Affiliate Marketing for Pinterest Without a Blog: Full Guide

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Affiliate Marketing for Pinterest without a Blog

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Is it really possible to make money on Pinterest? What is Pinterest affiliate marketing? Can I do it without owning a blog?

I asked the same questions, too, when I first learned about this. I was also wondering how many followers I needed to have to start, how much experience I would need, and so on.

Imagine my surprise when I found the answers!

You can make money by sharing affiliate links on Pinterest without owning a blog, having thousands of followers, or having prior affiliate marketing experience!

I am going to show you just how, read on…

This simple step-by-step guide on how to make money on Pinterest affiliate marketing will get you started, and in no time, you can start making sales.

As long as you duly follow the processes. 

Although if you’re new to this, it may take you a little more time to fully get a handle on it, whatever the case might be, whether you’re a newbie or a pro in this game, what matters is how quickly you start implementing these tips.

Let’s get to the tutorial proper with the following topics:

  • How does Pinterest Affiliate marketing work? Why Pinterest is a great place to make money?
  • Aren’t Affiliate links banned on Pinterest?
  • How to get started with Affiliate marketing on Pinterest
  • What if you’re not accepted?
  • The biggest challenge on Pinterest
  • Useful tools and courses that have helped me
  • Concluding thoughts


How does Pinterest Marketing Works?

You most probably have heard about Pinterest and how it works, but I’d give a brief overview of this image-sharing social media for this tutorial.

Pinterest is a visual social media platform for discovering and saving information on the internet using images, animated GIFs, videos, infographics, and all kinds of predominantly visual content.

It’s like a virtual pinboard where you can hang (pin) photos that pique your interest, and you can share these photos whenever you like.

You can find many things on Pinterest – quotes, images, recipes, or even products you might want to buy.

Pinterest is a very visual social media, so the more appealing you make your pins, the more likely someone would save them. It also allows you to organize, file, and share your pins by topics, interests, hobbies, among other options.

Cool yeah? 

Now, where does affiliate marketing come in?

Have you ever referred a product you loved to a friend or family member? Did they use these products because you recommended them?

Now, imagine those companies paid you a commission any time you get someone to use their products. That’s Affiliate marketing. 

How does it relate to Pinterest? Glad you asked

You must have noticed by now that every pin you find on Pinterest is linked to a blog or website. When you create a pin, you can control what link the pin is directed to when someone clicks it!

Now you get it!

You can use this to your advantage by linking the pin directly with an affiliate link to an offer or product of your choice.

This simply means, if anyone clicks your affiliate pin and makes a purchase, you get to earn a commission on that sale!


Why Pinterest Is A Great Place To Make Money?

Pinterest is one of the largest visual social networks, with over 320 million monthly active users who use it to make buying decisions. Of course, it’s a platform where you save information such as recipes, quotes, photos, etc., but it is also a place where people come to decide where to go on vacation, what online courses to buy, which diet to go on, and a lot of other things. This makes the platform a very attractive space for Affiliate marketing.

However, before joining or signing up as an affiliate marketer with any brand, know that there are certain restrictions on what kind of affiliate programs you are allowed to promote on Pinterest. Other programs may also require you to have a website.

So always look out for that, and check the T&C’s before joining.


Aren’t Affiliate Links Banned On Pinterest?

They were, but they have been allowed once more since 2016.

Unfortunately, affiliate links were banned due to excessive spamming, which was negatively affecting the site as a whole.

Pinterest allowed affiliate links once more because the site improved its methods of detecting and getting rid of spam, and also to persuade ‘pinners’ to remain active on their site.

However, this is no guarantee that it could not be banned again in the future.

To avoid getting your account banned if they ever decide to start banning again, make sure you abide by not just the site’s rules and restrictions but also the affiliate program you want to promote.

One other helpful tip to avoid getting banned on Pinterest; 

Avoid posting only affiliate links on your pins. Try also to post relevant and regular content, and even pin other people’s pins.


How To Get Started With Affiliate Marketing On Pinterest

1. Create a Pinterest account

The first step is to create an account if you don’t have one. If you do, you can adapt it since you already probably have some followers on the account. This will help you get started smoothly.

You can use a personal account, but it’s better to set up a business account just for affiliate marketing. You can edit or create your account to suit your niche or taste by choosing topics that interest you; fitness, fashion, lifestyle, food, décor, inspiration… or whatever you are interested in.

Creating an account is totally free and easy.

Simply visit to register, create at least a minimum of 10 boards with many pins on them so that people can tell there’s something on it when they click. You can always refine your boards whenever you like by editing titles and details.

2. Find suitable affiliate programs

Affiliate marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry and is steadily on the rise. Almost every company or brand you can think of most probably has an affiliate program attached to it.

Now that you’re in, an excellent way to find affiliate programs that you want is simply by searching on the website.

For instance, you can go on Google and search in this manner; “topic + affiliate program,” different programs relating to that topic will pop out, and you can go through each one to see what their requirements are and if you need to own a website to sign up.

3. You’re accepted? Get started!

If you met all the requirements and got accepted to the programs, you can start pinning right away, but of course, begin cautiously!

