Here at Typepad, we want our subscribers to get as much out of their accounts as possible. One great feature we offer is allowing for multiple blogs within the same account. Subscribers at our Plus level are able to create three blogs and subscribers at the Unlimited level and above are able to create as many blogs as they'd like.
When you create a new blog, it will use the subdomain you've chosen for your account, like example.typepad.com. Have you ever wanted to create an additional blog on your account but wondered how you'd use a separate URL for that content?
The answer is domain mapping. This allows you to purchase a unique domain for your blog, like www.exampleblog.com, and configure that in Typepad so it becomes the new URL for the blog. The original Typepad URL will still work. You won't lose any incoming traffic to those URLs but the domain address will become the new default. Over time, search engines will index the mapped URL and phase out the Typepad URL. You'll retain any search engine ranking you started with prior to mapping.
Each blog on your account can have its own domain mapped to it, even if you already have one of those domains mapped to the entire account. This will allow you to have totally separate blogs with different URLs without having to open multiple accounts.
In the past, purchasing a domain was very expensive but most registrars now offer affordable pricing and easy-to-use interfaces. We've recently added integrated domain mapping with a registration partner that offers very competitive pricing.
You can get started in Account > Domain Mapping and full details and steps are here. Registering your domain through Typepad allows you to do everything in one place, including receive support for any questions you have.
If you already own a domain through another registrar and want to use it for a Typepad blog, you can do that, too. The only requirement is that the registrar will need to allow for CNAME records. We have a full overview in our Knowledge Base.
If your registrar doesn't allow for CNAME records, you may be able to transfer the domain to our registrar. Just open a help ticket and we can guide you through the process.
Do you have questions about domain mapping? Check out the FAQ or open a help ticket in your account and we'll be happy to help!