How To Put a Pinterest Pin Button on Your Blog

You may have noticed a couple of times recently that we’ve added a Pinterest “Pin-It” button to posts that have key images that we’ve created.

Images are a great way for people to visually keep track of posts they want to remember, or to share things they enjoyed with others. Pinterest is an exciting new platform that bridges the gap between social and visual. We love it!

The “Pin-It” button is a great way to encourage your blog readers who use Pinterest to pin your content. This is good for them because they keep something they like or share cool stuff with their followers (or both), and it’s good for you because you set the image to be linked back to your blog post. This can bring good traffic to your blog and helps new people find you!

UPDATE: It looks like Pinterest has updated things and made it much easier to get your code snippet correct! The form is here. Just use the generated code in your post as described below. This makes many of the steps below unnecessary.

—-See update note above —-
First, the core code, as found on the Pinterest site, here. It’s exactly the same, except the code I’m using is already modified for use in a post here on EverythingEtsy.com.

You can copy this code and use it on your blog. Just make sure you paste it into an HTML editing view, not a visual editor.

You’ll need to make the following two simple changes for it to work for your image:

  1. Insert the direct url to the image – this isn’t the page where the image is generally displayed on your site, such as the blog post, rather this is the direct address to the image itself. Most blogging software will show you this on the image editing box. You can also get to it in most browsers by right clicking on the image and selecting “open image in a new tab” or something along those lines. You’re in the right place when all you see on the screen is the image itself, no header, no footer, just the image. Get that URL and insert it after the word “media=” (removing the Everything Etsy URL)
  2. Insert the URL to link to – When a user Pins your image, the image is linked to wherever it came from, in this case your site. But you don’t want to use your homepage address because the image won’t be there forever. Instead, use the permalink to your post or page. You can do this on-the-fly in newer versions of WordPress by hitting the “get shortlink” button at the top of the post editing screen. Once you have the right URL, insert it after “&url=”. (removing the Evertyhing Etsy URL)

That’s really it. You can then paste that before or after your image in your post. Again, you must be in HTML to do this, and you probably don’t want to switch back to visual after your done, so save this for last.

Here’s a picture that you can enlarge that shows the portions of code you need to change…

click for larger view

The next part of this is optional and a little more advanced…

For CSS Positioning

If you’re somewhat familiar with CSS and can access the CSS for your site, you can create a new css element by using a div and a class, as seen in the photo above. Below is the CSS code we use to position the Pin Button above and to the right of the image. (the div has to be in the HTML before the image)

This CSS code will have varying results based on your font sizes and overall set-up, but it can get you started with positioning the button where you want it in relation to the image.

Again, the CSS portion of this isn’t required for it to work (and it will probably display different in different browsers anyway).

Pin Away!

That’s it, good luck and happy pinning. I’ll do my best to answer questions in the comments, so ask ‘em if you got ‘em and use the “subscribe to comments” option to be sure to get the response.

~ Tim (clearly not Kim on this one!)

Note: For a reason beyond my understanding, this isn’t completely working in Internet Explorer, where it only shows a text link to pin it rather than a button. It works in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. If anyone knows why it’s not showing up in IE, or if you use Internet Explorer and it is showing up, I’d love to hear about it.

Comments

  1. says

    You often see that in draft mode or even sometimes on a regular page load. It usually just magically turns into a button later.

    This is something on the Pinterest end with the script or the server hosting the button image. I’m sure there’s a technical workaround, but the issue resolved itself when we faced it.
    .-= Tim @ Everything Etsy´s last blog ..Use Caution With Email Personalization =-.

  2. says

    Hi Courtney! A surefire way to find a permalink in any blogging software is to publish the post, then click on the post title on your homepage. That will take you to a single post page which only displays that post (and probably the comments). The full URL in your browser address bar when you are on that page is the permanent link to that post.
    .-= Tim @ Everything Etsy´s last blog ..Use Caution With Email Personalization =-.

