Verify Pinterest in PhotoShelter

Recently I joined Pinterest for Business, and naturally, I wanted to verify my website. I couldn’t find any specific information anywhere on how to do this in PhotoShelter, though. It took a little experimentation and digging around, but I figured it out. So here’s how you do it:

  • Make sure you’re logged in to both your PhotoShelter and Pinterest accounts.
  • On Pinterest, click on your name at the top of the page and select Your Profile & Pins.
  • In your profile box, click on the little pencil on the right-hand side.
  • Add your website’s URL to the Website box and click Verify Website.
  • Click Verify with a metatag  and copy the metatag code. Make sure you keep the verification pop-up box open, because you’ll need to come back to it.
  • On PhotoShelter, go to Website>General Settings.
  • Scroll down to the area titled Google Analytics and Other Code.
  • In the second box (HTML Head Code), paste the Pinterest metatag. (It’s fine if you already have some other code in here.)
  • Click on Save Settings at the bottom of the section.
  • Go back to your Pinterest page with the verification box and click Complete Verification.

I did this whole process a couple of times and kept getting error messages, but the last time I tried it, it said “Website already verified.” And sure enough, my website address on Pinterest has the check mark next to it. So don’t get too discouraged if this happens to you – it may just take a little while to show up correctly. You can check to see if the metatag was added properlyby going to your website and looking at the code with a tool like Firebug or Web Develop. The metatag will be near the bottom of the section. Happy pinning!

© 2014 Karen Joslin