Google Authorship and You

September 10, 2013

Today we are excited to announce our latest partnership: Google!  Wondering what this means for you?  Let us tell you!

Previously, while it was relatively easy to claim the content you author on Google, we've made this process even easier by integrating Google+ Sign-In with Google’s Authorship program.

Starting today, if you connect to Typepad with Google, the articles you publish will now be associated with your Google+ profile automatically. All you need to do is go to Account > Google Settings and connect your profile by clicking the shiny new red Google ‘Sign-In’ button:

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Don't already have a Google+ profile?  Sign up here. Once you've established a connection to your Google+ profile, you may see your name, picture and/or a link to your Google+ profile when your content appears in Search, News and other Google products. This will make your blog stand out, letting your readers easily notice when content is authored by you when they perform related searches:

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You can read more about claiming your content in our Knowledge Base.  And, as always, if you have any questions, we're here for you!

Head Module Available to All Pro Unlimited Subscribers

June 06, 2013

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that a new feature - the Head module - was being released to our Beta team.

We're pleased to announce that today, 100% of our Pro Unlimited subscribers now have this feature!  It's useful for adding custom meta tags, advertising scripts, or third-party libraries.

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The Head module hard at work.

The Head module can be used for lots of exciting things, so we encourage you to check it out at Design > Head.  You can also read more about it in our Knowledge Base.

As always, if you have any questions or need anything, support is just right around the corner.

Typepad Release Notes: New Theme and Beta Feature

May 16, 2013

Today's release is all about a new theme and bringing back our Beta team. We'll have an email out to all of you beta team members in a bit, but we didn't want to hold back on sharing the news with everyone until then. Before we get more into the Beta feature, let's discuss the theme.

Raising the Bar

The latest theme is Highbar, which features the sidebar content pulled up to the top of the browser window, even with the banner and blog title.

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Blue + Cherry Gray + Orange Purple +  Pink Green + Teal

With four color variations to choose from, you're sure to find one that fits your blog's style. You can make it even more suited to your blog by customizing it with Custom CSS if you're an Unlimited subscriber or higher.

Beta Feature

Now available for Beta users, who are also Unlimited subscribers or higher, is a Head module! Found at Design > Head, there is now a customizable field that is similar to how the Custom CSS feature works. Any content you add into the Head section will be inserted into your blog's HTML, but, and get this(!), it is placed directly within the <HEAD> and </HEAD> tags.

How the Head is used
Adding content to the Head at Design > Head

Custom Head content in the source code
Custom Head content showing in the HTML source of a blog

The Head section is a feature that's been asked about for a while, and we're ready to deliver! What's more, we're ready for the Beta team to test the feature with everything you've got. Throw your custom meta tags, jQuery scripts, and more at it. Report anything you think is a bug with how the feature works.

To avoid any issues, make sure to use the Head module with a test blog until you're confident that what you're adding works. Now, if you go and break your test blog because you added something that doesn't belong in the Head section (check out the sidebar tips on the Head page to find out what those items are), then your first step should be to review your code and any instructions you're following. If, after that, you're not sure why the code broke, your second step is to open a ticket and direct us to the blog in question, followed by detailed information on what your attempting. We'll be happy to take a look and provide assistance.

If this sounds awesome and you're NOT a Beta user, then go to Account > Summary and opt into the Beta team. We look forward to hearing from you.

Zemanta Automatic Recommended Links & Posts Feature Live For All Users

May 16, 2013

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the Zemanta Automatic Recommend Links & Posts Feature which we've been rolling out to our subscribers.  As of today, everyone should have this feature.

In case you missed it before, this allows you to it automatically add related posts from your blog to the bottom of each your posts. The above link has more details on the feature, but this video helps explain what's in it for you and your readers:

Have any more questions?  Our Knowledge Base can help you out or you can click the Help link within Typepad to open a new help ticket.

Zemanta Automatic Recommended Links & Posts Feature

April 25, 2013

You may remember last year when we upgraded our Zemanta integration by adding Related Posts to the Compose page. We've now upped the stakes again by adding their Automatic Recommend Links & Posts feature.

Automatic_recommended_linksThe Automatic Recommended Posts feature does just what you think it does - it automatically adds related posts from your blog to the bottom of your posts. Think of it as the easiest way to add a related posts widget, right from the Compose screen.  Starting today in Beta and for 25% of our subscribers, you'll see the option to automatically insert Recommended Posts from your own blog. This is a great way to generate more page views without doing any additional work.

Additionally, if you choose to sign up directly with Zemanta you can participate in their Promoted Content exchange. This means that your content will be promoted across their network to get you new readers and highly relevant 3rd party content will appear on yours. If you meet their size requirements you are also eligible to earn money by displaying sponsor content.

Also note that when you check the box and turn on automatic recommendations the feature is activated for that post and all future posts until you uncheck it. Past posts are not affected. Please tell us below in the comments if you'd like a simple way to turn on Automatic Recommended Posts for all your posts: past and future.

But why link to other bloggers? What's in it for your readers and, more importantly, for you? We'll let Zemanta answer that for you:

We'll be rolling the feature out to the rest of you within the next few weeks, so keep watching your Compose page!

We do have one known issue right now that we wanted to make you aware of.  If you click the "Automated" related links, make sure not to select any of the links manually. This will cause a duplicate in your posts. 

The folks at Zemanta are working on integrating them soon, but for now, you'll need to just either manually select their related posts OR click the "Automatic" checkbox and update their post, but not both.

