Typepad on Pinterest: The Poached Egg

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Did you know Typepad is on Pinterest? It's true! We love pinning and repinning great content from Typepad blogs in every genre, and we're always looking for great, inspirational content. Are you on Pinterest? Drop your link in the comments, and don't forget to follow Typepad right here! If you're not on Pinterest yet, check it out - it's a great way to promote your blog and connect with others!

Want some inspiration? Check out our featured pinner, The Poached Egg.

The Poached Egg is a collection of original articles from noted apologists, biblical scholars, philosophers, scientists, and historians. The Poached Egg is a one-stop shop for discovering vital resources and their goal is to be the one website every Christian has bookmarked and shares with their church community, skeptics of Christianity, family and friends, and fellow believers.

FOLLOW: Blog | Pinterest

Want to promote your Pinterest account on your Typepad blog? Just go to Blogs > Content and add the Pinterest Widget to your Sidebar via the center menu. While you're there, make your blog posts "pinable" by adding the Pin It button to your post footers.

Want even more? Learn how to promote your blog on Pinterest and follow Typepad at www.pinterest.com/typepad.


Open Links in a New Window in Your Link Typelist

We've added a new feature to Link Typelists that we think everyone will find exciting - the ability to open links in a new window with just one click!

If you want to have all of your Typelist links open in a new window, simply go to the Settings tab for the Typelist, check the box, and save your changes.

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If you prefer to have only individual links open link in a new window - perhaps you've got a Typelist with a mixture of your own blog links and links to other sites - you can do this by going to the individual link, checking the box, and saving your changes.

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We hope you find this new feature useful!  As always, if you have any questions or would like to make your own suggestions for how to improve Typepad, the support team is only a click away!


Adding A New Blog To Your Account

If you have a Typepad Pro plan, adding a new blog to your account is quick and easy.  You can have up to 4 blogs with a Plus plan.  Unlimited, Premium, and Enterprise plans give you an unlimited amount of blogs you can save and publish. 

A few reasons to add an additional blog include wanting to start publishing content that may not fit in your default blog, host Password Protected content you want to share on your other blogs like downloads you are selling through your main blog, or a "Test" blog where you can try out new themes before applying them to your main blog.

There are two ways you can add a blog to your account.  From your Dashboard, the first way is by clicking "Blogs" in the top Navigation Bar, and select "Add a Blog."

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 11.58.12 AMThe second way (also in your Dashboard) is located under "Manage My Blogs" - click the link "Create a Blog" at the bottom of your blog names.

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 11.59.08 AMBoth links will bring you to the "Add a Blog" page where you set up your new blog's name and folder name.  The root name of your new blog will still be your Typepad domain name (ie: example.typepad.com). If you want your new blog to have a unique name that is separate from your other Typepad blogs, we recommend setting up Domain Mapping.   

Are you currently managing more than one blog? Share your tips on keeping them current in the comments.


Blog Spring Cleaning Part 3: Final Round!

If you've been following along with our short Spring Cleaning series, it's time to do one last round of tidying. Here's a quick list of recommendations to go through for your own blog.

If your blog is loading a bit slowly, it might be time to take a serious look at your main page. Check out our Knowledge Base article on Improving your Blog's Load Time.

We push our responsive designs a lot here on Everything Typepad and that's for one very good reason - many of your readers visit your blog via a smartphone or tablet and responsive designs look awesome on those devices. If you haven't taken the time to learn about responsive design, now is the time to do it. Read all about it here.

Tip: We offer design services exclusively for Typepad subscribers. We've been helping Typepad members set up shiny new responsive designs for their blogs with great success. You can contact us here.

Does your blog's banner need a facelift to include a new logo or updated info? Maybe a new color palette for spring?

Have you checked that your Other Accounts are up to date? Do you have those showing in your blog's sidebar so readers can follow you on social media?

Is your Billing Info up to date?

Do you receive our monthly newsletter? It's packed full of fun news and tips that you won't want to miss.

