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Forward your Typepad Email to Gmail

Forward your Typepad Email to Gmail

When you purchase a domain through Typepad you get 2 free email addresses with that domain. To learn how to set up your free emails, check out the "Get an email address with your domain!" post. Once you have successfully set up your email address, you may not want another place to check emails. Here we will walk through how to forward your emails to your Gmail account. 

After you have set up your email address, you are given the POP, IMAP, and SMTP information to configure your account in other email clients. For Gmail, you will need the POP and the SMTP. We recommend you  save this information somewhere safe.  You will also need the Email address (Username), Password and webmail URL. You will need to log into your webmail account because Gmail will send a verification to that email address to complete the set up.

Tip: If you misplaced this information you can find it in your domain account. Go to domains.typepad.com and log in. Click on My Account, then under Manage Free Service type in your domain and select Email Services from the drop down. Click on Manage Users/ Accounts, then you click on the email address. Here you will see the mail settings. If you forgot your webmail password you can reset it here too. To log into your webmail go to: http://webmail.yourdomain.com

Let's get started! 

First, log into your Gmail account and Click on the Cog on the top right, then click on Settings. Click on the Accounts and Import tab across the top (in some versions it is just Account). Next to Check mail from other accounts, click on Add a mail account. In the pop-up,  add the new email address and click Next. On the next page, select Import emails from my other account (POP3) and click on Next.

Here you will add the Username, Password and POP link  you received for your webmail account. We recommend you select Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server. You will have the email in your webmail account and in your gmail account. This is helpful in case there is ever an issue with Gmail servers receiving your email. Then click on Add Account.

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You will be asked if you want to send emails from this address. Click on Yes, I want to be able to send mail as (your email address) and click on Next. Enter the name you want to be shown and make sure to check Treat as an alias, then click Next Step.  Now you are asked to configure the SMTP. Enter the SMTP link, Username, and Password to your webmail. Click on Add Account.

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An email will be sent to your webmail account to verify. Log into your webmail account by going to http://webmail.yourdomain.com and open the verification email.  Click on the link or get the verification code from that email. After you have clicked on the verification link, you will also be sent an email to your gmail account asking to verify your information.  Once both email clients have verified the accounts, you are all done.

You will start receiving your emails in Gmail and you can send from your new email address as well. If you have not bought a domain yet, what are you waiting for? Purchase your domain through Typepad today!  

You can also forward your emails to Outlook, check out the post Forward your email to Outlook.


Get an email address with your domain!

Email domain

When you purchase a domain through Typepad you also get two free email addresses that use your domain. You can use the webmail services to send and receive emails or you can forward them to a different email address. An email address from your domain has a professional look, it will give your blog and business more credibility.  

Set up your email address

First, you will need to log in to Typepad Domains by going to:

Manage Free Serviceshttp://domains.typepad.com/login.php

Once logged in, you will click on the Welcome tab, then click on My Account. Under Manage Free Services, type in your domain  and select Email Service from the drop down menu. You will be taken to a new page. Under Actions click on New User to create a new email address with your domain. You will need to fill out:

  • Name
  • Desired Email Address
  • Alternative Email Address for important communications
  • Country of User
  • Language of User


Once you have filled out the information you will click on Add User. After you have successfully created your email address you are given a personal webmail URL to check your email and a username and password. Make sure to copy this information and save it in a safe place.

Final successful registration

Next up....

Busy bloggers may not need another place to check email. You can forward your emails to Gmail, check out the post Forward your Typepad Email to Gmail. You can also forward your emails to Outlook, check out the post Forward your email to Outlook.


Improve Your Blog SEO With Your Images

Images are a great way to enhance your blog content, but did you know that your images can improve your blog’s SEO too?

Search engines provide image results and just like your meta description, it also scans what information is saved for your image files. Besides using a relevant image that is related to your content, things such as file name, size, and description are just as important.

Usually, when saving an image taken from a camera or uploaded from your smartphone, it will generate a filename of random characters and numbers. If you have a gorgeous photo you took of the Eiffel Town, file name “IMG_325.jpg” does not tell Google that this is an image of the Eiffel Tower. Renaming your file something relevant such as “eiffel_tower.jpg” will increase its chances of being pulled for a search result.

