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Update Your Security Question

Update Your Security Question

What would you do if you could not get access to your blog???? Do you know your username and password or just rely on the auto-fill  function? While you still have access to your account, it is important to create or update your security questions and answers. This saves you the trouble of verifying a bunch of information to get into your account.

To add or update your security questions, click on the Account tab, then Under Account Information look for Security Questions.  From the drop down you can pick one of our questions or use the custom question option to create your own. You will need to set up two security questions. After you have selected the questions and provide us with the answers, click on Save Changes.

Security questionsThe security questions will be used by Typepad support to verify ownership in case you need help getting access to the account or need private information about your account. 

If you ever need help getting access to your account let us know! You can contact us through our support form or email us at support@typepad.com.


New Feature: Embed Instagram Posts

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Today we are excited to share with everyone our new Instagram feature. You can now embed posts from your Instagram or someone you follow. This is great when discussing latest news or showing your readers "behind the scenes" of your blog! Working from your desktop or your mobile device, you can add your Instagram posts for your readers!

Add an Instagram post to your blog

From the Compose page, click on the Instagram button. In the pop up, paste in the embed code from Instagram. Click on Ok. Super easy!

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Get Your Instagram Embed Code Typepad Tip Instagram

Not sure how to get the embed code from Instagram? We can show you! From your browser (either on your desktop or mobile device) go to your Instagram account.

From your browser, you can go to any Instagram account (including yours) if you know the username. Go to the URL http://instagram.com/username (replace the username with the Instagram username.)

Click on the image you want to embed to view the three dots. Click on the three dots and then click on the Embed button. Click on Copy Embed Code. 

Embed code from Instagram

Copy the code Instagram provides, then go back to Typepad and paste it in. 

This is a perfect way to introduce your readers to your Instagram and we hope you love it just as much as we do! Feel free to leave us a comment so we know how you like using this new feature. If you have any suggestions for ways we can improve it, make sure to leave comments on that too! If you need more information about embedding your Instagram post, check out the Knowledge Base. As always, the support team is here to help you out. You can open a help ticket with any questions to get one-on-one support.


Join The Hunt

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Today is #NationalScavengerHuntDay. We put together a great hunt for you to explore some of the blogs that use Typepad. Take a moment and see if you can find all the answers. If you submit all the correct answers, your name will be entered for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be announced Wed. May 31st. Those that did not get all the answers correct, do not worry! You will be entered to win one of three Typepad T-shirts (probably the best shirt ever!) we are giving away.

Prizes

1st prize: $50 credit to their account
2nd prize: $25 credit to their account
3rd prize: $10 credit to their account.
Honorable mention: 3 Typepad T-shirt

Start the hunt!

  1. We love holding contests! In March, we announced on Everything Typepad the grand prize winner of Typepad's Random Acts of Kindness. What are 3 of the winner's categories?
  2. From our National Pet Day celebration, Smokey helps @KristiEspinasse with her blog... What is the language that Kristi and Smokey help you speak?
  3. Botanical Paper Works has a great renewable idea. We would like to know How It Works. What are the four steps?
  4. On Typepad’s Pinterest page, name one “Words To Live By”.
  5. Who said “I really appreciate the positive, helpful attitude of your staff. Thanks a million!” (Hint: Check Typepad's social media)
  6. The Pet Blog Lady has been with us since 2007, What is the title of her first post?
  7. Newpath Consulting has a great blog post about Typepad. What do they show you how to do?
  8. Laura Smith from GlocMedia recently wrote a great article about the future of SEO. Where is the company located?

Good luck! Submissions are due by Wednesday, May 24th at midnight EST. 

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4 SEO trends for 2017

4 seo trends

SEO is constantly changing, we all know that, but sometimes it is difficult to keep us up to date regarding new techniques, new strategies, new concepts. If I have learned something after many years working as a SEO consultant is that being good at what you do and at your strategies is as important as keeping your eyes open to don’t let yourself lost at the end of the queue.

So here we are, thinking aloud about what SEO has brought this year.

Analyze your CTR using Google Search Console

GSC is one of SEO basic tools that we all must have, it helps us to analyze the results we can’t measure by our own, and from now on, it will bring some light to our keyword strategy – we will know how many people have looked for the keywords we are using.

Google uses CTR (Click Through Ratio) parameter to evaluate if our page is ready to be shown on the first page of results. If it is low, we may lose our position; if it is high, we will be pushed to the top. So the trend and new rule are very clear: use Google Search Console to measure what is the positioning of your keywords and what is exactly your CTR.

