Plugin Installation: Article Rich Pins

Pinterest Website Verification

Skip to the next section if your site is already verified with Pinterest.

Before you can apply with Pinterest for Rich Pins, you’ll need to verify your website with them.

The easiest way to get your site verified quickly is with our Pinterest Verify plugin. It’s free and takes very little time to install and setup.

Note: If you already have Jetpack, go to Tools > Available Tools. If you’re running WordPress SEO by Yoast, go to Dashboard > Webmaster Tools. These two plugins (and probably some others) already provide Pinterest verification. If you have them you probably don’t need install our Pinterest verification plugin. You can also reference Pinterest’s verification instructions.

If you’d like to use the Pinterest Verify plugin:

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
  3. Search for “Pinterest verify.”
  4. Find the plugin that’s labeled Pinterest Verify. *
  5. Also look for the author name Phil Derksen.
  6. Click “Install Now.”
  7. Click “Activate Plugin.”
  8. Navigate to Settings > Pinterest Verify and follow the instructions.
  9. Check your Pinterest page to see if you have the new checkmark next to your website address.
  10. Now continue to install the Rich Pins plugin.

* Alternatively you can download the Pinterest Verify plugin here.

Rich Pins Plugin Installation

  1. From your purchase email, click the download link and save the plugin zip file to your computer. *
  2. Login to your WordPress dashboard.
  3. Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
  4. Click the Upload link near the top.
  5. Click “Choose File.”
  6. Browse and select the plugin zip file that you downloaded to your computer.
  7. Click “Install Now.”
  8. Click “Activate Plugin.”
  9. Enter your license key.

* Note for Safari users: If clicking a download link saves a folder to your hard drive instead of a zip file, try Control-click or right-click and select “Download Linked File”. Only zipped plugins are accepted when uploading to WordPress.

License Key Activation

In your plugin settings, make sure enter your license key and click “Save Changes” (on the Support tab for “Pin It” Button Pro).

With a valid license key you should get plugin update notifications. This is also used when contacting customer support.

Your plugin is now active and ready for you to setup.

If you have any questions or problems, please visit our support site.

Setting up Article Rich Pins

Once you’ve activated the plugin, there’s not much more you have to do.

There are a few site-wide settings you can change by navigating to Settings > Article Rich Pins in your WordPress admin.

You do not need to update or visit every post to make them Rich Pin-enabled. However, you can spot check posts to see if they validate.

To validate your rich pin meta data on any post, go to the edit screen for a post, then scroll down until you see the “Article Rich Pins” section.

It should look something like this:

Article Rich Pins post meta

If you don’t see this section, click on “Screen Options” at the top right and make sure “Article Rich Pins” is checked, then scroll down once again.

Click the “Validate” button in this section to open a new window checking this post with Pinterest’s Rich Pin validator.

Your post must be published and publicly accessible to validate.

All required fields should validate. The plugin also outputs all the optional fields Pinterest can see that are not validated here.

Applying for Rich Pins

The first time you use the rich pin validator, you’ll need to apply for rich pins with Pinterest.

Click “Apply Now” and enter your domain name without the “http://” (i.e. “myawesomesite.com”).

Make sure to select the data format “HTML Tags”, then click “Apply Now”. At this point you’ll need to wait for approval from Pinterest by email.

After you’ve been approved by Pinterest, you can revisit any validation link again to check.

If these instructions aren’t clear, please let us know.