No wonder Pinterest has become one of the most influential forces in today’s social media platforms. With Pinterest’s smart feed algorithm and its search engine capabilities, the potential connection for those purchasing a product/service and those selling it is limitless.
Affiliate marketing has never been more promising. Last year Pinterest decided to reallow the use of affiliate links within pins, yay!
Today, I will be sharing with you my easy to remember Pinterest affiliate marketing strategy (A.C.T), and will walk you step-by-step on how you can implement it and make money fast.
We will cover affiliate marketing as a whole and what I consider to be the best approach to choosing your affiliates. We will also talk about a few tips and strategies, best practices, and the law.
*This post contains some affiliate links. Click for more info.
The A.C.T Method works best for bloggers, entrepreneurs, and small business owner who currently own and run their own blog/ website. If you don’t have a blog, and are interested in starting one, I wholeheartedly recommend “Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook/ ecourse” by Abby Lawson.
Another amazing resource to helping you start from scratch is Blog by Number- How to Start a MomBlog. In one year this mama was able to grow her blog from $0 to over $11,000 per month. From deciding your niche to monetizing your blog, she covers it all in this 143 page gem .This is seriously the most info packed eBook I’ve come across that I consider to be wayyy under-priced. Once you visit the sales page you’ll see what I mean. You get so much value and pay less that a dinner for two.
So, what is affiliate marketing?
Simply put, affiliate marketing is the process by which someone earns a commission by selling someone else’s product/ services.
Fairly simple right? For example…
You enroll in Amazon’s affiliate program. You choose an Amazon product you want to sell on your site. Amazon will provide you with a specific link for that item which you’ll then embed on your post/ website. Someone then comes along and clicks on your link to purchase the product and BOOM! Money. You receive a percentage of that sale (commission).
Now that we know affiliate marketing… this brings us to letter “A” of the A.C.T Method.
Find affiliates that make sense to your brand and your audience. Make a list of reputable affiliate programs that will not only offer you a good commission, but that you know the product or service well enough before recommending it to your readers. Make a list of the products and services you already use and check if they offer an affiliate program.
I prefer to use learning material and services I currently use myself to use as affiliates.
You can join any affiliate program as a new blogger, for example Google Adsense or Amazon affiliates. Amazon pays 6% commission and Google ads pay cents per click.
Bombarding my readers with ads and compromising their experience when they come to my blog is not worth it to me.
As my blog and business grow I have to invest in tools and services that can help me manage and optimize those big changes. So, why not promote them and ultimately make my money back on my initial investment and thereafter make a passive income for months and years to come by implementing affiliate marketing strategies.
Now, if you blog as a hobby, then maybe this isn’t for you… But, if your blog IS your business or at least you want it to be soon, then you need to invest in tools and services that can take you there.
SO, how does it all work together?
When I first started blogging, I knew nothing about it. I am a nurse, who become a stay-a-home mom after my second child was born.
I knew that I had to supplement the money that I used to make as a nurse, doing something at home, but what?!?!
That’s when I came across Abby Lawson’s book “Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook/ eCourse“. I spent hours on end reading articles and other blogs about how to start blogging, but all the ideas were all over the place and the “step by step” process of it all was missing… it was so confusing.
With Abby’s eBook/ eCourse I was able to start from selecting a hosting company all the way to how to pitch to big companies for promotional and Sponsor opportunities. She covers the whole spectrum in between. It was definitely a one stop shop to get me started and saved me a lot of valuable time. Well the girl doesn’t make over $50,000+ a month for nothing. Haha!
So what’s the moral of the story?
I found a product that helped me enormously, I bought it, helped me grow my business, became an affiliate, and since then I’ve made my money back (and then some) by recommending it to the readers that trust my judgement and recommendation.
I don’t have to shove anyone a product down their throat that I am affiliates with just to make two cents, without even knowing if the product is worth it.
Instead, I’m recommending a product that I love, that I have used, and that I know works…. AND what’s more I get 40% commission for each sale… yup! 40%!
