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How to Make Money on Pinterest in 2024 – YES, It’s Possible

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Hey there Rebel, you landed on this post and you’re probably wondering, “Is it even possible? Can I really learn how to make money on Pinterest?" 

"Are people still making money on Pinterest?"

Orrrr you’re like me circa 2016 and you’re saying “Ef that, it’s not real.”

Oh, but it is. It certainly is.

You can still make money on Pinterest in 2024 if you implement the proper strategies and you know (at least a little) what you're doing.

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How to Make Money on Pinterest in 2024

There are a few different ways to earn an income from your Pinterest account. 

But in order to be successful, you ARE going to need to develop a foundational understanding of how Pinterest works and how to USE it to your advantage. 

Back in the day, I self taught myself Pinterest. 

But so much changed in a short period of time, and I neglected it for a bit. Until I found someone on the internet teaching up to date Pinterest strategy without the fluff (which is my style since I'm a rebel). 

So I enrolled in her course and relearned the platform through her. 

I highly recommend learning from her. We actually hosted a free masterclass together which is a good place to start your learning (sign up free here).

When you learn how to use Pinterest well (setting up the foundations of your profile, creating click worthy pins, leveraging your own boards and group boards, you drastically increase the likelihood that your pins with affiliate links will get clicked (and therefore you'll get paid). 

Free: Pin Template Starter Kit Here

Alright now back to the core strategies to implement on Pinterest to actually make money from Pinterest... 

1. Send People to Your Website Lead Magnet

First of all, a lead magnet is something FREE that you offer to people but they need to put in their name and email address in order to claim it. 

This is how you GROW your email list. And there are a whole slew of reasons why you ABSOLUTELY FREAKING SHOULD GROW YOUR EMAIL LIST to make money online but that's a story and blog post for another day. 

The coolest part about lead magnets is that you can actually make a ton of money off of your new subscribers. 

I like to call this "INSTANT CUSTOMERS".

It goes like this:

  1. Step one - offer free lead magnet to your viewers
  2. Step two - they input their name and email address to gain access to said freebie
  3. Step three - once successful, they are redirected to a limited time LOW COST offer 
  4. Step four - they buy said limited time low cost offer
  5. Step five - you count the cash you just generated because guess what? You just made money from Pinterest

That's right - you successfully monetized your Pinterest account in an insanely easy way. 

In fact, I have an entire course on how to turn your new leads into instant customers within seconds of them opting in for free to your email list. It utilizes TRIPWIRES to get your leads to make a fast purchase and it works VERY WELL. 

Learn for free the basics of setting up a tripwire here.

There are also many other benefits to tripwires and implementing them on your site, and they benefit not just you but also the viewer. It really is one of those easy win/win/win strategies all around.

Alright so there’s the little thing called affiliate marketing. If you’re not sure what affiliate marketing is (or affiliate marketing on Pinterest), here’s the general gist....

2. Make Money On Pinterest with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

Alright so there’s the little thing called affiliate marketing. If you’re not sure what affiliate marketing is (or affiliate marketing on Pinterest), here’s the general gist....

Have you ever recommended a product or service that you absolutely LOVE to a friend or family member? Have they ever started using it because of your recommendation?

Now, imagine those companies paid you a COMMISSION every time you got a friend or family member to start using their product or service. That’s affiliate marketing.

As an affiliate of a company, you can earn commission for getting the company new paying customers.

Do you see where I’m going here?

Take, for instance, your favorite online course. If your online course runs an affiliate program, you may be able to earn a chunk of money every time you get someone to enroll in that course.

How?

Share your super special “referral link” with your friends and family. When they pay for the course, the company will be able to see it was YOU that referred them through the special link.

And that’s when they’ll reward you with the fancy commission.

But how does this relate to learning how to make money on Pinterest?

So glad you asked…

Simple, 3 step process to making money on Pinterest with affiliate links

  1. Sign up to be an affiliate for your favorite service or product
  2. Create a CUTTEEE pin using a free tool like Canva or whatever your pleasure is
  3. Start Pinning (with your affiliate link - are affiliate links allowed on Pinterest - YES, THEY ARE!). 

So now that we got the basics covered, let's break this 3 step process down starting with step one.

STEP ONE: Become an affiliate for programs so that you can get affiliate links and begin affiliate marketing

If you're not sure how to get started with affiliate marketing, you should take this course. I took it, it's amazing for beginners. It will show you how to setup the foundational aspects of affiliate marketing that will enable you to be successful. 