Have any more questions?  Our Knowledge Base can help you out or you can click the Help link within Typepad to open a new help ticket.

Introducing Metropolitan, a new theme from Typepad

July 31, 2012

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Today we introduce Metropolitan, the latest theme built by Typepad. 

Why we think you'll like Metropolitan

  • Comes with all 5 classic layouts;
  • Has custom fonts via Google Webfonts for headers and body;
  • It's clean, fresh, and has a great professional look.
  • Comes with 2 great color options;
  • Optimized for 300px wide ads;
  • Looks great on mobile devices;
  • Has default social icons for the Other Accounts (grid format only) module; and
  • Allows you to upload your own custom banner image (1000x330px).

Available Colors

Metropolitan - Dark
Metropolitan - Dark
  
Metropolitan - Light
Metropolitan - Light

Are you an Unlimited plan blogger? If so, you can easily customize the background of the blog, replacing its native pinstripe background, with your own. Learn more!

Ready for a design change? If so, then head over to Design > Choose A Theme and apply Metropolitan today!

Introducing Chevron, a new theme from Typepad

July 05, 2012

Chevron, a new theme from Typepad!

Today we're introducing Chevron, the most recent in our stream of new themes.

Why we think you'll like Chevron

  • Comes with all 5 classic layouts;
  • Has a custom font via Google Webfonts for headers and body;
  • It's clean and fresh;
  • Comes with 10 great colors;
  • Optimized for 300px wide ads;
  • Looks great on mobile devices; and
  • Has default social icons for the Other Accounts (grid format only) module

Available Colors

Aqua Blue Buttercup Gray Green Kiwi Metal Pink Tangerine Teal

Continue reading "Introducing Chevron, a new theme from Typepad" »

Introducing Retro, a new theme from Typepad

June 19, 2012

Retro - New Theme from Typepad
Today we're introducing Retro, the most recent in our stream of new themes.

Here's why we think you'll like Retro:

  • Comes with three classic layouts;
  • Has a custom font via Google Webfonts for headers
  • Nice retro feeling without being cheesy;
  • Set a post to be featured and it'll stand out as a great way to grab your readers' attention; and
  • Unlike the majority of other themes, Retro shows off its post footers to the right of their posts (look at that swagger!).

You won't know how amazing this theme is until you try it out yourself. Are you ready to give your blog a great new look? Mosey on over to Design > Choose A Theme and apply Retro today!

Claiming your content with the Google Authorship feature

June 12, 2012

We've discussed branding and owning your blog before; now we want to share how you can take owning your online content to a whole new level with the integration of the Google Authorship feature.

With Typepad and Google working together, the Authorship feature gives you the ability to claim your post and blog content as your own. In the search results, your image and author name will appear as a byline to your content, making your blog stand out.

Google AuthorshipIn order to enable the Google Authorship feature, and have your image show up in Google search results, follow the steps outlined below:

  • Have a Google+ Profile
  • List your Typepad Profile in your Google+ Profile
    • Click the profile icon, then select Edit Profile
    • Edit the Other Profiles section to add your Typepad Profile URL (e.g. http://profile.typepad.com/username)
    • Edit the Contributor To section to add your blog URL (e.g. http://example.typepad.com/ or http://www.example.com/)
  • Have an appropriate headshot on your Google+ Profile
    • Hover mouse over avatar area in Profile, then click "change profile photo"
    • Uploaded image must be at least 250px square
  • Add your Google+ Profile to your Other Accounts list in Typepad
    • Account > Other Accounts (you will only need to add the 21-digit ID from your Google+ Profile URL; do not add the full URL)
  • Add the Author Name attribute to your blog's Post Footer
    • In basic templates, go to Design > Content > Post Footer.
    • In advanced templates, locate the entry footer module code in the Main Index, DateBased, Category, and Individual Archive templates and the following code inside of it:

      <$MTTrans phrase="Posted by [_1] at" param="MTEntryAuthorNickname"$>

      Replace that with:

      Posted by <a rel="author" href="<$MTEntryAuthorProfileURL$>"><$MTEntryAuthorNickname$></a>

      Save your changes.

It can take as little as two days, or as long as two weeks, for your changes to take effect. The length of time it takes for your profile image to appear in search results is determined by a number of factors, and isn't something we can control or guarantee. We recommend waiting a few days, then using the Rich Snippets tool to verify whether the Authorship feature is in effect. When the process is complete, you'll see a display similar to the earlier shared image.

Rereleasing the Aviary Editor

June 06, 2012

The Aviary Editor is now available to all Typepad bloggers!

We have been working hard on resolving the issues with Internet Explorer and the Aviary image editor and we believe we now have a fix in place. Beginning today, we will once again begin rolling out the Aviary image editor to Typepad subscribers.

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The image editor hard at work.

If you're having any problems with the new editor at first, don't panic!  If you're using Internet Explorer 9, you need to make sure that you have not enabled compatibility mode.  Compatibility mode and the new editor are not compatible.

To turn Compatibility View off, click the Compatibility View button in your address bar to make the icon change from a solid blue color to an outline like this:Picture of the Compatibility View button (off)

Microsoft also has more information about the compatibility view option in Internet Explorer.

We recommend that all Internet Explorer 9 users clear their typepad.com cookies and cache after making sure compatibility mode is disabled.  We have more information on how to do this in the Knowledge Base.

If you continue to have problems, please open a help ticket so that we can work directly with you to get you blogging!

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