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

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.

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!

You and the New and Improved Dashboard!

May 29, 2012

You might recall that we began releasing a new and improved dashboard to Typepad users a few months ago. We're happy to say that as of today, this has been released to each and every Typepad subscriber!

You can read more about the new and improved Dashboard in the Knowledge Base.

We hope you enjoy using its new features!

Recommended Links Soon Available for All Subscribers!

May 23, 2012

Recommended Links is now available to all Typepad bloggers!

Last month, we integrated Zemanta's recommended links feature into Typepad Compose.  A majority of Typepad subscribers now see this feature when blogging and, starting tomorrow, it will be available in all Typepad accounts!

We hope that you find the recommended links feature incredibly useful!  Be sure to check the Knowledge Base if you have any questions on how it works.

Ramping up the Zemanta integration

May 10, 2012

Hey, remember when we told you about how we integrated Zemanta into the compose experience? The beta testing of Zemanta was hugely successful, with thousands of Recommend Links having been generated and inserted into posts. 

Due to the success of the integration in its beta state, we are now ramping up access to Zemanta across all English language accounts. 

Feel free to reach out if you have feedback you'd like to share with the community. We hope you'll continue to use and enjoy the Recommend Links feature. 


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