Hey there, never sleeping online friends! How is the business going? I've been talking quite a lot about how to monetize your blog in my recent posts. But did you know that you can make money with Pinterest without a blog as well?
And let me tell you - once you learn how to do that, you won't be able to stop!
There are people on Pinterest who earn a fortune month after month.
A big number of them are doing it without having their own website.
You don't believe that's an option?
What is coming your way in the next few minutes will prove you wrong!
This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure here.
As a big fan of reverse psychology, I hope you won't mind me asking:
Why NOT Pinterest?
Seriously - can you think of another platform that is a search engine and a social network at the same time?
If you are a business owner, Pinterest is everything you've ever wished for. And beyond!
Why wouldn't it be?
Currently, more than 200 MILLION people are using it each month...
I bet I have your full attention now, don't I? And I plan to keep it that way:
1) 93% of the active pinners use Pinterest to plan their next purchase
2) 40% of them have a household income of $100K+
3) 1 of every 2 people have made a purchase
For even more awesome Pinterest stats, visit Sprout Social.
Now you know the numbers. Wondering how you should use them to the best of your advantage?
For the sake of all my readers finding what they are looking for, I'll cover both of the options:
Using Pinterest with and without a website.
These are the steps to take if you want to build a whole online business from scratch:
- Start a self-hosted blog. The smartest decision, in my opinion, is to let Bluehost do its magic as hosting provider
- Create at least 10, 15 high-quality posts
- Invest in a Premium Theme.
This one is optional, but I believe it's more than necessary.
Pinterest is the most visual platform among all the rest.
Having a well-customized theme with a gorgeous design for sure will help your website to make some noise online!
It took me a while to learn that lesson.
Then I went straight to Thrive Themes.
Related: Thrive Membership Review
In case none of all that makes any sense to you:
The best you can do as a complete beginner is to get as much help as possible. It's what I did.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin
This is the place that taught me everything I know about how to build a successful website.
And now I'm making money from it!
This one is easy - you won't need to go through any of the steps above.
Still, you'll have to open a Pinterest account.
Considering Pinterest will be your ticket to affiliate sales, a personal account is not recommended.
You'll need a business one. And you can open it here.
There is a process you have to go through next:
Create boards and pins. Optimize your profile. Likewise - add relevant keywords that will help you to be found on Pinterest.
To learn how to do that, read this article.
OK - now you are set and ready to go!
Don't get the wrong idea:
What's about to come is not that difficult to apply. Still, I thought the process will be easier if I break down the steps and walk you through them one by one.
So - your account is optimized and the time has come to earn some cash!
Where do you start?
Contrary to the popular belief, this is not as easy as you may think!
Nowadays, there are hundreds, even thousands of affiliate program you can work with. And you certainly shouldn't go affiliate crazy and try to promote all of them.
Pick the ones that offer high-quality products you like and believe in.
Here are some of the most popular ones:
Decide on a product, grab your affiliate link and let's move on to the next step.
You'll probably break a sweat or two on this one...
Especially if you've never done it before!
To shine with a stunning, well-optimized pin is an art of its own. There will be some time wasted and nerves broke before you're able to crack the code.
For now, you need to visit Canva or Pic Monkey.
Personally, I'm a fan of Canva. It's easy to use and it gets the job done nicely.
As far as I know, you'll need to pay for Pic Monkey. Although there is a free trial to start with.
No idea how to deal with Canva? Here is a whole tutorial to open your eyes:
Related: Canva For Bloggers
Just so you know - you'll get to see how this step is done right here!
Because there is an important difference between a "normal" pin and pin with an affiliate link.
Here we go:
Start with uploading the pin, then you'll need to insert your affiliate link. In the end, you'll add the description and the affiliate disclosure.
And the process looks like that:
When you're trying to make money with Pinterest without a blog, certain guidelines will be of a great use to you.
As I already mentioned, affiliate pins work in a slightly different way than the rest of your pins.
How about I present to you the Do's and Don'ts where your affiliate pins are being concerned?
1) A great image is the name of the game on Pinterest
This is something you should never ever underestimate.
The soul never thinks without a picture. Aristotle
Take your time when you're creating the pins. Likewise - try to find that hidden gem of a photo that will grab the users and won't let go of them!
2) Go Easy On The Boards
Nobody appreciates a smart feed stuffed with duplicate content all over it.
For once, it looks kind of desperate, don't you think?
Not to mention spammy.
What does this mean for you?
Save your affiliate pins only to the boards that are relevant.
3) Always add a disclosure in your pin's description
This is not a guideline - it's a rule!
Pinterest will suspend your account if you don't disclose the nature of your pin.
At the end of your description, don't forget to write #afflink or #affiliatelink.
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1) Amazon/Etsy Affiliate Links
Forget about those ones - they are not allowed!
You may not like it, but you'll have to accept it.
Personally, I always check the affiliate programs I'm working with to make sure that they are fine with me creating affiliate pins.
2) No links shortening or cloaking tools
Pinterest won't let you use them either.
My favorite Thirsty Affiliate plugin is not much of a use on Pinterest...
Let's face it - Pinterest is so awesome on so many levels!
One of them is definitely the chance to do affiliate marketing.
And now you know how to make money with Pinterest without a blog!
Just follow the rules, create kick-ass pins and let the earning begin!
Here is my freebie for this article:
Have a look at how I make my money online!
Any experience with affiliate pins you would like to share?
I'll read all about it if you visit the comments section below!
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