If you want to find out how to monetize your passion for Pinterest, you’re in the right place. I’m going to show you how to make money on Pinterest without a blog. It can be done.
If you already spend time on Pinterest collecting your favorite home decor inspiration photos or diving into the visual search engine to find a recipe for your family’s dinner then you have the skills you need to make money on Pinterest.
Can you really make money on Pinterest?
Yes! Pinterest, like other social media platforms, can be an opportunity to make money. You can build an audience, make a name for yourself, and make money on Pinterest.
What’s required to make money on Pinterest
Here’s what you need to make money on Pinterest:
- Internet access
- Something to sell
First, you will need access to the internet. A stable internet connection is required since you’ll be on Pinterest quite a bit.
You’ll also need a computer or access to a device with internet, like a smartphone or tablet.
Then you’ll need either a product or service to sell. This can be your own stuff or someone else’s through an affiliate program.
We will also talk about sponsorships which don’t require an actual sale to make money but you’ll be “selling” the fact that you have an engaged following.
How to make money on Pinterest without a blog?
There are several ways to make money on Pinterest without a blog (some do require a website though.) Here are the various ways you can monetize your Pinterest account:
- Affiliate marketing
- Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Here’s how you can make money with each, no blog required.
How to make money on Pinterest with affiliate marketing without a blog?
Pinterest allows affiliate links on their platform. That means you can direct Pinterest traffic directly to an affiliate offer, without sending to a blog or website.
How It Works?
First, pick an affiliate offer. To do this, you should belong to an affiliate program. Here are some affiliate networks to check out:
Aside from joining an affiliate network, you can also join a private affiliate program, managed directly through the merchant.
For example, Bluehost has an affiliate program offered that they manage. To join, just find their affiliate program application located in the footer of their website and apply.
If you’re stuck on figuring out what affiliate programs to join, think about the products you use every day and then search for those companies online and join their affiliate program.
After you join an affiliate program and have the affiliate offer to refer to, along with your affiliate link, it’s time to post to Pinterest.
In order to post (or pin) to Pinterest, you need a Pinterest graphic.
There are many ways to design Pinterest graphics easily and free. I recommend you check out Canva.
Canva is a graphic design software tool that you can use on a desktop or on your smartphone or tablet with their convenient app. It’s free to use.
Join Canva for free, then go to their Pinterest templates.
Pick your favorite Pinterest template, easily change the graphic, edit the text and colors and save the pin to your device.
From here, you can pin to Pinterest, writing a catchy, keyword-rich headline and caption describing the pin and posting your affiliate link in the url section.
You can also pin directly to Pinterest from Canva.
And, that’s it!
That’s how you do Pinterest affiliate marketing with no blog.
Just rinse and repeat with as many affiliate offers as you have. Make sure to pin other relevant content to your Pinterest account and not just your affiliate links so your account does not look spammy.
You can do this with your personal Pinterest account or set up a separate Pinterest account for affiliate marketing only, your choice.
How to make money on Pinterest with products without a blog?
To make money on Pinterest using products, you will create Pinterest graphics that will direct Pinterest traffic to your product sales page and when users buy, you earn money.
While a blog or website is not required, you should have a space on the internet dedicated to your business, like an Etsy page.
For example, if you have an Etsy store selling freshly baked oatmeal cookies, you can create pins of your products, pin to Pinterest and have that traffic funnel back to your Etsy store.
For more on how to advertise your Etsy shop on Pinterest, you can review this free guide.
This can work with physical goods or digital goods.
Examples of physical goods are:
- Coffee mugs
- Consumer electronics
- Automotive goods
- Office supplies and more
Examples of digital goods are:
- Digital courses
- Web design
- Digital art and more
To make money with Pinterest for selling your products without a blog, you’ll direct the Pinterest traffic to your business presence online.
Create pins about your products using Canva, write a captivating, keyword-rich headline and caption, link with your product link in the url section and post to Pinterest!
How to make money on Pinterest with services without a blog?
Making money with services on Pinterest is similar to earning with products. You will make pins to appeal to consumers in need of your services. They will visit your website and buy your services, earning you money.
Examples of services include:
- Tax services
- Graphic design
- Interior design
- Illustration and more
Lead Pinterest traffic to your space on the internet or to your sales funnel. You can also direct leads for services (and products) to your lead magnet or email list.
Pinterest is an excellent place for capturing leads.
How to make money as a Pinterest virtual assistant?
Speaking of services, being a Pinterest virtual assistant is a flexible way to make money. It involves pinning to Pinterest and managing your clients’ Pinterest accounts to help them reach their goals.
It’s way more than just playing on Pinterest but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun!
Imagine getting paid to work on Pinterest all day. And, you can make a pretty lucrative living doing it.
Pinterest is powerful.
It has over 400 million users and it’s a great place to cultivate an audience, make sales, and create brand awareness.
Companies outsource Pinterest work to virtual assistants like you, where you can help them with tasks like:
- Setting up business accounts
- Pin graphic creation
- Optimizing Pinterest accounts
- Writing keyword-rich, compelling pin headlines and captions
- Setting up rich pins
- Scheduling pins
- And, more!
Pinterest VA’s can earn $15 to $30 per hour. You can also charge a flat monthly fee starting at $500/month or more.
Businesses that need Pinterest virtual assistants can include podcasters, bloggers, eCommerce stores, creative businesses, etc.
You will be a great Pinterest VA if you have these skills:
- Good communication
- Social media-savvy
This job is perfect for stay-at-home parents, side hustlers, those looking for additional income streams to supplement their income, retirees, and existing virtual assistants, among others.
If this sounds interesting to you, you can learn how to become a Pinterest VA with this course.
If you want to learn more about becoming a Pinterest VA, check out our full article here.
How to make money on Pinterest with sponsorships without a blog?
Lastly, you can make money on Pinterest with sponsorships. A sponsorship is an agreement between two parties, like an influencer and a merchant, where the influencer is paid money to showcase the merchant to their audience.
This is common in blogging and sponsorships also exist for podcasts, radio, television, fundraising, etc.
If you have a strong social presence on Pinterest, brands will want to work with you to showcase their products to your Pinterest audience.
To find brands to work with, you can:
- Share your email on your Pinterest account so brands can contact you
- Do cold pitching
- Join a sponsored network
First, the easiest way to open the doors to sponsorships and brand deals is by sharing your email address publicly. This can be your existing business email address or you can create a new personal email address for sponsorship business only.
This way brands can easily contact you, sharing their interest to work together.
Next, look at doing cold pitching. Instead of waiting for companies to email you, be proactive, and contact them!
You will want to find the brand’s PR/marketing/media email address and craft a thoughtful, short email expressing your interest to work together in a paid sponsorship.
Lastly, you can join sponsored networks for free. After you fill out your profile, you’ll either be contacted when the network finds a sponsorship that’s a fit for you — or you can search their library of brand deals on the network site and apply to the ones you want to participate in.
All this can be done to help you make money with Pinterest, no blog required.
How many followers do you need on Pinterest to make money?
There is no minimum follower requirement to make money with Pinterest. That’s the beauty of using Pinterest to make money online.
However, for some of the strategies shared above, like sponsorships, the more followers you have, the more money you can possibly make.
Final Thoughts on How to Make Money on Pinterest Without a Blog
As you can see, there are many ways to monetize your Pinterest account without having a blog or website.
You’ll need something to sell, either your own products or services or someone else’s, and the ability to make creative, eye-catching pins. Then spend time on Pinterest getting the word out!