5 Ways to Make Money on Pinterest

pinterest logoPinterest is the newest and fastest-growing social media site on the web. It allows users to add images, called pins, to virtual pinboards. The amount of users, frequent activity and enjoyable use of Pinterest offers unique benefits to people wanting to earn extra money. Whether you want to earn more money with your personal blog, or improve your customer numbers and sales for your business, you can make money by using Pinterest.

Promote Your Products

If you run a business that sells products, using Pinterest is ideal for product promotion. Create boards based on the proper category, like apparel or beauty items, and post images on the site. The key is to add images from your website, because when someone clicks on the image, they go directly to the product on your website. Choose the related category for the pinboards, as many users on Pinterest search for recent pins by category only.

Traffic to Money-Making Blogs

Pinterest can also be used to generate income from your blog. In the same way as product promotion, post images directly from your blog. Perhaps you run a craft blog and have recently uploaded a tutorial on making curtains. Post one of your blog images as a pin on Pinterest under the Craft/DIY category, having it linked directly to your blog. The visits to your blog add to your blog’s views and if any of those visitors click on ads on your blog, you have now made money from Pinterest.

Networking Potential

Maybe you’re in a business that relies heavily on networking. Pinterest has benefits for you as well. Say, for example, you help others manage their various social media marketing strategies. Networking is important to get clients for this type of business. To use Pinterest to your advantage, create an infographic about different steps of marketing online, post the image on your blog or website, and have a pin with this same infographic linked to your website.

Visitors are not only going to increase your website views, but you are now increasing your networking potential — you might even find a visitor hiring you for your services.

Market Research

Pinterest helps you make money by getting up-to-date market research. If you aren’t sure what the market is for a specific product, look at the types of pins people are pinning on Pinterest. For example, if you are trying to earn money with handmade jewelry, do you know what your target market is looking for? You can view the recent trends on Twitter by clicking on the popular pins.

Search Engine Optimization

As with all social media networks, Pinterest allows you to add your website link to your profile and descriptions of images. The SEO potential for the site is excellent, and the more active you are, the more you benefit from SEO. This in turn helps you make money.

Whether you run an extremely unique business in selling alley cat repellent or just a mommy blog that needs traffic, Pinterest can help you in your goals. Use these tips to make the most of it.

BIO: Alicia Lawrence is a content coordinator for WebpageFX. Her work has been published by the Association for Business Communication, Yahoo! Small Business, and Modest Money.
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