Typepad on Pinterest: Rose Notes

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Did you know Typepad is on Pinterest? It's true! We love pinning and repinning great content from Typepad blogs in every genre, and we're always looking for great, inspirational content. Are you on Pinterest? Drop your link in the comments, and don't forget to follow Typepad right here! If you're not on Pinterest yet, check it out - it's a great way to promote your blog and connect with others!

Want some inspiration? Check out our featured pinner, Rose Notes.

Meet Carolyn Parker, she loves roses!  She is the author of The Poetry of Roses and R is for Rose-Reflections from a Passional Rose Lover. Her blog is a collection of photography taken from her garden and her Pinterest is a collection of these images as well as other botanical delights.

FOLLOW: Blog | Pinterest

Want to promote your Pinterest account on your Typepad blog? Just go to Blogs > Content and add the Pinterest Widget to your Sidebar via the center menu. While you're there, make your blog posts "pinable" by adding the Pin It button to your post footers.

Want even more? Learn how to promote your blog on Pinterest and follow Typepad at www.pinterest.com/typepad.


Revisiting the Signature Module

It's been a couple of years since we released the Signature module, so we feel this is as good a time as any to refresh your memory and explore the different ways in which it can be used.

What does the module do

The Signature module is a Content tool that allows you to automatically add information to the bottom of your posts. Once enabled, it inserts itself into all posts, both new and old.

Where to find the module

You can locate the module at Design > Content. It's located above the Post Footer module on the Content screen.

Signature module on the Content screen

How to configure the module

As seen in the image above, the pencil icon indicates that the module is configurable. Clicking the pencil will open a pop-up window with an empty field. This is where you add your content, using HTML or scripts provided to you by third-parties.

What can be added

There aren't many limitations to what can be added; and most limitations will be due to third-parties (e.g. the Signature module isn't ideal for Google ads, since there's a limit to how many Google ads can appear on a page).

Here are some ideas on what to add:

  • Image or CSS-styled signature (e.g. name)
  • Third-party ad script (note: only if there are no limitations to the number of times it can be generated on a page)
  • Custom advertisement (e.g. promote your own sales, books, videos, or similar)
  • Shop carousels (e.g. Reward Style or similar)
  • Email subscription widget (e.g. so readers are reminded to subscribe via email if they haven't already)
  • Custom bio (e.g. formatted photo, author bio credit, social accounts to follow)
  • Image widgets (e.g. Instagram, Flickr, or similar)

Share with us how you use the Signature module, or how you think it could be better. We're always looking for great new ideas to improve Typepad.


Working Behind the Scenes and Improving Image Quality

We here at Typepad are constantly working on improving things behind the scenes for our subscribers. Whether that's upgrading hardware to the latest and greatest or changing how things work within the app, we're continuously making Typepad a better home for your blog.

This week we released some changes that should improve saturation and sharpness for images that you upload to your blog. Not everyone will see a difference in their images due to differences in monitors and other variables, but we're excited to have implemented these changes in our system.

Still seeing images that aren't as crisp or as sharp as you'd like, please let us know. Have a feature request or other issue you'd like to talk about, we want to hear about those too! At Typepad, we're always ready to help you with whatever you need!


Blog Navigation

When a new visitor arrives on your website, you want to make sure it is easy for them to navigate to your archives. The Navigation Bar module is great way to highlight categories and place special posts front and center at the top of the page.

At Design > Content, click the pencil icon next to the Navigation Bar module to add or edit links.

Navigation Bar

We recommend including a link back to the Home page for your blog, a link to the Archives, and link to a page or post which lets visitors know a little about you and your website.

The Archives index for your blog is available by adding "archives.html" to the end of your blog's address. For example:

http://everything.typepad.com/blog/archives.html

You can also use the Archives to grab the URLs for any category indexes you wish to highlight in the Navigation Bar. Learn more.


Where Is My YouTube Video?

Inserting videos in your blog post is a popular way to tell your story and sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Vine  help make it easy to share video clips in your blog post.  There may be times when you insert a video in to your draft and you won't see it in the Rich Text editor or in Preview.   Don't worry!  Not all browsers will display the embedded video in preview-mode but it will appear as expected once you publish your blog post.

Another thing to keep in mind is Typepad's Insert Video tool does not support YouTube's shortened URL (ie: https://youtu.be/nWJQvsZ6kT0). Instead, you can insert your YouTube video by using the full URL (ie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWJQvsZ6kT0).

Last, you will want to make sure the YouTube video allows sharing.  Just because you can view the video in YouTube, does not mean that the owner of the video wants you to publish this video elsewhere. The owner of the video can turn off embedding to prevent sharing for copyright purposes.  If you attempt to share a video that has limitations placed where the video can be embedded, the video will not display on your blog.

Another option that gives you you more control over how the inserted video appears in your post is by selecting "Embed" instead of URL.

Inserting a video

You can find the embed code in YouTube by going to "Sharing" and select "Embed" where you can copy the code and paste it in Typepad's Insert Video pop-up window.

If you insert a video to your post and it is still not showing, even after you publish it, open a Help Ticket and we will be happy to help.