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  • How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    Did you know that you can use affiliate links on Pinterest and send people directly to products from a pin? It's true!

    I get a lot of emails from folks asking if they can do affiliate marketing without a blog. And my answer is always the same: start an affiliate marketing blog because it'll greatly increase your chances of consistent and meaningful affiliate income.

    But if you don't have a blog yet, Pinterest is a great way to get your feet wet with affiliate marketing. Especially if you're still figuring out what you want to blog about, who your audience is and how much time you have to devote to affiliate activities.

     

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    Why Pinterest?

    There was a time when Pinterest didn’t allow affiliate links (and there are still a few exceptions – sadly no Etsy affiliate links are allowed). But in 2016, Pinterest lifted the ban, allowing bloggers and social media influencers to share affiliate links with a wider audience. 

    You might be wondering why Pinterest is a valuable way to promote products as an affiliate. After all, your audience already clicks on affiliate links from your blog.

    Yes, your regular audience is probably visiting your blog routinely. But Pinterest gives you a much wider reach than your loyal readers. Take XO Sarah's account for example, which has over 700,000 unique visitors each month on Pinterest. Although she has an amazing blog with tons of traffic, there's a good chance her Pinterest users don't all overlap, giving her a new audience to market to. 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    If you are only using affiliate links on your blog, someone has to first find their way to your site, click onto a certain post and THEN click on your affiliate link. With Pinterest, they only have to click on the pin to be directed to your affiliate link. Fewer steps equals more affiliate conversions.

    The best part is that it’s super easy to promote and share your links on Pinterest, which I’ll go over with you step by step a little later on.


    Since I share affiliate marketing strategies with awesome people like you, naturally my content may contain affiliate links for products I use and love. If you take action (i.e. subscribe, make a purchase) after clicking one of these links, I'll earn some coffee money ☕️ which I promise to drink while creating more helpful content like this.Affiliate Disclosure

    GETTING STARTED WITH AFFILIATE MARKETING ON PINTEREST


    Optimize Your Profile and Boards

    Before we can think about creating pins and sharing your affiliate links, first let’s make sure people can actually find your account and see what you are pinning. This all starts with optimizing your Pinterest Profile and Boards. 

    Pinterest is essentially a search engine, so the use of keywords is essential. Start by including keywords in your name. For example, my account name includes the words “Affiliate Strategist” to help my target audience find me more easily. 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

     

    Go ahead and also include keywords in your board descriptions to boost views. Check out this example of one of my board descriptions: 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    Lastly, add keywords in your pin descriptions (more on that in a moment!)


    Create Eye-Catching Pins 

    Pinterest is a very visual place. People choose which pins to click on based on their appearance so it’s really important that your pins stand out from others.

    What makes a great pin? 

    • Click-Worthy Title – When people scroll through Pinterest they’re usually looking for something specific.  Make it clear that you have exactly what they are looking for (think 24 Easiest Christmas Cookie Recipes vs. 24 Cookie Recipes). Think about the font you use too – the text needs to be large and easy to read so that people can read without having to click on the pin to enlarge it. 
    • Beautiful Images and GraphicsUsing the right images or graphics will help your pins look interesting AND stand out from the crowd. When you search for something on Pinterest you’re presented with a huge list of relevant pins, most of which offer the same answer or solution. Make your pins look professional, clear and one-step above all of the others!
    • Eye-Catching ColorsThe colors you choose to use are another way of making your pins appeal to your target audience. Aim to match the look of your own site, or in the case of affiliate pins, ensure the look of the pin matches the landing page of the product you’re sending people to.

    There are lots of tools out there to create drool-worthy pins, including Adobe Photoshop, Canva and Picmonkey. 

    Some bloggers just pin affiliate product images and that’s an option you can try too. Just keep in mind conversion rates on those pins may be lower. 

    PRO TIP: Create multiple pins for each of your affiliate links using slightly different wording and layouts to increase your chances of clicks and traffic.


