Making Money With Pinterest

Making Money With Pinterest

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making money with pinterestSocial media is quite popular these days, and several billion people are members of Facebook.  There are lots of articles and even books about how to make money with Facebook, but today, I’m going to talk about how to make money with Pinterest.

Pinterest is essentially a site where you post images, just as you might on Instagram. These images are known as “pins,” and people usually create “boards” of related pins that they’ve uploaded to the site.

While Pinterest is considered a social media platform, where you can post images, share images, and comment on images, the site also provides some opportunities for the clever marketer to make money.

The site has millions of members, so there’s a lot of traffic there.  If you can attract people to your pins, you can get them to your Website and from there you can make money.

Read on for more about how to make money with Pinterest.

Pinterest Overview

It’s free to join Pinterest and it just takes a minute to sign up.  You’ll need an email address and a password.

When you first log in to the site (it’s free to join) you’ll be asked about your interests and from that point on, every time you log in you’ll see images that are related to your interests.

If you create a board with photos of poodles, you’ll likely see lots of poodle photos, or at least photos of dogs.

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People create boards on all manner of topics, and you can follow boards that have images that you like so you’ll easily see what’s available when the board creator updates their images.

It’s a fun site, regardless of what interests you may have, and you’ll always find interesting photos there.

How to Make Money With Pinterest

retail sales through pinterestBut how can you make money with Pinterest?  It’s just a photo site.

True, the site is largely about posting photos.  But there are some things you can do to make it possible to turn those photos into cash.

You upload photos by clicking the “create pin” button in the top right hand corner of your screen.  That loads a new window where you can drag images to upload them.

You can also give your image a title, a short description, and you can also add hashtags as you might do on Twitter, such as #poodles.  That can help people find your images when they do a search.

Even better – you’ll have the opportunity to add a link so that when someone clicks on the image, they’ll be taken wherever the link goes.

That is where the opportunity to make money with Pinterest comes in.  You just need to find a way to make money, find photos that are related to that, and then upload the photos and add links to them.

Here are some examples of how you can make money from Pinterest:

Direct Retail

I have a Website where I sell unique, one-of-a-kind physical products.  I have a site and a store, and every product has its own page.

I’ve created a board on my Pinterest account where I’ve uploaded images of those one of a kind products.

I added a description, some hashtags, and a link from the photo of that item to the page in my store where that item is for sale.

If people see the item, and click on the link, they’ll be in a position to buy the item.

This method works well for any kind of physical product and is especially good for crafts, jewelry, or an other homemade product, such as the sorts of things you’d see for sale on Etsy.

It’s also good for downloadable products.  Written a good ebook?  Created a video series with compelling content?  You

Affiliate Marketing

affiliate marketingA similar approach can be taken if you’re engaged in affiliate marketing through sites such as Clickbank, or Amazon, or JVZoo.

Create a Website or blog with a page devoted to a product that you’re promoting.  Perhaps it’s a review site where you recommend that people buy the product.

You can upload an engaging photo that’s related to the product and provide a link to the page on your Website where you review it.

If someone clicks on your pin, visits the site and then clicks through to the vendor’s site to buy the product, you’ll receive a commission.

Some companies will even allow you to link directly to their product page from Pinterest, allowing you to bypass having a site of your own.  That’s a simpler process; when someone clicks on your Pinterest image, they’ll be taken directly to the site where they can buy the product.

Keep in mind that many companies do not allow direct linking, so be sure to read the terms of service carefully if you plan on direct linking.

Most of the time, it’s best to link to your own Website.  That way, you can describe the product in detail and “pre-sell” it to your customer by talking about its virtues and benefits.

A related way to make money through affiliate marketing is to use Pinterest to help you create a mailing list.

If you have a free book or some other giveaway item that you’re offering in exchange for a visitor’s email address, you can post an image of that book on Pinterest and then link to the site where they sign up to receive it.

Sponsored Pins

get paid with sponsored pinsIf you develop a large number of followers and get a lot of traffic to your pins, it might be possible for you to offer “sponsored pins.”

This way, companies may offer to pay you to write blog posts on your site.  You can link to them from your pins on Pinterest.  In some cases, they may be willing to pay you for the pins themselves, in which case you can link directly to their Websites via your pins.

Become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant.

Some companies want a presence on Pinterest but don’t have the time to deal with it.  They might be willing to pay you to do the work for them by posting their pins to their account.

You can find work of this type through Upwork.com, PeoplePerHour.com or even Fiverr.

Making Money With Pinterest Conclusion

If you think about it, there are lots of ways to make money with Pinterest.  While the site is about posting images, or “pins,” it’s also a great way to draw traffic to your Website.

It might take a while to develop a large following, but if you do, you can easily turn that following into cash through direct sales or affiliate marketing.

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