How to Find Your Hosting IP Address on Pinterest to Share on Your WordPress Site
In this digital world, everyone is a publisher and everyone is a potential target audience. The line between marketing and content has blurred—and it’s a beautiful thing.
If you have a WordPress blog, you know how important it is to have a strong social media presence. With a thriving community of millions of users, you’ll be able to reach a massive audience with the click of a button. If you’re new to social media, the idea of connecting with millions of people online may feel overwhelming. Fear not!
In this article, we’ll teach you how to use Pinterest to its fullest extent to increase your social media reach. As a blogger, you’ll discover a side of Pinterest you never knew existed. Let’s get started.
Create a Pinterest Account
If you haven’t already, you should absolutely create a Pinterest account. The official WordPress account holder, Chris, uses Pinterest for inspiration and to keep track of his most popular blog posts. The more you use it, the more you’ll understand its value. You can also use the platform to find and connect with other bloggers—which can land you some seriously cool press clippings.
To get started, visit this page and click the Create Account button to begin the process.
Navigate to Your Blog’s Dashboard
When you log in to your WordPress blog’s dashboard, you’ll see a button in the top-right corner that says “Pinterest.” Click on that button to bring up your Pinterest home screen.
On this page, you’ll see a variety of content, including your blog’s latest posts, upcoming blog posts, and Pins from other users. If you see something interesting, you can click on it to dive into the details.
Find Your Blog’s Hosting IP Address
This is a critical piece of the puzzle that makes your blog work. Your blog’s hosting provider will dictate the capabilities of your site and keep the magic of the Internet alive by transmitting your blog’s content to readers. If you have more than one blog, you’ll need to find the IP address of each one.
Luckily, WordPress makes this process as simple as clicking a few buttons. From your dashboard, hover over the gear icon in the upper-right corner and select “Tools.” From the drop-down menu, choose “Privacy Basics.”
On this page, you’ll see a short list of your blog’s basic information, which includes the name of your blog, your Twitter handle, and your Facebook page. Below that, you’ll see a field for your hosting provider. Type in your blog’s domain name (e.g., myblog.com) and select the country from the drop-down menu. When you’re done, click the Show button to verify.
If you do business from the U.S., choose the United States as your country. Or, if you’re located outside the U.S., choose your country as the one you registered your blog in.
In the example above, we registered our blog myblog.com in the U.S. as a North American country code (1-242). This way, whenever we want to link to an article on our blog, we have to enter myblog.com instead of example.com. The hosting provider will automatically replace example.com with myblog.com when they forward the request to the server.
Find Your Blog’s Social Media Accounts
You can also find your blog’s social media accounts from your dashboard. Simply click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner and select “Social.” From the drop-down menu, you’ll see your blog’s various social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. You can connect with your audience there and begin the process of creating compelling content.
Find Your Blog’s Previous Stories
Websites like Pinterest are great for keeping track of everything from your blog’s latest news to the stories that have the most views. If you’re not familiar, pins are small banners and images (usually taken from a website) displayed alongside blog posts. To find your blog’s previous stories, click on the little circle next to the “Stories” section.
Above the “Stories” section, you’ll see three dots. Click on the first one to see your blog’s previous stories. You can also select a category to see specific stories in (e.g., Technology, Marketing, or Business).
Explore Pinterest’s Most Popular Blog Posts
To find the most popular blog posts on Pinterest, visit this page and enter your blog’s domain name (e.g., myblog.com) in the search box. When you make your search query, you’ll see a list of your blog’s most popular posts. You can also explore the posts by time (most popular in the last month, week, or day).
Above the post list, you’ll see four dots. Click on the first one to bring up a more detailed page with your blog’s most popular posts. On this page, you’ll see a variety of content, including your blog’s latest posts, upcoming blog posts, and Pins from other users. You can also click on any of the Pins to learn more about it.
Use Your Blog’s Hosting IP Address
As a last step, let’s finish connecting the dots. From your blog’s dashboard, click on the gear icon and select “Tools.” From the drop-down menu, choose “Privacy Basics.” On this page, fill in the fields with your blog’s hosting information (e.g., name, email address, and IP address). When you’re done, click the Show button to verify.
Now, you can begin sharing your blog’s content to the world via Pinterest. To do this, visit the “Share” section of your blog’s dashboard and click the big red “Create Post” button. A popup box will appear, asking you to select the platform you’d like to share your content on.
Below the “Select a Platform” field, you’ll see a Google Chrome extension called “Shareaholic.” Shareaholic will allow you to easily share any URL or blog post to over 20 different platforms, including Pinterest. To use Shareaholic, simply click on the little plus icon to the right of the “Post to Pinterest” button.
If you want to pin your blog posts to Pinterest, all you have to do is enter your email address and choose a blog post that you’d like to share. Once you’ve done that, Shareaholic will sync your post and begin the process of creating a Pin.
As you can see above, we shared our blog post about web hosting with a focus on the industry’s best practices. When a visitor clicks on the link in one of our pins, we’ll appear as the source—a powerful endorsement from a major social media network.
Why Should You Care About Your Blog’s Hosting Information?
Think about all the information you’ve shared about yourself on various platforms (e.g., your blog’s name, website, social media accounts, etc.). Your hosting provider will have this information, along with your blog’s content. They may even combine different online directories to create a comprehensive profile about you.
Knowing your blog’s hosting information will allow your potential customers to find you more easily. If you’re located in Canada, for example, you may want to include your Canadian phone number. If your target audience is in Australia, you may want to include your Australian phone number. You get the idea.
Your blog’s hosting information is also vital if you want to make sure your blog can be found online. If you register your blog in a different country than where you are located, you may find that some search engines don’t list your blog. Adding missing top-level domains to your blog’s name can help ensure your blog is found online.
When someone searches for your blog’s name, they’ll see a variety of results. If your blog is not found on the first page, they may click away, deeming the search futile. Having a reliable host is like having a reliable friend—someone you can trust to be there when you need them.