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, but the best software you can use for affiliate pinning is Tailwind - they are my favorite way to schedule affiliate Pins, and non-affiliate Pins.. and for finding amazing content to Pin!
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?
There are so many affiliate programs out there, it's impossible to make a recommendation for one that's best!
We have compiled a database of affiliate programs we use and love, as well as 500+ group boards and Tailwind Tribes where you can share your affiliate links.
You can get access to the database here for $5.
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.
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.