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Bitly! The Analytical Tool You Didn't Know You Had

Bitly

Bitly is a free service that can shorten the length of your post URL when sharing around social media or online. You can easily add Bitly with your Typepad account to use when you post on social media.

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To add Bitly to your Typepad account, click on the Settings tab, then click on Add-ons. Scroll down and click on Bitly. You will be asked to start an account or sign into an account you have. 

Once the account is created, you will be asked to authorize Typepad to use, your account. Click on Allow. Now you will be taken back to your Typepad account. Start blogging to create the new Bitly links.

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Once added, all future posts will have a unique Bitly link that you can share with everyone. To view the link, click on the Blogs tab, then click on the name of the blog. Under Recent Social Media Traffic, click on the Bitly link. Here you will see a list of all your posts and the number of clicks for each post. 

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Bitly links in Typepad

Bitly offers real time analytics for your unique URL. Click on the URL under Bitly Info to be taken to the analytics page which offers real time data about your unique URL.

You will see an overview of all the Bitlys you have created. You will also see the Total number of clicks, your top referrer, and your top location. When you scroll down you will see the unique URL and a bunch of real time data.

Bitly Analytics GraphNext you will see the total clicks for the post. You can see it spread out over the last few days. This data is updated in real time. 

Bitly Total ClicksNext are the Referrer stats and Location stats. Referrers can be Facebook, Twitter, Email, Direct, and many more. Referrers are where your readers are seeing and clicking your link. You can also see where around the world your readers are.

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This is a great tool to use along with Google Analytics to find out more about your readers and determine any strategic decisions which you can make to increase visitors. Integrate Bitly today to get started.

 


Is Your Twitter Card Enabled?

Twitter Card

With all the changes going on with Social Media, one thing remains - Twitter is still a popular platform to share your blog content.  There are so many eyes scrolling through Twitter, you want to make sure your tweet stands out. Typepad made it easier to automatically share your blog posts using Twitter Cards.   

All you need is your Twitter handle to get started.  Go to Settings > Sharing, scroll to the Twitter Card section. Enter the Site and Creator handles for your Twitter accounts, preceded by the @ symbol (e.g. @typepad). This can be the same handle for both fields if you do not have a separate account for your blog.

Twitter.card2After saving your changes, you can prepare your blog post like usual.  Be mindful of your first uploaded image in your post as this will be the image that will appear in your Twitter card.  The more visually intriguing, the better!

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Here's another tip - Twitter Cards allows your tweet to go beyond 280 characters. The card shows the content’s title and description, so you have room in your tweet to draw people in to check out your post.  

Now that tweets show in search engine results, Twitter Cards provide more meta information which could potentially drive additional traffic to your blog. Twitter Cards are a great way to drive traffic and engagement to your blog and make it easier for followers to share (retweet) your post.  


Blogger Beware - What You Need to Know about Using Images on Your Blog

Blogger Beware

Images are a great way to draw attention to your blog post and give it some pizzazz! Who doesn’t like to look at pretty pictures? Sometimes we may want to use an image that we may not have in our personal photo folder. It’s so easy to do a Google search and just grab one that’s appealing from the results right? Wrong!  Allow us to help you avoid any potential issues using unauthorized images. 

Did You Get Permission?

Just because an image is uploaded to the internet does not mean it is free for you to use. Giving credit to the photographer with a link back does NOT validate the use.  It also does not matter if you are not making any money from your blog.

The individual who took that image owns the copyright of it and can request the image be removed from a website if it is used without their permission. Unless you received permission from the owner, do not use it. If someone contacts Typepad with a valid DMCA report stating that their image is being used on a Typepad blog without permission, we are required to remove that image.

What If I Am Asked To Take Down an Image? 

You may receive an email from the owner of the image, or an agency representing them, asking to remove the image immediately.  Do not argue or explain why you used the image, just remove the picture from the blog post in question.  You may also need to contact Typepad Support to remove the image from the server.  You can do this by opening a Help Ticket

Where Can I Get Images That Are Free To Use?

