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So you are thinking about affiliate marketing on Pinterest without a blog, but you aren’t sure if it’s possible? I don’t blame you. Using the Pinterest platform is smart since its a visual search engine that allows affiliate links. With over 400 million pairs of eyes scrolling, liking, and sharing, the platform’s ripe for earning, even without a blog.

Pinterest is not like other social media platforms, you can use this visual platform to create direct links to your products.  Can you think of any other social media sites that allow this so easily?

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Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest without a Blog

Most platforms don’t like links that direct your attention away from the platform, Pinterest is made for it. Imagine turning those vibrant pins into a full-time income. You craft high quality, striking images and caption them with care, and soon, you’re not just curating content; you’re sparking sales.

First things first

We’ll get into harnessing the platform’s visual appeal without the need for a blog or your own website. Although I do recommend having a blog eventually, the good news is that it’s not necessary right away, so let’s dig in.

The first step is to make sure you have a Pinterest Business account, if you don’t already you will want to either create a new business account or turn your personal account into a business account. 

After that, the next step is to join affiliate programs, Like It to Know It or Collective Voice, and maybe dabble in Pinterest’s product tagging on your “Shop the Look” type pins. Plus, you get to know the ins and outs of promoted pins.

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Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest without a Blog

Thinking of creating freebies to gain a following? It’s a great thing to create an email opt-in to gain email subscribers. But let’s not forget the rules of the game. Play by Pinterest’s best practices, and keep your account in good standing. This way, you build trust, loyalty, and serve your potential customers well.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Pinterest Power: Utilize Pinterest’s vast user base to earn money without a blog, leveraging visual content for online sales.
  • Monetization Methods: Join affiliate networks, use product tags for direct selling, and optimize with promoted pins for targeted advertising. I don’t recommend this if you are brand new, however, it’s a good idea to learn what works organically and then capitalize on that with ads. Once you know your target audience, you can find different ways to approach your Pinterest ads. 
  • Value and Compliance: Offer freebies, grow your email list, and ensure adherence to Pinterest policies for successful monetization strategies.

Understanding Pinterest’s Potential

You’ve heard the buzz. Pinterest isn’t just for DIY warriors or recipe hunters. Pinterest has 400 million pairs of eyes, scrolling, searching, ready to click. That’s what Pinterest brings to the table.

It’s a marketplace, a search engine, and a powerhouse for influencers and sellers alike. What’s the secret sauce? Its users, diverse yet unified in their hunger for planning and, you guessed it BUYING.

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Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest without a Blog

Think about who uses Pinterest. It’s a collage of interests and intentions. From wedding planners to fitness enthusiasts, this platform is a melting pot. Here’s the kicker: many users come ready to shop.

They look for inspiration, true, but they’ve got wallets out, too. That’s why Pinterest outshines others for direct sales. You can tap into niche markets, present your products, and boom – you’ve sparked interest, and a sale follows. No blog necessary. 

Savvy marketers get it. Pinterest is visual, and visuals sell. It’s direct, personal, and it’s shaping the way we think about online sales. Ready to jump in? Then roll up your sleeves. We’re diving into how you can carve out your slice of the Pinterest pie, one pin at a time.

Optimize Your Pinterest Profile

Let’s get straight into optimizing your Pinterest profile. First up, select your niche. Do some self-reflection. Consider your passions, expertise, and market trends.

Settle on a niche that resonates with you and holds the potential to monetize. It’s about finding that sweet spot, a niche with demand yet not oversaturated.

Doing your keyword research is vital in this stage of the game. It will allow Pinterest and your future Pinterest followers to find you and know what you are all about. This should be the first thing you do when creating your profile.

Keyword research is also necessary for creating optimized Pinterest boards. Doing this helps you create brand awareness. Pinterest SEO is a vital part of your Pinterest marketing strategy. I have created a YouTube video all about how to target your audience with keywords that they are searching for. 


Once you’ve pinpointed your niche, it’s time to craft a killer bio. Start with a clear, attention-grabbing first sentence. Your name and niche come first. Get straight to the point.

