How To Make Your first Affiliate sale on Pinterest

How to make money using affiliate links on Pinterest

 

By seasidesundays.com

 

Did you know that you can create a passive income stream without even writing a single blog post? Affiliate marketing is truly the easiest way to jumpstart your income if you are just starting out in the blogging world.

If you are like me and love scouring the income reports on Pinterest, you have probably noticed that affiliates make up the bulk of revenue for most bloggers.

Did you also know that you can add affiliate links directly to Pinterest without writing a single piece of copy?

 

This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links. I only recommend brands I use and trust.

Once I discovered this, I became really interested in the ins and outs of Pinterest affiliate links and read every article I could find. I tried a few different methods but to be honest it wasn’t until I came across the How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale Ebook by Elise at House of Brazen Blog that it all fell into place for me.

Elise made her first affiliate sale within 24 hours of implementing her strategy and although I was skeptical, I couldn’t believe the jump in my affiliate sales and traffic as soon as I followed her instructions to the letter.

When I didn’t make my first sale within 24 hours, I was a bit disappointed but within two weeks, I was making affiliate sales almost every day. I still can’t believe it!

For those new to this form of marketing, let’s break down some of the basics of using affiliates on Pinterest:

What is affiliate marketing?

It seems like a new and trendy way of making income online but in fact, it’s been around for decades. Any sales person who makes a “cut” or commission from selling a product is, in a sense, an affiliate for said product.

In essence, the affiliate is acting as the agent or representative of the product or company they are selling. Think of travel agents, insurance salesmen or MLM direct sellers.

How does it work on Pinterest?

Since May last year, Pinterest has allowed pinners to add direct affiliate links to their pins instead of having to go through a blog. This means that you can market to the over 150 million active Pinterest users immediately! For free! Now that’s my kind of marketing.

Without realizing it, you have probably already clicked on an affiliate link for a cute sweater or Etsy printable. Those are affiliate links. Here is an example from my board “Dream Nursery“:

You can see that the link to this pin is from shareasale.com. If you are new to affiliate marketing they are a great place to start because they work with tons of retailers such as WayfairJanie and Jack and Modcloth.

When someone clicks on an affiliate link from Pinterest they are redirected to the merchant and the pin owner (you!) receives a commission for each sale.

Top affiliate networks to join today

A word about Amazon Associates affiliate links

I have seen a lot of conflicting information about whether or not you can use Amazon links on Pinterest. Some sources say that it is fine as long as you add Pinterest to your Amazon profile under ” website and mobile app links”.

To be honest, I see Amazon affiliate pins all the time when I’m browsing Pinterest but personally, I err on the side of caution and do not use them.

For me, it is just not worth losing my Associates account for a few sales plus the cookie is so short on Amazon (24 hours) that it is not a great converter for me anyway.

Bottom line: Use Amazon Links at your own risk. 

What kinds of things could I link?

Really, anything and everything! Have a look at your own boards and see what affiliate links you have already pinned without realizing it. For me, the most popular were clothes and printables followed by e-books on subjects I want to learn about. Baby items are also really popular.

For me, the most popular were clothes and printables followed by e-books on subjects I want to learn about. Baby items are also really popular.

Once you have found some products you are interested in, check out shareasale.com or the other awesome networks in my list of the top paying affiliate networks  and get linking.

Tip on promoting ebooks

Personally, I find ebooks are a great thing to promote as an affiliate on Pinterest because the ebook author often has a landing page that “sells” the product once the pin has been clicked on. If you have taken some courses or bought some ebooks and want to promote them, it’s worth seeing if there is an affiliate program you can join.

If you have taken some courses or bought some ebooks and want to promote them, it’s worth seeing if there is an affiliate program you can join.

Disclosures on Pinterest

Make sure to disclose on any and all pins that you are acting as an affiliate.

You can do this in the pin description by adding #afflink or #affiliate as you can see on my pin above. Failure to do this can result in you being banned from Pinterest or worse, fines and legal action.

I have noticed that, when it comes to courses and ebooks, most people do not disclose that it is a direct affiliate link, perhaps because of the landing page. I would rather be 100% covered and I recommend that you do add a disclosure.

