Pinterest is Changing How I Blog

Pinterest Changing How I Blog |

NOTE: This Pinterest article was written in early 2012 when Pinterest was just starting to gain popularity. Information here is still relevant today.

Since writing a post with information about my Pinterest finds, I am learning even MORE things that I didn’t know. Thanks so much to all of your comments and discussions for helping me explore this topic even further.

Here are a few more things you might want to know and how Pinterest has changed the way I will blog.

1. Pinterest is so popular now that celebrities and big companies are flocking to it to try to get more traffic, new fans and customers.

Pinterest will become more commercialized and even more popular, therefore more reason to protect your images and ideas.

Like I said last week, the average person probably doesn’t realize the amount of traffic people are getting from Pinterest. In the creative community, the referral traffic is higher from Pinterest than any other social media platform as of now. If you’re lucky, you can get more hits to your website from ONE pin than an entire year of Google search traffic.

(Read my last post on this to see why some people might use your ideas and photos for commercial gain.)


2. There are all kinds of sites just like Pinterest and will likely be more in the future.  

Clipix, We Heart It and I’m sure several more that I haven’t heard about are other sites similar to Pinterest. I won’t link to these sites as I don’t want to advertise for them. (You can use Google to find them.)

If you have a blog, these points are more reasons why you need to put detailed information on your photos to protect them.

A logo or simple watermark just won’t due.

Make sure you have your URL, name, project description or the © symbol on your photos. Make sure your Terms of Use or Copyright info is in the sidebar of your blogs as well.

I just searched for my friend Cheryl’s cute Baby Shower Duck Punch on one of these sites. Cheryl owns and has a VERY popular photo that is pinned all over Pinterest.

Look at where this source from We Heart It is going…  Pinterest!


Luckily for Cheryl, the pin from Pinterest goes back to her post.  She also has her logo on the image.

This is one of those great photos where you might not need a tutorial to know to add ducks to the punch. So although Cheryl’s cute photo is getting passed around and her logo is being seen by lots of people, she is probably missing out on tons of hits to her blog as well. So there are good and bad aspects to this.

If you care about your photos or creative ideas and recipes, you might want to search these other sites for your ideas and report any mis-use of your images. For example if they are claiming the image as their own, if they copy your recipe into the description or if they are not linking to the correct source.

I know this is NOT possible and sort of a crazy thing to even think about, which is why I’m really down on blogging right now.

I don’t have assistants, I can’t monitor the internet. What about my three years worth of photos on my blog right now? I can’t go through and add detailed copyright info on every photo.

It’s overwhelming.

There have always been bookmarking sites, but this Pinterest craze is causing a shift in the creative community right now more than ever before.

I have so many fun ideas that I’d love to share, but I’d also like to create products out of those designs eventually… so it’s leaving me unsure of where to go from here with my blog.

I’ve been copied many times before and get emails from readers often informing me of people selling my free printables on eBay, Etsy and local shops. I also hear about people re-creating designs I did and selling them in their Etsy shop.

I used to contact these people. It’s crazy when I have to call a bakery in the state of Washington or an Esty shop owner and tell them to please stop selling my cupcake toppers that they they got for FREE on my blog. You would think people would know better. I have copyright information all over the place.

I have since given up on worrying about those things because it happens so much and try to focus on my own business. But now with the huge money making traffic coming from Pinterest, similar sites popping up and people creating “Pinterest Inspired” websites… as a designer and blogger, it has me re-thinking everything.

Maybe I’m just burned out? Maybe this is actually GOOD for business? People are promoting creative ideas on Pinterest and other similar sites and maybe eventually they will come back to my blog and purchase my products or read my tutorials? Maybe this won’t lead to more copyright infringement or stealing of my designs and photos?

Anyway, I have many questions for myself. I am going to be thinking about where I go from here.


Pinterest is changing the way I blog.

Changes I will be making for future features and round-up posts:

  1. I will encourage you to go to the original source to pin something.
  2. I will either create a generic image for pinning or make a collage of small thumbnail photos. Hopefully, this will encourage readers to click the link and pin the original source.
  3. I will read blogger’s terms of use and contact each source of the photo to get permission if they ask for that in their terms.

