Remember: the point of that was to provide an interesting blurb about you that makes new readers want to check out your blog.
At the time I wrote that post, adding the URL to your blog would add a cute little “globe” to your profile, which linked out to your blog:
Thankfully, Pinterest now has a better option for us.
If you have just five minutes (okay, ten minutes if you have to install an FTP client on your computer), you can get some new bling for your blog: the full URL, written out under your profile, that is a more obvious link to your home on the web.
Take a look:
In case you’re not convinced that it’s worth those five minutes, I checked out my Analytics stats this morning and since I verified my blog with Pinterest 24 hours ago, I’ve had eight (8) new visitors to my site from my profile. For a huge blog, this might be just a drop in the bucket…but for others who are just getting started, 8 new visitors each day could be huge.
Ready to do this?
This tutorial video applies to people who are blogging on self-hosted WordPress, where you have access to all your files. If you’re on Blogger, check out this tutorial, and wordpress.com (not self-hosted WordPress) users can verify their blogs by following these instructions.
How to Verify Your Blog on Pinterest
Note: Don’t forget to adjust the video’s image quality so you can see things better! Just click on the little “gear” symbol at the bottom of the video player and select 720px, or the HD (high definition) option.
Step By Step: How to Verify Your WordPress Website on Pinterest
- Install an FTP client like FileZilla on your computer.
- Configure the FTP client to give you access to your site and log in. Note: Where it says “Host,” you’ll probably be entering the URL of your website or blog.
- Navigate to the folder called public_html, which has your WordPress files inside. Hold that thought.
- Open Pinterest in your web browser and navigate to your profile page, found under Settings.
- Scroll down until you see the box for URL. If you haven’t already entered the URL of your blog, do that now. Then click Verify Site to the right.
- Where it says Step 1, download the HTML file to your desktop.
- Reopen FileZilla, double checking that you’re in the right folder (public_html).
- Drag the Pinterest file from your desktop into the folder, making sure to place it among the other files, and not inside a different folder.
- Go back to Pinterest and click Verify.
- Once you’re verified, you can remove Pinterest’s file from your server.
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