Don’t be spammy

No one wants to be bombarded with sales pitches on Pinterest so make sure to stay true to the essence of the site.

Pinterest users are searching for inspiration, ideas, and ways to improve their lives. In that vein, remember to pin other people’s stuff and use affiliate links sparingly but effectively.

This seems to good to be true?

It really is as simple as that but to be honest, just slapping some pins with affiliate links onto your boards won’t make you rich. Trust me, I tried!  They say “build it and they will come”.

This is true but you do need to know how to build “it” to be effective.

This is where the How to Make your first affiliate sale in 24 hours ebook really came in for me.

The techniques to create, brand and market affiliate links in the book are simple but effective.  It’s stunningly easy once you know what to do and it really works. Elise shows you exactly how to create affiliate pins that go viral. She also demonstrates how she shared her pins to create a buzz.

You don’t need a pin scheduler to make it work.

You can replicate the method to every affiliate link thus creating many passive streams of income, without a single blog post!

Now if you are wondering whether to purchase the ebook, I totally get it.  It took me a month to decide to buy it. I tried to do my own affiliate links on Pinterest in the meantime but nothing really stuck.

I finally bought the book because I wanted to get serious about my lack of affiliate sales. The book costs $25 which I think is a great value for the information and tutorial included.

It’s easy to make back the money once your affiliate links are up and running.  If you are interested in seeing more about what the book includes,  check out Elise’s page at this link: Affiliate Sale in 24 hours e-book.

If you are serious about increasing your affiliate sales and want to know more about harnessing the power of Pinterest, I think the book is a great investment.

If you give the techniques a go, let me know how affiliate works out for you and any questions you have, I would love to help you give your sales a boost.

How I made $3700 in my first 2 months Blogging

I had been doing tons and tons of research on how to get started with blogging. A few months ago I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. My experience was absolutely phenomenal!

After weeks of researching online how to get started, I finally drilled down on the niche I was going to talk about on my website. To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect. I just knew I wanted to make some money talking about what I loved, musical Instruments.

But something extraordinary happened. I actually made money, $3,649.85 to be exact, in over 2 months.

I’ll have you know that I did have a bit of money saved up to get started. So, by no means was I empty handed. By following some very specific principles from the book “The Richest Man In Babylon,” I was able to save quite a bit of money before I jumped in. My whole life and way of thinking about money changed after reading that book!

Make sure to get yourself a copy and read it!

In addition to teaching solid financial principles, the book talks about paying yourself first. And that was the thing that caught my attention. Pay yourself first.




Well, that’s what I did from my earnings teaching saxophone and teaching flute. I was able to save at least $1000 to get started!

I took the savings and hired everyone, from content writers to web designers and SEO research specialists.

So, here it is!

How I Made $3700.

Net earnings by the way:)

1. I leveraged Google Adsense

After finally getting my blog approved by the google AdSense team, I added their contextual links onto my site. Well, several sites! I worked extensively to create highly targeted and useful sites full of great content.

For those of you who don’t know what google AdSense is: Google AdSense has advertisers that will bid to put ads on your blog. If someone were to click on the ad, you’d be paid for that click.

2. I Jumped into Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing, commonly known as referral marketing, is when you promote products belonging to other companies. If someone purchases the product from the link on your website, you’d get paid a percentage of the sale, anywhere from 4 to even 50% of the total sale. One of my sites was promoting something valued at about $2500. I made 10% each time the product was purchased!

Now I’ll admit, I promoted the site using paid advertisement with Bing. I also had sponsored ads going on Facebook as well. But these ads were extremely targeted, and customers were looking for the product I promoted.

3. I Built a Dedicated Audience

Before I launched my site, I already had people lined up to visit it. I started with telling my friends and family about the site I was building. Trust me on this, starting with people you already know is a good way to get a head start with traffic. I built a list of people via social media that might be interested in the products I was promoting.

By the time I launched, I was already getting tons and tons of traffic to my site from friends and social media. That, coupled with the sponsored ads I had going on various social media platforms, put my site in a good place in Google’s eyes. But still, Google wasn’t the main source of my traffic. Which brings us to my next tool.

