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Want to know how to make money on Pinterest?
I’m not ashamed to admit that I started blogging because I wanted to make money. And since I’ve started, I’ve realised Pinterest is another way to make money online. And you can do it with or without a blog.
In this post, I’m going to tell you exactly how to make money using Pinterest (there are more ways than one!), and how much you can be earning (it’s more than you think).
HOW TO MAKE MONEY ON PINTEREST: How much can you make?
Before I even tell you how, you’ll probably want a rough idea of how much you can actually make, to see if it’s worth your time. (Hint: it is).
The truth is that there isn’t really a maximum amount you can make. It’s limitless.
Looking for a more accurate figure to aspire to? Dale, from Blogging Her Way, currently makes around $500 per month simply pinning images on Pinterest. Even better is she now sells a book teaching you exactly how she does it, Get paid to Pin!
Here’s an extract from her blog:
You can read more about her ebook in this post.
That’s just the start of it.
And I have no doubt that you could make even more!
HOW TO MAKE MONEY ON PINTEREST (A STEP BY STEP)
Now you know that you can make money on Pinterest, you’ll want to get started straight away.
And whilst it is easy, it does take a little bit of time depending on what stage you’re at.
Below I’ve made a step by step of what you need to do to prepare, then the different ways how to make money on Pinterest.
STEP 1: CREATE A PINTEREST ACCOUNT
It’s pretty obvious, but you can’t make money from Pinterest if you’re not on there! Start by creating a Pinterest account (you can sign up for a business one and claim your website if you have a blog). Then follow these tips for making your account look professional.
STEP 2: GROW YOUR AUDIENCE
Now you have a Pinterest account that looks good, it’s time to get people looking at it! You now need to build a following.
Whilst it doesn’t technically matter how many followers you have (it’s all about the monthly views), generally speaking the more followers your board has = the more people seeing when you pin something to that board. And for you, that potentially means more money you make!
You can build an audience on Pinterest by doing the following:
CREATE PINS THAT LOOK AMAZING
If the images you’re pinning look amazing, more people will pin them. Then more people will see them (more money for you). You can make sure your pins look good by:
- Taking amazing photographs if you are using your own images. You can check out what equipment you need to take good photographs here.
If you have a blog, you need to be pinning images to Pinterest with your blog post titles on. Make sure:
- Your graphics are designed to do well on Pinterest.
Not sure what exactly your Pinterest graphics need to look good and do well on Pinterest? I’ve created a free Pinterest design guide that teaches you exactly what your pins need to look good and get re-pinned!
You can sign up for it here (remember, it’s free!):
CREATE PINS THAT GET GOOD ENGAGEMENT
If your pins are being clicked on and people are interacting well with them, it will mean you make more money. You can do this by:
- Using titles that make people really want to read your post. (Hint- these are the best blog posts titles to get more traffic).
- Make your pins rank first. It’s no secret, Pinterest isn’t just a social media platform. It’s also a search engine. People are going on Pinterest with questions in mind, looking for images with answers. Imagine if they searched for something and your image was the first to come up! You could make loads of money. See how to use keywords to rank first on Pinterest here.
Now you’ve built an audience and people are actually looking at what you pin, it’s time to put stuff in front of them that will make you money.
Here’s how to make money on Pinterest, both with and without a blog.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY ON PINTEREST: THE DIFFERENT METHODS
Guys, here’s the easy secret to making money on Pinterest: affiliate marketing.
Not sure what it is? Affiliate marketing works like this:
- You have found products and service you’d like to promote.
- Sign up to their affiliate programme.
- A unique affiliate link is given to you.
- You share your link (in this case on Pinterest).
- Someone uses your link, either to buy a product or sign up to something.
- You make money!
It works for both you and the company because you make money and they make sales. You get paid as like a thank you for getting them customers.
It’s easy because there’s so little work involved. You promote, someone clicks, you get paid.