Tell the world what you offer and why you’re the go-to source. No fluff, just the essentials. Weave in relevant keywords but keep it natural. The goal is to appeal to both Pinterest search algorithms and real people.

Now, let’s talk about the profile picture and username. Choose an image that clicks with your brand. Professional headshots work, but so do logos. It’s about consistency across all platforms.

Pick a username that’s memorable and aligned with your niche. If it’s catchy and clear, you got it right. Remember, this isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s your first handshake with potential followers.

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I deep dive into profile optimization in my Pinterest Profile Optimization Mini Course, you can grab it here for free and get instant access. It breaks down the simple steps to creating a fully optimize Pinterest profile that speaks to your target audience. 

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Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest without a Blog

Creating Appealing Visual Content

Visuals rule the Pinterest game. They make or break your pin’s success. I quickly learned that eye-catching images get you noticed on this platform. If you’re aiming for clicks and saves, know this: quality images capture attention.

Creating them doesn’t have to be complex. Start by choosing high-resolution photos. Bright, clear, and eye-catching should be your mantra. Colors do matter. Did you know bold, warm colors often see more engagement? They do.

Composition plays a vital role too. Use the rule of thirds to create balance and intrigue. Your pins should tell a story. A simple one. 

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People scroll fast, so they need to get it in a glimpse. Design with your target audience in mind. Are you talking to home chefs or DIY enthusiasts? Your visuals should resonate with them specifically. Text overlays can guide viewers but keep them readable. A font that’s hard to read is a surefire way to get scrolled past. I’ve seen it happen.

Now, consistency builds recognition. It fosters trust. Include your branding, but make it subtle. A small logo or a consistent color scheme can work wonders. Lastly, vertical images work best on Pinterest.

They take up more space on feeds, meaning more visibility. And isn’t that what you’re after? Don’t recreate the wheel, using templates is a great time saver. Check out these templates and get up and running quickly. 

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Joining Affiliate Programs

Now for affiliate marketing. Picture this: you’re sharing links to products you adore. Each sale made through your link pads your pocket with commission. This is affiliate marketing in a nutshell.

Start with your passions. Identify your niche. Maybe it’s home decor or fitness. Now, it’s time to find relevant affiliate programs. Consider platforms like ShareASale, Commission Junction, or Amazon Associates.

They’re a treasure trove of products waiting for your endorsement. Make sure you trust these affiliates because you are growing trust with your audience, don’t break that trust by endorsing products you know nothing about. 

Applying to affiliate programs is straightforward. Sign up, choose products that resonate with your niche, and voilà, you get unique affiliate links. Share these on Pinterest thoughtfully. Your focused pins turn into potential profit.

How often should I pin?

Be careful to stay off the spam radar & schedule those pins out. Make sure to read all terms and conditions of each affiliate program to make sure you are complying. Don’t start pinning 30 affiliate links a day, you will be marked as spam.

To be safe start slow and work your way up, starting with 3-5 pins per day is fine, but schedule them out. Don’t pin them back to back.

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Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest without a Blog

Don’t be afraid to add video, this is a great way to connect with your audience and increase your affiliate sales. Having a YouTube channel, linking relevant videos is a way to kick it up a notch and add value for your audience.

If you don’t have a YouTube channel, it is an excellent place for you create product reviews and drive additional sales, so you may consider starting one. It also will allow you to make pins that direct to those videos, which will likely convert more sales.

Tips for Promoting Affiliate Products

So you’ve joined an affiliate program. Now, let’s talk promoting those products on Pinterest. You start by creating pins that blend seamlessly with your regular content.

These pins should provide value. Think tips, how-to guides, or tutorials related to the affiliate product.

Next, focus on your visuals. They must be eye-catching. Bright colors, clear fonts, and compelling imagery work well. Your goal is to stop scrollers in their tracks. But remember, your visuals should always align with your brand aesthetic. It keeps your boards cohesive.

Descriptions Matter

Pinterest descriptions matter. Use it to tell a story or share a personal experience with the product. Include keywords, but don’t stuff them. Adding 5 keywords using 5 sentences is a good rule of thumb.

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This approach adds context to your pin and helps with discoverability. It’s finding the balance between being helpful and informative without pushing too hard for the sale. You’ve got this!

