Just like Facebook, Twitter and Google+, Pinterest also introduced a feature for profile pages that allows you to verify your website on Pinterest. The new feature will highlight your full site URL on your Pinterest profile pages. “When your site is verified, users will see a checkmark next to your domain name in search results. They will also see the full site URL & checkmark on your profile.”
This feature will be available to all the profiles within a week or so, so it is possible that you won’t see the verify website option in your settings immediately.
How to Verify Your Website on Pinterest
1) Log in to your account and go to Pinterest.com/settings.
2) If the verified option is available to you, then choose “Verify Website”(Positioned next to the field where you fill your website information).
3) Download the HTML Verification file.
4) Log in to your Hosting account. Select “File Manager” under Files section. Then select “Home Directory” and click on “Go”. There, open the “public_html” folder and upload the HTML file you’ve downloaded from Pinterest.
5) Click on “Click here” on the Pinterest verification page to complete the process. You can later delete the HTML file from your public_html folder.
For now, the verified option is only for “top-level” domains such as youngblah.com, and not youngblah.wordpress.com. Most blogging platforms (such as Blogger or WordPress) and eCommerce sites (such as Etsy, eBay) do not allow you to upload HTML files. Tumblr is an exception; step by step process for verifying a Tumblr blog can be found here.
It’s a great step by Pinterest to increase the visibility of official content creators and brand profiles. Also, the link from Pinterest to your website is “Dofollow”, so I’m sure it will also benefit webmasters in their SEO efforts.
So, what do you think of this move by Pinterest? Have you verified your website yet?
Leave a comment if you’re having any problem verifying your website.