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.

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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 domain.com/storage/pinterest-5… 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.

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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.

Bluehost: https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/file_manager#upload
HostGator: http://support.hostgator.com/articles/cpanel/how-to-upload-a-file-using-the-file-manager
GoDaddy: http://support.godaddy.com/help/article/3239/uploading-files-using-the-ftp-file-manager?locale=en

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!

  • http://twitter.com/kimsamsin Kim Samsin

    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 domain.com/storage/pinterest-59902.html 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.

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    Berrak Reply:

    Thank you for sharing this!

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    graham burrows Reply:

    Worked a treat! Thanks you for the knowledge.

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