Now you can see why it’s so important to make sure lots of people are seeing your pins. Because the more people who see your pins and use your affiliate links, the more money you make.
If you need more help getting your pins seen by more people, check out how I got my first viral pin (88,000 impressions) here!
There are 2 ways to make money through affiliate marketing on Pinterest:
METHOD 1: LINK TO A PRODUCT
Yep, this one doesn’t even require you to have a blog! You can literally just upload an image and have it link straight to a product using your affiliate link. Then whenever somebody purchases via that link, you get money.
There are more details to it and legalities to consider, which is why I recommend investing in a course that specifies in affiliate marketing. If you’re solely looking to learn about affiliate marketing on Pinterest (with or without a blog) and for an inexpensive option, I recommend Get Paid to Pin.
METHOD 2: LINK TO A BLOG POST THAT HAS AN AFFILIATE LINK
This method takes longer, but can be more effective. That’s because including a link in a blog post allows you to establish trust with the reader, making them more willing to purchase. Some affiliate programmes are for products that are hundreds of pounds. People want to know more about it before they buy. A blog post is the perfect way to give them that security.
I do tend to make more affiliate sales using this method, so if you’re reading this and want have your own, check out my ultimate how to start a blog guide (it’s over 4000 words long and will have your blog up and running in under an hour!).
If you already have a blog but you’re new to affiliate marketing and want to know the complete ins and outs, then you should considering investing in Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
It is the course on affiliate marketing for people that are new to it. The creator, Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, makings over $50,000 per month from affiliate marketing, and has put all her knowledge into an online course. It starts at the basics and covers really important stuff like staying legal.
It is the online course that I recommend for affiliate marketing. I credit it as the reason I made my first affiliate sale, and continue to make them!
HOW TO MAKE MONEY ON PINTEREST WITH YOUR OWN PRODUCTS
So what if you don’t really think affiliate marketing is your thing? Perhaps you don’t really want to be working for someone else. Maybe you want to be your own boss? (That’s part of the reason I started blogging!).
Well, you can make money on Pinterest doing that too!
METHOD 3: LINK TO YOUR PRODUCTS ON ETSY, EBAY, ETC
Do you make your own products? If so, you can easily pin photographs of them and then link directly to the page so people can buy it.
The best part about this is that you don’t even need your own blog or website for it. You can sell your crafts on etsy, or link to Ebay… There are plenty of websites you can list your products on and share for an easy way to make money on Pinterest.
METHOD 4: LINK STRAIGHT TO A SHOP PAGE ON YOUR WEBSITE
Again, you can cut out the middle man to make even more money. Although they’re easier to use, websites like Etsy do take money from you for using their website. They do this either through selling fees, listing fees, or other ways.
If you list your products on your own website or blog, you can make even more money. Pin images of your products from your shop page, and people can buy the products they see on Pinterest directly from you. And you can make money!
HOW TO MAKE MONEY ON PINTEREST WITHOUT PROMOTING PRODUCTS
Okay so maybe you don’t want to promote products to make money, regardless of who owns them. You might be wondering if you can still make money using Pinterest.
Well, luckily you can! And some of these methods might make you even more money than using affiliate marketing.
METHOD 5: LINK STRAIGHT TO A COURSE
If the audience you’ve grown on Pinterest is unlikely to buy objects, think outside the box. Perhaps there is a course they’d love that they’d be willing to try.
You can actually pin images that talk about the course, and link straight to that course. For example, I might share a pin saying “how this blogger makes $50,000 per month”. People who want to make money will be interested, then I can use my affiliate link to share straight to the landing page for Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
METHOD 6: LINK TO YOUR BLOG POST DISCUSSING THE COURSE
The same principle applies to promoting products as it does for promoting services. People want to be sure before they buy, and a blog post can help that.
You can fully discuss the course and give people a more accurate idea of what it’s like, which you couldn’t achieve just through pinning it straight to Pinterest.
