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What if I told you that you could make a substantial amount of money each day on Pinterest? Yes, it’s true!
Pinterest is a unique social app where users go to find craft ideas, recipes, style inspiration, home decor hacks, DIYs, and so much more.
With Pinterest growing in popularity each year, it has never been easier to make money on the platform. And this requires little to no experience.
Let’s get started!
How to Make Money on Pinterest: Earn $1,000 or More per Month
Make money on Pinterest with a blog
Many bloggers (including myself) rely on social media platforms like Pinterest to drive traffic to their blogs.
Bloggers make money with ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, and selling their own courses and ebooks. So, as a blogger, the more traffic you can bring to your website for free, the more money you can make.
If you currently have a blog or want to start one and your goal is to make money on Pinterest, there are a few steps you need to take to get started:
- Step 1: Create a Pinterest Business account or convert your personal account to a Business account.
- Step 2: Create 8-10 relevant boards that match your blog topics. For example, a personal finance blog might have the following categories: Pay off debt, making money, saving money, etc.
- Step 3: For every new blog post, try to create and pin a few different pins to their relevant boards or use a manual pinning service like Tailwind to do this for you.
- Step 4: Stay active on Pinterest by following other bloggers, pinning their pins, and interacting with them. The more active you are on the platform, the more followers, pins, and repins you will receive from other users.
If you can provide useful content to your readers consistently, you will be able to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog to make a solid income.
Not sure how to start a blog? Consider taking a blogging course to help you get started. A course will walk you through each step on how to create and manage a successful blog.
Become a Pinterest virtual assistant
Pinterest virtual assistants help bloggers, business owners, brands and influencers grow their Pinterest presence online.
They typically assist with everyday tasks like:
- Create pin photos
- Write SEO-based pin titles and descriptions
- Keyword research
- Schedule pins with a tool (Tailwind)
- Apply to group boards
- Run promoted pins (paid ads on Pinterest)
The best part about becoming a Pinterest virtual assistant is that you can work remotely from anywhere in the world.
Your schedule is also very flexible where you can decide how many clients you want to work for and what hours you want to work.
At this point you may be wondering, “how much do Pinterest virtual assistants make??”
Pinterest virtual assistants can typically earn anywhere between $10-$50+ per hour depending on their skills and experience. This is a substantial income, even if you decide to do this part-time.
To get started, consider taking a Pinterest virtual assistant course. You can try to figure it out on your own, but a course will show you all the necessary steps to get started sooner.
Make money on Pinterest with affiliate marketing
When you become an affiliate for a company, you will get paid a small commission for referring your audience to sign up for their product or service.
This is a great concept because you don’t have to stockpile inventory or try to sell your own products. You simply promote well-known products and receive a commission check when your followers click through and shop.
Not sure where to start?
There are a few steps to get started with affiliate marketing:
Step 1: Join an affiliate marketing network (or two)
These networks allow you to apply for affiliate offers with specific companies.
As tempting as it might be to apply for every affiliate program, try to only apply to the ones you have personally used and would recommend to friends and family.
If you recommend shady products just to earn a sale, you could potentially lose your reader’s trust or get flagged as spam.
Step 2: Use affiliate links to promote products
When you apply for an affiliate program, you will be given a special link (your affiliate link). You can then create a click-worthy pin to link the affiliate product to.
When someone clicks on your affiliate link and signs up or purchases the product, you will receive a commission. Your commissions will be tracked and paid out through the affiliate marketing network you signed up for.
Step 3: Stay active on the app
When you are active on Pinterest and pin consistently, you have a better chance for your pins to get shared by other people.
The more repins you get on a pin, the more people will see it and the more commissions you will make!
As simple as this process sounds, there are a few important things to keep in mind with affiliate marketing on Pinterest:
- Make sure to read through the entire affiliate contract before promoting any products. Some companies will not allow you to promote their products directly through Pinterest pins.
- Always, always, always disclose your affiliate relationship to avoid lawsuits and other unwanted repercussions. Simply add #affiliate into your pins, or put a disclosure at the end which states: “This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.”
- Do not try to shorten or hide the affiliate link. Pinterest has strict rules regarding spammers and will flag your account if you mask your affiliate links in any way.
Direct pins to your e-commerce store
Do you have your own Etsy shop or Spotify store? If so, you can make money on Pinterest by bringing buyers directly to your products by linking them to your pins.
You can make money on Pinterest by selling:
- Digital products
- Home decor
- Handcrafted jewelry
- Home decor
- Online courses
- Clothing and accessories
- And so many more
So whether you sell digital products, printables, or physical products, you can create beautiful pins to showcase your designs.
Then you can link each pin to the specific product on your e-commerce store for people to click on and purchase.
Just like with blogging, try to create boards that correlate with the products you are selling. For example, if you sell printables on Etsy, you may have the following boards: Baby shower printables, Game night printables, Wall art printables, etc.
Doing this will help your products get found by more users.
