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Making Money with Pinterest: Linking Your Pins to Amazon Products and Other Affiliate Websites

Updated on June 15, 2013
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© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

Pinterest, the latest social site to make a big splash on the Internet, lets you share your favorite picture or video finds in the form of pins on boards. You already know that you can drive traffic to your site by pinning graphics from your articles.

But you can also link your pins to Amazon and affiliate websites as shown by the following steps. If a user happens to buy the linked product, you receive your affiliate commission.

This information assumes you know the basics of using Pinterest. It also assumes you have an Amazon affiliate account and have a Tracking ID. In a nutshell, you’ll be embedding this code in your pin links.

1. Open a browser window.

Then go into Edit mode for your pin in one of the following ways:

  • Choose your username on the upper right of the Pinterest website. Then select Pins to display your additions. Move your cursor over the picture until the buttons appear on the top of it. Click the Edit button.
  • After you’ve used the Pin It button from your browser, the bookmarklet window appears so you can enter a comment. Click the red Pin It button to display the Success dialog box. Click the See Your Pin button to display your addition. Then click the Edit button.

In either case, the Edit Pin window appears.

Edit Pin window
Edit Pin window | Source

2. Open a new separate browser window.

Put your new browser side by side with the previous window. In this new window, go into the Amazon Affiliates Product Links page. (You’ll need to sign in). Note that your tracking ID appears on the upper left of the page.

Enter the product you want to search for in the Search Within For box. You can qualify the search by choosing a product category from the Within dropdown. Click the Go button to display the product selection.

Paste the address in the Link box.
Paste the address in the Link box. | Source

3. Click on the product name.

The product page appears. Look at the URL of the product in the Address bar at the top of the browser. It should contain your Tracking ID as in the following example:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M5KV3A?ie=UTF8&tag=<Tracking ID> &linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004M5KV3A

This ID is what credits any purchases to your account.

Copy the entire address from the Address bar.

Then go to the first browser window and paste it in the Link box of the Edit Pin window. You can paste any link to any affiliate in this box if you do it after you submit your picture or video. The original picture or video remains unchanged.

4. Test the link.

From your Pinterest page, click the picture to enlarge it. Then click the link again to display the linked product page. You receive commissions from any purchases made through here.

Update on SkimLinks

Some commenters have pointed out that Pinterest used Skimlinks to change your links so they get the profit and not you. This used to be true when the affiliate program started. But it caused such an uproar that they discontinued this use. It is now no longer true.

You now get full credit for your affiliate links.

Spammer Updates

Because certain users were spamming Pinterest with their affiliate links and then started bragging how they were making thousands of dollars a day from doing so, Pinterest changed their affiliate link system yet again. This is as of March 30, 2012. The site has essentially removed all links. You can test this by simply clicking on a pin in which you put an affiliate. Although it still leads to the Amazon product, you'll notice that your affiliate information is no longer in the URL address.

It's quite likely Pinterest may change this system again in the coming weeks as it decides what to do about spammers. I'll update this article as needed, so you may want to follow this hub to keep abreast of the latest news.

If you have any suggestions for improving these procedures, please send me a private message or leave them in the comments.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I haven't been on Pinterest for awhile, younghopes, so I can't answer that question.

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      This is an awesome hub, but as i see this was written in 2012, and as i am reading it in 2013 does this holds true? Does still posting links to affiliate amazon with pinterest work now or not? Please tell me,

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great hub! The information you provide here is valuable. I think it's about time I followed your advice. Many thanks for sharing.

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      rls8994 4 years ago from Mississippi

      Thanks for this great information. I've had a pinterest account for awhile now and really never do anything with it. I did not know you could do this. Definitely going to try! Great hub....Bookmarked and voted up! :)

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That's great PWalker281. Thanks for the clarification.

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      PWalker281 4 years ago

      My understanding is that HubPages resolved this issue with Pinterest. Instead of banning a spamming subdomain, they banned the entire site. So HubPages met with them and explained the difference. You should be able to pin your hubs there again.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'd read that too, Peggy, but haven't tried it out recently. I'm just afraid that if I do, my previous postings will be removed.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      From reading the forums, it now seems that HubPages has been banned from posting things on Pinterest. Wonder if they will get it resolved or if it is permanent?

