So if you didn’t already know, Pinterest is a money-making machine if you know how to use it the right way. In this post, I will show you 6 different ways that you can use to make money on Pinterest so grab a cup of coffee or tea, or a mug of hot cocoa, and let’s get this show started.
Like everything else in life, you need to work hard to be successful in anything, and making money on Pinterest is no exception, the more involved you are on this platform the more money you will make it is that simple. Here is a video I made on 7 ways to make money on Pinterest.
6 Ways To Make Money On Pinterest
Pinterest is one of the best places to be right now if you own an online store, a fashion blog or you just want to promote affiliate products for a living. Your options are endless. You can watch the video below if you are a visual learner or continue reading.
1. Direct Linking
So you might have heard of people using affiliate links on Pinterest to earn commissions, well this is true, I do it too and it is one of the fastest ways to start earning on Pinterest. The concept of direct linking is simple, you sign up with an affiliate program and you add products to Pinterest and link them back to the affiliate network.
For this to work, you need to find programs that are allowed on Pinterest because not all affiliate links are allowed on Pinterest, the ones that work for me are Amazon associates, Commission Junction, Shareasale links, Envato market, and some of the links from Affiliate window.
The best way I have found that works with direct linking are by using your own images and not the images that you get off of these networks (for some niches). I use Pixabay images, which are free and I create tall pins using Canva which is also free to create my images, upload them to Pinterest and then link them back to their source.
2. Selling Your Own products
In my experience this is the best way to make money on Pinterest, yeah you may be thinking “well I don’t have any products of my own” well trust me, there are many ways to create your own products for free online and start selling them on Pinterest if I can do it, so can you.
You see, I have been promoting other people’s products on Pinterest and earning little to nothing in commissions for a while now, and for the kind of time and energy it takes to actually promote them on Pinterest and other platforms, I decided well, why don’t I just create my own product and promote it? And that is exactly what I did.
I sat back and took a deep breath, it was really scary, I don’t know jack about creating products so I started researching, researching my head and the market, what can I offer that people would want to buy? For me it was easy, I consider myself a Pinterest expert and I have been helping people make money on Pinterest through my YouTube channel for free, so I thought, what the heck, I am gonna write an e-book on everything I know about Pinterest!
And that is exactly what I did, I sat down for 3 days straight and wrote the most amazing e-book about Pinterest marketing, created a cover using Canva, uploaded it to amazon kindle, and started promoting it on Pinterest through my affiliate link. Now I earn 70% royalties which are $6.99 on each download and $0.40 when someone buys it through my affiliate link.
Now you might be thinking that is not much but it adds up believe me if I sell only 5 copies a day, which is very easy, using Pinterest and the methods I teach in my e-book, that is more than $1000 dollars per month. An extra $1000 a month in passive income, you see where I am going with this? Find something you are good at that can help someone solve a problem and write an e-book about it!
3. Make Money On Pinterest With T-shirts & Cases
Another method I use to create my own products and sell them on Pinterest is by making T-shirts and phone cases on Zazzle and selling them on Pinterest through direct linking. Pinterest allows Zazzle links and Pinterest users are used to seeing products from Zazzle.
Zazzle is a free platform that you can use to create and add your designs to hundreds of thousands of products and sell them. I like this platform because they allow you to set your own price for a certain item, say a t-shirt cost 7 dollars, printing and shipping included, and you added your design on it, you would be able to set your own price for that T-shirt.
They have an in-house calculator that tells you how much they think the product would actually sell for and how much you would receive as royalties.
You can earn up to $10 dollars per item on Zazzle. They payout through check and PayPal once per month as soon as you have $50 bucks in your account. There are other programs like Zazzle, some of my favorites are Redbubble, Viralstyle, Teespring, and Cafepress.
So what’s stopping you, if you have a good eye for design, try out one of these platforms. Like they say, you never try, you never know.
4. Make Money On Pinterest With Adsense
So this is the easiest way to make money on Pinterest to date, yes it is not gonna make you rich but when it’s all said and done, they add up. When you are trying to make money online, you cannot depend on one source of income, you have to try it all, and build multiple streams, some will excel to a point that you can actually build a career off of and others will bring you passive income.
So back to Adsense, I get carried away sometimes, any way Adsense, Google Adsense, and Amazon ads allow you to place ads on your site and earn money from clicks and from views. With amazon ads, you get paid $1 buck per every 1000 impressions and Adsense pays anywhere from $1-3 dollars per 1000 impressions. Both allow you to earn $100 dollars per 100.000 impressions/ views.