Creativecommons

A good place to start is Creative Commons.  Since 2001, Creative Commons has issued CC licenses free of charge and is devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.  You can use their search tool and they will pull up free license images from all over the internet that you can use without repercussion. 

Unsplash

Another favorite is Unsplash where you will find a collection of beautiful, free images and it is constantly updated.  You can sign up to have new collections sent directly to your inbox. 

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Pixabay

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.

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There are many more "royalty free" and free stock images available right at your fingertips online that are safe to use without penalty or copyright violations.  Share your favorites with us today!


Amazing Tools To Aid In Blogging

Tools for blogging

There are many tools in a blogger's arsenal that help make blogging easy and fun. Here are some tools we use here at Typepad.

TitlePortent’s Content Idea Generator

Here you can add a subject and this site will generate example titles. Find one that works for you and start blogging. If you are stuck on what to write about, this site will provide you with a plethora of ideas.

Bloglovin', Paper.li, Pocket

Being a trusted source in a community means you need to know what is being said about your chosen subject. These sites will send blog posts about any subject directly to your inbox. Use these posts for inspiration, or reference in your own blog, when you talk about the same subject.

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Hootsuite

Getting your message out there means posting to many different social media sites. Doing it one by one can take a lot of time. Hootsuite lets you manage your social media channels in one place. You can also look at analytics!

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Pexels, Pixabay, Gratisography

Not everyone has the time to take the perfect image that fits your post. These image galleries will have the perfect image for you to use, saving time and money. They have CC0 Creative Common License images for you to use freely on your site.

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Once you have the perfect image, you can edit it! Canva and Picmonkey are great editors that can take your images to the next level. Read our Everything Typepad post about both image editors.

Blogging on the go

You may be struck with inspiration while exploring this great big world of ours. Don't worry! You can still create the perfect blog post on your mobile device. You can save a post for later or publish on the spot. Go to Typepad.com on your mobile device and log in. Explore our  Mobile Compose experience and let the journey begin! 

What tools do you use to help you blog? Share in the comments below! 


Renewing Your Typepad Domain

Renewing Your Typepad Domain

When you purchase your domain through Typepad the time will come when you need to renew your domain. You can easily renew your domain at domains.typepad.com. Let us show you!

Go to domains.typepad.com and log in. If you are unsure of your login information (may be different from your Typepad login information), please reach out to us in support. We would be happy to help you get access to the account.

Once you log in, click on Welcome (your name), then My Account. Along the top, select Manage Orders, then List/Search Orders. Here you will see a list of all your domains. Click on the domain you want to renew.

On the top right, click on the green Renew button. In the pop up, select how many years you want to renew the domain. You can renew up to 9 years. It is also recommended you select Include Privacy. Now click on Renew Domain Name. 

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Now you will see your invoice. To make things real simple, you can use the payment information in your Typepad account. Under Pay Online, select Typepad Information then Continue.

You will be taken to your Typepad account to approve the renewal transaction. Next, click on Complete Registration to finish the approval.

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Once Typepad processes your transaction, the renewal is complete. You have your domain for a while longer!

If you don't have a custom domain for your blog, what are you waiting for? Purchase a Typepad domain today!  


Celebrate Puppy Bloggers!

National Puppy Day

March 23rd, 2018 is National Puppy Day. We would like to spotlight all the great puppies (and dogs, because all dogs are puppies!) who help you blog. During the day we will be spotlighting our puppy bloggers with links to their Typepad blogs on our social media sites. 

Click on the button below to submit your pooch picture and your blog information. See you March 23rd! 

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Random Acts of Kindness Winners

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Thank you to all those that participated in our Random Acts of Kindness Week! Either by sharing our discount code or by entering our drawing for one of five $20 credits. Today we are announcing the winners! 

Drum Roll Please!!!!

And the 5 lucky winners are..... 

Kevin A from Kapgar

Kapgar

Jan E from Wibbo's Words

Wibbos Words

Jerome M from 4216: The First Fifty Years

4216 The First Fifty Years

Paul T from PT at Large

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Carol B from Minding Our Elders

Minding Our Elders

Thanks again for all those who participated. Take a moment to read the winning blogs. Be inspired!


Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week

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This week we want to share some kindness to all our new and existing bloggers! 

New Bloggers

To all our new Typepad bloggers we are providing an extended free trial to help you get your blog up and running. Our 14 day free trial will extend to 30 days and you will not have to enter a credit card. Go to our Pricing page to select the package that is best for you. Discount can only be used on Basic, Plus, and Unlimited Packages. After you have selected your package, you will be asked to create your account. In the discount section add RAK2018. The code is valid until Feb 17th, 2018.

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Share with your readers so they can become bloggers!

Be part of the Typepad community and share your voice. Use the discount code when you start your blog between today (2/14/2018) and the discount's end date (2/17/2018) #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 

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We know adding a credit card can be a big commitment. For #RAKWeek we are removing the credit card requirement when you enter our discount code. Start your blog and join the Typepad community. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 (Link to be added later)

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Existing Bloggers

What a chance to win 1 of 5 $20 credits that will be added to your account? Enter today by filling out our quick survey and provide us with your blog information. This is only for existing bloggers who have an open and active account. All winners will be announced Tuesday Feb 20th, 2018.

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Share this with all your fellow Typepad bloggers!  

Are you a Typepad blogger? Enter to get a $20 credit added to your account. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 

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Are you felling lucky? We bet you are. Enter to have a $20 credit added to your Typepad account. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018

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Interview with Greg Kieszkowski from Ten Minas

Typepad's Interview with Greg Kieszkowski

You may have seen Greg’s picture here a few times. He has written an amazing piece about the myth of writer's block and his blog was one of our featured blogs. We loved his blog, Ten Minas, and his writing so much we wanted to know more about him and his blog. He was gracious enough to let us interview him so he can share his insight with the rest of the Typepad community.

Ten Minas is part motivation, part reflection, part personal experience. Inspired by Seth Godin’s blog, Greg started his own blog and revived his passion for writing. 

1) Can you tell us about yourself and your blog?

My name is Grzegorz Kieszkowski (Greg) and I was born on August 12, 1972, in Bydgoszcz, Poland. I was born at an interesting time in history, and in an interesting place. My father was a political prisoner and a member of the Solidarity movement. His resistance left us no choice but to seek refuge outside of Poland, and so on Janaury 9th, 1985, we were welcomed in Canada, and it is here, in the beautiful little town of Cobourg, Ontario, that I now make my life.

I have always been in love with literature and writing in particular, but instead of doing what I love, I compromised and became a High School English teacher. (Close, but not close enough). It was the safe and prudent thing to do at the time, and I don’t really regret it. Teaching has given me a great life so far, but after eighteen years, I feel restless, and I’m once again, deeply drawn to writing, which is how tenminas.ca was born.

I read Seth Godin’s book The Icarus Deception, in January of 2017. I decided, when I was finished, to test his theory that writers-block is a myth. I now know that it is because I write everyday. No excuses. Without fail. Some days the words fit better, on others, they could use a bit more finesse.

I am very grateful that I can team up with Typepad, as my partner in crime. Pretty much everyone I asked suggested and told me that the world has gathered on Wordpress, but all I know is that the people at Typepad are nothing short of wonderful, and everything works flawlessly. I guess the world is where you want to be.

The title tenminas.ca is a personal reference to the parable of the talents. I don’t want to go into much depth on the significance of the parable, but lets just say, if you know the parable, I am now working all of my ten talents, instead of burying or only working with one.

2) What is your process for writing a blog post?

I have made a commitment to write every day and so I do. Monday to Friday I write a full post, aiming for about 500 words. On Saturday and Sunday, I find a meaningful quote, and offer a personal reflection. I write my blog at 5:30 am. I am always unprepared. I never know what I am going to say or what is going to come out, but inevitably a single idea raises her hand, and I puruse that idea for as long as I can.

There is really nothing mystical or magical about the act of writing. It’s just a matter of hard work. You need to make a commitment to dig your ditch; one keystroke at a time. The mystical or magical part, comes after, when you look at what you created, and wonder where it all came from?

