Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could get paid to pin on Pinterest?
Well, guess what! You can!
How? Well, there’s actually a couple of ways. You can:
- Use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog, products, affiliate products, and services
- Pin affiliate links
- Get paid to pin brand’s content
- Become a Pinterest Manager or Pinterest specialist VA.
Using Pinterest to Drive Traffic
I know, this one’s kinda obvious what with Pinterest being such a powerhouse for buying traffic and all. So, I’ll be brief.
Pinterest is a great way to drive traffic back to your blog posts, sales pages, and free opt-ins.
Here’s some ideas on how to get traffic to come click, click, clicking through:
- Create pin/s for your products and service pages
- Create pins for your affiliate products
- Create landing pages for your best affiliate products and create pins for them
- Create Pinterest-optimized graphics for your physical, digital or print-on-demand products
- Add mockups of your freebies to your pins
How to Make Mockups
Mockups work really well to show your buyer what they’re going to get. They work even if your product is digital. (Maybe even, ESPECIALLY if your product is digital.
You can create mockups using Canva (for free, but they have limited options), or you can use a software like Smartmockup (this is what I use).
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How to Make Money With Affiliate Links on Pinterest
Do you know what’s so awesome about Pinterest traffic?
It’s BUYING traffic.
Think about how you use Pinterest… to plan your kid’s birthday party… save recipes… fashion trends you want to try… A lot of this is things you want to buy. And if it just so happens that the pin you just pinned links to the store where you can buy it, ONLINE, and have it shipped to your door… well chances are, you just might buy something.
This works for digital products too.
Is pinning affiliate links spammy?
Pinning affiliate links might seem a little spammy. It doesn’t have to be though. Here’s some ideas for doing it, the cool way:
- Pin more non-affiliate pins than affiliate pins
- Pin affiliate pins to group boards rarely, if at all, and ONLY to those that don’t forbid them
- Create pin graphics that provide value to the potential purchaser, by including some information about what they get
How do you disclose your affiliate links?
I’ve seen all kinds of variations of disclosure on Pinterest. Here’s what I think:
- Include on your graphic the word ‘affiliate’
- Include in the description ‘affiliate’ or #ad. (Maybe skip the hashtag seeing as it’s now a thing on Pinterest.)
How to make your first affiliate sale on Pinterest in 24 Hours
If you want to explore using affiliate links on Pinterest in greater detail, Elise McDowell has created an ebook that will help you get your first affiliate sale from Pinterest in 24 hours.
How to Make Money Pinning a Brand’s Content (Sponsored Pinning)
You can get paid to tweet.
Sponsored posts on Instagram are a thing.
Why not Pinterest?
While this isn’t an area I’ve delved into AT ALL, check out loop88.
Sounds cool, right? You’re pinning anyway, why not get paid for it?
How to Make Money as a Pinterest Manager
This is my favorite way to make money on Pinterest – offering Pinterest Services. There’s a whole suite of different services you can offer depending on your skills and specialization.
Good at graphic design? Offer pin graphic creation.
Love setting up new accounts? Offer it as a service.
Enjoy researching group boards? Offer it as a service.
Don’t know enough about Pinterest strategy to advertise yourself as a Pinterest manager? Be a Pinterest VA instead and be in charge of executing your client’s strategy.
What do you need to know to be a Pinterest VA/Manager?
It goes without saying that you need to know a lot about Pinterest. If you haven’t spent a lot of time on Pinterest growing your account, I recommend taking a learning shortcut by taking an online course.
There’s plenty to choose from! But, I recommend these ones:
- My free course, Pinterest Power Up
- Pinterest to Profits (includes a mini-course called Pinterest Manager Prep)
- Become a Pinterest VA Today (opening for enrolment 8th September 2017)
Pinterest to Profits will set you up with the required pinning knowledge and give you an introduction into Pinterest Manager.
Become a Pinterest VA Today is less about Pinterest and more about the freelancing side of things – how to find clients, how to pitch, and how to price yourself. It also includes some of the logistics/mechanics of actually managing Pinterest accounts.
Here’s a short Facebook Live video on how businesses can use Pinterest to make money and why NOW is the time to get cracking offering Pinterest services:
How much can I get paid to pin on Pinterest?
Pinterest management prices tend to range from $15-$100 per hour. Or even more. Basically, you should charge a rate that you’re comfortable and happy with.
What services can I offer?
Common services for Pinterest Managers to offer are:
- Account set up
- Tailwind/Board Booster set up
- Account Clean Up/Optimization
- Monthly Management
- Promoted Pins Management
- Pinterest-Optimized Images
But, you can offer pretty much anything you can think of so long as you can find a client who wants you to do it for them.
Where do I find clients?
One of the easiest places to find clients is in Facebook groups. You can promote your services in groups that allow promotions. You should also link your Facebook profile to your services page so that people can find you easily.
If you want to learn more about Facebook marketing for service based businesses, Miranda Nahmias has an amazing course called Four Figure Facebook Formula. She grew her VA business like gangbusters, from scratch to five-figure months mostly from Facebook referrals. That’s amazing! Especially since you’re probably already on Facebook – right?
Tips for Getting Started
If you’ve already got a solid Pinterest foundation, here’s what you need to do to get started:
- create a Services or Work With Me Page and add it to your blog menu.
- cold pitch your services to businesses and bloggers you find on Pinterest who look like they might need your help.
- link your social media profiles to your services page.
- consider specializing in a niche. For example, you might specialize in food blogger accounts and spend time researching and creating group boards and Tailwind Tribes that will benefit your clients.
You can also:
- create blog posts about topics that will attract potential clients.
- promote your blog posts and services in Facebook groups and on Pinterest.
- start your own Facebook group where you share your Pinterest knowledge for free.
Are You Ready to Start Marking Money On Pinterest?
Are you inspired and ready to start making money on Pinterest? Which way appeals to you the most? Let me know in the comments below!