Did you know that you can create a passive income stream without even writing a single blog post? Affiliate marketing is truly the easiest way to jumpstart your income if you are just starting out in the blogging world.
If you are like me and love scouring the income reports on Pinterest, you have probably noticed that affiliates make up the bulk of revenue for most bloggers.
Did you also know that you can add affiliate links directly to Pinterest without writing a single piece of copy?
Once I discovered this, I became really interested in the ins and outs of Pinterest affiliate links and read every article I could find. For those new to this form of marketing, let’s break down some of the basics of using affiliates on Pinterest:
Table of Contents
- 1 What is affiliate marketing?
- 2 How does it work on Pinterest?
- 3 Can you use Amazon Associates Affiliate Links on Pinterest?
- 4 What affiliate links convert well on Pinterest?
- 5 Does Promoting ebooks work on Pinterest?
- 6 Do I have to buy the ebooks I promote?
- 7 Can I use Etsy affiliate links on Pinterest?
- 8 So what can you do now?
- 9 Disclosures on Pinterest
- 10 Don’t be spammy
- 11 This seems too good to be true?
What is affiliate marketing?
It seems like a new and trendy way of making income online but in fact, it’s been around for decades. Any salesperson who makes a “cut” or commission from selling a product is, in a sense, an affiliate for said product.
In essence, the affiliate is acting as the agent or representative of the product or company they are selling. Think of travel agents or insurance salesmen.
How does it work on Pinterest?
Since May last year, Pinterest has allowed pinners to add direct affiliate links to their pins instead of having to go through a blog. This means that you can market to over 200 million active Pinterest users immediately! For free! Now that’s my kind of marketing.
Without realizing it, you have probably already clicked on an affiliate link for a cute sweater or Etsy printable. Those are affiliate links. Here is an example:
You can see that the link to this pin is from shareasale.com. If you are new to affiliate marketing they are a great place to start because they work with tons of retailers such as Modcloth, Shutterfly and DollarTree.
When someone clicks on an affiliate link from Pinterest they are redirected to the merchant and the pin owner (you!) receives a commission for each sale.
Can you use Amazon Associates Affiliate Links on Pinterest?
I have seen a lot of 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”.
To be honest, I see Amazon affiliate pins all the time when I’m browsing Pinterest but personally, I err on the side of caution and do not use them.
For me, it is just not worth losing my Associates account for a few sales plus the cookie is so short on Amazon (24 hours) that it is not a great converter for me anyway.
Bottom line: Use Amazon Links at your own risk.
Really, anything and everything! Have a look at your own boards and see what affiliate links you have already pinned without realizing it. For me, the most popular were e-books on subjects I want to learn about.
Does Promoting ebooks work on Pinterest?
Personally, I find ebooks are a great thing to promote as an affiliate on Pinterest because the ebook author often has a landing page that “sells” the product once the pin has been clicked on.
If you have taken some courses or bought some ebooks and want to promote them, it’s worth seeing if there is an affiliate program you can join.
Do I have to buy the ebooks I promote?
Well, yes, in theory it would be nice if you had actually read a book you promoted!
However, sometimes you just want to promote the bestsellers in a category that you may not have even read, hey, that’s what reviews are for, right?
However, many ebook authors will not let you into their affiliate program unless you buy their course or book, so what can you do?
Obviously you could go ahead and buy tons of books so that you can become an affiliate but there is an easier way – the Ultimate Bundles.
Ultimate Bundles is a company that puts together different “packages” of courses and ebooks periodically and then sells them for rock-bottom prices.
For example, the last one I bought was the Genius Bloggers Kit and for $97 I got over $5000 worth of products. I think there were almost 100 ebooks and courses included. And most of them had affiliate programs.
Do you see where I am going with this?
If you can find an Ultimate Bundle in your niche, it is basically a pot of gold. You can then do two things:
- Buy the bundle and apply to all the individual affiliate programs and start promoting them
- Become an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles yourself and promote the bundle as a whole.
Isn’t it genius?
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No. Etsy used to be a complete goldmine for affiliate links on Pinterest. You could promote all kinds of products, printables, invitations, and clothing and the sales would just roll in.
Unfortunately back at the beginning of this year, Etsy announced some new Terms and Conditions for their affiliate program which explicitly bans Etsy affiliate links being used on Pinterest.
So what can you do now?
Etsy is a fantastic affiliate program to be part of and I recommend you join it even though you can’t use their affiliate links on Pinterest.
What you can do is to make whole blog posts around Etsy products that you want to promote and then create pins for that blog post. That way I am still getting the sales but via my blog instead of directly from Pinterest to Etsy.
If you don’t have a blog, your best bet for promoting Etsy is probably on Facebook or Instagram, both of which are allowed.
Disclosures 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 the 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.
Don’t be spammy
No 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. In that vein, remember to pin other people’s stuff and use affiliate links sparingly but effectively.
This seems 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 be effective.
The techniques to create, brand, and market affiliate links in the book are simple but effective. It’s stunningly easy once you know what to do and it really works.
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