Just a few days ago I wrote a post with some pinning tips. One of my tips involved checking your pins to make sure they weren’t linked to spam websites. Spam is becoming a real problem on Pinterest.
Last night I was pinning away and realized I wasn’t practicing my own advice. I went back to the last three pictures I repinned and each picture linked to a questionable site. In two cases I was able to find the original blog and make an appropriate pin. In one case I had to delete the pin since I couldn’t find the real source.
I haven’t heard any feedback yet on how successful the spam reporting process is on Pinterest. I have seen multiple redirects now that indicate the pin where I clicked was linked to spam. To me that means the site is being at least partially proactive. Pinterest has blogged that fighting spam is a “top priority”.
For now, reporting spam as you find it is the best way for individual users to fight the problem. Of course that means resisting the urge to repin without clicking through to the linked site. I’ll be honest, I find that a total pain and want to repin from my feed at will. But I am willing to do my part to cut down on spam whenever and wherever I find it. So I’ll click through and report…and wait for the next wave of spam to hit.