However, there are some handicaps you should all be aware: GSC just keeps your history for 90 days, and Http/https as much as desktop/mobile version must be checked separately.

SEO Mobile

More than 50% of searches made on Google are done through mobile phones, which 20% of them are voice searches. So, how do we adapt our content to this voice search? The answer is easy: if people ask, we should reply.

We have to change our content strategy, our keyword research, our way of thinking. Adapting the way we share our knowledge to be caught by Google as a potential answer.

But it doesn’t depend just on us, it depends on Google too. The team is working on Latent Semantic Indexing, a way to understand what people are saying instead of focusing that much on keywords. If Google figures out what you are asking for, it will give you a more specific answer. So we have to work on this too, try to find synonyms of your keywords. The more options we give to Google, the most chances we have to be on the podium.

Penguin 4.0, now working 24/7

Folks, don’t be afraid! The new version of Penguin has arrived more powerful, more effective, more hours… But it will just penalize a portion of your website if it finds something wrong. Times when Penguin used to punish your whole site are gone, now it will just attack the specific sections in an URL that have misbehaved.

However, the bug will be awake 24/7 so please, watch out your links and try to find them in a more natural way. As we said, Google cares more about quality than quantity as we all should do.

Penguin is a filter Google uses to capture sites that are spamming Google’s search results. Webspammers would use techniques that don’t benefit the user, but makes their link come up higher in the ranking. Penguin 4.0 is their latest update to that filter. For more information on how this work, check out "Penguin is now part of our core algorithm" and “Another step to reward high-quality sites”. 


The less, the better – pills of content

We all give up reading when articles are too long and full of useless words. But it is also true that we have been creating tons of content to spread our seeds around the World Wide Web, and Google has noticed!

Quantity is not always synonymous with quality and that’s what Google wants from us - we have to write good articles in fewer words, we need to be more specific. At the end, users want to keep the whole an important idea in a quick look and don’t spend too much time in reading something that can be summarized.

What do you think about these changes? Have you already started to follow these trends?

This article has been written by Laura Smith, a copywriter for an SEO agency in London.


25 Mobile Design Principles from Google

Americans spend on average 87 hours a month on their smartphones. That is a lot of time looking at a mobile device. This makes it very important to have a great mobile experience for your readers.

Google teamed up with AnswerLab with the goal to establish mobile site design best practices. They created a great PDF you can download: Principles of Mobile Site Design: Delight Users and Drive Conversions. The 25 principles can be grouped into five sections:

  • Homepage & Site Navigation
  • Site Search
  • Commerce & Conversation
  • Form Entry
  • Usability & Form Factor

 The infographic below shows the principles under the five sections. Below the infographic you will see how you can implement some of these principles on your Typepad blog.

PRINCIPLES OF MOBILE SITE DESIGN

Making your blog mobile responsive is easy within Typepad. We have many beautiful themes you can choose and customize. We recommend you create a test blog and go to the Design tab > Choose a Theme > Design Lab (Responsive) to select and customize one of our mobile themes.

You can create your own homepage by creating a page and then selecting it to be a Landing Page.
You can customize a navigation bar within your theme as well. 

Google can help make searching your site easy! They have a Custom Search Engine feature that you can add to your blog. Readers will be able to search your site with the speed and convenience of Google. Go to Custom Search Engine, then click on the Create a custom search engine button. Paste in the URL to your blog, then click on Create. Next to Add it to your site, click on Get Code. Copy the code and then log in to your Typepad Account. Click on Blog tab, then click on the name of your blog. Click on Design, then the Content tab. Search for the Embed your own HTML module, then click on Add this module. Label the module, then paste in the code. Click on OK, then Save changes.

Going mobile can be the boost you need for your blog. Reach out to us if you have any questions about the Google's design principles and how to implement them. 

Comment for help, or click on Help > New Ticket within your account. 


Random Acts of Kindness Winners!

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Congratulations to everyone that entered our Random Acts of Kindness drawing through social media and our mailing list. We are ready to announce our winners!

Grand Prize Winner: 1 year free

Hearts EncouragedHearts Encouraged: A Spiritual Wellness Ministry
www.heartsencouraged.com

Two First Place Winners: 6 months off

SocietyWetmore-Hardcrabble Genealogical and Historical Society
www.wetmorehistoricalsociety.com
Quilts

 

 

Quilts for Orphans
quiltsfororphans.typepad.com

 

 Two Second Place Winners: 3 months off

CTE

Association for Career and Technical Education
ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/

Hope

A Future and a Hope
www.purechristianity.blogs.com

Be sure to follow our Twitter, Facebook, and emails to stay up to date with all things Typepad, including great contest and drawings!


