Samanthatouch - 11:10 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
My point isn't that ranking Pinterest pages is bad.
If that is what makes the user happy and persuades them to go to Google the next time they search for something because they had a good experience before, then that is fine. That is what a good search engine does.
My point is that Pinterest is apparently being gamed by thin affiliate sites. Making Google (and therefore the user) think they are getting to a page of free resources and then sending the user to a page that requires payment for the 'free' resource and also, in many of the cases that I found, pays for a lead.
Normally these thin sites would not rank well for a competitive keyword but using this trick they are ranking as #1 on the first page. Ostensibly as a collection of free projects on a Pinterest page but actually affiliate links to 'not free' items.
I believe that this will be fixed since it seems so prevalent that it has to be getting noticed now.