In my Paid by Pinterest review, I am investigating a course created by Elise McDowall. It aims to teach people to be successful at Pinterest affiliate marketing without a blog. Affiliate marketing is an excellent source of passive income and you can find out how to get started in my free guide. While I prefer to place affiliate links within my blog post, I have received requests to explain Pinterest affiliate marketing without a blog in more detail.
To ensure Monethalia remains free of charge, this post contains affiliate links. In particular, I am an affiliate for House of Brazen.
Paid by Pinterest review – Pinterest affiliate marketing without a blog
What is Pinterest affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing means you make a commission for referring someone to a product or service. Typically, you place a link somewhere and receive a fraction of the sale price if a user buys a product or service after clicking on your link. I have already written a guide to affiliate marketing that explains this in more detail.
Affiliate marketing with a blog
The most common place for an affiliate link is within a blog or website that you own. However, setting up and maintaining a website and obtaining traffic are time-consuming tasks. Additionally, buying a domain name and hosting is a commitment that is not for everyone.
Affiliate marketing without a blog
The alternative to this is placing your affiliate links on an already established platform. Pinterest is ideal as it essentially is a search engine that lets you add content for free. Unlike other social media, you do not need a large following to start. This makes Pinterest the ideal target for affiliate marketers.
Note that you are not paid by Pinterest (despite the course’s name). You are paid by the merchants who operate the affiliate scheme.
Why you need an affiliate marketing course for beginners
Sadly, the knowledge that Pinterest affiliate marketing without a blog is a good source of profit is widespread. There are already many experienced affiliate marketers using the platform. As a newbie, you can expect to find yourself to be hopelessly outcompeted by others. If you figure out everything by yourself as an affiliate marketing beginner, it may take you years to make your first affiliate sale.
Learning the Pinterest game from a professional will get you to a professional standard within a few days. A course (or ebook) is an investment that will pay off quickly. This is especially true when it does not cost the world.
Hence, when I started out with Pinterest my primary criteria for a Pinterest affiliate marketing course was the price. I found Paid by Pinterest by House of Brazen that is available for just $56.40 (£53 at the time of writing). After completing the course, you can make that money back easily as House of Brazen operates a very generous affiliate scheme itself.
Paid by Pinterest review – My results
I chose Paid by Pinterest mainly because it is comparatively less expensive than other Pinterest courses. Consequently, my expectations were not very high. I figured as long as I learned the basics, I could find out the rest myself.
To be honest, I was totally shocked when I saw the results. I am not using Pinterest for affiliate marketing as I prefer to put affiliate links on my blog. Instead, my aim was to create a steady flow of traffic from Pinterest to Monethalia.
This is similar to affiliate marketing as it revolves around creating appealing visuals and pinning in a manner that gets your pins seen and findable via the search.
Increase in pin visibility
Below you can see the increase I got in impressions (the number of times my pins were seen by someone) and link clicks (the number of users that visited Monethalia as a result of clicking on my pins).
There is an astonishing and continuously positive trend starting shortly after I completed Paid by Pinterest (10th July).
My impressions increased fivefold and my link clicks increased by around 90 times.
Note that around the same time, I also signed-up to Tailwind (get your free trial here) so the increase in impressions and link clicks may be a combined effect of both.
My first affiliate sale
I started out as a total affiliate marketing beginner with zero followers and zero focus. After completing Paid by Pinterest, it took me roughly one month to make my first affiliate sale. I still remember the disappointment because it was only £1.20.
However, after this, my affiliate sales picked up. Half a year later, I make around £20 per month from affiliate sales. There is a lot more potential but given that I have a lot of other things on my plate (blogging, matched betting, a full-time job), I am happy with growing my affiliate income slowly.
Do not believe people who promise you great riches from affiliate marketing. Keep in mind that it may take a few weeks until you make your first sale.
Paid by Pinterest Review – the course
Paid by Pinterest first impression
I actually dislike the name of the course. “Paid by Pinterest” implies that you are an employee of Pinterest which has nothing to do with the course. Pinterest does not actually pay people to pin. The course Paid by Pinterest was previously named “How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale Within 24 Hours”. I guess this was a more transparent name, although it is unlikely (although possible) for a newbie to make their first sale within a day.
I was surprised by the depth of the content of the course. Elise walked me through the steps required to set up a Pinterest profile. This covered the basics such as setting up a business account and enabling rich pins. Bearing in mind I had never used Pinterest before, I found these elements very helpful and was glad to have a video guiding me.
But Paid by Pinterest goes much further than just the basics. It shows you how to write an effective profile description, set-up your Pinterest boards and how to place keywords for maximum efficiency.
Finding and joining group boards can be a major challenge for new Pinterest users. Paid by Pinterest shows you how to do this which is the key advantage it has over other Pinterest courses. Before taking the course, I was a member of exactly zero courses and wasted my time requesting to join group boards. If you look at my Pinterest profile now, you can see that I am a member of currently 22 group boards. (While you are there, you can also follow me).
Designing appealing pins is crucial for being successful at Pinterest and something I cannot skip over in my Paid by Pinterest review. For Pinterest affiliate marketing without a blog, pins replace your website and it is all the user sees. In her course, Elise showed me how to design pins that get clicked on. She guided me through the process and emphasised which elements are important for a pin.
Monethalia’s feature images (the image in the upper right corner of this post) are based on what I learned from Paid by Pinterest.
How to pin is also crucial for success and Elise got me covered. She offers suggestions for manual pinning as well as for scheduling on Tailwind. Initially, As an affiliate marketer, it is especially important to have a wide reach as only a fraction of users will make a purchase after clicking on your pin.
In my Paid by Pinterest review, I also have to mention the negative aspects of the course. For her pin design, Elise uses Canva which is a free graphic editor. This is fine but in my eyes, there are other (and better) options. For example, I have been using Paint.net, another free graphic editor, for a long time. It is not as intuitive, but offers far more options than Canva, meaning you can design more unique pins.
Furthermore, most of the content is delivered in video form. This may suit some students but I found it annoying. As the videos are rather lengthy and content rich, it is difficult to stop in the middle of a module and continue later. The second disadvantage of this is that videos can take a long time to load if you have a slow internet connection. It did not prevent me from completing the course but I would definitely prefer shorter video clips.
How to sign-up to Paid by Pinterest
Signing-up to Paid by Pinterest is simple. Click here to enter the landing page. Click on “Enroll in Course”.
Then choose your payment frequency. I recommend paying in one installment as it is overall cheaper.
If you have a coupon, enter the code now. It may pay off to do a quick Google search beforehand. Below, enter your email address and name, following by payment details.
Finally, you will receive an email receipt and a welcome email with your login details. You can login any time by clicking “Login” in the upper right corner of the Paid by Pinterest landing page.
PAID BY PINTEREST REVIEW – PINTEREST AFFILIATE MARKETING WITHOUT A BLOG Summary
Affiliate marketing is a great source of passive income. It is especially effective in combination with Pinterest, as once you have uploaded your pins, you have little else to do than waiting until the money comes in.
For beginners, it may take a while to make your first sale (one month for me). However, after this the profits start snowballing.
I learned how to master Pinterest from Paid by Pinterest and I would definitely recommend it for everyone wishing to make passive income. The initial costs are small compared to the amount of money you can earn from affiliate marketing.
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