Contacting people for a round-up post is going to take time and many I would like to feature, won’t get displayed here. Plus, I have two blogs which means double the work!!

I get over 1.3 million page views per month to Living Locurto and people get a lot of exposure from being featured here. I used to take it for granted that you would want to be featured by me. Because of Pinterest, it’s not the case anymore. Since I can’t control what photo gets pinned from my blog, now people could get upset with me if someone pins my post with their photo. Really, I should have contacted people before and I am mad at myself for not doing that! ugh.

If you feature others on your blog, please think about this as well.

There are some other choices that I need to make. I will keep you informed on what I decide.

What are some changes you are making because of the popular Pinterest craze?


About Amy Locurto

Amy is a creative mom of two and graphic designer. When she's not working on Living Locurto, she's busy designing Printable Party Supplies and working on I Heart Faces, her photography blog. Find Amy on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  1. Hi, I’m not a blogger, but have owned a popular web site since before blogs, Facebook and all that. I have completely changed my copyright regulations and put a “No pin” script on my web site. But this doesn’t stop people from using my images. They just make a screen shot and put them up. I spend hours a day on Pinterst fililing out copyright infringement forms. I used to let some web sites and blogs use my images just so I could get higher page rank from links, but letting bloggers use my images is no longer effective because they put pin it buttons on my images so the images show up on pinterest as coming from their blog and not my web site. I think in the past companies didn’t complain about bloggers using images without permission because it did help in their page rank, but in the future I think those companies will make bloggers take down their pictures or require them to use the “No Pin” script so they don’t loose web traffic. I have already seen this happening. Bloggers can be their own worst enemies. Bloggers who are letting people repin the images they have used without permission or with permission are encouraging people to use those images in violation of copyright law. I think they will be seing lawsuits in the future.

    I have also taken down all my pins, except for the ones that come from my web site. I also have to put my web address on all pictures, which I haven’t done in the past – very time consuming. I have also been adding scripts to my site that prevent people from pinning from my pattern files.

    • Thanks for taking time to comment on this. I wrote this article a long time ago and it’s still a big issue. Pinterest is changing the blogging world. Hopefully people will read blogger’s terms of use policies more before using or pinning other’s photos.

  2. Hi I just found your blog via Blogging With Amy (another blog, which I found via Pinterest lol). I am on Pinterest all the time and upload my blog posts to it a lot of the time. I have discovered the necessity of adding my blog name and url to all of my photos and I even do the cutesy one for pinning and leave the rest pretty basic. I love Pinterest and am on there every day!!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts – it is such a tricky topic and I find I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest myself. Just want to chime in that it is always a great idea to let bloggers know you are including them in a “round-up” or in a post also from and SEO perspective because they will likely share that they were featured and link back to the round-up post. It is ALL about relevance and relationship :-)

  4. I’ve only just begun using Pinterest in the hopes of driving traffic to my blog, but I quickly realized that the types of photos that are popular are very different from anything I post.

    I’ve also noticed that a lot of people seem to have very professional-looking photos on their boards, but I can’t imagine that everyone on Pinterest is a professional photographer. Therefore, I have to believe that they took the photos from somewhere else, but that is not always immediately apparent.

    If Pinterest really does take off like many are predicting, I think the owners may face some legal troubles. Hopefully they address the issues you brought up before it’s too late.

  5. I used to have a website dedicated to all things rodeo and cowboys (and I don’t have to remind anyone how attractive cowboys are, especially when they are ready to get on a wild animal, in fact, cowboys are beautiful and so are cowgirls and I really believe rodeo tells beautiful stories).

    I had photos from 2001 – 2009. I uploaded high resolution photos and created a right click dream. I have had to take that website down because of the photo piracy. I have had my photos stolen and reposted on all kinds of websites. It is really disheartening as an artist to see my work posted on other people’s website and not have even my name credited. It’s funny how people will take credit for other people’s work. I follow a hard core artist code — blood, sweat, and tears and a lot of heart, produced and created those images.

    I literally had bullshit slung on me and my camera lens to get the photos I took. Since I have been finding the photos all over the place, I actually thought I could reclaim them by putting up watermarked images on Pinterest (from my online print on demand gallery — It was my big dramatic shout in the crowd — these are mine! Since I am still learning how to put a watermark on, I used the watermarked images from my Artflakes gallery.

