Let me guess, you like taking beautiful and mouthwatering food photos?
And you have craze for uploading them in your little space called food blog(or for that matter any blog you own)?
And you love sharing it in your social media profiles and wait for their comments(wherever you are!)
I do this…
I get excited when more people see the pictures that I clicked…and I feel very satisfied when more readers check out my my blog to see those mouthwatering pictures of food that I cooked..
So by now you are convinced that pictures are the heart of a food blog, A tasty food photo keeps your blog lively and bring you more readers..
So you are on Pinterest..Isn’t it? For those who don’t know, Pinterest is visual representation of the famous stuff on Internet..
Now the hottest stuff that relates you and me is food..so you can post(pinterest says ‘Pin it’) your mouthwatering food photos on to your profile and let others click or save(that’s called RE-PIN) your posts(PINS again) which ultimately bring them to your blog..
Yes, Pinterest is the sensational social media platform that made the entire world hooked to it..
Ok do you have 5 min(or 10 min max) ? We are going to implement one cool feature of Pinterest to our blog now. Ready?
I follow tons of Pinterest boards(group of pins is called a board) from so many people’s profiles, just because I find them interesting. People are ready to care if you post intersting things. I confess that I ignored Pinterest to the core but only until I realised the power of it in building traffic.
Pinterest brings me new readers, If you have a blog with huge following and bigger traffic numbers already, a monthly rise of 20 new readers might not be big, but to me it’s a great deal..More than the traffic it is some feeling of joy to get more people closer to you who shares the same set of interests..That’s one other different thing, Let’s confine to the traffic and readership for our discussion now.
If you are not convinced, check out my Pinterest stats ,
For example, I will create a board in my profile called Andhra Recipes and pin all the images that are related to Andhra food, random Pinterest users who sees my board can re-pin my photo on to their board and at the same time can say ‘Hey I liked your pin on Andhra Minapa Garelu and probably would love to follow all of your Andhra recipes(follow my board).Voila..whenever I post(err read it PIN!) a new photo to Andhra Recipes board its going to come up as a feed on their feed.Cool..Isn’t it? And when they re-pin your photo , their followers are goin to see and may do the same? BINGO!
Join Pintrest and you will discover a whole new world and can bring life to your blog(but only when you follow certain tips),Not convinced?check out the article on Compelling Reasons to join Pinterest ..
For those of you all aready having Pinterets profile,
Logon to your Pinteret account(not on Pinterest yet? Join here) and go to your profile page
Under your name you can see your blog name(if you have updated it in your profile). At the time of me writing this post, There is one cute globe symbol to the left of your blog name which will redirect the readers to your food blog. This globe symbol indicates that your blog has NOT been verified on Pinterest.
Now look at my profile below as you can see a red tick mark beside my blog name, the tick mark ensures that my blog is verified with Pinterest.
So why should you verify blog on Pinterest?
- It adds credibility to your profile and so viewers and eventually brands can believe that it is your own blog.
- Pinterest will add a valuable link to your website so people can trust your blog as your own work.
- Since Pineteret adds valuable link to your website it is good for SEO(Search Engine Optimisation) too, means your blog will get more traffic.(hopefully).
- It reduces the risk of someone using your brand(blogname) as their work.
I know am trying to convey one thing called ‘credibility’ in different ways, but it is what we need to offer to blog audience right? They need to ensure that they are followign the right profile, also if you are thinking to blog beyond your hobby, you want to ensure brands are reaching the right person behind the blog.
Let me know if it is not clear and you would want to read it all again, I would wait for you Are you a blogger on self-hosted WordPress or you blog at Blogger.com ? No worries, am going to explain both the methods below. It would just take a quarter time of that you spend on a new blogpost but gives you a long term benefit. Ready?
Take look at the step-by-step tutorial on how to verify your WordPress Website blog on Pinterest (Blogger.com users, scroll below)
Step #1 Go to your Pinterest Profile Settings
Step #2 Check for the below option Veirify your website
You will have tow options to verify your website,
Add the meta tag to the HTML code of your blog or to download a verification file so you can upload into your wordpress website, Am explaining the later part.
- Download the verification file to your computer
- Use a FTP(File Transfer Protocal- in simple terms it transfers files from your computer to a remote server where your blog is hosted) client to upload the downloaded file to your blog, I used Cyberduck and you can also use FileZill .
- Configure the FTP client to give access to your site and log in. Host means you will give the URL of your blog or website
- Navigate to the folder called public_html, which has all your WordPress files inside.
- Upload your downloaded verification file from your computer to the website folder public_html. You should make sure the verification file is in the folder public_html and not in any other folders or sub-folders
- Go back to Pinterest Settings and click on complete verification
- You can remove the file from your computer once verification is done
step-by-step tutorial on how to verify your Blogger blog on Pinterest
Blogger users cannot upload files to the server, so you will have to verify through adding meta tags,Let’s see how to do that
- From step # 3 , we will chose to add meta tags to the HTML file in Blogger, its the code in the grey box from the above figure. Copy that code to your clipboard.
- Go to your blogger dashboard and click on Templates and then on Edit HTML, it will look like below
- You will need to place the meta tag that we copied under the tag <head> and below </head>
- Make sure you don’t change anything else and save the template.
- Go back to Pinterest and click on Verify Your Website, you are done once it says the blog has been verified
Am not a professional in doing all these and just learning how to do things better. If you like this tutorial do leave a comment or feel free to share with your friends too,
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