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The Complete Guide to Rich Pins: What Are They, Why You Need Them & How to Set Them Up

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Using Pinterest for business? Want more traffic? Rich Pins on Pinterest are a game-changer! Learn all about what they are, why they're necessary and how to set the up in my complete guide. #pinteresttips#pinterestforbusiness #richpins#pinterestmarketing

Have you enabled Rich Pins on your website? Rich pins are an enhanced version of good old regular pins and definitely belong in the toolkit of every freelancer and business on Pinterest. I get asked about Rich Pins a lot because Pinterest’s instructions of setting them up seem daunting to less techy users.

If you haven’t enabled Rich Pins yet, it’s not too late to get started. It’s a 3-minute fix and although it might seem a little complicated at first, I assure you it’s not.

 

WHAT ARE RICH PINS

Rich Pins are enhanced Pins with extra oomph. They include extra information right on the pin and make the Pin more actionable. Here’s how Pinterest describes Rich Pins:

Rich Pins show metadata right on the Pin itself, giving Pinners a richer experience and increasing engagement. Information in a Rich Pin is independent of the Pin description, ensuring that important information is always tied to the Pin.

Rich Pins are a bit different from regular Pins. Spotting a Rich Pin in your feed is easy because the title is in bold font and the name of the business and logo are displayed within the Pin.

Here’s what a Rich Pin looks like:

Rich Pins Example

Rich Pins were introduced by Pinterest in 2013. Back then Pinterest partnered up with several major publishers, brands, and retailers to display more information about movies, products, places, and recipes. Since then Pinterest has become even more business-friendly and helps content creators, business owners, and online sellers increase traffic, visibility and conversions.

Compared to regular Pins, Rich Pins are more informational and thus helpful. Plus, once the information is added to the Pin, it stays with it no matter how many times it’s pinned and by who.

Rich Pins grab the metadata from your site and display on it Pinterest. The awesome thing is that if you make changes, Pinterest automatically updates your Rich Pins too. This is especially useful for those of us who sell something.

Also, can we talk about professionalism for a second? With Rich Pins installed every Pin associated with your domain (no matter if you pinned it or not) is branded, credited to you and shown as a Rich Pin.

Do you need Rich Pins? The answer is simple: yes. If you have a business and produce content, you need Rich Pins. Pinterest is a search engine and you want your content to show up in search. Rich Pins make your content stand out. Extra information on the Pin makes the Pin more useful and relevant for viewers searching for similar content. Pinterest also favors Rich Pins and shows them more than good old regular pins.

 

TYPES OF RICH PINS
ARTICLE PINS
Article Pins

Photo: Pinterest

Article Pins include a headline, author and story description, giving you an idea of the story the article tells. Article Pins are perfect for bloggers and anyone with text content.

 

PRODUCT PINS
Product Pins

Photo: Pinterest

Product Pins show extra information about the product including price, availability, and purchase location. Product Pins are perfect for online sellers. Product Pins are different from Buyable Pins. Buyable Pins let people buy products without leaving Pinterest. Product Pins simply display additional information about the product.

 

APP PINS
App Pins

Photo: Pinterest

App Pins include an install button to make it easier for viewers to download apps without leaving Pinterest. As of writing this, app pins are only available for U.S. apps and can only be seen on iOS devices.

 

RECIPE PINS

Recipe Pin

Recipe Pins are widely used across Pinterest because they make it easy to see more information about a recipe without clicking on it. Recipe Pins can include title, ingredients, cooking time, serving size and ratings.

 

Grab the checklist now!

 

 

HOW TO GET RICH PINS

To get started, your Pinterest account has to be a business account. If yours isn’t, don’t fret! I have a blog post on how to convert your existing Pinterest account into a business account HERE.

To install rich pins, you’ll need to (1) add metadata to your website and (2) validate rich pins.

The good news for Squarespace site owners is that you get to skip the first step since the necessary metadata is already set up for you. You’ll still need to validate Rich Pins for your site, so make sure to follow the instructions in step 2.

Before you start adding metadata for your pins, you should figure out your most applicable Rich Pin type.

You can have different types of Rich Pins on your site but not on the same blog post URL or page. That means that if you’re an online shop, it makes sense to start by installing Product Pins. If you’re a service-based business that produces content and promotes it on Pinterest (such as myself), you might want to start by installing Article Pins.

When you have both Product Pins and Article Pins installed, your articles and blog posts will automatically show up as Article Pins and product pages will show up as Product Pins. When you have a product inside of a blog post or page, you’ve added the necessary markup for the product, the post or page will show up as a Product Pin instead of an Article Pin.

 

STEP 1. ADD METADATA TO YOUR SITE

This instruction works on WordPress and is meant for activating Article Pins.

There are two ways to add metadata to your site – manually or by using Yoast SEO. Yoast SEO is not just useful for activating Rich Pins. It’s also one of the best SEO plugins out there. Using Yoast for Rich Pins is much simpler and quicker, especially if you’re not very well-versed in tech.

Sidenote: if you’d rather add metadata manually, scroll down a little further.

