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How to make money on Pinterest
Can you really make money on Pinterest? 😮
You were probably searching for how to get paid using Pinterest or how to make money on Pinterest, weren’t you?
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of bloggers and online influencers harp on this a lot! Like me, you probably ignored the idea because you didn’t think it would be possible to make money on Pinterest.
I don’t blame you for being skeptical because I was too.
When I first used Pinterest to pin my favorite home décor and DIY crafts to my boards, I had no idea that you could make money on Pinterest. The thought never crossed my mind because I was just a normal user looking for something beautiful, relevant, helpful, and inspiring.
Where else would I have gotten the idea to upcycle this old piece of furniture for a profit?
Beyond all of what I just said, I soon learned that Pinterest is a search engine (NOT a social media) where users look for inspiration and solutions to their problems. This is where making money on Pinterest becomes possible for you!
This post is long and detailed. Don’t forget to pin this for later!
How much money can you make on Pinterest?
How would you react if I told you that you could make $20, $50, $100, or even more than $200 per day on Pinterest?
And nope, these side hustle ideas don’t require experience at all.
I personally started with absolutely no experience but eventually learned how to use Pinterest during my spare time to make money online!
Overall, how would that extra cash help you? Would it help you pay off some debt, stop living paycheck to paycheck, or put a bit extra towards your vacation savings fund?
I know some peeps like making quick and easy money with the best survey sites like Survey Junkie because it’s fast and completely free to use. I personally like it too for the extra $20 to $50 a month!
But the money you earn with these top online survey sites is nowhere near the potential you can make with Pinterest!
Wherever your imagination takes you, I’m here to tell you that making money with Pinterest is possible!
Step by step guide: how to make money on Pinterest
There are two popular ways to make money on Pinterest.
One way is to start a blog (my top recommendation), and the other doesn’t require a blog, which I talk more about later on. In either case, you don’t need any experience to start!
I, myself, started with NO experience and was able to eventually make over $5,000 per month at my own pace within the first year (I will mention later that I struggled for many months before making my first $1,000).
UPDATE: Though earnings are volatile, it completely blows my mind that I am making $7,000 to $10,000 each month just by driving traffic to my blog via Pinterest! 😲
And trust me, I’m not special in any way!
In fact, I had A LOT of self-doubts because I always thought you had to be either really tech savvy or a great writer to start a blog and make money on Pinterest. But no, this is far from the truth! As long as you have very basic computer skills such as typing (which most of us do in 2019) and you have a strong willingness to learn what I’m about to say, then you are ready to start using Pinterest to your advantage.
How I make money on Pinterest with a blog
Just like you, I always thought I’d be working the traditional 9-5 job for the rest of my life!
It wasn’t until I discovered that bloggers were making extra money or earning a full-time income with Pinterest that led me to try this out myself.
Here I am… writing about my own personal experience on how I make money on Pinterest in less than a year!
To be totally transparent, I struggled for many months and learned a ton before making my first $1,000.
I only tell you this because I don’t want you to think this is some sleazy “get rich quick” scheme. It will require work and effort, but your earnings potential will be unlimited!
I know you’re super excited about this opportunity!
So, let’s take a look at how you can start making money on Pinterest by starting your own blog. This is one of the best and most rewarding options in my honest opinion!
1. Start a blog for really cheap.
I highly recommend starting a self-hosted blog with THIS web hosting company before you learn how to make money on Pinterest.
It is really cheap to get started and their 24/7 customer support is phenomenal! I personally use them and would hands-down recommend it to anyone who is a beginner!
I know you might be thinking of starting a blog for free on WordPress.com or Blogger. But DO NOT go that route!
It would be near impossible to make money when you sign up for a free blog because no one will take you seriously.
On top of that, applying to ad networks and affiliate programs will be extremely tough. So believe me, you will want to start your blog the correct way by following my easy step-by-step tutorial here. You will thank yourself for doing this!
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2. Write relevant and helpful content.
Now that you’ve started a blog, write 5-10 epic posts related to your niche that will solve your readers’ problems.
Before you start writing, take a step back and figure out who your target audience is.
I always recommend choosing something you enjoy talking about.
Don’t choose a topic just because you think it will make money. Sure, it may work out, but can you really keep writing about something you don’t have a genuine interest in?
The last thing you want is your blog to feel like a chore.
This diagram will help you determine what you can write about while solving your readers’ problems.
