How to stop photos being pinned on Pinterest

by Rob W. on 21 February, 2012 · 1 comment

How to stop photos being pinned on Pinterest

Pinterest is the latest buzzword that has been on everyone’s lips of late.

If you don’t know, it is THE latest social website where people share photos or images by “pinning” them to virtual Pin boards.

However the site that has gathered millions of users in just a few short months already has some people against it, usually those people that have produced images that now appear on the Pinterest site without their permission.

So what can they do about it?

They can ask the images to be removed from Pinterest (not sure how long that takes) but it doesn’t stop those same images from reappearing.

One step in the right direction comes directly from the help page of Pinterest …

What if I don’t want images from my site to be pinned?

We have a small piece of code you can add to the head of any page on your site:

<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />

When a user tries to pin from your site, they will see this message:

“This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!”

However this doesn’t stop people from downloading your photo or image directly from your site and then uploading it directly to their pin boards. When this is done, there is no link back to your site.

And just to be safe…

To make sure people credit you or know where the image can from, always put your name or preferably the website of any images you create (as a watermark, as a stamp or as a part of the design). If the image does appear somewhere for whatever reason, at least your website will still appear.

Why would you want to allow your images to be pinned?

Many sites including some of ours have already seen a steady stream of traffic coming through from Pinterest. This can give your more readers, subscribers or it just helps boost the traffic numbers. We will be paying attention as to what influence this really has over the coming months.

So you know, that screenshot is from my personal Pinterest account.

Has Pinterest made any difference to your website?


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