Did you know? Typepad is on Pinterest!

February 19, 2014

Do you love Pinterest? We do! We also love following our Typepad Bloggers on Pinterest so here's a friendly reminder to give us a follow!

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Do you have a pinboard dedicated to your blog on your Pinterest? If not, then you should! This can work if you usually include eye-catching images with your posts.  Every time you update your blog, pin it.  Having a pinboard for your blog is a good way to gain exposure and new readers.

Sharing your post on Pinterest is easy to do if you have a Pin It hover image set up for your blog. If you rather not use this feature, you can use the Pin It button in your post footer, which you can enable at Design > Content > Post Footer.

Don't forget to add the Pinterest Widget to your sidebar! It's a great way to share your pins with your readers, right on your blog.

We'll be sharing more pins from our bloggers and adding more boards for different topics and interests, so keep a look out!

Do you have a Pinterest account? Leave your link in the comments so we can all check it out!

Did You Know?: Changing Your Billing Information

November 05, 2012

It's happened to everyone.  Your credit card's expired or you've lost it and received another. Or maybe you've decided that you'd rather pay yearly instead of monthly.  This means that now you need to change your billing information.

If you need to update your credit card, it's a simple thing.  Just go to Account > Billing Info > Update Payment Method and enter the new credit card. When you enter your new credit card, you need to enter the full sixteen digits, your address, and the security code for the card.

For the security code, if you are using a Visa or MasterCard, you need to enter the three digits off the back of the card.  If you're using an American Express, you need to enter the four digits from the front of the card.

To switch your billing cycle, go to Account > Billing Info > Change Billing Cycle and select either Monthly or Yearly, whichever option you'd prefer.

If you switch to Yearly from Monthly, you'll immediately be billed a pro-rated difference between the remainder of your billing cycle (based on the date your billing first ran) and today.  If you switch to Monthly from Yearly, a credit will be applied to your account based on the amount that was left from your last yearly charge.  This credit will be used to pay your monthly bill until depleted.

You can read more about billing in our Knowledge Base.

As always, if you have any questions regarding billing within your account, click the Help link within Typepad and open a new ticket.  One of our support team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

Did You Know?: Split Extended Entry Feature

October 22, 2012

It's happened to everyone; you're writing a blog post about a favorite topic, and you notice that the post is getting a little long. We all know that writing passionately is a great way to engage your readers, but if you're not careful, that post might end up dominating your blog's entire first page, causing some readers to quickly click away.

One way to prevent this and encourage people to keep reading is by using the Split Extended Entry feature.

The Split Extended Entry feature allows you to display an intro on your main page, with the remainder of the post on its Permalink page. Your reader would click a link that says "Continue reading..." at the end of your intro on the main page to keep reading the post.

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Click to view the Split Extended Entry in action!

Information on setting up the Split Extended Entry is available in our Knowledge Base.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

Did You Know?: Enabling Your Google Sitemap

August 27, 2012

Like lots of Typepad subscribers, you probably want your blog to be found by a large number of people.  After all, that's why you're taking the time to write such amazing posts, right?

A great way to get your blog found is to enable your Google sitemap.  This submits all of your URLs to Google and other search engines and gives you a much better chance of your blog being found when someone does a search.

To do this, you need to first make sure that your blog is publicized at Settings > SEO.  Once you've selected this, the "Yes, generate Google Sitemap" option will then be able to be selected. Please note that if your blog is password protected, you will not be able to make it public nor generate a Google Sitemap.

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You can read more information about this in the Knowledge Base.

Once you've enabled your Google Sitemap, we recommend that you submit the sitemap to Google through their Webmaster Tools.

You'll need to first verify that the blog is yours by uploading an HTML file. While this may sound intimidating to some, it's actually pretty easy to do.  We have instructions on how to do this in the Knowledge Base.

Additionally, we've got an article to help you optimize your blog for search engines.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

Did You Know?: Your Shorter Typepad URL

August 13, 2012

When you sign up for Typepad, you choose a subdomain for your account.  The account here, for example, uses everything.typepad.com. You may notice, though, that every blog within Typepad has a folder name at the end of it. This is done to differentiate each blog from every other blog under your account.

For instance, the full URL for this blog is everything.typepad.com/blog. However, Typepad lets you control which blog in your account is the default blog. This allows you to access your blog at both the longer blog URL and the shorter account URL. This is why you can also view the blog at everything.typepad.com.

To set your default blog, simply click the arrow next to the blog on the Dashboard.  Select the "Make this the default blog" option, and this blog will now be available via your shorter URL.

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It's also worth nothing that all of the files for that particular blog are located in that blog's folder.  In the case of this blog, all files are located here: everything.typepad.com/blog

It is best to think of the short link - like http://everything.typepad.com/ - as a shortcut to the blog set as the default or home blog. The shorter link should be easier to give to your readers and include on items like business cards.

