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Has Anyone Experienced This...
« on: March 02, 2017, 03:32:40 PM »
I was performing some tweaks on my ecommerce store: https://www.Store.SouthernZoomer.com just about to start adding some more products.

The item tweaked I pinned and received a message "Sorry, we blocked this link because it may lead to spam." So, I started checking my other store pins and it appears all of them have been blocked. I checked my wordpress site: http://www.SouthernZoomer.com.  So far it doesn't appear that any of those pins have been blocked. The Pinterest account is still active too.

I sent in a support ticket to Pinterest and gave an example of one of our most popular products. Asked what may be going on as we have been in business since 2010 and are not a spam site. Further, we have been working very hard to build a presence in the Pinterest community and have received exceptional feedback on our products. Of course, still waiting on a response.

The images I am using are my own. I pin with SM2 around 250 pins/day (built up to this). They are spread across 4 boards and I change the boards up every couple of weeks.

After I sent the support ticket to Pinterest I started thinking that yesterday was the last day for all Shopify owners to convert to SSL or Shopify was going to do this for them. I remember reading that once I upgraded to SSL my pins would not be available on Pinterest for 24 hours.

Do you think this could possibly be the problem? Or, something else?  :-\

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Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 03:55:51 PM »
Hi Susan

That's very interesting, so it's looks like your sub-domain has been marked as spam(likely if all your self-loaded images are completely sales targeted)....but yet your main domain is still active & able to post active linked pins?....I guess that the main site P account only posts non-promotional pins?.

I was discussing this principle just a couple of weeks ago with a fellow SM2er....if you could confirm back that the main site Pinterest account is still able to post it's own url's to it's own P boards?.

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Kevin

Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2017, 04:09:58 PM »
Yes Kevin it is...

No, the main site P account posts promotional pins with both my products and Amazon Affiliate products. For example, here is a blog post my lady, who writes my content, published: http://www.southernzoomer.com/5-awesome-diffuser-blends. You can see there are links to my products and to Amazon Aff. products generated by social monetize me.

The main site is still able to post. In fact, I am promoting a Clickbank product for Tumeric and just posted it to P with no problems at all.

Very strange indeed. ???

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Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2017, 04:43:00 PM »
My experience has been that if you pin more than 100 times a day to the same site it's likely to get blocked unless it's very established in Pinterest. Hopefully you'll be able to get that overturned.

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2017, 07:12:07 AM »
Well Jon, this account was established according to the guidelines. At least that is what I thought. I have had this account since 2013 and had thousands of pins before beginning SM2.

I had gradually worked up to the 250 over 4 months. I have now dropped back to 100 pins/day.

What is so interesting is how it is coincident with the conversion over to SSL.

I'm now going back and updating all the images and URL's to reflect the https URL. My fault this didn't even dawn on me.

We'll see what happens.

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Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2017, 07:19:11 AM »
Any DMCA complaints in the email inbox associated with the account?

Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2017, 07:51:42 AM »
None. No notification whatsoever.

It's not affecting my Wordpress site just my Shopify Store. Traffic has gone from averaging 1000 visitors around this time of morning (10:50 am EST) to 50. I also have a MailChimp campaign running today too so that could be some of this traffic.

Totally perplexed...

Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2017, 08:09:06 AM »
Also, it's not affecting my Amazon Private Label Product listings.

I am wondering does Pinterest see this as a re-direct and are shutting the pages down?

Here's an example:
Original URL:
http://store.southernzoomer.com/products/amber-glass-bottles-with-glass-eye-dropper-caps-10-ml-15-ml-30-ml-50-ml-100-ml

Secure URL:
https://store.southernzoomer.com/products/amber-glass-bottles-with-glass-eye-dropper-caps-10-ml-15-ml-30-ml-50-ml-100-ml

Note when you enter the original URL it reverts to the secure URL.


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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2017, 08:24:13 AM »
That's a good question. If it's a 301 redirect they may very well see it as a violation of their no-redirects policy. And that would be an automated block, not something typically manually done. Maybe the support person you get will overturn it.

Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2017, 09:25:17 AM »
As of this writing, Pins are still blocked and referenced as spam if I try to click on them to access the Shopify store.  Although pins are apparently still buyable as I picked up 2 sales yesterday and 1 this morning.

No response from Pinterest support. Boy, they are terrible on support.  :(

Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2017, 10:44:15 AM »
Ecommerce Store is still blocked today.

Chatted with Shopify yesterday on the Pinterest Acct. getting blocked coincident with converting to SSL for the store. They stated I needed to re-pin the images and all would be fine. Of course, I can't re-pin the images. They are blocked. So, they sent me back to Pinterest.

Sent another support ticket to Pinterest yesterday. This time, I tied the blocking and SSL conversion together. And, referenced what Shopify had told me. Still waiting to hear back from them.

The Pinterest account is still live. My Wordpress pages are fine. And, my Amazon product listings are fine too.

I may be waiting forever for Pinterest to respond and in the meantime, my traffic is almost at a standstill. No sales yesterday or today so far.

I'm thinking about buying another domain and using the re-direct method for the ecommerce store.

Thoughts on doing this?

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Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2017, 01:43:24 PM »
If Pinterest is taking a long time to respond (they're very, very slow, when they respond at all) you may want to use a redirect domain yeah. It stinks that you'll have lost the pins from the past, but at least you can get your store traffic going again.

Keep in mind that redirects are technically against Pinterest's policy, so I can't guarantee how they'll react to that. I've had very few issues, but still, you never know and I wanted to give you fair warning just in case.

Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2017, 02:16:06 PM »
Thanks for the heads up Jon and understand. I mean really what do I have to loose...already lost the traffic.

Here's the thing I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this. In looking at my Shopify account, the domain Store.SouthernZoomer.com is actually already the re-direct for store-southernzoomer-com.myshopify.com.

I had my IT guy set up the re-direct in my cpanel several years ago because I didn't like the myshopify on the end.

So I'm wondering the following:

1. Could I just change the option in my Shopify account back to store-southernzoomer-com.myshopify.com? Then, change the image and page URL's in my spreadsheet and re-load to SM2?

2. If I buy a new domain and set up the re-direct with the script to Store.SouthernZoomer.com in the cpanel, is that going to work without setting it in Shopify as one of my domains?

Confused right now and trying to think through what modifications I will have to make and which one is the quickest to accomplish.  :-\


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Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2017, 05:51:31 AM »
If you use a traditional 301 redirect Pinterest is likely to block the new domain -- it's an automated thing that they do if you redirect, at least that's been my experience.

I use a javascript redirect because it bypasses that block. See this post:

http://jlforums.com/social-multiplier-2/using-a-redirect/

Re: Has Anyone Experienced This...
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2017, 02:22:53 PM »
Thanks Jon...

I'm trying to set up the re-direct following along with Amin's video.

When I added the .htaccess file and saved it disappeared from the public html.



As you can see I tried to input it again and get a pop up box that says it has already been created.

Thoughts?

Thanks.