How To Make Awesome Money On Pinterest (Full FREE Tutorial!)

How To Make Awesome Money On Pinterest
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Here’s another of our monster free tutorials! Let’s get right into it.

Introduction: Why Pinterest? rocketed to being one of the world’s most popular websites in a very short span of time. Originally launched in 2009, Pinterest hit 10 million monthly visitors in January 2012, making it one of the fastest social media web sites in history to achieve this milestone. Pinterest surged forward, blasting its way to #15 most popular site on the web by late 2012. It’s dropped a little in 2018 and now sits at #28 in the USA and #77 in the world. However Pinterest is still our business’s overall #2 source of income-generating traffic, second only to Facebook and way above Google at #3. Instagram is all the rage but honestly we have done far better with Pinterest.

Although the majority of Pinterest users are on the site for social / leisure purposes, the site has real business potential: What makes Pinterest so interesting from an internet marketer’s point of view is that it can drive traffic to other sites by the boatload. According to Shareaholic, in January 2012 Pinterest drove more traffic than Youtube, Google Plus and LinkedIn combined. Pinterest is a traffic monster.

Pinterest has been found to generate traffic that converts well – something that cannot be boasted by all of the popular web sites. According to a PriceGrabber survey, 21% of users had purchased something seen on the site. (source – Beth Haydn – Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business with Pinterest ). Our own experience backs this claim: We also noticed that visitors from Pinterest tend to be more engaged and have a higher click-through rate on ads and products. If you do it right, Pinterest can generate significant traffic (thousands of visitors per day) and corresponding ad revenue.

A couple more stats:

1) “Petplan’s Pinterest success began when the company added the “pin it” button to their website, included Pinterest “follow” buttons in their email footers and social campaigns, and optimized site content for Pinterest. The following quarter Petplan saw an 87 percent increase in new site traffic, a 35 percent increase in page views, and a 12.5 percent increase in insurance quote requests.”

2) “Pinterest generates four times as much revenue per click as Twitter and 27 percent more revenue per click than Facebook.” (source)

These are incredible statistics – and what this means, essentially, is that Pinterest is a tremendous opportunity for the creative entrepreneur and the person seeking online revenue opportunities.

How Pinterest Works

Pinterest is very simple to understand and use. Users “pin” images to pages called “boards” and explore the boards created by others. What keeps users hooked into the site is not only the fantastic image collections that can be viewed and the ease with which they can be created, but the ability to “repin” favorite images to your own boards, creating collections of your own favorite images.

Each pin’s individual page also features a huge “More like this” selection below the main image that greatly encourages further exploration – as it displays a diverse selection of appealing related images, which you can then visit, explore and pin to your own boards. It’s like scrapbooking on steroids, and Pinterest auto-arranges the images in a neat, attractive fashion – enabling you to build surprisingly elegant, artistic and inspiring collections of “things you like” of all kinds – swiftly.

What really makes Pinterest work for the marketer is that (unlike Instagram), pinned images automatically embed the link to the web page where the image was originally pinned from – plus a price tag is auto-added if the item is for sale! The nature of Pinterest means that it is suited to shoppers – who like to make collections and wish lists of things they like. This is superb news for internet marketers.

Pinterest is hugely popular with the female demographic (60%) – who are delighted to be able to “window shop” and effortlessly make awesome collections of desired items of all kinds, including recipes, hairstyles and jewelry. Pinterest also works super well for interior design, infographics, cute animals and “how-to” tutorials of all kinds. It is also known to be working well for artisans who create objects with strong visual appeal. The number of uses for Pinterest is limited only by the imagination, as you can theme your boards around anything you like.

According to Pinterest’s Wikipedia page, “The most popular categories on Pinterest that got the most popular pins are food & drink, DIY & crafts, and women’s apparel.”

How To Use Free Pinterest Traffic To Generate Ad Revenue

A typical way that internet marketers make money with Pinterest is to create pages on their own web sites / blogs with both written content and highly attractive, shareable images, then placing advertising on the pages, and then pinning the images to Pinterest, where they will hopefully be repinned and seen by many people. Some of the Pinterest viewers will click through to the web site, and some of the traffic to the web site will visit the advertising, generating commissions, leads or click revenue.

This formula works: Revenue is highly variable and will of course depend on the quantity of images, “virality” of the images, the size of the audience following the Pinterest boards that the images are pinned to, the quality of the article and on the relevance / click through rate of the advertising.

There is genuine potential for the creation of an income stream simply using this method of Pinterest traffic => Web site => Ads and it should be possible to make an auto-pilot income of several hundred dollars per month from a single site using this method – so long as you are pinning several high quality images a day, and also using the group boards method (see below).

There are three main ways your images will get pinned to Pinterest: 1) You pin them on your own boards on your own Pinterest account 2) You pin them on group boards (tutorial below) 3) They are pinned by visitors to your site who decide that they like what they see and will share on Pinterest.

To get a decent revenue from this method depends, more than anything else, on posting the kinds of images that get a lot of repins, thus being seen by many more people. Motivational / humorous / “love” quotes, with a nice typeface or background image are always popular – some having over 1,000 repins. However, these typically do not drive a huge amount of traffic off-site. You will get better success creating images which compel click-through: The typical method is to include the headline of your information pages in large text in the actual image itself.

