click on Show sessions and End Activity.
  6. Don't connect any of your other social network sites to Pinterest (such as Facebook, Google+ or Twitter).
  7. Don't connect your email to Pinterest.
6.  Check Your Analytics Regularly

This is really important and very easy to do, make sure you do this automatically when you log into Pinterest.  You'll be able to see in your activity section if anyone has created an image and connected it to your blog or website.  By logging into your analytics you can check through and make sure all of the pins are your own and not something someone else has decided to pin for you.

It's best to take control of this straight away when you start your account, because other pinners will start taking advantage straight away.  Click on the three dots at the top of your unwanted pin and fill out a copyright form. Do it as soon as you can before your unwanted pins start going viral on Pinterest.

Check out my blog post 22 Proven Tips to Gain Epic Traffic on Pinterest for more information about growing your Pinterest following.

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