Revealed: Man Making Thousands Via Fake Comments on Top Blogs

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A provider of shady Pinterest marketing services is currently making thousands of dollars by spamming top blogs with fake comments promoting his offering.

If you’ve read articles about Pinterest marketing lately, you might have come across one of his comments already.

They go a bit like this (a comment from a recent article from Econsultancy):

My experience with pinterest:

I’ve used pinterest to optimize my site’s ranking and it jumped from page 9 to #5 within 2 weeks.

I found that the seller named “pinterest”, which ranked first when you search “pinterest” at Fiverr, has produced the best results on my websites. The seller pins my site with 75 different people, not sure how he did this, but it has improve my SERP’s ranking. I’ve tried 5 other sellers who offer pinterest gigs on Fiverr but they can’t improve my site’s ranking. I don’t know why.

Some known advantages of pinterest for seo:
– Google loves social media signal.
– Each pin is considered as 3 inbound links.
– Links and images from pinterest are dofollow!

That comment is from a user calling themselves “Navita” on 25th June 2012.

Here’s another comment (now deleted) from our own blog, this time from a user calling themselves Tom Moten, on 16th June 2012. Note the similar pattern:

I have used pinterest on my website and the result was great, it jumped from page 8 to #3 in just 3 weeks time.

The key is we must got our website pinned and repinned by many people, which is the hardest part. Most of pinterest users won’t doing repin when they aren’t like what we pinned.

I do simple thing to outsource it on fiverr and got my site pinned by 75 people, I don’t know how can he did it just search by typing pinterest on fiverr and you will find it on the TOP. Many other seller offer pinterest service on fiverr but in my experience they can’t make my website increase in SEO. I don’t know why.

Three Reasons why pinterest is good for SEO:
1. Once our website pinned it has backlinks counts.
2. You need to ping the links of your pins to the to get your website increase in SEO.
3. Even though Pinterest does not support anchor text (except the url link), it’s still perfect for placing our keywords in description.

And here’s a third one from a Mashable article on 3rd June by someone apparently called Norb Winslow(!):

Nice post! By the way, I have used pinterest on my site and the result was awesome, my site jumped from page 8 to #3 at first page in around 3 weeks time.

The key is we must got our website pinned and repinned by many people, which is the toughest part. Most of pinterest users won’t doing repin when they aren’t like what we pinned.

I do simple thing to outsource it on fiverr and got my site pinned by 75 people, I don’t know how can he did it just search by typing pinterest on fiverr and you will find it on the TOP. Many other seller offer pinterest service on fiverr but in my experience they can’t make my website increase in SEO. I don’t know why.

4 Reasons why Pinterest is great for SEO:
1. You need to ping the links of your pins to the to get your website increase in SEO.
2. Even not support anchor text (except the url link), it’s still perfect for placing our keywords in description. Google will read it.
3. Google interest in social media signal so it will not tagged as links farm.
4. Once our website pinned it has 3 backlinks counts.

Call me a cynic, but these look pretty suspicious to me.

Fiverr is a marketplace where you can hire people to do small tasks for $5. The seller (username “pinterest”) being promoted in all these blog comments currently has 1061 reviews. That means he’s made, at the very least, thousands of dollars of sales so far. And with 113 orders in his queue, that looks set to continue for some time.

If you’re wondering what service he’s offering for $5, that’s shady too: he offers to use 75 different Pinterest accounts to promote your website.

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Pinterest Release Second Spanish Language Option

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Is it to celebrate the Spanish team reaching the final of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, or just coincidence? Either way, Pinterest have just rolled out a new language option: Iberian Spanish.

So Pinterest now has support for the Latin American and European flavors of Spanish. Spanish speakers represent around 400 million potential users (although many were using the English-language version already).

According to the official Pinterest blog, a Brazilian Portuguese version will be launching in the next few days.

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Pinterest Now Plays Sounds and Slides Inline

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The Pinterest experience just got a little bit richer. The site now lets you play tracks from SoundCloud, slideshows from Slideshare, and videos from Kickstarter, all inline within the site.

From today, Pinterest automatically grabs description text from the sites and credits the relevant user on the source site. It does this not just for SoundCloud, Slideshare and Kickstarter, but also for Etsy and 500px.

Pinterest will be automatically attributing existing pins from these sites, but warn that doing so will take a little time as they have a large backlog of pins to process.

The Pinvasion Has Begun: Pinterest Now a Top-30 Website in 8 Countries

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Did you think Pinterest was just a North American thing? Think again.

According to data from web information company Alexa, Pinterest is now a top 30 website (in terms of number of visitors) in 8 different countries.

Aside from the US where it’s currently the 16th most-visited website, Pinterest is 17th in Canada, 19th in the Philippines, 21st in South Africa, 24th in Singapore, 27th in Australia and 29th in the UK.

Pinterest is currently the 24th most visited website in Spain, too, and the recent launch of Pinterest’s Spanish-language translation will surely help things along.

Looking at countries where Pinterest is slightly less popular, yet still a tidy top-60 most-visited website, the list includes Pakistan, Mexico, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, India, France, Thailand, Argentina and Brazil.

One major country where Pinterest will doubtless be seeking to expand is Japan. Last month the company received a whopping $100 million investment from Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce juggernaut.

How much of the world do you see Pinterest conquering?