    The whole thing has taken time away from my family, trying to track down photos and contact people to take down the photos and made me a jittery basket of nerves and depressed. I am usually very upbeat and I like to use my photos to inspire people.

    Samatha’s quote from “Sex and the City” to Smith Jarod, came to mind — “First comes the gays, then the girls, and then the industry.” I thought something positive would happen since my photos were stolen and posted on a gay guy’s cute faces website, a Russian mail order bride website advertising a “Wild West” party, and a bunch of other ones. Heck, a professional bull rider is using my photo that I took of him in Wyoming, as his facebook profile photo and for his fan page.

    I am waiting for the industry to contact me! I actually have a whole advertising campaign for Wrangler!

    Is my name credited on any of these websites? NO. I thought Pinterest would help me. Now I have another headache to worry about now that I found out Pinterest owns all my photos now and can sell them and even though I deleted my boards of my photos, they are still available in a public server. It is such a nightmare. What I think it totally wrong with Pinterest is people can change the URL site. They don’t have to keep the original source. It’s like an honor system gone bad, real bad.

    It makes me want to take my toys and go home. But it makes me think about how can I benefit from this? I feel like I am missing something?? Am I? Or is the new internet fueled by the non-renewable resources of artists’ hard work. Does artists’ work just get burned up in a Pinterest sharing fest? What would Picasso and Monet have to say about this if their paintings and works of art were being shared without their name. They had enough smarts to sign their paintings.

    I think I should just cut and paste this comment and make it my next blog post!

    The final kicker for me was seeing two of my photos posted on Deviant Art. This person actually copyrighted my images and is selling them! Talk about salt, lemon, lime, tequila, alcohol, and a scorpion bite all to the wound.

    I don’t know if I have the left brain skills to sort through all this nonsense. I do have a friend (thank goodness) who has legal knowledge of copyright to help me through this internet nightmare.

    The ironic thing, is I posted the photos with the intention of sharing my art, visually, and trying to make a name for myself as a rodeo and cowboy photographer.

    But that is my art. I created it. Anyway, I do have my photos posted on a flash site so people can’t copy it. I sure hope people can’t copy it. I guess they can with screen shots these days.

    I am rambling on. Sorry. This is a hot button topic for me. I have deleted my Pinterest boards with my photos (even though they had watermarks from Artflakes), And I am deleting all photos that I am not sure I have permission to post. Pinterest kind of sucks by putting all the legal responsibility on the users. I think the people using the site have no idea what they are doing and the repercussions for the very people that are providing them visual inspiration. In the meantime, I am sticking watermarks all over the photos I do put on Pinterest. Thank you for this post and I am sorry if I rambled on too much about this. My facebook community is sick of hearing me whine about this.

    I hate it when people say, “Well, you shouldn’t have put it on the internet then.” Thanks for letting me share.

    • @memomuse,
      Your photography is awesome. I have the same problem with my photography. I have not taken it down as of yet, BUT, I may have to.

      I am still watching the process of how all of this is working. I used Fine Art America,, and they set up a website for you. Mine is,, and they advised against watermarking.

      Pinterest has changed that, so I am now going to have to do the same thing as you have with going back and watermarking everything. It is so frustrating because like you said, it really takes time away from other things that are important in your life, when you thought all would be well with your already hard work just to get it on the internet.

      What program do you use for watermarking?

      I really feel that Pinterest has changed the hole avenue of blogging because everyone is (Pinteresting) and has become very discouraging.

      Amy thank you for shedding light on this topic and letting others vent and share their thoughts.

    • These are such pertinent questions. Great pics by the way. This even goes further – I assume you had to get signed release forms from the individuals in the photos to use their images; and now their faces are all over the internet, and maybe more. It is such a nightmare (pun intended!).

      I have luckily found out about the P-interest controversy, having signed in only one day ago (I found out via the “Link with Love” campaign – and I’m glad I did; it’s got me closely scrutinizing all the terms and conditions… and who even understands them all, let alone reads them! It has got me scared right off using the services, as ethics are a strong part of who I am, and how I operate.

