How to Verify Your Wordpress Website on Pinterest — Uploading the File to Your Server for Dummies
Website Verification Now Available to Pinterest Profiles
It's the exciting news in the social media marketing blogosphere. Webpage owners who want to have a presence on Pinterest can now have their website "verified." In non-techie terms, this means that your website is easier to find in Pinterest searches, that your website shows up on your profile with a red check-mark next to it, and your website is highlighted to all your followers—which all means that your followers are that much more likely to go to your website after they've visited your Pinterest boards. Not all profiles have this option, but some in the know say that it won't be long before they all do.
Verifying your website can be very difficult if you are not a techie, because Pinterest requires you to upload a file to your website server. Most how-to guides don't explain how this difficult step is done, but I've found a way to do it on my Wordpress site. I don't know if this works on any website host or any server, but it worked with mine so I assume it will work with yours.
The first step is to click on "settings," and make sure that your website is already listed there in your profile information. If it isn't listed yet, then paste your website url into the box provided for that purpose.
Then, there should be a button to the right of your website that says "verify website." Click it. Simple enough.
A new window will open up, and there will be three steps listed. The first step is to click on a link that will automatically begin downloading in your downloads folder. Click this, and download the download. Also easy enough.
"Upload this file to your server." What? HOW!?
The next step is where it got tricky. I am not a techie person, and often don't understand the words that fly around when someone builds a website. So I was dismayed when I tried to complete the verification process, because step #2 requires me to, in their words, "upload this file to your server," and it put my website in parenthesis (www.Lilywinkel.com).
What is my server, and how do I "upload" a file? I emailed the guy who had set up my website for a small fee, but he said that he'd have to charge me $25 to get it figured out for me. I wasn't ready to pay that. So I did some research online, reading forums and comments on blogs. I found some helpful info, and with a little experimentation, I was able to figure out a simple way to use my basic wordpress template to verify my website.
Here's what I did. Try it and it should work for you. Leave the pinterest window open so that you can return to it, and open up your Wordpress website in a new window.
1. Go to the "dashboard" of your wordpress site. (Upper left hand corner when you are on your website homepage).
2. Click on "media" and click on "add new."
3. There will be a button that says "choose file." Click on it, and it will allow you to select a file from your computer. Find your downloads folder, and find the download from Pinterest. It should be titled something like this: pinterest-d252a.html or pinterest-5b035c.html. Click on that download file, then click "upload" so it starts uploading.
4. Once the file uploads, it will return you to your "media" library. This media library is usually full of pictures, but it can also contain videos, music, and other files such as this one. Just make sure that the new file appeared, with the name that looks like pinterest-5b035a.html. That's all you need to do here.
5. Then, go back to your dashboard, and click on "Pages." Then, click on "Add New" to create a new page.
6. In the title section of the new page, put the title of the Pinterest file name that you just downloaded. The one that looks something like pinterest-c450ta.html . Then click the blue "Publish" button.
7. Leaving that Wordpress window open, return to your pinterest window and click on the third step, where it says "click here to complete the process." This will give you a convenient little red error message, where it says that a very long alpha-numeric code (it may look like this: d252ad8f4273378423d527eade65edde) was not found on the page you just created (the one that is now titled something like this: www.your-website.com/pinterest-c450ta.html)
8. Copy this alpha-numeric code, and go to the Wordpress window you have open.
9. Once back in your Wordpress post, click on the grey "HTML" tab next to the "Visual" tab. Once there, you should click on the "code" button.
10. After you click on the "code" button, some text will appear in the text box below it that says <code>. Paste the long alpha-numeric phrase that you just got from the Pinterest error message into the text box, after <code> with no spaces between the two. Then click on the "code" button again.
It should look something like this (with your own long alpha-numeric code instead of mine):
11. Click the blue "Update" button to save your changes, and return to the Pinterest window you have open. Click on "Try Again" above the error message. It should now find the correct alpha-numeric code in your website, and you will get a success notice that your website it now verified, and a red check mark will appear next to your website address under your profile picture.
12. Go to your Pinterest profile to make sure that it has your website showing up with a check mark by it. You can even click on your website to make sure it goes to the right place. After that, go back to your wordpress post, in the editing mode on the right hand side, under the "Publish" box, there should be something that says "Visibility: Public" with an "edit" link next to it. Click edit and then click "private" so that your post isn't viewable to your website viewers. Then, save this post by clicking the blue "publish" button. That should finish it up for you!