The term affiliate marketing gets thrown around a lot but what does it really mean? Well, social media has given us the power to influence the decision of thousands of people. Affiliate marketing is when you recommend products you find worthy and add a special referral link on the blog so your viewers can purchase the product. The website that sells the product then pays you a commission based on the number of products they sold thanks to recommendations made by you. Affiliate marketing and other similar strategies are taking over traditional marketing techniques, and it’s time we all embrace the change and make the most out of it.
If set up correctly, it’s one of the easiest methods to monetize your Pinterest. If done right, you can earn a steady passive income without much hard work. Majority of the work lies in building a loyal and engaged following, after that, you can run your Pinterest page and affiliate marketing campaign on autopilot.

How does affiliate marketing work on Pinterest?

affiliate marketing on Pinterest
Pinterest is known to help drive tremendous traffic to a webpage. In a nutshell, the greater the number of people who visit the website, the higher the chances are that they will make a purchase using your referral link. In practice though, there’s a lot more to it. Essentially, you make a great pin and link that pin to the website using your affiliate link. If you are doing listicle style articles or blogs, you could link your pin to the blog and then use affiliate links on the blog. There’s no definitive way of saying which method is the best, but you could experiment with both and continue with the method that gives you the best results.

How do I get started with Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest?

To increase the chances of you making a sale (or even viewers clicking on the affiliate link) you need to recommend products that will be relevant to your target audience or your existing viewers. If you are into automotive content, a health & fitness product might not yield good results. You could also recommend services based on your target audience’s requirements.
How to Get Started with Affiliate Marketing
Once you have decided the products (or services) you will be recommending, search for affiliate programmes for these products and services. Popular affiliate programmes are Amazon’s Affiliate Programme, Skillshare, Audacity etc. You then need to apply to these programmes and wait for approval.
After you’re approved, you can use your unique referral link to help sell the products you made a list of.

How can I create an effective Pin?

Effective Pin for Affiliate Marketing
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Most Pinterest users have seen great results using Canva as a design tool. It is very easy and intuitive to use and the images look high quality. They also have a ton of templates to choose from. The “blog graphic” template has the correct dimensions for Pins so you could get started using that.
After you have created an attractive pin, upload the image to Pinterest and in the “Destination URL” use your referral link. You then choose all the boards you want to pin to and save. Once that’s done, edit the pin to add a meaningful and attention-grabbing description with relevant keywords and double check that your referral link is entered correctly.

Do I need a blog to earn money on Pinterest?

You don’t, that’s the best part about affiliate marketing on Pinterest. You can simply use your referral link in your pin directly and share it to start earning money! That said, we have seen great results with a blog, so if possible you could consider starting one.
Affiliate Marketing for Pinterest

How do I grow as a Pinterest affiliate marketer?

Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest
At the end of the day, you will earn based on how much you sell, and how much you sell depends on how much traffic you drive and your Pinterest traffic. There are two ways you could go about growing on Pinterest – signing up for courses or doing your own research. There are tons of innovative strategies that could help you grow and increase the revenue you generate and you can learn them either by enrolling for various courses available on the internet or by doing your own research and scouring the internet for relevant websites, forums and videos to teach you. Both methods have their own merits and demerits and you can get similar results from both if done right.

I have started affiliate marketing on Pinterest but I’m not earning enough. What to do?

Generating revenue does not generally happen overnight. You will have to be patient and follow these steps consistently and you will eventually see the results. There is no “get rich quick” scheme on Pinterest, at least not a sustainable one. But, if you truly dedicate yourself to earning on Pinterest, you will. It might take time, but you will.
So now you know how to earn money using Pinterest! The beauty of this platform is that there are several other ways to earn money as well. You just have to find the right methods that work well for you and fully utilize them.
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