If you want to know how to make money on Pinterest without a blog then I have good news for you. Not only is it possible but it’s actually very easy to do.
Pinterest is set up in such a way that allows a few easy options for you to monetize your account, and I’m not talking about using paid ads.
While you can use Pinterest to send people directly to a product you own, many people don’t have their own product.
Fortunately, there’s a super simple way for you to monetize through affiliate marketing.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a very popular online business model these days, and it’s all over the internet.
Basically, affiliate marketing is promoting other people’s products and receiving a referral or affiliate commission for doing so.
However, there are also even affiliate programs that are especially good to promote on a platform like Pinterest.
If you want the list then you can read our article here on the 18 best affiliate programs for Pinterest.
When you sign up for an affiliate program you will receive your unique affiliate ID and affiliate link to send people to a product or company website.
When you share this special link online and someone clicks on it and then buys a product, your affiliate ID will be tracked by the company and you will receive a commission.
Unfortunately, most affiliate programs offer little or zero tracking analytics to you as an affiliate. However, this info is crucial if you want to be able to scale up your income.
The best solution, therefore, is to use a 3rd party link tracker. I have reviewed the 9 best link tracking tools on the market (including one free option) so you can find the best one that suite your business.
The amount of commission you receive for a single sale varies massively depending on things like what niche you are working in, and what products you are promoting.
A single sale can earn you anything from a few dollars to thousands of dollars.
If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing then I recommend reading my article on how to make money with ClickBank here.
Two Simple Ways To Make Money On Pinterest With Affiliate Products
Pinterest Affiliate Marketing Method 1
Pinterest is one of the very few social media platforms that allow you to use affiliate links and link directly to a product. Most other platforms like Instagram and Facebook don’t allow this.
All you need to do to make this work is create Pins, add your affiliate link in the URL section of your pin, and publish them on Pinterest.
A person will then click your pin and be taken to the affiliate offer. If they buy, you get paid.
While it is certainly easier to just link directly to the affiliate product from Pinterest, this method does also has drawbacks.
Pros & Cons of Linking Directly
- Pinterest can stop allowing this at any time
- You do not have any way to collect leads
- You will not build as much trust with your audience
- If Pinterest decides they don’t like the affiliate programs you are promoting they may close your account
Here is a safer and more effective way to make money on Pinterest without a blog.
Pinterest Affiliate Marketing Method 2
If you’re looking to build a solid business online rather than just making a few affiliate commissions here and there, but you don’t want to use a blog then the best way is to use a simple funnel.
How This Works
- You put your Pins on Pinterest with a link to your funnel. When the person clicks your Pin they are taken to a page on your funnel called a bridge page. Here are some examples of what your bridge page can be:
- A video of you telling people about the product or company and explaining how they will benefit from using it
- An article you write explaining the benefits of the product
- A promo of the product using marketing materials from the company you’re promoting
On the bridge page, you will then use a call to action to tell the person to click the button (your affiliate link) to check out the product.
- When the person clicks the button they will first be shown a popup asking them to enter their name and email address, which you collect. You now have a lead who you can follow up with later and offer them more related products and services in the future.
Once they click the ‘submit’ button, they are then directed to the affiliate offer you are promoting. If they buy, you get paid.
- Since you now have their email address you can add them to an autoresponder sequence to send them automated emails over time and build a relationship with them.
It is very important in this step not to just hammer them with affiliate offers. If you do this then they’ll just resent you and unsubscribe.
The way to make this work is to offer your subscribers a lot of value in your email content so they will look forward to hearing from you and see it as a benefit to stay on your list.
When I first collect the email in step two above, I like to offer them a free gift for subscribing. Something like a free eBook or a mini video course on something they will be interested in.
Firstly, this makes it far more likely that they’ll opt-in and it also conditions them to perceive you as a person who offers value.
How To Make Money on Pinterest Without a Blog With Affiliate Marketing
Choose a Niche
In order to have success with affiliate marketing on Pinterest without a blog, the first thing to do is to choose a niche you want to work in.
There are many schools of thought on how to choose a niche. However, we first recommend you familiarize yourself with the Pinterest categories that are available to get an idea of what might work best for you.
Some people will say to choose something you’re passionate about, while others will say to choose something that has the potential to make money. After all, some affiliate niches pay far better than others.
Either way, I also recommend you to choose an evergreen niche, that way your business will always be relevant.
It is also very important to consider the platform you’re using, in this case, of course, it’s Pinterest. The reason is that each platform can attract a different demographic of people.
According to influencermarketinghub.com/top-pinterest-niches, the top 10 most popular niches on Pinterest are:
- Home Décor
- DIY and Crafts
- Food and Drink
If you’re interested in one of these niches then great, you’ll have a big audience, but you’ll also have a lot more competition.
Don’t think Pinterest is only about these niches, though. There are loads of other niches on the platform that you can also have a lot of success with. Some more examples are:
- Health & Fitness
- Work At Home
- Personal Development
- Parenting & Children
The key is to get a balance between:
a). Something you’re interested in
b). Something that’s reasonably popular on Pinterest
c). Something you can make money in
Look for Affiliate Programs In Your Niche
There are loads of places to look for affiliate programs that you can promote online.
If you’re looking for a physical product in your niche then a good place to start is to check out the following affiliate networks:
If you’re looking to promote digital products then here are a few places you can look:
- CJ.com (CommissionJunction)
If there’s a specific product or company you want to promote but you don’t see them on any network, then go to their website and see if they have an affiliates section. In most cases, you’ll find it in the footer of their site.
