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How to verify your Pinterest account

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Ever wonder if the account you are seeing on Pinterest is legitimate? The site now has the ability for account holders to verify their account. This is a multi-step process that will help those that see your account know you are the actual brand/public figure. They will know you are legitimate and this will help build confidence in your company and brand. It will show your website beneath your name, letting the internet know with what site you are affiliated.

What is needed? A techie friend or coworker for help or the knowledge of how to move a file from Pinterest to your webhost. This could be through a FTP program or other means.

Step 1:

Log in to your Pinterest account. Under your name, in the right hand corner, select settings. Be careful, the menu pops up when you hover your mouse over your name. Settings is the second from the bottom.

Step 2:

Under Settings, scroll down to your website and click on “Verify Website.” This should be about half way to three quarters of the way down the screen.

Step 3:

On the next page, a set of instructions should come up. If your website is a hosted blog, like on Blogger or WordPress, there might be a warning first. This warning just states that you might not be able to upload the HTML file. Click on “Click here” to continue. Keep this page open. Right click on “Download the HTML verification code” and save the file to desktop.

Step 4:

Open up your favorite program that transfers files to your Webhost. This could be an FTP program like Filezilla, or a web-based program, or something else. If you don’t have the account information needed, call your webhosting company.

Step 5:

Transfer the Pinterest HTML verification document from your computer to the top-level domain. Don’t put this file in any subfolder or subdomains; it must be on the top-level. Otherwise, Pinterest won’t verify your website. This file will not appear on the website itself and is only there for Pinterest to view.

Step 6:

Once the file is uploaded, go back to the verification page and click on “Click here to complete the process.”

Step 7:

If the verification is successful, a check mark will appear next to your website on the Settings page. There will also be the phrase “Website Verified.”


If you have trouble with the above steps, Pinterest can help. View this article on the Pinterest website. It should help take you through the process.

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On November 29, 2012

One Response to How to verify your Pinterest account

  1. lynn says:

    I cant comment on any pins…i get a msg boxtgat said i need to verify my email…i cant figure out where to do that. Help?

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