But here's the bare minimum of what you need to do:

  1. Make a list of products or services that your target audience needs
  2. Search to see if there are affiliate programs for those products and services
  3. Apply to the affiliate programs
  4. When and if you are approved, get the affiliate links for those programs and start putting them on Pinterest

Earn money on Pinterest STEP TWO: Create the Pin

Now, the truly fun stuff begins.

Once you get approved for affiliate programs and get access to your own unique affiliate link, you'll be able to start promoting. 

Head to Canva (free graphic design tool – yaaasss!) to create a super cute Pinterest Pin.

Click "blog graphic" so the dimensions will be good for Pinterest.

Design an image. Here's an example:

Download the image and save it to your computer for easy access to start STEP THREE. 

Finally, step three: Pin the heck out of the Pin

Once you've created your Pinterest Pin, you're going to need to start saving it to your Pinterest acccount. 

This of course requires that you know how to use Pinterest. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm a big fan of this Pinterest strategy from my friend Nadalie - join the free workshop here.

But let's just fast forward to the point at which you've learned how to use Pinterest and created the pin, saved it to your computer, etc. etc.

At this point, the place that your AFFILIATE link goes is where the PIN URL goes.

HOW TO PUT YOUR AFFILIATE LINK ON PINTEREST

HOW TO PUT YOUR AFFILIATE LINK ON PINTEREST

After you upload your images, choose the boards you'd like to pin to, and save!

Next, go view your pin and click "Edit" in the top left with the pencil.

This is where you can change the description of the post (load it with keywords and phrases and make it something eye catching) and make sure your referral link is correct so that you can make money on Pinterest!! 

Don't forget that legally you do need to disclose when you are sharing an affiliate link.

Streamlining Pinterest to Make More Money

So, you get the gist, but do you really have all the time in the world to sit down, make a bunch of pins and pin them all day to your boards and to other boards?

Naw.

So that's where this free training comes into play: The 3 Big Mistakes You're Making on Pinterest & How to Fix Them Today

You'll get a simple to understand process that you can easily implement on Pinterest and (best part) reuse over and over again without too much effort. 

Of course everything takes effort. But it's NOT painfully hard to learn the new strategies and Nadalie is a great teacher.

Pinterest Affiliate Marketing without a Blog

One of the best things about Pinterest affiliate marketing is that you really don't even NEED a website or blog to do this.

All you need is a Pinterest account, affiliate links and pins and implement a strong pinterest straegy.

Think about it. All you do is create a pin, add your affiliate link in the URL space, and then spread that pin widely across the Pinterest-sphere. It's that simple. 

If you're wondering how to make money on Pinterest without a blog - THIS is how. With affiliate links on Pins. 

Does Pinterest Pay Pinners?

A lot of times when people hear about monetizing pins and making money on Pinterest, they assume that people are being paid by Pinterest. That's just not true. Does Pinterest pay pinners? The short answer: no. The long answer: no. 

When you share affiliate links on Pinterest, and people click on them and make a purchase, you will get paid your affiliate commission by the affiliate programs, not by Pinterest. 

If you want to get paid by Pinterest, you'll have better luck applying for a job through them, you know?

Pinterest Affiliate Marketing Course

You could either spend a lot of time perusing the web for the info you need, or you could speed things up by buying a resource that has the info for you in a neat and tidy package. The choice is yours! 

If you want the info you need quick and fast, here are my favorite Pinterest learning resources that our readers LOVE. 

title

type/level

about

Pinteresting Strategies 2.0

coure, intermediate

  • How to manual pin
  • how to  make Pinterest your number 1 source of traffic

Pinterest

Popular

course, beginner-intermediate

  • How setup your account from scratch
  • full pinterest tutorial
  • Pin-SEO

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

course, beginner-intermediate

  • full pinterest automation tutorial
  • full affiliate marketing tutorial (not just Pinterest)

Wrapping it up

So, to answer the question, “Can you make money on Pinterest?” – Yes, you absolutely CAN make money on pinterest. I’m not making this stuff up.

Mayybeee it won’t come within 24 hours, but when you consistently pin images that direct you to your blog posts that have affiliate links, or you pin images that redirect directly to your affiliate product or service page, you’re golden.

Main thing to keep in mind: don’t quit before the magic happens. You’ll get paid using Pinterest when you truly dedicate yourself to it.

It’s a proven method and it works – so get started and let me know what you think!

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