How I Made My First Affiliate Sale On Pinterest

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Finally, it has happened! I have made my first affiliate sale. My earnings are $7.60, and now I know that making money online is possible. And the good thing is that I have learned from here how to repeat this process over and over again.

And the best part? I was on a vacation in Sweden, while it happened. This was passive income at its best.

Do you want to know how to make a Pinterest affiliate sale as well? Then read on about my experience and tips.

What is affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is a simple strategy that a lot of shops and services use. This is also a way how bloggers can write about the tools and products that they use and love, and get a monetary reward in the process.

Here is a very simplified example, which is similar to how many affiliate products work.

Imagine, you have created an e-book. You want to earn around $12 from each sale and want to make the most sales possible. So you decide to sell the ebook for $20 and offer $8 to anyone who recommends the e-book to a buyer.

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With each recommendation that ends with a purchase, the person who has advertised the product or service receives a reward for their effort. And this monetary reward from affiliate sales is how many bloggers make money online.

And this system is helpful for the buyers as well. The final price of the product does not change for them even if the purchase has been made through an affiliated recommender. But as a bonus, the buyers oftentimes get a review or a tutorial on how the product can be used.

I have been reading a lot of blogs and books about making money online, and this book spiked my interest. It is about affiliate marketing on Pinterest, which was perfect for me. You see, my blog is still growing and I don’t have a huge audience here.

However, Pinterest is an entirely different deal. You don’t have to have thousands of followers to start earning money with affiliate sales on Pinterest. In the book, you’ll see, how Pinterest works more like a search engine, and less like a social network. Check it out now for yourself!

My exact steps for making my first affiliate sale

Some books give guidance on how to make the first affiliate sale in 24 hours. It sounds so nice, but it wasn’t so in my case. It took a bit longer. Or to be precise – much longer. Let’s see a screenshot from SendOwl, which is a service that manages affiliate sales in this case:

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According to my calculations, my first sale took me around 3 months. The good news is – I wasn’t working on it at all, so for a determined person, this might take a lot less.

So how does this magic of setting up and forgetting about the sales works? Here are the steps:

  • In Pinterest, I created my profile in a way that gets more followers so that my pins are displayed to more people;
  • I signed up for the affiliate program of this e-book (you can find detailed instructions on the frequently asked questions about the book);
  • The author had prepared some images that could be used for Pinterest, so I pinned them to my boards. Tip: don’t forget to disclose that you will earn an affiliate commission if a purchase is made through this pin, I usually add a tag #affiliate to do this);
  • Here are some tips for creating pins that get clicked (if you don’t already have them made by the product owner);
  • In SendOwl I got my unique affiliate link and added it to the images on Pinterest. The affiliate link is needed so that the book owner would know that it was me who recommended the book.

And that’s it. Pinterest has led 552 people to the landing page of the book, and one of the people has made a purchase. And as a result, I have earned $7.60.

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Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels

Tools that can help you to make a sale faster

Tailwind is a scheduling tool for Pinterest. To drive more people to your pins, you have to be active and pin constantly. You can even join multiple Pinterest group boards and add the affiliate pins there. Tailwind comes to help here, as it can automate the pinning, distribute it several times a day, and even allow getting your pins added to Pinterest by other people to their followers. Try Tailwind’s free trial of 200 pins today!

Canva is a free tool that makes creating Pinterest graphics a fun and easy experience. Who says you can’t create several images of yourself leading to the affiliate products that you want to recommend to others? I like to create designs specifically for Pinterest, as it is a big visual search engine.

Unsplash offers free images that you can use to create Pinterest graphics. So there is no need to pay for stock photos if you are just starting.

Your turn

Have you tried affiliate marketing? If yes, what kind of products have you recommended to others?

9 thoughts on “How I Made My First Affiliate Sale On Pinterest”

  1. Masterix Simon

    PinPinterest [com] is hell bend on providing the best of the marketing and the automation services when it comes to managing the Pinterest Account, even though it has these ads running on sometimes. But still, when compared to what I get in return, it is just a small part of the whole deal and I tend to focus on the positives.
    The feature which I like the most and which has also helped me gain about 23k followers on Pinterest itself is the amazing content-recognizing sophisticated algorithm system which takes the best suitable pins and pin them on my board. I have also gained a lot of followers on my webpage too using this tool and for that I did not need to be on my PC all the time as it is mobile-optimised too making it easy to operate and manage anytime and anywhere.

  2. Love your blog. We are just getting started with WP and your info has been helpful. I do have a question or two. What did you use to become an affiliate for Airbnb? We use that a lot and will be reviewing places we stay. Also I like your disclaimer post better than mine and would like to know what you use. Feel free to contact me by email.
    Thanks so much.

    1. Hi, thank you for the good words!
      Anyone who is registered to Airbnb can invite friends and receive a small reward when a friend books a stay worth $75 or more. You can find the invitation link if you open Airbnb, press on your profile picture in the upper-right corner and choose “Invite friends”.

  3. We will be doing a Europe trip in the Spring of 2019 and are excited.
    Seattle-London-Stockholm-Amsterdam-Rhine river to Basil-Paris-Rome-Hone to Seattle
    Any hints would be welcome.

    1. If you want to learn about affiliate marketing in general, one of the best resources that I’d recommend is this: https://wandernity.com/AffiliateMarketingBundle
      Ana explains the basics and more advanced strategies of affiliate marketing in an understandable and realistic way. She has published several income reports as well, which is proof that her strategies work.

    1. Yes, it might take some time and experimentation to get the first sales. I have been promoting different ebooks and courses at different price levels, and so far the ebook mentioned in this post is the most successful one. Just keep trying different things – the more you try, the bigger is a chance for success. 🙂

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