Pinterest – man, that is one site that I’m not that into. I get the attraction and I understand the utility, but I haven’t found a personal workflow or reason for me to necessarily join it in earnest.
But I do know that Pinterest can provide a motherlode of traffic when done well. I know this from a personal blog project that leverages pinterest really well – and the traffic statistics are absolutely mind-blowing.
So it doesn’t surprise me that WordPress.com has announced Pinterest verification in addition their Google and Bing verification systems. All you have to do is the following 10 simple steps and you’ll be good to go:
- Log in at http://pinterest.com/ with your Pinterest account.
- Hover over your name in the top-right and click Settings
- Scroll down and enter your Website address if you haven’t already.
- Click the Verify Website button
- On the next page, click the link at the bottom to Verify with a meta tag
- You will be shown an example meta tag. You need to copy the value from your sample tag and enter it on WordPress.com. Copy the content part of the tag, shown below in bold:
<meta name="p:domain_verify" content="c695382f781c1c45b0f3363765fce3bf" />
- Leave the verification page open and go to your blog dashboard (in a new tab/window).
- Open the Tools –> Available Tools Page and paste the
contentvalue in the Pinterest Site Verification field under the Website Verification Services header.
- Click on
- Go back to the verification page and click the link next to step 2 “Click here to complete the process”.
Why would you spend your next 30 seconds doing this in the first place? That reason is simple too as search engines can use this verification to validate and verify that you are indeed the owner of the specified URL. Some have suggested many SEO benefits of it and so there’s no reason not to do it. There is no risk of harm if you do it as well.
Are you a Pinterest wizard or guru? How have you seen Pinterest impact your traffic? And I’d love to see you try to convince me to join it – I bet you can’t!