How to Make Extra Money from Home with Pinterest

How to Make Extra Money from Home with Pinterest

Now more than ever people are looking for ways to make extra money from home. I am here to tell you that it is possible with Pinterest. You are probably thinking how can someone make extra money from home with Pinterest? Well, what if I told you there are actually several ways you can make money with Pinterest?

Yes, you read that correctly. There is more than one way to turn something you probably do all the time, pin on Pinterest, into a money-making machine.

Like I said there are actually multiple ways you can use Pinterest to make money but today I am going to share two of those ways. The two that I am going to share with you today are the ones that can start earning you extra money sooner than the other ways. Which again is more important right now in the midst of the country being quarantined at home. (March 2020)

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Affiliate Marketing to Make Extra Money from Home with Pinterest

You may have heard all about affiliate marketing already but let me share, for those that haven’t, what affiliate marketing is. It is pretty much getting paid to advertise for other companies.

Amazon was the first big one to roll it out. Instead of paying to advertise online they offered to give a commission back to those that advertised for them on their own sites. For example, if someone went to a blog or website and clicked on the advertisement for an Amazon product and then purchased something from Amazon after clicking that link, Amazon would pay that blog or website owner a commission for the sale.

It has since grown into a huge deal where almost all companies have some sort of affiliate or “influencer” program. And it isn’t only for purchases either, some pay for leads and other things now too.

Pinterest allows you to pin affiliate links so that is one way you could start making some extra cash from home with Pinterest. Become an affiliate for a product you love and share it on Pinterest!

Now you can also share an affiliate link (where allowed) on your other social media accounts but they won’t get you nearly as far as Pinterest will. Unless you have millions of followers on your social media accounts.

There is more to it than just slapping some affiliate links on to Pinterest but overall that is just one option of making money from home with Pinterest. Maybe you are thinking this is a great opportunity to learn how to make money from home so you want to find everything you can out. I don’t blame you.

The Expert in Affiliate Marketing

If that is you then let me point you in the right direction to the expert in affiliate marketing – Michelle Gardner. She makes over $125k on her blog every month and over $50k of that is from affiliate marketing. She shares everything in her course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

Let me be upfront with you about affiliate marketing and using it to make money from home with Pinterest during all of this quarantine scare. You don’t get paid right away from sales. There is usually a waiting period of 30-60 days for payouts. Just keep that in mind. Also, keep in mind that maybe there won’t be that many people buying things so you may not get a commission sale or as many as you would normally.

I personally think people still will be buying things and not completely hoarding their money. There are many people that are able to work from home and still keep their normal monthly income coming in. Those people won’t financially be effected so they will still be buying things online. Actually, they may be buying more online since they can’t go out in public.

It’s all really hard to predict but I just wanted to throw that out there.

Sell Your Own Product to Make Extra Money from Home with Pinterest

Just like how you can create pins to sell other company’s products, you can create pins to sell your own products. This doesn’t mean you have to sell a physical product either. If you already have a physical product that you sell and you are just looking to up your sales than Pinterest would be perfect for that.

However, if you don’t have a physical product a very quick and much easier method is to sell a digital product. A digital product can be anything from a printable, an eBook, coloring pages, cookbook, or even a course.

If there is something you are knowledgeable about and you can create a digital product to share it with others then you can create a pin on Pinterest and sell your digital product.

Don’t worry about it not being perfect or professionally made. You can create your product in a Word Doc and save it as a PDF and ta-da! You now have a digital product to sell on Pinterest. Keep in mind that your product should be more than just words on a paper. You will want to give it a cover page, an index, chapters, resources, and so on.

Make sure that you are solving a problem for your readers and make it worth buying. I just want to be clear I am not suggesting to just throw something together. Think about if it is something you would spend money on? Yes? Then you are fine! If not, then you need to fix it up a little before trying to sell it.

Resources to Make Extra Money from Home with Pinterest

  • Printables by Number – A course that teaches you how to create amazing printables
  • Send Owl – A great resource to use to be able to receive a payment for your products. You can list your products on there and copy the link to add to your pin on Pinterest!
  • PicMonkey – A photo editing program that I use to make a lot of my
  • Free Pinterest Image Course – My free image course that teaches you how to create pin images for Pinterest

Questions on How to Make Extra Money from Home with Pinterest

You probably have a bunch of questions right now like:

  • Do I need a special Pinterest account to do all this?
  • How do I find affiliate programs?
  • How do I sign up for affiliate programs?
  • What are the rules that go along with all this?
  • How do I get paid for selling my own products on Pinterest?
  • How long does it take to get paid?
  • Do I need a website or blog to do this?

