Affiliate marketing without a blog is big in today’s online world, but can you do Pinterest affiliate marketing? It sounds like one thing but there is a slight difference.
And that difference changes everything! Keep reading to find out why.
What is affiliate marketing anyway?
Affiliate marketing is selling other people’s products (Digital or Physical products) and get paid commission for selling that product.
Affiliate marketing is done on so many levels online and on every platform. People are making millions of dollars through affiliate marketing.
So how can you take advantage of that?
Well, it depends on the platform in which you want to do affiliate marketing. In this case, we are going to look at Pinterest.
Is Affiliate Marketing Possible On Pinterest?
The short answer to that is YES! but I want you to know that even if it is possible, Pinterest is very strict on how you can do affiliate marketing within their platform.
if you do not follow their rules, then you are going into a very bumpy road. I know this because I know how it is to be under Pinteterest’s brutal form of correction.
The reason they do this is that they do not want their platform to be filled with spam content. They want their viewers to receive quality content. If you are not willing to deliver quality, then you better STOP right now because you are doomed to fail.
The Mistakes I Made When I started Affiliate Marketing On Pinterest
When I came to Pinterest, I thought it was just another social media platform where I could just create a few posts (in this case, pins) leading to an affiliate product and just drive traffic to it. This is called DIRECT LINKING.
I didn’t know that I was going to learn a very good lesson about the way Pinterest operates. They blocked my account in no time and refused to unblock it.
Within their message, they didn’t explain much. I thought it was just a technical error they were lazy to fix.
They got my attention when they blocked my second account. This led me to do some research on why I was always getting blocked!
I found a few tips on how to fix this problem.
The Wrong Way Of Doing Affiliate Marketing On Pinterest
1. Doing Direct Linking
I’ve already told you about this one. I know, a lot of people still believe that if you put affiliate disclosure on your pins, you can still promote affiliate products.
But, For how long? Even if you are successful, you won’t make that much. if you do, then lucky you.
Note: Take a look at what you will be risking! Do not put your whole account at risk for a few sales.
2. Pinning Too Many Affiliate Products
Those who make 1 or 2 sales direct linking affiliate products (While using affiliate disclosure) end up being obsessed and pin too many affiliate programs. This too can harm your Pinterest account and get you blocked.
3. Pinning many pins at the same time
Let’s say you want to game the system and pin 1 affiliate pin, and 3 more that are not linking to an affiliate product, you can still hurt your account. Pinterest hates pin staffing. They can block your account right from the spot.
4. Not providing value to your readers
Let’s say you use landing pages or bridge pages like you would do on Facebook ads. What will happen then?
They will still BLOCK YOUR ACCOUNT.
So far you can tell that Pinterest doesn’t play games!
The Right Way Of Doing Affiliate Marketing
So, what is the right way of doing affiliate marketing?
It’s simple actually!
There are a few steps that you need to take in order to make consistent sales through affiliate marketing. But you need to understand that in order to do soo, you’re gonna need a blog or a website.
This breaks your heart, right?
You were actually looking for a way to do affiliate marketing without a website on Pinterest.
But, don’t get too disappointed just yet.
I may have a way for you to create a website in a few clicks for FREE so stay with me and hear me out.
I suggest that you bookmark this page if you are reading this while traveling or busy with something else. This is because I want you to apply what you learn here step by step as I explain.
So here are the steps to Do Affiliate Marketing On Pinterest
But before we get going, I assume you already have a Pinterest business account. If you don’t then I suggest that you go and read my Drive Traffic With Pinterest, then come back and continue reading this.
Step #1 Create a Blog
As I said, you need to have a website. You can create one or two of them for FREE on Wealthy Affiliate.
This is the platform where I host all of my websites because Wealthy affiliate gives me the chance to create a blog before I can even buy it. This means that if I create a blog and that blog ends up failing, my money is saved.
so we are going to use that to our advantage.
Step #2 Select an affiliate program according to your niche
This depends entirely on you. But I suggest that you promote products that you have experience with. This, however, is not a requirement. Just do a little research about a product you like (It can be Digital or physical).
There are a lot of affiliate programs out there!
- Amazon Associates
- Warrior Plus
and there are many more!
Step #3 Write Short Reviews About Programs In Your Niche
Find a product or program. Do a little research about it and then write a short review.
The reason I said you should promote something that you have experience with is that it’s way easier to write a review about something that you personally know.
If you are a beginner and don’t know what to promote, then try products in these three Categories
- Health & Fitness
- Make Money
These are the most paying and very popular. I know that you may not have passion around them but trust me, you will develop one in time.
Step #4 Create Multiple Pins For Those Reviews
Take note. Although I said you must create multiple pins, I don’t mean that you should pin them at the same time. You must only pin them at the best times where most of your readers are online.
But how can I do it?
There is a software called Tailwind. I know that you probably heard of it before. What tailwind does is Pin your pins at the right time to your specific boards and help you reach your readers even when you’re asleep.
You can get the first month of Tailwind For FREE right here. They will also educate you on more ways you can use to drive thousands and thousands of visitors to your affiliate products.
Tips To Increase Sales
1.Create An Email List
What I love to do is to create an email list. An email list will help you connect with your readers on a personal level. You can also ask your readers through emails about what they would love to receive from you.
You are not just going to sell them anything, you will sell them something that you know that they need.
2. Offer Something For Free in the Front End
This is the oldest trick in the book but it’s actually not a trick. If you having a FREE ebook giveaway and your readers have enough time to sign up for your newsletter in order to get the book, that means that they appreciate your work.
And just like that, the foundation for trust is formed.
3. Create An Email Follow Up Sequence
This is where you’ll keep on sending them FREE information with value and then at a later point (perhaps on the fifth email) you promote your product.
This will keep you clean on Pinterest’s naughty book.
If you have any questions about this, then do not be afraid to ask. I will personally get back to you as soon as I possibly can.
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