You may have heard through the grapevine that there are lucrative ways to make money on Pinterest in 2022. Not only is this true, but there are actually TONS of different ways to earn money on Pinterest!
As a matter of fact, I started this blog soon after making money pinning affiliate links on Pinterest without a blog.
I knew in order to fully harness the power of Pinterest and make more money, I needed to start a blog that would drive more Pinterest traffic to me.
But more on that later!
So if you thought Pinterest was simply a platform for finding the next best recipe, or latest fashion trend, then that is not the case. It is so much more than that.
Today, I’m happy to share with you how to earn money using Pinterest, while working from the comfort of your home.
- 5 Ways to Make Money on Pinterest
- 1. Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest
- 2. Start a Money Making Blog
- 3. Provide Pinterest Management Services
- 4. Create and Sell Canva Templates
- 5. Using Pinterest to Sell Physical Products
- Now It’s Your Turn
5 Ways to Make Money on Pinterest
Here’s the great part about this list I curated for you. Most (if not all) of these can be started with little to no money. So if you’re low on funds, then check out some of the free resources I have for you throughout the list.
1. Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest
This is how I started earning money on Pinterest, so let’s start there!
Affiliate marketing is the act of referring people to someone else’s product or service and earning a cut of the sale when they purchase. When you make a sale promoting an affiliate product, you earn an affiliate commission.
Generally, the way affiliate programs track your sales is by assigning you a unique affiliate link. Insert your affiliate link on Pinterest pins or within blog posts and get paid when people click and purchase!
Here for example, is how my unique affiliate link looks like for the ClickFunnels One Funnel Away Challenge I promote. Attached to the end of the URL is my affiliate tracking ID: ‘558129.’
Now while it is allowed to pin your affiliate links directly on Pinterest, I would not recommend doing that.
It’s a pitfall many beginner affiliate marketers fall into, and their accounts end up getting marked as spam or completely banned altogether.
But if you do it the right way, you’ll begin to make your first affiliate sales on the platform. Here are just some of the affiliate commissions I’ve earned from Pinterest marketing with one affiliate program:
For months, I tested out all sorts of strategies for pinning my affiliate links on Pinterest, and eventually zeroed in on one that earned me consistent affiliate commissions.
I wrote my entire step-by-step Pinterest affiliate marketing strategy in the post below. It includes how to create Pinterest boards, Pinterest SEO to get your affiliate links found, and how to increase your Pinterest traffic.
READ IT HERE: Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest without a Blog
If you’re brand new to affiliate marketing and want to turn this into a full-time income in 100 Days, then check out the free Affiliate Marketing Bootcamp.
Best Affiliate Programs for Pinterest
Here are some affiliate programs you can sign up to and promote on Pinterest:
FREE Training - 7 Figure Affiliate Secrets
The INSANELY Simple Framework Spencer Used to Create Multiple $1,500/Day Affiliate Businesses on Auto-Pilot.
2. Start a Money Making Blog
If you want to truly leverage this powerful platform, then start a blog. I had heard this many times before, but I never paid any mind to it. I was doing well, cruising along making money without a blog, but I wanted to up my game and earn more.
The more I read and learned about Pinterest marketing, the more I came to understand why having a blog was so important for Pinterest growth.
Unfortunately, I had capped out with how much I could grow on the platform by not having a blog. That is until now of course!
Benefits of having a Blog on Pinterest
Claim Your Website – Claiming your site on Pinterest with a Business Account will give you the opportunity to rank higher in the Pinterest search results AND on Google. More traffic equals more potential sales.
Get More Pinterest Followers – You’ll be able to add Pinterest Widgets to your site. The follow widget helps your visitors easily follow you on Pinterest. More followers equal more eyeballs on your offers.
Enable Rich Pins – Rich pins automatically sync information from your site, to your pins. They help you add more info directly to the pin so people learn more about your products and ideas. This drastically increases your chances of making a sale.
Pinterest Business Analytics – When you use a Pinterest Business account, you’ll have access to analytics such as which pins are driving the most amount of traffic to your site. Use that data to further grow your Pinterest traffic and sales.
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How Bloggers Monetize on Pinterest
Bloggers have a wide range of things they can do to monetize on Pinterest. One strategy is to create an affiliate marketing blog. This method allows you to earn money with affiliate links within your blog posts.
If you go this route to making money with a blog, then follow this simple outline to fast track your results:
- Choose a niche for your blog
- Pick a blog name and get blog hosting
- Install a simple WordPress Theme to make your blog your own
- Write compelling content that sells and your readers will love. Use proper SEO strategies to drive free traffic to your blog.
Learn How to Build a Profitable Affiliate Website
(Free Step-by-Step Video Tutorials to Making Money with a Blog!)
Another way in which bloggers make money is to create and sell online courses or digital products, which they advertise on their blog. This is one of my favorite ways to earn money online.
With this method you don’t have to wait 30 – 90 days for an affiliate program to pay you your affiliate commissions. Instead you get paid instantly for sales from your own digital products!
Here for example is my Stripe account payments from selling my digital products online:
Simply use the current knowledge you possess, and create a course around it. Don’t overthink it. You’d be surprised at how many people will buy your online course when you send the right traffic to it.
