How to Get Rich Pins for Pinterest in 5 Minutes or Less

I’ve been procrastinating getting the new rich pins for my Pinterest profile. I didn’t want to deal with the coding. BUT I found an easy-peasy way to get rich pins — without any coding!! Here’s how.

Rich pins in 5 minutes or less!

(*Rich Pins = bigger image, bolded title, author credit . . . )

Steps to Install and Validate Rich Pins

1) Get Yoast’s SEO plugin.

2) Take tour so you know how to find the “social” tab for this plugin.yoast seo screen shot

3) In the social tab, check “Add Open Graph meta data” at the top of the page. (If it’s not already.)

4) Go to the Pinterest developer page to verify.

5) Enter valid blog post url.
Rich pins validator

6) Pinterest will tell you that you’ve been validated and to apply. Then they will review your application and send you your final approval.

See how easy?

I know!

You’re welcome. :)

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  • http://overallbeauty.com/shop Kim Snyder

    I have a woocommerces shopping cart website using WordPress. My question is, will this work with that? Or is this only for blogs?
    I have a blog and will try this, I do have been delaying doing it because it looks hard to setup, coding is not my thing either.. ;)

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      yes, I think so – my other blog has a WooCommerce cart and it seems to work fine.

    • Carly

      Quick FYI –

      Yoast’s SEO plugin is the ONLY one I’d use with WooCommerce, he works very closely with their team. I do SEO on my client’s site with WooCommerce & Yoast WordPress SEO plugin and I confirm they work well together:

      For those looking for advanced functionality, Yoast EVEN OFFERS A PREMIUM Woocommerce SEO plugin :) https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/yoast-woocommerce-seo/

      • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

        thanks, Carly!

  • Carrie

    Hi Melissa, I am such a newbie, I don’t know what a rich pin is! Can you define it for me? Thanks! Carrie

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      it’s a pin with more details than the usual pin — bigger image, a title and author credit.

  • http://thetutorhouse.blogspot.com Adrianne Meldrum

    I am not sure how rich pins would help me, but I did find this link Carrie to help me define it. http://business.pinterest.com/rich-pins/

    I did see a pin that I had pinned a super long time ago of a chair and this week I got a notification from Pinterest that it was on sale. I am assuming that Rich Pins is responsible for this?

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      yes!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Adrianne!

  • http://denisetonin.com.br Denise Tonin

    Melissa,

    You save my life! lol As you , I was so lazy to study the codes. Thank you so much! :) greetings from Brazil

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      :) Hooray for easy solutions!!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      thanks!

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  • Heidi

    Hi Melissa!

    Quick question for you…once I hit apply on the Pinterest Rich Pins Validator, do I need to do anything in Yoast?

    Thanks!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      not that I know of. . . :)

  • http://www.busybugkits.com Lyn

    This was an enormous help! Thank you!

  • http://www.thesavvybump.com Alisha @ The Savvy Bump

    You are my favorite person today! =) Thanks so much, that was crazy easy.

  • http://lemonlimeadventures.com Dayna@ Lemonlimeadventures.com

    Thank you so much. I am new to blogging and this tutorial was extremely helpful!

  • http://3dinosaurs.com/wordpress/ Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs.com

    I wish they have an easy thing like that for my website side of things!

  • http://www.earlybirdmom.com/blog/ Sarah Mueller

    It took me 3 minutes to find the OpenGraph option (I don’t use Yoast, but it’s in my Social Sharing Toolkit) and 30 seconds to do the rest. Thank you so much!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      you’re welcome!

  • http://glitteringmuffins.com Alex

    I followed all the steps, but once I hit “Validate”, I get the spinning circle for a moment or two and then just a grey page. I tried in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer with the same results. Any idea what could cause that?

    • http://www.365ishpins.com/ Nicole Burkholder

      Me, too! Wondering if it’s Pinterest? I really want this!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      This happened to me also. I tried a different link (URL) and it worked. See if that does the trick for you, too.

  • http://www.blovelyevents.com Emily (B. Lovely Events)

    Oh my goodness you are seriously a life savor. As soon as I read the web devloper’s open graphs meta data my eyes crossed and I had NO idea how to do that on each and every page. Thank goodness for Yoast SEO and you!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      glad to help!

  • http://www.365ishpins.com/ Nicole Burkholder

    I could NOT get the Pinterest validation to load (circles and then a gray page of nothingness) but when I went directly to their site and clicked through to the validation page, it brought it up for me. Finally. They can be so glitchy sometimes! THANK YOU for showing me how easy this was! I’ve been avoiding it because of all the crazy coding required :)

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      try a different url example and see if that will work. Or give it a day.