If you’re not aware of your image size settings on your camera, your images may be saved as a very large file. Image size will impact your blog loading time, so if search engines find these images taking too long to load, it will also not show up in search results at a decent rank. Reducing the file size will improve your image visibility in search results. ImageOptim (https://imageoptim.com/) is a great tool you can use to adjust the size of your image files for your blog.

How to use SEO with your blog images

Don't forget your image description! This is what search engines use to categorize your images.  Upload your image in to your post, then double-click the image to make additional edits. In the image edit pop-up window, you can change the description for the image. By default, the file name will appear as the description.  Here you can change this into something more descriptive.  

The description does not appear on the published blog post but it is saved within the HTML for the image:

How to use SEO with your blog images

By paying more attention to the images you add to your blog, it will be easier for search engines to index your images and share your content with others.


A few of our favorite things

Favorite things

There are so many features in Typepad, it is hard to list them all. We want to share with you some of our team's favorite features.

 

Brianna’s favorite feature: Google Analytics Brianna quote

Google Analytics‎ is a web analytics service offered by Google. This free service tracks and reports website traffic. Google offers data collection and management that gives you a comprehensive view of your customers.

Add Google Analytics to your blog

 

Jen’s favorite feature: Navigation Bar

The Navigation Bar is a great feature that lets you provide links to your blog, pages, ads, and images under your banner. We give you with the option to provide a simple Title and URL or input your own custom HTML.

Navigation bar

 

Marilyn’s favorite feature: Disqus Comments

Marilyn quote Disqus is a free third-party comment application that provides you with more management options for your comments.  Disqus is a great way to build an active community.  You can design your comment section to match your branding and Disqus offers analytics about your commenters!

Disqus

 

Kymberlie’s favorite feature: Password Protection

Password protection is a great way to give readers access to exclusive content. You can add password protection to a specific blog, photo albums or your entire site.  You can set up a universal username and password or give each reader their own!

Password

 

 Laura’s favorite feature: Embed Your Own HTML Module:

Laura quoteThe Embed Your Own HTML module is so universal. The name says it all, you add any code you have been given in this module and it will show on your blog. You can add multiple Embed Your Own HTML modules;  title them to keep track of what you have!

HTML Mod

 

Brenna’s favorite feature: Design Labs

More and more people are looking for information on their phones and tablets. Responsive themes can be applied to your site and easily customized. These themes will adjust to display perfectly on any size device.

Responsive

 

Anna’s favorite feature: Domain Registrations and Mapping

Purchase a branded domain through Typepad. This makes it really easy to map your custom domain to your blog. Easily search through domains that are available and purchase with your Typepad billing information.  

Domain registration

 


Share Your Blog Posts With Shareaholic

Social Media is growing by the day with new apps popping up where we can communicate with our friends, family, and reach a new audience.  At Typepad, we understand that our bloggers want to share their content and want to make it easy for their readers to share their blog posts.  Today we want to tell you about a great resource that let's you do just that - Shareaholic (www.shareaholic.com).  Shareaholic can help you grow your blog traffic and engage your readership.

Sign in by creating your free account. At your “Site Tools Dashboard” click the blue “Add Website” button and enter your blog information.

Your blog will be given a Site ID.  Click the “Get Setup Code” button where you are given a Javascript code to add to your blog:

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This code can be inserted in the Head module which is available for Unlimited plans and higher.  You can find it under Design > Head, paste this code here.

Once the code is saved, go back to your Shareaholic Site Tools Dashboard and click “Verify Site.”  Once your site is verified, the blue button will disappear and a green bar will appear at the top of the screen saying your blog has been verified.

You will see share buttons floating on the left of your blog. These buttons can share your main blog page, we will get to sharing individual blog posts soon! 


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If you do not want these buttons to appear here, you can disable “Floated Share Buttons” from your Shareaholic dashboard.

