One of my passions is teaching women how to make money from home. I love being able to stay home with my kiddos and still contribute to my huge financial goals.

I worked for a long time at “the blogging thing” without really making any money, so I decided to try something different last summer, and agreed to work on it for three months. I ended up getting  sidetracked and not being as consistent as I liked. I was spending a lot of time on my blog, focusing on sharing my passion instead of creating a profit. I ended up learning some things about Pinterest and getting some new tools to help me market better, and my blog traffic exploded.

Instead of using my newfound Pinterest skills just for blogging, I decided to apply it toward making money right away. I didn’t want to start marketing a ton on my blog, so I decided to start sharing affiliate links. I wanted to be able to share what I did, and then keep my blog ad-free.

What I Pinned

I pinned a ton of products, and painstakingly kept notes of what worked and what didn’t. I figured out how to use analytics to see what my Pinterest audience loved, and what my most profitable boards were.

After that, I started Pinning products from affiliate programs that paid per click, as well as per sale so I started bringing in really good money. I had a few Pins go viral and they continue to make me $300 a month on average months.

Affiliate programs I use

I started off using Shopstyle Collective and for a while they were the only company I used because they paid per click that you don’t need a website for, which I love!

I still use them and get a check from them each month (well, actually a PayPal deposit, but that’s beside the point.) and I like them, but I really only joined them because they were the company I knew of that would allow me to promote Etsy.

I heard about Awin from somewhere and tried them out because I like to see if different platforms perform better then others. As it turns out, I tested using an Awin link and a Shopstyle link on two versions of the same image and the Awin pin out-performed the ShopStyle Collective Pin by 400%. This is huge, and the only thing I can attribute to that is that the Awin Pins are Rich Pins, so you see how much money the Pins’ product costs.

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What I did to make consistent sales

I played with Pinterest marketing for several months before I really figured out what worked for me. These were the things that really sent me over the edge from making less than $5 a month to making well over $10 a day.

  1. Signed up for a free Tailwind account. I upgraded pretty quickly because it was useful for running my blogs, and for just the Pinterest marketing, but I did stick with the free plan for quite a while before I started making money. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in Pinterest marketing for any purpose uses Tailwind. I recommend it to my students so often that I actually created a free course called Tailwind Mastery for them so they wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed using it when they first started.
  2.  Signed up for a free Boardbooster account. I’m still using their free trial, which includes 3,000 Pins. I have them loop on my top-grossing board and occasionally use it to loop in other boards I am playing with. You can see me setting up Looping in this blog post where I share my process 🙂
  3. Pinning consistently to my top-performing boards. Before I used Tailwind I pinned 5-10 times a day, 1-5 pins each time. After I started using Tailwind I went to 10, then 20 times a day. Now I typically have 50 Pins a day in my queue.
  4. Creating custom images. This was the thing that helped me track my pins easily and differentiate them from all the other people who were Pinning the same images. Creating custom images is basically the difference between sharing Pins like the one on the left (just a plain product image) and the one on the right, which was my first viral Pin.

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My consistent results from Pinterest affiliate marketing

My Pinterest following went from growing by 1-3 followers a day to 10+ a day. I started with less than 1,000 Pinterest followers in March of 2017 (when my first Pin went viral) to having over 5,000 followers (since this number is always growing, you can check to see the number of followers I have below.

Part of the nature of Pinterest affiliate marketing is that with pay per click programs you’ll have huge swings in your income, but the more Pins you have floating around, the higher the upward “swings” will go, and your “dips” will also be higher. It takes a while to get to that point, but once you do get there it’s great! Averaged out, my earnings for the first several months after my first viral Pins, held steady at between $10 and $30 a day. After that they continued to climb steadily and by the end of this year, my new average income is around $6,000 a month with all of the programs I promote.

How I get my income numbers

I want to take a second to be really, really clear here about how I arrive at my income numbers:

  • I do not count any affiliate income I make through my blog in these numbers
  • Some bloggers pad their income reports and make it look like they’re “making money” when it’s all them referring people to programs like Awin, then count that as “affiliate income” – so I don’t include my referral program fees here because I feel like that’s dishonest

One question I get a lot is “do you publish income reports?” and the answer is no . I don’t publish regular income reports because I feel like it’s hard to give a big picture of your business and the time and effort it takes to get to that point in a single blog post. Most income reports make it look unreasonably easy to make money online. It isn’t. It takes lots of time, strategic hard work, and I don’t ever want someone to think I’m giving the “anyone can do this with little work!” scam marketing message. That’s not who I am.


The conclusion

I absolutely love Pinterest marketing. It’s a blast, and as far as online business go, it’s simple to implement and it’s very lucrative. It’s definitely a ton of work, and it’s not a get-rich quick scheme. I tested my theories on what would work and ideas for shortcuts and hacks that I hoped would be the quicker road to more profits… most of those ideas weren’t great, but I did learn a lot about what not to do for a year before I had my first batch of Pins go viral.