  • gig2112

    Is using Rich pins free?

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      yes, it is.

  • http://www.etsystalkers.com julie (etsy stalkers)

    You kind of rule!!! Thank you so much!

  • http://www.missinthekitchen.com Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    Thank you for this. I have been trying to figure this out for forever!

  • http://hollysartcorner.blogspot.com Holly

    Hi! Thanks for the tip! Quick question, do you have to have a WordPress blog in order to do this? My blog is through blogger. Thanks!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      for this plugin, yes.

  • http://melissaknorris.com Melissa K. Norris

    Am I correct that I need to do this for every individual pin?

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      no – just one link.

      • http://wildflowerramblings.com Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings

        Hi, Melissa, thanks for this great tutorial. I did this for one post on my blog, but does one rich pin = all pins will become rich? If so, it hasn’t happened in the last 12 hours so I wonder if I’m missing something… Does it mean only all future pins? Thanks so much for any advice!!!! <3

        • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

          it should make all your pins rich pins – past and future.

  • http://eatprayworkout.com Amy @ Eat Pray Workout

    Hello,

    Thanks for the great article. Do I have to do this for each article I write or will it automatically pick up all pinned articles from my blog?

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      just do it for one article and once you’re approved, it will pick up all your posts!

      • http://wildflowerramblings.com Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings

        Okay, I just saw this, so I will wait and see if it’s approved!! Thank you!!!!

  • http://www.carriethishome.com Carrie This Home

    This was so helpful! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      you’re welcome, Carrie!

  • http://CubScoutIdeas.com Sherry Smothermon-Short

    Do I have to submit each post that I want to have the rich pin information?

    Thanks!!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      No – thank heavens! Just one.

  • http://creativekkids.com Tammy Doiel @creativekkids.com

    Thanks so much! I was worried I didn’t have yoast and some plugins messed up my site–but I had it! Woo-hoo!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      great news!!

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  • http://connectwithyourteens.net Jennifer Wagner

    I don’t know how this works without having to do all that meta data work, but thanks so much for this!!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      sure!

  • http://www.theadoredhome.com Sandra

    Thanks for this, I had no idea what it was. Very helpful!
    Sandra
    The Adored Home

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      yeah!

  • http://www.eatprayreadlove.com kelli @ eatprayreadlove

    Hi Melissa, thanks so much!
    How long does it typically take Pinterest to approve the rich pins?
    Will they notify via email or your Pinterest account?
    Again, thank you!!
    xoxo Kelli

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      I got approved for one blog in 2 days and another blog 1 month after I entered my information for a 2nd time . . . So, it depends. Good luck!!

      • http://www.visionarymusic.net joann chambers

        I seem to be just waiting for this approval thingy. So I want to gradually post all my items in my cart. Should I wait for my approval to start doing this or wait until I get approved for my main domain? If I post now, before the approval, will all the previous pins I added show the rich data automatically after that.

        Just a note for others not using blogs – I have a shopping cart via Volusion and apparently they automatically add the rich pin data in the cart so I didn’t have to do anything. So it is possible that some of the CMS are already adding in some of this needed coding for Pinterest as well as Google.

        • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

          yes, it will update all your old pins!

          I’m not sure about the technical part of your question, sorry.

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  • http://glamamom.com Glamamom

    Good stuff. Thank you!

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  • http://thesimplepen.com Jennifer

    Do you know if the plugin can be removed once the site has been validated by Pinterest? It’s conflicting with another SEO plugin, and I’d love to remove it now that validation is complete.

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      Good question — I don’t know. Could you remove it and see what happens?

    • http://www.visionarymusic.net joann chambers

      I doubt it because removing Yoast will take out all the coding it adds into the post.

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  • http://www.theeducatorsspinonit.com Kim

    Melissa have you found out a way for people on Blogger to install print rich pins?

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  • http://www.theseasonedmom.com Blair @ The Seasoned Mom

    Thanks so much! I’ve been wondering how to do this!!

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  • http://amazingphotographyandvideo.blogspot.com Mukesh Negi

    Great post Melissa Taylor i’m doing same thing for last couple of days but can’t do after reading your post i did. thanks for sharing.

