Our Favorite Third-Party Integrations: ShareThis

ShareThis Integration

We know how important it is to share your blog content with your readers on social media.  The share buttons we offer in the blog post footer is a popular feature but there is just not enough room to include every social media platform out there.  That is why one of our favorite third-party sources to integrate into Typepad is ShareThis.

Before you create your free account at www.sharethis.com, you must have a Unlimited account or higher as the Head module is required to set this up on your blog. 

When you add your blog, you will get a red message that says: 

We were unable to verify **your blog URL**. Please ensure sharethis.js is copied to header of your site!

Click the "Get the Code" button and copy the code that appears in the pop-up window. Open a new browser window (keep ShareThis open) and in your Typepad account, go to Blogs > (select your blog name) > Design > Head, and paste the code provided and save your update: 

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Then go back to ShareThis and click the "Verify" button and you will get a message saying that the installation was successful.  Now you can create your share buttons! ShareThis allows you to add more share buttons to your blog posts such as LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr, and more. 

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You can set up the "Sticky Share Buttons" that appears on the left side of your blog, "Inline Share Buttons" which appear at the bottom of your blog post, or customize your share buttons.  

If you only want the buttons to appear on the left, just "turn on" the Sticky Share Buttons on top, and click which channels you want to display as well select the alignment, label, size, shape, count, etc.  then you are all set! There is nothing else you need to do.  The buttons should take a few minutes to appear on your blog.  

To add buttons in your blog post footer, there is an additional step which involves using the Signature module in Typepad. In ShareThis, select the "Inline Share Buttons" option. Like the Sticky buttons, turn on Inline Share Buttons, and copy the code: 

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Place this code in your Signature module at Design > Signature, make sure it's checked off to enable it. You can also select which buttons to display, size, shape, and count.  As long as you have the code saved on your blog, any changes you make in ShareThis should be reflected on your blog after a few minutes. 

Here's an example of a blog that has both set up: 

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With some social media platforms getting more strict with automated shares to their feeds, including share buttons to your blog posts is a good way to still share your blog content on places like Facebook and Twitter.  Do you include share buttons on your blog?  Sign in to your Typepad account and get started today!


Featured Blog: Indrani Perera

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Indrani Perera is full of the adventurous spirit of Australia. With her blog, she shares her explorations with her readers. She's passionate about using natural materials and traditional methods to make the things she needs. From creating pesto, traveling to Adelaide, and making her own toothpaste. She does it all and then shares all she learns with everyone. Join in on the experience by following her blog today! 

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How To Create An Effective Donation Page

Effective Donation Page

Creating a specific donation page can help tell your readers how and why to donate to your nonprofit or cause. You can add your donation page to your navigation bar, plaster all over social media, and share in print (QR Code or shorten Bilty links). Not only will a good donation page make it easy for readers to donate, it will also explain what that money is going towards, and track any progress in collecting donations.

Create a specific donation page

A specific donation page makes is easy for your readers to know what you are raising money for and how to donate. You can add all your fundraising efforts on one central page that is easy to update. With Typepad, we made it easy for you to create a page for your website.

From the Post tab, click on Pages on the left. Then click on New Page to create a new page for your blog. Customize the page with the suggestions below, then click on Publish. Now you can add this link to your navigation bar and anywhere else you want to focus on collecting donations.

Clear ways to donate

When asking for money for your nonprofit or cause, you want to make it easy for readers to donate. They should not have to look around searching for a way to give you money. Having multiple options is a great to maximize your donations. Add a PayPal button to the page, if you accept mail in donations clearly write your address. If you have GoFundMe page, add their GoFundMe campaign widget to your page. Clearly put this information in at the top of the page.

How are you using the money?

Are you using the money to shelter kittens? Feed hungry stray dogs? Buy sock for the homeless? Let your readers know. The more they know about what their money is going to, the more they may be willing to donate.

