If you’re a blogger or internet marketer, you’re probably wondering, “How can you make money with Pinterest?”
And if you are, you’re smart to do so. Every day, more people are using Pinterest to search for new and favorite products and services. They’re using it to learn how to do things. It’s less “social” and more of a search engine, which means users are looking for information and YOU are going to give it to them.
There are several ways you can earn from your efforts on Pinterest and I’m going to share with you how I do it.
Just a heads up: some of what I do I learned from products and courses and I share those affiliate links here, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you click through and decide to purchase. I practice what I teach! 😀
Making Money on Pinterest
Making money on Pinterest isn’t difficult. In fact, if you’re already blogging or building a site and offering products and services, you can do the very same thing with Pinterest!
The key is to pin strategically and not be spammy about it.
You’re not going to upload just any image, add in an affiliate link, and spam the heck out of any and all Pinterest boards you own/are a part of.
However, it really is as simple as pinning the right image, adding in your affiliate link the right way, and pinning to the right boards.
I’ve had great results pinning “money pins” on Pinterest. I get traffic to my blog and I get sales directly from certain pins. I didn’t just cross my fingers and hope for the best, though, I got strategic.
Make Money on Pinterest without a Blog
You can even make money on Pinterest without a blog since you can create and upload a pin, add a link, and pin to your boards. It’s making money free, online.
There’s a danger here, though.
If you’re building your business on “free” – and if you’re making money on Pinterest, that’s exactly what you’re doing – you run the risk of your business being taken away when rules change or the business closes its doors.
Don’t let that stop you, though!
Just be smart.
Diversify your efforts.
Take advantage of free resources as you simultaneously build your email list and blog. The strategy, however, is the same whether you’re doing it with or without a blog.
No blog yet? I recommend three things to get off to your best start:
- A catchy, brandable domain
- Hosting – the right host will help you get set up with WordPress in minutes!
- A no-brainer keyword tool that’s easy for anyone to use and understand.
One thing I’ve noticed about several Pinterest strategies is that they share a common technique – utilizing group boards.
I wanted to explore this aspect in depth, so I purchased a course for about $10 that talks about this very thing.
The creators don’t promise overnight millions (and I love that), but they do share case studies and real examples of how they are making real affiliate income using Pinterest, which is how I learn best. I like to see real results.
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How Can You Make Money with Pinterest? – Top Tips
Choose a Lucrative Niche
If you’re starting from scratch, choose a niche with money potential. Here are 10 niches that do really well on Pinterest:
- Home Decor and Remodeling
- Food and Recipes
- Dieting, Health, and Fitness
- Weddings and Events
- Gifts – Books, Music, Movies, TV
If you’ve already established your niche, think about how you can incorporate these topics into your content and pins!
Don’t Spam Your Followers
Your followers want to see attractive pins from a real person offering real value. Users on Pinterest are looking for information, solutions, fun finds, and ideas. They are (most likely) NOT looking for the product you’re selling.
So think about how you can share authentically. How can you offer your products, services, and recommendations but with the attitude of providing help, information, solutions, ideas, and fun?
That’s what’s going to get you clicks on your pins and clickthroughs to your offers.
Create Pretty Pins (And, For That Matter, Board Covers!)
I can’t stress how important this tip is. Having attractive pins is necessary if you want users to not only click the pin to view and save it, but also click through to your content and offers.
Take a look at Pinterest – you can start by visiting my profile! – and pay attention to what users are pinning. Some pins are small, square, pictures without text and aren’t much to look at or think about. Some are big, vibrant, descriptive with text, have a URL, and practically scream, “click me!”
There are even times the pin itself might be irrelevant if the description of the pin is enticing enough, but you want to stack the deck in your favor with a good pin and a good description.
You can take this a step further and create attractive board covers for your Pinterest profile. This is an extra step and a little more work, but it’s so worth it when you see the results. I did this with my boards and it looks great.
I found a great tutorial that shows you how to create Pinterest board covers that look great in multiple browsers! Erica has a template you can use as an overlay to make this process as easy as possible.
Traffic Rebirth Implementation and Review
Free Traffic from Pinterest The Pinterest marketing strategy I’m checking out is called Traffic Rebirth. I don’t know the creators, but the training was recommended by another marketer whose opinion I respect.
So when I read the training was only $10, I figured, why not?
When I logged in, I found 6 video training modules.
Module 1 is an introduction to our hosts – they seem like pretty cool guys – and you get an over-the-shoulder peek at their sites. There’s also a video overview of the method we’ll be working on.
The videos in this module are less than 10 minutes each, and there are four of them. I’m eager to see what the next modules will be like.
One thing that’s impressed me is seeing the case study results. Using this strategy, one post has brought in $200 in about a year. You might not think much of that, but multiply that by 100 posts, which is very doable. And some authority sites are 1- and 2,000+ posts. If each post made you $200 a year, what would that do for your business and lifestyle?
Keep an eye on the blog and, better yet, sign up for my newsletter so you can keep up with this review (and others!) and see what kind of results I get!
A Note About Scheduling and Automation – Can You Succeed Pinning Manually?
I’ve only finished Module 1 of Traffic Rebirth so I don’t know if they’re going to go into scheduling and automation tools.
I’ve written a couple of posts on this subject. They’re both about manual pinning – this one talks about the basics of pinning manually and this one talks about how manual pinning could help if you’re not getting results from your Pinterest efforts.
Of course, there is a reason for scheduling and automation. The most obvious reason is time. If you just don’t have the time to spend pinning content, you can use tools like Tailwind and BoardBooster to keep your profile active, which Pinterest loves to see.
Ideally, you supplement your efforts with automation. Your best results will come from the manual time you put in – automation boosts those results. And if you’re struggling with a strategy for manual pinning, this information could be what gets you results.
It’s still early in my Traffic Rebirth implementation, but I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen so far. I’ll be starting Module 2 this weekend and will continue as fast as time allows.
I hope you’ll read along to see how I do and be sure to drop your questions and comments down below!