      Is there anywhere you guys have come across as an ethical alternative. I want to make a simple inspiration board (for personal use), as inspiration for a new website. Perhaps I should cobble something together in Publisher, and technically each picture copyright holder must be contacted for every photo I wish to download and then delete when the job is done!

  6. Terrific post! I found your blog via Pinterest. :) I’ve been reading all I can on the updates to the copyright guidelines, etc., and greatly appreciate your practical tips.

  7. Catherine says:

    Look what came across my email this morning: It’s a site/movement to form a “trademark” for the web so that proper attribution can be given to discoveries. It’s a really interesting and thought provoking organization that I hope catches on, especially after the discussion here on this blog.
    :) Catherine

  8. Holy crap! I am totally freaked out after reading your articles on Pinterest! Like many others I have enjoyed a lot of increased traffic through Pinterest but there is a lot I didn’t know. Because my blog is food related people have to get back to me to find the recipe unless it’s being claimed by others without my knowledge. I’m going to watermark and include my URL in my blog pins from now on as suggested and I will definitely be going through my boards to make sure the original owner is linked to on all of my pins. I have always just repinned and taken for granted that it will link back. I won’t be making that mistake anymore. Thanks for shedding light on this issue!

  9. Amy, thanks for your insight… it’s definitely a lot to think about. I have enjoyed the increase in traffic Pinterest has brought to my blog, but understand the frustration of pins not being credited properly. I always do my best to pin from the original source, as I’d like the same consideration and I never repin without checking first.

  10. I’ve added the code to all my WordPress blogs to prevent images being pinned on to Pinterest period.. I won’t have my work in any shape of form on there at all. Why should Pinterest make money out of my content without sharing some of that profit with me?

  11. I’m a 6-year blogger and a newbie Pinner. I pin some of my own posts, some of other people’s, but when I repin, I always, always go to the source and pin from there directly rather than from someone else’s pin. One thing that Pinterest has caused me to do for my own blog is I make sure that my images are obviously (as in larger font) watermarked with my URL. I don’t feature my pinboards on my blog. I don’t use Pinterest an awful lot, and I’m not sure what to make of the controversy happening right now.

  12. I’m not really a huge pinner, but since there has been so much conversation regarding copyright, I’ve actually copied and pasted the url that links directly to the actual post in the comment on my pin. I don’t know if that will help, but Pinterest actually “liked” the first pin I did like that…thought that was interesting. I hope others would do the same for anything they pin from my blog. Once it’s out there, it’s hard to control.

  13. I’m a new Pinterest user and not a blogger….I have a question for you all because now I am feeling so guilty and confused.

    Can I pin directly from Etsy without permission since it goes directly to the seller’s site?

    Please let me know! Thank you!

    • @Catherine,

      I just read where Etsy added the Pin It button without giving the shop owners any way to remove it. So no, I would not pin anything from Etsy now. Someone could sue you. As an alternative, I have been using to keep track of my favorite things.

      • Catherine says:

        @Amy, Thank you so much for clarifying. Holy Cow, I am not so sure about Pinterest anymore and will be so much more conscious of my pinning. Yeek!

  14. I discovered that a few websites I go to are now using Pinterest as a form of free advertising. THey plug up my pinterest page with junk……….photos of Pillsbury Flour…….Sugar, Pam, etc. I had to unfollow one as it was so darn annoying, 30-50 posts a day from her own website pushing cupcakes, etc.

    I discovered that some of the things I was pinning weren’t going back to the original source, so I either hunted them down and repinned with the source or removed them. I may not have all of them, but I got a large portion. Then I educated myself on how to get them to post with the original blog/website URL included.

    I love the bloggers that put their links right on their photos. I have asked a few people for permission, esp. the artists on ETSY that have beautiful lampwork beads that I want to PIN. More are willing than not. Their sales have skyrocketed because of it.

    I appreciate your blog post, it was helpful, but not much that I didn’t already know.

  15. I found your blog from i am baker and I love your thoughts. I have to say that I am so overwhelmed by all of the information that is coming to surface. I know that I am at fault for some of the same things that you have mentioned and will take the same steps to ensure that proper credit is given when due. I want to love Pinterest and I want it to stay around. As a blogger, I have benefited from huge traffic bumps. I just hope that they can fix the issues!


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