How To Post Affiliate Links On Pinterest (SNEAKY!)
The other day I went over to Google and typed in “how to post affiliate links on Pinterest”… because I’ve been wanting to test this traffic source out for quite a while now.
I was surprised at how little help the results were that I found on the first page of Google.
Most of what I found was talking about Pinterest’s decision to allow affiliate links again back in May of 2016.
Everything else I found basically told me to find an affiliate product to promote, pin the affiliate product’s page, and then go back and edit the URL of the pin and add my affiliate link.
While that’s cool and everything… that limits what I can pin. I’m basically limited to pinning sales pages.
Or, in the case of Amazon, I could pin a product page… except that Amazon doesn’t allow their affiliates to promote products on Pinterest. Dang.
What if I wanted to promote a Clickbank product like, Ted’s Woodworking?
How could I do that on Pinterest?
How To Post Affiliate Links On Pinterest (The Old Way)
I say “the old way” because I personally think my “new way” is so much better… even though “the old way” still works.
Before I reveal my super-sneaky, awesome “new way”… let me walk you through “the old way” because I still suggest doing this too.
Step 1: Pin The Product’s Sales Page
If you don’t already have the Pinterest browser button… you can get that here. It just makes it easier to pin stuff right from your browser window.
Then, open up the sales page for the product you want to promote. In my case, I’m promoting Ted’s Woodworking so I’ll pull that page up.
Now, I’ll click the Pin It browser button.
I’ll choose the image on the top left as the one that’s displayed on my Pinterest board.
I’ll pin this to the Furniture board and then view the pin.
Step 2: Edit The Pin and Insert Your Affiliate Link
Now I’ll click the pencil icon at the top left to edit this pin.
Now I’ll replace the existing product sales page link with my Clickbank affiliate link.
Uh oh… guess you can’t post Clickbank affiliate links to Pinterest anymore. Dang. Bitly links don’t work either.
If you have a WordPress site, you can use the free Pretty Link Lite plugin and create a cloaked affiliate link to use here.
If you have no other way of creating a redirect link to cloak your Clickbank affiliate links… you’ll have to move on to my new method below.
So, to finish off “the old way” I’ll show you how it looks when it’s done…
In the image above you can see the new pin I added where the red arrow is. It’s kinda like a native ad inside a bunch of other relevant content.
When you click on that pin, a small window pops up giving you more info and if you click on the the Visit button… you’re taken to the sales page using my affiliate link (I created one using Pretty Link Lite from inside my WordPress site).
Does this “old way” work?
Yes, absolutely. It works good.
But here’s the problem I have with it.
On this one Pinterest board I have 23 different pins… one of them being a pin that includes my affiliate link.
Which means, unless they visit that ONE site… I have no chance of earning any commissions.
So, what happens when someone visits one of the other 22 sites? Nothing. Nothing at all happens. And that’s the problem.
I’m basically sending free traffic to these other sites and getting nothing in return.
What if I told you I found a way to put your Clickbank affiliate link (or any affiliate link for that matter) in front of every single person who visits each of the sites you pin?
Introducing.. my “new way” to post affiliate links on Pinterest.
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