And many more I am sure. It really isn’t as complicated as you think so stick with me and I will answer those questions for you.

Do I need a special Pinterest account to do all this?

Yes, you have to have a Business Pinterest Account.

How do I find affiliate programs?

You can go to affiliate networks that host a bunch of the big name company’s affiliate programs or a simple Google search works too. If all else fails it is usually listed on the company’s bottom menu on their website.

How do I sign up for affiliate programs?

Each program is different and if they host their own affiliate program you just follow the steps they provide. Or if you go through an affiliate network then you follow the steps provided on there.

What are the rules that go along with all this?

There are a few different rules to make sure you are compliant with the FTC and disclose that you are an affiliate of that company, not the actual company. Also, this openly lets people know you are receiving a commission for sales made. Make sure you read through the terms of each affiliate program to see if they allow you to pin on Pinterest. Then make sure you add in your Pinterest pin description #affiliatelink to disclose it is an affiliate link.

How do I get paid for selling my own products on Pinterest?

Depending on if you have physical or digital products is how you will get paid. You need to use some sort of platform to make the transactions through. Example: Etsy. You can use Etsy for either your physical or digital homemade product. If you are looking to just do digital and you don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up an Etsy store, you can also try SendOwl. They offer a free trial and a very low plan after that.

How long does it take to get paid?

Each affiliate program has its own payout schedule so that just depends. I would say the average is 30 days. However, if you sell your own products you could get paid the same day the sale is made.

Do I need a website or blog to do this?

Technically the answer to this is no. You don’t have to have a website or blog. Some affiliate programs may want you to but not all of them do. For selling your own products, you don’t have to have a site either besides somewhere that you can make the transaction through for your product. If you are wanting to start a blog and promote your affiliate links on there for more added income than you can learn more here.

This sounds perfect but I have more questions, help me!

Don’t worry! If you are thinking “Yes, pinning on Pinterest sounds like the perfect way to make extra money from home!” But you still have some unanswered questions then check out Paid by Pinterest by Elise McDowell.

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I took this course and it walks you through exactly what you need to do to start earning money by pinning on Pinterest. Elise started earning money on Pinterest when she created a quick PDF and listed it for sale by pinning it on Pinterest. She also made her first affiliate sale in 24 hours. Then the rest is history! Now she shares all of her success and how you can achieve it too in her course!

In this course you will learn: 

  • How She Made Her First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours
  • Getting Started: Pinterest & Affiliate Marketing Basics
  • The Perfect Pin: Research & What Works
  • How to Create the Perfect Pin
  • A “Viral” Pin Strategy & Automating Pinning
  • How to Schedule pins on Tailwind
  • How to Prevent Your Pinterest Account from Getting Suspended
  • 1000+ Group Boards for All Different Niches
  • Free Canva Templates by Social Digital Designs
  • 10k in 12 months eBook

I tend to make things more complicated than they need to be so I love how straight and to the point Elise is on getting you up and running to make extra money! Check out Paid by Pinterest and get started today!

Affiliate Program Checklist

Once you start applying to different affiliate programs it can get confusing to try and remember which ones you have applied to, which ones you’ve been accepted in, which ones allow pins on Pinterest, etc. So, I created this free affiliate program checklist to help you keep track of all of your applications. I hope it helps keep you organized!

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How to Turn Your Hobby Blog into a Business

How to Turn Your Hobby Blog into a Business

So you have a blog but it is more of a hobby than a business right? Or maybe you have a business blog but you treat it like a hobby? (Raising hand) I know exactly what you are talking about. In the summer of 2017, I started a blog and my goal was to just have it ready to launch in the fall.

On September 1, 2017, I reached my goal and launched my blog. I was so excited! I finally reached one of my long-time goals to have a blog. Well then, the holidays came in like a whirlwind and the next thing I knew it was the end of December!

Between all the holidays and all of our family’s birthdays that fall in October, November, and December, it just flew by! So, here I was with my new blog that was now four months old and hadn’t changed much in those four months.

Over the summer I had poured my heart into it but I let it go over the fall. I jumped back in at the beginning of the year in January 2018. I added a new opt-in and implemented Tailwind and Pinterest. The traffic came ROLLING in! I couldn’t believe it! It almost felt too easy! I later learned I was right. It was too easy. I couldn’t replicate it again… because I wasn’t treating my blog like a business.