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To add Share buttons to your blog posts, scroll down to “Inline Apps” and click the “Add Inline Apps Location” button, select “Share Buttons”:

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This will take you to a new page where you set up the style and location of your buttons. You can customize the size, shape, color, and which social buttons you want to share. You can even include a “Sharing is caring!” title.

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The code snippet provided on top should be saved in your blog’s Signature module at Design > Content > Signature. Once you save this code in your design, you will find your new share buttons in the bottom of your blog posts, above the built in post footer.

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You can always sign in to your Shareaholic account to update your share button setting. When you do, you do not need to add a new code to your blog, it will automatically update for you.  You can test out your new buttons to make sure the connection works.  When a blog post is shared, the visitor will see a “Thanks for sharing!” pop-up from Shareaholic.

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The where and how of receiving support

Your support team is only ever a click or two away, and we take pride in being able to say that we offer support every day of the year. We all reside in different areas of the U.S., allowing us to make ourselves available across multiple time zones for all users. You can find us on social media, not just via the Help tab in your account, and we're available via email as well. It's important to us that you can reach us easily and quickly, so we do our best to respond to every single contact so that you feel heard and helped.

Here's a rundown of where and how to contact us:

  • Twitter
    Make sure you follow @typepad on Twitter so you can keep track of when we release new features, make platform status updates, and share our blog posts with tips and tricks for your own blog.
  • Facebook
    We're available on Facebook as well, and invite you to Like the Typepad page to keep up to date with the blog, help topics, and more. We recommend clicking the drop down option for the Like button on the page and setting it so you see Typepad posts first. This will help you to see any important information at the top of your news feed when it becomes available.
  • Everything Typepad
    We like writing the blog posts for you, but we enjoy interacting with you in the comments even more. Leaving a comment is a great way to reach out to us about a specific topic we're discussing.
  • Email
    On the rare occasion that Typepad is, or appears to be, down, or when you can only describe an issue by way of a screenshot that needs to be attached to your message, an email can be the best method of contact. You can always reach us by sending that email to support(at)typepad.com.
  • Support Help Desk
    We want you to contact us when you're stumped or curious. Helping you find the tool or information you're looking for, or working out how to help you with a specific idea you have, is what we enjoy doing. We don't want you to feel it's difficult or intimidating to reach out for the help you need, which is why we've made it easy to open a help ticket to reach out to us. Simply click the Help link at the top of your account dashboard, then on the "New Ticket" link that appears on the Help screen. Tell us a bit about what you need help with, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. That's it!

Short of a direct telepathic line, the above methods are the best way to keep track of what's happening here at Typepad, as well as reaching out to us for help you may need. Is there another method of contact you think would be of help? Have a favorite "I needed help and Typepad came through for me when..." story? Share it with us in the comments below! We eat that stuff up.


Let's talk add-ons!

There are areas in your Typepad account that you may not remember, or even know, exist. Do you know where you can consider enabling Disqus comments, setting up Google Analytics, using Typekit for custom fonts, or connecting to a Bit.ly account?

In your Settings, there is an Add-On section, which is where you can find more than a few areas in which to boost different areas of your blog. Let's learn more about them at Blog > Settings > Add-Ons!

Disqus Comments

Typepad offers an option to integrate Disqus comments into your blog. This offers greater options for you and your readers for commenting. Learn more.

Google Analytics

A comprehensive, in-depth look at your blog's traffic, Google Analytics is a feature you should make full use of; and it's pretty easy to setup! Learn more.

Typekit Fonts

Typekit is a font provider that allows you to set custom fonts for your entire blog. All you need to know is the CSS class or ID for the area you wish to apply the font, and then integrate that font library into your blog in the Add-ons section. Learn more.

Bit.ly Link Shortener

Using a link shortening service is a great way to fit your content into 140 characters, and Typepad makes it easy to integrate your existing Bitly account. With the integration comes the additional statistics that Bitly tracks for the shortened URLs. Learn more.

And that's that! Are there other services you wish you could integrate into Typepad in an easy way? We'd love to hear what those are, and why they're important to you.


Did you know? Typepad is on Pinterest!

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

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

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!