Alternatively, you can Google the company name + “affiliate program”.
Branding on Pinterest
You will want to stand out from the crowd so branding is really important.
The most important things for branding on Pinterest are choosing your brand colors and your fonts.
If you want to go the extra mile and really look professional then I’d recommend also creating a logo.
You can find your brand colors here for free.
You can use this free too to choose your font pairs.
You can design your own logo here very cheaply.
Alternatively, if you want a more professional logo designed for you then you can use a great free tool called designerhire.com to find the best designer for your project.
Just make sure to be consistent with your branding when you create your Pins to stand out and build your presence.
Create Your Pinterest Boards
Once you’ve signed up for Pinterest you will then want to create a free business account. Then, different boards that relate to your niche. I recommend creating at least 10 if you can, but preferably more.
A big part of affiliate marketing is offering value, so you want to offer a lot of good content from your business profile.
To do this, start to add other people’s relevant pins to your boards. This will also help to flesh out your profile so it doesn’t look like a barren wasteland.
Then, as you start to create your own pins you can also add them to the relevant boards.
Create Graphics to Pin
If you’re familiar with Pinterest then you will know it’s a very visual platform. So, creating great-looking pins is a must if you want to stand out from the crowd.
I recommend using Canva.com or getstencil.com if you want to create them yourself or fiverr.com if you would prefer to pay someone to make them for you.
Get Images For Pinterest
While you may have some of your own images you would like to use for your pins, you will also likely want some good-looking stock images as well.
It is illegal to take images from other people’s websites or to take them from Google images to use. If you do this then you run the risk of getting a hefty copyright fine.
You can get some great stock images for free from pixabay.com. However, the free images on Pixabay are somewhat limited. So if they don’t have what you’re looking for then I recommend using depositphotos.com.
Create Your Bridge Page Funnel
One of the quickest and simplest ways to get your funnel set up is to use a drag-and-drop funnel builder.
There are lots of options on the market you can for this, and it can become quite overwhelming to choose the one that’s best suited to your needs.
Personally, my top two choices are GrooveFunnels and ClickFunnels. If you want to know more about these two platforms then I recommend you read my in-depth comparison article here.
To make things even easier, once you’ve signed up, you can get free funnel templates that you can pull into your account, customize and start using straight away.
Once you’ve selected the funnel template you want to use, you will need to customize it and also add your sales copy.
If you’re new to writing sales copy then I recommend hight getting a copy of this free copywriting book.
Setting up a funnel is not as straightforward as it might seem.
You need to know what type of funnel to build to promote your product, how to hook up your autoresponder (next section below), how to drive traffic to your funnel, and how to get it to convert.
If you don’t have experience building and launching a successful funnel then one of the best solutions is to take the One Funnel Away Challenge.
The Challenge is a very affordable training course run over 30 days and it shows you exactly what you need to do to launch a funnel that can make money on Pinterest, Facebook, Google, and basically anywhere else on the internet.
Hook Up Your Autoresponder
Once you have your funnel, you just need to hook up your email autoresponder so you can collect leads and email them with future offers.
There are many autoresponder companies you can choose from. However, popular choices like MailChimp and ActiveCampaign are not affiliate friendly.
I was once using MailChimp for affiliate marketing and they shut my account down. You don’t want this to happen to you, it’s a real pain!
While ActiveCampaign is a little more affiliate friendly, they don’t generally like you emailing out affiliate links. So to make it work for affiliates, you will need to rely on only using links that lead to your bridge page.
That’s why my favorite autoresponder for affiliate marketing is Aweber. They are very affiliate friendly, have great open rates, are easy to use, have great support, and are also very reasonably priced.
Aweber also offers a free trial, which is super helpful for people just getting started with affiliate marketing.
Bring The Traffic – Publish Your Pins on Pinterest
Once you have this setup, all you need to do is start publishing your pins and adding the link to your funnel in the URL field on your Pinterest pin.
It is important not to keep reusing the same pins over and over. Pinterest doesn’t like duplicate content.
It’s wise to create several different pins that lead to your funnel with different images and changing up the headlines and descriptions.
Also, avoid repinning the same pins over and over again. Waiting a few months and then start to repin them occasionally is much safer.
Automate Your Pins
If you’re serious about making money on Pinterest then you will want to automate your pinning process and save you hours of work then it is worth getting a TailWind account.
You can pin 100 pins for free, but after that, you’ll need to sign up for a paid account. Fortunately, it’s a very low-cost service.
If you need more detailed instructions on how to post on Pinterest, here’s a great video below.
If you want more detailed info on generating traffic on this platform then see my article here on how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog.
Even though this article is about making money on Pinterest if you do not have a blog, the traffic strategy in this article is pretty much the same because you will still need to send that traffic to your landing page or funnel so it is highly worth checking out.
If you want to learn more ways to bring people to your landing pages then you can read this article I wrote here all about free traffic.
Making Money On Pinterest Without a Blog – Final Thoughts
So, that’s my quick guide on how to make money on Pinterest without a blog.
While you can just follow the steps above to create your Pinterest business account and link your pins directly to your affiliate offers, you will have much more success building a funnel, collecting leads, and building an audience.
By growing an email list you are actually building a solid asset for your business. If you look after the people on your list and treat them well, you will be able to grow a long-term, reliable source of income.
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Steve West has been an online entrepreneur since 2013. He specializes in SEO and affiliate marketing. Besides running his online business, he likes hiking, keeping fit and eating cookies (which is why he needs to keep fit!)