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What’s inside: A Step-By-Step Guide on How To Make Money By Pinning On Pinterest!

How To Make Money By Pinning On Pinterest

The easiest way to make money online is by far, by pinning on Pinterest. Sounds weird? Well, let me explain!

You might think that Pinterest is just a social media platform. But it’s actually a visual search engine.

When you hear the words “search engine”, the first word that pops into your head is probably Google. But the fact is that there are millions of Pinterest users who search for things every day.

So you’re wondering how you can make money on a search engine?

The answer:

Affiliate Marketing.

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What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is when you share products that you like or love and when someone purchase through your link, you earn a commission off of that sale. For example, if you click one of my links that leads to Etsy and purchase something. I would earn a small commission. And it doesn’t cost anything extra for you! So now that you know what affiliate marketing is, let’s get to pinning!


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1. Figure out what to pin

If you already have a Pinterest account then you also probably have a few followers, even if it’s just a handful. If you don’t have any followers, keep on pinning and they’ll come. But followers aren’t everything. Pinterest is a search engine, remember? To get your followers to purchase through your links, you must pin things that they love. Here’s how you figure out what your popular content is:

  1. Go to Pinterest
  2. Click “Analytics” -> “Overview”
  3. Click “More” next to “Your Pinterest profile”

Here you can see your top performing pins from the last 30 days, how many times it’s been viewed, clicked and repined. But you can also see you top performing boards. Find out which 3 are your top performing boards and write them down! You’ll need that information later.


How to make money by pinning on pinterest - Top performing boards AwesomeAlice

2.  Join Affiliate Programs

Before you sign up to become an affiliate, you need to understand how you’ll earn a commission from them:

CPC (Cost-per-click) – Means that you’ll earn a commission when someone clicks on your affiliate link (This is great for Pinterest if your pin gets a lot of viral repins!)

CPA (Cost-per-action) – Means that you’ll earn a commission when someone completes a given action i.e. sign up for a membership, make a purchase or sign up for a newsletter.

CPS (Cost-per-sale) – Means that you’ll earn a commission when someone makes a purchase. I recommend using a mix of CPC and CPS programs and see which works best for you.


Here are some affiliate networks and programs you can sign up to for promoting products on Pinterest:

Share A Sale: Is an affiliate network where you can apply to become an affiliate for different companies and brands like Reebok, Sears, Gymboree, and Ergobaby. The commission rate and CPA or CPS vary per company.

ShopStyle Collective: Is an affiliate program with thousands of brands i.e. ASOS, Bloomingdale’s, H&M and Pottery Barn. You get paid for every valid click and the more clicks that convert to sales, the more you get paid per click.

Awin: Etsy is one of the top e-commerce sites and it’s actually from Etsy (via Awin) that I make most of my money. The commission is 5% and you get paid per sale.


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3.   Create Pinnable Images 

The key to selling on Pinterest is well-designed and beautiful pins. You don’t need to be a Photoshop expert or even be creative in order to create amazing pins. Both Canva and PicMonkey have a bunch of templates that you can use when designing pins.


Canva Pinterest Templates:

How to make money by pinning on pinterest - Canva Templates AwesomeAlice


PicMonkey Pinterest Templates:

How to make money by pinning on pinterest - PicMonkey Templates AwesomeAlice



Your pins should be tall in order to catch the viewers eye. The ideal Pin dimensions are 735 px x 1102 px or 736 px x 2061 px.   When you’ve been approved as an affiliate of a program you can begin to create pins! Search for products that would fit into any of your top 3 performing boards.

Not sure what to pin?

Budget boards – Cash envelope system wallet, budget sheets.

Mom boards – Baby or kid’s clothes, maternity clothes, toys, nursery décor.

Food boards – Kitchen tools, appliances, aprons, cookbooks.

Fashion boards – Well, anything fashion! Shirts, shoes, accessories, bags etc.

Blogging boards – Courses, business tools, email provides, web hosting.


4. Write great descriptions

In order to make money on Pinterest, you need your boards and your beautiful pins to get found. You need to use keywords in your pins and board descriptions to improve your SEO (search engine optimization). You can find keywords by searching for a topic in the search field and look at the first couple of suggestions that Pinterest shows. The top suggestions are the most frequently searched terms for that exact topic. Work those keywords into your pin and board descriptions along with a couple of hashtags at the end.


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5. Join group boards 

Group boards are a great way to get your pins viewed by a larger following than your own. You can check out PinGroupie to find boards or by checking which boards other pinners in your niche are apart off. Read the board description to find out the rules of the board and how to go about to join them.

Most boards require you to follow the board and the board owner. The owner of the board is the first image next to the board description. Once you follow the owner, you can send a message and request to join the board.


How to make money by pinning on pinterest - Group boards AwesomeAlice 


6. Schedule Pins with Tailwind or BoardBooster

Pinterest uses a smart feed algorithm that makes sure that determines what a user sees in their Pinterest home feed. Pinterest wants to show it’s users a mix of (great) content they care about. Pinterest will show your content if you’re an active pinner who shares content throughout the day.

But you also need to share popular and relevant content. That means that you need to share others content even more than your own in order for your pins to get viewed.

You also want to pin at the same time as your audience is online. But if you don’t want to spend your whole life in front of the computer, you can schedule your pins with Tailwind or BoardBooster. You can try both of them for free to see which one you prefer but I actually use both of them.


On Tailwind you can create “Board lists” that allow you to schedule your affiliate pin to multiple boards at once. This is a major timesaver!


How to make money by pinning on pinterest - Tailwind board lists AwesomeAlice

BoardBooster has a looping feature that basically grabs old pins from the bottom of a board and repins to the top. This means that your affiliate pins will be promoted on autopilot!


How to make money by pinning on pinterest - BoardBooster Looping AwesomeAlice


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7. Take The Course: 5 Days To Profitable Affiliate Pinning

5 Days to profitable affiliate pinning is a mini-course that will help you turn your free time into financial freedom.

In this 5-day quick-start guide you will learn how to setup your accounts, get started with sharing affiliate links on Pinterest and making your Pinterest habit something you can profit from!


A quick recap: 

  1. Check your analytics to see what your audience like.
  2. Join the affiliate networks Share A Sale, Awin, and ShopStyle Collective.
  3. Create beautiful pins by using Canva or PicMonkeys templates.
  4. Write descriptions with keywords.
  5. Join group boards to get your pins viewed by more people.
  6. Sign up for a free trial of Tailwind and BoardBooster


Be consistent when you pin and remember to pin both your own content and others every day. The FTC regulations also require you to disclosure your affiliate pins by using #Ad or #Affiliate in your pin description.



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