We have more information on setting your default blog in our Knowledge Base.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

Did You Know?: Threaded Comments

July 30, 2012

Last time, we taught you how to display userpics next to your comments.  Another way to add some pizzaz is to enable Typepad Connect to display threaded comments.

Threaded comments allow you to reply to other comments within your comment section.  This allows for more interaction between you and your commenters and even between one commenter and the next.

To use threaded comments, you must first enable Typepad  Connect. If you haven't done this yet, go to Settings > Comments and click the "Yes, enable Typepad Connect comments" link.

If you already have Typepad Comments enabled, or have just completed this first step, look for the Display section and select the "Threaded" option.  We recommend that you set your comment level to three, but you'll need to choose two to see indented replies. Save your changes.  Your comments will now look like this, with replies underneath each other:

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You can read more about Settings > Comments in the Knowledge Base.  We also have a section on Typepad Connect.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

Did You Know?: Displaying Comment Avatars

July 17, 2012

Commenting is one of the most important ways to connect with your audience.  A great way to really personalize this connection is by enabling commenting avatars for your blog.  We even do this here on this blog!

If you have enabled Typepad Connect, you simply go to Settings > Comments and look for the Display section.  Check the "Show userpics next to each comment" option and save your changes.

If you have not enabled Typepad Connect, under Settings > Commnets, look for the "Comment Userpics" section, check the "Show userpics next to each comment" option and save your changes.

Now, whenever someone comments on your blog after signing in, you'll see their very own picture!

UserpicsYou can read more about changing your comment sections in our Knowledge Base. We've got more on Typepad Connect settings too here.

If you want to change your own userpic, that's easy too.  Simply edit your profile and upload the image you'd prefer to use.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

Did You Know?: Determining the Best Banner Width

July 02, 2012

We recently gave you information on how to increase the widths of your columns.  When you change the widths of your columns, you'll probably need to adjust your banner size as well.  But how do you find out the best size for your banner?

Your banner area is surrounded by 15 pixels of padding on each size. When creating a banner image, it should be the total width of the blog less 30 pixels.

For instance, if you've set your blog's width to be 900 pixels, your banner would need to be 870 pixels wide.

We have more information on figuring our your banner's width in the Knowledge Base.

If you're a Pro Unlimited subscriber and would like to remove your banner's padding, you can do that with Custom CSS.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

Did You Know?: Post Footer Options - Part II

June 18, 2012

Two weeks ago we explained all about the text options you can use for your post footer.  This week, we're going to tackle the button options.

To edit your Post Footer, you need to go to Design > Content.  There, click the pencil icon for Post Footer.

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These are the buttons you can add to your post footer:

Reblog - Links to Reblog a portion of your post which opens the Blog It window.

Favorite - Allows your readers to Favorite your post.

Tweet This! - Opens a window so that your readers can Tweet a link to the post on Twitter. More information is available in the article on integrating your blog with Twitter.

Google +1 - Add the +1 one button to allow readers to share your post in their Google circle. More information is available here.

Pinterest - This button lets your readers pin images from your posts to Pinterest. We've got more information on adding Pinterest to your blog here.

Facebook Like - Link to add a link to Facebook wall as liked post. More information on the Facebook Like button is available here.

Digg This - Lets your readers Digg your post.

Save to del.icio.us - Link to save post as a bookmark at del.icio.us.

You can check the "Show footer links as buttons?" option so that the options with images are displayed as a button image in your post footer instead of text.

You can read more about the Post Footer in the Knowledge Base.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

Did You Know?: Post Footer Options - Part I

June 04, 2012

There are many options for your post footer.  Today we're going to look into the text options that you can add there.

To edit your Post Footer, you need to go to Design > Content.  There, click the pencil icon for Post Footer.

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These are the options that you'll see first:

Posted - This adds the word "Posted" to the beginning of your post footer.  This is particularly good to pair with the Author Name option.

-This option adds a thumbnail of your profile picture to the post footer.  It's a great way to strengthen your identity if your reader's mind.

- This is another great way to make sure your readers know who created the post they're reading. This is even more important for blogs with multiple authors.

-Adding the date option is a great way to let your readers know when a post was written.

- While maybe not as important as the date option, adding the time to your post footer is a good way to give your readers insight into when you actually created your post.

- It's highly encouraged that you add categories to your posts. Highlighting these categories in the post footer is an easy way for your readers to then find posts on similar things.

- This adds links to the Technorati search results for the same keywords.

You can read more about the post footer options in the Knowledge Base.

We hope you found this useful! Check back in two weeks to learn about the button options you can add to your post.

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