Browsing through the “popular” section of Pinterest we can quickly see strategies marketers and blog owners are using successfully. It’s also easy to see the legions of bloggers and internet marketers who are not using Pinterest effectively to maximize traffic and revenue. Once you have studied this tutorial, you will quickly be able to see the strategies used by the few who are hitting it out of the park and the mistakes of the many who aren’t. As with other marketing methods, a spark of creativity is often (but not always) needed to generate something that is both popular and relevant to your target site; however there are also technical foundations and inside knowledge required to win the game.

If you want to check how well your site is doing on Pinterest, go to (replace with your site URL. You can see what is getting pinned and how much interest it is generating.

Growing Your Pinterest Following

Pinterest, like any social media platform, requires a significant time investment up front in order to create a really successful account with a big following. A large following generates a large “reach” – whenever you pin an image, it appears (briefly) on the home page of each of your followers – meaning that if you have a lot of followers, you will get a burst of repins and the potential for some significant traffic back to your target site.

There are numerous ways to grow your Pinterest following. The first and most obvious is to have a great account name and create numerous compelling themed boards with a lot of appealing content. In general, boards with more images tend to attract more followers. It’s simple math; the more content you have the greater your potential slice of visibility.

There are various ways to get images to build up your boards’ content:

1) Re-pin other content appearing on Pinterest (easy and you can build popularity / followers but none of the images link back to your site of course)
2) Pin content appearing elsewhere on the web (i.e. using the “Pin It” button) that you can add to your bookmarks bar. Also easy – but images pinned from other websites of course don’t link to your site.
3) Create / remix your own – using photography / graphics software.
4) Free public domain images. (TONS at the page linked! Download them and use however you wish). See also our tutorial on How To Make Awesome Money Using FREE Public Domain Resources
5) Purchase image use from image library such as – then edit as required, post to your own site and then pin.
6) Uploading your own photo collections. I found an AMAZING app that can allow you to do this in bulk with a few clicks: This app totally rocks. You have to fill in the information about each pin but you can just add a dot and then hit tab. On my first use of the app I was able to upload 126 images in about 1 minute with a few clicks.

Note – it’s considered a Pinterest no-no (as well as against copyright) to download images from google images and then upload them to Pinterest (or pin directly from google images). This does not provide a link through for the image creator and so causes annoyance and may lead to DMCA takedowns and even an account ban. If you are going to pin images you find from the web, pin them from the actual page of the owner of the image, so that they get the link benefit of their hard work.

You should also link to your Pinterest from your various other internet real estate (website, other social media profiles, email list etc) and encourage people to follow you on Pinterest.

Another great way to gain followers that really works is to follow other Pinterest accounts, some of whom will follow back. The number of people you can safely follow per day is disputed – with various people claiming “200 people every 2 hours for old accounts and 50 every 2 hours for new accounts” or “300 per day”. The limits are also subject to change: The safest thing to do is create a “disposable account”, develop it “naturally” for a while and then test perhaps 50 or 100 follows per day. Pinterest will give a warning first time that you are going too fast. Push the limit and your account will disappear in a puff of smoke…

I have used follow bots in order to build accounts and this has been very successful. The best of these allow you to unfollow people who have not followed you back – so you can ‘recycle’ and keep going. If you are going to do this, use an account that is smaller so that you are not risking a high value property. I had success with Pin4Ever‘s “power follow” tool – great results.

Use Pinterest in conjunction with a related Facebook page (see Facebook chapter). Many of the most successful Pinterest users are “combining” their social media presence, running a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to the same subject, casting a wider net and diverting streams of traffic towards their intended targets. Observe successful boards and see if you can spot this strategy in action.

There are also ways to buy followers but I would avoid these as they may be bot accounts. As with all social media, you want genuine followers every time.

The Best Traffic Tip: Do What Works

There are two aspects to this: Shareability and clickthrough. The difference between a mediocre Pinterest image that does not send much traffic, and an awesome Pinterest image that sends tons of traffic, is huge. Data mine to see what works. Take a look at Pinterest’s popular category and look at the # of reins images are getting. In this category, it’s not uncommon to see images with several hundred or even thousands of repins. This reveals the style of images that are popular. However, not all of these generate clicks. In general, tall images with a strong headline embedded in the image will get the most clicks. Top 10 lists, tutorials and simple “how to’s” that offer easy solutions to commonplace problems are gold. When you have a large following, you can look at your Google Analytics to see which images are pulling the most Pinterest traffic and do more of that. We have a full tutorial on creating Pinterest images below.

Pinterest Account Overall Limits

From Pinterest themselves: You can have up to 500 boards, 200,000 pins including pins added to group boards, and 50,000 follows. But – good news – Pinterest also welcomes you to create new accounts with a new email address. There is in other words unlimited potential to scale.