Track your progress

People like to see progress, if they see you are close they may be willing to donate more. The GoFundMe campaign widget will show your progress for readers to easily track. 

Log in to start creating your donation page now.


Spotlight Posts To Draw Readers Into Your Blog

Spotlight posts to draw readers into your blog

Getting readers to come to your blog is only half the story when it comes to building your audience - you also want to keep them there exploring all your great content. One easy way to do this is by adding a Spotlight module to highlight some of your recent posts.

For most Typepad design themes, the Spotlight module will appear in the sidebar. However, if you're using a theme from the Nimble Design Lab with a one or two-column layout, an additional option is available to you - the Spotlight module can be placed directly under your posts and will appear in that location both on the main page and on archive pages. Blog visitors don't always look closely at sidebar content, but having the Spotlight module right under your posts means they'll see it as they finish reading. If they enjoyed your post and want to read more of what you have to say, there it is right in front of them! To set this up for your one or two-column Design Lab theme, head to the Design > Content page and add a Spotlight module:

Add the Spotlight module

When you add the Spotlight module, you'll see a pop-up window where you can configure how you want the spotlighted posts to appear:

Configure the Spotlight module

If you post a lot of photos to your blog, we recommend choosing the option to display a thumbnail image for each post - pictures catch the eye a lot more than text does. After you've configured the options you want and save them, the Spotlight module will be added to the sidebar as usual. Bloggers using a one or two-column Design Lab theme will see an additional option on the Content page, however. Under the representation of the main content column, you'll see an area labeled "Drop Spotlight Posts Below". Drag and drop the module to this area and you should see it settle in under the notice:

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Go ahead and save your changes on the Content page and the Spotlight module will now appear on your published blog right below your posts. If you realize you need to tweak how it looks, go back to the Content page and click the pencil icon on the module to open the pop-up window with the configuration options again. A well-configured Spotlight module provides an eye-catching display drawing readers further into your blog, as shown in the example below.

Spotlight module on Swoonish

You can also see the Spotlight module used in the main content column right here on Everything Typepad! Just scroll towards the bottom of the page. If you like what you see, why not log in right now and head to Design > Content to add the Spotlight module to your blog? And if you're already using the Spotlight module on your blog, let us know in the comments how you like it.


Help! My Domain Name Does Not Work Without the WWW!

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Do you still type "www" when you visit a website? Or do you just type "example.com?" Why is that www even necessary?  The "www" part of your domain name is called the subdomain.  The subdomain is critical when setting up Domain Mapping with your Typepad blog.  In your domain registry, the CNAME Record is set for the WWW alias, and is where we recommend adding your Typepad domain name (ie: example.typepad.com) so your name points to your blog. 

Now, there are browsers that will allow a reader to enter your domain name without the "www" and your blog will load.  This is because those browsers are set up to automatically redirect example.com to www.example.com.  But not all browsers do this, such as Google Chrome.   If you want to be sure your readers can get to your blog on any browser by just typing "example.com" without the "www", you can set this up by setting up a Forward with your domain name registry. 

Set Up a Forward Through Typepad

When you purchase your name through Typepad, it is easy to set up a forward for your domain name.  All you need to do is check off the box at Account > Domain Mapping when you are setting up your new blog name:

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Set Up a Forward Through a Third-Party

If you purchased a name from a third-party, you will need to refer to their instructions for Forwarding.  Not all registries provide this service so check with them first.   If they do, what you are doing is forwarding example.com to www.example.com - not to your Typepad blog URL.  Here is an example from GoDaddy's Forward feature: 

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If you use GoDaddy, we have instructions on how to set up a forward for your name in our Knowledge Base.

If you can't locate the Forward settings on their own, they may be located in the DNS Management section.  Forwards can take a few hours before it starts working, sometimes it takes longer than the mapping itself!  

If you have Domain Mapping set up for your blog, now would be a good time to check if it works without typing "www."