Monetising with Adsense and Pinterest- my plan...

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Hey guys,

I'm rebuilding my website to monetise it with Adsense, Amazon and other affiliate offers. Firstly I'm preparing the site so that it's ready to pass the Adsense checks. I aim to drive traffic to the site via Pinterest Pins (I have an account that I've been building for 3 weeks and it has 2000 followers and growing quickly now).

I have 12 high quality posts on my site (with another 4 to follow by the end of the week). All with creative commons and royalty free images. I have the terms and conditions, privacy policy, about, contact pages nearly ready.

I have heard that you should not put affiliate links or other 3rd partyadvertising on the site first before passing it to Adsense for approval. Obviously I don't know how certain my site is to be approved- I have read a number of guides about getting approval and I am following their advice and I think my site would be in good shape to get approved by the end of the week.

The choice to me seems to be that 1) I continue building it to submit for approval and then wait and see, or that I just 2) start monetising my site immediately with Amazon and other affiliate offers and start pinning stuff. If I did the first I'd hold off a week before putting in the affiliate links until I know I am approved or not approved- can anyone from past experience say that it's okay to put affiliate links onto the site once you have already been approved?

Also what Adsense alternatives are there- is there any other network that pays as well, or more?
#adsense #monetising #pinterest #plan
  • I've had numerous adsense accounts over the years for different businesses and personally I've had no issues getting approved with affiliate links on there.

    With that said these where not bridge pages but solid content. As you are doing an image based clickbait site I would hold off on putting affiliate ads in place till after approval.

    I've dabbled in many different adnetworks but at the end of the day Adsense has paid out way more over the long haul. This does not mean you just need to stick with Adsense. As your traffic grows you can signup for native ad networks like Taboola, Outbrain, Revcontent and the like.

    Overall I like you plan of action if you can build a large following on pintrist and get traffic to your site. The biggest downfall here is you are 100% dependent on Pintrist so the second they cut you off for whatever reason your business model is toast.
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  • Profile picture of the author dragonsfire1981
    Hey guys,

    So my WP site has started to get a few visitors from Pinterest now. I have a Pinterest profile that has over 5,200 followers (it was only setup a few eeks ago and I'm getting 100 new followers every day). The method in a nutshell is creating a few quality boards based on niches with a bunch of really good pins (including a lot of other people's content to build the profile up initially).

    What I've done is post lots of random photos related to my niches, as well as infographics to link back to my site. I'm getting quite a few clicks on the weekend. In nearly all my posts there are links to Amazon affiliate items as well as other affiliate stuff.

    I've not yet started to convert though- though I have some high quality content with some pics in the posts.

    So my question is- what Wordpress themes do you recommend- I'm not specifically looking to make it an e-commerce site as it does have some random posts about travel etc- are there themes that are both good converters and have lifestyle/magazine/picture elements?
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinNguyen
    I first started, it should try to make money on Adsense and Pinterest?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    AdSense should be easy to get approved for a high quality site.

    Amazon has changed a LOT in the last couple of years . . . I'd written a detailed 98-page guide on using high-quality product-reports with Amazon affiliate marketing, less than 2 years ago, and before it got launched (the guy who was helping me with that was a very slow communicator) my own sites got banned for doing the things I had written in that guide . . . so, of course, I wouldn't sell that guide now, as it is not viable with Amazon (although it could work with other affiliate systems).

    Now with the Amazon affiliate program, you CANNOT quote anything any buyers has said, or quote any price or even a comparison such as "product A is about twice the price of product B at the time of writing", or mention anything about user-ratings at all, unless you use their API. You cannot generalize or summarize any of these things . . . so even saying that many customers like this product, will now get you banned. So basically, you cannot say ANYTHING at all about the product, other than by using the API to copy exact content from Amazon. You are not allowed to suggest any opinion or mention any facts, other than via the API.

    So this means you cannot add any value for any Amazon product now. You cannot try to help people make a good buying decision, you cannot recommend any product etc.

    I think this is a shame, but I guess the lawyers have won over common sense. I'll be interested to see what this does to the Amazon business in the long-term, since mentioning anything at all about product, in any way, is not not allowed, so basically, no-one can legally say anything about Amazon products, if they have an affiliate account.

    So, be careful with Amazon !

    Other monetization methods are usually fairly easy to get approved, such as JVZoo, ClickBank, CPA offers etc.

    Test them all, then go with what works best and optimize for that!

    Hope this helps

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author dragonsfire1981
      I have actually signed up to the API key, but I'm not sure what it's for- can you explain briefly how you can use it to do what you describe?

      Originally Posted by Chris- View Post

      AdSense should be easy to get approved for a high quality site.

      Amazon has changed a LOT in the last couple of years . . . I'd written a detailed 98-page guide on using high-quality product-reports with Amazon affiliate marketing, less than 2 years ago, and before it got launched (the guy who was helping me with that was a very slow communicator) my own sites got banned for doing the things I had written in that guide . . . so, of course, I wouldn't sell that guide now, as it is not viable with Amazon (although it could work with other affiliate systems).

      Now with the Amazon affiliate program, you CANNOT quote anything any buyers has said, or quote any price or even a comparison such as "product A is about twice the price of product B at the time of writing", or mention anything about user-ratings at all, unless you use their API. You cannot generalize or summarize any of these things . . . so even saying that many customers like this product, will now get you banned. So basically, you cannot say ANYTHING at all about the product, other than by using the API to copy exact content from Amazon. You are not allowed to suggest any opinion or mention any facts, other than via the API.

      So this means you cannot add any value for any Amazon product now. You cannot try to help people make a good buying decision, you cannot recommend any product etc.

      I think this is a shame, but I guess the lawyers have won over common sense. I'll be interested to see what this does to the Amazon business in the long-term, since mentioning anything at all about product, in any way, is not not allowed, so basically, no-one can legally say anything about Amazon products, if they have an affiliate account.

      So, be careful with Amazon !

      Other monetization methods are usually fairly easy to get approved, such as JVZoo, ClickBank, CPA offers etc.

      Test them all, then go with what works best and optimize for that!

      Hope this helps

      Chris
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