Auto-pinning to Pinterest from your Blog

Tutorial to auto post to your blog using nIFTTTy Schedules is here:

Before you start

  • your blog needs to have an RSS Feed of your posts using RSS2. Blogger blogs are fine for this.
  • you need to be able to add a short piece of code to your blog’s head section
  • you need to have a Pinterest business account

Summary of steps

  • Set up your Pinterest (business) account
    • Claim your website (ie your blog)
    • Copy the code you’re given
  • Prepare your blog
    • Paste the code into your blog’s head section
  • Back to Pinterest and complete claiming your blog
  • Finally, tell Pinterest your blog’s RSS Feed url so it can start auto pinning

See the end for fine-tuning your RSS Feed url

Let’s get started…

Set up your Pinterest account

To be able to do this your Pinterest account must be a business one.

Get to your settings screen. Right now (but it may change in future, knowing Pinterest!) you do this:

getting to your Pinterest settings

Claim your blog

You’ll now see something like this

Click the “Claim” link

Next, click the “Claim” button

Get the code

You’re now ready to get the code to paste into your blog’s “head” section.

Click in the left-hand box to get the code ready for pasting into your blog’s “head” section.

When you do it’ll be copied automatically.

Prepare your blog

Next you get to the right place on your blog to paste the code you just copied. You want the design area where you see this

Click “Theme” ready to customize and add the code

You’re now ready to get to the “head” section so click the down arrow…

…when you do you’ll see these choices. Choose “Edit HTML”.

Before you choose that option, it’s wise to choose “Backup” first, just in case.

When you click to edit the html, this is what you’ll see. Look for the <head> section – it should be very near the top.

Paste the code

Look at the screenshot and paste the code you got from Pinterest where indicated:

Click the icon to save your changes and you’re ready to verify with Pinterest that you made the changes and so confirm the blog is yours.

Back to Pinterest to complete your claim

Go back to your Pinterest tab…

Remember this from earlier?

You can now click the continue button and you’ll see the following


Now paste in your blog’s address in the Verify dialog box

Next, click the “Verify” button so Pinterest can make sure the code has been pasted into your blog and so confirm you are the owner.

If all went well, you’ll see confirmation you’ve claimed your blog successfully and it’s connected to your Pinterest account.

Tell Pinterest your blog’s RSS Feed url

You’ll find where to do this in the “Create Pins in bulk” section on Pinterest. First, though, get your blog’s RSS Feed url ready for pasting. Scroll to the bottom of your blog where you should see a “Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)” link.

If you don’t have that “Subscribe to:” link, then the pattern to use is as follows. For the blog the feed url to use is:

So all you have to do is substitute your blog’s name in place of razamazazzle. Don’t forget to add ?alt=rss to the end as described below.

To add your blog’s RSS Feed url, first click the link “Create Pins in bulk”

Paste your blog’s RSS Feed url in the provided box and add ?alt=rss to the end.

What that does is tell Blogger to use the RSS2 format, the one that Pinterest needs.

Finish off by telling Pinterest which board your blog should pin to automatically.

That’s it.

Your first bunch of posts from your blog should now appear in the board you chose. Pinterest does say it may take up to 24 hours but mine were there straight away.

After that first time, Pinterest will only check every 24 hours or so. So you’ll have to be patient for posts to appear after the first lot were pinned.

More on your blogger RSS Feed url

You can limit what gets returned by your feed by adding &s=searchterm to the end.

You can limit what gets returned by your feed by adding &q=searchterm to the end.

Why is it &q ? It’s because you already have a ? on the end of your feed url (?alt=rss) and you never have more than one ? (and the ? has to come before you use a &)

Why would you want to?

It’s so you can pin relevant things to relevant boards.

You see, Pinterest lets you have more than one feed set up to auto pin from, and each can pin to a different board. So with this approach, you can control your auto pinning however you want.

Nice 😎