Do you know some people actually have a pin board at home where they pinned their recent and old photos? Yes, pin boards are a great place to pin your photos. You can pin photographs of last vacation you had with your family, or photos of your dream car or even your wedding shots can be placed on your home pin board. But what is the fun when your pin board can only be seen by you. Do you think there is any fun in that?
Introducing Pinterest… the largest search engine for visual contents!
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What is Pinterest and why should You care?
If you’re one of those who think Pinterest is just another social media site where bored housewives shared their boring images and pin everything from their personal hobbies to personal interest, then you need to have a rethink.
According to recent statistics conducted in September of 2018 Pinterest has over the years grown into a huge community of active 250 million users and still counting.
This social media site is a digital message board where you get to 'Pin' your photos, graphic images, infographics and videos to a board that you created.
Pinterest is an amazing platform to tap into and sell to people who desire the more visual side of things.
There are a great potential to using Pinterest compared to our home pin boards, while for home pin boards, it’s just you or few members of your family that can have access to see your beautiful pins, on the other hand Pinterest with its over 400 million page views per month users, gives you so much more in terms of getting your photos across to over 250 active subscribers base.
So, I guess you now know why some people are really making money with Pinterest. Just imagine how much you could earn every month if you can have targeted audience to visit your board or to re-pin your photos.
This is why this guide is written, to show you a step by step process to making money with Pinterest. So if you want some quick tips to get started with Pinterest this guide is all that you need. Keep reading.
How to Get Started Making Money With Pinterest
Are you ready to make money with your Pinterest account?
If yes, then you need to first sign up and get your account created. It’s very easy to join the community.
Steps to join Pinterest
1. Sign Up For An Account
Sing up with your preferred email address on Pinterest if haven’t yet. Verify your email address which will allow you to become part of the community when you register with either your twitter account or your Facebook account.
Other steps to sign up is quite easy but most importantly you will need to :
Choose your topic of interest
Choose your topic of interest requires you to click on topics of interest that Pinterest serves you while signing up then click the blue "follow people" button located at the bottom of the page.
Create Interest related Boards
You remember our home pin boards? This is exactly the same, only that this time you are pinning your favorite online photos of interest. Why, so your board will attract people who are interested in your passion. Remember, you can create as many interesting pin boards as you can manage. You can as well delete or edit your pin anytime.
Now you know how easy it is to sign up on Pinterest…
Now that you have your board created and you have some interesting images on them, you need to grow your board by finding, connecting and sharing with other Pinterest members.
2. Find Affiliate Offer to Promote
There are different ways you can monetize your Pinterest boards. You can ask/seek for sponsorship or you can join an affiliate program to promote their products.
Ask For Sponsorship
When you have sizable traffic to your board, with lots of people re-pinning your images, you can easily attract companies looking for Pinterest boards to add their banner or image to. This can be very lucrative if you have huge followers of same passion.
Be an Affiliate
This is the most common ways people monetize their pin boards to make monthly income. If you are interested in promoting other people’s product to your visitors, here are some successful tips to use to get started.
How to start with making money as an affiliate with your Pinterest board
If you are new to affiliate marketing, you might think it’s a new trendy ways people are making money online, but the truth is, affiliate marketing is almost as old as the internet itself. Basically, what you do is recommend/sell products to a passionate market, and when they buy, you get a commission from the sale.
Is this an easy way to make money?
Yes it is.
…and how do I find trustworthy affiliate program to join?
Join an Affiliate Program
Joining an affiliate marketing program is very easy. All you will need is just look for one that sell what your audience will crave for. You can pitch digital or physical goods. Whichever suits you most among the two options can make you money. This is the reason you are building targeted niche audience in the first place.
Here are some few tips to clutch on when looking for the right affiliate program to join.
Reputation of Network
Many affiliate marketers have been cheated from their commission all because they did not do a diligent research before joining the network. This is one reason why many people have mixed reaction when asked about their affiliate marketing experience. If you want to be on a safer side and enjoy you’re hard earned money, find a reputable affiliate program to join. There are lots of them around.
You’ll be surprised at what percentage you earn for every product you sell. Find affiliate programs that have very enticing commission payouts. For instance, while some program might pay a 20% commission on a particular 'solution product' other affiliate programs might pay more for same product. So you need to research for the best paying affiliate programs to join.
This is also very important when trying to sign up with any affiliate program. The cookie length determines the time period you sent a customer to the merchant’s site and the time of purchase from the merchant.
Standard cookie length to look out for should be between 30 - 90 days.
What other thing will I need to start monetizing my pin boards?
Now that you have joined a reputable affiliate program, you need to look for a successful method to get your 'affiliate products' to where your passionate audience will see it.
Two ways to achieve this; remember that how much you make is determined by any of these options you choose.
First option is to send your visitors directly to your merchant site and hope he/she will buy the product before the cookie length expires. One great way to do this is add your affiliate link to your pin image and drive traffic to the merchant’s site. If you have huge audience, this might be a great way to earn some passive income almost daily.
Another option, which I recommend is to create a website that relates to what your pin board is all about. For instance, you can build Pinterest audience on a weight loss product with Pins of beautiful looking models or before and after review photos.
This is in fact, the best way to go if you want to have a consistent money making pin board. With this method, you send your Pinterest traffic to your website so you can pre warm them for your offer. You can buy a domain and hosting and find someone on fiverr to create an affiliate niche website with the necessary pages and images to make your website stand out.
And if you are on tight budget, you can opt for free blogger or WordPress account to get started. Whichever way you want to go, make sure you have an opt in form waiting for your visitors.
What’s An Opt-in Form?
An opt-in form helps you to collect details from people visiting your website in response to your giving them a product or services and authorizing to contact them for further information
So register for an opt in form provider and set it up on your website, you can as well ask your website developer to help you install the optin form. Also there are several WordPress plugins you can install to create your opt in forms.
At this stage we are 100% primed to start making money from our Pinterest board followers. As a recap we already have:
- A Pinterest account
- A sizeable ‘targeted’ followers
- A website/Lander
- An opt in form (Aweber, Getresponse, mail chimp etc)
How to put everything together to make money
This is the interesting part of it all. If you do it right, you won’t have problems making additional income. But then this guide is here to teach you how to do it correctly.
The goal of this method is to drive traffic from our Pinterest boards to our opt-in form so that we can repeatedly pitch our affiliate product to them. Although, Pinterest will not allow an opt in form directly on our pin boards, you can encourage people to click your description link and get them to opt in to your mailing list.
How to start channeling Pinterest traffic to your mailing list
Pin an interesting image that will prompt your followers to subscribe. If you have a well-designed and good looking landing page (website) you can screenshot it and turn it into an image. Pin it on your board with a link taking them directly to the optin in page. Give useful information why they will need to subscribe to your list in your description. This will make people who are following you know the precise website to go when looking for related information.
Another great way to drive people to your website and make them sign up is when you offer to give an incentive for signups. Make sure the image you use to convey the incentive is attractive and eye-catching. Your incentive can be a eBook, free video course etc.
The good thing about this method is that you can repeatedly switch from one product to the next every time you feel you need to, because you have real people in your mailing list who are passionate about what you are offering.
Making money with your Pinterest as an affiliate marketer is not as difficult as many people want you to believe. If you have an account with sizeable followers, and who are very passionate about their interest, you can start making money from your boards. Just make sure you have a website ready (either free or paid) where you can drive your targeted traffic to and also a web form (opt in form) so you can easily collect your visitors emails and have your product description and warm up messages sent to them repeatedly. In fact, you can switch from one product to a better one in your warm up messages if you think it’s necessary.