How to make money on pinterest (without a blog)
While you can use pinterest to promote your blog and make a lot of money, it is totally possible to also make money on Pinterest without a blog.
In this post, I am going to show you exactly how you can make extra $1000 per month on Pinterest, without a blog.
You will learn how to:
- Properly set up your Pinterest account
- Get a lot of Pinterest followers
- Choose the best monetization program
- Get lots to exposure and make money!
Have some time to spare? Checkout these articles related to Pinterest:
- Pinterest SEO made simple
- How to start using Pinterest to promote your business
- How to make money Blogging on Pinterest
Some Pinterest stats to keep your head up!
- 2 out of 3 users say they go to Pinterest to find new ideas, products or services they can trust – Source
- 85% of users have bought something based on Pins they see from brands – Source
- More than 25% of time spent on Pinterest is spent shopping – Source
- 89% of users are on Pinterest for purchase inspiration – Source
- The number of users shopping on Pinterest grew 50% in the first half of 2020 – Source
- Pinterest has over 450 million monthly active users – Source
- 50% of U.S. Pinners frequently shop on Pinterest – Source
So you are ready to make money on Pinterest? Let’s drive together!
Setting up your Pinterest account
Basically, there are two types of Pinterest accounts:
- Personal accounts – For individuals who don’t want to utilize pinterest marketing tools such as Rich Pins and Promoted Pins.
- Business accounts – For businesses who want to use pinterest to market their brands. They will have access to Pinterest business tools.
Both accounts are basically the same, except for little additional features. If you don’t want access to rich pins, website analytics and ads, you don’t need a business account.
Visit www.pinterest.com and sign up using your favorite social media account, or email address.
Once your account is ready, start adjusting things to look more professional. Upload a profile picture and cover image. Write a professional profile name and description, to let people know what they can get from you.
For example, below is a complete profile on pinterest
As soon as you complete your account set up, start creating different boards according to the area you want to target. Ideally, 5 – 10 boards will be okay for new accounts.
These boards are where your pins go to.
They are also visible on pinterest search results, so make sure you write professional looking title and description for each board you create.
Once you have completed that, next step will be getting some followers.
Getting Pinterest Followers
Even though Pinterest is a discovery engine, you can’t be wrong to call it a social media. At first, people have to follow you, or interact with your pins to be able to see more pins from you.
In that case, you need to get as much followers as possible.
For new accounts, getting people to follow you depends on different factors, such as your Niche focus, audience size and type of pins you create.
There are two super easy ways to get Pinners follow you.
- Create pins your audience will find useful
- Follow your competitor’s audience
Now you may be thinking what kind of pins you should create when you don’t have a blog. It is simple, start with IDEA PINS
Pinterest has been pushing this type of pins higher on the platform. You don’t also need a blog or any web page to create an idea pin, as they don’t link to any source.
Plus people can instantly follow you through your pins!
For a start, focus your pin creation on idea pins for – let’s say four weeks to get more eyeballs and follows.
Another way to get more followers is to start following others (people who follow your competitors profile).
The trick is that, if they follow your competitors, they are most likely to follow you.
To find your competitor’s on pinterest, type in your focus keyword, eg.
Travel Guide on the search bar, if you are in the Travel space.
Once the page loads, click any pin image and extend the author’s profile.
Followers tab and see who followed them.
Start following them one after another. You will be able to follow up to 40 people per day. Don’t overdo it to avoid getting suspended on Pinterest.
Continue doing this for four weeks, and you will get a lot of Pinterest followers.
Next step it to monetize you Pinterest account.
How to actually make money on Pinterest without a blog
There are two ways to make money on Pinterest without a blog.
- Becoming an influencer – If you have a multiple thousand of followers and reaching millions of page views. You can charge brand to mention their products on your pins.
- Promote affiliate products – This is what we are talking about in this post!
Making money on Pinterest with affiliate marketing
This is the reason you don’t need a blog to make money on Pinterest. Affiliate links are very much allowed on the platform!
If you don’t know what is affiliate marketing, let me explain:
Affiliate marketing is the process of selling other people’s products and services for a percentage share in sales revenue.
If you sign up for an affiliate program, you will be assigned a unique affiliate link that you can use to refer people to the affiliate offer. Some of these affiliate links are also sharable on Pinterest.
According to Pinterest, you can use affiliate links on the platform, if you can follow their affiliate guidelines.
However, Not every affiliate links are allowed to be used on Pinterest. For example, Amazon can barn you for directly using your affiliate link on Pinterest.
To Start making money on Pinterest by promoting affiliate links, you first have to register with affiliate programs. Basically, there are two types of affiliate offers you can sign up for.
