Many users made money from Pinterest by posting pins of products with affiliate tags and links to websites where their followers could click through to purchase the items. The pinner would receive a cut of the sale.
Pinterest began removing affiliate links, redirects, and trackers in february 2015.
They were removing affiliate links to ensure the best possible experience for Pinners. They observed that affiliate links and redirects caused irrelevant Pins in feeds, broken links and other spammy behavior. Hence the removal “to keep up the high bar of relevancy and quality Pinners expect from Pinterest."
Pinterest allows back affiliate links!
People come to Pinterest looking for new ideas to try, and the very best ideas come from businesses like yours. We understand that businesses and bloggers need a sustainable way to keep making great content. That’s why we’ve decided to allow affiliate links on Pinterest.(read the full article here)
The new decision is based on improved spam tracking technology that can help ensure that the affiliate experience does not detract from a solid engagement experience. Plus, Pinterest wants to encourage said engagement, ensuring that active users get rewarded. After all, removing this capability was a demotivator for active participants of the network.
The restoration of affiliate links in Pins means one good thing: more participation on the network as it will provide additional revenue sources to community members who have previously found a solid return on their investment. The more engagement, the more appealing the network is to just about everyone who comes into contact with it.