How To Make Money on Pinterest
Trying to find out how to make passive income on Pinterest?
I can tell you with 100% certainty that it is actually possible to make money on Pinterest as a mom blogger and that there are a ton of people doing it right now.
When I started this blog a few years ago, I had no clue how to make money on Pinterest and this was in part because I didn’t realize that Pinterest could be used as a business marketing tool!
Fast forward to today, and Pinterest is one of my top traffic sources and is nice contributor to my monthly passive income. I use a combination of manual pinning as well as the Tailwind App to automate my pinning process.
Pinterest is one of the easiest ways for bloggers to drive traffic to their websites.
It doesn’t matter if you run a parenting blog, a gardening blog, a fitness blog, a mom blog, a personal development blog, etc. You can tap into the power of Pinterest and start using it to produce an income.
But, you have to be strategic.
The Fastest Way to Earn Money on Pinterest is Through Affiliate Marketing.
Related Article: How to Start Affiliate Marketing
Yes, there was a point in the not too distant past when affiliate links were not allowed on Pinterest.
However, Pinterest changed their positioning on this subject and now allows you to monetize your pins with affiliate links (as long as you properly disclose that they are affiliate links–which you should be doing anyway).
This change has made it possible for so many bloggers to start earning income online.
But how exactly do you do it?
The simple answer is to do this:
- Sign-up to be an affiliate for products and services you love to use
- Create a beautiful pin in Canva or PicMonkey
- Start pinning to your Pinterest boards
Again, this is a very high-level description of what you can do to get started. If you need help understanding affiliate marketing, start with this affiliate marketing blog post.
What you really need is a strategic plan for how to make money on Pinterest. Just pinning for the sake of pinning will not do your business any good.
Now, there are a lot of resources online that offer to show you how to make money on Pinterest, but not all resources are created equally.
In the list below, I’m sharing the high-quality, trustable Pinterest resources that I’ve found can actually help you learn how to make money on Pinterest.
But first, let me show you a quick example of how I use affiliate links and Pinterest.
Two Examples of How to Make Money on Pinterest with Affiliate Marketing:
In this first example, I used Canva to create a beautiful pin. I then uploaded the pin to Pinterest and chose to link it to an existing blog post that contains affiliate links to online course platforms that I have reviewed.
I this example, I used the promoted pin function to send more traffic from the pin to my blog post, thus increasing the chances of making affiliate income from this pin. You can learn all about Pinterest ads here.
In this second example, I used a graphic provided by a company for which I am an affiliate partner. I uploaded the image directly to Pinterest and added my direct affiliate link to the product.
You will notice in the description of the pin that I have added “afflink” as a hashtag. Anytime I add I direct link to an affiliate product (rather than a link to my own blog post), I make sure I add some indicator that let’s the reader know the pin leads to an affiliate product.
Note: This is a brand new Pinterest pin I just created today, so it doesn’t show any impression, saves, or links yet.
5 Resources to Help Make Money on Pinterest
Now that I’ve given you a quick overview on how I use Pinterest to make money with affiliate marketing, I also want to leave you with a few resources that helped me when it came to learning Pinterest.
Precision Pinning ($47 ebook)
by Tracie Fobes
Tracie runs the blog Penny Pinchin Mom. Precision Pinning is her $47 ebook that will help you create a Pinterest strategy that works for your account.
Pin to Profits: Affiliate Marketing ($47 online course)
by McKinzie Bean
McKinzie runs the blog Moms Make Cents. Her course shows you the exact system she used to scale her affiliate income from $0 to over $1,000 per month in six months using Pinterest.
The Perfect Pin ($47 online course)
by Jeff Proctor
Jeff is one of the guys that runs the blog Breaking One Percent. He uses Pinterest to help drive traffic to the blog which now generates over $10,000 per month. The course is a combination of video and text-based lessons and it teaches students how to explode their Pinterest Traffic.
Pinteresting Strategies ($57 ebook)
by Carly Campbell
Carly runs the blog Mommy On Purpose. In Pinteresting Strategies she details 21 strategies she used to go from 17k pageviews to over 400k pageviews in 10 months. Her Pinterest ebook is a little different in that it’s all about using a manual pinning strategy to boost your blog traffic.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing ($197 online course)
by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
You may recognize Michelle as the now well-known personal finance blogger who makes over $50K per month with affiliate marketing. She runs the blog Making Sense of Cents. Her online course is text-based and includes bonuses such as a Pinterest strategy guide, copywriting tips, Facebook ads training, and more.
Remember that all of these resources are from bloggers who really know their stuff. Their strategies show you how to make money on Pinterest based on experience and tested results.
My suggestion is to start with the one that resonates with you the most and is within your budget. But more than anything, just start.