Normally when you hear about Pinterest, recipes and hoppin’ home decor ideas come up. But what if I told you it’s possible to make money on Pinterest?
This last month, I made my first affiliate sale from a pin I posted 2 weeks ago. I’ve continued making sales from pins I’ve created and have added a few new affiliate products to the list too. So, today I’m going to dish out step by step what I did to make my first affiliate sale on Pinterest so you can replicate what I did and make your first sale too! 🙂
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Before I get into the steps I took, I want to mention the ebook I read that introduced me to making money on Pinterest! It’s called How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale In 24 Hours Using Pinterest by Elise McDowell. She’s consistently making over $500 per month in passively from Pinterest and shares her top tips and strategies with you inside the ebook.
I zoomed through it and got my first few affiliate pins up and scheduled on Tailwind within a few hours of absorbing the content and fast forward a few weeks, I got my first affiliate sale notification! Such an AWESOME feeling! 🙂
Highly recommend it if you’re new to affiliate marketing and want to see how you can increase your income by sharing your affiliate links on Pinterest as well. Also, it’s a quick read at 21 pages, so you can take action and see results sooner than later. It did take me longer than 24 hours (it took me ~2 weeks) to make my first sale, but I used the exact strategy in the ebook to make my first sale. I’ve made over 3000% my initial investment and think it can really help you get a new income stream up and running within days to weeks!
Okay, let’s get into the steps!
JOIN AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM
Have you read any amazing books lately, or taken a super helpful course that you just have to share with somebody? Great! In my opinion, that’s the very core of affiliate marketing. Once you have a product in mind, google around and see if the creator has an affiliate program available that you can join. If you can’t find any info, trying emailing the creator/author of the product you’d like to promote to see if they’d be interested in creating a program.
Here are a few ideas of products you can promote to your audience if you’re in the online business niche:
If you’re a lifestyle or fashion blogger, check out these affiliate programs you can join to share clothing or household items with your readers:
DESIGN BEAUTIFUL PINS
Needless to say, the more attractive your pin is, the more likely people are to click and repin it. And with more exposure can come more sales – yay! So be sure to put some time into your designs and if you have a few minutes, I recommend batch creating 2-3 images for the same pin. This isn’t necessary, but it will help you test out different headlines/colors to see which one does best overall.
CREATE AN SEO RICH DESCRIPTION
Pinterest is basically an online search engine, which means the more keywords your pin description contains, the more likely your pin is going to be seen when those keywords are used. Things like the number of repins also come into play, but that’s a story for another day. The main point is that keywords are MASSIVELY important to get more exposure to your pin.
Use Pinterest’s search bar to scope out the specific keywords you should add in your description. Also, try to add the keywords earlier in the description without making it seem weird or robotic sounding.
From experience, it can feel pretty strange at first, but it gets a LOT easier the more descriptions you write.
PIN TO SEVERAL GROUP BOARDS/TRIBES
Group boards and Tailwind Tribes are amazing for putting your pin in front of a new audience. The boards/tribes you should join will differ depending on the product you promote, but here’s a list of 7 different group boards + 75 Tailwind tribes you can check out.
To find more niche specific group boards, spend some time searching through PinGroupie. You can adjust the settings to find groups with higher repins and titles containing keywords you’re looking for.
PinGroupie hasn’t been updated for awhile, but it’s still an awesome source for finding new boards. Another quick tip is to find top influencers in the industry and check out what groups they’re in. Look for engagement (repins), and a joining process listed out by the group board leader.
SCHEDULE IN TAILWIND TO CONTINUE PROMOTION
Don’t forget to schedule your post to go out in the future to relevant boards you’ve created. The key to making more consistent sales through Pinterest is through continually promoting your affiliate pins. Click here to sign up for a free trial of Tailwind!
- Promote products on your blog through reviews, or on your sidebar
- Create a content upgrade that includes your affiliate link (if it’s relevant)
- Promote the product to your email list
- Always add a disclosure text to your affiliate pins/posts
Want to learn more about affiliate marketing on Pinterest? Check out Elise’s eBook: How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale In 24 Hours Using Pinterest. I’ve been able to make my investment back and over $100 in my second month using the strategies outlined. I did use Tailwind instead of BoardBooster as was recommended in the eBook however. But no doubt, it gave me the confidence to give affiliate marketing on Pinterest a go, and I’d highly recommend it if you’d like to get started as well.
What do you think? Are you ready to start making affiliate sales on Pinterest?