How to Get Verified on Pinterest

by Berrak on October 31, 2012

Pinterest now allows you to get your website verified on your profile, giving you one of those nifty check marks we all love so much.


It’s actually quite simple to do, even if you’re not the most tech-savvy person.

1) Go to Settings while logged into your Pinterest profile. Next to your website, you will see a button that says “Verify Website” (I haven’t verified Huddlewoo’s website yet, so I’m using that as an example.)

2) Download the HTML verification file but don’t close that window since you’ll need to complete the verification process.

3) This is where it gets tricky. You need to upload the verification file to the root folder in your server. If you use a program like Filezilla, this will be a lot easier. If you don’t use FTP, you have to log-in to your website is hosted and find your File Manager. In Bluehost, it is under “Files” in your cPanel. The actual File Manager will look different depending on who your hosting company is. This is what mine looks like.

If you’re like most people, you only have one blog, which makes this so much easier for you. Just upload the verification file to your  locate your root/top-level directory. Then go back to the Pinterest tab you have open and click “Click Here to complete the process”

Voila! You’re verified.


If you’re on Squarespace 5, you can thank Kim Samsin for these instructions!

So Squarespace 5 is both host and CMS and when you upload something, it puts it automatically in the folder /storage, which interferes with Pinterest’s verification. *dangit* Until they allow people do use meta/header uploads, this is what worked for me:

1. Upload the file to storage. You wind up with… as the location of the file.

2. Open URL Shortcuts. You’re going to change the name of this file to get rid of /storage. To use your example:
–for “shortcut URL” you’re going to type in pinterest-59902.html
–for “existing URL” you’re going to type in storage/pinterest-59902.html
–for “navigation method” you select “URL rewrite”

Once you save this rewritten URL, the Pinterest verification will work. It’s probably different for Squarespace 6, but for 5, this works like a dream.


This only works if you own your own domain and manage it through a web hosting service. Here are more detailed instructions on uploading files to your directory from BlueHost, HostGator and GoDaddy.


Pinterest doesn’t currently have a verification process for free accounts.

If you’re on Pinterest, follow me and check out my online writing portfolio!


That Moment When the Risk Becomes Worth It

by Berrak on September 18, 2012

I haven’t been writing very much lately – at least on this blog. It’s been a combination of personal issues and the challenges of being a full-time solopreneur. I promised myself that I would work my ass off and never let up going after my dream. I’m not going to lie – it’s been hard.

Downright impossible.

There was a period of 3 months when I had no steady work and I saw my savings diminish.

When I made the decision to become a full-time freelancer and then a solopreneur, I made a promise to myself: Unless there was a project that truly spoke to me, I’d go back to working in a grocery store before going to an office job that made me miserable.

You guys, I don’t have a lot of savings. I’ve been working since I was 16 and I’ve had a lot of debt pile up. I’ve been paying for school out of pocket every semester for the last 4 years because I lost my scholarship. So the truth is, going after my dream required a lot of sacrifice. I’ve had a lot of judgment thrown my way. There have been days I applied to those office jobs.

I worked on pro-bono projects. I was an intern at 26. Sure, I used Twitter to change careers but that wasn’t enough. I had a lot to learn and a lot to prove, which is why I’ve been busting my ass for the last three years. I’ve been swimming in a sea of self-doubt, uncertainty, and fear.

But I kept swimming. I swam along with some of the greatest community managers out there, watching and learning.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been interviewing with two fantastic companies for a community manager position. For one of the companies, it was down to me and one other candidate. They chose the other candidate.

There aren’t enough words to express the anxiety I’ve felt after every round of interview with each company, and in my gut, I knew my hard work would pay off. The uncertainty was whether or not it would pay off now or would I need to work a little longer.

Are you wondering about the other company?

That would be the one who offered me a job. My first community to build from scratch for a start-up with a mission that aligns with my personal and professional aspirations.

I’m proud to announce that I’m the new Community Manager for Huddlewoo (Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!).

I’m excited. Terrified. Exhilarated. Proud.

So, a little about Huddlewoo. In short, Huddlewoo specializes in personal connections and wants to inspire personal greatness in everyone. Think of the people who inspire you – could be an author, artist, a prominent name in your respective industry. What if you had the opportunity to have a conversation with this person without having to travel to a conference or wait for them to come to your town for a book signing? The Huddlewoo platform gives ordinary people the extraordinary access to the people that inspire them to dream bigger in a scheduled live video format.

So you can see why I’m so excited. SO excited.

I invite you to join me in this journey. Be part of the community that I’m so proud to build around this platform and get in on the action on the ground level.

I promise the ride will be worth it.


As far as my professional journey? I promise to keep sharing the story along the way.


Social Media, Age and What We’re Overlooking

July 23, 2012

If you haven’t yet read the article on why “Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25″ written by a 2012 graduate, feel free to mosey on over there after you read my blog. I don’t feel the need to link to it because the message and the tone is what you’d expect from a [...]

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My Dirty Little Career Secret

April 4, 2012

I dove in head-first to digital marketing and public relations without any real training. In fact, I haven’t completed my undergraduate degree and when you hear me complaining about school work, I’m actually whining about some of the undergraduate pre-requisites I’ve had to retake because I withdrew and/or failed them. The time between I lost [...]

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Do What You Love, Not Just What You Can

March 28, 2012

In school, I was really good at math. I don’t know why, but it just clicked. I wasn’t passionate about math. I didn’t go above and beyond what was required of me. Up until my senior year in high school, it was just something I was good at so I got the good grades and [...]

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Use Your Words to a Better Job Performance

March 19, 2012

Did you grow up hearing ‘use your words’ whenever you didn’t properly ask for something you wanted? The importance of using your words doesn’t end when you hit 18. In the workplace, using your words can take you far, or if you use the wrong words, it can kick you backwards. When it comes to [...]

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Calling for Freelance Writers

February 1, 2012

You are perfect for this gig if you: …are opinionated …able to bring life to any topic by making it conversational and interesting …an outstanding writer …are able to provide two quality daily blog posts on your given topic (5 days a week) …know exactly what it takes to make a blog post engaging …have [...]

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Keep Your Buzz Words in Your Pants, Mr. Guru

January 11, 2012

This past December, I went to an intramural basketball game to see my friend’s son play. In the second game of the day, he scored the winning shot at the buzzer. It was an awesome moment, and we all felt very proud of him. Later that day, his parents addressed the fact that while that [...]

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All It Takes to Help Is A Blue Key

December 23, 2011

16 years ago, my family and I left our home on a plane to cross the ocean into a foreign land. At 10 years old, my life was turned upside down and I was thrown into a situation where I had to learn a language and support my family through the immigration hoops. Following our [...]

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Time to Vote!

December 23, 2011

Hey guys, I know I’m a little behind but between traveling and jetlag, it took me a minute to get this poll together. This is it! Pick the name and the new year will bring our community to fruition! If your entry is included in the poll, remember to spread the word via Twitter & [...]

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