Pinterest is a great place to advertise your products especially if you have an online store.
It is because Pinterest users use Pinterest to search, save and/or buy products/services.
But what if you do not have a product to sell?
Don’t worry, Amazon is here.
Amazon is the biggest e-commerce site as of today, and thankfully they have an affiliate program!
In case, you have no idea what is Pinterest or what is it used for? Then I suggest you read my article, “What is Pinterest Used For?” to gain some background knowledge on how great Pinterest is for affiliate marketing and for any type of e-commerce, to be honest.
I also wrote an article on How to Make Money with Amazon Affiliate Marketing to give a quick tutorial on how you, as a bloggers, can use Amazon’s affiliate program to monetize your blog plus all the basic stuff you need to know to set up your own Amazon Affiliate account.
If you don’t want to write a blog just to promote products, don’t fret there is another way and that is through saving pictures on Pinterest and directing them to the Amazon site. Yup, sounds good to be true but, in essence, that is literally what you are doing!
In this article, I will teach you how to take advantage of Pinterest’s shopper-focused platform and Amazon’s huge e-commerce inventory so you can make money on the side.
First off, let me answer these important questions…
Can You Use Amazon Affiliate Links on Pinterest?
The answer is conflicting, but as per Amazon, themselves, you can use Amazon Associates (affiliate links) on Pinterest provided that you have a blog or a website registered to your Amazon Associates account! (I am assuming that the blog/website is also linked to your Pinterest Business account.)
Another thing you need to do is to add your Pinterest Account URL in your Amazon Associate’s “site lists”
Just to be on the safe side, please email Amazon to confirm for yourself!
Does Pinterest Allow Affiliate Links?
There is less of a debate here, and the answer is a resounding yes.
There was a point when Pinterest banned affiliate links because people misused it, but that was a long time ago. Today, they have a more sophisticated anti-spam software that filters spammers and that is why they are allowing affiliate links again.
Now that we have a go signal on using Amazon Affiliate Links on Pinterest, the next questions that I will answer are the following
How to Upload an Affiliate Pin on Pinterest
In this section, I will show you how to create or upload an affiliate link.
Step 1: Click the “plus” button on the upper right of your Pinterest account or the “create a pin” under your profile picture.
Step 2: Fill in the blanks
Step 2.a: If the affiliate provider gave an affiliate pin then you can upload that in “A”. If there is none, then you can upload your own images/video.
Be sure to use appropriate, high-quality stock photos.
High-quality images are attention grabber which will give you engagement to your Pins. However, please don’t just use random pictures for the sake of traffic. Ensure that the photos you are using are relevant to your affiliate link, else your Pinterest followers will be disappointed to your Pins which could result in being un-followed, reported, or getting banned.
There are lots of sites where you can get high-quality stock photos for free! Pexels.com, Pixabay.com, Rawpixels.com, and Subsplash.com to name the few.
Step 2.b: Insert your Pins’ title in “B”.
Make sure to use your main target keyword in your pin’s title so right people can find it.
For example, if the affiliate link is about personal finance, then you want people who are interested in personal finance to find it to increase your conversion rate (the rate in which your readers becomes a paying customer).
In order to do this, you need to think like your customers. Ask yourself, What does my potential customer ask? What are their problems? What do they need? Figure out those questions then make it your title!
Step 2.c Write a detailed description of your pin in “C”.
Again, you need to insert keywords on your description! This time use supporting keywords in addition to your primary target keyword.
For example, if your primary target keyword is How to Achieve Financial Independence? Then your secondary keywords could be the following:
- financial independence tips
- financial independence retire early
- financial independence passive income
With that in mind, your pin description should include your title, plus all the secondary keywords. The tricky part is to include all these keywords while making it reads natural.
And there you go, since your Pin is stuffed with a primary and secondary keyword, the Pinterest algorithm will instantly recognize what your Pin is all about so it will show your Pin to any interested and proactive searcher.
Step 2.d Finally, copy and paste your affiliate link in “D”.
Please be careful not to use a link shortener such as Bit.ly, Pretty Link, TinyURL, etc. to hide your affiliate link. Pinterest does not allow it as per their policy.
Also, you MUST disclose that you are using an affiliate link not only you do not want to mislead your readers, but more importantly it is required by law.
Step 3: The Shortcut
Personally, I don’t recommend this trick because it seems that I am the only one doing this and that might be bad, but I find this trick really unfairly easy so I will share it to you anyways.
If you are an experienced Pinterest/Amazon Associates user and you know for the fact that this is not allowed or there is something wrong with this technique then please let me know.
Step 3a. Download the Pinterest Chrome Extension Shortcut
Step 3b. Log in to Amazon using your Amazon-Associates Account. If done accordingly, you should be able to see your SiteStrip!
Step 3c. Find the product that you want to sell
Step 3d. Click “Text” on-site strip to get the affiliate link then right click on your affiliate link and choose “Go to + affiliate link”
Step 3f. Pinterest extension would allow you to Pin the image of the product you want to sell AND it will automatically use your affiliate link!
Some disadvantage doing this way are the following:
- Once you pinned the image, you cannot edit the link used. So be sure that the link used is your affiliate link.
- There is a tendency that the image saved is blurry or has wrong dimensions
Questions, Suggestions, Feedback?
Okay, so that’s it for me. Those are all the steps I know to properly create Pin an affiliate link. If I missed something please let me know in the comment section. If you have questions, also please ask down below as well.
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