Magic Moment: Adding a Pinterest button #2

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Assuming that my readers using have more technical know-how, I won’t describe everything in a total step-by-step process. Even so, a little guidance won’t go amiss…

Pin it buttonHere are two ways you can place Pinterest onto your website, starting with the platform itself.

If you already have an account, go to the ‘About’ link at the top of the page, and select ‘Pin It Button’ from the drop down menu. This will take you to their ‘Goodies’ page where there are lots of options for you to try, such as adding a ‘Pin It’ button to your browser bar. Once you’ve dragged this on, it will allow you to pin any picture you see that takes your fancy while browsing the web.

To find the buttons relevant to blogs, pan down further to find the ‘Follow buttons for websites’ section:

Follow Button for Pinterest

Select your preference, copy the code and paste it into a text widget in your sidebar. You can see mine on my sidebar under ‘Socialise with me!’. All the information is included in the code to enable people can see your boards and decide whether to follow you.

Further down there is an option for placing a ‘Pin It Button’ on your website, but I prefer the plugin Pinterest “Pin It” Button instead:

Pinterest Pin It Button Plugin

Once you’ve installed and activated it:

Pinterest Pin It Button Plugin Installed

…don’t forget to change the settings to suit. This plugin’s settings page allows you to select whether the user can choose their own image from the post, the position of the pin button’s counter, which pages or areas the pin button will show, and its position within the post (mine is underneath, as you can see) – and don’t forget to save your settings once you’ve finished.

Remember Pinterest works with images, so unless there is a suitable picture included in your post, it may get confused and will not be able to pin your post effectively. Make sure the pin includes a link back to the post, otherwise all your efforts will be in vain.

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