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In my last post I covered why you should be using Pinterest for online marketing. Now, let’s talk about how to get started. Maybe you have a product, blog, or website you want to drive traffic to. Or maybe you’re interested in how you can actually make money from home even if you have no business or product to sell, using affiliate marketing. Pinterest has 175 million active members. It just makes sense to use it as a platform to get yourself seen.
There are many tools and tips you’ll learn along the way, but I don’t want to overwhelm you before you even start. It will all come in time if you stay consistent and keep learning. But for now, let’s look at the absolute first tools I used to get my feet wet:
Pinterest Business Account
I didn’t have a business or product to promote, but wanted to try my hand at affiliate marketing. The first thing I did was set up a Pinterest business account. Joining as a business gives you an inside look at how your pins are performing using Pinterest Analytics. It allows you to see what pins are getting the most views, clicks, saves and by who. You can also see what boards are your most popular and how many people are actually seeing your pins per day. You’ll quickly learn who your audience is and that’s such a powerful tool. You’ll see what’s working and what’s not. Allowing you to adjust things as needed. Join as a business here.
If you get yourself up and running but just aren’t seeing results, check out this great E-Book: Pinterest: Essential Guide to Make Pinterest Work for You.
Pinning Affiliate Links Using Shopstyle
(Affiliate links are provided by an online retailer who then pays you a commission to promote or drive traffic to their sites, resulting in sales).
Next, I set up an account with Shopstyle Collective. They have a great affiliate program and it’s free, fast and easy to sign up and use. I browsed the products they had and saw so many possibilities for future pins and boards. You simply click on a product you want to pin, press the Pinterest icon, edit the description if you wish, select which board you want it to pin to, and that’s it! When people click on that pin, you get paid. It’s that easy. Of course, you don’t get paid a lot per click. But the more people who click and save that pin, the more other people will see it. Hopefully leading that pin to go “viral”. Which is where the big payoffs happen. There are countless other affiliate programs out there. This is just where I started. But I’m confident you’ll start noticing others now that you know about it. When you scroll to the very bottom of a website you’ll often see lists and columns with things like “About Us” and “Contact”, etc. You’ll start seeing a lot of them also have “Become an Affiliate” or “Affiliate Program” links as well. So the possibilities are endless. Sign up for Shopstyle here.
* If you’re still not confident in your understanding of affiliate links, the link below is not only an example of one of my affiliate links, but will also take you to a great e-book that can hep you get started: Affiliate Action Plan – From Clicks to Conversions in 1 Month.
YouTube for Tutorials
In the beginning, YouTube is your best friend. I stumbled upon affiliate marketing through Pinterest. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. YouTube made it so easy to learn all the terminology and how it worked. I learned some basic steps to take (much like these) in video format that allowed me to listen while I did other things around the house. There are so many useful tutorials and anytime I had trouble using one of these new platforms, I could always find a helpful “how to” video that steered me in the right direction.
Design Pins with Canva
Canva is a great way to create your own pins. It’s free to sign up and they have great images and templates to get you started. It’s fast and very easy to use. You may have found this blog post on Pinterest from a pin I created using Canva. You can use their templates or create a pin from scratch, adjusting colours and sizes to make things really eye catching and effective. I’ll cover what makes a good pin design at a later date. Sign up for Canva here.
Tailwind is like your Pinterest assistant. In the beginning, you may feel like you’re spending all your time pinning. You pin to stay relevant and to get your affiliate links out there. After all, the more you pin the more you’re seen. However, pinning a ton of affiliate links all at once just isn’t sustainable. (AND it makes you look spammy). Enter Tailwind.
Tailwind is a pin scheduler. And it’s brilliant! You tell them what you want to pin and they tell you the best time to pin those items for the pique visibility. Then it schedules and pins them for you. Great if you are heading out on vacation or if your week is going to be really busy.
They also offer Tailwind Tribes, where you can collaborate with other Tailwind users in your niche market, which is so helpful, especially when you are getting started. And the absolute best part about Tailwind…you can use it for free for 100 pins. So you really have nothing to lose. Tailwind’s Analytics are also seriously amazing and provide helpful insights to help you succeed. Sign up for a free trial of Tailwind here.
Update: Tailwind has recently added an Instagram Scheduler as well! You can make Instagram posts from your Tailwind account, schedule your posts, use their handy Hashtag finder, check your post’s analytics, and more.
Create a Blog/Website Using SiteGround and WordPress
It’s true that you CAN start affiliate marketing on Pinterest without a website. BUT if you already have a product to sell you may want to set up a blog or website. A blog is also a great way to reach a niche market you are passionate about and promote affiliate links to your audience.
When I started this blog I needed a platform. I chose WordPress, hosted by SiteGround. SiteGround is a web hosting service that provides top speed, security, and expert support. I set up my domain name with them and installed WordPress through them as well. Any issues I had getting anything set up, I used their online chat feature and got fast help and answers to any questions I had. If I just couldn’t figure out how to do something, they went in and did it for me!
WordPress is where you design and control the look, pages, posts, etc. of your blog or website. They offer themes and templates to make it easy if you don’t quite know how to get started. They power more than 28% of the web. It’s fairly easy and flexible to create a website or blog. Find out more about SiteGround here and WordPress here.
Become an Amazon Associate
You can buy pretty much anything on Amazon these days. Which means you can find lots of products that fit in with your audience. You can join Amazon as an Associate and place product referrals on your blog or website. If that referral leads to a sale, you get a commission! The Amazon Associates Program is one of the largest and most successful online affiliate programs out there and they make it really easy to use. To join or just get more info, simply scroll to the bottom of Amazon.ca or Amazon.com and find “become an associate” OR go here (Canada) or here (US). Once you join you have 180 days to make your first sale.
If you really want to make the most of your 180 trial period and ensure you make that first sale, check out this helpful E-book: How to Make Money with Amazon Affiliates
Using these 7 sites will provide you with the basics you need to get started earning income from home using Pinterest to market yourself. It won’t happen overnight, but this will give you a good foundation to get started. Check out the links I provided and feel free to comment with any questions you may have.
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