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Affiliate Marketing is probably the holy grail of passive income online. That’s why I have covered this topic previously here. However, you don’t always need a blog to earn commissions. In fact, Pinterest Affiliate Marketing is one of the simplest ways to make money even without a website.
All the basics of affiliate marketing apply, but there is a little bit more to consider when you are looking at Pinterest as the main source of traffic. Getting your audience to click on the buy button will take sometime before it happens. That’s why this guide will help you get ready to make as much of your affiliate marketing experience using Pinterest.
You can watch a video tutorial I have made explaining all the steps you need to take to make money online without a website.
How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing: Simple Steps
You should already have a niche selected and are ready to share your affiliate links on Pinterest. If you haven’t, then check out this article about finding your niche. When that’s done, you need to find yourself an affiliate program. This article has many good recommendations. When you have that covered, it’s time to make money from Pinterest.
Step 1: Create Awesome Pictures
Pinterest is known as the visual search engine for a reason; it’s what people use to find high-quality images. If you are promoting any type of product, both physical or digital, you have to create an amazing photo to go along with it. If you can’t do that, then hire a graphic designer on Fiverr to get it done for you. Otherwise, you won’t have any success with Pinterest affiliate marketing.
Step 2: Add Your Affiliate Link
When you add a new picture on Pinterest, they allow you to add a link that redirects to an external page. That’s where your affiliate link should go. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Pinterest doesn’t appreciate affiliates that much. When marketers first realized the power of this social platform, they spammed the heck out of it with affiliate links to the point Pinterest decided to stop all of that. For a long time, Pinterest banned any use of affiliate links on the website.
However, as brands started using the platform more, Pinterest reinstated the use of affiliate links but with a few rules to follow.
You have to use the full link. Marketers know how ugly affiliate URLs look to users and how easy for them to realize that is an affiliate link. But that’s the whole point, says Pinterest. They want both their algorithms and users to know whether or not you’re using affiliate links at all times.
They, also, don’t like it when all your pins are full of affiliate links. Pinterest is considered a social platform where users share pictures relevant to boards. If your boards are full of links and are all over the place (not specific to a topic or niche), you may get banned.
Protip: You can always use Pinterest as a simple blog promotion platform and only add links to your blog posts in the picture. Needless to say, your blog posts must have the affiliate links that would earn you the commissions.
Step 3: Optimize The Description for SEO Visibility
Like any other search engine, Pinterest uses your picture description to understand what’s it about. That is why you should do proper keyword research and optimize the description (which allows about 200 words) to maximize visibility.
However, do NOT randomly put keywords there. Make sure that they are as natural as possible, and the description is directed toward searchers rather than bots. It is your audience that’s going to read the description and decide whether or not to buy the promote you are promoting.
Step 4: Disclose Your Affiliation
Earning money online by promoting other people’s products is legal as long as you let your audience know that you earn a commission from sales that are made via your links. I add such a disclosure on all my blog posts, not to meet a certain word count, but to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines.
It’s illegal to earn any money from affiliate products if I don’t disclose that I’m an affiliate. When you are adding your description on your Pinterest pictures, you should add a hashtag #affiliate at the end. That way, whatever money you earned is completely legal and well-earned.
Step 5: Share Your Pin
When you consider Pinterest a social sharing platform, you must consider sharing your pins to the maximum, but without being spammy. You need to find relevant boards where your pins are most welcome. Or create your own boards to have more success.
The whole point of Pinterest is to share pictures that others may be interested in. As long as you do that, without breaking any guidelines, you should be fine.
Step 6: Get More Followers
When you get active on Pinterest, you immediately start getting followers. However, you need to keep them engaged in a useful way. There is no point in having thousands of followers if none of them every buys anything you share. Once you have enough followers that are actively checking out what you are sharing, you can leverage that to make affiliate commissions.
There are a lot of ways to get more followers on Pinterest. I recommend you watch this video on YouTube to get a little more sense of how to do it.
Step 7: Make Money With Pinterest
Every step you have taken so far is just the foundation, and there is no money involved. However, when you have got good products to promote, appealing images to pin, and active followers, you will be able to make more money using Pinterest for affiliate marketing. When all is in the right place, you can rest assured that the affiliate commissions will come by soon enough. All you have to do is analyze and scale your success and failure to know what to repeat and what to avoid doing again. As I’ve said before; it’s trial and error until success.
We are glad that Pinterest decided to bring back affiliate links as the opportunity is too big to miss. However, we also hope that there won’t be a lot of spam out there that’s going to ruin the business for everyone involved. As a Pinterest affiliate marketer, you need to always be alert and ready to adapt to whatever changes the platform enforces.
Another powerful method is to combine Pinterest affiliate marketing with blogging. You can read my post on how to start a profitable blog, as well as check out my free 5 day blogging and traffic primer course. I also have my premium, more advanced Blogging and Traffic Masterclass if you’re really serious.
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