How to make money on Pinterest ( Affiliate Marketing Guide for Beginners)

By Lia

How to make money on Pinterest no blog required ( Affiliate Marketing step by step guide )

Have you ever thought about how to make money on Pinterest?

There are a few different ways that you can make money on the search platform and this post will let you in on how to make money on Pinterest even without a blog.

Can you earn money on Pinterest?

Basically one of the easiest ways is to use whats called Affiliate Marketing!

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So let’s get started!

So I have made a few sales already with Affiliate marketing on Pinterest about £120 on Awin ( this has still to be paid out). It is really simple you don’t need a website but you do need a Pinterest account to make money on Pinterest.

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Here is how it works in practice.


What is Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is basically promoting other peoples goods or services and receiving a commission from the sale. This can be a physical product or more usually a digital product.

That’s it in a nutshell.

You can apply to join individual affiliate programs for one company or a network like:






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What is Pinterest

What is Pinterest – if you have never been on the platform I recommend giving it a go it’s very addictive speaking as someone who used it from the get-up and go.

If you are confusing it with a social network channel then don’t its a search engine like Google so it needs to be treated like one.

Pinterest is a visual search engine which allows an individual to curate their own boards with favourite pins and also collaborate with other users on Group boards.

Pinterest loves NEW content and will focus on this more than anything else in its feed ( not talking about paid Ad’s here )  – so if you have lots of new lovely pins then Pinterest will show you the love back!

Group boards use to be great back in the day to get things to share not so much. They can still be useful especially small tightly niched boards but forget the large boards with lots of members.

Tailwind Tribes are another great way to share content and it’s not something I tend to do in a big way.

They also have rules just like Group boards that mean they may NOT allow affiliate linked Pins so make sure you check the rules before pinning either Group boards or Tailwind tribes – boards that you set up yourself are fine to pin to.

Go ahead take a look see if its something you will be interested in spending time on because if it’s not then, affiliate marketing on Pinterest will not be your bag.



How do you use Affiliate marketing on Pinterest make money on Pinterest?

There are lots of programs you can apply to that allow you to pin on Pinterest. Once you have a group of programs that you have joined I suggest you make a list of the ones your in along with the tracking links so you can keep them all in one place which makes it a lot easier to add links to new pins.

Basically, you make Pins using either the tools listed below or some programs provide images or you can save images from their website to use when you make up your winning pin. You then add your personal tracking link and hey presto when someone clicks on the pin and is forwarded to the website and buys the Pin image item you get a commission it can be as little as 5% or as much as 40% it just depends on what it is you are trying to sell.



How to set up your Pinterest Business Account

When you first set up your account you have an option to transfer it to a Business account. I would suggest you do this so that you can get your Pinterest Analytics up and running this will let you see how the pins you are using are doing.

You next need to verify your website for Pinterest this can be a tricky step have a look at related posts below for help with setting up your account and also verify your website.

Next, you need to enable rich pins for your site.

What exactly are RICH PINS?

Rich pins are pins that will display your website details and icon below them when you have a pinnable image available this will mean you are readily accessible to people looking for the pin source – in other words, YOU.

If you have the Yoast SEO plugin most folks have this one installed as it helps with their on-page SEO then you will be delighted to know this is one of the easiest ways to enable rich pins.

In the menu, you go to social and enable the Facebook tab yep you heard that right!

Then head over to the Pinterest Rich pin validator here

Rich Pin validator

Copy your link to one of your blog posts, not a homepage and add it to the rich pin validator and you should see a message saying rich pins have been validated.

If this is sqew wiff with your rich pins you can do this a few times with the relevant blog posts if for instance, you aren’t getting your pin data pulled.



Related Pinterest posts on How to set up Your Pinterest Account

Setting up your Pinterest Account

Verify your Website on Pinterest

If you would rather not have to deal with all this Pinterest stuff I now have an option to work with me to set up or maintain your Pinterest account here.



How to set your Pinterest Boards

When you set up your Pinterest Boards you need to make sure you are using great keyworded boards and board names – how do you find these well for one Pinterest gives you the answers!

Say you wanted to have a crafts board for specific crafts for argument’s sake lets pick a topic – 4th of July for you guy’s over the pond.

So you have pins for 4th of July you don’t just want to have a board titled 4th of July Crafts so how do you figure out what other boards you could have?

Type in 4th of July into Pinterest search and you get this list at the top you will want to go through each relevant tile to see if there are good board topics that fit your post/pins.

