How To Enable Pinterest Rich Pins on your blog

I get asked a lot how to add Pinterest Rich Pins to websites & blogs, so I thought I share with you how to do it for both WordPress.org and Blogger/Blogspot blogs if you’re the DIY kind… if not, I can do it for you – contact me here.

Rich Pins on Pinterest are like regular Pins you see in your Pinterest feed, but they include some extra information about the source of the pin – the website’s name, post title, published date, author name, description of post, and your favicon <– that’s some sweet marketing potential right there. Once you’ve enabled Rich Pins using the steps outlined below, this information will be shown automatically on pins from your site. The image below gives you a pretty good idea of what all is included, and what you’re missing out on if you don’t have Pinterest rich pins enabled.

how to add pinterest rich pins

Onward with the how to…

How to Enable Pinterest Rich Pins on WordPress.org

1. Install Yoast SEO plugin, if you don’t already have this one installed – hello! SEO for dummies. Once installed go to SEO > Social and select the check box that says “Add Open Graph meta data”. This will add the necessary code to your blog posts without you having to do so manually – which is only one of the many great advantages of having a Worpdress site, I get asked that all the time, too!

2. Go to Pinterest’s Rich Pin Validator, and enter in a link to any post on your site. It doesn’t matter which post and you only need to do one. Click “validate.” After validating, you should see a message that says “your pin’s been validated!” Then, click “apply now.” A pop up will come up with your website’s domain and “HTML tags” selected. Click “apply now” once again and you’re done.

3. Pinterest will email you once you have applied. They say it takes a couple of days, I just applied for mine this past Saturday… hopefully I’ll hear something by the end of the week – I’ll keep you posted.

How to Enable Pinterest Rich Pins on Blogger/Blogspot

1. To set up Rich Pins for Blogger you’ll need to add some code to your posts in your template, a little more work than WP but still definitely doable. On Blogger go to Settings > Search Preferences > Meta Tags and enable Description. You can enter a brief description about your blog content here.

2. Then, when you’re in the post editor (Posts > New Post/Edit Post) you’ll see a field in options section on the right for “Search Description”. Add a relative description about your post to this area – it can be a summary or just the first few lines of your content. If you don’t add a description, it will use the first few lines from your post content.

3. Then, go to Template > Edit HTML > Click into the HTML Editor box and press CTRL/CMD F to bring up the search bar. Find:

<b:includable id='post' var='post'>

Underneath this line of code add the following:

<meta expr:content='data:post.title' property='og:title'/>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.metaDescription' property='og:description'/>
<meta content='article' property='og:type'/>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.url' property='og:url'/>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.title' property='og:site_name'/>
<meta expr:content='data:post.timestampISO8601' property='article:published_time'/>
<meta content='BLOG TOPIC' property='article:section'/>
<b:loop values='data:post.labels' var='label'>
<meta expr:content='data:label.name' property='article:tag'/>
</b:loop>

Change BLOG TOPIC to be the main topic (Rich Pin type) on your blog. By doing this the code adds the needed open graph data to each blog post on your site using the information already there. Currently there are five different types of Rich Pins – product, recipe, movie, article (i.e. blog posts) or place. Decide what type of Rich Pin suits your content the most, for most blogs this will be “article”. That meta tag should look something like this after you edit it:

<meta content='article' property='article:section'/>

Save.

4. Lastly, go to Pinterest’s Rich Pin Validator, and enter in a link to any post on your site. It doesn’t matter which post and you only need to do one. Click “validate.” After validating, you should see a message that says “your pin’s been validated!” Then, click “apply now.” A pop up will come up with your website’s domain and “HTML tags” selected. Click “apply now” once again and you’re done.

5. Pinterest will email you once you have applied.

So Good

tom hardy mad max fury road movie

This movie is going to be all kinds of awesome.Am I right? And, you know… Tom Hardy.

Mad Max: Fury Road – Official Theatrical Teaser Trailer

DIY chalkboard painted mugs

diy chalkboard mugs #HandmadeHolidays

Have you ever seen the Pinterest fails that people post? Well, I feel for them because I’ve had my share, too. But, this was a Pinterest success if I do say so myself. I found a pin for DIY chalkboard mugs by Brittany @ Pretty Handy Girl and decided to give it a go for some creative holiday mugs to share with friends & family.

I bought the mugs, painters tape & a snowflake border punch from Staples. Like Brittany I got my chalkboard paint from Amazon. Everything else I had on hand.

diy chalkboard mugs #HandmadeHolidays

diy chalkboard mugs #HandmadeHolidays

diy chalkboard mugs #HandmadeHolidays

To be honest, the snowflake punched tape did not peel off of the freezer paper very well – at all! It was too detailed of a cut out to peel off easily. If you’re going to use a punch, then I say the simpler the design the better.

Check out all of my other “Craft Night” pins that I want to try. Do you have a craft board of things you want to try, too?

#HandmadeHolidays

Shows I just binged on

The 100

The 100

THE BLACKLIST

The Blacklist

naked and afraid

Naked and Afraid – Bonus points for catching last night’s mini episode with Seth Rogen and James Franco – here’s a clip on YouTube – hilarious!

Both The Blacklist and The 100 were shows that when they first started I didn’t think I would like so I didn’t give them a chance. But with recommendations from other Bloggers and the loveliness that is Netflix and a DVR I’m all caught up and enjoying every minute.

Also, I’m not so patiently waiting for Downton Abbey (January), The Walking Dead (February), and Outlander (April for goodness sakes!) to start back up. Speaking of Outlander, on the Starz site they even have a Pocket Jamie printout with it’s very own hashtag #PocketJamie – I think this is my new bookmark.

In the mean time (and, excellent for use with my new bookmark) I won a signed copy of one of my favorite author’s new books Cut and Run (Phoenix Code 1 & 2) by Lara Adrian & Tina Folsom. I can’t wait to start reading it, I love me a good book series and Lara Adrian always delivers.

What’s entertaining you?

Free Artwork Downloads

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california-carrieloves

hellolove-carrieloves

My Christmas present from my daughter this year is a couple of canvases from Canvas on Demand. She didn’t have any “large enough” photos so she had me come up with my own and I thought I’d share the prints that I made up. All three photos are free stock images that I got from a *couple different sites. And, I edited them in Photoshop and added text to each.

It’s not the first time I used that roses print, I also used it in this post about yoga.

You can use these prints, too! Make canvases of your own or set them for your desktop wallpaper. Here are the links to download a “super large” version of the images above: Roses, Beach, and Bear.

Enjoy!

*Roses photo from Death to the Stock Photo – free photos sent to you by email every month, Beach and Bear photo are both from Unsplash.com.