– Passion: I’m not going to tell you to quit your job and chase your passions without any financial support. But what would you do with your life if you were financially independent? I know this is tough to answer, so this free personality test is amazing and can help you figure it out as long as you answer truthfully!
– Skills: What are you good at? What do you usually get compliments on?
– Market demand: What are people searching A LOT for on Google and Pinterest? I recommend using SEMrush for some guidance. Billions of people out there want answers and solutions to their problems!
Remember that readers need your help with something. Most of them aren’t here to read about your problems. When they land on your page, they will subconsciously ask:
“What’s in it for me?”
Your ideal spot is to hit all these 3 elements (passion, skills, and market demand)!
I know it’s easier said than done, but if you really put the time and effort into figuring this out, you will be rewarded!
💡PRO TIP: You don’t have to be an expert in your field to be considered skilled. For example, you could document your learning journey and teach others your mistakes and what you’ve learned. Lessons add a ton of value to your readers (as long as it’s what people are searching for A LOT)!
3. Set up a Pinterest account.
Start your Pinterest journey by signing up for a business Pinterest account. This is 100% free to sign up for and use.
Once that’s done, follow the instructions here to claim your website on Pinterest. Trust me, it’s idiot-proof. They make it fast and easy to follow their step-by-step instructions!
💡PRO TIP: Make sure to include relevant keywords in your profile bio. This will allow users to find you more easily.
4. Create Pinterest boards and pins.
Now you can start creating boards and making pins for your Pinterest account. I recommend using Canva to make pins when you’re a beginner. The service is free and easy to use.
Like your bio description from step #3, make sure to sprinkle relevant keywords into your personal boards and pin descriptions. By the way, when I say “sprinkle” I don’t mean keyword stuffing! In the past, I’ve made the mistake of stuffing keywords in my pins. It’s no wonder why I wasn’t getting any traffic when I first started. Without any traffic to my blog, there was no way for me to make money on Pinterest, so don’t make the same mistake!
Example of keyword stuffing that you should try to avoid:
Example of a conversational description that sprinkles targeted and relevant keywords:
5. Join group boards and make new personal boards every month.
When you read other bloggers’ posts on how they increased their Pinterest traffic by over 1,500% and made money on Pinterest, they will harp a lot on joining group boards. You’ll hear:
“GROUP BOARDS!! YOU NEED TO JOIN A LOT OF GROUP BOARDS TO EXPLODE YOUR PINTEREST TRAFFIC!!”
I assume these posts haven’t been updated after Pinterest made changes earlier this year in 2018.
Though I still recommend joining group boards that are relevant to your niche, I’ve heard from established bloggers that Pinterest has shifted their focus to personal boards. In addition to that, Pinterest favors smaller group boards (relevant to your niche) with fewer contributors.
With that said, focus on making new personal boards while joining some high-quality group boards with fewer contributors.
💡PRO TIP: Another alternative to joining group boards is to start using Tailwind Tribes. This will allow you to upload your pins to each tribe (like a group board) where members will share them. Aside from the Tribes feature, I also use Tailwind to schedule my pins to both group boards and my own personal boards. Since using Tailwind, my traffic increased from 500 to over 1,500 daily page views (sometimes hitting as high as 4,000 per day)!
If you want a detailed guide (from the beginning to end) on how to use Pinterest (so that you can start making money), I highly recommend Ana’s e-book, Making Pinterest Possible! I will explain later how her e-book has helped me make money on Pinterest!
How to make money on Pinterest with a blog
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for!
You are now ready to learn how to make money on Pinterest after you’ve mastered the following:
– wrote 5-10 epic blog articles related to your niche that is inspiring and/or solves a problem.
– signed up for a Pinterest business account and verified your domain.
– created eye-catching pins with clickable images and titles.
– joined a minimum of 10 group boards and made 10 personal boards related to your niche.
– optimized your bio profile, boards, and pins by sprinkling relevant keywords throughout.
Here are 2 ways you can start making money on Pinterest after having your blog and Pinterest account set up!
1. Drive traffic to your blog.
Pinterest traffic is honestly a new blogger’s BFF! When you have a new blog or website, I recommend focusing your efforts on Pinterest! It’s definitely a lot easier to get traffic from Pinterest than Google when your website is new.
When Pinterest is used correctly and consistently, you can drive a lot of traffic to your blog and make money through display advertising.
Again, you need to write blog posts that are helpful to your readers!
Depending on how many ads you put and which ad network you’re with, you can potentially make between $6 to $20 per 1,000 page views each day.