3) What is the funniest thing that has happened to your blog?

I guess I’ll need more readers to have funny stories. So far, it has been a pretty lonely experience, but people are beginning to join the journey, one person at a time.

4) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

I love the simplicity of the layout. The dependability and the simplicity of the templates. I have decided to just stick with something for a while, and let my words speak for themselves. But if I had to pick, I would say the best feature are the people behind the scenes. They are very dependable. They are friendly and have a lot of passion. They have a love for blogging and writing, and want all their bloggers to be successful.

 

5) What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?

I have learned that we are our own worst critics. We judge ourselves too harshly and than become numb and shy to share our thoughts with the world. It is a lot easier to be a copy editor than a writer, but it's never going to be as rewarding.

There is no reason to be afraid of anything, especially the critics. But its really important to silence our own critical voices of resistance first, before we get at the critics, outside our mind.

6) You have a few minutes, what is your go to tip about blogging?

Dig your ditch!

It’s a mantra I repeat every day. My tip is simple. Do the work. Dream out loud. Say what you’re going to do. Plan it and then do it. Dig your ditch. No matter if it’s summer or winter. Daytime or nighttime. If you’re sick or you’re well. If you’re happy or sad. Tired or well rested. Don’t worry about the quality. Don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow. There will be time for that. Worry about your ditch. If you don’t dig it, when it rains, you will be out of luck.

7) What blogs do you follow?

I get inspired by Seth Godin’s blog, which relentlessly uplift my soul, every morning. A close second is the blog run by Tim Ferris.

8) What is one goal for your blog in the next 6 months?

My goal is to grow my readers, because I want to awaken their talents and hear their stories. The world needs more good men and women to connect with each other in a truly meaningful way. We have never lived in such an excting time and so full of possibilities. I need help to grow my readership, because if I cannot do that, I can do very little, talking to myself.

I will be putting together the best 75 blog posts from 2017, and will be releasing them in book by the end of the summer.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! 

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5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

It is a new year and everyone is thinking about what to improve. You can improve many things, but we recommend you focus on your blog. We complied a list of five things you can do to take your blogging to the next level!

Go Mobile

In 2018 more and more people will be on their phones (they are pretty amazing after all). You want to make sure your blog is easy to read on a mobile device. Typepad is here to make it easy to switch over to a mobile theme. You can use our new Design Lab to customize one of our mobile templates. We recommend you create a test blog and design a new mobile theme. Once your design is complete, you can apply it to your main blog.

Custom Domain

A domain should be simple and easy for your readers to remember. You want a domain that tells your reader exactly what your blog is about. Typepad lets you purchase a unique domain and map it to your blog. To purchase a domain, click on the Accounts tab, then Domain Mapping. Under Domain Mapping, type in your domain and click on Check Availability. If your domain is available you can purchase it and apply it to your blog.

Blog Goals

Goals can  give you focus for the year. Create three goals for your blog; one short term goal, one intermediate goal, and one long term goal. Creating the goals may be the easy part. The next, and maybe the hardest part, is breaking the goal down into steps that you can keep track of. The steps should have measurable results and a time frame. Our best advice for you is to write down your goals and your steps. Use a program like Wunderlist to keep track of your progress.

Learn New Things

When you are comfortable with your blog that is when complacency kicks in. It is important to learn new things to help grow and get out of our comfort zone. Learn something new about your blogging subject or learn something new about blogging (like adding an image gallery to your blog posts or create a YouTube channel and start posting videos through Typepad). Use what you have learned and share it with your readers. Show them you are an expert and they can trust your blog.

Read A Book

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” -Stephen King

When you read you increase your vocabulary and cognitive skills. Reading books will greatly influence your writing. You can read a book about writing, blogging, or whatever you want. The point is to read. Reading helps you get inspiration for your own writing. After you read something you gain knowledge you can use in your own writing. Two great books that come highly recommend to help with writing are Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Everybody Writes by Ann Handley.

What is on your 2018 checklist for your blog? Share in the comments to inspire others!