Can you make money on Pinterest?

Can you make money on Pinterest?

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Wondering, “can you make money on Pinterest?” It’s a question a lot of people have. The short answer is yes.

Here’s how it works..

  • Pinterest is a visual search engine
  • There’s a social element to it (followers, following, etc.) but the number of follower you have does NOT control how much you can make
  • It’s free to join
  • There are many ways how to make money on Pinterest

In this article, I’m going to share a few ways you can make money from Pinterest. When we’re done, you’ll know how making money on Pinterest works, how you can do it, getting started, and more.

Let’s go for it!

Can you make money on Pinterest?


Here are the ways..

  • Affiliate marketing
  • Ecommerce
  • Sponsorships
  • Blogging
  • Traffic generation

How to make money with Pinterest affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is about referring products to your audience and making a commission when your referral results in a sale.

For example, you refer Instacart to your fans on Instagram. Your referral results in 10 people joining Instacart. Each referral is worth $10 so you just made $100 ($10 per referral x 10 referrals).

That’s just from one referral and one affiliate. Multiply those results with referring many products multiple times like on Pinterest and you can make money.

How to do it?

Create a Pinterest account in a niche. Pin in that niche. Follow relevant accounts. Pin consistently. Join affiliate programs and make pins, linking to a sales page which will put those people into an email autoresponder, where they’ll be shared affiliate products.

You can also try linking an affiliate directly through Pinterest and you might be able to get away with it but in general, Pinterest likes when you send their viewers to a sales page.

Get an email auto responder here.

Build a sales page here.

How to monetize Pinterest for ecommerce?

This is golden. If you have an ecommerce business then put your business on Pinterest.

Create a Pinterest page for your business and start pinning your products.

Do this consistently and often. Make sure you pin other pins as well so your account doesn’t get flagged for spam.

Make sure your profile is fully completed along with your ecommerce store url and keyword-rich bio and profile.

How to monetize Pinterest with Sponsorships?

Monetize Pinterest with sponsorships by working with brands who will pay you to promote them on your Pinterest account. Your Pinterest account will likely need to be established with more than 1,000 followers in order for this to happen.

You can reach out to your favorite brands, leave your email address in your Pinterest bio to be contacted and join sponsored networks like Aspire IQ and others to get matched with brands for sponsorship deals.

How to make money with Pinterest and blogging?

Pinterest can bring a ton of traffic to your blog. If your blog is monetized just use Pinterest as a traffic source and you’re set!

As mentioned:

  • Pin often
  • Post yo your Pinterest account consistently
  • Pin your content and others’ content
  • Fill out your profile and bio
  • Follow relevant users

Consider using Tailwind to automate your pinning.

How to generate traffic from Pinterest?

Do this:

  • Pin often
  • Post to Pinterest consistently
  • Pin your content and others’ content
  • Fill out your profile and bio
  • Follow relevant users

Use Pinterest traffic to fuel your website, ecommerce store, social media profiles, YouTube account, etc. Next, just rinse and repeat.

There you go!

Questions? Comment below.

Other helpful reading:

Fluz review | $2,000 in 30 days?

9 Creative Ways to Make Money Fast

Jenn Leach, MBA

Jenn Leach is a Houston-based MBA with over a decade of experience in the banking industry. She writes at Millennial Nextdoor where she writes finance, money, business, and lifestyle content to help millennials create additional income streams online. Join her on Substack at

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