The rule also applies for services you use on a daily basis to optimize your business… I recently started using Convertkit (email marketing company) and OptinMonster (lead-magnet/ pop-ups/ and opt-ins design) together.
With their incredible tools along with a rock solid freebie that I created, I was able to get 37 subscribers in less that 48 hours, and 117 in the first 2 weeks!
I signed up for their affiliate programs and I am proud to recommend and stand behind them because I use them myself and I can show proof they work by sharing my stats with anyone that’s interested.
Same applies to Tailwind (my Pinterest scheduler). Two weeks in I went from having 3,000 impressions on Pinterest to having 30,000 in only 2 weeks! In 6 weeks I was up 60,000 views.
AND THE BEST PART… you are making money by recommending products you love, you use, and that have helped you learn and grow your business. In other words you are getting payed to learn and make your blog/ business thrive.
The one that I am most exited about is BookBoss which I just recently purchased.
BookBoss is an eCourse by Abby Lawson about everything you need to know about writing, formatting, promoting, copyrighting, launching, selling, and making maximum profit on your eBook, all in a 90 day plan. She has now sold over 10,000 copies of her “Building a Framework” eBook .. she must know a thing or two about launching a successful eBook 🙂
Instead of an expense, it’s an investment because you learn powerful information about how to make and sell a successful and powerful eBook, AND then you can sign up for their affiliate program and make your money back, and then some! They offer 40% commission.
My favorite affiliate program however, is Ultimate Bundles. Here is why…
The Ultimate Bundles Team puts together a HUGE bundle of eBooks and eCourses for a specific subject (Blogging, Parenting, Health, etc.) and then sells that bundle at an enormous discount, usually 90-95% OFF its original price!!!
Not only will you receive 40% commission for every bundle you sell, BUT what’s more you also receive 40% off if you choose to buy it for yourself. BUT WAIT, there’s more… if you sell 5 or more of a particular bundle you get that bundle for FREE (if you already purchased it, they will refund you).
In addition, once you become an affiliate you will have access to their “affiliate center” where you will have access to your affiliate links, upcoming bundle calendar, banners, and ongoing FREE affiliate marketing training.
Check out these two Bundles so you can see it for yourself:
Shareasale (an affiliate marketing network) is another great option. You can create a FREE account and join over 4,000 popular companies offering their affiliate programs. Some of the affiliates listed in this post are hosted by Shareasale, which means you would have to create a FREE account with them either way.
They work with very popular brands such as Wayfair, Gymboree, Zulily, Shutterfly, Sears, etc. Whatever your niche, Shareasale has plenty to choose from and you don’t pay a penny.
For a list of 15 affiliates I love and use along with their commission percentages click here.
1. Find services and products you can use to take your blog/business to the next level. Get a list of 15 affiliate programs here.
2. Enroll in their affiliate program.
3. Recommend it to your readers because you KNOW they are fantastic services and the proof is in the pudding (or in your stats, 😆).
That brings us to letter “C”.
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It is no surprise to anyone already using Pinterest that the way through a reader’s eye, is mostly through graphic design.
No need to be a graphic designer to get this part of the method correct. In fact, there are a few programs in place that make it so easy a 5-year-old can do it (no offense to five-year olds, haha).
I personally use Canva the most. The FREE version provides you with all the useful tools you need to create customization and stunning images.
It already comes with preset templates and measurements for any social media platform and you can choose from hundreds of preset designs. All you would have to do is customize the text, and done.
However, it’s a good strategy to find your own voice and your own unique style that reflects your brand, and that helps you stand out in the Pinterest pin pool.
You can also use Photoshop by Adobe Creative Cloud. I use this graphic design tool for more advanced options such as 3D and textured layers.
Here are some general guidelines when it comes to using Canva and making great pins:
1. Use high quality photos as the background. IF you decide to include an image in your pin, make sure it’s high quality. For good quality photos you can use FREE stock photos from places like Canva, Pixabay, and/or Upsplash. However, if you really want to take it to the next level you can create a FREE account with Creative Market and get 6 FREE goodies a week.
