Haven’t you heard?
Several bloggers and small business owners are using Pinterest to drive traffic, grow their email list and make passive income with affiliate marketing.
Pinterest affiliate marketing has huge potential, considering that 93% of Pinterest users are planning their purchases when they are using the platform.
Imagine: 9 out of every 10 people on Pinterest are actively using the platform to buy.
This makes you view Pinterest in a whole different angle doesn’t it?
And with Pinterest raising their ban on affiliate links, the Pinterest – affiliate marketing combination can be extremely lucrative.
If you haven’t tried this out yet or have been contemplating doing so, you are going to love this post.
My friend Krista Dickson who blogs over at Blog Beautifully is amazing with Pinterest. She was the one who introduced me to Board Booster, set me up and convinced me to give it a try. And now, Board Booster saves me a whole lot of time each week with my Pinterest scheduling
She lays out 3 simple ways you can get started with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing today. I’ll leave it to her to walk you through these steps.Don't leave $ on the table. Here are 3 ways to get started with Pinterest affiliate marketingClick To Tweet
Pinterest is the bomb. Besides being an amazing way to grow your traffic, your email list, and your community, it’s also a great way to make money.
And you start earning with Pinterest affiliate marketing by putting some simple systems in place.
Money on autopilot?! Tell me more!
Today I’m sharing three methods you can use to combine Pinterest and affiliate marketing and start making some passive income.
All of these methods can be successful, but some are more time-intensive than others, as you’ll see.
It’s worth testing all three methods to see what works best for your particular niche and audience.
Let’s break down the nuts and bolts of each method.
Method #1 Adding affiliate links to your pins
This method is pretty simple.
You can either:
- Edit your existing pins and swap out the current link for one of your affiliate links.
- Design new pins, upload them to Pinterest, and manually add in your affiliate links.
When designing these pins, make sure to include a snapshot of the product itself.
You should also add a text overlay to the image that explains what the product is and what makes it so great.
This encourages potential buyers to click on the pin (and hopefully make a purchase!)
If the item you’re promoting isn’t a physical product, try creating a mockup of it instead.
Also, be sure to incorporate relevant keywords in the descriptions of your pins.
This makes them rank higher in the Pinterest search, meaning they’re more likely to be seen and clicked on.
Make sure you comply with FTC rules by declaring when you’ve used an affiliate link on a pin.
You can do this by either writing “Aff” or “Affiliate” on the image itself, or including similar wording in the pin’s description.
Once you have your affiliate pins in place, you can use an automation tool like BoardBooster to put everything on autopilot. This blog post has more details on exactly how to do this!
#2 Use Pinterest to drive traffic to your affiliate-rich blog posts
If you have certain affiliate posts that are performing well, why not use Pinterest to drive even more traffic to those blog posts?
Here’s what to do:
Choose 5-10 of your most popular affiliate posts. Tutorials tend to work really well for this.
- Create 5 new pins to promote each of these blog posts.
- Upload these pins to Pinterest and link them to the appropriate blog posts.
- Create a Scheduled Campaign with BoardBooster to constantly share these pins to your own Pinterest boards and the group boards you belong to. This ensures maximum visibility, giving your pins a higher chance of being clicked on.
All that’s left to do is sit back and let Pinterest and BoardBooster work their magic!
#3 Create an affiliate email sequence and promote it on Pinterest
This last method takes a bit more work, but can pay off big time when done correctly!
The only thing you’ll need is an email list provider with automation features. Meera and I personally use ConvertKit and we highly recommend it.
If you’re a regular reader of Meera’s site, I’m sure you know all about email lists and sequences.
If not, get started with this post on creating an email course sequence.
Here’s a step-by-step guide of how this third method works:
Create an opt-in freebie that’s related to a product, tool, or course you’re an affiliate for.
The freebie can be a workbook, cheat sheet, video tutorial, or even a mini email course.
Write a follow-up email sequence for the freebie, with 3-4 emails. Focus on providing even more value to the subscribers who’ve just downloaded your freebie.
In the last email, promote the product you’re an affiliate for. Obviously, include your affiliate links here! Focus on the benefits of the product, program, or course – that is, how it can help your subscribers – rather than its “features”.
Again, you must always disclose when you’ve used affiliate links – whether it’s in a blog post, a pin, or an email.
A simple statement like “This email contains affiliate links. This means I make a commission if you purchase something through one of these links”, will do.
This statement must come before any affiliate links in your email.
Design 5 pins promoting your opt-in freebie. Upload them to Pinterest and link them to the landing page for the freebie.
Step #5 (Optional)
Create a BoardBooster Campaign to continuously share these pins, just like you did in Method #2.
I know this third method can be a bit tough to visualize, so here’s a breakdown of what it looks like in action:
NEW SUBSCRIBERS SEES + CLICKS ON YOUR PIN
— > THEY OPT-IN AND DOWNLOAD YOUR FREEBIE
— > THEY RECEIVE YOUR FOLLOW-UP EMAIL SEQUENCE
— > THEY PURCHASE THE PRODUCT THROUGH YOUR AFFILIATE LINK
= A COMMISION FOR YOU!
If done well, this method can convert highly.
And the best part is that once you’ve created the three pieces (the freebie, the pins, and the email sequence), you can use BoardBooster and your email list provider to “set it and forget it”.
A few hours of work to secure passive income for months – or even years – to come. Sounds like a pretty good trade-off to me!