How to Pin Affiliate Links on Pinterest
Posted on September 13, 2013
Pinterest. It is a fantastic marketing tool for many companies, both small and big. All it takes is a great idea and an eye-catching product to run a successful marketing campaign on Pinterest. With the right Pinboard theme and product list, affiliate marketers could very easily use Pinterest to create beautiful ad campaigns with very little overhead or buildup. Unfortunately, Pinterest doesn’t like affiliate marketers to market their products on their service. This is understandable, as an excess of the wrong type of products could flood Pinterest with far too much spam, but knowing how to get around this restriction could be very useful for affiliate marketers who have a small number of products, or just one product that they would love to sell.
Before we create our special product page, we need to get our affiliate link. For those who are new to VigLink, go to http://www.viglink.com/products/anywhere, put your link in (I’m using this awesome Zombie Shower Gel for this example), and click “Build.” Copy the link, we’ll be getting to it soon.
Next, you will need to download the product image. This is necessary for Pinterest to be able to load. Save the image in your Dropbox Public folder, and name it something you will remember. We’ll be using it in the next step.
To create this product page, open up your Dropbox Public folder and create an HTML file (in this case, called zombie-power-gel.html).
Open that HTML file in a text editor, and copy and paste the following code into it:
window.location = "AFFILIATE_LINK";
<img src="PRODUCT_IMAGE" />
Now, we’re almost there, but we have to change a few things. First, you will need to change AFFILIATE_LINK to the link you copied above (in my case, http://bit.ly/15YWpc0). Next, you will need to change PRODUCT_IMAGE to the name of the product image you saved (again, in my case zombie-power-gel.jpg).
Now, to pin the link, open up Dropbox.com and navigate to your Public folder, right click on your HTML file, and click “Copy public link.”
In the next window, copy the link that is shown. This will be the link you pin to Pinterest.
I’m not going to walk you through how to pin to Pinterest, because Pinterest explains it far better than I can, but, here is a quick screenshot of the end result: