Allow your addiction to pinning be a benefit to your wallet..and no, writing a blog isn’t necessary. You just have to start posting links.
My blog is extremely important to me, because…I mean, it allows me to have a voice. But it’s not easy! Plus, earning money with it takes time that most people don’t have, and a crazy amount of experience. If you’re blogging then you’re constantly writing, reaching out to your audience, marketing your material, learning more about developing a website than you ever had the desire to and handling Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, etc. Developing all of this is only for a select few.
You can bank it without a blog, though.
So, ya wanna know more?
*This post may contain affiliate links for products I love, so if you make a purchase through one of these, I’ll earn a commission at no extra cost to you. For my full disclaimer, please click here.
What does posting links consist of?
Posting links is something you can do as an affiliate for companies to try to help them get their merchandise sold, then you make money if someone buys it from the links you post (this can vary). In my blog, I’ll regularly use these links – check out one of my gift guides to see what I mean. All the items I post are part of my marketing as an affiliate, so I can earn money when someone wants to take a closer look at one of the products.
Posting links can help a new blogger out quite a bit. However, most people don’t realize that they can also earn money and still remain blissfully ignorant on blogging!
What’s pinning got to do with it?
You can pin while also posting links. No blogging necessary. To clarify, you’re able to pin products that millions of other people on Pinterest might see. And it doesn’t cost you a thing!
It’s highly unlikely that you’ve never seen someone post their personal links, whether you knew it or not. Like this one.
When someone chooses to look more into this product, they’ll get taken to the company’s website while the person responsible for posting it earns money. There are merchants who pay you for someone simply clicking on the link, and then there’s those who pay you once a purchase is made.
One of the programs I use is ShareASale, who’s the go-between for me and the merchant. Their agreement is with tons of different places like PangeaBed, so they can bring more of an audience to their websites. You do have to ask to join the merchant’s affiliate program first. Usually you earn money when a purchase happens. ShareASale was the first program I began with and I still use it the most.
How does Amazon Associates work?
This is a well-known program that I use as well. Amazon does have different requirements however, so you want to make sure that you always read their policies.
An important part of affiliate marketing that you’ll want to learn more about is the cookies. It’s a web tracker and how you’ll receive compensation for any clicks on your links.
Want to begin?
First, you’ll want to make sure you have a business account on Pinterest. It doesn’t cost anything but it DOES allow you to get a good idea of what your followers are looking at the most. Get more information about setting up a business account here.
Then, become an affiliate marketer through ShareASale. Find a sponsor for your website. Get paid for your great content. If you don’t have a blog, use your URL for Pinterest in the place asking for your website.
Next, find merchants with content that goes well with your website or your Pinterest boards.
Finally, post links to your website or your Pinterest account and always include a disclosure that you’re sharing as an affiliate.
Can you really earn anything by doing it?
Obviously you can, yet it’s hardly simple. If you don’t want to tank then listen to this advice.
– Don’t just post when you feel like it. You can’t be successful at this if that’s how you’re going to operate. Some people even get a scheduler for their pins to post when they’re too busy to do it themselves. Learn the best practices of posting links and don’t only use your posts on your boards; use other people’s pins, too.
– Put a good description with a smart pin. The best ones are typically vertical rather than horizontal.
– Don’t freak out. This will take a little while and you’re not going to be a success overnight. Don’t forget that the typical turnaround time for links to take off is 2-3 months.