4. I leveraged Email Marketing

I had email signups on all my blogs. Once I built a large enough list, I sent emails out once a week! The emails were probably the largest source of my traffic as Google still took more than a month to start ranking many of my sites. My emails consisted of highly targeted, high value content for the users, and they went out consistently every week.

5. I Used Targeted Sponsored ads

I would say that this was my first choice for traffic since I knew my SEO efforts would take some time to bear fruits. With the leverage from my savings, I was able to get immediate traffic to my website. With the help of tools like Buzz sumo, I was able to drill down on viral content to get ideas. I then created Facebook posts similar to those that had already gone viral within my niche.

But here’s the kicker, even though my posts were getting lots of traction without sponsoring the ads at first, I still created a budget and sponsored those posts with high engagement! This worked like a CHARM!

6. I Leveraged Almost All Social Media Platforms

You might be wondering, “Isn’t it best to focus on the few social media platforms that interest you?” Well, maybe. But there is a way to manage multiple social media accounts easily without pulling your hair out! And It wasn’t really that time consuming at all for me. Yes, it took time to set up the various social media pages at first, but after that I used tools like hoot suite to schedule posts to all of those sites.

And here’s the real formula:

 

 

  • The viral posts went out on all social media platforms.
  • All of those social media posts pointed directly to my blog.
  • Traffic from all of those platforms landed on my site, and in a Very Big Way!
  • Google saw this and rewarded me in the serps.

To Sum It Up

Affiliate Marketing was my highest earner in the first two months. Bringing in about $1700. Google AdSense came in second with close to $1100. The rest came from my own information products that were created and posted on my site. My products were also promoted in my email marketing campaign. The gross was much higher than $3700, but I just wanted to give you guys my ROI.

Now, I won’t say that this will work for everyone. Keep in mind that I started off with $1000 to use for marketing and content creation. But I still think anyone can do this and it really is pretty simple when you think about it! Blogging could be an excellent way to earn additional income if done properly!

If you have similar stories about your own blog, I’d love to read about it! Even if it didn’t work out, please leave a comment below. We’re all here to learn about how to earn with blogging!

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11 Ways I actually Earn Passive Income




Passive income was a new terminology while I was in college. I didn’t even know what it meant or where it came from. I soon figured out that it was one of the most important type of incomes that existed. It was the type of income that would soon set me free.

So what exactly is passive income?

Passive income in my own words:  Income that comes to you every week or every month things like rental properties, portfolios, or intellectual properties. It is income that, after it’s built up, puts money into your bank account probably for the rest of your life. It is also income that no longer requires your direct involvement. Income that will work hard for you no matter what.

Now what’s strange to me is that I had always thought that in order to earn money you had to put in time. In other words time was equal to money. I now know that is not true. Of coarse you must put in the time to build a business or create a source of passive income. But once the asset is created, you now go on to create another asset that will do the same thing. I’ve since learned that every dollar has the potential to go out there and find another dollar. And because of this I have been able to create multiple streams of income that will send money my way every month no matter what!

So here it is!

11 ways I actually earn passive income

1. Intellectual Properties.

So what exactly is an intellectual property? It is something that you’ve created with your mind. An invention derived from creativity. It could be a design or a book. It also could be songs you’ve written, a patent or a trademark of some sort. These all fall into the category of intellectual properties.

My intellectual properties are:

  • Books that I have written.

I currently earn a decent amount of money from books that are currently on sale at places amazon. While it took me a long time to write these books,  now that they’re published I will continue to earn income every week when someone purchases them online.

  • Songs I have written.

Yes I am a song writer and have written many songs over the years! Since I own the rights to these songs I’ll continue to get paid every time they are played on the radio. This includes places like spotify, pandora, Sirius XM. It is an asset that will continue to generate income for years to come.

2. Affiliate Marketing

What is affiliate marketing and how does it work? At it’s core, affiliate marketing is based on referrals. An example of this is: You own a blog and you promote a product on your website. No you don’t on the product. If someone were to purchase that product from say, amazon, you would receive a commission of up to 10% of the sale.

