So, I upgraded my Pinterest to a business account by accident

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The last time I signed up to something by mistake, it was Camp NaNoWriMo, and I repeated that mistake until I’d written six books.

Anyway … I’d been planning to upgrade my soggy Pinterest account to a business account for a while, but I was put off by the complaints about how difficult it was. Everybody made it sound like I’d need a degree in computer science to do it, but it took twenty seconds to upgrade. Twenty seconds. And that’s why it was an accident. I hit upgrade, expecting there to be another hoop to jump through. I expected hours of waiting and technology-induced crying before my account was actually upgraded. Or rather, I expected to look at all the hoops and back out of the process entirely to save myself the tears. But there were no hoops, just a pretty, new, upgraded page.

For anyone else put off by testimonials comparing it to brain surgery, please be assured that I—a tech potato—only needed an extra few minutes to figure out where to put the Pinterest generated HTML that allows me to access the analytics. I figured I’d help you out with my potato proof instructions below.

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All you need to upgrade your Pinterest account is your website URL and a business name. I used my pen name for this. The upgrade button is in the top right-hand corner of the browser. I filled in my details, and as soon as I hit the upgrade button, the profile view changed. Ta-da!

So, if you’re a WordPress user (and I hope you are because I only speak WordPress Potato), and you want to enable the analytics for activity from your website, here’s what you do. Once your profile is upgraded, you’ll find the analytics button on the top left of the screen. There will be 3 boxes: your pinterest profile, people you reach and activity from your website. The last will ask you to verify your site, then generate a line of HTML for you.

Here’s where you put the HTML in WordPress. First click on My Site, then Settings on the left hand menu. At the top of the screen are four options— click on Traffic. Scroll down to Site Verification Services, then paste the HTML into the Pinterest box and save. This enables you to see what’s been pinned from your WordPress site and how far it’s travelling. That’s all there is to it.

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Those of you interested in following me on Pinterest can find me here.

Feel free to post a link to your Pinterest account in the comments. Happy pinning!

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