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TheDetourEffect

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  1. I have enabled rich pins so that when people pin images from my blog using my Pinterest Save Button, it fills in all the extra metadata from Squarespace, like the post title, post description, alt text, etc. I used this article to do it: https://thirtyeightvisuals.com/blog/pinterest-rich-pins-squarespace?fbclid=IwAR3MihzgrQd1XZXzwaOL5uoOftb4gzWsqe8oW-6CHzcgmhzVrk16fcKL9wA It works kind of well. Sometimes certain pins don't follow the rules. Like, in that link she shows how to make the author default to "My Name | My Blog Name" instead of simply "My Name". It only works about half the time; some pins will say the correct author and other pins still just say "My Name". Whatever, I can deal with that. Sometimes the title is not the blog title like it's supposed to be, which is a little more annoying, but it's an infrequent problem I can also deal with. But, I want to be able to change the description. Using the above, the main description defaults to my blog post description, and the secondary description defaults to my image alt text. Leaving alt text as-is is fine, but for the main description I want to create my own special description for the pin, mainly because some of my blog post descriptions are really long, I'd like the pin description to be more succinct without having to change my blog post description. Also I want to add hashtags to my pin description. I know on Wordpress they can edit data-pin-description, alt text, data-pin-title, data-pin-url, data-pin-media, etc etc when they upload an image. Squarespace users have no automated way of doing this, but I figured there must be a way to do it manually. So then I found these instructions: https://www.untangledbiz.com/blog/2018/11/7/why-alt-text-not-the-right-place-for-pin-descriptions This also....kind of works. I can put in the correct image and URL, but none of the other metadata tags populate correctly. Data-pin-description fills in the secondary description that's in small text at the bottom (which is usually just the image alt text), instead of the main description. What I'm wanting to edit is the main description. Using "alt="insert alt text here" doesn't work at all to change the alt text area back to what it's supposed to be. Data-pin-title doesn't work at all either, it's still defaulting to the blog post title. (This is a brand new tag Pinterest is implementing so maybe I shouldn't expect data-pin-title to work yet, but my Wordpress friends have gotten it to work). Any other ideas? How can I change my pin descriptions to something custom instead of just the blog post description? Doesn't seem like it should be this hard. Should I just give up and accept whatever the rich pin format gives me?
  2. These two posts have been helpful for me: This one explains exactly what you're asking - https://www.untangledbiz.com/blog/2018/11/7/why-alt-text-not-the-right-place-for-pin-descriptions This one explains how to make the most of rich pins if you don't feel like going through the trouble - https://thirtyeightvisuals.com/blog/pinterest-rich-pins-squarespace?fbclid=IwAR3MihzgrQd1XZXzwaOL5uoOftb4gzWsqe8oW-6CHzcgmhzVrk16fcKL9wA However, with both of these methods I still have a few issues. Using the first link for guidance, I tried filling in "data-pin-description". When I post the pin, the description I had typed in shows up as the secondary small-text description down at the bottom of the pin info, by my profile image (if you just enable rich pins per the second link from thirtyeightvisuals above, that small-text description defaults to being your image alt text description, or the image filename if you didn't type in an image description). It still continues to pull my post description for the main description. I have no idea why it's doing this. How much more clear could the command "data-pin-description" be? Wordpress people say to include "alt="insert alt text here" as well, for the small-text description area. But that doesn't do anything for me. There's a new metadata tag called "data-pin-title" that's also supposed to enable you to choose a title other than your blog post title, but that doesn't work for me either. If I just enable rich pins per the second link above, I have wayyy less problems. But every once in awhile, one of my pins won't follow the rules. Like, I've set the author to be "My Name | My Blogs Name". When I pin most pins, that is what the author field correctly states. But when I pin certain other ones, it just says "My Name" for the author. WHY. I'm with you, this is all confusing.
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