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    Examples of Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    I bet you’re wondering what affiliate marketing on Pinterest actually looks like in action. Here are some great examples from bloggers and business owners:

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    This is a pin from Natalie Hughes, a fashion blogger. It’s a clear, attractive photo of the item that she promoting and the link leads right through to where you can purchase the item using her affiliate link. 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    This pin from Seaside Sundays has a brief description on the pin itself and a clear call to action to “Shop Now”. The text tells you why you need this item in your life and the link leads you to the purchase page using their affiliate link. 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    This is an example of a pin that has been created by the merchant for their affiliates to use specifically to promote their product. The affiliate uses the pin created by the merchant but adds their own affiliate link as the URL when pinning to their Pinterest board. 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    Unlike the pins above, this pin doesn’t lead directly to the product. Instead, it leads through to a blog post that was written with the sole intention of promoting the affiliate product. The affiliate’s unique affiliate link is then weaved throughout the blog post. 


    How to Add Affiliate Pins to Pinterest


    Once you design your beautiful pins, it’s time to add them to Pinterest with your affiliate links.

    Step One) Create Pin

    Log in to your Pinterest account and select “Create Pin” from the menu in the top right-hand corner.

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    You will then be prompted to add your pin (upload the image from your computer), enter the URL that your pin will lead to and add a description. 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    In the URL box, paste your affiliate link. 


    Step Two) Write a Keyword-Rich Pin Description

    Use the description section to explain to people who come across your pin what to expect when they click through, such as how the product or service can help them.

    As I mentioned earlier, Pinterest acts as a search engine so keywords are essential to getting your pins found by your target audience. Your pin descriptions are no exception so remember to use lots of keywords relating to the product or topic featured in your pin. 


    Step Three) Include an affiliate disclosure! 

    As with any other method of affiliate marketing, it’s essential that you include a proper affiliate disclosure on Pinterest.

    In order for your disclosure to be clear and obvious in accordance with FTC guidelines, you should include your usual affiliate disclosure blurb in the pin description. For example “this post contains affiliate links, which means I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you should you click through and make a purchase.” To ensure there's no confusion about your disclosure compliance in the future, consider putting it at the beginning. 

    After writing your description, you will select “Done” and choose a board to save your new pin to. Congrats, you just created your first affiliate pin!


    USING TAILWIND FOR PINTEREST

    Tailwind is a popular Pinterest scheduling tool and one that I absolutely love. It even works for Instagram affiliate marketing!

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    One of my favourite things about Tailwind is that it automates Pinterest activity so you don’t have to be stuck on my computer or phone pinning all day to see an increase in traffic or affiliate sales. 


    Here’s how to get started with Tailwind: 


    Step One) Create an Account

    Head to the Tailwind homepage. If you don’t already have a Tailwind account, select “Signup with Pinterest”. 

    Make sure you are logged into the Pinterest account you want to link before moving on to the next step (you don’t want to link the wrong Pinterest profile to your Tailwind account!). You will be asked to authorize the app before going any further. 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    Next, you want to follow the on-screen prompts to get your Pinterest account connected to Tailwind and get everything set up (don’t worry, it’s nice and easy!)


    Step Two) Schedule Your Content 

    Luckily, scheduling pins is super simple using Tailwind. You can either upload your own pins or use the Tailwind Browser Extension to schedule posts from other websites. 

    When you set up your account, Tailwind will guide you through scheduling a demo post:

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    First, you will need to select which board you want to pin to. Once your Tailwind account has synched with your Pinterest account, you will see a full list of your Pinterest boards to choose from. 

    PRO TIP: You can schedule your pins to more than one board! 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    If you’re uploading a new pin into Tailwind, the description section will be blank so you’ll need to add your own keyword-rich description. If you use the Chrome Extension to save a pin from somewhere else online, there will probably already be a description – feel free to tweak it and make it your own.

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    This step will depend on where you have got the pin from.

    • If it’s a new pin that you are uploading straight into Tailwind, you’ll need to add the URL (for the purposes of this tutorial, that will be the affiliate link).
    • If you have saved the pin using the Tailwind Chrome Extension, the URL will populate but you'll want to swap it out for your affiliate link so you get credit for your referrals. 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    The final step is to add the pin to your schedule. If you select “Add to Queue” the pin will be added to the end of the queue that you have and scheduled to be posted at an optimal time. We’ll discuss Tailwind’s queuing system below in more detail. 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing


    Step Three) Schedule Your Post

    Tailwind will suggest optimal times for you to share content on Pinterest, or you can select your own times. 