You refer people to products and services that you’ve tested in order for them to buy them. I have been an affiliate marketer for more than 10 years and it continues to pay me every month

3. Paper assets

Paper assets are things like Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds. When done correctly, you can hedge investments and earn passive income from stocks. I have set up a direct link between my bank account and various paper assets to invest a certain amount each week. I use service like Acorns to automate my investments efforts into specific portfolios. Additionally, I follow certain stocks in order to take calculated risks.

4. Rental Properties

Rental properties have the potential to bring in loads of money! Rather than buy and flip a house, we purchase properties and rent them out. Our focus here is cash flow rather than capital gains. We use the banks money to finance the property and then our tenants pay the mortgage while we get to keep the asset! Sweet deal right?!

Again the idea here is monthly cash flow. Even if our property loses value due to market volatility, the monthly income continues to come in. In fact, when the housing market goes down, we get even more renters looking for a place to stay.  If done correctly rental properties can be an enormous asset.

5. Blogging

I’ve always been a big talker. Someone once said maybe I should right that stuff down. Or better yet, share you experience and expertise with others. That’s where blogging came in. I really didn’t earn any money at first, but after a while, say about a year, I started earning consistent money as a blogger. I could say now that blogging is close to being one of the top ways I earn passive income.

By talking about the things I love and my passions, I was able to turn my blogs into serious cash hogs! The primary tools with my blogs are Affiliate Marketing.

6. Google Adsense

Google adsense has been around for some time now. It is a top earner in my online businesses. Here is adsense in a nutshell:

On one side you have what is know as an advertiser. These advertisers have a product they want to sell. Sitting right in the middle you have Google.  And on the other side you have Publishers or bloggers like myself. The advertisers pay google on platforms like adwords and google will place those ads on publishers websites. When someone clicks on those ads, publishers like me get paid per click. If your website gets a ton of traffic, google adsense can easily become a substantial amount of money for you!

7. Selling a Product.

There endless types of products you can create if you really wanted to. I’ve created a product that is imported from China and sold on amazon. It really wasn’t that expensive to make the product either. Basically you want to create a product that solves a very specific problem. If you’re solving their issue, they will buy your product! Simple as that!

8. Purchasing Websites

I got in to purchasing websites about 2 years ago. On websites like Flippa, I was able to find websites people wanted to get rid of. I would buy them and then turn them into a profit. Rather than spending the countless hours creating a blog like this one here:), you can buy into a creation and make it better. Make it your own. I think this is an excellent Idea if you’re afraid to create your own blog. Find a site that a niche that you’re interested in see if you can keep the traffic coming in and turn it into a profit!

9. Invest in Peer-to-Peer lending.

Peer to peer lending has grown quite a bit over the last 5 years. It’s an excellent way to grow your portfolio of passive income! With this type of lending you can invest in small businesses as well as people without a “regular” bank involvement. The income you receive will come from interest payments on those loans. Sites like Lending club and Funding Circle are great for safely facilitating these type of loans.

It will however, require an upfront investment of a certain amount of cash. Even still, it’s pretty good and I still earn with these types of loans. Maybe you should give it a try!

10. AirBnB

My partner and I own a home in a college town that we use specifically for Airbnb. It has brought us quite a bit of dough over the last 3 years. The great thing with this is that we almost never go vacant with any of our rooms. We actually earn more with renting out the rooms separately than we would if we rented out the entire house. And people are still calling for vacancies!

It wasn’t too difficult to get into. I do advise to get a house maid or something similar to keep the property in check. We’ve had a few small things broken before. People tend to be messy quite messy as well. Still, it’s a solid investment. Just be sure to hire a maid or house keeper!

11. Small Business

We believe that building a business is the best way to earn passive income. Our blog here at ace cash flow is part of a larger business structure I’ve created. Although it takes time to create, and there are plenty of set backs, a business that finally turns to profit is an amazing accomplishment. Your business will continue to bring in profits without your direct attention.

A successful business is one that doesn’t need the owner or creator in order to continue to profit. Building a business is not the easiest thing to do and most will fail in five years. But, if you abide by certain “solid” business principals, you stand a chance at being very successful. In the end, you’ll be very glad you built it!




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