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Pinterest affiliate marketing is one of the best ways I’ve come across for making money online. It’s fun, scalable, and doesn’t break the bank to start up. I remember when I first started I went from making $0 on Pinterest to around $400 per month in my first 4 months. And McKinzie shares that she went from $0 to over $1000 per month in just 6 months, which is some awesome growth if you ask me!
It’s been a little over a year now since I started posting affiliate links on Pinterest. It took me about 2 weeks before making my first sale, so this side hustle definitely takes time to build.
However, once your affiliate links are out in Pinterest space, they have the potential to bring you recurring income every month.
Also be sure to check out McKinzie’s FREE 5-day course, Pinterest Primer. In it, you’ll learn how to create the perfect Pinterest profile, make viral pins, and schedule them. Plus, you’ll learn about some Pinterest myths and common mistakes. It’s an awesome intro to the Pinterest world and great for anyone who wants to learn more about the platform.
In this post, I’ll be going over my thoughts on McKinzie Beans recent course: Pin to Profits: Affiliate Marketing. For this review, McKinzie gave me access to the lessons free of charge, but all opinions in this post are my own.
I’m going to start off with a breakdown of what’s included in the course and discuss some of the pros and cons. So if you’re thinking of investing in this course, definitely keep on reading!
Module 1 of the course starts off with an introduction to what affiliate marketing is, guidelines to follow, and how to properly post affiliate links on Pinterest without getting into trouble with the FTC. Also included are tips like creating multiple versions of your affiliate pins so you can promote your affiliate product more often and refrain from spamming boards.
All of the tips McKinzie shares in these foundation lessons are spot on and very important to follow. The first resource that got me into affiliate marketing on Pinterest never included instructions like these, so I really appreciate these first lessons and think they’re crucial for beginners to know.
McKinzie also covers creating an optimized profile and pins. She goes over how having a lot of Pinterest followers doesn’t exactly equate to success. It’s more about Pin SEO and making sure your pin descriptions include important keywords and hashtags that match the product you’re promoting.
One of my favorite lessons in module 2 went over the #1 board you should include on your Pinterest profile. I never thought about adding these types of boards to my profile before, so this lesson was a big eye-opener to the potential income that could be made with these boards. I actually made 2 Etsy sales soon after going through this lesson, so it definitely works and is something to think about adding to your own account.
Creating Viral Pins & Affiliate Programs
In module 3, McKinzie went over everything you need to know for creating beautiful, viral pins and increase click-throughs. Which is a really important step to making more affiliate sales.
Again, all of the pin design tips are ones I’ve implemented as well and seen awesome click-through rates with. This course is filled with sound advice you can put into action within minutes.
The last 2 modules of the course go over joining your first affiliate programs, adding your affiliate pins to Pinterest and additional tips for bloggers. In module 4, McKinzie also shares how you can get added to affiliate programs without having a blog, I haven’t personally tried this but I can definitely see how it can work for certain programs.
The last module is really helpful to bloggers who want to increase their affiliate income. She talks about the best types of posts to write as well as a helpful plugin to keep track of your affiliate links.
Pro & Con
One of the things I loved about this course was that it’s a complete video walkthrough of how to get started with Pinterest affiliate marketing. It’s filled with great tips from McKinzie’s personal experience and she includes some really helpful resources like an affiliate tracking spreadsheet and a list of affiliate networks she recommends.
One downside is the lack of a support/Facebook group for beginners who have questions during or after taking the course. However, McKinzie is very easy to reach and usually takes less than 24 hours to respond by email if you have any questions. So I don’t think it should hold you back if you’re interested in the course.
Everything considered, I’d recommend this course to anyone who wants to make money online with Pinterest, but needs some help getting started and understanding how the pieces fit together. It includes text and video lessons and McKinzie has lots of expertise in the Pinterest space.
Overall, this course is one of the best resources I’ve come across on making money on Pinterest for beginners as it includes lots of helpful tips to help you succeed.