Over the last couple of months, I’ve been learning how to make money on Pinterest with affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing on Pinterest is a really fun and easy side hustle that anyone can do to make money from home. You don’t even need a blog!
I first learned about this side hustle when I came across an ebook (on Pinterest, of course!)
The ebook was How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours Using Pinterest, by Elise from the fab House of Brazen business blog.
The book is fairly new and I haven’t seen a lot written about it yet. So I decided to write a review, so that you can decide if it’s right for you.
Affiliate marketing on Pinterest
Affiliate marketing is when you promote a product and earn a commission on the sales.
When I came across Elise’s pin, I’d been using affiliate marketing on my blog for a while, but I had no idea that you could do it on Pinterest.
I love Pinterest anyway, and spend about an hour a day on it between business and personal use.
Why not learn how to monetize this platform and add an extra income stream to my business?
The promise of making money within 24 hours was too much to resist, so at just $25, I snapped the ebook up!
(Note: since writing, the price of the course has increased, but it’s still a steal based on the money-making potential if you follow all the instructions 🙂 )
The book is an instant download, so you can get started straight away.
It covers the A to Z of Pinterest marketing, including setting up your profile for success, finding products to promote, creating beautiful pins, legal requirements (such as FTC disclosures) and joining group boards.
Then, of course, it details the exact strategy which Elise uses to make affiliate sales in 24 hours, over and over again.
The book is only 23 pages long. I’ll be honest, to start with I thought it was extremely short for the price. I was expecting a bit more.
However, I soon realised that the strategy itself is described perfectly. There are detailed step-by-step instructions which you can follow to start making money right away. The fact that the book is so concise is actually a plus, because it makes it easier to get started.
I’m guilty of buying other courses and ebooks in the past which I never took action on, simply because there was too much information and I felt overwhelmed!
This book is short enough for you to put into action in half a day or less.
Update for 2018 – The fab ebook is now an even better course!
I first wrote this review in November 2017, but I’m updating it in September 2018 to say that Elise has now turned her ebook into a short, easy-to-follow online course and it’s even more brilliant!
It’s still very concise and actionable – you can buy the course today and have your first affiliate pins out there making you money in less than a day.
The new course format breaks the book down into sections, and one nice feature is that you can track your progress – useful if you can’t complete it all in one sitting.
And for those who prefer books over online courses, access to the course also includes a downloadable copy of the original ebook. This is really useful to print out and refer to as you go along. Personally, I prefer ebooks anyway because I can read them on my phone on my commute, so I was glad to see this option is still available!
The new course is now priced at $40, but in my opinion it’s still great value due to all the extra content, and you should make your money back fast 🙂
You can also become an affiliate for the course, if you enjoyed it and want to share with your own audience. Details are in the last section of the course.
End of 2018 update!
What’s the strategy for making money fast?
Well, obviously I don’t want to share too many details from the course, because that wouldn’t be fair to Elise who has spent time developing it!
I will say that the strategy focuses on group boards.
If you are brand new to Pinterest, it will take some time to build up your profile to the point where you can implement this strategy.
The book does give some tips for setting up your profile and joining group boards, but this is not really the focus of the book. You might want to wait until you are more familiar with Pinterest before purchasing this book.
If you already have a well-established Pinterest account and are already a member of some group boards, you will be able to put the strategy into action straight away.
You don’t have to be a blogger to use this method. Technically, anyone with a Pinterest profile can make money this way!
However, I feel bloggers will have an advantage because they are more likely to be a member of group boards and to be familiar with other basic methods and terms used in the book.
Want to get a head start on joining Pinterest group boards? Grab a free copy of my group board training here:
Did I make my first sale in 24 hours?
But I did make my first sale with Elise’s method within four days!
I’d say that’s not too bad 🙂
Of course, Elise doesn’t make any guarantees regarding income. Everyone is starting from a different place.
The speed with which this method works for you depends on a lot of things: the size of your Pinterest following, how many group boards you’re in, your niche, the products you choose to promote, the design of your pins, and all sorts of other things.
But I do think this book promotes a sound strategy for affiliate marketing on Pinterest. If you stick with it, I believe you will make money – even if it takes some time to get there.
Since I first bought this book a couple of months ago, I am making consistent sales with this method. Unfortunately I don’t know the exact figures, because I am mostly promoting products that are also on my blogs, and I can’t break down where the sales come from. However, I have seen an increase in sales which I believe is thanks to this book!
To test it out properly, I added two new affiliate products to my strategy last week. I haven’t linked to either of them on my blogs, so I know that all the sales come from Pinterest.
With the first product, I made a sale after three days. With the other, I haven’t made any sales yet. But my pin is starting to get a lot of shares, so I’m confident it will bring me some sales soon.
The great thing about Pinterest is that your pins are out there forever. Everything you pin today has the potential to make you money at a future date!
Who is this book for?
Best for bloggers and anyone with a well-established Pinterest profile. Ideally you will already be a member of several group boards.
I would particularly recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with the basics of affiliate marketing, but doesn’t know how to apply it to Pinterest.
This is a great starter affiliate marketing ebook for anyone interested in learning to make money with social media.
Who isn’t this book for?
Total Pinterest newbies might find this book a little bit advanced.
If you’re new to the world of Pinterest and/or affiliate marketing, I recommend starting with this free course instead.