Sunday, May 20, 2012

Get Around The No-Pin Meta-Tag To Display Your Own Message

Not pleased with the nopin meta-tag, or the infuriating message they display to thwarted pinners (they're not actually thwarted, they just get a warning that they can ignore) - "Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!"? Frustrated that Pinterest encourages pinners to harangue webmasters to argue about their "right" to pin everything?

You can display your own message to would-be pinners. When a pinner attempts to take your content and upload it to Pinterest's server, they will be shown an image to choose from that is normally hidden from your visitors.

This method is expected to work with any Pinterest clone as well, so no future need to add stacks of nopin metatag for every user-generated content scraping site:

(1) Add the following code in the HEAD of your web pages:

<style type="text/css">
.nodisplay {display: none;}

(2) Right-click on the copyright warning image below, save to your computer, and upload in your website's main directory.

(3) Add this image code somewhere on your page:

<img src="copyrightwarning2.jpg" width=100 height=100 class="nodisplay">

The image will not be visible to your visitors. However, when someone tries to pin it, it will appear in full-size among the images offered from pinning from your page.

Below is the way your page might look (the copyright warning image is invisible)

Yet, an attempt to pin will pop the copyright warning as one of the selections. The size is indicated as 100 x 100 pixels, but once uploaded to Pinterest it will spread in size.

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