- Pay per lead affiliate offers
- Pay per sale affiliate offers
The Pay per lead affiliate offers will reward when a customer you refer to them simply Signup, or fill a form.
Example of such offers include:
Pay per sale affiliate offers only reward you when a customer you refer to the program makes a purchase.
Example of such offers may include:
Also, you can find different high converting offers when you join affiliate networks.
Here are some good ones to join.
Please note: Some of these affiliate programs may still require you to own a blog to register. But there are some that doesn’t ask for your blog Url. For example, ClickBank and JVZoo.
How to promote affiliate offers on Pinterest
Here is a quick breakdown…
- Create an opt-in landing page and grab the link
- Pick an offer
- Create email swipes for you offer.
Why we choose this approach to affiliate marketing on Pinterest is because it is not always safe to share your affiliate links on the platform. Sometimes, they frawn to it. And besides, getting a list of email subscribers means you can re-market to those subscribers at any time.
So, let’s do it.
1. Create an optin page (landing page)
When someone clicks on your pin, they need to land on a page, right? It is true you can use direct links to affiliate offers here, but it is wise to send those visitors to an opt-in page where you can collect there emails.
Mailchimp let’s you create a free landing page.
Please, read about how to create landing page on mailchimp here.
NB: use your affiliate link as your thank you page, when users sign up to your list.
2. Pick an affiliate offer (we are using JVZoo)
If you are like us, JVZoo is probably your best best. It houses over 58,000 Information products & softwares in over 49 categories. Picking an affiliate offer here based on your niche will always be easy.
But if you don’t like JVZoo, we have already mentioned about 15 best paying affiliate programs you can join for free.
Follow the next steps to choose an affiliate offer on JVZoo.
- Register on JVZoo for free
Affiliateson the top menu and choose
- Then, browse through different offers to find anyone related to your Pinterest Niche. You can also sort the products based on
- Click through an offer and see the product page. You will be able to see the price, your commission, etc.
- Type in your approval request on the form and click
Wait for a few days for vendor to approve your request to promote the offer.
While you wait, you can explore other things. You can check the sales page of that product by clicking
sales page on the right top side of the affiliate offer. Make sure the sales page is accessible and has a good design.
Another thing you can find on the product page is a link to a special page, called the JV page. It is located just below the product area.
This is where you get the email swipes for your automation and other marketing materials.
Once you are approved to promote that offer, copy those email swipes and process to the next step.
3. Create email automation
The next step is to configure mailchimp to send out emails automatically to your subscribers. Thisbwill help keep your email list active, and hell generate even more affiliate sales.
You can include call-to-action with your affiliate link throughout your email series and remind your subscribers about the offer.
Read about how to create automation here.
4. Get your pins (images/videos) ready
Pinterest is all about graphics. To make it work for you, you need to create outstanding pins.
The recommended pin size (dimension) is 1000px By 1500px tall images, according to Pinterest.
If you know nothing about graphics, how how to measure units, don’t really bother yourself. Canva pin templates are already sized according to Pinterest best practice.
All you need to do is try Canva Pro for free!
Canva is a free beginner friendly tool for designing graphics and animations. It has already made Pinterest templates that can be customized even further.
Canva works seamlessly across Al platforms (Web, Android & IOS). You can download the app from app store and manage your designs on your mobile design if you don’t want to work on a PC.
5. Start pinning on Pinterest
Once you are ready to start making money on pinterest, you should start pinning immediately. You can do this manually, or use an automation software to save you a lot of time.
If you want to make money on Pinterest without a blog, you should not pin once and relax. Pinterest measures pinners quality by monitoring how active you are on the platform. For that reason, you should pin multiple times a day.
It doesn’t matter if you pin 10, 30, or 50 times per day. Just create as much as you can! But make sure you go above 5 and below 50 per day.
To manually create a pin, click on the
create menu and chose
Next, upload an image and write your pin title and description, then place link to your landing pages on the destination link field.
If everything looks Okay, pick a board and click
Continue doing this everyday for more than five pins a day. If you don’t have all that time, you should consider using a pin scheduler.
This is what most of us do to save time.
Tailwind is a certified Pinterest partner. The software helps you schedule out your pins for a later date. It will even optimize your schedule to make sure your pins are published on pinterest when your audience are most engaging.
You can also request access to different tailwind communities where other pinners can find and share your pins to get you more audience.
Now, you have seen how to make money on Pinterest without a blog. Are you going to try this out?
Remember, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do that. Pinterest can wake up one morning and deside not to favor pins linking to a landing page.
Starting a blog is cheap and easy. It will only cost you $2.95 per month!
We recommend you start a blog, if you are planning to make money on Pinterest. It is more easier to monetize a blog, even without Pinterest.
Happy pinning! And have a nice day!