Why did Pinterest disable the API

Pinterest rich pins

Correct any problems you may have noticed. If everything is correct, choose one of three options to indicate how you added metadata to your pages:

  1. HTML tags (with Open Graph or Schema.org metadata)
  2. oEmbed (when using the oEmbed format)
  3. Shopify (when using the Shopify shop system).

Now you can click on “Apply now”. With this validation, you can create rich pins for all pages on your website. Further validation for pages on your website is not necessary.

Set up rich pins for WordPress sites

The easiest way to set up the rich pins for your WordPress site is to implement the Yoast SEO plugin. Only WordPress users rave about this plugin. After you have set up this plugin, you will find the “Facebook” tab in addition to the plugin's account settings. Here you activate the option “Add Open Graph Meta Data”. Two tabs further on you can enter the content ID that is specified in the HTML tag for the verification of your site on the tab “Pinterest” and thus also verify your site for Pinterest.

Then you have to validate your rich pins in the Pinterest Validator before they appear on Pinterest. Choose any page on your website that you've added metadata to. Enter a URL and click on “Validate”. Make changes if you find bugs. In the next step you can choose the HTML tags option, as the metadata added by Yoast is in the Open Graph format. Click on “Apply now”.

Disable rich pins

If at any point you should decide against the rich pins, you can simply implement the following tag in the header of your page.

<meta name=”pinterest-rich-pin” content=”false” />