Avoiding The Spammers

Your copyright images WILL get stolen and pinned by spammers, who will substitute your link for their own; using your images to drive traffic to their own websites. The better and more successful your images, the more this will happen. Just visit one of your successful images on Pinterest and you will likely see other stolen images of yours in the suggested images section below it! We have so many images of our own on Pinterest now that this happens without fail. Our images have been stolen literally thousands of times. Pinterest as a rule won’t do much about it until you take action; you will need to “Report Pin” and follow through with the DMCA copyright claim. This is a slightly tedious process but note that you can report numerous images within one filing. Even so, it is time consuming and feels like and endless game. You may opt instead to “invent faster than they can copy” and spend your time creating new stuff instead. However, you are doing a small service by whacking the image thieves; if enough people do it, and their accounts keep on getting banned, they will give up and go leech somewhere else instead…

Exploding Your Traffic Using Pinterest Group Boards

This technique is somewhat underground but I’d say it’s responsible for at least 75% of my Pinterest traffic at the current time.

A group board (sometimes also known as a “contributor board”) is one which is “open” to multiple pinners. Some of these group boards are very popular, having tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of followers. Imagine the scenario where you are a member of a dozen good group boards related to your topic. Whenever you have a new image to pin, you can pin it not only to your own board, but to several others also – giving a massive boost to your traffic. The more of these (relevant) group boards you can locate and join, the more traffic you can drive – it is as simple as that.

Finding Group Boards

There are free resources and methods that enable you to find group boards easily:

1) One of the best is Pingroupie – which has a massive, searchable database of group boards with some very useful search functions. I would advise not bothering with group boards that have less than 10,000 followers – the audience size is too small to be worth the effort.

2) Finding the people who have already joined a lot of group boards, and examining their account. Here is a quick example of someone who has joined a ton of group boards:

Once you have found a big group board with thousands of members and pins, take a look also at the homepage of the person who created the board (such as the example above), and also the people who are doing significant amounts of pinning… quite often these contributors are running this method – and also signed up for a lot of other contributor boards, which will be listed in their profile.

Another clever method is to use a “board search” together with your keyword; as follows – (replace “yourkeyword” with the topic you are looking for):

Joining group boards

In order to join a board, you need to receive an invitation from the board owner. There are several possible ways to go about getting an invite. Quite often, the owner will leave instructions either in the board itself or on their home account, saying something like “To pin to this board, please ________”

Sometimes you will be required to send an email request, or leave a message on a recent pin (together with @Boardnameowner which will help your message be seen by them). Other times, you may find that there are no obvious ways to contact the owner – and I have achieved success sending them either a nice Tweet, or a Facebook message, or even visiting their own website and using the contact form provided. Contact them however you can, just get on as many boards related to your content as possible! 🙂

There are some general codes of conduct when it comes to pinning on group boards, and individual account owners may have their 0wn specific rules. In general:

a) Don’t “flood” any one board with lots of pins in a “block”. A few per day, spread out over time, is optimal. Some board owners specify a max number of pins per day.

b) Keep it relevant! The biggest single grievance is when people pin irrelevant crap to a board. Target the boards that are going to appreciate your contributions.

c) Make a good caption for the pin, if it does not have one already. Often, the headline of the page it comes from is optimal.

d) Build up some of your own boards in your own account. You don’t want to have an account that is 100% group boards, as it may make you look as though you are just there to spam.

This is the kind of work that you can outsource to a good worker, for example using as I do. I now have an outsource worker managing my entire pinterest campaign and keeping spreadsheets for everything.

Other Pinterest Revenue Ideas

As with all social media platforms, you don’t necessarily need an audience of your own; there are countless others who have a huge audience and very often these people are in great need of ways to monetize their following.

Thus there is also a further possible revenue model in outreach to Pinners who already have access to a huge audience – either their own followers or a large number of group boards, and offering them a small revenue to pin your images! You can also find people on offering services such as these. You can use Google Analytics to find your most successful pins, and promote those using paid services such as these. Note that it is always best to promote your strongest material, rather than the weakest. You will get the best Return On Investment, the most traffic and revenue, boosting stuff that has already done well. Don’t focus your efforts on boosting content that got the worst response.

Pinterest also has their own advertising platform but I have not used it at this time.

How To Use Pinterest For Affiliate Marketing

I decided to make my own investigation into whether Pinterest could be used to drive traffic not only to ad-enabled content pages, but to product pages on other sites, for which I was an affiliate; using my affiliate link and thus generating commissions on sales.

I decided that I wanted to experiment with Amazon products (I already had an account as an Amazon Associate), and that I wanted to promote jewelry (I already had a functional jewelry web site).

I quickly learned that Pinterest, while embracing the use of the site for general promotional purposes, is blocking affiliate links, showing an error page instead of taking the user through to the intended site. This is understandable – otherwise Pinterest would quickly end up way more spammed than it already is, which is pretty heavily spammed… you might also lose your account for pinning affiliate links directly.

So I needed a workaround. I could not simply repin images directly from Amazon product pages – because the embedded link could not be my affiliate link. But I was confident I could link to my own pages, so long as I could host the product images from there. So I wrote to Amazon, asking them if it was permitted to use their images on my own site. They responded very quickly (good old Amazon, always have done!), stating that so long as the images were only going to be used to promote Amazon products, it was ok. Great!

I created a few pages on my own website showcasing Amazon products, and created optimized images from the generic product images Amazon supplied. I set the finished image actual sizes to 400×300, yet instructed my own web page to display the images at “thumbnail size”. I instructed the viewer to “click the image for more information” – taking them (through my affiliate link) to Amazon’s page for the product.