How to make money on Pinterest with Adsense:
Yes, you can make money with Pinterest by displaying ads on your blog with Google Adsense.
When you’re a brand new blogger, I recommend applying to Google Adsense because they do not require you to have a minimum amount of page views. However, they are not the best way to make money since they pay you very little. I used to be with Google Adsense and made roughly $50 to $200 per month with 10,000 to 40,000 monthly page views. Don’t get me wrong, I was still happy as a new blogger (I am still new and learning). But we all have to start somewhere!
Here are other ad networks you can apply to when you’re a new blogger:
MyFinance (great for bloggers in the personal finance and money niche)
Display ads with Mediavine:
I recently switched from Google Adsense to Mediavine after hitting 25,000 monthly sessions back in July. It takes 3-4 weeks to make the switch. Mediavine requires your blog to be at least 3-4 months old with a minimum of 25,000 monthly sessions (~$30,000 page views). I definitely saw a HUGE improvement in ad earnings once I made the switch from Google Adsense to Mediavine!
See below for my results…
Before: Google Adsense
I used to make on average $5 to $10 per day from ~1,800 daily page views.
I officially became a member of Mediavine on August 17, 2018. As you can see below, I was able to make $348.39 in 9 days (August 17 to August 25)!
In a day with 1,800 page views, I would make ~$25 per day with Mediavine. There was even one time where I made $71 in a day when I reached 4,000 daily page views!
My earnings improved by 300% because I was able to drive traffic to my blog by using Pinterest!
🌟 UPDATE: Monthly earnings are volatile, but it surprises me that I make over $1,000 per month just with display advertising alone. It doesn’t even include the other ways I make money with my blog. This e-book I talk more about in the next section has been a total game changer to my Pinterest traffic! ❤️
Making Pinterest VERY Possible!
To be very honest, I was able to increase my traffic on Pinterest all because of Ana’s affordable e-book, Making Pinterest Possible. After two to three months of following EXACTLY everything from her e-book (YES, it will take some time), I went from ~18,000 over 40,000 monthly page views (with this month at over 70,000 page views)!
I gave in and purchased Ana’s e-book by fluke (because I saw her e-mail) and after implementing these Pinterest strategies, I was able to apply for Mediavine and increase my ad revenue by over 300%! In other words, I went from making ~$6 per day (Google Adsense) to ~$25 per day (Mediavine).
When stated in terms of months, that’s $180 per month (Google Adsense) vs. $750 per month (Mediavine).
With that said, you can tell me whether Ana’s Making Pinterest Possible e-book is worth the small investment!
❤ Ana was nice to provide me a coupon code for my readers. For a limited time, you can use the code, TSA5OFF, towards her e-book and get $5 off when you purchase her e-book here! The price is honestly very affordable and you get a TON of value from Ana’s resource!
You can see my traffic results (from ~18,000 to 88,000 monthly page views) after implementing Ana’s secret strategies from her e-book…
💡PRICELESS TIP: Don’t be afraid to invest in the right blogging education. There’s no such thing as 100% guaranteed returns (nothing in life is guaranteed). But think about how much money you spend at concerts, going out with friends, and on the daily Starbucks lattes. What’s $35 worth to you? I’ve said this many times and I will say it again. Investing in yourself is the best investment you could ever make!
It’s not the Bitcoin, weed stock or penny stock that are the best investments…
“The best investment you can make is in yourself” — Warren Buffett, multi-billionaire investor.
My Blog Income Reports:
– February Blog Income 2019 – $7,498.94 (Why I Won’t Be Publishing Blog Income Reports Anymore)
– December 2018 – $6,840.01 (I Finally Left My Job)
– November 2018 – $5,532.13 (Happy 1 Year To My Blog)
– July 2018 (My First Blog Income Report) – $703.57 (I Struggled Many Months Before This)
On top of making money with Adsense or Mediavine, you can also make money on Pinterest using affiliate marketing.
There are two ways to doing that!
What is affiliate marketing? And how can you make money on Pinterest with affiliate marketing?
If you don’t know, affiliate marketing is just recommending products that you love and/or believe will add value to your audience. After they make a purchase through your affiliate link, you earn a small commission. In other words, you get rewarded by providing value and/or solving someone’s problem through a product or service.
First, let’s talk about how to make money on Pinterest by driving traffic to your blog posts that have affiliate links.
This first approach is my favorite way to make money because, for one, you earn from display advertising by getting traffic; and secondly, you earn from potential affiliate sales when you offer a solution to your readers’ problems.
