Looking at how to get paid by pinning photos on Pinterest?! It is not as hard as you may think.
Pinterest is one of the best ways for a beginner to start making money online.
The costs, the risks, and the overall learning curve are lower.
But first, let me solve an obvious doubt you may have as a newbie.
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Can You Get Paid on Pinterest?
Yes and no.
There are several ways to make money on Pinterest, but except for one (The Creator Rewards Program), there is no way Pinterest pays you directly for the content you upload to the platform.
You will use Pinterest as a traffic generator for your offer. The goal (most of the time) is to take people outside the platform to monetize there.
So, let me show you the best ways to monetize a Pinterest account today.
1. Pinterest Creator Rewards
This is the only way people can get paid for the content that they upload to Pinterest nowadays.
Pinterest has now its own version of TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts, which are called Idea Pins: the short-form video content of the platform.
You can start recording yourself and create videos about the topic/niche of your account, by giving tips, hacks, fun-facts, telling stories, getting inspiration from other creators in your niche (do not copy them), and following social media trends to get a lot of views and get paid for that.
If you dont want to show your face, you can create animation videos with simple tools like Videoscribe, or use any video editing tool and create short videos using stock content.
How much can you earn? People have reported making a good chunk of money thanks to the creator Rewards Program. So, if you think this is for you and you meet the requirements, go for it.
2. Affiliate Marketing with Pinterest Ads
One of the fastest ways to make money on Pinterest is by leveraging Pinterst Ads to promote affiliate products.
In simple terms, as an affiliate you promote someoneles else product and you get paid a percentage of the total price everytime a sale is made.
With Pinterest Ads you can get traffic from day one.
The cool part about this platform is that the vast majority of its users are from the US (mostly women) and their buying intentions are very high when scrolling or looking for something.
Add to this less competition to run ads compared to places like Facebook.
What does this mean for you?
An excellent opportunity to promote products like Clothing, Luxury items, DIY crafts, Courses, Web Hosting, Financial Products, and many more.
Always products that have a great visual component in their advertising.
3. Pinterest Account Manager
Being a Pinterest manager or Virtual Assistant is a great way to monetize on Pinterest.
As a Pinterest VA, your work is to help bloggers, business owners, and influencers to grow their accounts.
You might be surprised by the amount of people that need help to grow their Pinterest accounts.
When offering Pinterest management services, you’re involved in activities like:
- Designing and Uploading Pins (with Canva)
- Scheduling Pins (on Pinterest or Tailwind)
- Doing Keyword Research for Pins (on Pinterest)
- Creating Pinterest Ads (with Canva)
As a virtual assistant you set your work hours. You can decide on the time to work with each client if you have more than one or two.
It’s remote work, you can do it anywhere and work with clients form anywhere in the world.
You only need to contact them to show and discuss your progress.
You can expect making between $15/hour to $30/hour (or more) as a Pinterest Account Manager.
4. Pinterest Pin Designer
Dont get me wrong. Even if you arent good at graphic design you can do very well as a Pin Designer for other people.
With tools like Canva, this can be a very easy process.
You will finds tons of ready to use templates, and you will have acces to, literally, millions of stock images to create original pins.
Once mastered, you can create hundreds of pins ech day
And trust me, it doesn’t take long to reach this level of productivity. Within a couple of months you will be a pro.
Have a lack of ideas? Look at what other people in your niche are pinning on the platform. Get inspired by those pins, and make yours better.
Use better, high-quality graphics, and use the same colors and fonts in each pin of a specific account.
This way, you make it brandable, delivering an excellent product for each one of your clients.
How you will find them? Go to places like Fiverr and Upwork get eyeballs to your service, or sell your templates through an Etsy shop, which I will show you now.
5. Promote your Etsy Shop
Another great strategy to monetize a Pinterest account is through an Etsy shop.
The vast majority of users on Pinterest are women, and Etsy is a marketplace full of different types of products that they love.
Examples of offers that you can create are printables, digital templates, handmade items, jewelry, vintage items, and many others.
Just create pins that relate to the product that you are selling, and paste a link to the offer on Etsy.
Etsy integrates seamlessly with Pinterest, making you easier the process of selling your products.
If you are looking for information about Etsy, you can check this tutorial about how to sell printables on Etsy as a beginner.
6. Blog Monetized with Display Ads
For your convenience, and following the experience of many people, making money with a blog is by far the best way to monetize a Pinterest account.
It will take more time. It needs consistency posting new content.
And if you have never built a WordPress blog, it might be challenging.
