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Do you want a side gig that requires some upfront work, but then works for you on autopilot? If so, this post is for you!
Today we’ll be going over the 3 step process of how I’m able to make money on Pinterest. So grab a drink of your choice and make yourself comfortable!
It was back in December that I really got into Pinterest. I was pretty much obsessed and spent most of my time learning how to use pin schedulers and taking free + paid courses. One of my favorite to date is McKinzie Bean’s course Pin to Profits: Affiliate Marketing. McKinzie was able to start earning over $1,000 within her first six months of posting affiliate links on Pinterest and shares some great advice on what kind of boards to create for more sales, and how to set up your profile to increase sales. If you’re thinking of enrolling in the course, be sure to use the discount code PINPRIMER for $10 off!
All that said, let’s dive deeper into how I was able to start making money on Pinterest from affiliate pins.
Before I jump into the steps, I do want to mention something that popped in my head. Some people recommend writing about affiliate products and your experience with them on your blog as opposed to directly pinning them onto Pinterest.
That way if an affiliate link changes, it will go straight to your blog and you can adjust that link whenever you need to. I’ve had quite a few links change recently so I can see why many are in favor of linking pins to their blog posts.
In doing so, you’ll be bringing more traffic to your own blog, which will help with ad revenue and lead your visitors to explore more of your blog.
I wanted to give you a heads up on this as linking to your blog with the affiliate product could be a more effective route to take. But at the same time, this method proves that you don’t even need a blog to start making sales online which is pretty cool imo. 🙂
Okay, onto the steps!
1. Find and Pick 2-5 Affiliate Products You’ll Promote
In this first step, it’s important that you choose products that you’re familiar with and are allowed to promote directly on Pinterest. All the better if you can share a quick testimonial on it in your pin description!
Also, it’s good to think about what types of products would match up with your Pinterest account. For example, if your Pinterest boards are centered around parenting and psychology, then try promoting books, products, and courses on those topics first.
In my opinion, you should test out products that have varying price points. I think promoting a $10 product, $30 product and $80 product and then gauging which one sells more frequently is a good way to spend your time in the beginning.
This way, you’ll be able to see what type of products do the best on Pinterest.
Action step: Go through products or courses you’ve recently bought and if you had a great experience with them, see if the creator has an affiliate program. Pick 2-5 products at first and once you have systems in place for those, branch out with more products.
2. Join Group Boards Relevant To Chosen Products
I’d recommend joining at least 5-10 active group boards that have at least 10,000 followers. If you want to join a board with fewer followers, just be sure the board isn’t dead and is getting good engagement.
Something to note is that it can take some time to get accepted to a group board and sometimes you may not be accepted at all. It can really upsetting if it’s a board with a lot of potential, but as they say, “the more no’s you get, the closer you are to a yes.”
I’d say on average I’m accepted to about 50% of boards I apply to. Some of them are looking for influencers with more followers and others may not check the contact email they listed in the group board’s description. So if they don’t get back to you, try sending them a follow-up message through their website’s contact form.
Action step: Create a list of potential group boards that are accepting contributions and apply to 5 a day.
3. Schedule Your Affiliate Pins In Tailwind
We’re already at the last step!
What you do here is create a schedule of 20+ pins per day. You’re going to promote between 50% to 80% of your own affiliate pins and between 20% or 50% of other’s content. You can play with the percentages here, but I’ve noticed that I get really good results using an 80/20 pin ratio.
You’ll also want to play with what times you promote your affiliate content, I’ve noticed that my pins do especially well at 10PM so I try to set up more pins to go out then.
Action step: Create a Tailwind account and test out each platform with their free 30-day trial. Make a pinning schedule for each and follow a pin ratio that’s close to 80/20.
And that’s it! I recently went through these steps again and was able to make 2 affiliate sales overnight and consistent sales throughout that same week.
Overall, this is a great option for anyone who wants to start making money online and doesn’t have a blog just yet or would like to start a new income stream. But if you do have a blog, it can be even more beneficial to promote your affiliate posts on Pinterest.
Want a step by step walkthrough of how to get started with Pinterest affiliate marketing?
Check out Pin To Profits: Affiliate Marketing by McKinzie from Moms Make Cents. I recently went through the course and wrote an honest review of it here on the blog. It’s the best resource I’ve come across for beginners on a budget who want to learn the essentials to start making affiliate sales on Pinterest. Want to learn more about the course? Click here to see the complete course lesson list!
Are you currently using affiliate links on Pinterest? Have you been seeing good results? Let me know in the comments! 🙂