But luckily just the one, not a series. Here goes…
I’ve said before that I enjoy Pinterest and I use it to save everything from quilt ideas to recipes. I mostly ignore the ads, though I do note that they somehow have me pegged as needing plus size clothing, which is not the case, thanks!
I know there’s a lot of “profiling” going on at Pinterest as well as most other sites, but usually I don’t worry about it. However: I recently found an idea I thought I’d blog about, so I started a Pinterest board labelled “blog”.
Oh. my. goodness. Pinterest immediately sent me a bunch of suggested pins concerning how to “improve” my blog. The first one I clicked on led to an obviously fake blog post (meaning this person doesn’t really have a blog, she’s just a front for an advertisement). That was bad enough, but the product advertised is designed to “spam” Pinterest for you by posting your stuff several times a day with “no effort” on your part. This is supposed to drive traffic to your blog, and it probably does.
Now I wonder how many people are using the strategy of spamming Pinterest to have their stuff put in front of me looking like a genuine pin, when really it is an ad? I’m always cautious online, but this is ridiculous.
You’ve been warned. And I’ll go back to blogging nice pictures of quilts next week.
Anybody had a similar experience with Pinterest?