How to do affiliate marketing on pinterest?

Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn passive income online. People create a following and then promote a variety of different products to their audience using blogs, websites, and social media channels. When someone purchases one of the recommended products, the person who promoted gets a small percentage of the sale. One of the best social media channels to use is Pinterest. 

You might think of Pinterest as a place for moms to share recipes and craft ideas, but it is a treasure trove of opportunity. Most people don’t know how to do affiliate marketing on Pinterest, but with these tips, you can get started today. 

affiliate marketing on pinterest

Join multiple affiliate networks

It’s not the best idea to have all your eggs in one basket. Many different affiliate networks have incredible products you can promote. Here are some of the largest networks. 

  1. ShareASale
  2. Max Bounty
  3. CJ Affiliates
  4. Amazon Affiliates* 

There are two ways to promote affiliate links on Pinterest

  1. Create a Pin that goes directly to the product you want someone to buy. It can be almost anything. People come to Pinterest to be inspired, to learn something new, and to find cool products.
  2. Create a Pin that goes to a blog post that contains the affiliate links. Some affiliate companies won’t let you use an affiliate link directly from Pinterest. It’s important to follow the rules for each company. You wouldn’t want to lose your Pinterest or your affiliate accounts just for a few bucks.


Brand your Pinterest account

Want people to be able to tell what you’re all about when they land on your Pinterest? Make sure that there is some cohesion that speaks to your overall brand, what you like, and what you care about. For instance, some users are parents and want to promote affiliate links geared toward other parents. Their boards might include parenting memes, kids clothes, home decor ideas, cleaning tips, etc. Others are event planners and have information about party decorations, party planning, best locations for events, etc. This makes it easier for people to decide if they want to follow their boards or not. 


Create Pinterest boards 

Pinterest Boards are a way to categorize your Pins. If you have affiliate links for food, fashion, and baby products, for instance, you’ll want to create an appropriate board for each. Don’t create a Pinboard with only affiliate links. It’s important that you also re-pin other content from other users. This will keep you from becoming spam. People love authenticity, so the better quality the links and products, the better. 


Create and optimize Pins

Once you join the affiliate sites, create the boards, and brand your account, it’s time to start pinning. You need to create a great headline, use keywords, use hashtags, and write up a brief blurb about the product. Think about something that would get you excited to click on it to learn more and hopefully purchase the product. These are also how people who don’t follow you can still find your Pins. Think of Pinterest as a search engine. What keywords could someone use to find your Pins? That’s what you want to include when you create your Pins.


Pin other content

Don’t just promote yourself. Share other great Pins with your followers. This shows that you care about getting great content to your audience, whether you make money or not. We wouldn’t recommend sharing other people’s affiliate links, however, if they conflict with yours. There are apps such as Tailwind that allow you to schedule and re-pin content. But it doesn’t take a lot of time each day to find fun Pins to share.

Once you learn how to do affiliate marketing on Pinterest, it becomes fun and easy. The great thing is that you don’t need to spend a penny to get started. This is great news for new bloggers, people who want to monetize their large Pinterest following, and someone looking to make a little extra cash on the side. If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing feel free to check out this website: 

*It’s important to note that you can’t link an Amazon affiliate link directly on Pinterest. You can, however, create a blog post or landing page that houses the affiliate links. Create a Pin that goes to the blog post, and people can then click and buy from there. 

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