Have you ever wondered how you can see what the target URL of a Pinterest Pin is without clicking through to the link?
It’s not until you have a specific reason to solve a particular problem that you take the time to find the answer. After I had reason to retire an old blog, it became necessary to redirect the URL of all my old Pinterest Pins.
Necessity is the mother of all invention. A phrase generally attributed to Plato. However, it is very true of this post.
I had a need to redirect the URL of some old Pinterest Pins to new post locations. But, there was a problem. I didn’t always know the old URL to be redirected.
So, the old Pin was scrutinised. The Pin had a target URL which would be invoked if the Pin was clicked. But, because the target post no longer existed, a 404 error resulted.
The Pin obviously contained the target URL, but it was not visible.
However, after giving the matter some thought, the solution was clear.
The image above ahows one of my Pins. You will note that it has received very little engagement. But, it does show the URL. Where?
Target URL link
The link is shown with a right-facing arrow, to the right of the Pin image. However, this does not show the full path. To reveal this, hover the mouse over this link and look to the lower left corner of the screen.
In this status bar, you will see the full path of the target URL. Sadly, this cannot be highlighted to allow it to be copied and pasted. But, you can now type it out manually.
Sometimes, it is the simplest of tasks that can thwart and infuriate when they are not immediately obvious.
It is highly likely that this has been a problem that is unique to the author. Everybody else is thinking: “I knew that! Even my kids knew that.”. Or, perhaps not.
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