If you haven’t heard, affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways bloggers make money. Add Pinterest into the mix and you can get started right away.
Many new bloggers think they need to wait until they have a large following before trying to monetize their site. But, the good news is, you don’t need to wait. You can start earning money blogging right from the start with a small (or no) following.
By combining affiliate marketing with Pinterest you can monetize your blog quickly and easily.
If you haven’t already set up your blog it’s super easy…even if you’re not tech-savvy. You can set up your own blog for less than $4/month. Here’s my full tutorial that will walk you through setting up your blog step-by-step.
Let’s dive in!
How I Became an Affiliate Marketer
When I started my blog I knew I wanted to find a way to monetize it to cover my expenses. I didn’t have my own products to sell and I wasn’t providing services yet.
I started to research affiliate marketing and came across an ecourse titled How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours.
Spending money on courses is not something I often do. I could probably find some of the information in this course online for free but I wanted a faster approach.
I didn’t want to spend hours researching strategies and tips, trying to put it all together and going through the whole trial and error stage. My time would be better spent creating content, promoting my blog and building an engaged audience.
So, I signed up for the ecourse and dove in. The course is delivered on Teachable so you can get started immediately after submitting your payment. No need to wait any longer to start implementing strategies that will make you money.
About the eCourse
Elise from House of Brazen is the creator of this amazing course. She has been blogging for 5+ years and earns a steady full-time income through her blog with affiliate sales and digital products.
It took me less than 1 hour to go through the ecourse. Far less time than it would take to find and put together all of this information from searching Google. This is a cut to the chase kind of course with a ton of valuable tips and strategies that work. No fluff and no off-topic ramblings.
The ecourse is designed for beginners as an introduction to affiliate marketing. If you’re already making a decent income from affiliate marketing this is not for you.
How I Made My First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours is priced affordably for the amount of content you get. I’ve seen other course creators charging 5 times the price for the same type/amount of content. You also get the course as a downloadable ebook, along with other helpful bonuses that will teach you how to drive traffic to your site and increase your reach on Pinterest.
In my opinion this course is an invaluable resource for beginner bloggers.
Inside the eCourse
Inside the How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours course Elise walks you through step-by-step:
- Affiliate Marketing and Pinterest basics
- A proven viral pin strategy
- How to design the perfect pin using Canva
- How to properly disclose affiliate links (this is a biggie and is required by law)
- A list of quality Affiliate Programs
- How to find and join Pinterest Group Boards (great for even higher visibility)
- How to Use Keywords in Pinterest Descriptions (and all the places you need to include keywords)
- And the best part – how to set your account on auto-pilot so you can earn while you sleep
All of that plus the bonuses = amazing value for the low price tag.
I’m not going to give away all of Elise’s secrets from the course because she’s put a lot of hard work and time into creating a high value product. You’ll get a lot more out of it by signing up then if I tried to reiterate all of the content in this post.
What good would this review be if I didn’t show you my actual results.
My blog was brand new (less than 2 months), I had ZERO blog traffic, ZERO social media following and didn’t even have a Pinterest account.
I bought the course, signed up for a Pinterest for Business account and started implementing everything Elise was teaching.
With a Pinterest for Business account you’ll get access to analytics. The analytics are super helpful to learn which pins are top performers and which boards are getting a lot of views. This information will help you create more valuable pins and can help you come up with new blog post ideas.
Even though I only had 5 posts published on my site, I started to see my traffic steadily increasing thanks to the pins I created while watching the viral pin strategy lesson. I signed up for my first affiliate program (more on that below), wrote ONE blog post about the product and pinned it following the exact strategy in the course.
Within 72 hours of posting a few pins linking to that one blog article, I made my first affiliate sale for $89.70.
Holy crap….it actually works! I jumped up and did a happy dance right there in my kitchen.
Because I stepped out of my comfort zone and was willing to invest in my business, the return was something I never imagined. I’d earned back more than double what it cost to enroll in the course.
Since then, I’ve joined more affiliate programs and the sales are coming in regularly.
Before taking the course
After taking the course
(Note: Based on the lessons in the course, I updated my account name to my personal name instead of my business name.)
Finding Affiliate Programs
If you’ve taken any courses (even free ones) reach out to the course creator to ask if they offer an affiliate program.
If you haven’t taken any courses there are two popular types of affiliate programs for beginners.
These include Amazon Associates or an Affiliate Network such as ShareASale, Rakuten and AWIN.
I personally have only used Amazon Associates and ShareASale. It’s top priority to me that I only promote products/services that I personally stand behind. I will never promote anything that I wouldn’t or haven’t used myself.
As for Amazon Associates, my word of caution here is to really consider what products you will promote prior to signing up. You have 120 days to make 3 qualified sales. If you don’t your account is closed and you will need to reapply at a later time.
As a beginner blogger I just didn’t have enough content that was relevant to products I would promote through Amazon. I wasn’t able to meet their requirements and I have not applied again because I’ve found other sources I’d rather promote.
The Exact Steps I Took to Grow My Pinterest Account, Drive Traffic To My Blog and Start Earning Affiliate Sales
Here is exactly what I did during the first 30 days of enrolling in How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours:
- implemented every step of the How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours ecourse
- manually repinned on average 25 pins/day (after reading the post to verify the content was helpful)
- started following people in similar niches
- optimized my profile, boards and pins using the tips inside the ecourse
- pinned any blog posts I found helpful from Google searches (pinning directly from the blog post allowed me to track the analytics from the pin)
- created branded Pinterest images for each of my own blog posts and added each to Pinterest
- joined 4 affiliate programs
- joined one group board
I’ve just started using Tailwind so I can spend less time pinning and more time creating valuable content. Now that the upfront work has been put in to optimize my profile, boards and pins I’m ready to hit the autopilot button.
Recap of Pinterest Affiliate Marketing Results
Within the first 30 days of purchasing ‘How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours’ the following happened:
- Grew my Pinterest monthly views from 0 to 10k+
- Increased blog traffic from 0 with most traffic coming directly from Pinterest
- Started getting Pinterest followers, impressions, saves and clicks on my pins
- Made my first affiliate sale totally $89.70 within 72 hours, with sales now coming in regularly
If you want to start earning money blogging be sure to sign up for How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours (now named Paid by Pinterest) to get the best strategy for beginners.