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      They keep changing their minds, Peggy W. Another hubber was telling me about a way to actually get the links back. I told him to write a hub about it, since I wasn't familiar with the method.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      I'm going to try this and see if it makes a difference. Thanks for another informative Hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I just pinned my latest Hub. My pin will take the viewer right back to Mary615 on HubPages. I have received a lot of traffic from Pinterest. I haven't tried the Amazon thing. Good Hub on the subject.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      From everything I am reading from the comments in your hub, if they no longer allow links back to our HubPages it seems a waste of time to join Pinterest. Will check back now and then to see if they change their minds. Thanks for writing this and thanks to all the people who are commenting!

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      onlinecashdigest 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      You are correct alocsin. I have tested this just this week and Pinterest removes all links..the solution I think would be to use a system that cloaks your link.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for clarifying eedriyz. I think Pinterest removes any links it spots.

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      eedriyz 5 years ago from Nigeria

      I mean affiliate links. Just asking if anyone has tried using a cloarked link to post their links on pinterest, Alocsin. I'm sorry for not commenting on your efforts on this post earlier. It's really informative. Thanks

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Yes very bizarre. I was on reddit and someone else said they were experiencing the same problem. I have deleted my account.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That is bizarre davenstan. I'm not sure how that would happen either.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm unfamiliar with aff links, eedriyz. Can you elaborate?

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      eedriyz 5 years ago from Nigeria

      Looks to me like your account got hacked, Davenstan

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I like Pinterest but I had to delete my account. Another site kept redirecting my links to their site. I am not sure how or why this happened.

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      eedriyz 5 years ago from Nigeria

      Just a pity, but how about cloarking such urls (aff links)? Anyone tried that?

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      nakmeister 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      A great hub, even if it has a (thus far) disappointing conclusion. I'll be keeping an eye on this one - thanks.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll delete your previous comment, courtlneygdtm. But stay tuned. Pinterest seems to keep changing their mind every few weeks about affiliate marketing. Who knows, maybe they'll allow links again.

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      courtlneygdtm 5 years ago from United States

      I'm rescinding my comments above. Still a useful hub, but I wrote the comment before finding out that Pinterest no longer keeps the tracking i.d. in the link.

      --courtlneygdtm

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm not using it all. I suspect they will change their minds again after a few weeks. They seem to change their procedures a lot with their affiliate programs.

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      Adnan 5 years ago

      @alocsin, no problem I found the answer about it. BTW, how are you using Amazon with Pinterest after the latest move by Pinterest?

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Adnan, I'm afraid I don't know enough about Amazon to answer that.

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      Adnan 5 years ago

      @alocsin, can I make any Amazon ID as an Affiliate Link just by adding the *&tag*?

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Sadly, that's true, PWalker. Fortunately I can still download my bookmarks.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      HubPages has done away with the bookmarking feature, among other changes it will be instituting soon. Last I saw on my account page, there was a message telling hubbers to download their bookmarks via a link as an html file. Haven't checked to see if it's still there but that's probably what happened to molometer's bookmarks.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      How bizarre molometer. That's never happened to me. Perhaps you should write a hub about it.

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      Adnan 5 years ago

      @alocin: You're right. OK, I try to come up with an MVP :)

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      El Ray 5 years ago

      Hey Aurelio this is very useful information on profiting from the Pinterest phenomenon! So far I've resisted it, but have been thinking about using it to create some traffic generating links to some of my other pages. As far as direct linking Pins to an affiliate offer is concerned, it may be more effective to direct that traffic to a pre-sell page ... it may result in higher conversions.

      Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this hub article of yours. Voting Up + Useful! Keep up the good work!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      eloygiles, I've sold a couple of vampire books, oddly enough, since I wasn't targeting that genre with my pins.

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      Eloy Giles 5 years ago from Mexico City

      Hi guys,

      Just wondering, which products were the most easy/popular to sell using this strategy (affiliate links on Pinterest)?

      Did any of you got any good earnings doing this?

      E.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Okay, left and right people have been suggesting this to me. Now that it was shared again, I decided well, I'd better have a look at Pinterest. Your hub is great here, alocsin. Many votes and shared. :)

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Aurelio,

      I was over at Pinterest and had previously bookmarked this hub for reference.

      Somehow my bookmarks have vanished so I have come back to download this helpful hub.

      Thanks for writing and sharing these great ideas.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, you have to start somewhere, Adnan ;)

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      Adnan 5 years ago

      http://kadnan.blogspot.com. It's my technical Blog and http://adnansiddiqi.com is my personal page.