Direct Selling with ‘Product tagging’

Don’t sleep on the ability to use product tags, feature Pinterest offers. It’s not as complex as it seems. Product tagging on your pins let you promote your goods directly on the platform.

You can tag the item with the product tag and it when a pinner clicks on it they go right to the website to shop.

What sells well? Visual appeal reigns supreme. Items like jewelry, apparel, or home accessories capture eyes and wallets. Picture your pins as magazine pages. Only better. Viewers can shop them instantly, with no page flipping required.

Remember that Pinterest favors high-quality and visually stunning images. Ensure your photos stand out. They should be worthy of the platform’s aesthetic. Trust me, a well-lit, clear picture does wonders for click-through rates.

How to tag products

So grab your camera, style your products, and pin away. Who knows? The next ‘Shop the Look’ sensation could be yours. You’re not just selling products. You’re offering an effortless shopping journey, with a click.

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One last caveat is to be careful using any photos that are not yours. Pulling from a website could cause copyright issues for you, so make sure you follow the vendor’s protocols for using imagery. 

Right now it’s a bit confusing for the average user on how to tag products. Pinterest is phasing out idea pins, but some accounts (including mine) still have that option. If you don’t have the idea pin option, just use the regular pin builder.

If you still have the option of the idea pin, then you will use that to tag products, using mobile, by using the sticker feature then clicking the product sticker and adding the link.

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If you don’t have the idea pin option, then you can use the create pin and the options will be there. If on desktop, you can only tag products by doing it after the fact. 

Here is a great video from Simple Pin Media showing the process. 

Boosting Visibility with Promoted Pins

Pinterest whispers opportunity and shouts potential. You might have heard about Promoted Pins, the platform’s take on paid advertising. Let’s dive in and get friendly with this feature.

Promoted Pins blend seamlessly into the Pinterest landscape, but they pack a punch, targeting your audience with precision.Don’t worry; these aren’t glaring, disruptive ads. Instead, they slip quietly into users’ feeds, nudging them gently towards your content.

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As you can see in the photo above the promoted pins have it noted but they are placed seamlessly into the feed.

Use Promoted Pins as your silent salesman. They work in the background, enhancing your reach while you focus on creating stunning visuals.

Choose the audience. Demographics, interests, keywords – all these become tools in your kit. The beauty lies in specificity; you can zero in on who sees your pins. Whether you aim for broad appeal or niche markets is up to you.

  • Grab Attention: Use Promoted Pins to get your products and ideas in front of eyeballs that matter.
  • Specific Targeting: Drill down to the finest detail to ensure your ideal customer sees your pin.
  • Boost Engagement: Encourage clicks, save pins, and drive traffic with well-placed advertising efforts.

Set up the campaign

Setting up a campaign is simple. Choose your pin, target your audience, set your budget. Then, watch as Pinterest analytics offer insights into your pin’s performance. Monitor, tweak, repeat. The cycle goes on, propelling your Pinterest presence upwards, pulling your online sales along.

As I said before, use organic marketing first, then build an audience and create your ads. Jumping right into ads before you get a feel for your audience can just drain your bank account.

Leveraging Promoted Pins for Sales

Start with targeting options for your promoted pins. Pinpoint your audience by interests, demographics, or keywords. Tailor your content to match their preferences. Next, consider timing and placement.

Aim for when your audience is most active. Place your pins where they’re most likely to engage with them.

Keep your pin design on point. 

Ensure visuals are captivating and text overlays are clear. Your message should resonate with the viewers. Creating a seamless experience is key. Align your pin design with the landing page it leads to. This consistency boosts trust and conversion potential.

Analyze and adjust as you go. 

Track with analytics

Use Pinterest analytics to track how your pins perform. Learn what works and what doesn’t. Refine your strategy with these insights. Always aim for continuous improvement.

Testing different elements of your campaign will lead to better results. Opt for A/B testing to see which versions of your pins attract more clicks and conversions. Regular adjustments based on data will help maximize your sales.