If you have an About Me page, give it a quick read to make sure the details are current. Same goes for contact and other supplemental pages associated with your blog!

Are you making it easy for readers to share your content on their social media sites? You can easily add sharing buttons to your post footers in Blogs > Design > Content.

That's it for our Spring Cleaning series. Have you been following along? Make sure to comment on this post to tell us!


Put a spotlight on recent posts of interest

People may visit a blog for a variety of reasons - perhaps they know you, the blogger, or they found your blog through a search engine. They'll return to your blog if they realize you post regularly about topics of interest to them.

There are a number of ways you can highlight content of interest on your blog. Today we're going to look at the Spotlight Posts module. The Spotlight Posts module allows you to display content from some of your posts in your blog's sidebar. These can be the most recent posts overall, or posts from a specific category.

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Perhaps a particular category on your blog always gets a lot of readers and you'd like to highlight that. You could also create a category for posts you think are particularly important or interesting and that you'd like to draw your readers' attention to. The Spotlight Posts module allows you to do either of these.

To add the Spotlight Posts module, go to the Design > Content page for your blog and locate the module in the list. Click on it to select it, then click the "Add module" button. This will open a pop-up window where you can select the options you would like to use for the module.

First, enter a title for the module. This will display on the blog, so you'll want to pick something that you think will catch the interest of your readers. Next, choose the number of posts you want to display. We recommend setting this to a relatively small number, such as 3 to 5 posts. This ensures that the content is recent and fresh and it doesn't take over your sidebar. You will then choose the category whose posts you wish to spotlight. If you don't choose a category, the module will display the most recent posts from any category.

Spotlight Posts configuration

You can choose to display a thumbnail image for each post. If the post has more than one image, the first image in the post will be displayed. If there is no image, then no thumbnail will display. If you post a lot of photos to your blog, we recommend displaying a thumbnail image in the Spotlight Posts module. Photos draw the reader's eye much more strongly than text does.

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You can also choose to display an excerpt of the post's text. The excerpt can serve as a teaser for the full post, intriguing visitors enough to click through and read the whole thing. For maximum impact, use the Excerpt field on the Compose page to set a custom excerpt for your post as you write it.

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After you've chosen the settings you want, click OK, then drag and drop the module to the place in your sidebar that you would like to display it.

With the Spotlight Posts module added to your blog you can be sure that no matter how visitors get to your blog, they'll see a teaser for content that you've highlighted for their interest.

Are you using the Spotlight Posts module on your blog? Tell us about it in the comments!


Using MailChimp to E-mail Blog Posts

Last month we talked about setting up your blog's RSS feed so that your readers can be notified of new posts.

With your new RSS feed, you can use a third-party like MailChimp to create a campaign so that your readers will get e-mails of new posts.  This can work as as a type of newsletter, letting your readers know that you have new posts.

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You can set up the campaign and even add the sign-up form to your sidebar following the instructions here.  It's a quick and simple way to make sure your readers know about new content on your blog and to keep them coming back for more!

As always, if you have an questions or need anything at all, Typepad Support is always here to help.


Typepad on Pinterest: Smart Apps For Kids

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Did you know Typepad is on Pinterest? It's true! We love pinning and repinning great content from Typepad blogs in every genre, and we're always looking for great, inspirational content. Are you on Pinterest? Drop your link in the comments, and don't forget to follow Typepad right here! If you're not on Pinterest yet, check it out - it's a great way to promote your blog and connect with others!


Want some inspiration? Check out our featured pinner, Smart Apps For Kids.


Smart Apps For Kids is maintained by a team of witty writers and is your one stop blog for quality reviews regarding the best apps available for your kids to enjoy. Reviews also include free and educational apps to download.

FOLLOW: Blog | Pinterest



Want to promote your Pinterest account on your Typepad blog? Just go to Blogs > Content and add the Pinterest Widget to your Sidebar via the center menu. While you're there, make your blog posts "pinable" by adding the Pin It button to your post footers.


