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8 Effective Ways To Make Money Using Pinterest

Joel Brown (Founder of




A lot of people nowadays are asking, ‘How Can I Make Money Online?

Well here are eight creative and highly efficient ways that will help you make money online using the highly popular new visual pinboard ‘Pinterest’.


8 Effective Ways To Make Money Online – Using Pinterest


Product Promotion

Pinterest allows you to pin photos of interest to your profile. The first and most obvious way of making money through this social network is the promotion of the products appearing on your corporate website or blog.

People are mainly visuals creatures and they are immediately attracted to photographs. Having high quality pictures of your products pinned will instantly give you a chance to maximize sales and to increase the number of loyal customers that you have.


Affiliate Marketing

Pinterest allows you to pin products from Amazon or another network that you are an affiliate of. In order to make money, you will obviously have to use your affiliate link for each pin. Websites such as supply you with affiliate links when you sign on board with them.

When people follow the link from Pinterest to the specific website, you will be seen as the referrer and you will be rewarded with the commission of each purchase generated. Once again, make use of Pinterest’s visual appeal and get new customers for the products that you are promoting. Just make sure the products you are promoting tie in with other pictures and items that you share on your pinterest account, you don’t want your boards too look too spammy.


Re-Pin Other People’s Contents

In order to make money on Pinterest, you will have to expand your network. Your message needs to reach a big number of people, in order to be effective. Having a large network is also signifying that your photo will get re pinned several times, which will enable it to reach a larger audience.

Pin and repin the contents that other people share. As a courtesy, these individuals are very likely to promote your pictures. The larger the audience, the higher your chances of success.


Target The Right Audience

According to official Pinterest statistics, the social network is attracting mainly female audiences. Knowing the people that will be seeing your message and achieving a certain degree of targeting is essential if you are willing to make money on Pinterest.

Pinterest comes with different channels and categories. Choose the right ones for your photos. Each category will be viewed by a specific audience and you want to be addressing the people that are most likely to make a purchase.


SEO On Pinterest

Search engine optimization is an important part of online marketing. If you are to be successful on Pinterest, you will have to keep SEO techniques in mind.

Your profile and your photos should have the right descriptions that will allow people to discover the information both on the social network and through search engines. This way, you will be increasing the exposure. Don’t forget to use the # tag in front of keywords to help searches find your pin ie… #Beauty, #Motivation Picture etc….. Also don’t forget to leave a link to your site or your product in each pin description so it is more visible for your average visitor.



Launching a contest on Pinterest may be a great way to introduce a new product or to increase the popularity of your company. Naturally, the aim of the contest will be for more people to see your photographs and to become familiar with your company or affiliate network.

The easiest thing to do is to organize a Pin to Win contest. Come up with some small award that will stimulate other Pinterest users to pin your photographs and to spread the message to their networks.


Pinterest for Market Analysis

Apart from being a direct channel that can be used to make money, Pinterest can also be helpful in terms of market analysis.

Explore the website and see which profiles and which photographs are enjoying popularity. This way, you will get some sort of idea about the interests and preferences of Pinterest users. Knowing what consumers want will help you come up with the best advertising strategy.


Social Media Integration

Pinterest information sharing can be easily integrated with Facebook and Twitter. This is a tremendous way to reach a larger audience. Making use of this feature is the best way to get the message across multiple channels and to increase the number of people that will be exploring your products.


It is possible to make money on Pinterest, as long as you know what you want to achieve. Familiarity with traditional internet marketing techniques can be helpful. Even if you are a novice in this sector you have a strong chance of success using Pinterest to make money. Take your time to study the social network and make sure that the photos you are sharing are of high quality. These two prerequisites will determine the outcome of your campaign.

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    Aug 17, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Those meatballs you cooked are the point. You see the wonderful looking meatballs in a beautifully composed photo and you say to yourself, “hey, I like ball-shaped meat parcels” and decide to cook them.
    It seems to me that pinterest is all about sharing things (mostly recipes and wedding photos from what I can tell) that you find on the internet. And while that may not seem like much compared to facebook, but it’s certainly effective and addicting enough to catch on. I think it won’t be too long before retail companies decide to market pin-friendly content on the site, and as the article says, anything bought on the site that was referred by a pin collects revenue for the company. It doesn’t seem that complicated actually.

  8. Elvis Michael

    Jul 29, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Awesome post Joel.
    I recently started using Pinterest and i admit it’s a lot more fun than FB and Twitter (perhaps due to the visual aspect of it.) In any case, it’s a neat platform for business/marketing and casual use alike.

    I’ve noticed that the more pictures i share, the more people seem to return the favor and my profile has gradually built some momentum.

    I suggest that everyone also installs a Pinterest plugin to your blog so that your readers can easily “Pin” any quality image available in your blog posts.

    Hope that helps. Enjoy your day.
    Elvis Michael

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    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Another great post as always. I’ve never considered using pinterest to increase my online income but it seems well worth looking into! Affiliate marking is a great way for anyone to earn a little extra money and I love that you are helping newcomers to the trade learn about it!

    Keep up the quality posts!


  10. Eugene T

    Feb 22, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Regarding affiliated links – google “pinterest and affiliated links” and read some reports – granted it is a moving target – but Pinterest was known to block or replace user’s affiliated links with their own.
    other than that – great great article, great ideas!

  11. Steve Manning

    Jan 28, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Despite having weekly fresh followers I have not made any money or as far as I can tell no signups to the traffic generation program I advertise.Other methods of marketing work fine I pin a graphic of the program but cannot add the url it will not let me.Will keep building it I have 750 followers and follow 1250 .

  12. japheth

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I have tried it and it has been might look messy but its pretty good for a passive income

  13. John at adult traffic

    Oct 28, 2012 at 4:17 am

    I am interested in affiliate marketing but I cant understand how should I start. Can you help me for that with any stuff.

  14. rob

    Sep 25, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Thanks for the Information sounds really good.

  15. Ina

    Sep 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing <3

  16. Denis Agech

    Aug 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I am very new to pinterest I would want to know more

  17. Amandah

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for these great tips. I didn’t know Pinterest can be used for affiliate marketing.

    I recently joined Pinterest and am finding it to be a bit messy and unorganized. For some reason, I had the darnedest time trying to follow someone. I’ll stick with Pinterest for a month or two to ‘test’ and compare it to Twitter, StumbleUpon, Facebook, etc.

  18. alec hudson

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I am new to pinterest and wish to subscribe. Keeping up with the times

  19. Jakob Hardon

    Jul 9, 2012 at 5:35 am

    I’ve been using Pinterest now for a few months and never ever thought about using it as an affiliate marketing tool! Thanks for the insight about SEO…heading off to change a few things on my profile…in hopes of getting more of my ‘pins’…RE-PINNED! 🙂

  20. Mauro D'Andrea

    Jul 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks Joel, this is a really interesting article.
    I didn’t think about using Pinterest for affiliate products…it’s a good idea!

    But there is a thing that is not helful for this: Pinterest has a mainly female audience interested in fashion, cooking, interior decoration and other similar topics.
    So I guess that it could not be optimal for businesses that cover other subjects.
    What do you think about?

    • AbdulMalik Saidu

      Jan 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Remember the site has many categories and believe just because they are mainly interested in cooking and other domestic thing don’t mean they won’t be interested in other thing. Just do it. 🙂

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