THIS METHOD IS DANGEROUS. PLEASE READ! I'll start out by saying I came across this method, and found success with it after lots of work and totally changing it up. I worked super hard, dug super deep, and learned enough to author this thread with tips about driving pinterest traffic. I did a lot of research, and I am real good at research. I'm hoping disclosing this will convince you to listen to me when I say this method, as it sits, is dangerous, beyond blackhat, and can get you into some real deep, dark, corn-filled shit. I know it seems innocent. I know it works. But I can't just sit on what I've learned and let you guys do this to yourself. I'll try to explain. This method is simple, straightforward, easy, and works. Have you guys stopped to think about why it hasn't been done before? The short answer is PHOTO COPYRIGHT LAW. Oh please, don't stop reading here. It's much, MUCH worse than you think. I know what you're thinking. Fuck copyright law. This is the internet. This is a blackhat forum, fuckem, etc. The thing with this is, if you follow that method exactly as written, at the very least, you are gonna get your site taken down, and if that's all that happens, you will be lucky. Please read on. In a nutshell: every photo taken is copyrighted. This method involves stealing and reposting copyrighted photos to your own site. When someone finds their photo on your site, they can send a DMCA to your provider and have your site taken down instantly. You may have already known that. But did you know that the owner can SUE YOU FOR A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY EVEN AFTER YOU TAKE IT DOWN? Oh, fuck yeah they can, and it's happened before. Altering the photo or giving credit or a backlink DOES NOT PROTECT YOU. Every single photo you post on your site is a liability, and to top it off, you're driving traffic to your site by promoting the stolen picture on a site CHOCK FULL of broke-ass food bloggers just waiting to sue the everliving FUCK out of someone for stealing their photos. These people don't sue for the going amount of what that photo should be worth on shutterstock, they sue for the thousands and even millions, and they get it, for various reasons. There, I've said it. If you want to continue after reading that, be my guest, at least you're informed. If you want to know the details, keep reading. Do you remember not too long ago, the outrage over facebook, instagram and other social sites changing their terms of service to include full rights over your photos? Of course, most people thought this meant that these companies were gonna use their family thanksgiving photos for commercials or some shit, that couldn't be farther from the truth. The truth is, they HAD to do this in order to keep from getting sued by photographers because technically, every pic you upload or share anywhere is copyrighted, and someone can be sued for it. Do you know someone actually sued google because their photo came up in google image search results?Oh yeah. Thank goodness they lost, mostly because the results were in thumbnail form. This is the only case to set precedence in this particular area, so as it stands, it MAY be okay to steal these photos and post them as thumbnails, but even then, you better watch your ass. Also, if you post pics on your site in thumbnail form, they will show up all shitty when re-pinned directly to pinterest anyway. You may still not give a shit. People steal pics all the time, fat chance. Here is why you should care. This particular method combines a few factors that makes it a whole lot more likely you're gonna get your ass handed to you. Number one is that the primary traffic source is pinterest, which is full of food bloggers, and food bloggers are a real special kind of asshole. Food bloggers are mostly bored housewives who read food blogs, heard they could make money with food blogs, tried to take the shortcut and make blogs where they re-posted great recipes they found elsewhere, got in trouble for it, and started food blogging themselves, because that's the only way not to get in trouble, or so they think. They already hate you. They have created a culture where they follow copyright law like the bible and are militant about photo theft, because they can't steal photos and profit, and they're damn sure not going to let you, either. The photo owner does not have to find your photo for you to get in trouble. Any disgruntled food blogger or wannabe can see it, and do their damndest to rat you out. These are people with a lot of time on their hands who know what tineye is, and they love being able to DMCA a site with little effort. They will come after you, they will hit hard, they won't give up, and lawyers will take them because they win. This method involves putting an untold number of copyrighted images in one place, making you the biggest target possible. Food bloggers struggle because they don't know proper SEO and promotion for the most part, and they have to do everything the hard way-- through backscratching, begging for backlinks, kissing ass and following the rules. Food bloggers are the people that buy the stupid ass SEO books and shit like that. They know each other, they talk to each other, they kiss each other's asses and they will work together to get you in trouble. Add that to the fact that in order for this method to work, you have to deal with powerful pinners and board owners on pinterest who are also aware of this law, who are also thirsty to build followers, and don't want you to have it that easy, either. The big, exclusive, elite community boards on pinterest have food bloggers as contributors. You gonna get raped. Add that to the fact that pinterest's legal terms of service puts YOU in the hot seat, should anyone decide to sue you, or them, for something you did on pinterest. Yep, that means if someone sues pinterest because you promoted your site with their pic, YOU HAVE TO PAY PINTEREST'S LEGAL FEES. Lawyers are deleting their entire pinterest accounts because of this. Yes, these bloggers sue over their pics. Yes, they will sue even if you take it down. Now that this method is taking off, they're gonna figure it out. They're broke, and they will see suing you as a money source. They are bloggers, so they know all the ways you monetize your site. They will get your adsense banned with DMCA. They will get your site de-indexed by google with DMCA. They will will go after any other ppc or affiliate company you use with DMCA. If you are selling digital goods, they will go after your payment processor with DMCA. They've got the time, and they will win everytime. I thought about it, and there ARE the common, obvious ways around this. You could incorporate offshore, use bulletproof hosting, etc. But that's just gonna piss them off more, and once you have a site populated with thousands of stolen pics and thousands of militant bloggers coming after you, something's gonna give, methinks. The method also becomes much more of a hassle with this in mind. That being said, there ARE legal ways around this. You just have to use your head. Keep in mind these ways will add a significant amount of extra work to this method. I could cite many good sources here but I don't want them finding the backlink and figuring it out. Feel free to google "stealing food blogger photos sued" without quotes and read the replies to get a taste of how these people operate. Google getty images and other image conglomerates suing the pants off innocent people. Google lawyers deleting pinterest accounts. Inform yourself. I posted this because I hate the thought of so many people putting so much work into these types of sites, only to get screwed in the end. Tread with caution, and thanks for reading.