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Pinterest New File Verifications

  1. Pinterest is requiring that I verify my homepage. It is saying that I need to upload a file from Pinterest to my server here. The instructions are:
    1. Download the HTML verification file (pinterest-e5b4d.html).
    2. Upload this file to your web server (www.southernveganfood.com).
    3. Click here to complete the process.
    I don't see anywhere on my end where I do this.

    The blog I need help with is southernveganfood.com.

  2. I'm sorry but this isn't a WordPress.com issue per say. This is a multi-user blogging platform. As our blogs are not free standing we cannot access metadata and add anything to it or edit it. For that kind of verification access you will need to hire a web hosted and set up your own independent WordPress.org install.

    Please read what's at these relevant reference links:
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    Our free hosted WordPress.com blogs cannot be equipped with shopping carts for ecommerce transactions. On free hosted WordPress.com blog we can use a contact form and/or a PayPal donation button ONLY for the sale of products or services created or provided by ourselves.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

    There is no upgrade you can purchase form WordPress.com that changes what I posted above. However, there are no eCommerce restrictions if you hire a web host and set up your own self hosted WordPress.org install. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. Que? I think I understand what you are understanding but barely. My blog is not an e-commerce site. I am just writing a cookbook. My Pinterest page is asking for "verification" and wants me to upload a file to my server. To do that, you are saying that I have to hire a web host? I have the premium upgrade here already. Is that the same?

  4. I am just writing a cookbook. My Pinterest page is asking for "verification" and wants me to upload a file to my server. To do that, you are saying that I have to hire a web host?

    That's correct. We cannot access metadata on this mulituser blogging platform. That can only be done on w WordPress.org install.

    I have the premium upgrade here already. Is that the same?

    That's irrelevant as there is no upgrade one can purchase that provides access to metadata on a free hosted WordPress.com blog.

  5. Since November 15th Pinterest has been rolling out business accounts and requiring the verification you refer to for those accounts. http://blog.pinterest.com/post/35710687813/new-tools-for-businesses-in-the-pinterest-community

  6. Stupid question but what is metadata? And this wordpress blog cost me $'s because I purchased from WordPress the Pro Bundle. Is that not the same?

  7. I just saw your response above my most recent question. Thanks.

  8. Metadata is what's in the Header section of theme templates. Our free hosted WordPress.com blogs are not free standing blogs. All blogs wearing the same theme are sharing the same underlying template. Only Staff can access it and edit as every edit they make affects all blogs wearing the same theme.

    I purchased from WordPress the Pro Bundle. Is that not the same?

    This is what you purchased: http://en.support.wordpress.com/bundles/ I repeat there are no upgrades that provide the access you are looking for.

  9. WordPress.com provides a 30-day refund on all of our upgrades except Domain Registrations, Domain Renewals, and Guided Transfers.

    Provided you are logged in under the same username account that purchased the upgrades, you can request a refund yourself directly from the Store section of your Dashboard
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/upgrades/#refunds
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/bundles/#canceling-a-bundle

    See here for moving your content > http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/

    If you’ve registered your domain through WordPress.com and now want it to point to a blog or website hosted elsewhere then you can do this by updating the nameservers.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/#update-nameservers

  10. Sorry to jump in on this, but I had some similar questions. Basically, a current WP.com user (using a pre-made theme, regardless of domain ownership/Premium account type) would have to move their existing blog to a WP.org site with a "custom" theme in order to verify the blog/website on Pinterest, correct?

    Just trying to nail this down, too because I'm having similar issues on Pinterest when trying to verify my "website" AKA my WP.com blog.

    Thanks!

    Blog URL is: fashainable.com

  11. Since November 15th Pinterest has been rolling out business accounts and requiring the verification you refer to for those accounts. http://blog.pinterest.com/post/35710687813/new-tools-for-businesses-in-the-pinterest-community

    See here http://generatemoreblog.com/how-to-verify-your-wordpress-domain-on-pinterest/

  12. Let me see if I understand this correctly:

    1) Pinterest won't show my website URL unless I verify it.
    2) I can't verify my WordPress site without doing the .org install.

    It's frustrating because I'm not a business, I'm a person who has a website. If anyone has found a way to convince Pinterest they're a person even though they have a website, can tell me how I did it? Or if I'm misunderstanding this, please let me know.

    Thanks!

  13. No. Pinterest does not require that you have a business account. You can have an ordinary account for "people". From: http://blog.pinterest.com/post/35710687813/new-tools-for-businesses-in-the-pinterest-community

    We now have two sets of terms—one for people and one for businesses.

  14. If all you want to have is a "people" Pinterest account ie. you don't intend to register as a business and profit from pinning other people's content then you can simply do what follows and forget the verification for business process.

    You can use any widget that has pure HTML but you cannot use any widgets that contain restricted codes like iframes or JavaScript widgets. In the case of Pinterest, you cannot use the Pin-it Javascript code on a WordPress.com blog. http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/

    But you can put the code for the Pinterest follow button in a text widget.
    1. Go to this site, choose which one of the red Follow Me images you want, and copy the code for it. http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/

    2. Then, go to your widgets > Appearance > Widgets and select a text widget.http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/

    3. Paste the Pinterest follow button code into the text widget, "save" the widget, "close" the widget and place it where you want it to display in your sidebar.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/text-widget-links/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/#adding-an-image

    4. Please see here for enabling sharing buttons including Pinterest on your blog. http://en.support.wordpress.com/sharing/

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