      As I said, thing is not ready and I am a bit skeptical about it, specially when there are short URL services.

      Thanks

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Mention the blog name here Adnan, so people can pay you a visit.

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      Adnan 5 years ago

      @alocsin: Nice idea. I do have my own blog so not sure that making another page could be helpful or not. The reason I asked here because I find this thread quite relevant to validate the idea.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Hi Adnan, Have you considered putting up a hub, so that people interested in your projects have someplace to go here? They can click on your username and head for your hub.

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      Adnan 5 years ago

      I am a software developer and like many I also want to use Amazon affiliate Id to earn a bit of money.

      I have been thinking of a system where people like you register and give info like their Affiliate ID and my system can generate a non-Amazon URL for them showing Amazon Data. I will offer both Free and Premium Version with minimal amount.

      What do you think, would you like to use such system? Instead of making separate Wordpress Blogs to put Amazon URLs, all you will need to submit Amazon URL of your choice and it gives you a new URL.

      DO let me know. If I see potential then I can work on something like that in next 4-7 days.

      Thanks

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Yup. Finally. Thanks to you my friend.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      And congrats for finally getting in, rajan jolly. I hope you enjoy it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, alocsin. I've just messaged you a request.

      Bookmarking and sharing this useful hub.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am back for a second read on this one. I have been on Pinterest more lately and am looking for additional ways to use it with my articles. Thank-you for the info, I am printing your hub for future reference.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      If you send me a private message, rajan jolly, with your email address, I can try and send you an invite.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Alocsin, this is a very useful hub. I requested an invite from pinterest but have yet to receive a reply. Is there any other way to join it?

      Voted up & useful.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      What a shame that spammers have ruined it for everyone again! However, I have just started to get more active with Pinterest and I have to say that it seems like a great site for getting things noticed, along with quite a receptive crowd of members.

      Thanks for SHARING the update.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      More than likely, prairieprincess, they'll change their minds again and put it back in.

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      Adnan 5 years ago

      Hi Princess, there's never too late and there're always workarounds. I am already working on one of them :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Alocsin, I missed that bonanza! Just when I got around to reading this hub, I found out they are no longer doing that! I guess the next thing is link to a hub or article that contains the Amazon capsules. That's what I've been doing and hoping for some more traffic. Thanks for keeping us all informed! Take care.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      Thanks for the update, Aurelio. Hope they change their minds and allow affiliate links.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I added a new update at the bottom just today. Hope you had a chance to rea that, randomcreative.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This is great tip! I will definitely give this a try sometime. Thanks!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks, PWalker281. Another hubber mentioned that in the comments. I'll need to investigate it. That's too bad if it's true.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll need to investigate that Admam. Thanks for the headsup.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Perhaps you should write a hub about it, TinaAtHome.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Not really original with me, vespawoolf. I first found out about this on someone else's blog.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      All of us should not be punished because of one guy. It is the spammer's fault and not any associate's fault.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      Well, it looks like Pinterest is now stripping out affiliate IDs from urls. I tried it two ways, your way, Aurelio, and a way I learned a while back. Both times, the "tag =" portion of the url was gone. This is too bad. Perhaps that $1,0000 a day spammer ruined it for everyone.

      Here's an article I found about it:

      http://marketingland.com/pinterest-were-actively-w...

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      I don't know how I missed this hub, Aurelio, but I must have been reading your mind because it dawned on me a few weeks ago that I could be putting my Amazon affiliate code in the links on my "Books I'm Waiting to Read" board. I need to go back and change all of my book links now because I've only done this with some of them.

      I have become a real Pinterest addict, primarily with my "I Heart Crochet" board, but after reading Natashalh's comment, I can see expanding this practice to all of my boards. But I won't use automated bots, despite the success of the $1,000 a day spammer. I think one can be successful without resorting to black hat techniques and chance losing one's account. It just takes a little thought and planning.

      I hope more and more people start doing this because the more who do it, the more Pinterest will have to accept it (wishful thinking here), at least accept the people who do it legitimately.

      Great hub as usual, Aurelio. Voted up and useful.

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      Admam 5 years ago

      I just tried out. When I clicked on "SEE YOUR LINK" and tried to view what URL comes out, I find that it removed everything related to Affiliate and made the URL of basic Product. Seems the technique will not work anymore.