Be a Guest Blogger for Typepad

Guest Blogger

You have learned a lot from blogging.  Now is your chance to share that experience with other Typepad bloggers. Typepad is looking for Guest Bloggers to speak about their blogging experience.

Content on our blog reaches thousands of bloggers seeking advice on how to use Typepad, best blogging practices and showcasing new Typepad features. We also provide the latest news and blogging trends.

If you are interested in providing your blogging insight we have a few requirements.

Tone of your blog post

All content on our blog must be useful, relevant to our bloggers, and well-written. The tone should be casual and helpful. Think of yourself as sharing knowledge with a friend who may be unfamiliar with the topic. We love posts that have personality and are interesting. Let your voice shine through.

Post Requirements

There are no topic requirements, but your post should be helpful to other bloggers. It can be about your own blogging experience, use of a Typepad feature, or a 3rd party feature that has helped your blog. If you are unsure if a topic is appropriate, ask us. Let us know why you think the topic is beneficial to Everything Typepad readers and we would be happy to speak with you about it.

The post should not be more than 1,000 words. It should be about one topic, singular in focus. We like our posts to include one main image. If you cannot provide an image, we can provide a stock image for you. The content has to be unique, and written by you.

The post should be formatted for the web. Please use short paragraphs, subheadlines, and bullet points when needed. Include real world examples if you can. We will edit for quality, spelling, grammar, structure, and flow. If major revisions are necessary, we will contact you.

Talking about yourself and your blog

At the end of the post you are welcome to include a little blurb about yourself and your blog. Please keep it short and include one link back to your blog. You are welcome to include a logo or an image of yourself in this section.

Submitting your article

After you submit your blog post idea, you will receive an email from Typepad with instructions on how to submit your full article. You will be asked to put your article in the body of an email, with images attached to the email. 

The blog post will be featured on Everything Typepad and promoted on all of Typepad’s social media sites.

Get started writing!

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Rolling Out of Beta: Multiple Usernames and Password Protection for Individual Posts and Pages

We are so excited to announce that the multiple usernames and password protection for individual posts and Pages is now out of Beta and all subscribers should see this option.

To quickly recap, with this feature you can now create unique usernames and passwords for visitors to access your site.

http://kymberlie6.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ee02558883401b8d207e10a970c-pi

This is important because once you set up these usernames, you can restrict each post and Page so that only specific usernames can view the content.  This is particularly useful for blogs that restrict access on a pay to view plan, but it can be just as useful to keep personal posts from being seen by specific people.  The use for the feature is virtually unlimited!

To start adding individual username and passwords to your site, just go to the Settings > Basics tab. We have more information on this in the Knowledge Base.

We hope you love this feature as much as we do!  Please let us know any feedback you may have either in the comments section here or by opening a help ticket.


Rolling Out of Beta: A New Compose Experience and Upgrading Authors

We're so excited today and not just because of the new Star Wars! We've now rolled the new Compose experience and upgraded authors out to 100% of our subscribers, so now everyone should see these features!

The new Compose gives you an updated version of the editor that you're already familiar with, but with improved features like a better restore content feature and the ability to easily add tables to your posts.  These new changes should make creating posts on Typepad easier and more enjoyable.

As always, our Knowledge Base has more information on this particular topic.

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Finally, the upgraded authors feature is also available for everyone to use.  This gives you the abilities to create Author Archives (which are also added to your sitemap) and change the authors on posts.  It's easy to enable the Author Archives at Settings > Feeds.  You can see the option to change the authors either on the Compose Page itself or on the Posts tab.  We have more information on this in the Knowledge Base here and here.

Author_archivesThe year may be coming to a close, but we're still hard at work at Typepad creating new features and improving old ones to make your experience with us the best one possible.  Is there something you'd like to see in 2016?  Feel free to leave a comment here or open a new ticket and we'll see what we can do to make that happen!


Rolling Out of Beta: Upgrading Authors

A few weeks ago, we announced that we had significantly improved the guest author experience and had put it out to our Beta Team members.

We're excited to say that testing has gone well and we're rolling it now out to all of our members.  You'll soon see the option to create Author Archives and to also change the authors on your posts.  Since the initial announcement, we've also added the Author Archives to your blog's sitemap, so you'll now see them reflected there as well.

We've got even more in store for blogs with multiple authors, so we hope you join the Beta Team so you can get in immediately on these new features and all the other functionality that we're working on!