Creative Market is an online marketplace for community-generated design assets. “The company sells graphics, WordPress themes, stock photography, media kits, and other digital goods for use by web creatives” – Wikipedia. It is my new addiction and I can’t get enough. When you have time take a look around so you can see all of the amazing products they carry.
Most of my pins have a beautiful background stock image from a “15 Free Stock image bundle” I downloaded.
2. Try to stick to 3 fonts and 3 colors when designing your pins. As I mentioned earlier, branding and cohesiveness work in your favor.
3. Don’t forget to name your pin. As simple as this step sounds, it will save you a few headaches later. If the images aren’t named they will take the place of “image.png”, “image(1).png”, “image(2).png”. When you are ready to upload it to your website, you will go crazy trying out find what you are looking for.
4. Save your images as “PNG”. Although “JPG” is totally acceptable, Canva recommends the image be saved as “PNG”, and so I do.
You did it! You made a gorgeous worthy image ready pin for the world to see. So now, we are going to need serious help in getting the word out about it. That’s where letter “T” comes in.
Tailwind my friend, is the secret ingredient!
Tailwind is a Pinterest (and Instagram) scheduler which allows for automatic pin scheduling throughout the day (or weeks), depending on how far ahead you want to schedule them. Tailwind’s detailed analytics allow for smarter pinning, and using their recommended “pinning time slots”, based on your daily peak traffic, is simply genius.
You can also create or join Tailwind “Tribes”. With this tool you are able to add your pins into a specific “Tribe” where others share and re-pin related content to their own audience. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Having my affiliate pins circulate Pinterest at optimal times a day without having to do much on my end is a game changer.
Initially, I signed up for their FREE 1 month/ 100 pins trial and that was it, I couldn’t live without it… haha. I used up my free pins that first week. After seeing incredible results using this tool, I opted to go with their paid annual package of unlimited pinning and saved $6 a month. If you want to give Tailwind a go for FREE you can do so here.
Once you have Tailwind (and believe me you’ll need it for this next step), you what to join Pinterest Group Boards.
Pinterest group boards are created by any given person who chooses to have others collaborate on that particular board with a specific topic (blogging, travel, fashion, cooking, parenting, an so on).
Pinterest Group boards give your pins exposure and have the potential to reach thousands of people at any given time.
To join a group board, read the board’s description and follow the instructions provided to request an invite to that group.
Two of my groups are currently accepting new contributors:
Blogging Love– This is for all things blogging (tips, strategies, social media, email marketing, branding, etc.).
Bloggers Love– This one is for bloggers of ALL niches to share their latest blog posts.
To request an invite:
- Follow me on Pinteret first (so that I can find you).
- Email me at contactloveandpaperflowers(at)gmail(dot).com- Include your Pinterest email and the group/s you would like to be a part of.
** For 10 more Pinterest group boards you can join for bloggers of ALL niches, click here.
Now schedule your pins with Tailwind to as many group boards as you want.
Things to consider:
Pinterest doesn’t like spam, so don’t over do it! Your followers, your group board members, and Pinterest will like you more if you aren’t annoying about your affiliate pins.
Don’t forget to include affiliate link disclosures on the pin’s description.
Read Pinterest “Terms of Service” for a better understanding of their policies.
Join Group boards where you can share your pins. Remember to check the boards description. It will tell you about the group’s rules and how to request an invite. Read the group board’s description carefully and make sure you abide by the rules. Also make sure affiliate links aren’t prohibited. For 1o Pinterest Groups you can join right now no matter your niche, and without affiliate links restrictions as of this writing, click here.Make money on autopilot by using Pinterest, learn how...Click To Tweet
I know it is a LOT of information, especially if you are new to Pinterest affiliate marketing or even affiliate marketing as a whole.
No worries my friend….
I have compiled a FREE step-step checklist to help you along the process I just covered, PLUS:
- Other tips and strategies I didn’t get to cover in this post.
- A list of 15 of my favorite affiliate programs and their commission payout.
- 10 Pinterest groups you can join today no matter your niche to help you start promoting your affiliate pins.
Get your step-by-step checklist and the bonuses here.
Happy and profitable pinning my friend,