Some of my courses and digital products I’ve sold online over the years ranged in price from $7 – $1,500. Below are two of my current best-selling online digital products:
The important thing to remember when starting a blog is to treat it like a real business. If you treat it like a hobby, then it’s going to cost you money. But treat it like a business and it will reward you with income for years to come!
PRO TIP: Be careful when buying cheap hosting for your WordPress blog. Your page will load much slower and you’ll lose a lot of traffic that way! This site you’re on now uses this premium hosting for my blogging business.
3. Provide Pinterest Management Services
As more businesses come to discover the incredible opportunity that Pinterest offers for brand awareness, the more a need there is for Pinterest management services.
Business owners are constantly looking for ways to drive more traffic to their offers and services. But oftentimes they lack the knowledge necessary to leverage social media sites for traffic and sales. They would much rather hire this out than to do it themselves.
Pinterest Management Services Include (but are not limited to):
- Design and Schedule Pins
- Provide Google and Pinterest Analytics Reporting
- Find and Join Relevant Group Boards
- Create Branded Pinterest Boards
- Spam Monitoring on Pins
- Manage Promoted Pins
Work from home freelancers who provide this kind of service are often referred to as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant or Pinterest Manager.
RELATED ARTICLE: How to Become a Highly Sought After Pinterest Manager
You can learn all there is to learn about Pinterest marketing in 30 days or less by either scouring the internet for free information, or taking online Pinterest courses.
Once you have all the skills necessary to offer Pinterest Management Services, use the Pinterest platform to market and advertise your services.
4. Create and Sell Canva Templates
Did you know that you can create and sell beautifully designed Canva templates to other Canva users?
When I first learned about this, I thought it was genius!
See, one of the most time consuming things to do on Pinterest as a small business user is to design my own pins. And it’s not just me! That’s the case for a lot of bloggers, including graphically challenged designers….like me! Ha
Being able to purchase pre-made Pinterest Canva templates that can be easily tweaked and branded for business is a lifesaver for many.
What is Canva
Canva is a graphic design platform that offers free and paid subscriptions, such as Canva Pro and Canva Enterprise. Any image or video you want to create for social media sharing can be beautifully designed on Canva.
Sharing Your Canva Designed Templates
According to Canva, the best way to share your template with your customers is to provide them with a use as template link:
- Open the design you want to share
- Click share above the editor
- Select share with others
- At the bottom of the menu click the V icon
- Select use as template as the access option
- Click copy link to copy the share link
To read more about how to start selling Canva templates, check out Canva’s information page here.
Sell Your Canva Pinterest Templates
Once you create your Canva template designs, you can put it up for sale nearly anywhere! One such place to consider selling them on is Etsy. Just take a look at this seller offering their Pinterest Canva template for $27 on the site.
Or if you prefer, you can create a stand alone sales page and sell your templates. Whatever you decide, make sure to come back to Pinterest and start pinning your offers.
The best part about all this is that you can create your designs once, yet sell them over and over again. There’s no limit to how many you can sell, or how much money you can make.
5. Using Pinterest to Sell Physical Products
Now that we’re on the topic of Etsy, let’s talk about how to make money on Pinterest selling physical products.
Pinterest for e-commerce is powerful, especially when you leverage Pinterest’s shopping feature tools. Whether you have a Shopify store, Esty store, or are simply using a one-page website to sell print-on-demand t shirts, Pinterest will help you sell more of your products!
The easiest way to make your content shoppable is by creating Product Pins.
Product Pins are a type of rich pin that is formatted in a way that let’s people on Pinterest know they’re shoppable. When someone on Pinterest clicks on your pin, it leads them to your website or Etsy store, where they can purchase the item from you.
These product pins feature the most up-to-date price, availability, product title and description from your website.
According to Pinterest:
“In some cases, your pin might read “Best Seller,” if across different merchants it’s one of the most purchased items within a Pinterest product category, or it might read “Popular” if it’s one of the most clicked product pins within a product category on Pinterest.”
Pinterest even makes it very easy to claim your Etsy or Shopify store on the platform to track links and other analytics to your products.
Showcase Your Products in Video Pins
Nearly everyone in the e-commerce space will tell you that video marketing is proven to increase conversion rates, engagement rates, and more.
Just take a look at some of these video statistics:
- 84% of consumers surveyed were convinced to buy a product or service after watching a brand’s video.
- 97% of video marketers reported that video increased user understanding of a product or service, and 76% reported video helped them increase sales.
- 62% of consumers watch product review videos before making a purchase.
Thankfully, with Pinterest video pins, you can easily upload eye-catching videos that not only entertain, but also sell your products.
While you can use Canva to create your own Pinterest video pins, I generally leave these sort of things up to the video pros. These video marketing companies generally work with tons of clients across various niches. They have a better understanding of how to create highly engaging videos that convert into sales.
Now It’s Your Turn
You have everything available at your fingertips to make money on Pinterest in 2022. Whichever method you choose, go at it with full force and you’ll start earning money sooner rather than later!
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