Did you know that you can create a passive income stream for yourself without ever writing a single blog post? All that is possible with affiliate marketing. It really is by far the easiest way to boost your income just by starting out blogging. You can actually make money with affiliate links on Pinterest!
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You must have noticed by now that affiliates make up the bulk of revenue for most of the bloggers out there.
They essentially write content in order to promote a product which is going to earn the affiliate commission for them. I also am one of those guys who is making all the necessary efforts to make a buck that way.
Well, once I discovered this, I became very interested in that subject. I literally have read every single article that I could find. I tried quite a few methods. I even bought some products (plugins) to help me make an affiliate commission.
I did all that just to find out that it’s a lot of competition out there. And if you don’t do it right you don’t stand a chance. Turns out that to make money with affiliate links on Pinterest is a lot harder than I thought.
Sure, I never lost the motivation. Why should I? It’s a side business for me. Something will eventually come up.
And, it did come up!
I wasn’t even looking for it. It found me. Ironic, right? My mom always used to say, you’ll find it when you stop looking for it 🙂 .
Elise made her first affiliate sale within 24 hours of implementing her strategy, and you know what, I was skeptical about it. How wouldn’t I? After all the products that never worked…
So, I tried. Like I tried them all. What a heck.
She promises 24 hours. I gave her 48 hours.
I checked my affiliate stats after two days and you know what? I made a sale! It works!
For those of you who are new to this kind of marketing, I’ll try to break it down a little. The basics of using affiliates on Pinterest.
What Exactly is Affiliate Marketing?
It really seems like a new and kind of trendy way of making money, but in fact, it’s been around for decades. Any salesperson who makes a “cut” from a sale or a commission from selling a product is essentially an affiliate of that product.
In essence, the affiliate is acting as the agent or representative of the product or company they are selling. So, it’s not a new thing, it’s really been around for a quite some time. Think of car salesmen, insurance salesmen etc.
How does it really work to make money with affiliate links on Pinterest?
Since May of 2017, Pinterest has allowed pinners to add direct affiliate links to their pins instead of having to go through a written blog. This essentially means that you could market to the over 150 million active Pinterest users immediately. All that for FREE! What do you say about that?
Without even realizing it, you have probably clicked on an affiliate link for a cool sweatshirt or something else. Those are affiliate links.
When someone clicks on an affiliate link from Pinterest they are being redirected to the merchant and the pin owner (you) receives a commission for each sale made through your link.
How to make money with affiliate links on Pinterest through Amazon Associates Program?
I’ve seen much conflicting information about whether or not you can use Amazon links on Pinterest. Some sources say that it is fine as long as you add Pinterest to your Amazon profile under website and mobile app links.
Honestly, I see Amazon affiliate pins all the time when I’m browsing Pinterest but personally, I don’t like them.
Maybe it’s only me but, it’s not worth losing my Associates account for a few sales plus the cookie is so short lasting on Amazon (only 24 hours). It simply is not a great idea for me anymore.
Bottom line is: Do Amazon at your own risk.
What kind of things could I really link?
Really, anything and everything! Have a look at your own boards and see what affiliate links you have already pinned without realizing it. The most popular were clothes and printables followed by e-books on subjects I want to learn about. Baby items are also really popular.
Once you have found some products you are interested in, check out shareasale.com or the other awesome networks on my list of the top paying affiliate networks and get linking.
Disclosure on Pinterest
Make sure to disclose on any and all pins that you are acting as an affiliate.
You can do this in the pin description by adding #afflink or #affiliate as you can see on my pin above. Failure to do this can result in you being banned from Pinterest and even result in legal action.
I have noticed that, when it comes to courses and ebooks, most people do not disclose that it is a direct affiliate link, perhaps because of the landing page. I would rather be 100% covered and I recommend that you do add a disclosure. To really make money with affiliate links on Pinterest you need to follow those simple rules.
Don’t be spammy
o one wants to be bombarded with sales pitches on Pinterest so make sure to stay true to the essence of the site.
Pinterest users are searching for inspiration, ideas, and ways to improve their lives. So, remember to pin other people’s stuff and use affiliate links sparingly but effectively.
Does it seem to be too good to be true?
It really is as simple as that but to be honest, just slapping some pins with affiliate links onto your boards won’t make you rich. Trust me, I tried! They say “build it and they will come”.
This is true, but you do need to know how to build “it” to make money with affiliate links on Pinterest to be effective. To be really effective.
This is where the How to Make your first affiliate sale in 24 hours ebook really came in for me.
The techniques to create, brand and market affiliate links in the book are simple but effective. It’s very easy once you know what to do and it really works. Elise shows you exactly how to create affiliate pins that go viral. She also demonstrates how she shared her pins to create a buzz.
You can replicate the method to every affiliate link thus creating many passive streams of income, without a single blog post!
Now if you are wondering whether to purchase the ebook, I totally get it. As I already said, I tried all kinds of products. Right, left and center. To be honest almost none of them deliver what I expected. Only a very few worked. This one has a very tangible value and it can be put into action right away.
Finally, it’s totally up to you whether you see yourself doing something (going after the Affiliate Sale in 24 hours e-book) to make some extra cash. Believe me, money made this way is way sweeter than any other “regular” way of making money 🙂 .
After all the book’s value is only $25. I’ve seen courses and ebooks cost way more while delivering way less.
If you are serious about increasing your affiliate sales and want to know more about harnessing the power of Pinterest, I think the book is a great investment.
Give those techniques a go, and let me know how it worked for you.