Hey there everybody!
I have been getting so many emails and comments from you all, asking awesome questions about making money on Pinterest! I love hearing from you but wanted to make a quick, convenient place to answer some of the most frequent questions I get, just to make it more efficient for you to get answers. 🙂
Of course, you can always comment on this post to get more answers, and if you haven’t already read my blog post How to Create Substantial Income from Pinterest, you can do that here. That’s kind of the basic starting point that can give you a good overview.
I don't have a blog or website, do I have to have one?
Nope, no website needed to do Pinterest affiliate marketing!
You can sign up for a company I love to use called Magic Links, which does require 100 followers. If you don't have 100 followers yet, then you're welcome to take my free class, Your First 100 Followers, where I go through the strategies I used to grow from 200 followers to thousands over time with a steady, consistent growth approach.
What apps, software and such do you need to build this business?
You can start your business with just your smart phone or desktop and a Pinterest account!
Canva - This can be used if you want to make your own custom Pins with text to draw your audience's attention. The features you'll need to create affiliate Pins are all free. 🙂
Tailwind - My favorite way to schedule affiliate Pins, and non-affiliate Pins.. and for finding amazing content to Pin!
BoardBooster - this is what I use to put my business on "autopilot" with their looping feature.
Can you make more money the more you work on it?
Definitely! With consistency, hard work and using good strategies, your income can, and should, continue to increase overtime as you have more affiliate Pins on Pinterest.
How long does it take to start making money?
I tell my students that for accounts of 500 or more, expect to work 6-8 weeks before seeing significant results.
This is not a get rich quick scheme, and like any legitimate business takes time and work to build. 😀
What affiliate programs should I apply to?
What are the ongoing fees necessary?
This is a tricky question. You can make a good side-income Pinning the "regular" way, on your phone or desktop on Pinterest. That's how I got started. I didn't upgrade to using a scheduler until my first few Pins went viral, then I started using Tailwind to schedule all my Pins.
If you want to make a larger income ($1,000+ a month) I highly recommend Tailwind as a scheduler and BoardBooster for their "looping" feature that allows you to put your earnings on auto-pilot. I also like using Coschedule for scheduling Pins as well, I already had a membership with them when I started my blog so I really like using them.
All of these programs are worth trying and you can try them out before you buy them, so you can see what interface works better for your style and level of technology savvy.
Can I do this from my phone?
Absolutely! You can use Tailwind from your phone, they have an iPhone app but I'm not sure about Android.
You can also Pin directly from Pinterest, so it's definitely possible to do this on a mobile device!
Do I need to disclose my affiliate Pins?
Yes! Here is what the FTC says about that: click here to see their article.
When should I join more affiliate programs?
Diversifying your income with other affiliate programs is something we do recommend, but we have a specific system for it! Many new Pinterest start off with too many programs, and their lack of focus costs them a lot of time and can hold back their progress.
Before you even consider moving on to another program, make sure you've created an income with one program first. Even if you don't start with Shopstyle Collective, start with a basic goal and move on from there. A good goal is $100 a month before you start to diversify - it's ambitious, but not so huge that it will take you forever to achieve it.
Once you've hit your income goal, you're ready to branch out into new things. The first thing to do is join one program. I personally like ShareASale and Awin. Applying for them can be complicated, so inside of the course Pinning Your Way to Success we've created lessons devoted to joining both programs, as well as how to make and share links to products. Those programs are not programs we recommend a non-techie try to tackle on your own, because they are so complex to join and use.
Once you're inside their system, you'll should join one retailer (in their systems it's called a merchant) and promote one new program at a time. I recommend giving each new merchant a month of consistent promotion before you continue to diversify!
Should I open a new Pinterest account?
For almost every single person, we have found that if you have any followers and you have boards that already have content, it's best to keep your current Pinterest account and convert it to a business account.
For info on how to convert your account to a business account, check out our Pinterest 101 course.
How much should I be pinning?
There is no one answer to how many Pins you should Pin every day to make money as a Pinterest affiliate marketer, or to grow your following, isn't set in stone.
My rule of thumb for new students is for you to figure out how many Pins you can comfortably maintain Pinning each day. Consistently pinning less is better than sporadically pinning large amounts.
If you want to Pin consistently (which is best!) but struggle to be consistent because of time constraints, or if you prefer to Pin in batches, I highly recommend you check out Tailwind. I have a free Tailwind course that teaches you how to use it, and they have a 100-pin free trial for you to get used to their software.
How can I automate repinning Pins?
There are a lot of benefits to repinning your Pins automatically, I use a tool called Boardbooster to repin all of my Pins (affiliate, and non-affiliate!) so I'm constantly gaining followers and my affiliate Pins are being shown to those new followers and getting repinned more.
Here's the tutorial for Looping, the Boardbooster feature I use for automatically repinning.
Student & Potential Student Questions
This section are for questions related specifically to my ecourse, Pinning Your Way to Success.