Did you know you can use Pinterest to make money by using Affiliate links?
All you need to do is make an affiliate pin and learn how affiliate marketing on Pinterest.
I’ve been using Pinterest for many, many years. It has been my go to place to search for just about anything. I actually search Pinterest more than Google.
And I know I’m not alone. Pinterest is considered a visual search engine, not a social media platform. Millions of people search Pinterest every single month.
So if you are one of those millions of people already using Pinterest, then why not start a side hustle.
Learn how to create an affiliate pin on Pinterest so you can start making money pinning on Pinterest.
When I first learned How to Make Money Pinning On Pinterest, I became obsessed. I was constantly on Pinterest.
Fast forward two years later and I’ve made a substantial amount of money from Pinning on Pinterest through Affiliate Marketing.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing is one of the easiest ways to make money online. If you do it right, you can earn money while you sleep; which is known as passive income.
Affiliate Marketing is a way to get paid when you refer a product or service. You will usually get paid commission for the sale, but there are some affiliate companies out there who will pay per click.
You are assigned a special link, also known as affiliate link, that is unique to yo. So the affiliate company can track how many people you refer to their company.
If a person buys something through your link, you will earn commission.
Many people don’t know that you can use Affiliate Marketing directly with Pinterest to make money.
I’ve been doing it for more than 3 years and it has been the best side hustles.
How To Get Affiliate Links?
You will need to sign up with an Affiliate Network or Program. Affiliate Networks partner with thousands of brands while an affiliate program is usually for one specific brand.
My favorite Affiliate Networks to use with Pinterest are:
MagicLinks is an Affiliate Network that partners with thousands of brands. Once accepted to MagicLinks, you can then work with any of their brands. You don’t need to apply to each individual affiliate program.
Both programs may partner with the some of the same brands, but the terms for each could be very different. If brands do overlap, you will need to check the terms to see which company is best for you (cookie windows, payment terms, etc).
Once you are accepted to an Affiliate Program, you can create affiliate links that is unique to you
How To Make An Affiliate Pin On Pinterest
Using Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest is very easy and it can be done in 6 easy steps. So if you want to learn how to make an affiliate pin on Pinterest, follow my guide below.
Step One – Join an Affiliate Program
As I mentioned above, my favorite Affiliate Networks to use with Pinterest are:
Step Two – Find a Product or Service you Recommend
Once you are accepted to an Affiliate Network, you will want to find a product or service you recommend. It’s always good to promote brands and product you trust so you can build a relationship with your followers.
Step 3 – Take a photo of the product/service
Once you joined an affiliate program and found a product you recommend then it’s time to take a picture. It’s always best to take a picture of the item in use rather than just an image of the item.
If you don’t have a picture of the item, check with your affiliate company to see if you can use their images. Or you can try to find a stock photo (free or paid) of the items.
If you decide not to use your own photos, you want to make sure the photo you use has commercial rights for you to use them.
You can be sued for using other people’s photos for financial gain if you don’t have approval to use them.
Step 4 – Make an Affiliate Pin on Pinterest
Go to your Pinterest account. In the top right corner, you will see a plus sign. Click the plus sign and then click ‘Create Pin’
Upload your image by clicking “drag and drop or click to upload”.
Next you will want to add your title, your description, and your destination link. Remember: the destination link is your affiliate link.
Then you want to select your Pinterest board you want the pin saved to.
Don’t forget, when you write you description you will need to disclose that your pin is an affiliate link. All you have to add is #ad or #affiliate to the description.
Step 5 – Promote Your Pin
Once your Pin is created and added to you Pinterest account, you will then want to share the pin to other relevant boards and any group boards.
Don’t add the pin to all the relevant boards at once. You will want to space it out so Pinterest doesn’t think you are spamming all your boards at once.
Tailwind is a time saver. This way I don’t have to manually promote my pin. I can rely on Tailwind to promote my pin for me.
If you haven’t tried Tailwind, you are seriously missing out. Here’s a free month of Tailwind so you can test it out to see how awesome it truly is.
Step 6 – How to check How Well Your Pin is doing
After you have joined Affiliate programs, created your Affiliate Pinterest pins, and shared it to your relevant boards, then it’s time to see how well that pin did.
In order to check your Pinterest Analytics, you will need a Pinterest business account (if you only have a regular Pinterest Account then you can easily convert it for free to a business account).
If you signed up with Tailwind , you check their anayltics section to see how well you Pins and Boards are doing.
Here’s a Pin I created for a blog post I wrote on How to Make a Pinterest Pin Go Viral.
After one week, this is how well my pin performed:
When I click on the Pin, it tells me the amount of impressions, saves, and clicks. These stats are only visible to the owner of the Pin.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have much activity. Sometimes that happens with Pinterest. If that is the case, try creating a different style image. Add words, change the colors, or try a different photo.
What I like to do is create several different pins for the same affiliate links and blog posts. This way I can see what my audience likes. I look to see which pins has activity so I can create other pins similar.
How To Create an Affiliate Pin
Learning How to Create an affiliate pin is just as simple as I described above.
Creating an affiliate pin can be done in 6 easy steps.
This is just the start on How to Make Money Pinning On Pinterest. This process won’t make you rich quick.
It will take time but the more affiliate pins you make and have out there that perform well, the higher your chances are to make more money.
Leave a comment below and let me know how this blog post on how to make an affiliate pin has help you.
You can also going my Facebook Group: Pinning for a Profit for other Pinterest Tips.