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Are you looking for a way to make some extra cash but don’t have time for a second job? Do you love to use Pinterest? If you answered yes then this post is for YOU!
I’ve learned how to make money from Pinning on Pinterest and I’m going to tell you how you can do it too. I’m going to teach you the basics so you can start earning money from Pinterest without a blog.
That’s right – you do not need a blog to make money from pinning on Pinterest. I’ve been doing this since 2017 and all the methods still work in 2019.
This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here
Now you are probably wondering, how is this possible?
Or you might be seriously doubting me right now.
But please keep reading. I’m going to tell you how to make money pinning on Pinterest . All you need to know is Pinterest Affiliate Marketing.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing allows you to earn money through promoting and/or referring a product or service to another person.
You are probably using affiliate marketing in your everyday life without even realizing it.
Think about it – have you ever found a product or service you love that you tell others to get because it’s amazing? Has any of your friends or family followed through with your suggestion just because you loved it?
Have you ever received some sort of compensation for your referral?
Or have you ever wondered if its possible to get paid for your referral?
That is Affiliate Marketing!
Companies will pay you commission for getting the company new orders!
Companies you currently use in your every day life are probably already offering to give you something in return when you refer your friends or family.
Check out your current bank and see what their referral program is. One of my bank’s right now if offering a 50 gift card to the person I refer and myself if they open an account through my link.
I love to use Ebates. For every friend I refer, they’ll give me $25 and they’ll give my friend $10. If you are not using Ebates you need to start today! They’ll pay you to shop online! I do 90% of my shopping online and I earn cash back every single time.
My credit card company is also offering to pay me $100 for every person that signs up though my referral link. The person that signs up will earn 3% cashback for their first year.
There are a ton of companies I use that are offering some sort of bonus if I refer their products or services. Such as: Amazon, Target, Etsy, AirBnB , Uber, Shutterfly , Home Depot and thousands more!
So check out the companies you use to see what they are offering so you can start earning more.
Affiliate Marketing with Pinterest
I use affiliate marketing with Pinterest to make money from pinning on Pinterest.
Pinterest allows you to use affiliate links on your Pinterest Pins.
So if you list an affiliate link as your Pin URL, you can earn money when someone clicks on your link, goes to the retailers website, and purchases something.
Even if they purchase something other than what your link was for your – you can still earn commission.
To make it even sweeter – if they purchase days later, you could still earn money (as you long as your affiliate link was the last affiliate link they clicked). Some affiliate companies cookie windows are 24 hours while others could be more than 30 day!
There are thousands of companies that participate in affiliate marketing that any niche can use affiliate marketing with Pinterest.
So all you need to do is create a Pin on Pinterest, add a description that describes your image and link, and then list your affiliate link as the URL for your pin.
How To Get Pinterest Affiliate Links
In order to get Pinterest Affiliate Links, you will need to join Affiliate Networks or Affiliate Programs.
Affiliate Programs are usually for one company while Affiliate Networks are made up of groups of individual Affiliate Programs. Some Affiliate Networks will require you to apply to individual affiliate programs inside of the Affiliate Networks.
I’m part of my many different Affiliate Networks and Programs but my favorite Affiliate Networks to use with Pinterest are:
I also belong to a few other affiliate programs that I love to use with my blog and with Pinterest. So if you are thinking about starting a blog, you can learn how to find affiliate programs that work with your Niche.
My favorite affiliate program to use with my blog is:
Affiliate Marketing Rules
Before you jump in and start making affiliate pins for Pinterest, there are a few things you need to be aware of.
Pinterest Affiliate Link Disclosures
Before you add any affiliate links to Pinterest (or your blog, or any of your social platform of choice) you must make sure you disclose that the link is an affiliate link.
The FTC has made regulations requiring you to disclose this information. Pinterest and your Affiliate Program will also require that you disclose this information.
It is very easy to disclose your affiliate link on Pinterest. On your Pinterest Pins that have an affiliate URL, you will need to list in your description that the pin is an affiliate link. All you need to do is write Affiliate or #affiliate or #ad to the description.
If you follow any celebrities you’ll notice when they promote a product or service on their social platforms, they’ll usually write #ad.
If you don’t disclose the affiliate link then the FTC can impose some hefty fines. The FTC will go after anyone (not just celebrities) – so always disclose your Pinterest affiliate links.
Read your Affiliate Programs Terms
When you join an Affiliate Program, make sure you read and understand the terms. You will find valuable information noted in the term such as:
Cookie windows: This is how long your affiliate link is valid for after someone clicks on your link. I currently work with companies that have short window cookies (such as 24 hours) and some have longer cookie windows (up to 30 days or more).
This means when someone clicks on your link and then they decide not to purchase. Hours or even days later, that person decides to purchase the item(s). The sale could still count as your referral depending on the length of the cookie window. So you can still earn commission for your affiliate link days later.
Commission: The terms will note the commission plan and how you will be paid and when. Some companies will pay out the month following the sale while others may wait 2 or 3 months to ensure the item(s) are not returned. The terms will also note how much you will get paid and how they pay out. Some companies deposit it directly into my account while others pay through Paypal.
Where you can post: Some affiliate programs will note in the terms where you can and cannot post affiliate links. Some companies don’t want their links on Pinterest, instead they’ll want you post it on your blog. While other affiliate programs don’t care where you post it as long as you disclose. To date, I’ve only come across two brands out of thousands that did not want their affiliate links on Pinterest.
How to Make Money Pinning On Pinterest
It is absolutely possible to earn money through pinning on Pinterest. As I’ve mentioned in the beginning of this post, I’ve been doing this since 2017 and I still do it today.
In the beginning, I didn’t have a blog and I was able to make money by pinning on pinning on Pinterest. So you don’t have to have a blog to make money pinning on Pinterest.
If you do have a blog, or thinking about starting a blog, you can also list your affiliate links on your blog. A blog will help to increase your profits, but a blog is not required.
Are you using Affiliate links on Pinterest?
Leave a comment below and let me know if you have tried using affiliate links on Pinterest or if you are making money pinning on Pinterest.