Offering Value through Freebies

You’ve got visually stunning pins, you’re in the right affiliate programs, but something’s missing. Now you are thinking you need a magnet. Something that pulls in the casual scroller and turns them into a lead. That’s where freebies come into play. Think of them as the cherry on top that makes your Pinterest sundae irresistible.

Start by creating something valuable. A free download or a gift guide works wonders. Make it something your audience cannot ignore. It has to solve a problem or add that ‘aha’ moment to their day.

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Once you’ve got your freebie ready, pin it. Give it a compelling description that hooks in the reader. Use images that make it stand out. Promote it on your other social media account. People love free stuff, and when they see value, they won’t just take it; they’ll remember who gave it to them.

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As they grab your free offering, collect their email. Have a simple form ready. Nothing too complex, just enough to get in touch later. This isn’t just about giving stuff away. It’s a trade.

They get a freebie; you get a lead. That’s how you grow your list, your presence, and ultimately, your revenue on Pinterest. With every freebie snagged, you’re building an audience that trusts you and looks to you for more.

Convert Kit or Mailer Lite are great for beginning your email marketing journey and both offer landing pages for your opt-in, no website required. I encourage you to get an email service provider set up so you can make email collection seamless.

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Expanding Your Reach

Growing a following on Pinterest starts with strategy. You need to understand your audience. Get to know their preferences, hobbies, and needs. Pin content that resonates with them.

Make sure it’s content they find useful, inspiring, or entertaining. Cater to their interests, and they’ll come back for more. You’re creating a space that feels like theirs. It’s a platform where they can find ideas that speak to them.

Consistency is Key with Pinterest

Consistency is also critical. Pin regularly, don’t let your boards gather dust. New pins keep your followers engaged. They also signal to Pinterest that you’re an active contributor. An established posting schedule ensures you stay on their radar. Your content remains fresh and relevant. As a result, Pinterest may reward you with greater visibility.

Staying consistent is easier when you use a scheduler. Either the native scheduler or a third party scheduler like Tailwind. I prefer Tailwind because it has great analytics, a ghost writer and lets you bulk upload your pins.

Quality matters more than you might think. Invest time in creating high-definition images. Use clear, bright photos that catch the eye. Ensure that your pin descriptions are thorough.

Include keywords that your audience might search for. It improves your chances of showing up in search results. Remember Pinterest is a search engine, so keywords are important. 

Analyze your results. Keep track of what works. Use Pinterest analytics to your advantage. Visitor metrics tell you a lot. They show you which pins perform best. Make adjustments based on what the data tells you. Tweaks and changes are part of the process. These refinements can lead to better reach and more followers.

Tracking Your Success on Pinterest

You’ve created pins, shared affiliate links, and done everything right. Now, let’s dive into tracking your success. Measuring your progress on Pinterest means getting friendly with Pinterest analytics. It’s a treasure trove showcasing how well your strategies work. Begin by clicking on the Analytics tab on your Pinterest profile to open up a world of data.

Use the dashboard and track metrics like impressions, saves, and clicks. These numbers tell you how many people see your pins and how they interact with them. Impressions give a hint on reach; saves may hint at desirability.

What about clicks? They’re the golden nuggets, leading followers right to your offers. Spot trends over time to tweak and improve your approach.

Monitor which pins do well and which flop. Understand your audience by checking their demographics. Check the Devices section to see where viewers come from. Are they on mobile or desktop?

Because the more you know about your audience the better you can speak them, and that leads to sales

As you go through the data, remember to adjust and evolve. Your ultimate goal is a strategy that mirrors the changing patterns and preferences of your audience. Don’t forget it is ever changing so get used to being flexible and ready to adapt.

The Dos and Don’ts of Pinterest Monetization

Monetizing Pinterest requires finesse. Start by pinning consistently. Your boards should breathe life into your niche. Make them vibrant, filled with pins that spark curiosity and clicks. Remember, Pinterest favors active users. More activity can equal better visibility. That’s your first goal, so stay consistent.

Because keywords matter. Use them wisely in your pin descriptions. These little helpers make your content discoverable by the searches of potential followers. Think about what they might type in the search bar. Those are your golden tickets.

