Setting Up Rich Pins Simply (In Just Minutes!)

Rich Pins

Pinterest is a valuable resource for bringing traffic and exposure to your blog.
Setting up rich pins instead of regular pins for your content can really make a huge difference.

However, if you’re like me and tried doing this from the directions that Pinterest gives, it can be very confusing. After reading their directions, I immediately decided to try and find another way. Thankfully, I found this method and I am excited to share it with others!

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If you do want to read their directions though, check their information out here. Pinterest is ultimately the best source of information, but this guide is meant to assist!

Before we get started, here is some general information about rich pins on Pinterest:

-There are four types of rich pins: Product Pins, Article Pins (what this post is about), App Install Pins, and Recipe Pins.
-As Pinterest says, they add extra details to your pins from your website. (Metadata from your posts)
-You only need to validate one URL/Post to apply for rich pins for all of your posts.

Here is an example of one of my article rich pins:

Moving on, first, you will want to claim your website on Pinterest, which you can do here.

Now it is time to set up your rich pins simply!

1. Install the Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress and quick edit

Let me just say that this plugin has helped me SO MUCH with learning and using SEO for my posts. I highly recommend this for regular use!
You can find and get it here.

Then follow these steps:
-Go to Plugins in your Dashboard
-Activate it, go to Socials, and then click the Facebook tab.
-Confirm that “Add Open Graph meta data” is enabled.

Now move to the next step!

2. Use the Rich Pins Validator and apply for Rich Pins

The Rich Pins Validator can be found here!
Where it says “Enter A Valid URL“, simply put a link to any post on your blog.

You should receive a confirmation message right on the screen with a green check mark once your pins have been validated. (This can take some time, but usually is pretty fast. When I did mine, it was right away!)

Now all you have to do is click apply now and wait for your approval. This also can take some time, but usually is very quick, if not instant.
Once you are confirmed, you are all set!

3. Check your pins and update/make any changes

You should notice that your pins are a bit different!
You will want to make sure they are looking their best and that the links are all correct and ready to go.
Keep in mind: The descriptions for your rich pins is what you have written for the meta description for the article. Use this space to really make your pin stand out!

If you use a business Pinterest account, check out my post The New Pinterest Business Page: All The Details ANd What It Means For Your Blog And Business for more information!

So there you have it. I hope this guide has helped you out!
BTW: I am currently accepting contributors on my Creators United group board! Check it out here.

Feel free to post any questions or comments below!

Ashley ♡


2 thoughts on “Setting Up Rich Pins Simply (In Just Minutes!)”

  1. Hello,
    This post/blog is super useful for pinterest newbies like me but i had a query. Is it necessary to enable the facebook tab. Can it not be linked with twitter or insta may be?
    Sorry i am a bit confused about the Open metadat thing in general.

    Your blog in general was super helpful. Finally someone who explained rich pins in a simple menner.

    Thanks. Have a great day!

    1. Hello Vish!
      I am so happy that this post is helping you out!
      Basically, even though it is located in the Facebook tab, this isn’t actually linking any Facebook account and you don’t need to do anything more with that Facebook section. (Unless you want to!)
      As long as the “Add Open Graph meta data” is enabled, that’s all you need to do in that area for this tutorial to work. 🙂 No socials will actually be linked.
      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions!

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