    Select “Schedule” from the left-hand menu. Tailwind already has a list of times scheduled based on your audience. You can leave those as is or update them yourself. For example, Tailwind automatically added scheduling slots multiple times each day for my account but I usually pin more frequently, so I increased the number of time slots. 

    To do this, select “Generate New Smart Schedule” and input the number of times you’d like to pin each day (aim for 40-50). Tailwind will then generate a new schedule for you that will look something like this: 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    And that’s all there is to it! Easy, right? 


    Using Tailwind Tribes

    One of the most buzzed about features of Tailwind for Pinterest is tribes. 

    Tailwind Tribes makes finding and sharing content from other people super easy. And it's easy for others to find and share *your* content too!

    Try this feature by selecting “Tribes” from the left-hand menu, then follow the on-screen prompts. Tailwind will then suggest some tribes for you to join based on your content, topics and niche. For most tribes, you will have to request to join and wait for approval but this usually happens very quickly. 

    From there, Tailwind gives you a whirlwind tour of how tribes work and where to find everything you need: 

    How to Make Money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

    Once you create your pin and add it to a few of your boards and into your Tailwind Tribes (don’t forget to check the rules first!), your pin will keep getting repinned and discovered by more and more people.

    To maximize your Pinterest affiliate marketing activities, try a combination of merchant’s pre-made pins and/or images, as well as pins you have created yourself. You can learn a ton and become a better affiliate by seeing which ones get the most repins, clicks and sales. Have fun!


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  • Instagram Affiliate Marketing the Right Way

    If you’re interested in Instagram affiliate marketing, you’ve come to the right place!

    Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms. It doesn’t matter if you’re blogging about food, fashion, beauty, money or business – everyone and their mother (mine included!) is on Instagram.

    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way


    Since I share affiliate marketing strategies with awesome people like you, naturally my content may contain affiliate links for products I use and love. If you take action (i.e. subscribe, make a purchase) after clicking one of these links (ads), I'll earn some coffee money ☕️ which I promise to drink while creating more helpful content like this.Affiliate Disclosure


    I’ll be honest. I used to be a big Instagram user but got completely overwhelmed with how much work was involved. I just couldn’t keep up with the demand and eventually stopped posting completely.

    My big mistake? Not using the right tool to help me plan and schedule my content in advance. I recently discovered Tailwind for Instagram and it’s a game changer. I'm back on Instagram and loving every minute of it.

    But when it comes to monetizing the platform with affiliate links, you may find yourself confused or frustrated. It's just not as straight-forward to use with affiliate marketing compared to sites like Twitter and Facebook.

    That's why I put this post together. Here’s how to do Instagram affiliate marketing the right way…


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    5 INSTAGRAM AFFILIATE MARKETING MISTAKES TO AVOID

    Everyone makes mistakes – and that’s okay. But if you want to increase engagement and conversions on your affiliate posts, do your best to avoid the following:

    Mistake #1 – Not choosing affiliate products that resonate

    The biggest mistake I see people make with affiliate marketing – on any platform – is picking the wrong products to promote. To choose the right products, you need to know what your audience’s biggest pain points and/or desires are. That way you’ll present products they'll want to buy because they solve their problems or fulfill their needs.

    Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way

    In the above image, you’ll see that the target audience’s desire is to cook more but their pain point is that they’re busy.

    You might identify two products that’ll help them with both: a slow cooker and an Instant Pot.

    Now you just need to come up with Instagram posts centered around those products that keep your target audience’s pain point (being busy) in mind.

    Mistake #2 – Not using the right hashtags

    When done right, hashtags help your target audience find your posts and follow you. But if you try to emulate larger accounts by posting no hashtags or using cute ones that are too broad or irrelevant, you'll struggle with growing your following and your Instagram affiliate marketing income.

    Let's go back to the previous food blogger example. If you use a hashtag like #quickmeals in your Instagram post, there’s a good chance your post will be spotted by busy people who really want to cook. That’s what I’d be searching for if I was hungry and in a hurry 😉

    But don’t stop there. Try and get close to 30 hashtags (the max you can use) in each post. That way, you maximize the number of people finding your posts.

