Pinterest Answers When do I link to someone else’s site?

Pinterest How To: How Do I Know What Link To UseOne of the frequent questions about pinning is “link etiquette…as in how do I know what link to use when I’m pinning stuff?”

Think “Golden Rule” when you’re pinning something directly from a site or when repinning something you liked on Pinterest. Always give credit to the person or company who created the good stuff you’re sharing, whether that’s YOU or someone else!

Ever busted your butt to create something of value only to find someone thought “oh gee, it was on the Internet, so I can ‘just’ use it’?”

Yeah, me too.

Sucks toads, eh?

So whether it’s something you created and want to share on Pinterest OR it is something you found while roaming around, always use the link to site where you found the information. If you created the pin (image) and have it on YOUR website, then you link to your site.

Example 1:

You’re watching a great movie online and think “Hey, that’s something I could pin to my ‘Favorite Movies’ board. Think I’ll do that right now.

In this case, the movie isn’t yours, so you would make sure the link for your pin goes to the original site where you were watching the movie.

Example 2:

You created a video related to your business and want to share it with others, you would use a link either to

  1. your site (recommended)
  2. the public site where you’ve stored the video (e.g., YouTube or Vimeo or another public site where videos are stored so you can share them)

The easiest way to pin while you’re surfing the web is to add the Pinterest Bookmarklet to your Bookmarks. That way you can pin stuff right when you find it.

  • Thanks for these straightforward tips and advice about using Pinterest – it’s an area that I’ve not developed into much myself but when I do – I will definitely keep your tips in mind!

    • MamaRed says:

      Hi Moira, you’re most welcome. That’s why I’m creating a Pinterest course so people can get started with the right steps!

  • Great information! I really must get back into Pinterest.

  • I haven’t started Pinterest, yet, but when I do, these tips will be very important – thank you! And, I love your “voice!”

  • Good points. Pinterest can definitely be addictive too :)

  • Sharon O'Day says:

    My first concern when I saw Pinterest was the copyright issue. I’m not sure that was totally resolved, MamaRed, but I still couldn’t see how it was the best use of my time for my particular business. I could be wrong, I admit! In fact, I even went to your”how-do-you-know” article to see if I was skewing my decision. Regardless, I love keeping up with what others are doing … ;-)

    • MamaRed says:

      Hey there Sharon…there are, of course, always issues with copyright when you (or others!) put information into the world via the Internet. Asking and answering the right questions is essential to make sure it is right for you! Thanks for being such a considerate and thoughtful business owner.

  • Thanks for pointing this out! Kim Garst and I went a little crazy on someone’s head because she took pins from our site (pins to pictures that went with post that we had CREATED ) and took the url and pointed it to her site away from ours. NOT okay! ..;) Thanks Mamma Red!

    • MamaRed says:

      Oh boy Elizabeth, that would make me furious too! I do my darndest to keep my Irish-style temper under control and that is one of those that makes me see red for sure. Definitely NOT okay!

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  • Diane Clark says:

    The risks that someone will “just use” your content because it was on the internet is the flip side of the coin. In the world where stolen is often treated as ‘reshared’, it can be even hard to find the original source of a pic or a video. I hope that one day, the search engines will solve this problem

    • MamaRed says:

      I so hear you Diane! When I’m unsure (and this is my own thang), I put a note in the post or beside the image asking for attribution if I’ve found it somewhere. And can be hard and time consuming AND, that said, I think it is important in the overall scheme of having integrity.

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