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Today I’ve got a special guest featured in this post who runs several successful blogs and is an affiliate marketing expert.
Dale Persons is the author of Get Paid To Pin, an e-book that I promote on my blog that teaches you how to make money using Pinterest affiliate marketing, with or without a blog.
She earns over $500 a month from Pinterest!
In this interview, I ask her some quick questions that I’m sure will answer some questions about the basics of affiliate marketing on Pinterest and some beginner tips and tricks to help save you time and energy from making silly rookie mistakes.
How Dale Earns Over $500/Month Of Affiliate Income From Pinterest
Before we get on with the interview, I just wanted to let you know that Dale has graciously given me an exclusive discount code for all my readers to get 20% off her e-book. Just use coupon code BLOGBLOSSOM20 at checkout.
Now if you’re ready to learn more about affiliate marketing on Pinterest, read on!
1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started with affiliate marketing on Pinterest?
Hello! My name is Dale and I’m the founder of Blogging Her Way where I teach aspiring bloggers how to start and grow profitable blogs. I have started five successful blogs, three of which I later sold for a profit. Affiliate marketing is definitely one of my favorite ways to make money blogging!
I started with affiliate marketing my very first month of blogging, and I actually made my first affiliate sale soon after. I was using affiliate links in my blog posts, and using Pinterest to drive traffic to my blog. But then I decided to test using affiliate links directly on Pinterest. Almost right away, I had made an affiliate sale! I knew it came directly from Pinterest, since it was for a product I had not mentioned anywhere on my blog yet.
After that, I kept consistently making affiliate sales from Pinterest so I wrote my ebook Get Paid To Pin. This goes through my exact strategy for affiliate marketing on Pinterest, which anyone can do – even without having a blog!
2. What are some early mistakes you made when you started affiliate marketing that you can advise others to avoid?
One of the biggest mistakes I made was spreading myself too thin by applying to a ton of affiliate programs and trying to promote them all. Now, I have about 10 core affiliate programs that I stick to. It’s easier and more manageable to promote a smaller number of affiliate programs. You should also always make sure you are promoting products that you actually use and love.
A mistake I see a lot of people make is waiting too long to get started with affiliate marketing. Even if your blog is only a few months old and you aren’t getting much traffic, you might be surprised that you can start making affiliate sales now rather than waiting until your blog is more established!
3. What are some of the challenges of affiliate marketing on Pinterest?
One of the biggest challenges is that you have less chances to “sell” a product. If you were writing a blog post about an affiliate product, you could write 2,000+ words reviewing the product in detail, whereas with an affiliate pin you just have one chance to convince someone to click your affiliate link. This is why it’s super important to make sure your Pinterest graphic, the title of the pin, and the pin description, are doing a good job of really selling the product!
I talk about this a lot more in depth in Get Paid To Pin.
4. When and how long did it take you to see success from affiliate marketing on Pinterest?
As I mentioned above, it was pretty immediate! Within a few days of creating my first affiliate pin, I had made a sale.
Even now, over three years later, I am still making money from affiliate marketing on Pinterest every day. In fact, pins I created over a year ago are still getting clicks and making affiliate sales, which is awesome.
5. What are your top 3 tips for success for bloggers who are new to affiliate marketing?
1) Start with a small amount of affiliate programs and only promote products you actually use and love. It’s really obvious when someone is just talking about a product because they’re trying to make a sale. You’ll have much more success if you’re authentic.
2) Create content for people who are already in a buying mindset. Someone searching for a product review or a gift guide is more likely to click one of your affiliate links and make an immediate purchase than someone who is just browsing for information on a topic.
3) Develop a strategy. Don’t just throw affiliate links into blog posts randomly and hope to make sales. I really recommend looking at what successful bloggers are doing so you can get an idea of the kind of affiliate content that actually converts. Investing in education about affiliate marketing, such as an online course, can also be very worthwhile!
6. Is a blog necessary to make money on Pinterest?
No, many people don’t realize this, but you do not need to have a blog in order to make money on Pinterest.
While having a blog can help you make more money long-term (you can use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog, get more email subscribers, sell your own products, etc.) it’s totally possible to make money from affiliate marketing directly on Pinterest.
As long as you follow Pinterest’s guidelines for sharing affiliate links on their platform, you can easily make money from affiliate links on Pinterest.
7. What does your e-book teach and who will benefit from it?
Get Paid To Pin teaches my exact strategy for earning $500+ a month from affiliate marketing on Pinterest. This includes how to choose affiliate programs, how to create affiliate pins, and how to make sure people see and click on your pins.
This ebook will benefit anyone who wants to make money on Pinterest, whether or not you have a blog.
8. Where can people connect with you?
You can find me on Blogging Her Way where I regularly publish new content about blogging and affiliate marketing. You can also sign up for my weekly newsletter and of course, connect with me on Pinterest.
Ready To Get Started With Pinterest Affiliate Marketing?
That wraps up this interview with Dale. I hope you enjoyed and learned some tips and tricks that will help you make money on Pinterest.
To learn more about her e-book, head on over to my post on how to make passive income on Pinterest.
Don’t forget to use my exclusive discount code for all my readers to get 20% off her e-book. Just use coupon code BLOGBLOSSOM20 at checkout!
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