    This is especially important when you consider intent. If you use a hashtag like #instantpot when promoting the Instant Pot in an Instagram recipe post, there’s a good chance you’ll get exposure to fellow Instant Pot affiliates or people who own Instant Pots already. It's fine to include it, so long as it's just one in a long list of more relevant hashtags.

    How to find the right hashtags

    Tailwind has a cool feature called Hashtag Finder that populates hashtags based on your caption. Later in this post, I'll show you exactly how to use it.

    Mistake #3 – Not using a call to action

    A call to action (CTA) is marketing speak for something that encourages immediate action. For example, “click here to learn more” or “download my free guide” are both CTAs.

    Whether you’re promoting an affiliate product or not, it’s a good idea to use a CTA in almost every post you create because it trains people to take action after reading your posts. If you’re promoting an affiliate product on Instagram, you could end your post with “follow this link to purchase an Instant Pot >> youraffiliatelink”

    Keep in mind, this goes beyond Instagram affiliate marketing. Basically, you’ll want to use a CTA when doing affiliate marketing in everything from blog posts and email campaigns, to Facebook and YouTube.

    Now if you’re concerned that using a CTA is too salesy, I hear you. But nowadays people are accustomed to seeing them. As long as you’re not using ALL CAPS, begging people to do something or using way too many in the same post, you’re golden.

    You can balance things out by doing it in every other post, or at a cadence that feels most comfortable to you. Personally, I don’t use a CTA in motivational or fun posts but everything else has one.

    Mistake #4 – Not disclosing the affiliate relationship

    You need to disclose your paid relationship on every platform you do affiliate marketing, and that includes Instagram. A proper affiliate disclosure protects you and the companies you work with from the FTC, and is vital to preserving the trust you have built up with your following.

    In a perfect world, your Instagram affiliate marketing posts will have #ad before or nearest to your first affiliate link, and a fuller disclosure blurb ( i.e. “this post contains affiliate links, meaning I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you…”) in the caption as well.

    If you use affiliate links in your bio link, swipe up stories or on Linktree, you’ll need to find additional ways to clearly state that your affiliate relationship and what exactly that means.

    Mistake #5 – Posting about affiliate products too often

    I think of Gary Vaynerchuk’s social media book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook when it comes to Instagram affiliate marketing post frequency.

    In this case, a jab is an Instagram post that gives (i.e. creates engagement or evokes an emotional response) and a right hook is an Instagram post that takes (i.e. asking someone to buy an affiliate product).

    That’s why I try and do 3 jab posts (motivational content, fun stuff, affiliate answers, action steps, etc.) before a right hook post. Of course, you don’t have to follow that formula exactly.

    But try and avoid only creating affiliate posts or posting several of them in a row. Otherwise, you risk losing current followers and will have a hard time keeping the new ones you get.




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    Instagram can be a tricky platform to monetize with affiliate marketing because outside of a few areas, you’re not able to use clickable links. Here are several ways to maximize affiliate linking within the platform:

    1. Add affiliate links to your bio

    We all know that you’re limited to a single link in your Instagram bio, so make it count!

    Instead of linking to a blog post, website or affiliate product, consider using one link that points to a number of links instead. While there are a number of cool ways you can do this, here are the two most popular options:

    1. Linktree
    Linktree is really easy to set up and it’s free too (there is a premium option if you need it but most people are more than happy with their free account). Linktree will provide you with a short link to add to your bio, which will then display your list of links to your followers when they click on it. For example:

    You can get your account set up and display multiple links to your followers within a few minutes! Here's how my Linktree looks at the moment:

    To get started, head to Linktree and create a free account using your Instagram login details. Click on the “+ADD NEW BUTTON/LINK” button on the left-hand side of your Linktree account and start adding your links.

    You will notice that there is space for the URL (which is where you’ll add your affiliate link) and space for a title of the link. The title of the link is all that your followers will see so make sure that it’s attention-grabbing and will entice them to click through.