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Great Pinterest Presentation from SMX Advanced Seattle

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Here’s a great presentation on Pinterest marketing tactics from the recent SMX Advanced Seattle conference.

The slides are focused on techniques to hand-craft pins to go viral, drive large volumes of traffic to your site, and get you lots of links. The examples included are a little old now in Pinterest terms, but overall this is definitely worth a look.

(from Vince Blackham of 97th Floor)

Have you tried these sorts of tactics? Are they still working? What results have you seen?

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Pinterest Rolling Out Spanish Translation?

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After much anticipation in certain circles, signs suggest the Pinterest website will very soon be available in Spanish.

We’ve noticed some new language options appearing from time to time on the Pinterest site since around 5pm PST on 31st May. We’re not yet seeing them there consistently.

If the changes do go fully live, users will have a menu allowing them to select between English and Español (América).

Pinterest appealed in a blog post on 2nd May for volunteers to help them translate the site into other languages. Spanish would be the first language to emerge from that process. With 360 million or so native Spanish speakers around the world, supporting the language could only help Pinterest gain in popularity internationally.

French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish were named as the first languages the translation efforts would focus on, with the hope of “many other languages soon including Dutch, Greek, Italian, Korean, Malay, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, and Turkish.”

We’ll be keeping an eye on the site to see when the Spanish version becomes available to everyone.

Update 1: We’ve noticed that Jane Wang, the most-followed Pinterest user (2,984,651 followers right now) and mother of Ben Silbermann (Pinterest CEO and co-founder), has been posting a lot about the Spanish language and Spanish themes lately. Four of her six most recent pins have been on the topic. Just a coincidence?

Pinterest pins about US Hispanic population, Spanish lentils and fish tacos

Update 2 (June 4, 2012): As we predicted, the Spanish option is now live. (Announcement from the official Pinterest blog here.)

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Should You Have a Pinterest Board just for Promotions?

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What topics should you choose for your Pinterest boards?

Search Engine Land has a good article today with a few recommendations about this (the wider article is about whether and how local business owners can use Pinterest as part of their marketing efforts).

In her article, author Stephanie Hobbs covers the basics of Pinterest marketing. One suggestion I particularly like is to set up separate boards for special offers and discounts, for example “Under $50” or “On Sale”. Doing this gives people a clear reason to follow a particular board, so should help in getting more Pinterest followers.

That’s the theory. But how does it work in practice?

Have you tried pinning promotions to a dedicated board? How has it worked for you?

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Facebook Execs Jump Ship to Pinterest

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Has Pinterest now become the hottest startup in Silicon Valley?

If recent employee moves are anything to go by, it could have. Along with a slumping post-IPO stock price, Facebook now seem to be losing top-performing executives. And Facebook’s loss has been Pinterest’s gain.

Nicholas Carlson reports for Business Insider about how Don Faul, Facebook’s VP of online operations, has left the company for a job at Pinterest. Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy writes about the departure, too, and about how communications exec Barry Schnitt has also joined Pinterest from Facebook. She raises the question of whether Pinterest is now the place to be for top talent.

One thing’s for sure: with great people joining the Pinterest team, it bodes well for the company’s future.

What do you think? Are we going to see more star employees making a move to Pinterest?

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World’s Top 5 Pinterest Blogs

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Which are the best Pinterest blogs?

More and more people are writing about Pinterest now, covering its continued rise in popularity and how to get the most from it.

Here are 5 of our very favourite blogs about Pinterest.

We think these are (for now, at least) the world’s top 5 Pinterest blogs:

World's Best Pinterest Blogs Award

1. Oh, How Pinteresting

Where else to start than the official Pinterest blog? It’s a great place to find out about new features and hear from the Pinterest team.

2. Marketing on Pinterest

If you want to know about marketing on Pinterest, this is a great place to look. It’s written by Jason Miles, VP of Marketing at Northwest University, and he’s rapidly building a great resource for everything related to Pinterest marketing.

3. Get Pinterested

Run by internet marketing agency Rocket Clicks, this is a good site for Pinterest news and resources, both for business and personal use.

4. Total Pinterest

OK, so we’re biased. We couldn’t leave our own blog out, though, could we?

5. Power of Pinterest

A blog that seems to have been set up to sell a book by authors Christi Tasker and Henry Weinacker, but nevertheless it has a good assortment of Pinterest-related information.

And a bonus…

6. 365 Days of Pinterest Creations

Sadly, the 365 days are almost over, but this has been a great one to follow as mother-of-two, Kirsty Colquhoun from New Zealand, creates one craft project a day and pins about it on Pinterest.

Which are the best Pinterest blogs in your opinion? Which would you recommend?

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The Toolkits that Let Anyone Run a Pinterest Scam

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Security firm McAfee has warned how easily-available toolkits are now making it possible for almost anyone to run a scam on Pinterest.

The tools provide all the software needed by a would-be scammer to automate account creation, mass following, mass liking, commenting, etc. Very little technical understanding is needed.

With little more than a few settings, a scammer can launch their scam and generate money via Amazon affiliate links or tricking users into dialling premium-rate phone numbers or completing online surveys.

Will these easy-to-use scamming tools encourage more Pinterest scams? If so, will the Pinterest team be able to keep the scams at bay? We’ll be keeping an eye on what happens.