For example, you can make and promote a pin that teaches readers how to save money on food which includes affiliate links in the post.
💡PRO TIP: Use Canva to make pretty pins that will drive massive traffic to your blog post with affiliate links. I use the free version and it’s more than enough for beginners.
Here is real proof that you can make money on Pinterest through affiliate marketing by starting a blog:
So far this month, I’ve made over $1,000 from affiliate marketing, so here I show you examples of two different affiliate networks that I’m currently with. I made money from other affiliate programs this month, but I only show these two for illustration purposes.
Once you have your blog set up with 5 to 10 posts, you can start applying to affiliate networks such as Awin and FlexOffers (shown above). After you get accepted into affiliate networks, you can start applying to a wide range of companies and promote their products and services on your blog. Again, only promote things that you genuinely believe in and will help your audience!
Learn more about affiliate marketing and how to use it the correct way by taking THIS epic e-course. The course creator consistently makes over $50,000 per MONTH from affiliate marketing and it’s the resource that I’ve been using!
How I made over $1,000 with affiliate marketing from Pinterest
To learn more about affiliate marketing and how to monetize it properly, I highly recommend this e-course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle.
When I first purchased her e-course 5 months ago, I was able to make over $400 immediately within the month after implementing a few of her strategies (I wasn’t done with the course yet). I’m still not done and I was still able to make over $1,000 this month from affiliate marketing! I’m still learning and haven’t applied all of her strategies yet, so I can’t wait to see what happens when I do!
For more information, visit Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing website here and see what her students have to say about this e-course! You will honestly be mind-blown by their results!
How to make money on Pinterest (without a blog)
Up until now, I talked about how you can make money on Pinterest with a blog.
It’s totally fine if you’re not interested in starting a blog. There are still other ways to make money with Pinterest!
Here are 3 ways to achieve this! 🙂
1. How to use affiliate marketing on Pinterest without a website or blog.
Aside from making money on Pinterest by driving traffic to your blog with affiliate links, you can also make money by inputting the affiliate link directly into your Pinterest pin. This affiliate link will lead the Pinterest user straight to the product or service.
So, yes, you can still make money with affiliate marketing on Pinterest without a blog. However, I still recommend starting one because a blog gives you so much more flexibility!
Also, beware of this approach because some companies don’t allow you to use direct affiliate links on Pinterest pins such as Amazon. So, research this before you plan to add any affiliate links to your pins that lead users directly to the product’s landing page.
I personally don’t use this method because I enjoy talking about the product on my blog where readers can get more info about it. I also feel that the blog approach converts better (that’s just my personal opinion) but things work differently for different people. I suggest you test out what works best for you! When using the direct affiliate approach, be sure to disclose your affiliate relationship by using hashtags such as #affiliate or #affiliatelink in your pin description.
2. Get paid to pin: become a virtual assistant.
Aside from driving traffic and using affiliate marketing strategies on Pinterest, you can also make money on Pinterest by becoming a Pinterest virtual assistant (VA).
Now, how does that sound? Get paid to pin on Pinterest! 🙂
Click here to find out how you can get paid to pin on Pinterest. It’s a great way to make money from home!
A lot of professional bloggers and online influencers may not have the time to set up and manage their Pinterest accounts. This is where you come in to add value to their business!
Pinterest is an extremely powerful tool that can drive traffic and generate revenue for bloggers and companies. If you’re willing to put in the effort to learn the ins and outs of the platform (or perhaps you’re already a Pinterest expert), then becoming a VA is a great option to make money with Pinterest!
Pinterest VAs can make up to $50 per hour depending on their experience. Even with NO EXPERIENCE, it’s never too late to learn how to master those skills!
🌟 Do you want to learn more? Download this FREE Pinterest VA Prep Book here to get started immediately!
3. Market your own products on Pinterest to sell.
Similar to starting an Etsy store, you can also sell your products and services on Pinterest. Here are the following items you can sell that will help you make money on Pinterest:
– home decor items
– clothing and accessories
The possibilities are endless! You can even market your consulting services on Pinterest by linking your pins back to your website.
Over to you — readers, are you ready to make money on Pinterest? With or without a blog, it’s up to you! If you’re interested in starting a profitable blog, you can feel free to check out my step-by-step instructions on how to start one!
How I make money from my blog (mostly from Pinterest):
– How I Made $2,797.64 Blogging in August 2018 (300% Increase from July 2018)!
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