Thus – when the images were pinned from my site onto Pinterest, they would appear at 400×300 and link to my site, yet on my own site, the link embedded in the image was my affiliate link to Amazon’s page for the product. So the viewer would need to make two clicks but on my site I can encourage them to click through for more product information.

I created 2 jewelry boards on Pinterest, using a total of 31 pins. Another thing to bear in mind is that one might not be tremendously popular with other pinners if one’s pinboards were simply a “retail catalogue”. So I created several other “non-commercial boards” with other content on them – hairstyles, fashion and so on.

Then, I left it all alone. What happened…? I made a little money while I slept!

In the few weeks since pinning the jewelry pics, I made 4 sales, netting $27.21 in commissions. Doesn’t seem like much – but it’s interesting considering this was a simple first experiment – with a new Pinterest account starting with no followers, and I didn’t pin very many images or create many boards! I also didn’t pin any of the images to any group boards. I probably generated some additional Adsense revenue from the traffic, although I didn’t measure this. There may be some potential here worth investigating.

I once read that Pinterest may block “too many links from one account to the same site” – meaning that the amount of pins could be limited. However this may be false: I have seen other pages with tons of links to the same site – so at this point I am carrying on. Mix in a few pins to other sites to be safer if you wish but here is an example of someone who is rocking Pinterest (this board has over 10,000 followers) and sending all the traffic to their own blog / affiliate offers. I haven’t looked far into this enough to see if there are copyright issues with this blog – but they must be making solid affiliate revenue…

How To Make Pinterest Graphics That Drive Traffic

The info in this critical section of the tutorial is money and will allow you to blow away the competition!  For this tutorial I am going to assume that you / your graphic designer have the required technical skills in Photoshop or whatever design platform you are using.

Now you can create any image and post it on Pinterest, however some images will generate lots of traffic and some will not. After years of doing this we have isolated the key factors that go to make up a successful Pinterest graphic.

We have multiple websites pulling consistent traffic from Pinterest and these deliver an ongoing revenue stream. Here’s an example of the consistent traffic on one of them:


You can see how it always spikes on the weekend…

In order to generate ongoing traffic, your overall goal should be to build up a large number of usable images and to be pinning consistently both to your own boards and group boards. But focus on making great images first, before focusing on making a lot of images.

The VITAL thing to focus on is making the kind of image style that is going to get a lot of clicks and shares. You need the RIGHT kind of images and there is a formula for this.

Put yourself in the mindset of the average Pinterest user who is ‘consuming content’. They are most likely either searching for content on a specific topic, or randomly scrolling through images related to something they just looked at.  Assuming you have put your headline and keywords in the info box, and given your image a filename that has the keywords in it, your pinned image will be seen, but it appears in a sea of hundreds of others – and so it needs to “pop” in a big way. You need to max out the appeal.

The first thing to note is that the headline should always be in the graphic in a very large, clear, bold font, together with one or more attractive images.  Your logo should be in there somewhere but it can be v small, because no-one really cares about that at this point:

15 Amazing shipping container homes

This (above) is one of our old-style images. This is a nice graphic and these did well in the old days on Facebook…. It’s ok, but it was never really optimized for pinterest and we can make something 10 times as good now.

The next thing to note is the image size and dimensions.  Here’s an example of how a good Pinterest image stands out:

more like this

This is a generic Pinterest “More like this” section. You can see that in the “sea of images”, The Eco Experts have the tallest image and it is basically about 3x as visible as the others – and a large part of the reason for this is because Pinterest gives tall images more “pixel real estate”. Hardly anyone will notice a small, square or flat image on Pinterest – because these gets a tiny amount of the screen and just doesn’t stand out at all. So you can easily make tall versions of your images that stand out like this and you will get more clicks!

The height needs to be just right. If you make your graphic super crazy tall, Pinterest automatically cuts off part of the image when it is in the feed! We researched it and the maximum size ratio before it cuts off some is 1:2.1 – though note that this figure seems to change often. We have made all our pinterest graphics 600×1260 ; it will give great visibility and not get cropped.

By all means test bigger sizes and see if those get pinned in full. Some are reporting 735 width and unlimited height and (as of Oct 2018) it appears that Pinterest may be displaying taller images once again!

Note that images need to be more than 80 pixels in size to be picked up by Pinterest. Thumbnails won’t be found – for good reason. You won’t want to create images this small anyway – as their Pinterest visibility will be tiny! Also note that anything within flash sites or frames cannot be shared on Pinterest, neither will web page backgrounds.

The eco experts did pretty well, but their words are still, in my opinion, not anywhere near big enough for maximum visibility. Make yours with monster size words because then your image just jumps out more than 99% of what is on the screen.  Remember also that most people simply don’t do this and never will, so you get an immediate, big advantage!

Now this (below) is a GREAT pinterest graphic, and look – 20k repins, which is MEGA. They paid some bills with this graphic 😉

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I still think it could be better and that their words are a bit small and weak. But they made the whole thing very appealing and it really sparks some excitement. Note how they laid out their photos.  There is one “show piece” photo that has the wow factor, and then a few small ones underneath, that you can’t really see, and so it makes you want to click them to make it bigger.  Also, you think, hmm, there are 50 altogether, but I can only see 7 thumbnails. That means there are many more in their article. This adds to the curiosity also.

