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Today, I’m going to show you exactly how to make money on Pinterest with affiliate links. I hope you’ve already learned about this wonderful passive income stream called affiliate marketing.
Maybe at the moment, affiliate links are scattered throughout your blog posts and you are waiting to make a sale and get your commissions. But……
No matter how much time you spend writing tutorials or reviews and sharing links, no one is purchasing through your affiliate links.
It’s frustrating to the max! Oh, I’ve been there, and I started to think that maybe affiliate marketing wasn’t for me.
Then how I got my first affiliate sale and got my first ever affiliate commission and making a good amount of money every month?
I am gonna share with you the exact strategy I used to achieve success.
So what did I do and how did I score my first affiliate sale?
I had joined all the affiliate networks I could think of and started posting links on my blog, but nothing came out of it.
I also wrote blog posts on the tools I use and products I have purchased such as reviews, tutorials, and product comparisons. They are actually a great affiliate marketing strategy. But it can be time-consuming.
What if I told you there was a quicker way? You can use affiliate links directly on Pinterest (You cannot promote Amazon affiliate link on Pinterest) to promote your affiliate products. When I started doing that, my affiliate income scaled faster.
Today, I’ll go over how to create affiliate pins and upload them to Pinterest. And the best part? You don’t even need to be a blogger to do this!
I got this success through an E-book “How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours Using Pinterest”. I took the leap to purchase it because-
- It promised to teach me exactly what other bloggers were avoiding to share
- It promised (almost) instant results
- It brought to my attention a big piece of the puzzle that I was missing (I had no idea you could use affiliate links on Pinterest as well!)
- It was only $25. I figured if it worked, I would make the money back eventually. (And I did! Not only that but it was a big part of how I made my first $100 blogging)
My First Affiliate Sale
I made my very first affiliate sale for my favorite blogging E-book after applying the strategies I learned from this E-book. It was a payment of $9. I was over the moon! I had been promoting that e-book for 4 months before I finally made a sale. This small win encouraged me to continue trying different strategies to promote affiliate products.
Unfortunately, I can’t share the strategies she has given in the e-book here because it’s copyrighted material.
But I will share with you the strategies I have implemented to get affiliate sale even without using a blog.
Choose a product to promote
Initially, I thought I will promote any of the products from the affiliate networks I joined. Later I decided I wanted to promote something I love and use.
Hence I decided to promote e-book by Suzi from Start a mom blog (Later I purchased the E-course from her). It is an amazing resource for beginner bloggers to get a direction on how and where to start.
Created Multiple Boards related to the product
As I was promoting an E-book on Blogging, I have created boards like Blogging tools, Blogging E-books & E-courses, Blogging for beginners etc. I wrote a keyword-rich description for each board. Also pinned 20-30 pins to each board.
Created 3 different Pins
After months of experimenting and creating hundreds of pins, I have identified six key features that make a pin go viral.
A catchy headline – Use key words to create your headline
High-resolution stock photos – There are many sites to get stock photos for your site. But If you can buy stock photos, that actually works great as fewer people use them.
A background with warm colors – oranges and reds get twice as many repins than blues and greens.
Easy-to-read fonts – This tells viewers exactly what they’ll get. Be careful with fancy script fonts.
Long and vertical shape – Pinterest recommends 600 x 900. I create pins of different sizes to see which one does best.
A bonus offer – such as a printable, planner, or worksheet. This is optional, but it gives people more incentive to click. As I didn’t have any Bonus, I ignored this part.
I use Picmonkey to create my Pins. I created 3 different Pins. Actually those three were three different sizes. I wanted to find out which works well with Pnterest.
Uploaded the Pins directly to Pinterest
Step 1: Click the add pin symbol on the right OR click the create pin button on the left.
Step 2: Upload the pin you’ve created to promote the affiliate product.
Step 3: Copy and paste the original affiliate link into the website section.
Step 4: Write a detailed description of the pin, focusing on 2-3 relevant keywords.
A simple note on disclosures on Pinterest
Make sure to disclose on any and all pins that you are acting as an affiliate.
You can do this in the pin description by adding #afflink or #affiliate as you can see on my pin above. Failure to do this can result in you being banned from Pinterest and even result in legal action.
Promoted my pins on Pinterest
I pinned it to my own boards (I created multiple boards on the same topic). Pinned multiple times a day. Also made sure that I am not spamming boards.
I also repinned my own pin in a few relevant Pinterest groups I am a part of.
This is super important because it gave the pin some traction (since I don’t have such a large following anyways) and it reached the right audience.
If you are struggling with Pinterest promotion, I recommend you check Carly’s Pinteresting strategies. She shows you how to increase your views to 200k/month using super simple strategies.
TAILWIND: MY SECRET WEAPON
I was manually repining my Affiliate pins. After a couple of days I thought of choosing an automation tool to re-pin my own pin to increase the reach and help it go viral.
I chose Tailwind for scheduling pins, as it’s such a time saver and it will boost your Pinterest game guaranteed!
Why? Because you can choose the pins destination, schedule them in a queue (that you set up) to ensure they go out at peak times and you can even choose multiple boards for one pin.
Tailwind tribes are another sure-fire way to get your affiliate pins to get some traction because you get to exchange repins with tribe members.
But the biggest use I have for Tailwind is to automate the promotion of my posts and affiliate links, which is why I continue to make sales based on what I put in motion months ago, without ever touching it again.
Start your free trial with Tailwind and test it out. I guarantee you will see a difference!
I got an email from SendOwl that I made an affiliate sale and it showed $9 commission.
I made my first affiliate sale!! Yay!!!!!!!!!
Please share with me by commenting below how you made your first affiliate sale.