Anyways, I think I’ve figured it out on my own; now I just have to employ the technique. I’m not going to keep this a secret from you. Here it is:
Optimize Your Best Boards with Products You Love
It should go without saying it, but I’ll say it anyways – you should only promote products you love and use. I like to promote the educational tools we use during our homeschooling year. Also, I don’t promote a product until I’ve seen it myself in person and have combed through it.
Once you’ve figured out what you plan to pin, you need to get your board spruced up. Clean out old pins and feature your affiliate pins along with your blog/website pins. Don’t make them all sales pitches. You must have variety; otherwise you will see your audience dwindle. Your boards should reflect your overall mission and brand.
Don’t forget to edit your profile. Rewrite the profile information, double check your blog website, and add a picture that is true to your business.
Beyond that, make sure each board is categorized properly and has a solid title. Your audience wants to find information and image quickly, so don’t muddle it.
Add Affiliate Product Pins to Your Boards
Once you’ve cleaned up your boards, you can set up a schedule to pin affiliate pins. You could use Pin scheduler, but those are limited and they cost money. You could easily take 20 minutes every morning to pin (or analyze when your audience looks at your boards and do it then) what you want, and be done for the day.
Now, you are probably wondering how to add your affiliate link to your pin. Follow these steps:
- Go to the company’s website and pin the item you want to promote to your selected board. Have the affiliate link copy+pasted.
- Afterwards, go to the bin on your board and click the edit button (it’s the pencil).
- Replace the existing URL with your affiliate link.
- Don’t forget to place #afflink or something like that in the description box. You should also make the description genuine.
- Click save and your link is live.
- Repeat this with your affiliate programs until the 20 minutes is up (put on a timer!) and be done for the day.
Increase Exposure for Affiliate Pins and Popular Boards
Don’t just let those pins sit there. You need to do a little promo work. You can use Pinterest’s in-house promotion button or you can go the free way and schedule sharing via social media. Here is where I recommend a scheduling app or program. There are a few free ones like Buffer that I use to do this. If you have Twitter, you can freely use FutureTweet to schedule them.
As you build your boards, use the analytics on the business side of Pinterest to see what boards do the best and continue to work hard on those boards