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Link Old Uploaded Pins Back To Your Website

Day 8 of 31 Days to a Better Pinterest Page by Vincent Ng. Link old uploaded pins back to a source. #PintalysisAcademy

Welcome to day 8 to 31 Days to a Better Pinterest Page. I hope you’re enjoying all the blog posts so far. For day 8, you will be looking over old pins that you have uploaded pins and ensure that they are linked back to your website. After all, why would you want to lose potential traffic.

Link Your Uploaded Pins Back to Your Website

This is a common mistake that I see new businesses make on Pinterest that is easily avoidable anybody has total control over. It’s not linking uploaded content back to a desired url or product page.

If you upload a picture onto Pinterest, it asks you to choose a board as well as to fill in a description. What Pinterest doesn’t automatically do is ask you if you want to put in a url you want the pin to redirect to.

In order to do this, go to the desktop version of Pinterest and hover over the pin you’ve uploaded. A pencil icon on the top right should show. Click on it, and a button a pop up box will show. At the bottom of this pop up box is the “Source.” You can change this to any url that you wish.

How to Edit The Source of a Pin on Pinterest

With any pin that you've pinned on Pinterest, you're able to change the source url.

This means when you have uploaded pins that are about your products or services onto Pinterest, you’re able to link them back to a specific url.

What About Non Business Related Pins?

Regardless of whether the pin is a product, service or blog related, all uploaded pins should be linked back to some type of resource. If you have pins that are showing off your staff, have those linked back to a hiring page, or to the about us page.

I think what breaks my heart a little is to hear how a professional blogger  uploads a picture, watches it get repinned thousands of times, only to realize that they forgot to put a source for the pin. It’s hard to say how much traffic is lost.

It’s important to make it a habit of linking pins back to a relevant website whenever possible.

Day 8 Actionable Step

Take the time to look over some of your pins that you have uploaded in the past that do not redirect to your website. Take the time to change as many as you can to link back to your business page that is relevant.

You don’t want to miss out on all the potential traffic.

Additional Resource:

On August 6th, 2014, Pinterest announced a new feature known as Pinterest Messages. It’s a great feature where you’re able to privately message followers who you also follow. You’re able to send pins, boards, and profiles over to them. You’re also able to share links, make it very easy to collaborate on projects.

This is definitely a feature worth knowing about Pinterest. To find out how you can use it personally, or for your business check out More in Media’s blog article about Pinterest messaging.

What other common mistakes do you see businesses make on Pinterest? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Vincent Ng is the founder of MCNG Marketing, and the author of Pinterest to Profits with Pintalysis and the host of the Pinterest podcast, Pictures to Profits. You can grab your free e-book on How to Search Optimize Your Pins for Pinterest and Search Engines."
  • mathfour

    Any way to find these? I’m pretty good about uploading a photo then editing to link back. But I’m not sure I didn’t miss one or two. Is there a place where I can see all my uploaded photos to just check those? If I have to go through hundreds of pins, I might be there all day (and burn out and just stop doing this all together).


    • Vincent Ng – MCNG Marketing

      Unfortunately there isn’t quite a great way of doing this. It does require a lot of scanning. I wouldn’t suggest burning yourself looking for old pins, especially since you’re a one person show. I have noticed that some companies have boards that contain 10-15 pins that are linked back to a site and these are good areas to focus on. But pins that go back longer than a month will take too much time to fix. I’ll update the blog post to offer better instructions regarding how to carry this out.

  • Maxwell

    Is their a way to use Pinterest photo folders/categories to perform like Flikr or Picasa in a website. EG., I have a photo gallery of work on my website and I have photos located in pinterest of the same photos hence, double posting. I want to post in one place, Pinterest, and have my website open a separate page to view photos uploaded to my pinterest folder. In other words, use one source, Pinterest, as a collection of photos that can be viewed from my website. Makes sense?

    • Vincent Ng – MCNG Marketing

      Hi Maxwell, if I understand correctly, are you saying that you when people click on a photo on your website that it will load up one of your Pinterest boards, is that correct?

      • Maxwell

        Hi Vincent, Yes, that’s exactly what I’m trying to do . . .

        • Vincent Ng – MCNG Marketing

          Hi Maxell, so every Pinterest board will have a unique url such as this is the url you want as the referral link for the picture you have on your site. However…this is something big…if the person is not logged into Pinterest, nor do they have a Pinterest account, they will be forced to login/sign up to see the content if they are redirected to Pinterest. This is the good thing about Flickr, they don’t force people to login in order to see the pictures or the gallery.

      • Maxwell

        In fact, here’s my website: I’m hoping to link my folders to pinterest instead of the flikr site I’m currently using. see the gallery section and click on any clock.

  • DoK Robin

    I used to use the “source” to change the URL all the time, but I’m no longer seeing that option when I try to edit. It now says “place”. Can you suggest another way to change the URL/source?

    • Leonora Farron

      I haven’t seen “Source” in months, either, and miss it so much! I have heard that some people change the links on commonly shared pins to malware links, etc. I hope the feature to change links wasn’t removed for the sake of some bad eggs.

  • John Mark
  • Mother of 3

    I can’t believe how easy that was and that I never figured it out before now!

  • Sarah

    I have a slightly more complex problem – I started a new blog and reposted a blog post that is going viral on Pinterest on my old website. I want to get rid of my old website, but the traffic from that one post is actually bringing in sales, so I really want it redirected to my new blog post, which is identical, but on a different website. Is this possible somehow?

    • Shehla Ahmed

      Did you ever figure this out? I have the same problem.

      • Sarah

        Unfortunately, it’s not possible. I contacted Pinterest and they can’t change the URL on things that have already been repinned. I can change it on my own account, but not on all the pins by everyone else. All I can do is try to get those pins circulating again under my new account and HOPE they can get the same momentum. I assume that using similar keywords may also help, and I’ll make some variations so they show up in “similar” results under the original pins and hopefully get repinned too. I’ve also set up a redirect from my old site, but I was hoping I could delete it altogether. It just means that I’ll need to keep paying for the domain name to keep that traffic.

  • Usama Khalid
  • Ranjot singh

    I need a clarity here, I pin the item from for eg:- and after saving into my Pinterest board, I click on visit button, it redirects me to the same page from where I pin the item.

    Then, I share the same image in facebook, and after successfully
    posting into the wall, I click on the image and it redirect me to
    different URL(Redirect me to the image is originated from)

    For eg:-

    Please let me know is there any differences.

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  • MR martin

    Hi Vincent, Yes, that’s exactly what I’m trying to do . . .
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