I’ve been making money from Pinning on Pinterest for almost 2 years now. I still remember the very first sale affiliate sale I made like it was yesterday. It was one of the best feelings to have because I could see my work paying off, literally.
Still to this day when I tell people about my online adventures, they are usually shocked to learn it’s possible to make money from Pinning on Pinterest. I’m always asked how it works. So I decided to write this post to tell you the steps I took so you can make your first affiliate sale.
When I first learned about affiliate marketing, I was determined to make it work. I read as much as I could and I jumped right in. I figured the best way to learn was through trial and error. And I was able to make my first affiliate sale within 1 week!
Do you want to learn how I did it so you can make your first affiliate sale?
How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale
Create an Optimized Pinterest Account
- Create a Business Pinterest Account. If you already have a personal account, you can easily convert it to a business account
- Choose a Niche
- Create Specific Boards Related to your Niche
- Add Pins to each board
- Add Keywords to your board titles, board descriptions, your pin descriptions, and your bio
If you need help with setting up your profile to be Pinterest Optimized, check out my post: How to grow you Pinterest Account
If you’re not sure which keywords to use, check out my post: How to find keywords to use with Pinterest
Join Affiliate Programs
Once you determine what your niche is, you will need to figure out what products you want to promote. Once you know what products you want to promote, you will need to find affiliate programs for those products.
Once you know the products, you can search google to see if those stores/brands have an affiliate program.
Or you can look into joining my favorite programs:
Magiclinks, Awin, and Sharesale.
All three of these programs partner with thousands of stores. So these programs should work for almost all niches.
Create your Own Pins
Once you are part of an affiliate program, it’s time to create your own pins. I love to create mine with Canva. They have a free option and a paid option. I currently use the free version and I love it!
It’s so easy to design your own pins and download them to your computer. Then you can upload them to Pinterest, add your description, and your affiliate link.
If you need help with creating your affiliate pins, check out this
post where I give step by step instructions on how to create an affiliate pin,
Once you optimized your Pinterest account, joined affiliate programs, and created your own affiliate pins, it’s now time to Promote your Pins!
You want to add your Pins to all your relevant boards. You should also look into joining Group boards so you can add your pins to them to increase your chances of getting your pin viewed. Need help finding group boards? Check out my post: How To Find Pinterest Group Boards
If the pin can be pinned to multiple boards, don’t add them all at once. You don’t want to look like a spammer. Instead, you want to spread it out over a few days.
A great tool that can help you to spread your pins out is Tailwindapp.
I schedule all my pins to Tailwind. I then tell Tailwind which days and times I want the pin pinned, and it will pin them for me. This way I don’t have to manually pin. Tailwind is a great tool that saves me so much time.
If you don’t have Tailwind, I highly suggest that you look into it. If you click this link here, you can get a free month to Tailwind so you can test it out.
The steps I mention above are the steps I took to make my first affiliate sale almost 2 years ago. I know these steps still work because I still do them today and I make affiliate sales every day by doing these exact same steps.
This is a great way to make money online, especially if you don’t have blog.
If you do have a blog, don’t forget to add affiliate links to your blog posts and promote your blog posts on Pinterest.
If you are thinking about starting a blog, you can learn how to start a blog in this step by step guide I created. You can have your blog up and running in no time!