Best practices for associate selling on Pinterest

Pinterest recently carried a anathema on associate links in pins. Here’s how we can take advantage of this opportunity.

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In early May, Pinterest carried a anathema on associate links in pins—huge news for publishers and advertisers alike. Pinterest emerged as an online end for consumers looking for new trends and products given a origination in 2010, and with over 100 million monthly active users and worldwide reach, it represents a large event for players in a associate space.  

Pinterest users have always been means to pin images from sites that enclose associate links, though only over a year ago users were criminialized from embedding associate links directly in a pin itself. This tactic was one of a primary ways pinners could beget revenue, as they could potentially acquire a elect from any businessman partner they destined a user to. However, prevalent spammer abuse led Pinterest to anathema a practice.

Improvements to Pinterest’s spam-detection capabilities paved a approach for a reintroduction of associate pins, though it’s critical for publishers and advertisers to know a new landscape.

Here are some tips and ubiquitous information for pinners and brands looking to benefit on this re-emerging opportunity:

Affiliate Pins Don’t Get Special Treatment

Pinterest employs an algorithm to automate a preference of pins users will see in their feed, identical to many amicable networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. The algorithm uses several factors in a calculations, though a participation of an associate couple is not one of them. Affiliate pins are treated only a same as pins with unchanging URLs in both a Pinterest feed and in Pinterest’s hunt functions. Additionally, if a pinner wants to give an associate pin additional visibility, they can foster a pin by Pinterest’s Ads Manager, only like other pins.

Ensure Your Pins Don’t Look Like Spam

Pinterest’s extended ability to detect spam pins is good news, though it also means that pinners should take precautions to safeguard their associate pins aren’t inadvertently flagged as spam. One of a running beliefs is that a design in a pin should be unchanging with a end of a pin. For example, a pin with an design of a chuck sham on a cot should not route to a vacation rendezvous site.  

Additionally, pinners who use couple shorteners to make associate links some-more appealing might wish to recur regulating them on pins. Additional redirects of a end URL can vigilance to Pinterest that a couple isn’t what it claims to be.

Make Proper Disclosures

Pins with associate links should have an FTC-compliant avowal that creates it transparent that purchases done by that pin will outcome in remuneration to a strange pinner. Publishers should also endorse that a advertisers they’re operative with concede their associate links to be posted to amicable networks so they don’t violate a module terms within that relationship. It’s best to review and follow Pinterest’s Acceptable Use Policy

Mobile is King

It’s no tip that consumers are now spending a infancy of their digital time on their mobile devices, and 80% of Pinterest’s trade is generated by a mobile app. This means that when users click on associate pins, they will many mostly be taken to a mobile chronicle of advertisers’ sites. An engaging, user-friendly mobile experience, with elementary checkout options will assistance boost conversions.

Keep Pinterest “Beautiful”

Regardless of a calm we select to pin or your motivations, successful pinners belong to Pinterest CEO Ben Silberman’s running principle: make (and keep) a site “beautiful”. Simply put, a best pinners find a best of a web, regardless of theme matter, and there are some elementary strategy from a display standpoint that we can use to assistance urge a opening of your pins.

  • Pinterest users generally cite lifestyle images of pins rather than a standard waste design of a product opposite a vacant background. Brands with some-more constrained images of their products might find that those products accept some-more pins (and some-more trade from Pinterest) both with and though associate links.
  • Since pins are orderly into columns, users generally cite straight or mural images rather than plane or landscape images. Pinterest offers suggestions and tips for augmenting rendezvous on pins in a beam for businesses, How to Make Great Pins.
  • Text overlays, styled images, and clever descriptions assistance users to rivet with a pin. Good house and pin descriptions can also assistance with likes, re-pins, and follows to benefit prominence by Pinterest’s heavily-used hunt function.
  • Power users might wish to cruise scheduling services that assistance conduct a intonation of your pins.

With time, additional insights per a opening of associate pins will positively surface, though a information above should offer as a plain guidepost for both pinners and brands looking to benefit on this appearing opportunity.

CJ Affiliate by Conversant operates a associate selling network before famous as Commission Junction. It is a associate network used by 177 of a Top 500 online retailers in North America, according to