Want even more? Learn how to promote your blog on Pinterest and follow Typepad at www.pinterest.com/typepad.



Display Post Excerpts with a Highlighted Image on the Front Page

A quick way to give your blog a new look is to set the Front Page to display excerpts of posts with highlighted images. Excerpts allow you to present multiple posts for new readers to peruse quickly. Then, the reader can click Read more next to any post to read the rest of it.

To set up excerpts, go to Settings > Posts and check the box to Display excerpts. You'll then have the option to Show a featured image. Click Save Changes to update your blog. Learn more.

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With excerpts selected, an additional benefit is that the Front Page will load quickly even if you have opted to display a larger number of posts.

Do you have a blog displaying post excerpts? Share the link to your blog in the comments.


Quickly Insert A Table Into Your Blog Post

One of the great features added to our Compose Page update was the ability to insert a Table in to your blog post without having to use any HTML.   Previously, if you wanted to share a table, you had to switch to the HTML editor and input the HTML code for tables which can be pretty involved depending on how many rows and columns your table had.

Now, you can easily insert a table by clicking the "Table" link above your format buttons in the Rich Text Editor:

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After highlighting and clicking the amount of columns and rows you want for your table, you see a grid appear in the Body of your post. Don't panic if it looks small!  You can click and drag on the squares that appear in each of the corners to adjust the size of your table and cells.

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Here is an example of a Text Table    We have made it much easier to add rows and columns

You can format individual cells or text within each cell to make them bold, another color, and much more.

You can remove the border in the "Table Properties" settings.

 

Tables are also a good way to insert smaller images in the same row without having to worry about what it will do with your alignment or spacing.  Simply click in the cell so the cursor appears, and then click the "Insert Image" button.  You will want to change the size of your image to be smaller so that there is room for the other images to fit.

 

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You can read more about our Compose page in our Knowledge Base.


Blog Spring Cleaning Part 2: Settings

Spring is here! If you enjoyed our check list for tidying up your sidebars, we invite you to take a look at your blog's inner-workings. From the Dashboard, click on Settings under Manage My Blogs. There's something to check in each section but it won't take much time.

  • On the Basics page, make sure your Blog Description is up-to-date, especially if it shows on the blog itself.
    • If you have a Welcome Message, check to make sure that's up-to-date as well. This will be the first thing new readers see when they visit your blog!
  • The SEO page has the main option to publicize your blog.
    • If your blog is publicized, you'll want to make sure you've also enabled the Google Sitemap option.
    • Check that your Meta Keywords and Description are relevant and specific, spelled properly,  and truly descriptive. You may want to check out some resources on best practices for tips on how to choose the right description, as well as information on how search engines actually use that content.
  • Your Sharing settings are super important if you're active on social media. Facebook and/or Twitter might be the main sources your readers look to for updates from your blog. Make sure you have those accounts connected and ready for sharing.
  • The Feeds page has everything related to the RSS feeds for your blog. We've added some newer options there for Category and Author feeds, so make sure you check those settings.
  • The Add-ons page has options you may not be aware of.
    • For an enhanced commenting experience, you can turn on Disqus commenting.
    • If you'd like more detailed information about your visitors, you can connect your blog to Google's Analytics service.
    • There are also options for using TypeKit for web fonts and using the bitly link shortening and tracking service.
  • You probably haven't taken a look at the Post settings page in quite some time. Check the settings there to make sure they suit your blog.
    • There's a newer feature at the bottom to automatically show Auto-Generated Excerpts from the posts on the main index and archive pages. This can improve your blog's load time substantially.
  • Categories are a great way to organize your blog's posts by topic. However, too many categories can be counter-productive. We recommend taking some time to go through the Categories and Blogs > Posts listing to see if any categories can be merged or eliminated.
  • For most blogs, the default Comments settings will work wonderfully. We recommend taking a look at the different options to determine which will best suit your blog's needs.

Have you been taking time to spring clean your blog? Share your tips in the comments and we might include those in an upcoming post!