How I make money with Pinterest affiliate marketing

It’s always great to know that you have a passive income on the side that doesn’t need much effort or a huge investment. Pinterest gives the opportunity to earn money online even if you don’t have a blog or special social media skills. I’m sure you’re familiar with Pinterest, otherwise you wouldn’t read this article. How many times you saved a pin for your favorite recipe or new travel tips? Every time when you click on the picture and land on the website where you can purchase something the owner of the pin makes money.

What is Pinterest Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is getting paid by a company to promote or recommend their products or services.  Brands have realized the value of personal recommendations over basic paid advertising to reach for more customers. Some merchants do require a blog in order to be approved for their affiliate program, nevertheless there are many that don’t. (Anyhow you can check my course how to start a blog within 1-2 hours with the secret link for the lowest but very reliable domain price, just 1$ a month!). By applying for these merchants, you can promote their products simply by creating beautiful pins and adding them to your Pinterest boards.  Furthermore you earn money per click and per sale commissions it means when someone clicks on the pin and makes a purchase.

HOW TO GET STARTED?

I’ve heard from many bloggers that Pinterest is a great platform but I’ve never paid much attention to it for a long time. My main intention was also to promote my blog with travel related pins and not to make money. Then I discovered that more and more bloggers are using Pinterest to get some extra money and it made me curious. So the first thing I did was

  1. Converted to a Pinterest business account. It’s free and super fast. Afterwards you will be able to access your analytics so you can see the information about your audience and their preferences.
  2. Used SEO especially in the username & bio. Board titles are also very important, they need to be simple and easily understandable. Just think what do you type in the Pinterest search box when you’re looking for something. And of course each board needs to have a good SEO description in full sentences with keywords.
  3. Choose a specific niche for your your affiliate programs to join. Here are some examples of Affiliate programs where you don’t need to have a blog to apply. Simply use the Pinterest link.

Most companies affiliate through ShareAsale that’s why you need to signed up here gratis first. And these are the affiliate programs you can apply for, I know it because I’m using them as well:

Cricut has a 45-day cookie and pays a 12% commission.

Erin Condren has a 30-day cookie and pays a 7% commission. Everyone is promoting planners because they are one of the top sellers on Pinterest.

Craftsy is a lovely affiliate for crafts and DIY projects.

Stella & Dot – 30-day cookie and pays 5%-12% commission

Pretty Darn Cute Designs has a 30-day cookie and pays a 25% commission.

Tailwind has a 90-day cookie and pays 50 cents per sign up for the free trial. Afterwards 15%  if someone upgrades to paid version.

(Cookies is a tracking method that gives you more time for the buyer to decide to buy the product. If he or she clicked on the link and landed on the website it can take “x” amount of days until the person decides to purchase the product or services and you will get commissions anyway.

What is next on Pinterest?

               4. It’s important to stay active on the Pinterest to be the first in line of the      search results. Nevertheless it’s impossible to spend the whole day in front of your laptop or PC so there is a great solution created by Pinterest, TailwindTry it out to organize and automate your pins, sign up and first 100 pins are for free. All Pinterest pros are using it at the moment.

                 5.  Use high-quality images with titles and insert affiliate links in your pins. The secret of being successful on Pinterest is to create visually beautiful pins that are standing out from the others so it will make people want to click on them. You can take your own pictures, find some on the website of the merchant or some programs that offer downloading of pictures for free.

                6. Create pins in the size of 600 x 900 but also find more niche specific group boards and join them. Repin their pins to get noticed by the others. There are also plenty of various Facebook groups where bloggers help each other with Pinterest pins. If you need a list of Facebook Pinterest groups just subscribe to my blog and write in the comments that you would like to have it and I will send it to you! Important to mention that you need to pin to the relevant board.

Don’t expect to see your bank account getting filled with dollars immediately. It will take some time, let your pins circulate on the Pinterest network while others repin them. Good luck with your new pins and if you need some inspiration just check or follow my Pinterest page!