When I go into crafts I get this list and when I scroll down I also get this option for suggested searches another good option for board names.

So have a look around see what Pinterest is coming up with so far I would have

4th of July as my top board so this would be a general board relating to all things 4th of July:

  • 4th of July
  • 4th of July Crafts
  • 4th of July DIY
  • 4th of July Home Decor which I could split down to 4th of July front door decor if it was a wreath post say

It would depend on how many posts I was going to write about for 4th July wreaths!

You can also use this search to find great keywords to use for your board as well by adding the board name into the search result and seeing what tiles Pinterest comes up with.

You should try and set up at least 5 boards per topic or category from your blog on your Pinterest Profile.



Joining Group Boards

There are a few ways to find group boards to join my favourite way would be to find the bloggers and influencers you follow in your niche and see which boards they join.

Fewer followers and great keyworded group boards are the best ones

So instead of Most popular blog posts on Pinterest group board go with How to make money group board.

When you are first starting out try and join as many group boards as possible and either archive or leave the ones that aren’t performing. is another source of group boards.

Best Affiliate Marketing Programs for Pinterest – Magiclinks

I have mentioned a few but my ultimate Best Program is Magiclinks.

Make sure to check T&C for affiliate programs that are allowable on Pinterest some don’t allow direct links on Pinterest – thinking of Amazon here.


How to do Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest

One of the easiest programs to generate links for Pinterest is using Magiclinks.  It’s really easy to use Magiclinks they have lots of different retailers for eg. Norstrund with lots of different categories to create links in.

Create links to categories you have on your Pinterest account.

You will need a minimum of 100 followers to join Magiclinks so get that account set up asap.

Make sure whatever you pin you also have other pins on your account.

This way it doesn’t look spammy so each board should have a wide range of affiliate vs non-affiliate pins.

Also, keep your account coherent.

You can also join other affiliate programs.

I would promote for instance my general affiliate marketing pins without going directly to a post.




Rules and Regulations for Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest

It’s super important to disclose you are using an affiliate link on your pins you can do this by adding a #affiliatelink or #afflink or even # this is an affiliate link add to the description.

You should also not shorten your links or cloak them they should be the raw link from your affiliate dashboard.


SEO and Pin Descriptions

Just as with your other pins it’s important to use Search engine optimisation in your description.

So make sure that it’s well keyworded.

You also want to make it sound attractive to buyers too.

Because after all, you want them to buy the product on offer.


Best Courses for Affiliate marketing on Pinterest

This is one of the best courses you can take to monetize your Pinterest Account.

In a hurry to find out more:

Best Course for Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest




Best Courses for Affiliate Marketing

Carlys Affiliate marketing for bloggers

Making sense of Affiliate Marketing

DTC Affiliate Marketing course



Best Tools for Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest

Designing your Pins

  1. Picmonkey
  2. Canva
  3. Adobe spark
  4. Stencil




Scheduling your Pins

My number one Scheduler if you don’t want to manually pin your pins is using Tailwind.

It’s very easy to use and will save you a heap of time if you don’t want to manually pin.


How to get sales for Affiliate marketing without a blog on Pinterest

One of the best tips is really to PIN LOTS that’s it!

If you are pinning to group boards remember to make sure that you are not being spammy.

And also that they allow affiliate pins!

Repin popular pins this will help to get eyeballs on your own affiliate pins too.


Keep experimenting with your Pin designs and don’t expect to get commissions straight away.


Pinning lots can be time-consuming if you are manually pinning. If you want an alternative to this you can schedule pins using Tailwind .

The great thing about Tailwind app is that you can schedule a whole heap of pins in one.

Tailwind app also has analytics which can show you which of your pins are doing well. This means you can duplicate your success.


Get a free Tailwind app trial and a $15 credit off a paid plan here.




Round up of top tips for Affiliate Marketing without a blog

  • Write great SEO keyworded descriptions for your pins
  • Don’t be spammy
  • Disclosure your affiliate links
  • Repin other peoples pins especially popular pins to help with engagement on your account 
  • Don’t over pin or it will look spammy
  • Keep going
  • Don’t give up it’s going to take time


Get started with Affiliate marketing today

Now you know how to earn money using Affiliate links on Pinterest so what are you waiting for!


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Five years ago, I began this blog, yet I gave it up. However, after enduring a difficult period of poor health and being told I could no longer be a Pharmacist due to the strain, I decided to revive it.

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