Grabs attention → makes sense quickly → generates excitement → sparks curiosity = they got the click and the share.

It’s a good exercise to just go on Pinterest and search for something, it can be anything like ‘best living room designs’ or whatever, and then just scroll, and see which images jump out at you. You can see that only a few will jump off the page, and that most people are doing it totally wrong!

There are just a few people that really understand this. It’s a ‘social media secret weapon’.  Most people are just posting whatever image they have and hoping for the best. Even the majority of graphic designers often don’t really get how pinterest works (because they are not internet marketers!) and don’t know how much of a huge difference it makes when the image really rocks!  If youe design our images specifically to do well on pinterest, we will have a big advantage. And it’s not really all that difficult once you see what is required. But you need to tailor your graphic to each social media site because they all have different requirements.  So you will end up with a custom version of the graphic for Pinterest, one for Facebook, one for Instagram, one for your Youtube placeholder, and so on.

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Image – Buzzfeed

This (above) is not really a Pinterest image (it’s not tall) but this one did SUPER well on Facebook.  The wording is AWESOME. This is how you should do the words for Pinterest. I rate this wording 10 out of 10. A textbook example. See how it fills up the entire space, has great color and grabs your attention in just the right way. See also how the most important words are BIG, speeding up comprehension and making it “bite sized”.  The image choice also is awesome. It has one of the exercises, makes you want to check the other 11. Also the model is doing the pose well, and looks stylish in their black workout clothes. The whole thing is cool, cool, cool. Buzzfeed are Grand Masters of the game…

First you have to stand out from the “background noise” and make our pic the first thing people’s eyes are drawn to, on the page. Then, it has the appeal and quickly makes them want to click it. When you look at it this way, you can see how we can win this!

This one below is an example that is “not bad”. It got 1k repins. Nice big words that hit you right in the face. And some useful info.  But… their color scheme is… kinda ugly to be honest… really no sense of style lol. Also, I would have put the numbers in each image, i.e. 1 – Downward Dog, 2 – Cat Post…. so people can see 1,2,3,4,5 and then click because they want the other 4. Put the numbers in nice little colored circles also. People love numbered lists and love things that don’t involve “mental gymnastics” to figure out what is going on.

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Now this one below is better. It got 4k shares.

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People love those simple illustrations. And the overall colors are nice. I still think the words could have been a lot bigger. But this is definitely a winner.

Now apologies to the creator, but this one (below) is a true disaster, can you see why? So many reasons….

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It grabs your attention, but, it does so like someone throwing a drink in your face.  First, that headline is a verbal train wreck. You are reading it and thinking huh??? “Number one best how to guide to.“  What???? Did they really write that and think it was good? It’s the most clumsy wording ever!  

There are many other things wrong with this picture.  Their graphic has poor layout, truly horrible color choice… and the funny little skyscrapers and houses have nothing to do with containers also. Also, their photos have ZERO appeal. Not only are they ugly (compare this junk yard with the amazing sparkle in the container homes in the winning pic from and ask yourself “Who on earth would want to live in one of these rusty old boxes?”) Also – they have cropped the photos so you just can’t even see what is going on there anyway.  They are failing at social media. This graphic was done by a rank amateur, not a professional.

One thing I have learned is that one awesome graphic will outperform 10 average or weak graphics, every time. So focus on quality first, quantity second.   A good graphic doesn’t have to be complex, but it has to have the right feel.  But you should always seek the one that is going to be a big winner, rather than just trying to create a huge number of run-of-the-mill images.  Do additional research, find other images that got a lot of repins and see if you can figure out why.

Image Creation Notes:

1 – DON’T STEAL IMAGES.  Aside from attracting DMCA takedown orders and potentially Pinterest account closure, it’s just bad form. Theft is theft.  Plus, you don’t need to. You can make your own stuff emulating winning ideas without directly stealing their content – and there are now plenty of websites such as pixabay where you can source free imagery to incorporate into your creations.

2 – Your best images WILL get stolen by others, who will scrub out your logo, and redirect your graphics to their own links.   It’s annoying but it happens at mass scale – and in my experience, Pinterest won’t do a thing unless and until you file a DMCA takedown request, then they will strike down the stolen content because DMCA is a form of legal action; they are required to.  So periodically, scan through your keywords on pinterest, and report the pin for stolen content to be taken down. The content thieves only get away with it because people are too lazy or preoccupied to file complaint. You can assign this task to a VA but it is an ongoing game of whack-a-mole…

3 – If you are adding your graphic to your web page (recommended!), don’t set a “tall” image to be the one that is scraped by the “Facebook debugger”. Otherwise, FB will cut off most of your image and this will negatively affect the clickability of the resulting Facebook post.
The Facebook Debugger tool will show you which image Facebook is pulling when someone drops your link on Facebook.  You are better off with a “flat” image being pulled by FB, so nothing is cut off. In other words, create a different version for Facebook that is of the size ratio 1200×628.   You can set the FB image either with the Yoast SEO plugin Yoast SEO plugin (WordPress) or with the “og:image” tag (HTML). Then run the debugger again to refresh the pulled image to your new one. There’s more to it than this but that’s a bit outside the scope of this tutorial.