You also get paid from clicks as well from Adsense ads, how much? Well it depends on how much the advertiser is bidding for that particular keyword, advertisers bid on certain keywords, google places the ads on your site, people click, and you and google split the earnings. You can earn up to $5 bucks or even more from one single click.
With Amazon on the other hand, when people click through your ads, land on amazon, and buy something, you earn a commission of whatever they purchase within 24 hours. Did I mention that amazon ad have a high conversion rate? Yes, they do, but let’s leave that topic for another post.
Earn More With Adsense
Now the trick to earning more with Adsense is by doing something called interlinking in your blog post, interlinking your post leads to more views on your Adsense ads. Say you had four blocks of AdSense ads within a blog post, and you had links in your one post that leads back to another post with ads on your site, which increases the number of ad impressions you get per viewer.
This is why I highly recommend interlinking when you are trying to make money from Adsense, one tip though, your links should be relevant to the topic at hand or else no one will even bother to click through to those links.
Another trick is to have clickbait clickable images in your sidebar that makes the viewer wants to click through to your other post on your site, this increases the amount of time the viewer spends on your site and the number of ad impressions you will generate per person.
So after all that I have been preaching, Pinterest is the #1 source of free traffic online period! If you know how to work the system (which I teach in my e-book) you can generate thousands and thousands of people to your site each and every single month guys! For $10 bucks you can be well on your way to generating thousands of dollars every single month using Pinterest alone!
5. Make Money On Pinterest With CPA Marketing
CPA marketing is a really great way to start earning money fast online if you have your own blog or website, but that is sometimes difficult for some people because of the wide variety of offers you find on CPA networks.
Pinterest does not allow most if not all CPA links on the platform, they consider them to be spammy links therefore you need to find a workaround. Thankfully, there are ways to do this successfully, the easiest method I use to promote CPA links is domain forwarding, this is when you buy a domain name off of GoDaddy or Namecheap and you use that domain name to cloak or mask your CPA link and then promote it on Pinterest.
I teach this method step by step in my e-book but if you can not afford to buy a domain name you can always use blogger, Weebly, or Wix to create a landing page for your offers and then send people to it using Pinterest.
6. Make Money On Pinterest By Selling Pinterest Profiles
Make money on Pinterest by creating Pinterest profiles and selling them. This is one I really enjoy doing, it makes me challenge myself in the process and I get to learn more about Pinterest categories and niches. You can create profiles and build them to a certain amount of followers and sell them using Pinterest itself.
How can you possibly do this? Well, it is very simple, create an image telling people about the profile, letting them know what the niche is, and how many followers the account has and add your email address to the image, giving them a way to contact you, upload it without a link and share on group boards, trust me, people will start contacting you through email and you can set your price and you both can arrange payment options.
(Update On Making Money On Pinterest 2022)
A lot has happened on Pinterest since I wrote this post. They brought out idea pins, Pinterest trends, along with Pinterest predictions. But that’s not all, you can now make money through the Pinterest creators reward program and through creating branded content as well.
Pinterest Creators Fund
As of 2022, creators can now make money on Pinterest by creating idea pins. All you have to do is apply for the creator’s fund program which they roll out every quarter. There are obstacles though when it comes to making money with the creator’s reward program.
The creator’s fund is only available to US creators. They plan on expanding it to UK & Brazil later this year though. You also need to be 18 years & older, have at least 250 followers, acquire 150 saves on your content within the past month, plus upload at least 3 idea pins in the previous month using the Pinterest app.
Pinterest Branded Content
Another new way to make money on Pinterest is by creating branded content. You apparently get paid by brands for creating awareness about their products or services. The way it works is, that you create an idea pin featuring a certain brand, you tag the brand, the brand approves your tag, promotes your content as their own, and pays you for your hard work.
This is what Pinterest had to say about Branded content back in July of 2021.
Today, we’re introducing in beta a new paid partnerships tool that allows Creators to disclose their paid partnerships. Creators who make branded content will be able to add the brands directly in their Idea Pins, and once the brand approves the tag — the Idea Pin will include a “paid partnership” label.
So that’s it, I hope you enjoyed reading my post, and most of all, I hope you found it helpful. Leave me your comment, I love hearing from you guys cause you are all awesome! Follow me on Pinterest too!
Hi, I’m Erika, a full-time mom of 4. I’ve been blogging from the comfort of my couch while my kids play around me for over 8 years! I love teaching other moms like me how to succeed in blogging so let’s do this!