I picked this one up in the car on the way to my friend’s house because I always hear so much about Erica Stone’s new products and I usually love them. I decided I’d give it a read and start the beginning steps and finish it when I got home in a few days.
Well, I’ve already changed my mind and I’m going to tell you why. This is going to be my first time giving an Erica Stone product anything but a glowing review.
So, Super PinMadness is a product that teaches you how to make money on Pinterest without a website. You don’t need ANY website at all to follow her system which I’m sure is attractive to a lot of people who were focusing on Squidoo before they got so. As I’m sure you can tell by the sales page the entire point here is to post affiliate links to product on Pinterest and get people repinning so they reach more people.
So, let’s start with the things I liked about this product.
- The instructions to create your Pinterest business account were pretty clear.
- The information on which affiliate links can be posted on Pinterest was very helpful. There’s one BIG affiliate program people use where affiliates have their links stripped on Pinterest so they get no credit.
- The tip about promotional versus non-promotional boards is important if you don’t want to look money grabby on Pinterest.
- Lots of great tips on where o find stuff to pin outside of your own stuff.
- I didn’t know all of this stuff about analytics because I hadn’t used a business account.
- There was a section about using this strategy along with other strategies she’s sold guides for and honestly if you use this I suggest you don’t solely use this method.
- She specifically mentions that this method isn’t future-proof. Pinterest could later decide not to allow affiliate links and I’m glad she takes the time to mention it.
Okay, now on to the stuff I really didn’t like.
- Board descriptions are actually pretty important when it comes to getting followers on them but there is no information about what should go in them. You want a fun description talking about you and what you’ll be pinning in there.
- The method she recommends to start getting followers and repins… eww. It’s one of those sites where you get credits for following and pinning for others and then you spend credits so others can do the same. The thing is that these sites end up not really giving you much in the way of legit followers or traffic because they’re all just following each other. Not to mention, even if Pinterest says they’re okay with it now it’s likely just a matter of time before they start getting upset about it like Facebook and Twitter. You’re better off trying to build up your following naturally.
- This method isn’t futureproof. If Pinterest decides they don’t like affiliate links anymore you lose all of that. If you’re going to use Pinterest for traffic it should be going to your site and MAYBE use this off and on for pinning to a variety of sites.
If you want to use this method I suggest taking that information on which affiliate programs are okay to use, mix in links to posts on YOUR website, and do some research on REAL ways to get followers.
If you want to check out Super PinMadness for yourself you can do that here. I did learn some worthwhile nuggets but I won’t be going forward with this method.
After everything that happened with Squidoo I’m very done depending on 3rd party sites to host my content. Losing part of my income because I was depending on a 3rd party site and they changed their rules is not something I want to deal with again.