  3. says

    I knew the day Kim started talking about Pinterest, I would have a problem. Must be my addictive personality type. Good thing my only REAL problem is CHOCOLATE!!

    Tim, I feel like I’m back in high school Algebra. My brain gets to a certain point of tekky, then just cramps. OUCH! I consider myself a fairly intelligent individual, capable of most things. Could be I’m at a caffeine lull, but I feel like I’m reading Greek. And it’s definitely one of the tragedies. :(

    Are you sure I can’t just send you $3 through PayPal and you could add the Pin It button to my blog for me? (Oh geez, I have obviously turned whiney queen…)

    Hey, it never hurts to ask, right?

    I hope Kim appreciates your tech-savvy brain. Just like you appreciate her creative side, right? ;)

    Eeesh…
    =P

    ~ Jenn
    Wild Apple Design
    .-= Jenn – Wild Apple Design´s last blog ..CLOSEOUT: Sassy Glass Pendant – Oh Yes I Did (10612) =-.

  4. says

    Thanks Tim!!
    Going to have to try it out!!
    I am COMPLETELY addicted to Pinterest, it came at the right time, as I am recovering from surgery and bored out of my mind!! LOL I have been pinning away!
    Can’t wait to try out putting the Pin It button in a post on my blog!!
    ~Michele
    .-= Michele´s last blog ..Fabulous Friday! =-.

  5. says

    So I got this and it worked but what I really want is the red “follow me on pinterest” button like you have on your left sidebar. Can you help me with that. Thanks.

  6. says

    I used the Pin It Button Generator and all I get is a “Pin It” Text link, that works, but I want the cute button. I did this yesterday and it still has not “magically transformed.” Any thoughts?

  7. says

    Tim, this is a bit of a techie question, but I’ve implemented the Pin It button on our (self-hosted wordpress) blog using so it automatically grabs the permalink and uses that as the URL. My issue comes from the image attached to the pin. Since the Pin It button is hard coded to dynamically show up on each post, is there a way to specify a photo (or give options) for images on a wordpress blog (kind of like when you use the Pin It Bookmarklet? I currently left the “media=” section out because I don’t know how to dynamically specify the first image in the post. Can you help at all?
    .-= Jeremy´s last blog ..Free Admission to Many Hoosier Museums September 24 =-.

    • says

      Hi Jeremy – There is a WordPress trick for grabbing the first image automatically, but it’s not something I know how to do at the moment. You could search for a plugin that takes the first image and try and reverse engineer how they do that. Sorry I can’t be more help. We manually do the pin buttons one post at a time.

  8. Deborah Slen says

    I’m trying to learn how to get my jewelry on etsy, but I don’t understand half of what you are talking about. Im not computer savvy and am totally lost. You all assume everyone knows this tech stuff. I’m very discouraged because i don’t know how to do any of this.

    • says

      Hi Donna,

      It’s not an easy thing to do. The only Pinterest “pin this” buttons so far are one image at a time. I keep thinking someone will come out with a WordPress plugin that will do exactly what you’re saying, but not yet. Even the button as described in the post barely works and is very unpredictable. Pinterest seems to still be working out a few kinks on that front. Especially with WordPress.

      Sorry!

      Tim

  9. Dana says

    Hi I have blogspot and when i do the pinterest pin it button generator it just has text and no button. i’ve tried everything and the button won’t appear. do i just copy and paste the link from the generator onto my blog or do i need to do something special?

    dana

  10. says

    Thanks so much for this! I have a question: rather than making a button for each photo on my web pages, is there a way to make one pin it button for each page so when you click it, all the photos on that page appear as a choice to pin one. This is how it works with the Pin It button I have on my toolbar that I got from the Pinterest website. Hope that makes sense. :)

  11. Beth says

    I don’t have a blog, but was able to add a “pin-it” button with the adorable icon to my bookmarks toolbar, but on my new Mac, I did a drag and drop thingy and although it works, the button just says Pin It but doesn’t have the cute little red icon. I know this is just plain silly, but how do I get the cute icon?

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