4 – Keep your materials organized.  If you are making different versions of the image for Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram etc, you need a system to prevent things descending into chaos.  I keep all the “bits and pieces” from a post – article, images, source material, PSD files – in the same folder, and the images are labeled systematically – for example shipping-container-FB.jpg, shipping-container-PIN.jpg, shipping-container-IN.jpg.  Keep a copy of everything. It’s great to be able to return to old graphics later and make changes as needed – and a hassle to have to build it all again from scratch because you lost your .PSD file. A coherent naming and folder system will be your friend in the long run, and make sure that everyone on your team sticks to the same protocol.

How To Get Pinterest To Pull The Headline You Want When People Pin Your Images

This clever technique is an important aspect of driving traffic. As you no doubt know, the majority of internet traffic these days is driven by winning headline-image combos. These are what “gets the click”. However when you are pinning an image, you will have to put in the caption you want it to have. Now this is all very well for you, the savvy internet marketer, who knows all about killer headlines – but the majority of people pinning your image are regular folks who have never made a winning headline in their lives. If only there was a way to control the headline they are using.

Well, it turns out that there is!

When you hit the browser-based pin button, typically you have to fill in the info that you want in the text box.

The Success Library

“The Success Library” is not the full headline of the post that we want in there.

It turns out that the words pinterest auto-selects to populate this box are governed by the “alt tag” that is in the wordpress post:


It’s a bit hard to see here so here it is zoomed in:


It turns out that if you edit the alt tag, whatever you put in there will appear in the Pinterest box when you click the pin button!  

So in this example, I copy pasted the headline of the post into the alt tag…


And as if by magic…

Success Library 2

Can you see how this image will get a lot more clicks and repins, just through the correct use of the alt tag? You should go back through all your best blog posts, make tall images and put your strong headline in the alt tag.

The Wrap-Up:

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How To Make Awesome Money Using FREE Public Domain Resources

How To Make Awesome Money Using FREE Public Domain Resources
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“Every year bookstores sell hundreds of thousands of copies of works that are public domain and simply reprinted. In fact, entire companies exist that publish almost all public domain material.” — Yanik Silver –

“Producing and selling products from public domain materials is a pretty easy business. But like any business, there is a learning curve before you get to where it is second nature. My model is based on eventually building a large catalog of long tail products. In other words, I don’t try to hit home runs. I’m happy to get a continuing string of singles. It makes things like research much easier because you are not focused on making a killing on each product, just a small trickle of income that keeps coming in for years and years.” — “Schabotte” – Warrior Forum post titled “100k pa Public Domain Revenue”.


So there you are, wanting to make some money while you sleep but you’ve come up against a road block: You don’t think you are very good at creating content.

Enter the Public Domain…

First you need to know that I am not an attorney, so none of my writings are legal advice and you should get appropriate counsel if needed.

The Public Domain is a colossal, gigantic, huge, massive (get the picture?) vault of writings, images, photos, music, illustrations, magazines and other creative materials that you are free to use for any purpose.

You can remix or amend public domain works and include them in your own work. You can repackage them. You can even reprint them, resell them in digital format and do any one of a myriad of other things with them. For example, the plays of Shakespeare are all in the public domain and have now been used in over 420 feature-length films. If the plays had only just been written, they would be subject to copyright and licenses would need to be obtained before using the scripts.

The public domain can be an incredible resource for the acquisition and use of intellectual property.

First of all, it is vital to comprehend what the public domain is – and especially, which works are in the public domain. You need to know this for two reasons:
a) because material that is not in the public domain is protected by copyright and is therefore illegal to use commercially without permission / license.
b) because people often attempt to prevent commercial use of material that is public domain (and that they therefore have no legal right to prevent use of!)

An excellent primer is the Wikipedia page. I also very highly recommend Stephen Fishman’s “The Public Domain – How to Find and Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More” . This is a Nolo guide – and for those who don’t know, the Nolo series of books are a reputable, well established series of legal reference guides. Don’t be put off – the Nolo guides do not speak “legalese” but attempt to teach the lay person everything they need to know about the subject. I own Fishman’s book on the public domain and it explains the subject in full detail.

Public domain material can be divided into four approximate categories:

1) Generic “data” and factual information that cannot really said to have been a product of creativity.
2) Original works donated to the public domain by their creator.
3) Formerly copyrighted works that have now passed into the public domain, typically due to their age.
4) Works by the US Government (and some others).

The essence of “formerly copyrighted works becoming public domain” is simple: Copyright does not last forever. The general principle is that during the creator’s lifetime, it is right that they benefit from their work and are able to license it, publish it and so on. However after the work is of a certain age, it has been decided that it would be beneficial for it to “belong to all humanity” and the public domain ensures that the work then becomes available to all. It’s a good system.

For works published in the United States, any work first published in the USA before 1923 is now in the public domain. Works from 1923 and 1963 that have not had their copyright renewed are also in the public domain! The “cut off dates” vary in different countries – many other countries determining the length of copyright to be 50 or 70 years after the death of the content creator.


One of the classic ways to use public domain material to make money is to repackage or reprint old public domain works and sell them. You can do this! Here is a list of ideas:

PDFs – Amazingly enough, some people are making money selling PDFs of public domain books that are available for free elsewhere. Visibility is key!