    2. Create your own menu page on your website
    If you’d prefer not to use a third-party tool to have more control over the way your link page looks, you can create a page on your own website.

    Simply create a new page on your site and list the links – you can use text, buttons, images… anything you want. If you are a WordPress user, you could use a plugin like Elementor to build a really stunning page.

    Here's a great example of a custom link page from Dani at Flourishing Business Mum:

    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way

    2. Include affiliate links in your stories

    If you have more than 10,000 followers on Instagram, you'll be able to include affiliate links in your stories using the swipe up feature. When a follower chooses to “swipe up” on your story, they will automatically be following your affiliate link to the product or service page.

    If you have less than 10,000 followers, you won’t automatically have access to the swipe up feature. However, you can try one or both of the following:

    • You can include a shortened, easy-to-remember link in your story using a tool like bit.ly or Pretty Links – here's how to make the most of Pretty Links. This method does require your followers to remember the link, leave Instagram and input that link into their browser.
    • For an easier way to share links with your followers, you can remind story watchers to click the link in your bio.

    Alternatively, you can go through the steps to get your Instagram account verified. Once your account is verified by Instagram, you will have access to the swipe up feature regardless of how many followers you have.

    To get your account verified, head to your “Settings”, find the option to “Request Verification” and follow the steps, which includes submitting relevant ID. Though not everyone who attempts this will be successful, it's worth a shot!

    Pro Tip: Save Instagram stories that include affiliate links to your story highlights. That way, people can view them after the 24 hour story period is up.

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    3. Use short links or vanity URLs in your image captions/descriptions

    The link in your bio section is the only place Instagram allows you to have a clickable link. That means any links you include in your image captions can’t be clicked on. It doesn’t, however, mean that you can’t include links.

    When posting pictures of products or writing about tools you’re an affiliate for, why not include your affiliate link?

    Just like I mentioned above, create shortened links using a tool like Bit.ly or Pretty Links so your followers don't have to remember long, complex affiliate links.

    4. Try personalized coupon codes

    Some affiliate programs will give you a unique coupon or discount code that your followers can use. There are two big benefits of using these:

    1. They entice your audience to purchase the product because of the sweet deal you’re offering.
    2. Sometimes these coupon codes are tied to your affiliate ID, so your followers don’t need to click a specific link in order for you to get credit if they make a purchase.

    Want to see a smart affiliate in action? Check out the lovely Maya Elious using a personalized coupon code on Instagram:

    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way


    MY FAVORITE TOOL FOR INSTAGRAM AFFILIATE MARKETING

    As I shared earlier, there's a game-changing tool I started using to help me with both Instagram in general and Instagram affiliate marketing. Many of you know about Tailwind as a Pinterest Management and scheduling tool, but did you know that you can use it for Instagram too?

    I'm so glad I recently discovered this because it's my new favorite thing.

    Here are three reasons you should consider Tailwind for Instagram affiliate marketing:

    • You can lay your posts out visually while scheduling upcoming posts.
    • Tailwind makes it super easy to batch schedule content at once.
    • The team is constantly innovating with fresh features, like Hashtag Finder 2.0 (more on that in a moment).
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    Here’s how to get started with Tailwind:

    Step One – Create an Account
    Tailwind offers a fabulous forever free account. Head to their homepage and select “Signup with Instagram”.

    If you already have a Tailwind account for Pinterest, log in to your account in the usual way and click on “Add New Account” under your profile, then select “Add New Instagram Account”.

    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way

    Whichever method you use, make sure that you are logged into the Instagram account you want to link before moving on to the next step (otherwise you'll link the wrong Instagram account to your Tailwind account!)

    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way

    Next, you want to follow the prompts on the screen to get your Instagram account connected to Tailwind and get everything set up (don’t worry, it's a quick and painless process!)

    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way

    Step Two – Scheduling Your Content
    Luckily, scheduling content for your Instagram feed is super simple using Tailwind. You can either upload your own images or use the Tailwind Browser Extension to schedule posts from other websites.

    When you set up your account, Tailwind will guide you through scheduling a demo post:

    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way

    Step Three – Choose Your Hashtags
    As I shared above, hashtags are *so* important and one of my favorite features from Tailwind right now is their Hashtag Finder 2.0.