You can start by pinning other people’s pins and not just putting your affiliate links all over the place at once. You can get your product images from websites or get them given to you by the companies you’re promoting.

Interestingly, you can create your own unique images on CANVA, a platform that allows you to build and create attractive and unique images. 

It has different ready-made templates, fonts, images, colors, and graphics that you can use to make your pictures stand out and be truly unique.

When you start adding links to your pins, be sure to disclose that you’re using an affiliate link in the pin description, and don’t do anything misleading to get people to click. Otherwise, it could get you banned!

You’re not allowed to use any affiliate link shorteners or cloaks so, ensure you’re using the raw link when you pin.

4. Follow good pinning guidelines!

Guidelines on how to get your pins noticed by people change all the time, but these are some basic things you should do:

  • Pin your affiliate pins to very relevant boards

Since the aim is to get people to see your pins, don’t post an affiliate pin for a car on a board that’s about health tips. Instead, pin it on a board about cars, car brands, or something like that. That way, it gets more visibility.

  • Do a good pin description.

Pretty basic, yeah? It is essential to describe your pins and the items you’re pinning clearly. You can now use hashtags on Pinterest, but they have to be very relevant to the items you’re pinning, of course.

  • Try and put in several “keywords” into your descriptions.

If you’ve ever typed in something in the search bar of some websites and you notice that it tries to autocomplete what you’re typing, those are keywords. They are those phrases that people usually search for on Pinterest.

So, for instance, if you’re marketing a car, you could use something like, “best car in 2020”, “fastest car,” and so on.

This would direct people to your pins when they search for cars using these phrases.

  • Disclose your affiliate link

Let your affiliate links be visible to the public so they can click on them. You can put this on your Pinterest profile or add it to your pins.

  • Follow other people with similar interests.

This is a vital part of getting your pins visible. If you’re sharing affiliate links relating to fitness, for instance, follow other people who share the same interests and share their content too.

This will get you noticed and build your following faster.

These simple pinning tricks are sure to make you more relevant and get more people pinning your pins.


5. Create a pinning schedule, and be consistent!

The way to go on Pinterest is to post very regularly and consistently too. Also, incorporate the idea of pinning other people’s pins and yours, so your content is always fresh and exciting.

Well, unless you have a blog and you have a lot of content to rotate often, then you can post more of your own stuff and less of other people’s.

But if you don’t own a blog, you won’t want to be pinning only affiliate links always. You’d want to make your content vast and refreshing.

Be consistent; if you post twice a day, for instance, maintain that rhythm. 

Pinterest likes people who are active on its platform.


What If An Affiliate Program Does Not Accept You?

Well, this can be sad, but it’s not uncommon. Sometimes these programs decline people while on auto-pilot. 

Whatever the case, you have to know that there was a reason for that.

So, what you have to do is directly ask them why you were not accepted, find out what requirements you did not meet, and try to meet them.

The good thing is, you can always reapply!


The Biggest Challenge – Staying Consistent!

Creating a schedule that you can stick to is one of the biggest challenges on Pinterest.

Most of the time, it boils down to not knowing what exact times to pin to reach a large audience or simply because sometimes you just forget to post.

For this reason, I use a tool called Tailwind!

You can use this tool to schedule all your pins on auto-pilot and they will be sent out at specific times.

It tells you the best time you can get high Pinterest activity, and you can schedule your pins days, weeks, and even months in advance.

Tailwind also lets you know when your queue is empty and gives you lots of other handy features and ideas that will help you create the best and most profitable pins.

It is indeed a perfect tool. I recommend.


Great Pinterest Resources And Tools That Have Helped Me!

Undoubtedly, you can start Pinterest affiliate marketing for free and start earning, but some tools can help you go a long way and make even more in this venture. While some are free, others are not.

Creating your pins

Canva is an excellent platform for all Pinterest designs. I highly recommend it.

You can even use this app to create other designs like blog banners, book covers, flyers, social media headers, etc.

They have some free templates you can use and some you have to pay to use.


Scheduling tool

As I have mentioned earlier, Tailwind is a very great tool to help you schedule your pins and grow your Pinterest account at all hours of the day.

It is very affordable, and you can try their one-month free trial for a start – enough time to schedule tons of pins.

These two tools are a great way to start your Pinterest affiliate marketing. One for creating pins, the other for scheduling. 


Concluding Thoughts

Even though the most commonplace for an affiliate link is within a blog or website that you own, it is not often the quick way to riches. The setting up and maintenance, for instance, are time-consuming and costs a lot of money. Also, you need first to build an online presence and generate traffic to your website. Not to talk about the time and money you’ll have to invest in hosting, domain, themes, etc.

 That’s not what you’re looking for, as someone who’s looking to make some extra cash using affiliate marketing on Pinterest as a side hustle.

This is why Pinterest affiliate marketing is incredible. You can place affiliate links on this platform for free without needing to own a blog or site. You do not need to have a huge following or even be a professional in affiliate marketing.

Follow the simple steps that you have read and start your journey to Affiliate marketing on Pinterest.

Good luck!

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