  • http://momslifeboat.com Gina H

    I kept reading and reading how to install the rich pins on the pinterest it became so overwhelming especially seeing all of their code, so I googled it instead. I’m so glad I found your post — your post really made it simple, especially since I was already using yoast. Thank you for the great post you literally save me for hours of confusion! =)

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      yeah! :)

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  • http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com Caroline Hurley

    Oh wow…I could hug you! I wish I found this earlier, though! I am embarrassed to tell you how long I tried to do this myself without a plugin. Obviously…I never figured it out! This could not have been easier…just waiting on Pinterest to approve. Another added plus was adding Yoast’s SEO plugin…I used it yesterday when putting together a post…still figuring it out…but really like it! Thanks so much!

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      yay – happy to help! xx

  • http://likeasaturday.com Rachel

    I’m curious about how long it takes to get approved. It’s been a few days and I’m hoping I did everything correctly. (I’m assuming I did since my link was validated.)

    • http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com Caroline

      I’m still waiting too, Rachel. I wondered the same thing.

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      it can take up to a month – but for one blog I had to apply a 2nd time and then it was only a few days.

  • http://shopfuturestandard.com Jessica Althoff

    Hi Melissa,

    Do you know if I get verified by Pinterest, will it retroactively apply to products that I have already added to my site or just new ones?

    Thanks,

    Jessica

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      yes – it will. Good news!

  • http://www.makinmyaptahome.com ARod

    thanks so much for sharing this was so helpful and easy

  • http://www.kraftedkoch.com Danielle

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! For some reason Pinterest decided to make their instructions so incredibly confusing, I felt my head about to explode. This took me less than 2 minutes. Such a helpful tutorial! THANKS!

  • http://www.purifyyourbody.com Rebecca

    So…. WordPress website. NOT a blog. Sell products. THIS DOESNT WORK.

    It would be nice if you posted on your article title “this is for ARTICLE RICH PINS NOT PRODUCT RICH PINS”.

    You know how HARD it is to figure out how to do product rich pins? It is crazy. Every blog article like this one tells me how to do it for articles.

    But I cannot figure out how to get the meta data into the Yoast plugin header. The open graph box is checked in the social media area. And then I go to a product page to verify and nope…. missing information. WHAT information am I missing? WHERE do I find that information?

    VERY Frustrating.

    • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

      really? I don’t understand why it wouldn’t work for products. I’m sorry to hear that!

    • http://www.rebeccareid.com Rebecca Reid

      Rebecca, I’m also trying to install rich pins for products on my site. While the Yoast plugin apparently only works for the article ones (it defaults to naming the pin “an article” and Pinterest rejected it since it obviously looked like a product), there are other plugins that ask you what type of post (movie rich pin, product rich pin, recipe rich pin, etc). The one I installed was ABG Rich Pins. I’m still waiting to be approved by Pinterest but I’m very hopeful! I hope that helps you too!

      • http://pinterest-savvy.net Melissa Taylor

        thanks for sharing this!

  • http://beautyandthefoodie.com Stacey

    I am eternally greatfull !! Thank you, I have been trying to figure out how to do this for awhile and had given up. I already had the Yoast plugin and it was easy. I don’t why the pinterest directions were confusing for me. Great site and information you have here !
    ~ Stacey :)

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  • http://oatmealsmiles.com Georgia Reed

    Thank you! Totally pinned this! I was going crazy making this so hard and even using another tutorial but this was WAY easier. Well done! I’ve pinned your rich pin!;)

  • http://www.brittanybullen.com/ Brittany Bullen

    I love your blog, Melissa, and it’s obvious you have some great wisdom to share. I found you because I couldn’t figure this out from Pinterest’s website and I had no idea it was this easy, so THANK YOU!!

    I’ll make sure to subscribe!

    • Melissa Taylor

      glad to help!

  • Sarah E. White

    I didn’t actually believe it could be that easy! Thanks so much for realizing it was. And sharing with the rest of us. ;)

  • Chirnese

    OMG… I was so worried that I was going to have to go thru this difficult coding process…. you saved me!

  • Emma Smith

    I just wanted to say a huge thank-you to you for your fab post on getting rich pins. I have been putting it off for so long because I was terrified but today I finally got a favicon added to my site and then went searching on how to do the rich pins. I read through loads of articles that just made me want to cry and may as well have been written in Chinese for all that I understood. Then I found yours. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :-)

  • Anna Coss

    Looking at the Rich Pins description on Pinterest I am unclear…do you have to do this process with EVERY Pin you want to be validated? Or will it now validate every Pin from that site moving forward?