Is anyone paying attention?

Attention

Creating your blog post is the first step. Getting people to pay attention is the second, and maybe the hardest. Everyone says you need to post to social media, use SEO, etc. But just doing these does not guarantee people will pay attention. Your content needs to have a purpose and provide quality to your readers.  If it does not, then why should readers care?

In Nicolas Cole’s article “9 Reasons Nobody Pays Attention to Your Content (You Need to Hear This)” shows you what not having a purpose looks like. Read them closely. Make sure your blog does not fall into any of these reasons.

Some reasons no one is looking at your content:

  1. Your content is the same as that of everyone else in your niche.
  2. You have no real message.
  3. You don't follow best practices.
  4. You never collaborate.
  5. You don't understand your audience.
  6. You aren't consistent.
  7. You make today what you made yesterday.
  8. You don't provide enough value.
  9. You don't teach people anything.

Read the whole article here.

Share what you do to make sure your blog gets attention and remains relevant. 


Share Your Blog Posts With Shareaholic

Social Media is growing by the day with new apps popping up where we can communicate with our friends, family, and reach a new audience.  At Typepad, we understand that our bloggers want to share their content and want to make it easy for their readers to share their blog posts.  Today we want to tell you about a great resource that let's you do just that - Shareaholic (www.shareaholic.com).  Shareaholic can help you grow your blog traffic and engage your readership.

Sign in by creating your free account. At your “Site Tools Dashboard” click the blue “Add Website” button and enter your blog information.

Your blog will be given a Site ID.  Click the “Get Setup Code” button where you are given a Javascript code to add to your blog:

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This code can be inserted in the Head module which is available for Unlimited plans and higher.  You can find it under Design > Head, paste this code here.

Once the code is saved, go back to your Shareaholic Site Tools Dashboard and click “Verify Site.”  Once your site is verified, the blue button will disappear and a green bar will appear at the top of the screen saying your blog has been verified.

You will see share buttons floating on the left of your blog. These buttons can share your main blog page, we will get to sharing individual blog posts soon! 


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If you do not want these buttons to appear here, you can disable “Floated Share Buttons” from your Shareaholic dashboard.

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To add Share buttons to your blog posts, scroll down to “Inline Apps” and click the “Add Inline Apps Location” button, select “Share Buttons”:

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This will take you to a new page where you set up the style and location of your buttons. You can customize the size, shape, color, and which social buttons you want to share. You can even include a “Sharing is caring!” title.

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The code snippet provided on top should be saved in your blog’s Signature module at Design > Content > Signature. Once you save this code in your design, you will find your new share buttons in the bottom of your blog posts, above the built in post footer.

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You can always sign in to your Shareaholic account to update your share button setting. When you do, you do not need to add a new code to your blog, it will automatically update for you.  You can test out your new buttons to make sure the connection works.  When a blog post is shared, the visitor will see a “Thanks for sharing!” pop-up from Shareaholic.

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Cyber Monday Deals!

Today Only!

Cyber Monday Typepad discounts!

Save 25% when you prepay for one year!
Use discount code CYBERPADYEAR16 today only and receive 25% off when you pay for one year. Valid today (Monday, Nov 28th, 2016).

Save 50% for 3 months when you pay monthly!
Use discount code CYBERPADMONTH16 today only and receive 50% off your next 3 months. Valid today (Monday, Nov 28th, 2016).

How to apply your discount?

From your dashboard, click on Account, then click on Billing Info. Click on Update Payment Method and put in your discount code. This will apply the discount to your next yearly or monthly bill.

If you have any trouble, please submit a ticket through your account and we would be happy to apply the code.

 

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Holiday promotions through Shop Typepad

Partner with Typepad

The holidays are here! Let us help you promote your business or nonprofit. If you use Typepad to blog about your business or nonprofit, we would be happy to add you to Shop Typepad.  Provide us with information about your blog / shop and through the holidays we will promote Shop Typepad and your site through social media and the Everything Typepad Blog. It's a great way to get exposure for the holidays.

Let's get started!

Businesses

Please fill out the form linked below. Within a few days you will be added to the Typepad Shop. We recommend you also promote through your social media channel too. Link to ShopTypepad and use the hashtag #ShopTypepad.

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Nonprofits

We would love to promote your holiday fundraising! Please let us know if you have anything special planned for #GivingTuesday Nov 29th or other special fundraising events you have scheduled during this season. You can select to be added to our Charitable section in Shop Typepad.  Promote being added by using the hashtag #TypepadDonates.

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Thank you for partnering with us this holiday season! 


Make your blog mobile with these great templates!

According to comScore’s research, 65% of all digital media time is spent on a mobile device. As a blogger, you want your content to look clean and clear across all platforms. Typepad has many mobile responsive themes in our Design Lab to update your blog.

Mobile themes available:

  FInal Theme 1 Final Theme 2You can change the design of your blog by easily designing the theme and then applying it when the design is ready. These new mobile themes let you add and customize borders around your posts and sidebars. They have many fun fonts for you to choose from. You can customize your blog banner and we have more options for your navigation bar. There is even a way to showcase your photos using a highlight bar, this gives your blog a more magazine feel to it.

Currently we are rolling out these mobile themes to all accounts. We recommend you get an early start (before the holiday shopping season) and re-invent your blog now. If you do not see the option under the design tab and want to start, join our Beta Team. In a few clicks you can have access.

Show us before and after pictures of your blog in the comment section. We would love to see your designs!!!