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      TinaAtHome 5 years ago from California

      That's a really long winded method of putting your Amazon code on Pinterest. I can do it in 5 clicks, no amending or editing anything.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I had no idea this was possible. Where do you get all your original ideas? I plan to take put this information into practice. Thank you...voted up and useful!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Glad to hear that davenstan. Thanks for sharing.

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      You're welcome. A thrill moment for me!

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Ok. Gsve it a shot and the response that I have gotten was amazing. I have had so many referrals from Pinterest.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That's very exciting, HubTub. Thanks for sharing that.

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      I had to share this. I pinned a photo of Mark Ballas from Dancing With the Stars on my Pinterest DWTS board. While checking my account some 24 hours later, I found that Mark Ballas, himself, "liked" my pin...lol. Gotta admit, it was exciting! Apparently, even celebrities are hooked on Pinterest.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I might give it a shot even after the lovely hub I wrote on pinterest.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Good luck, Natashalh, let us know how it turns out.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      So I just experimented with it. It seems like it would be a bad idea if you're trying to get hub views because the link replaces your hub link. But just for photos, it could be a good idea. For fun, I posted a picture of my dogs looking cute with a link to a dog toy. Within a minute, I had three repins and a like! I will check later, after the Amazon site updates information, to see if anyone clicked through. If so, it will be exciting!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the great information. I use Pinterest, but I hadn't heard of this idea. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Millionaire Tips, I usually pin related photos, unless I find a really pretty Amazon product photo.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Fantastic advice, Aurelio, I hadn't thought of adding Amazon links either. Do you pin a photo of the product, and then link your Amazon to it, or do you use other photos? Can you send me an invite too? I signed up a while ago, but it said I had to wait.

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      Jobanski 5 years ago

      Hmm...I'm going to have to munch on this for a while.

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      theastrology 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Hi alocsin, well written and very useful article to learn some important facts about pinterest.

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      dragnhaze 5 years ago

      I love the idea of linking amazon products that are worthy of promotion on a pin board, I actually saw the idea on a different web site just yesterday. Though I haven't had a chance to join pinterest, being as it is invitation only. Maybe some day I will get an invite...(hint, hint, lol). Great read, thanks!

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      Erin Buttermore 5 years ago from Laconia

      don't know why...haven't been able to join this either...

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Let me know how it goes, L.L. Woodard.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I hope you earn money from it, sholand10.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks EclecticFusion, but this is also a new thing for Pinterest. Maybe only a month old at most.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You have such wonderful photos too, Peggy. Not an easy decision.

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      alipuckett 5 years ago

      Ooh! Great idea. I'm definitely bookmarking this one!

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I had pretty much written off Pinterest as being useful to me as a networking tool, but having read this hub, I am definitely going to re-think that.

      I appreciate you sharing this information with us.

      Voted up and thanks for SHARING.

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Alcosin, this is very helpful. I kept your hub open in one tab, and I followed your directions in the other tabs. Your directions are easy to follow. :-) Another great hub!! Thank you for SHARING!! VOTES AND SHARES!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Fantastic hub!!!!!!!! Thank you for some great info!!!!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Will be checking into this again thanks to your hub!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      You are brilliant! I never would have thought about this and I've been at Pinterest for months and with Amazon Associates for a couple of years! Thanks for the info! Voted useful, awesome, and up!

      Thanks for SHARING!

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      sweetguide 5 years ago from River side

      Great info. Great hub

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Alocsin you are always on top of things. Guess I really need to try out Pinterest! Thanks for the good info as always. Voted up. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Great tips Alocsin. Another way to earn online is always useful, I'll definitely have a look at this. I joined the site and it seems easy to use, but haven't had the time to get into it properly yet.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Still thinking because of losing the rights to all of my photos... Wish it was not an all or nothing decision.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Definitely, Peggy W, an increase in income but only if you're into the HubPages Ad Program, because that depends on impressions.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I'm still on the fence about Pinterest because supposedly once a photo is posted, they can do whatever they wish with it and the credit may not come back to the originator of the photo. At least that is the way I am reading the TOS.

      But will keep your hub in mind if I decide to join. Have you noticed an increase in income since you have begun doing this?

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Not familiar with Zurker, molometer. Perhaps you should write a hub about it?

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Aurelio,

      Another brilliant hub on how to maximize earnings potential here on the web. Well done my friend. Bookmarking this hub and will be giving it a go too!

      Next on the hit list must be Zurker.com. Seems like the only thing it is useful for is backlinking? I have had a few hits from it though.

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      @alocsin - thanks for the information! :)