For example, most of your Pinterest followers are interested in weight loss. Use Pinterest to get them to your post, tell them all about this weight loss course you took which helped you lose 15 lbs and all the essential details (even the bad parts of the course- it helps to establish trust). Then they can use the affiliate link to buy that course so hopefully lose that weight too, and you make money.
METHOD 7: LINK TO YOUR OWN COURSE!
Stop earning for other people and start earning for you!
No matter what your Pinterest audience is interested in, you can probably make a course for it. Whether it’s a crocheting course that promises to show beginners how to become advanced, a step by step for getting into shape ready for summer, or teaching you ways to save money. As long as you have information that’s valuable, people will pay for it.
Although it does help to link to your blog first, you don’t actually need a blog for this. You can just link straight to the platform your course is on!
Hint: If you have your own course, product or service, you can also have an affiliate programme for it. Then you can share pins that lead to other blog posts discussing your product/ course/ service. It’ll make them money through affiliate marketing when someone reads the success they’ve had after they took your course, or how much they loved the cute pillow, and makes a purchase. But it’ll make you even more- you just made another sale!
METHOD 8: LINK TO A SERVICE, A BLOG POST DISCUSSING A SERVICE OR YOUR OWN SERVICE
All the ideas I just shared with you can also be applied to promoting a service to make money on Pinterest.
You can share pins stating the results of the service e.g “I got 20 new clients in a month after this one website tweak”, then link straight to a web design service. Or to a blog post discussing the ins and outs of the service.
Or you can even link straight to your own service. Providing a service is an easy way to make money online, and Pinterest is the platform that can get you clients. No matter what your interests are, you can probably offer a service online, and Pinterest will help you.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY ON PINTEREST: OTHER METHODS
So if there weren’t enough ways listed to make money on Pinterest, I’m going to give you 2 more ideas!
Unfortunately you do need a blog for these, but you can make loads of money through them.
METHOD 9: LINK TO YOUR SUBSCRIBERS PAGE ON YOUR BLOG
If you’re a blogger and you haven’t heard the phrase “the money’s in the list”, I’d be surprised. What it means is if you want to make money, get an email list going.
Then, you can pin images to Pinterest like “10 FREE CROCHET PATTERNS”, get people to sign up for their 10 free crochet patterns, then you have their email. You can send them helpful emails all about crocheting, including some with affiliate links, or products of yours they might want to buy. Simple.
METHOD 10: USE PAID ADVERTISEMENTS ON YOUR BLOG
This one is even easier as you just need to make sure your pins are good enough that people want to click through to your website. The more people who click through, the more money you make!
You can share pins from specific posts with more advertisements on, then whenever someone clicks through to your post, you make money. Just make sure that your pins are good enough and get lots of people wanting to click through! You can find out how to get more people to click through to your blog on Pinterest here.
SUM UP OF HOW TO MAKE MONEY ON PINTEREST
Let’s recap on exactly how to make money on Pinterest:
- Create a Pinterest account and pin images that get good engagement. You can do this by taking amazing photographs, creating pins that are designed to do well on Pinterest, and make people want to click through to your blog if you have one. Get more people to see your pins by using good Pinterest SEO techniques.
- Make money on Pinterest through affiliate marketing. You can promote straight to a product, course or service, or link to a blog post containing more information on that product/ course/ service.
- You can make more money buy promoting your own products, courses and services. Share product images that link straight to Etsy or Ebay, or have a shop page on your blog. The pins can direct people to a landing page of your course, or a service you provide. You can also share other people’s pins discussing their success of your course/ service or how much they loved your product, to make even more sales for you.
- You can use Pinterest to gain more traffic to you blog and make you more money. Either through getting more page views and making money through paid advertisements, or sharing pins that lead to a subscribers page, then emailing your list to make money.
I really hope you enjoyed this post, and now fully understand all the different ways how to make money on Pinterest. It really is a lot simpler than people might think.
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