DVD collections – eBay does not allow you to sell digital download PDFs, but there’s nothing stopping you putting them on a DVD, packaging it nicely and selling it! One example is that of an eBay seller selling a DVD collection of nearly 200 books of fairy tales from the 1920 and before. What’s fascinating is that if you were to look around, you could find these files available for free download. But by gathering them together, curating the collection (an important concept to get) and putting them in front of people, you have a great opportunity to sell. There will undoubtedly be a significant number of people going to ebay and typing “fairy tales” who will see this collection. There are many others who do not fully understand the concept of public domain – and how to identify which books are in the public domain – so you have in essence helped them by providing a short cut to these interesting works.

Audiobooks – Another classic is to make mp3 “audiobooks” of famous classic books. People love to be able to listen to their favorite books – and if you have a few technical skills, there’s nothing at all stopping you from making a recording of a public domain book, and then burning the files in mp3 format to DVD. Again, another successful venture on ebay and an easy income stream once the products are created.

You can even short-cut this step: LibriVox makes recordings of public domain books and releases the audio in the public domain! Librivox is part of the Gutenberg project and has recorded over 12,000 books so far.

Book reprints – Other sellers are making or using photocopies of ancient / rare public domain books to make reprints and sell them for less than the rare original. You’ve probably seen these for sale on Amazon if you have an interest in old books.

Retro images – 1) People are getting hold of hi-res files of famous old paintings and making their own reprints to sell. A classic example is the 19th century artist Waterhouse. Another classic example is 19th century European promotional posters and advertisements – very fashionable. Also, old Japanese paintings such as those by Hokusai. Check for some resources.

Finding the highest quality version of an image – Google Images has introduced a really cool option to “search for similar images” which enables you to search for the highest resolution versions of an image file online. See the camera icon in the right of the search box? Click that, and then upload the version of the image that you have (or just drag and drop), then hit “Search by Image”. Easy!

Retro images – 2) Here’s an example of someone scanning printed images from old out-of-copyright books and selling them on eBay – claiming an auto-pilot business that made over $7,881 in 90 days.

Old magazine cartoons – You could frame old illustrations from 19th century magazines such as early issues of Punch.

Maps – you could sell high quality prints of ancient maps such as the famous Piri Reis Map.

Ancient manuscripts and books – You could make / obtain high quality scans of ancient manuscripts and sell them in PDF format on a disc (many of these scans are now being made available by libraries, who prefer people look at digitized files than at the actual, fragile documents).

Some people are breaking apart old books and selling framed pages at a big markup. It’s certainly profitable but somewhat frowned upon because of the destruction of the old book that is part of the process!

Websites – there are various websites that offer public domain materials for free download and then generate money via advertising on the pages. Free image sites such as Pixabay and Pexels are classic examples.


Absolutely TONS here (we’re talking millions of images):


Here are a few awesome collections of ancient manuscripts to get you started. Much of this material is public domain but be sure before making commercial use:

Digital Scriptorium
(set the “Publication date (end)” to get books that were published prior to a certain date and thus public domain – be sure to check the manuscript for the actual date of printing as Google’s scans sometimes pick up the date incorrectly.) (archive link) – big database of free texts of all kinds, be sure to check they are public domain though.


There are countless options and I hope I have given you some good ideas. There is nothing to stop you creating a business using public domain materials and creating products which can be sold on auto-pilot. There are various deeper tutorials on public domain wealth out there: Here’s one we found on Amazon: The Public Domain Code Book: Your Key to Discovering the Hidden Treasures and Limitless Wealth of the Public Domain (Note – this book is a bit pricey but you can read a fair amount for free using the ‘look inside’ feature on Amazon!)

Avoid These 10 Disastrous Money Mistakes That Could Cost You THOUSANDS of Dollars Overnight

Avoid These Disastrous Money Mistakes That Could Cost You THOUSANDS of Dollars Overnight
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Ambitious people generally give most of their attention to how they are going to make money. This is all well and good, but holding on to it is just as much of an art as getting it in the first place! Ask anyone who has achieved wealth: There are all kinds of people and forces of nature that want to take it from you, by fair means or foul…

This article deals with deadly money management mistakes that could wreak havoc in your financial world; and discusses how you can avoid making them. These tips apply to all – both individuals seeking to protect their assets and entrepreneurs seeking to build on solid foundations. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, poor money management is the main cause of the failure of 85% of entrepreneurs within the first five years of business. It’s also well known that the majority of individuals do not follow best money management practices. Here are 10 of the most costly errors to avoid:

1. Not Developing A Solid Financial Plan

Do you have an actual financial target, a cashflow forecast, a long term plan and a roadmap for how you are going to get there? A clear financial plan is imperative for a well-designed and strategic financial future. Knowing how much you have coming in, how much you have going out, trends in the economy and whether you are on target will enable you to maximize profits and get the best return on your investments.

2. Commingling Personal And Business Funds

Intermingling your business and personal finances can be a costly mistake. It is not advisable to purchase business items with personal funds and personal needs with business funds. The resulting “numerical fog” will not only prevent you from understanding the true financial health of your business but puts you at risk of major problems in a tax audit.

