Before we move into any details, I want to answer some common questions about affiliate marketing on Pinterest.
People often ask me: “Can I make money on Pinterest with affiliate links if I don’t have any website?”, “Are you even allowed to use direct affiliate links on Pinterest?”, “How do you do the affiliate disclosure to be safe?”, “What are the best affiliate programs for Pinterest?”
In this post, I will show you what you should do with affiliate links to increase your affiliate income with Pinterest free traffic.
Can You Make Money With Affiliate Links On Pinterest?
In theory, you can make money with affiliate links because your links will go directly to the site of the product you are trying to sell as an affiliate.
But in reality, you will find out that most of the affiliate programs will require a website upon registration. You will be filling out applications to join any affiliate program or network, and on most of them, you will have to provide a website. Some networks probably will allow you to add links to your social media profiles, and in this case, Pinterest would work perhaps. But just be prepared that most of the affiliate programs will require a site.
Another thing you need to check out as soon as you join any affiliate program is whether or not they allow using direct links from social media.
For example, I’m showing you one of the affiliate networks – it’s called ShareaSale. It has products from many different niches.
If you don’t know where to start and how to find great affiliate offers, you could start here on Shareasale – it’s a really big network that you will most probably find something for your audience and for your niche.
Once you are accepted to the ShareaSale network, you will have to apply for each individual affiliate program separately. This means you don’t have access to all of them by default just by joining.
So before applying you can open each specific program and read their Terms and Conditions. Some of the programs will specifically focus on affiliate links in social media. But I have to warn you that not all the programs even mention this rule.
For example, for this particular product in their ToS they say clearly:
“SOCIAL MEDIA Promotion on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms is permitted following these general guidelines: (a) You ARE allowed to promote offers to your own lists; more specifically, you’re welcome to use your affiliate links on your own Facebook, Twitter, etc. pages. For example: You may post, “Try PicMonkey for all of your photo editing and graphical needs.”
How To Create A Pin With A Direct Affiliate Link
To give you an idea on how to create a pin with a direct affiliate link, I will keep showing you an example using Shareasale.
So we are going to upload the pin image on Pinterest, add the pin title and pin description with all the keywords we are trying to target with this pin, and with relevant hashtags. And one of the hashtags should be #affiliate.
You can also use the hashtag #sponsored or #ad – this is for disclosure because Pinterest is following the FTC guidelines and it’s a common practice on the internet that you have to make a disclosure.
I don’t recommend placing keywords mindlessly – you have to actually do keyword research and add all the keywords related to the product you are advertising. Otherwise, your pin has very little chance to generate a lot of clicks.
If you want to learn how to do keyword research on Pinterest, here is a video I made:
I also have the Pinterest SEO Traffic Secrets course for those of you who want to dive really deep into all the rules of search engine optimization for Pinterest platform. These strategies will help you grow organic traffic – meaning, you will do the work but you don’t need any ad budget for this traffic.
So to finish the creation of your pin, you have to place the destination link. In this case, it will be an affiliate direct link to the product.
All you have to do is go back to Shareasale, and among the other links to the product, you will check the default text link. Get the HTML code and select URL only, and you can now place it in your destination link.
To save the pin, ideally, you will have to create or already have a board with the keyword you are targeting.
This was one way of using Pinterest for affiliate marketing. And another way that could work even better, in my opinion, is by adding your affiliate links on your website or blog.
An example of such a post would be: Best Gifts for Mother’s Day.
In a blog post, you create a collection of great gift ideas and explain why each of these gifts is so amazing. This provides additional value and builds trust, so people read your post and really feel they should buy that gift.
The same applies to products is Picmonkey from my previous example. If I just send them directly to Pincomkey’s landing page, they might get interested but since they don’t know how to use the tool, they will just leave the site without buying.
However, if you send them to your blog where you explain how to use Picmonkey and why the tool is so great, you are adding value and building trust – and conversions are higher if you use this method.
But of course, it requires more work from you, so you could actually try both and see what works best for each specific product or offer. I’m sure that depending on the product price, it can be easier or harder to sell with direct affiliate links. It depends on the niche and on the types of products that you are promoting with your affiliate links.
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