But it doesn’t have to be difficult for you this time
I’ve make it very simple, here you will have a tutorial which teach you how to do it step-by-step if you need it.
Hands down, display ads is the easiest way to monetize a blog, and with Pinterest is also the fastest, since you dont have to wait months to get traffic like happens with Google
You only have to get people to click your pins and go to your articles, you don’t have to sell them anything.
Just with watching the ads, it doenst matter if they buy something or not, you will get paid anyways.
In the beginning you wont have as many experience and traffic, so dont expect to make a lot of money.
Be conservative with your expectations, dont expect to make more than a $100 in your first months, thanks to Google Adsense.
Google Adsense is ad network that pays the least, but you can still apply even if you dont have traffic.
If you are looking more details about Google Adsense, you can check this tutorial.
Don’t expect to make more than $1 or $2 per 1000 visitors.
But my friend, once you reach 50,000 sessions with your blog, you can apply to better-paying ad networks like Mediavine, getting paid this time between $20 and $50 per 1000 visitors (on average)
You just have to do 5 things:
- Create and design your blog
- Create Articles for your Blog (15-30 articles)
- Create multiple Pins for each article
- Upload and Schedule your Pins
- Add the link of its respective article to each Pin
Start with the basics, and level up as your skills progress
7. Blog Monetized with Affiliate Marketing
A similar approach to this will be affiliate marketing.
Affiliate Marketing is when you promote physical or digital products of another companies in exchange for a commission every time you make a sale.
You can focus your website on promoting a specific affiliate product, or combine it with display ads to make more revenue.
There is just one caveat: making content as an affiliate can be a little harder and more daunting.
But the reward will be a higher revenue per 1000 visitors that you receive, and you don’t need to create a lot of content.
Its the same process like with Display Ads, but this time you have to add recommendations of products within your content, or collect leads and use email marketing to promote the product.
A little bit more work, but the revenue expectations are higher too.
8. Blog Promoting your Course
Another great way to use Pinterest to generate money through a blog, is by promoting your own course or digital product that you have created.
It’s the same concept as using a blog for affiliate marketing, but this time, instead of promoting someone else product, you will send them to your own
This way you have more control over the product, it’s quality (and the price)
Make sure that there is a demand for knowledge that can be consumed digitally in the niche that you are in (Skincare, Gardening, Crafts, Blogging, Graphic Design, Fashion, Dating)
9. Blog Promoting your Service
Remember the idea that I give you about making money by becoming a Pinterest Manager, or offering a service of creating Pins for other creators?
Well, with a blog you will have the best way to reach your potential customers.
Just create articles that will interest this target audience (Pinterest content creators) and pitch your service somewhere in your content.
FAQ About Making Money on Pinterest
Does Pinterest pay you for views?
The answer is no. Pinterest doesn’t pay for the impressions that you get on your pins.
The only exception for this is right now the new Creator Rewards Program, which allows Pinterest creators to get paid for the ORIGINAL content that they upload as Pinterest Idea Pins.
The same style of content that you will expect on TikTok and Instagram Reels.
Some creators have earned a good chunk of money because of this, so it doesn’t seem like a bad idea.
How many followers do you need on Pinterest to make money?
There’s no specific answer to this question. It depends on your niche, strategy, and other factors.
But don’t stress about it. Pinterest is not about followers. Your focus has to be in getting more impressions and clicks.
Follower is a byproduct. It’s just secondary and doesn’t translate into money necessarily.
With a proper strategy, you could generate good income with a few thousand followers.
Can you get paid for followers on Pinterest?
No, Pinterest does not pay you for your follower count.
But there are several ways to profit from your Pinterest followers.
You can drive traffic to an online store or blog where you’re promoting something. Another way is to link directly to affiliate products in your pins.
Also, you could teach people your Pinterest strategy if you have lots of followers and monetize that knowledge as a service or online course.How do you get 1,000 followers on Pinterest?
It’s possible to get 1,000 Pinterest followers if you create attractive pins consistently.
It might take some time and effort. But there are benefits to it.
Having a significant number of followers can be useful for getting more traffic, becoase your content gets more exposure in your followers’ home feed.
That’s the way how followers can help you make more income.
Wrapping It Up
Making money on Pinterest is certainly not difficult for a beginner. There are many ways to monetize it, even if you aren’t good at graphic design (like me).
Tools like Canva have made it easy to create quality content fast for this platform.
You will only need to deploy lots of consistency and the right strategy to grow, like using SEO, leveraging Pin Ideas, and getting more exposure through Group Boards.
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