3. Lawsuits And Other Legal Problems

Everyone, especially those in small business, should take precautionary measures against getting sued – which can be one of the most devastating financial losses. This topic is an essay in its own right but here are a few quick summary points:
a) Get legal advice and make sure that what you are doing rests on solid legal foundations. It might seem expensive but compared to the potential downside it’s a good investment!
b) Avoid conflict. Sometimes people’s insistence on ‘being right’ and their emotional reactions to situations lead to bigger problems than they are worth. It is always better to be strategic and focus on making problems go away. If it means apologizing for something that you do not even think is your fault, it might be better to take the humble approach.
c) Don’t sue. Lawsuits often lead to being sued back, especially if the other party feels wronged.
d) Keep your agreements, play fair and maintain honorable practice.
e) Be cool. If you are the kind of person who is amicable and makes friends rather than enemies, you are far less likely to provoke negative action.
f) Take out a comprehensive general liability (CGL) insurance policy – this won’t prevent suit but can cover legal costs if it happens.
g) Make formal agreements so that everyone knows what is expected of them and what they are expecting of you.
h) Watch what you say. How many times we would have avoided problems if only we would just “zip it”! Also be very careful what you put in writing – don’t send angry emails etc but wait until you have calmed down.
i) Keep an eye on what information about you is available to the public. What’s on the internet can be seen by all and any of this could potentially be used to build a case about you. There are various methods of damage control available but the first and simplest is not to post anything yourself that might land you in trouble!

4. Not Keeping Supportive Documents

Another absolutely avoidable mistake committed by both startups and individuals is failing to keep detailed records and receipts. Keep everything. There are numerous reasons for this – from simple proof of purchase through to tax records. Your business cannot manage expenses accurately if you do not know how every dollar is being spent or you have no documents on where every dollar of income is coming from. Keep detailed, organized records of all business transactions.

5. Failing to Analyze Cash Flow

Poor cash-flow management is another reason why many startups and small businesses fail. You may have customers and what appears to be a thriving business but if you cannot meet your bills due to a failure to manage cashflow, you are sunk. Effective control of the inflow and outflow of cash relies on the ability of entrepreneurs to analyze and manage their cash flow which can be done daily, weekly, or monthly. As an entrepreneur, an understanding of key accounting terms is a must even if you decide to use the services of a professional accountant. Turnover, gross and net profit, and cash flow are the basic financial terms that you need to be aware of as well as why your business needs them.

6. Utilizing Too Much Debt

Prudence with debt is important for all. It is easy to be tempted into debt which might be “cheaper” than investor capital. However, loans require periodic payments even if the business fails, so managing debt is an important aspect of sustaining your cash flow. You can seek professional help from a financial advisor or an accountant for additional advice about managing debt. It seems to be the way of the world now to spend money you do not have. The temptation to “have it now, pay for it later” leads to the perception that you can afford more than you actually can. It’s not free money, but it feels as though it is. However as anyone who has experienced credit card debt knows, you end up paying FAR more than you would have paid and so your long term wealth suffers. You have to think about where you will be in 10 or 20 years time because as much as we don’t like to admit it, that day WILL come.

7. Not Protecting Your Files And Data

From not making ANY backups of your hard drives through to not having a fire extinguisher in the building, many people risk enormous loss by not taking adequate precautions.

You must be prepared for forces of nature, technological breakdowns, protection against theft and other curveballs that could come your way. A few questions to get you thinking:

a) If your building was destroyed by flood or fire, would you lose all your data and paper records, plunging your finances into the ‘dark ages’?
b) When was the last computer backup performed?
c) If someone broke in and stole your computers, do you have an off-site data backup so that you can re-access your files and continue where you left off?
d) What precautions have you taken against hackers?
e) Are your websites protected against cyberattack or intrusion? (It DOES happen!)
f) Do you have a fireproof, high security safe / filing cabinet? (One of the most important things anyone can own!)

8. Not Having Business Insurance

Having the right kind of insurance coverage, and having an adequate amount of insurance coverage is not only prudent from the point of view of asset protection, but is in many cases required by law.

9. Not Having Enough Cash Reserves

The setup of any business requires adequate operating cash. Investing in any business requires fresh capital, so do not fool yourself into wishful thinking the money will somehow be there. Steady income and profit will eventually come in after several fiscal quarters.

10. Violations Of Copyright, Patent Or Trademark

Never attempt to capitalize on someone else’s intellectual property. Not only should you avoid using known names, slogans, logos, products or other intellectual property but you should check to make sure that you are not doing so inadvertently. Always run a trademark search, domain name search and even a basic Google search to check for other entities that may be using the same name and of course, as always, get legal advice.

11. Further Study

This is one subject concerning which it pays to do additional research. Here are some books that have served us well (Amazon links):

Richard Stim (Attorney) – Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference

Robert Paglierini – The Sudden Wealth Solution: 12 Principles to Transform Sudden Wealth Into Lasting Wealth

Alan Northcott – Asset Protection for Business Owners and High-Income Earners: How to Protect What You Own from Lawsuits and Creditors

J. J. Luna – How to Be Invisible: Protect Your Home, Your Children, Your Assets, and Your Life

Michael Bazzell – Hiding from the Internet: Eliminating Personal Online Information

Note – this article (as with the rest of this blog) is to be considered as general research and not to be viewed as legal or business advice. If in doubt, seek legal counsel.