Help people shop your look
A large majority of people who browse on Pinterest are looking to shop and make purchases.
As someone who is looking to make money on Pinterest, you can create Shop the Look pins. They look something like this:
As you can see from this baby nursey pin, when you click on one of the links from the picture, you can shop the specific products. Here I clicked on the “Artwork” button which would allow me to purchase the same exact piece of art from the photo or one similar.
As the pinner, you can show off an outfit or a styled room (like the one above) and then tag specific items within the photo. If someone clicks on your pin and purchases one of the tagged items, you will receive a commission.
To get started with these pins, you will need to create a Pinterest Business account.
Then you can create Shop the Look pins to tag products and earn commissions.
Partner with a brand to promote their products
Instead of creating your own products to sell on Pinterest, you can partner with a brand to promote their products.
To do this, you will need:
- A large following on Pinterest
- The ability to make high-quality pins
- Great stats on your current pins
- A comprehensive understanding of your profile demographics and stats
This is because you will need to be prepared to reach out to brands to explain why you would be a great fit to promote their products. Brands will want to see how many followers you have and learn what you can do to help promote their stuff.
Check out the Pinterest Pin Collective to learn more about working with brands.
Teach others how to use Pinterest
Once you get good at Pinterest, you can monetize those skills by teaching others how to use Pinterest.
You can teach others with:
- Coaching services
- Blog posts
- And more
Having a blog/website is not crucial to selling these types of services, but it will definitely help. With a self-hosted website, you can easily create sales pages with testimonials and advertising for your Pinterest product.
Once you build up a solid audience, you can sell your services throughout your website and to your email list if you have one.
If you aren’t sure how to get started, head over to this post on How to Start a Blog. If you are an absolute beginner, consider signing up for a blogging course that will walk you through each step of creating a successful blog.
Tips to make money on Pinterest
Create click-worthy pins
There is a ton of competition on Pinterest and your pins will need to stand out in order to gain traction.
By using free tools like Canva, you can create a lot of beautiful pins in a short amount of time. They offer free templates and designs that you can choose from. Then you can mix and match their fonts, color schemes, and templates to resemble your brand.
Learn how to do keyword research
Pinning beautiful pins on Pinterest alone will not help your content to get seen. That’s why learning how to do proper keyword research is crucial to getting to the top of the search.
You will want to include proper keywords in your:
- Profile name
- Profile description
- Board names
- On the actual images (Pinterest can scan and read them)
- Pin titles
To find keywords, use the Pinterest search feature to type in your main keyword. Pinterest will then show you a list of related keywords you can use.
As you can see from the photo above, when I type in “yoga”, the search lists other popular keywords people are searching for relating to the word yoga.
You can use these related search results to help your content rank higher.
Create a business account
Creating a business account is required to make money on Pinterest. Most of the options listed above require it.
This will give you the necessary tools to properly promote and advertise your pins.
Stay active on the app
It is also important to stay active on the app and pin consistently.
By liking, repinning, and commenting on other’s pins, you will naturally have more engagement around your own pins.
You can also gain more followers this way by following other accounts.
Utilize a pin scheduler
Using a pin scheduler such as Tailwind can save you a ton of time and will keep you organized.
Tailwind is the #1 scheduling and analytics tool that allows you to schedule your pins to related boards. They also have a new feature that helps you create a batch of branded pins in just a few minutes that you can schedule for the week ahead.
This is a necessary tool if you want to automate your Pinterest pins.
Be as transparent as possible
Nothing will turn off customers more than a spammy account.
To avoid this, make sure to be as transparent as possible. Don’t recommend products that you haven’t tried and love yourself. When you come across as “just trying to make a buck”, fewer people will want to trust you.
So be authentic and don’t forget to acknowledge your sponsorships and affiliate links.
Stay up to date on Pinterest updates and changes
Just like other search engines, Pinterest consistently updates their algorithms and practices.
Bookmark their Community Guidelines and skim through it from time to time. If you make sure to keep up to date with Pinterest’s expectations, chances are you will never be flagged for spam or misconduct.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, there are a number of different ways to make money on Pinterest.
Whether your goal is to start a side hustle or replace your full-time income doing something you love, you have options.
And with growing technology, it has never been easier to start a business from home. What are you waiting for?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can you get paid on Pinterest?
Yes! You can get paid on Pinterest with blogging, affiliate marketing, virtual assisting, brand promotion, and more.
Most of these options require little to no experience and you can get started right away.
How many Pinterest followers do you need to get paid?
Unlike other major social media platforms, you don’t need a ton of followers on Pinterest to make money.
Once you have a few thousand followers, you will start getting noticed by major brands that will want to pay you to promote their products.
How much money can I actually make on Pinterest?
How much money you can make on Pinterest depends on how much time and energy you have to make it happen.
If you already have a full-time job or other priorities during the day, for instance, you may be able to make $20-$100 per day on Pinterest. If you have more time and flexibility, it’s possible to earn $200 or more per day.
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