Now, affiliate links can be a treasure trove. Be careful not to bombard your audience. A profile flooded with affiliate links turns followers away, and might put you directly in the spam filter. Balance is key, so provide value first, and sell seamlessly. It’s about building trust.

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Be a rule follower

Don’t ignore Pinterest’s rules; they’re there for a reason. Avoid the pitfalls of non-compliance. Banned accounts don’t earn money. Review the platform’s guidelines with a fine-tooth comb. Stick to the straight and narrow.

Be careful not to use shortened links, use the affiliate link provided by the company. You also need to disclose that the link is an affiliate link. 

Tracking is like having a map in uncharted territory. Utilize Pinterest analytics to understand what works. Adjust based on solid data, but give your strategy time to work. I don’t adjust my strategy until it’s been in action for over 90 days.

Money on Pinterest is marked by consistency, strategy, and knowing your audience. Stray off this path, and you’ll find your journey much more difficult.

Compliance and Community Standards

You dive into Pinterest with an eye for profit. Understand this – policies and guidelines are your friends. They steer you clear of trouble. Stick to them as if your success depends on it. Because it does. Pinterest watches. It ensures users get a safe, comfortable experience. Your content must align with these standards.

Keep users happy and Pinterest on your side. It’s the bedrock of making money on this platform. Stay informed, stay engaged, and watch your monetization flourish.

Future Trends in Pinterest Earning

Peek into the future, and you’ll see Pinterest as a growing field of opportunity. Trends suggest that the platform could soon expand its e-commerce capabilities, making it even easier to convert pins into purchases.

Think instant checkout options right from a pin’s page, transforming casual browsing into instant buying.

Visual search technology is also on the rise. Pinterest may soon allow users to snap a photo of an item and quickly find it, or something similar, for sale. This feature could boost sales for creative marketers who quickly adapt.

Influencer partnerships are gaining traction. We could witness a surge in collaborative features for brands and influencers. Everyone’s after authenticity, and these partnerships deliver just that. Imagine easily tracking an influencer’s impact on your sales, right within Pinterest’s analytics tools.

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Keep an eye on augmented reality (AR), too. Users might soon try on outfits or place furniture in their homes virtually through Pinterest. The bridge between imagination and reality gets smaller, driving higher engagement and more confident purchases.

It’s hard to say what is on the horizon, but keeping yourself up to date will keep you on the leading edge of marketing on Pinterest. You can join my community to stay up to date on all things Pinterest Marketing here. 

Maximizing Daily Earnings

Ready to ramp up your Pinterest game? Follow these steps. First, analyze your most successful pins. Check which ones garner the most engagement. Use that insight to craft similar content, tailoring it to what your audience loves.

Next, time your pins just right. Post when your followers are most active to boost visibility. Additionally, diving into your analytics will reveal peak times. Schedule pins for these hotspots to maximize your clicks and shares.

Let’s refine your approach next. Identify trends early, and pivot your pinning strategy to what’s hot. Stay ahead of the curve and your content will ride the wave of popularity, especially during holidays and special events, therefore attracting more eyes and potential earnings. Plus, by keeping a finger on the pulse of what’s trending, you’re always relevant, always engaging.

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Lastly, always iterate. Use A/B testing for your pins to see what design, copy, and call-to-action response best. Adjust based on performance. It’s a game-changer. This method ensures your content is high-performing, snagging you more traffic, more leads, and, yes, more money.

Final Thoughts

You’ve got the blueprint now. Making money on Pinterest without a blog is possible after all. Start by setting up your profile, then align it with your personality and interests. Optimize your profile, boards and pins and follow the rules.

Find affiliate programs that resonate. Do it smartly, sometimes it might make sense to pass on an opportunity despite the high commision because it doesn’t mesh with your target audience. It may also be low quality, so vet your offers well. The right products, the correct affiliate links, turn into commissions.

Grow your email list, because this will allow you more opportunities to share your favorite products and to connect with your audience regularly.

So now, it’s over to you. Turn these tips into action. Experiment, engage, and navigate the waters of Pinterest with confidence. The potential is there for daily earnings. It’s possible. Others are already cashing in despite not having a website. Why not you?

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