Today starts our second week of parties!
Now lets talk about Pinterest. Pinterest is my favorite social media, because some days it sends me more than half of my visitors!! I also loved Pinterest before I even had a blog–now that I have a blog, I don’t have time to be on it like I did before. Well, if you are a blogger, I am sure you have heard about “rich pins.” I recently have heard talk about them, but I didn’t know what that meant. I had seen a rich pin–I just didn’t know that it was called a rich pin.
Back in December, I guest-posted, and I had pinned my guest post and my little blurb from my site about being a guest post. I noticed that The Taylor House had features that my pin did not have–and I had no clue why. Well, now I know! She was using rich pins! Look at the two pins:
It doesn’t look that much different except the very top text. You see it has the website and the title. This is nice if you forget to fill in the alt text line of your pictures (where pinterest will pull its information.) At least the title would be there automatically. Some rich pins even show more!
To start using rich pins, you have to have a business account (which you can change your personal account to a business account and get your website verified), and you have to get approved to use rich pins. I had no idea how to do this! I stumbled across this article on Google+ where Mike Alton showed a rich pin from his Pinterest board. He then directs the readers to a post about how to set up rich pins.
I am so non-techy (although I am trying to learn more); and I didn’t want to install another plug-in, so this article did not help me much besides pique my interest. But then Amy Lynn Andrews had the answer for me in her useletter. (I love her weekly newsletters–she calls them useletters.) She shared an article from Melissa Taylor from Pinterest Savvy that showed how you can get rich pins if you use Yoast’s SEO plugin. Hooray! That’s the plugin I use!!! So I followed her tutorial (so easy!) and applied for rich pins. I did this just last night, and so they are not approved yet. If I don’t get approved–I’ll let you know! Now if you don’t use Yoast’s plugin, you can see if the other article helps you; but I really don’t have any other suggestions (besides to leave it the way it is — that was what I was going to do), but I hope this helps some of you!