How To Create RSS Feeds From Pinterest Users And Boards

Here’s a real nifty “How To” on how to create RSS Feeds from Pinterest users. Now, use this at your own discretion. If you do this and actually infringe on someone’s trademarks or copy their work and they get pissed, that’s on you. This quick tutorial is for serious Pinterest users and bloggers who want to get a little crafty in between their site and the big P.

So, the simplest way to explain this is to just use myself as an example. We will have a quick look at my Pinterest Profile -> http://pinterest.com/ralphruckman

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Now, Pinterest actually does have  RSS options for our profiles. However, the feed is universal in the sense that it the feed combines all the latest pins from a user no matter which board they are in. If you go to the left of the page on a users profile and select the RSS icon you will get their latest pins in RSS format.

A Visual example of this would be to go to my profile and select the RSS icon or you can simply add /feed.rss after the Pinterest username, like this:

http://pinterest.com/ralphruckman/feed.rss

That will lead you to the RSS Feed. Now, if you’re like me and you use Google Reader for all of your RSS reading awesomeness, you can simply subscribe to the feed. How is this helpful? Because I’ve got a Google Reader full of badass Pinterest profiles who post marketing information and infographics. Here’s what my latest pins by me look like in Google Reader:

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Ok, now I’m going to show you something more specific and even more helpful. Creating and monitoring RSS Feeds from specific Pinterest users is not a good idea in my opinion. I like to target by boards, create the RSS Feeds and subscribe to those. For instance, Marketing, Advertising, Affiliate Marketing, Facebook, LinkedIn etc…I like creating RSS Feeds for these specific boards because I get a ton of information, images and infographics delivered daily (like clock-work) to my Google Reader.

If you visit a user’s Pinterest Board you’ll see that there are no links to subscribe to that board’s RSS feed.  But you can still generate a feed for it. To do this, first open the board:

Let’s use my marketing infographics board as an example -> http://pinterest.com/ralphruckman/marketing-infographics/

Remove the last “/” from the URL and add .rss – your end URL will look like -> http://pinterest.com/ralphruckman/marketing-infographics.rss

The RSS feed will show you the last 20 or so pins created in that board rather than the full contents.   You won’t be able to see the comments for pin but your feed will be updated when new items are added. Now, when I subscribe to this Marketing Infographics RSS Feed I created for Google Reader, I can sit back and check my reader each day for new images and infographics:

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As for Pinterest search, it doesn’t look like there is a way to generate an RSS feed just yet.

Using the RSS links above Google’s RSS application will allow you to store a Pinterest user’s, or their Board’s, pins – including pins they might have deleted from their account. :-)

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Comments

  1. says

    thank you for that tip. Just used it to put my pinterest images as a custom RSS feed into my new zemanta account to make a new source for images…not sure zemanta handles it properly yet. will test

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