Many users are wondering how to go about verifying their GoDaddy website with Pinterest if they are not using a hosting site. This refers to those using GoDaddy's popular Website Tonight product.
Since you don't have FTP access with this type of account, you will need to rely on using the meta tags to accomplish this task. There are a few steps you can take to make this happen:
1. On your Pinterest site, go to your name in the top right corner and go to edit profile. You will see a space to add your website; do that and then click the "verify website" button next to it.
2. Next you'll see your profile picture and below that, a box discussing HTML file verification. Since you can't do that with Website Tonight, you'll need to click on the line below the box that lets users verify with a meta tag.
3. The system will provide you with the information you need. Keep this window open, since you will need it shortly.
4. Login to your GoDaddy account and get to the home page of your website. At the top of the page, you'll see your toolbar; click on "pages" and then in the toolbar right below it, you'll see "page properties." Click on that. If you click on the tab that reads "meta data" you will see a window pop up that looks like this:
5. In the "Custom Meta Tags" section, you'll want to add the information from Pinterest to complete the process. In the "Name" field, copy and paste the code between the quotation marks from the name portion of the code Pinterest generated. Do not include the quotations. In the example above, the name field would be p:domain_verify.
6. In the content box, you'll copy the code (minus the quotation marks) from the "description" portion of the code provided by Pinterest. In this case, it would be: 5e0e3d1e7919e963d37ac14dcb8c6f82. You do not need the forward slash at the end of this line.
7. Click on "Add Meta Tag" to finish the process. You do not need to click on the "apply to all" box. You will need to republish your website for these changes to take effect.
8. Once your site is republished, go back to the Pinterest page with the meta data information and click on "Click here to verify." It will take a moment, but you should get a message that your site was verified. You will now see it at the top of your Pinterest account.
If it doesn't verify right away, make sure you are not including the quotations and copying the entire code from the page on Pinterest.
Meta data files aren't as simple to upload as a HTML file, but this is a good workaround for those using a Website Tonight account with GoDaddy. If you're still having trouble, we'd be happy to help! Just drop me a line at email@example.com and we can help get your account verified.