Step 1.1. Install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin. Configure the settings to your needs.

Yoast SEO

Step 1.2. Navigate to SEO –> Social –> Facebook and click Enabled under Add Open Graph metadata. If you’re applying for Article Pins, your next move is to validate as described in step 2.

Yoast Metadata

 

ADDITIONAL STEP FOR ENABLING RECIPE PINS

Step 1.3. You’re going to need a recipe card plugin to display additional information (such as ingredients) about your recipe on Pinterest. I recommend the WP Tasty plugin for that matter. WP Tasty has the necessary markup for displaying Recipe Pins. Install the plugin, create a recipe and the information from the recipe card will display on the pin.

WP Tasty

Photo: WP Tasty

 

STEP 2 – VALIDATE RICH PINS

You just added metadata to your site, congratulations! Now validate Rich Pins by adding one of your blog post URLs into Rich Pin Validator and clicking “Validate”. You should get a green checkmark and ‘Your Pin’s have been validated!’. You can then type your domain and hit “Apply now”.

Most of the time you’ll get validated quickly, other times it may take a little bit longer. It may also take a little while for your Pins to start showing up as Rich Pins.

 

ENABLING PRODUCT PINS

If you’re using Shopify, Etsy or eBay, the markup has already been added and all that’s left to do is validate.

For validating Shopify products, go to the Rich Pin validator page, paste in your product link and add “.oembed” to the end of your link—you’ll see all the Rich Pin information for your product. Apply for Rich Pins from this page (make sure to pick Shopify when applying).

For instructions on how to manually add the correct markup for Product Pins, scroll down.

 

HOW TO MANUALLY ADD ARTICLE PINS ON WORDPRESS

If you’d rather add metadata manually, you’ll need to add some code to your site header.

You may be one of the lucky ones and use a theme that allows you to add header and footer boxes to your posts and pages, such as Genesis Framework. If yours doesn’t, you’ll need to install a header/footer code plugin such as Header and Footer Scripts.

Navigate to the post and scroll down to the header script box. Paste the following code:

    <meta property="og:type" content="article" />
    <meta property="og:title" content="Title of Article" />
    <meta property="og:description" content="The article description or summary." />

The previous three metadata are required by Pinterest. You may also add these lines:

    <meta property="og:url" content="Link to article" />
    <meta property="og:site_name" content="The site name (e.g., "the Guardian")" />
    <meta property="article:published_time" content="The date the article was first published." />
    <meta property="article:author" content="The article author" />

Don’t forget to change the information before publishing changes. You’ll need to repeat this process for each page/post. Then refer back to step 2 to validate Article Rich Pins on your site.

 

HOW TO MANUALLY ADD PRODUCT PINS ON WORDPRESS

Many businesses and solopreneurs sell products directly on their site. If this is the case, you can still enable Product Pins on your sales page, you just need to manually add metadata to your products.

You may be one of the lucky ones and use a theme that allows you to add header and footer boxes to your posts and pages, such as Genesis Framework. If yours doesn’t, you’ll need to install a header/footer code plugin such as Header and Footer Scripts.

Navigate to the post or page your product is on and scroll down to the header script box. Paste the following code:

<meta property="og:title" content="Product name" />
<meta property="og:type" content="product" />
<meta property="og:price:amount" content="15.00" />
<meta property="og:price:currency" content="USD" />
<meta property="og:description" content="Product description" />

Don’t forget to change the product information before publishing changes. You’ll need to repeat this process for each page/post your products are on.

If you’ve already applied for Article Pins, you don’t need to do anything else – your pin will now show up as a Product Pin.

If you haven’t previously applied for Article Pins, you’ll need to refer back to step 2 to validate the rich pin on that page or post.

 

HOW TO ADD APP PINS

App Pins can be added in the same as regular pins, but keep in mind that App Pins are only available for U.S. apps and can only be seen on iOS devices.

Step 1. To create an App Pin, select Add a Pin from the board view and upload a pin image.

Step 2. Upload a high-resolution image of your app.

Step 3. Edit the Pin to change the website to your App Store page.

 

WHAT IF YOU DON’T WANT CONTENT FROM YOUR SITE TO CONTAIN RICH INFO ANYMORE?

No problem. Simply add the following code to the head section of your pages: <meta name=”pinterest-rich-pin” content=”false” />.

 

 

Grab the checklist now!

 

 

BEFORE YOU GO, PIN THIS

Using Pinterest for business? Rich Pins are a must-have for every business on Pinterest. Read the complete guide and Rich Pins tutorial to learn more about what are Rich Pins on Pinterest, whether you need Rich Pins, how to get Rich Pins set up, and how Rich Pins improve your engagement. How to install Rich Pins on Pinterest. #pinteresttips #pinterestmarketing #richpins #pinteresthacks #junglesoulcollective

 

 

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I’m Maris – a Pinterest marketing strategist for women creatives and coaches, world traveler and botany enthusiast with an urban jungle.

It’s my mission to create and grow your kick-ass Pinterest presence while you focus on your zone of genius.