Claiming or verifying your domain on Pinterest can be a confusing headache. In this blog post, I’m showing how easy it is to confirm your domain on Pinterest with a Showit website so that you can generate more traffic and client leads by pinning your content on Pinterest.
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Why you need to claim your domain on Pinterest
Before we get into the HOW, let’s start with WHY you need to verify your domain on Pinterest. Pinterest shares:
Claim your website to get access to website analytics and let people know where they can find more of your content. Your profile picture will show up next to any Pins that come from your site, and a small globe icon will appear next to your website URL on your profile.
In other words, claiming your domain makes you ‘legit’ on Pinterest. Your content gets attributed to you and you also give Pinterest access to how your content performs on your website. It’s often the first step after beginning a business account (or converting one) on Pinterest.
How to add your Pinterest Meta Tag on Showit
Believe it or not, this is the number one question I am asked (aside from where I got my pink glasses) online. I get tagged all the time in Facebook groups because photographers and creative entrepreneurs get stumped on this ‘meta tag’ and where to put it.
I also get that it feels scary to mess around with the code and back end of your website. Fortunately, Showit makes this super easy!
The first thing you need to do is to convert to a business account in the settings. If you haven’t done this then you won’t have a meta tag to claim your domain (if you want Pinterest profile setup tips, visit this post).
Step by Step Tutorial on how to claim your website with Pinterest
Head on over to settings on Pinterest and find in the left side tool bar, an option that says ‘claim’.
And, from there you’ll see the profile settings page (keep in mind, because my website is already claimed, I can’t quite reproduce this for you, but where it says ‘unclaim’ for me, it will say ‘claim’ for you.)
When it shows you the code, copy that code from Pinterest and head on over to your Showit domain login.
From here, you’ll find the ‘home’ option in the left side tool bar. From there, you’ll see ‘ADVANCED SETTINGS’ on the right.
In the box right below, ‘custom head html’, is where you will paste your meta tag from Pinterest. Additionally, this is also where you will put a Facebook Pixel and Pinterest tag for advertising, so you might want to access this in the future.
After you’ve added the code, you need to republish the website. And, then from there, head BACK to Pinterest and click ‘claim’ from the settings page. They will send a prompt saying it takes about 24 hours so you can check back in on Pinterest, but I have seen it happen instantly before too!
Once you have a claimed domain, you will see a checked globe on your Pinterest profile (see below). Et voilà ! This is a one and done tutorial. If you ever decide to change hosts with your website, be sure to repeat this process for your new domain.
Are you new to Pinterest and want more tips to get started? See my introductory post Getting Started on Pinterest and don’t forget to sign up for my email newsletter. You’ll receive my FREE Pinterest Start-up Guide for your creative small business where I give easy actionable steps to getting started on Pinterest!
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