The title of your post is meant to grab your reader's attention and get them interested in reading more. Italics can be used to emphasize a word or phrase in your title. Italics can also be use when referring to book titles or similar creative work when you don't want to use quotation marks. This neat trick can be used on your desktop or on your mobile device.
To add italics add <i> before the word or phrase and </i> after it. This tells our editor to italicize the words in between the tags.
How to italicize words in your title!
How to <i>italicize</i> words in your title!
This is a great tool to use sparingly. If you use it too often, it will lose its impact. Do you have any fun tricks you use to make your post titles stand out? Share in the comments!
Security Questions are another layer of security to keep your account safe. We've all had those moments when the browser does not remember our password. Don't panic! Answering your security questions correctly will help us get you access to your account or block those up to no good.
Typepad allows you to add two security questions. Click on the Account tab and scroll down to Security Questions. Select one of our pre-made questions or click on "Create a Custom Security Question" to create your own. Add your answer then click on Save Changes.
When creating your own security question you want to make sure you use a question and answer that is secure and will help you gain access to your account quickly if you need to use it. We have created a great guide to help you create a secure question and answer.
Set up your security questions today! Go straight to your Account page (you will have to log in first).
Everyone is on Facebook — family, friends, business, and non-profits. When you started your blog, you may have created a Facebook Profile. A profile is like your personal profile but for your business. This is a big NO-NO for Facebook, and they want you to convert your profile to a Facebook Business Page. They have made it really easy for you to do! We created this great infogragh that goes over the many perks of creating a Facebook Page, what to expect, and how to change!
Quick Tip: The fastest way to tell if you have a profile or a page is to look how people follow your page. If you have "likes", you have a Facebook Page. If you have "friends", you have a Facebook Profile.
To help, we have included the steps to convert to a Facebook Page below with the clickable link to help you get started!
When you create a new blog, you will notice a “Subscribe” link appears in your Navigation Bar as a default link. The Subscribe link is your blog’s RSS feed URL. When viewing this link, some readers may see a page displaying HTML code while others may see page displaying links to your blog posts. Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with your Subscribe link! It only means that your browser does not support viewing a feed directly. Here are some ways that your readers can utilize your RSS link.
Everyone has their own preference on how they wish to follow their favorite blogs, so it’s good to provide options. You already have one by sharing the RSS feed URL directly. Readers can use this link to add to their favorite blog reader. A Blog Reader is an online RSS reader where you can collect all of your favorite websites into one place. Some popular blog readers include:
You can group your links into categories to better organize your saved websites.
Follow By Email Updates
Getting blog posts delivered directly to your inbox is another popular option to offer to your readers. Typepad has Feedblitz integrated into the application and it is really easy to set up an email list to deliver your blog posts. If you are familiar with Mailchimp for your newsletter needs, they also offer an RSS-to-email campaign. This way, you can track who on your list is opening your emails to read your post.
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.
After 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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you don't want a traditional blog structure you can use our Front Page feature to showcase different categories in your blog. Readers can click on an image link and see all the posts in that category.
First, you will need to create a page to be used as your Front Page. Customize the page with the text you want, then add the images you created for your categories.
After you have inserted your images, you need the URL’s to the categories you want to showcase. Go to your blog archive, either by clicking on the link in your navigation bar or adding archives.html at the end of your URL.
Click on the category you want to showcase and save the URLs somewhere. Once you have a list of your category URLs, go back to your page and make the images a clickable link.
To make an image a clickable link, click on the image, then click on the Insert/Edit Link button. Add the category URL, then click OK. Do this to all the images you added.
Once you have the front page exactly how you want it, you need to make it the front page. Click on the Settings tab, then click on Posts. Scroll down to Front Page, then select Display a “Page” as the front page. In the drop down, select the page you created. Scroll to the bottom and click on Save Changes.
We did our example with a one column template. This will move all your modules to the bottom of your blog. Create a test blog to make these design changes. Once you have the design perfect, you can apply it to your current blog.
Show off your new blog in our comments! Tell us how do you make your blog, not look like a blog.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
If you are like me, you can get lost in a good TED Talk binge. From Cognitive Science to Farming, TED has everything you need. Recently during a trip down the rabbit hole, I found some that I thought would inspire my fellow Typepad bloggers. These are videos to help you get the motivation, time, and understanding you need to keep blogging.
Success, failure and the drive to keep creating
Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple -- though hard -- way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.
How to get better at the things you care about
Working hard but not improving? You're not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you're moving forward
How to gain control of your free time
There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."
Go ahead, make up new words
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
How to start a movement
With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)
How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas
Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.
Share the Ted Talks that inspire you in the comments below!
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