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Why Pinterest Just Brought Back Affiliate Links

pinterest-affiliate-linksPinterest recently decided to allow pinners to start using affiliate links again. What does this mean for you, and why would Pinterest make this change? Well, first you should take a look at why the image-based social media site banned them to begin with. Then you can get an idea of why Pinterest brought them back and how you can use them.

The Reason for the Initial Ban on Affiliate Links

Pinterest had banned the links in early 2015. This means it started removing any links in which the pinner made money when people clicked on the link and purchased the product.

While plenty of pinners posted these links strategically and made money without simply creating more spam, some abused the privilege. This resulted in lots of pins being posted where they didn’t belong, as well as broken links and a spammier look for Pinterest in general.

Why Would Pinterest Bring Affiliate Links Back?

Clearly Pinterest banned affiliate links because they were negatively affecting the site as a whole when not used correctly. So why bring them back? The main reason is that the site has improved its methods of detecting and getting rid of spam. Plus, Pinterest users are encouraged to report any issues, such as spammy links.

The other reason Pinterest brought back affiliate links is that it wants to persuade pinners to remain active on the site. After all, the social network needs a constant stream of new content in order to keep the attention of its over 100 million monthly active users. It can encourage users to create that by rewarding them with the ability to make money with affiliate links.

How to Use Affiliate Links Appropriately on Pinterest

Now that you’re allowed to use these links on Pinterest, you should make sure you use them correctly. Otherwise, you risk Pinterest banning them again if too many people start spamming the site.

In general, you should make it your goal to ensure that all of your pins are both useful to your audience and nice to look at. This should be easy if you stick to pinning products that you can personally vouch for or are even passionate about.

For example, if you have a Pinterest board centered on weight loss, and you have a set of weights that you would recommend to your readers, find or take a nice picture of them and post it with your affiliate link. Your readers will appreciate the genuine recommendation, and you’ll make a little money for your efforts.

You should also make sure each product you pin has a description with the appropriate keywords and a disclaimer that it’s an affiliate link. This way, you’ll come across as honest and helpful, not a spammer who is trying to trick people into clicking on your affiliate link just so you’ll make money.

For an extra boost to your profits, consider promoting your pins that feature affiliate links. You can start with one such pin and decide whether you want to pay for the number of clicks or the amount of engagement. Once you’ve paid to promote it, you should keep track of how well it does and how much you make from it, and then you can start promoting your other pins that have affiliate links.

So now that Pinterest is allowing affiliate links again, should you try them out? Well, it’s up to you, but you should know that Pinterest users are 10 percent more likely to buy an item online than people who are referred to ecommerce sites from other social media sites. More specifically, they tend to spend about twice as much as shoppers who are referred from Facebook. So it makes sense to get your links to products in front of their eyes if you want to use Pinterest to make money.

Are you glad that Pinterest brought back affiliate links? And have you posted these types of links on Pinterest before? Fill us in on your experience!