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I was offered a job at the Church Preschool and they badly needed help so I decided to take it and I worked from February to May as a Lead Teacher. It was a wonderful time, but I bet you can guess what happened to my blog.

Yep, it was pushed off and the traffic went with it.

I told myself “Okay, I am going to work on it all summer and get it back up and going”. Well, being home with my daughter over the summer was great but trying to entertain an 8-year-old who doesn’t play pretend by herself anymore was a struggle.

It was either let her sit in front of a device all day or let friends come over and then it was loud and crazy. We would go to the pool, go out on the boat, do all kinds of summer fun things, but once more my blog got pushed back.

I felt like I had to focus on her and since I was home I tried hard to keep all the housework taken care of so my husband who works long hard hours didn’t have to worry about anything when he got home. At the end of the summer, my husband and I decided that I would stay home once she started school back up and I could work full time on my blog. (I know isn’t he the best!)

I do help out some of the neighborhood parents and get their kids on and off the bus to make a little extra money. I also watch one little girl twice a week. Plus, I have all my house chores. Which since my husband is being so sweet to let me chase my dreams, I do make those a priority, so he doesn’t have to stress about a messy house after a stressful day at work.

BUT I now have technically all the time I need to work on my blog! So how can I turn my clear hobby blog into a business? And how can you? With these 4 Super Simple Steps!


Make it more of a priority. Make time for your blog.

If you want to turn your hobby blog into a business, then you need to treat it like a business. Like it is your job (because it is).

You may not need to work on it 8 hours a day like a real job and thank goodness for that! But you do need to make progress on it daily!

Here is a post I wrote on how to easily find time to blog!

And here is a post on how to stay focused and create more content.

This post walks you through how to not waste time on your blog but actually make progress on your blog (aka writing blog posts not just post on social media).

I love to learn so I could spend all day every day watching videos on how to blog but then when it comes down to actually putting those steps into action I seem to always struggle to finish.

I have shiny objective syndrome or bunny hole syndrome. Maybe it’s a fear of rejection. “What if someone doesn’t like it? I know! I just won’t put it out there and then no one can hate it!” But that’s obviously a bad idea.

So, whether you want to or not, whether you feel like it or not. Make it a priority that you work on it every day. If it is only 30 minutes a day then that’s fine! At least you are working on it!

The more you put into it the more you will get out!

Maybe you aren’t like me and you don’t struggle with that part. Maybe you have a successful blog, but it just doesn’t make any money yet.

So, you want to turn your successful hobby blog into a successful business blog. Well, I can still help!

See I am knowledgeable about this all (remember I love to learn and take courses on all this) so I can help walk you through what you need to do to monetize your blog.

I think that’s the frustrating part for me. I know all this stuff I just need to do it! (me kicking myself)

That is why I am drawing a line in the sand and I am saying no more. From now on I am going to treat it like a business!

I am going to work on writing blog posts and helping my readers reach their goals!

Get out of your comfort zone

comfort zone

I think that’s a major part of this too. We are still in our comfort zones and we like it that way.

But staying in our comfort zones isn’t going to get us very far though is it?

We need to push ourselves and get out of our comfort zones!

For me, I don’t like making videos.

It is easy for me to think all these things to say but the second I push record my mind goes blank!

I know videos are an important part of blogging, so it is something I have to push past!

I have seen other very successful bloggers do not so great videos and it just shows that they are human just like all of us but for some reason, it is a major hurdle for me.

What are your weaknesses?

Do you struggle with…

  • organization?
  • time management?
  • content creation?
  • procrastination?
  • Creating images?
  • Promoting your posts?
  • Creating videos?

Find your weakness and do that one first. Focus solely on your weakness and work on it. Or maybe you have the funds and are able to outsource your weakness.

If you struggle with balancing housework and your blog, then hire someone to help you clean your house.

I am not to that point yet, but I want to be!

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To turn your hobby blog into a business you need to be helpful for your readers. They are looking for an answer to their problem.

Help them find a solution to their problem.

Whether that be a course you created to solve it, an affiliate product that will solve it, or maybe you just provide the answer and that traffic to your blog brings in ad revenue.

Solving their problem will also create trust between you and your readers. They will come back for more. Knowing you helped them last time they will trust you can help them again.

Also, they are more likely to share your blog with their friends that have the same problem you solved.