    All you have to do is start typing the caption for your image and Tailwind's Hashtag Finder will suggest related hashtags for you to choose from. Each of those suggested hashtags is color-coded to show you how effective and competitive the hashtags are.

    The more you type, the more suggestions appear in the hashtag box below your caption.

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    Simply select the hashtags you want to use from the suggestions box. You can then save these as a list to be used again if you want to (which will save time in the long-run).

    Hashtag Finder is relatively new so it’s not perfect yet. If you’re having trouble getting the hashtags you want, my best tip is to manually type in one or two hashtags your target audience uses. You'll quickly see that Hashtag Finder adapts and starts suggesting more relevant options.

    Pro Tip: If you're creating affiliate posts, don't forget to include the hashtag #ad.

    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way

    Step Four – Scheduling Your Post
    Once you have your image, caption, and hashtags all lined up for your post, it’s time to start scheduling. As with their Pinterest Scheduler, Tailwind will suggest optimal times for you to share content on Instagram. Or, you can set your own schedule by selecting “Schedule” from the left-hand menu.

    Tailwind will already have a list of times scheduled out for you based on your audience. You can either leave these as they are or update them yourself. For example, Tailwind has automatically added scheduling slots multiple times each day but I only want to do 1-2 posts a day so I'd personally adjust this.

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    And that’s all there is to it! Easy, right?


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    HOW I USE TAILWIND AND HASHTAG FINDER 2.0

    At the beginning of this post, I explained that I only started using Instagram again recently. In fact, I deleted all the content from my original account and started fresh! In the past I found Instagram to be too much work, but with Tailwind, the process is much simpler.

    I whipped up a quick video walking you through how I personally use Tailwind for Instagram Affiliate Marketing. In it, you’ll see a snapshot of my current dashboard, how I schedule posts with Tailwind and Apps4Life (a free tool that allows you to create captions with line breaks). Plus, I go into depth on how to use Hashtag Finder 2.0, which is simply the best.

    Now if you anything like me, one-off posts aren’t your thing. You’re all about batch tasking content so you can get a week or more of Instagram posts done in advance.

    I love that Tailwind lets me upload unlimited photos at once so I can quickly schedule a week's worth of content at once vs. doing posts one by one.

    This may sound crazy, but I currently have 86 images in the system. Talk about easy scheduling!

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    HOW TO AUTOMATICALLY SHARE YOUR INSTAGRAM AFFILIATE MARKETING POSTS

    As mentioned briefly in the video, you can automatically post to Instagram with Tailwind if you have an Instagram business account. That’s right, no more push notifications and manual posting from your phone!

    Besides automated posts, the benefits of switching your Instagram account from personal to business are:

    • You’ll get access to Instagram insights, which shows you historical data on your post performance and a look at who’s engaging and following you on the platform.
    • A contact tab will show up on your profile, which followers can use to phone or email you depending on your settings.
    • You’ll be able to promote posts and test out Instagram advertising.

    Pro Tip: Make sure you have 30 hashtags or less in your caption, otherwise Tailwind won’t be able to post automatically. I learned that tip the hard way 🙂

    To switch to an Instagram business account, click on your settings (gear) icon and find “Switch to Business Account”. You’ll need to connect with your Facebook account and add your contact details in order to make the switch, but it’s a fairly painless process that only takes a few minutes.


    Final Thoughts

    Finding success with Instagram affiliate marketing is possible with the right approach. I hope the tips and techniques I shared above will make creating or growing your affiliate earnings on the platform easier and more fun.

    I didn’t think I’d ever return to Instagram but I’m so glad I did. Thanks to Tailwind, I’m able to whip up affiliate posts in a flash and am seeing more followers and engagement than ever before.

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    Are you trying Instagram affiliate marketing? If so, I'd love to hear your experiences in the comments below.




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    AFFILIATE EXPERIMENTS PLANNER

    Want to start experimenting with Instagram affiliate marketing? Enter your info below to grab my *free* Affiliate Experiments Planner. With it, you'll map out a year of amazing affiliate promos in a super fun way.


    Here’s how to do instagram affiliate marketing the right way