This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.
Pinterest banned affiliate links in 2015 and allowed them back in 2016. They have reportedly said their algorithm is now capable of detecting spam, which was the main reason why they banned the links in the first place. As an affiliate marketer, you need to know how to make money by adding your affiliate links to your pins. This guide will help learn how to make the best out of Pinterest affiliate links.
First things first, you need to remember that Pinterest isn’t the biggest fan of affiliates. Therefore, any mistake that you may make can get your account banned. You also have to make sure that your affiliate program allows you to post your affiliate links directly on social media platforms, especially on Pinterest. (Also, there are other ways to make money on Pinterest.)
When all is clear, follow the steps mentioned down below to insert and benefit the most from Pinterest affiliate links.
Step 1: Pin the Relevant Images
Pinterest remains a visual search engine no matter how you’d like to use it. That’s why you need to pin the right images to make the most commissions from your affiliate links. You can pin a graphic that represents your whole blog post such as “Great 10 Products for X”. Such a graphic should be linked to your blog post, and not to a product page.
On the other hand, if you want to add your affiliate link, you need to pin a picture of the product you are promoting. That way, whoever clicks on your pins knows exactly what to expect to see.
Step 2: Edit Your Pins
When you first pin a picture, you can directly insert your link. Or you can wait until you publish it first and then click on the edit button. When you do that, you’ll find a section where you can add your Pinterest affiliate links. Not only that, but you can also edit the content of the description.
Step 3: Optimizing Your Pins
When you are adding your Pinterest affiliate links, you will have the opportunity to add a description to your pin. Like all search engine, Pinterest uses that description to understand your picture and show it to the relevant audience who’s looking for it. It is best to optimize the description for a keyword that you think your target audience enters in the search bar.
You have about 200 words of description. Use it to the maximum to entice people to click on your affiliate links and make the purchase. If you just add keywords, your description will be unintelligible and no one would click on your links.
Step 4: Disclose Affiliation
If you are trying to make money with Pinterest affiliate marketing, then you MUST disclose your affiliation. At the end of your product description, you can add a hashtag affiliate (#affiliate) to let your followers know that you earn a commission if they decide to buy using your link. It is illegal (in some countries) to earn money without disclosing your affiliation. That’s why I disclose mine at the beginning of every blog post.
Step 5: Share Your Pins
If no one sees your pins, no one buys using your links. That’s just simple logic. For you to profit out of your Pinterest affiliate links, you need a good reach. The best way to do so is to have a good following. I recently wrote a step-by-step guide for you to learn how to get more followers on Pinterest.
But the most important part of your success is finding the right group boards to share your links in. You can create your own boards and follow your own guidelines. Or, you can find big group boards and join them. Usually, affiliate links are accepted as long as they are relevant to the board.
Step 6: Use More Than One Image
A mistake that beginners use when they share pins with affiliate links is that they keep using the same picture. Instead, use as many as you can. If you have a blog post listing 10 products, then at least 10 pins can be made. Each pin for a separate product.
Not only that but if you can find more picture of the same product, you can diversify your pins in that way, too. Following such a strategy allows you to find out what attracts the attention of your followers more.
Step 7: Rinse & Repeat
Once you find what works best for the products you are promoting, keep doing it. Remember that it won’t be easy the first few times. You’ll need to adapt based on your audience and their needs. However, once you figure it out, it’ll be raining commission every day.
You can enjoy your own passive income using Pinterest affiliate links. The best thing about using Pinterest for affiliate marketing is that you don’t need a website. As long as you are following the guidelines of both Pinterest and the affiliate programs you are part of, you don’t have to worry about anything else.
Another way to make money with Pinterest is combining it with blogging.
You can download my Pinterest Traffic Playbook for free, which goes into more detail.
If you want to speak to a member of my team, you can book a strategy call here.
Here’s some other content you may find useful:
- Ultimate Pinterest Traffic Guide: How I Drove 1,000,000+ Free Visitors with Pinterest
- Affiliate Marketing For Beginners
- The Best Blogging Tools For Beginners