How I Made $407 from 1 Pin on Pinterest!

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Learn how to make real money from Pinterest

When I first joined Pinterest, I was all about fitness & recipe pins. And that’s really all I thought Pinterest was good for. Then I took an incredible e-course on Affiliate Marketing (you can read about my experience here) & everything changed. I realized if I’m spending time on Pinterest, why not make some money while I’m at it! And I did!
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This post may contain affiliate links. See affiliate disclaimer here.
I have tried a bunch of different ways to use affiliate links: some worked and some…did not. When I first started, I thought that if I just pin it, people will see it, want it & buy it. Definitely not the case! You actually need to have a plan of action set before pushing out links.

One affiliate pin I had recently was for a Plush Braided Baby Bumper. Which is off brand for me, but I was able to make the pin work with a few easy steps.

Check out the pin that’s still making me money (you can pin it here) & see the stats so far:
My Pinterest stats
This is also passive money – I pinned this using Tailwind a couple of weeks ago and just let it go viral.

Now these steps will not promise a viral pin, BUT they definitely helped with this pin and countless others I have.

So how did I do it?

Join an affiliate platform

Not all programs are created equal so my top 2 must join affiliate programs are:

AWINAWIN: they have over 60K brands so you know you will find something that works for you. One thing that may turn you off but shouldn’t is that you need to pay $5 to signup – but don’t worry, you get the $5 back as soon as you are approved. It really is risk-free.

You can sign up for AWIN here!

SHAREASALEShareASale: if the $5 commitment to AWIN scares you, ShareAsale is another great choice. They have over 30K brands and approval is basically immediate. I earn most of my affiliate income through the ShareASale platform.

You can sign up for ShareASale here!

belo-200x200-4d851c5b28f61931bf1df28dd15e60ef.png — AirBNB: This is a must for travel bloggers! Or if you really love to travel. When a friend travels on Airbnb, you get $20 in travel credit. When they welcome their first guest, you get $75 in travel credit.

You can sign up for AirBNB here.

Create an affiliate board

I noticed that a lot of my pins from Etsy were generating great traffic, so I decided to create a board and dedicate it to all the awesome creations curated on there. What makes this great is that a lot of people are already searching Pinterest with the keyword Etsy so you know you’ll be able to get traffic for your board right off the bat.

Make a Pinterest-worthy pin

When you pin directly from Etsy (or most e-com sites), you will notice that these pins are NOT Pinterest friendly. What I do is save the images I’d like to use & create a long pin (about 800PX by 1400PX) for that product. I create my pins in PicMonkey – this is like a super user-friendly & easy-to-use Photoshop that is web-based. It’s also about $4 a month so you don’t have to spend a ton getting Adobe!

You can add a title, something informative like what makes this product so great & anything else that you want to say to get people to click. I have not had a problem with copyright, but if you are concerned, email the store owner & ask if you can use their photos when linking directly back to their site. DO NOT take the photos & link back to your blog. That is a definite no-no.

Write an SEO rich caption

Getting into the nitty-gritty of SEO will have to wait for another post, but my shortcut trick is through Pinterest itself.
Pinterest is a search engine, so search the basic term for what you are pinning:
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As you see above, when I search crib bumper, all the keywords people are searching for along with that come up. Pick the keywords that have to do with your Pin and use them! This will make you more searchable and will help to bring your results to the top of the search page.

Schedule with Tailwind

Don’t forget to schedule your pins! I love using Tailwind because it shows the most popular times to pin & you can schedule pins across boards & dates to make sure you will be seen. This is also helpful if you don’t want to spend a ton of time studying your Pinterest analytics as Tailwind does that for you.
The key to sales is making sure people can see and interact with your pins & Tailwind makes that happen. You can sign up for a FREE trial here!


— Create multiple pins to sell the same product. I typically create 5 pins for one item in order to test, to ensure people won’t get bored of seeing the same content, & to encourage people to pin more than once.
— Disclose you are an affiliate by adding [ad], [affiliate] or [promoted post] to your pins. This will make sure you are keeping it legal.

Are you ready to start making money while pinning? Let me know what you think in the comment below!

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