There are several ways you can monetize your blog. If your blog is a hobby blog and you aren’t monetizing your blog yet, but you have consistent traffic then all you have to do is add the following to capitalize off of your traffic:

  1. Ads
  2. Affiliate links
  3. Sponsored Posts
  4. Products


Ads or advertisements can be placed on your blog and the advertiser will pay you for it. You get paid based off of the amount of traffic that sees the ad and by how many people click on that ad.

For more information on ads on your blog, I suggest this eBook by Victoria Pruett called Make Money Blogging at any level.

She has successfully grown her blog about life on her homestead to making over $8,000 a month!

She has updated her income several times so I have noticed that it says a different number depending on where you look on her blog but the last email she sent me she told me $8,000 and that was months ago! So it is most likely more now.

A large portion of her income comes from ads! She goes into detail in her ebook.

Affiliate Links

Adding affiliate links are links that take your reader to a product by someone else and if they purchase that product you receive compensation for that sale.

So, for example, the eBook above that I mentioned is an affiliate link. I read that book and really found it helpful, so I signed up for Victoria’s affiliate program.

Now if anyone clicks on that link and purchases her eBook through my link, she will pay me for that sale.

I have heard of other affiliate programs that pay out differently and not only on purchases but that is definitely the main way to earn an affiliate commission.


Amazon is a great affiliate example. They were able to grow so big off of affiliate sales. Bloggers put links on their blogs to products off of Amazon and when a reader clicks on that link and makes a purchase then that blogger gets a cut of that sale.

Here is a great resource to learn some awesome tips for making money with Amazon! I had the pleasure of being a test reader for Dale for this ebook and I am so glad I had that opportunity! It seriously is packed with awesome tips and tricks to making the most of Amazon’s affiliate program.

She has some amazing insight and it is definitely worth the small investment for all of the time you will save and shortcuts she gives you to get right into making money with affiliate marketing.

I thought I knew it all and I have even purchased and taken Michelle Gardner’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing which is also a great course but it does come with a price tag.

Although since Michelle makes over $100,000 PER MONTH on her blog she does know what she is talking about!

But even after reading everything I have read over the years and taking many courses (course junkie remember) Dale’s ebook Amazon Affiliate Affluence was packed with new and helpful information!

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Sponsored Posts

A sponsored blog post is when you receive payment for posting a blog post on your blog. Either you or the sponsor can write the post that you will then put on your blog. I personally haven’t dabbled much in the sponsored posts area so I suggest checking out McKinzie’s post on How to Make Money Blogging with Sponsored Posts.


Adding your own products to your blog is another way to earn money off of your blog.

If your blog is all about baking cakes, then you could create a course or write an eBook that combines all your knowledge into one convenient place. People will pay to get the quickest answer.

Just like the affiliate ebooks I previously mentioned. I would rather pay $20-$50 bucks and get the answers right now that I know will work than search through all of their blog posts trying to piece it together myself.

Your readers could read all of your blog posts and try and put the pieces of the puzzles together on their own but if you offered an easy and convenient course or eBook that will walk them directly through it, most people would just pay the $10-$100 to get the answer now.

It depends on how in-depth you make your course or eBook as to the price you want to sell it for.

I have seen courses go for hundreds of dollars. If it is your first one, then I would suggest to not make it too big and not have it cost too much.

Just to test out your audience and see how they respond. You could even ask them what they think about some different course ideas and also how much they would be willing to pay for it.

Get some feedback and maybe offer them a discount or a free copy for their feedback!

Once you have gotten your feet wet with adding one or all of those options then you can focus on using your email list to your advantage and selling to them.

You can make sales sequences for them to go through to warm them up before trying to sell to them.

You can also create a sales funnel for them to go to. Those are all things you can focus on later once you have gotten the first step done.

Focus on adding ads, affiliate links, sponsored posts and/or products to your blog and start treating it like a job and before you know it, it will be a business bringing in an income for you!

4. Consistency

Here is what will set your blog apart from Hobby Blog to Business Blog. Just like I have said before you have to make it a priority. Part of that is staying consistent.

It is important to not only stay consistent to show Google that you are a serious blogger but it is good for you to stay in a routine with your blog.

If you take a long break in between working on your blog you will come back to it and be completely lost where you left off. You will end up spending all of your time catching back up on where you left off.

Then if you go another long break again you are once more in the same boat of trying to remember what you were going to do next.

Stay consistent. Make a schedule and stick to it! This will improve your productivity and efficiency.

Summed up

Those are the 4 super simple ways to turn your hobby blog into a business blog!

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