I have mentioned this site in passing already several times, but I finally got an offer to pin something so I can now go into a little bit of detail on how it works. Pinbooster is currently in beta so you can probably expect some changes to take place before the site fully launches.
How It Works
First you will need to request an invite. I can’t say for sure how long it will take to get your invite. I got one I think the same day I asked for one.
Once you’re in, you can set up your account. This will involve setting up your profile which will include writing a short blurb about yourself, adding your location, and of course setting the rate for how much you want to charge per pin. Pinbooster will suggest a rate for you to charge based on your number of Pinterest followers, but you can still set your own rate if you wish. I decided to go with the suggested rate of $1 per pin which is what they suggested based on my 185 followers. After you’ve done all this, the only thing you can do is wait for offers.
If you get an offer, you’ll be notified via email. You can log in, accept it, and then of course pin it. If it’s something you don’t want to pin you can just decline it. The description for the pin is up to you — you can write your own description or you can just use the one the advertiser put in place. But regardless of which way you choose to do this, you will need to disclose that what you are pinning is in fact an ad somewhere. This will be automatically placed into the description with the #ad tag, so you are not allowed to take that out.
Once you’ve pinned your pin, you’ll have to wait for Pinbooster to verify the pin. They will have to manually check to see if you did in fact put the pin up for the advertiser. Once this has been verified, the funds will go into your account on the site.
You cannot request your earnings unless you have $100 in your account. Pinbooster uses something called Stripe.com for collecting payments and also distributing them. I admit I am not familiar with this service so I can’t say for sure how that works, but hopefully it’s not anything too complicated.
I have to say this site is very sleek and professional-looking. It’s set up similar to how Sponsored Tweets is for paying users to tweet. I have not yet been paid however and since the threshold is so high, it might be a while before I get there. But I will do my best to report back when that happens.
The high cash out at $100 did kind of disappoint me when I saw it. I think that it will be a little rough for the average Pinterest user to meet this very often. But people with a lot of followers are likely of more interest to most advertisers and might not find it as difficult to get there.
Honestly, ever since Pinterest became this huge thing I’ve been hoping a site like this would show up. I figured it would only be a matter of time before we could “get paid to pin.” My guess is that unless you have lots and lots of followers, this will just be extra money to let build up over a period of time. But if you’re on Pinterest anyway and you get an offer you don’t have any issues with pinning, I guess there is no harm in doing a few and earning some cash.
Signing Up …
As mentioned above, Pinbooster is in private beta, but you can request an invite here if you want to get in on it while it’s in the early stages.