Random Acts of Kindness Winners!

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Congratulations to everyone that entered our Random Acts of Kindness drawing through social media and our mailing list. We are ready to announce our winners!

Grand Prize Winner: 1 year free

Hearts EncouragedHearts Encouraged: A Spiritual Wellness Ministry
www.heartsencouraged.com

Two First Place Winners: 6 months off

SocietyWetmore-Hardcrabble Genealogical and Historical Society
www.wetmorehistoricalsociety.com
Quilts

 

 

Quilts for Orphans
quiltsfororphans.typepad.com

 

 Two Second Place Winners: 3 months off

CTE

Association for Career and Technical Education
ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/

Hope

A Future and a Hope
www.purechristianity.blogs.com

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Using FeedBlitz to turn readers into subscribers

In today's busy world, with so many different sources of information out there, it's hard to remember to keep checking back at a particular website to see if new content has been posted. You can make it easier for readers of your blog to keep up with your latest posts by offering subscription options.

Typepad offers blog feeds as a built-in feature, which is great for your more web-savvy readers. However, you may want to consider providing more subscription options to your readers by connecting your blog to our partner service, FeedBlitz. Please note that FeedBlitz is a paid service that is in addition to your monthly Typepad subscription fee.

FeedBlitz's basic service allows you to create an enhanced feed that is easier for people to read and know how to subscribe than the built-in Typepad feed may be. Hop on over to our Knowledge Base to learn how to set up a FeedBlitz account. Once you have set up your feed with FeedBlitz, you can connect it to Typepad so people accessing your Typepad feed automatically see the enhanced version. On the Settings > Feeds page for your blog in Typepad, click the "Connect to FeedBlitz" button. This will open a little pop-up window where you can enter the URL of your new FeedBlitz feed. Click OK in the pop-up when you're done and then save changes.

Connect to FeedBlitz

FeedBlitz's enhanced feed feature is great, but may still be confusing for some of your readers, especially those who may be less web-savvy. In this case, we recommend checking out FeedBlitz's email subscription feature. This allows you to create an email sign-up form to place in the sidebar of your blog. After readers sign up through this, they will start receiving an email each time your blog is updated - a great way to remind them to come back and read your latest!

Are you using FeedBlitz subscription services for your blog? Are there other services you would recommend to keep readers coming back? Let us know in the comments!


Tips to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

Of course, you want to increase the reach of your blog. We have some tips for you! Even if you have an established blog and audience, it is a good idea to check every once in a while that you are doing everything you can to optimize incoming traffic.

Share share share!

You may already share your posts to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media services, but you also want to make it easy for readers to share your posts and expand your audience. Buttons to share your posts can be quickly added to the footer of each post at Design > Content > Post Footer. Learn more.

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Search Engine Optimization

Google has excellent reference tools for webmasters to comply with their rules for SEO. Keep in mind that Google changes their requirements regularly, and it is a good idea to take a moment to check Google's Webmaster Help Guide to make sure you are in compliance. Learn more.

Meta Data and Title Keywords

When a new post is crawled by Google and other search engines, the meta data and post title are key to make sure your post is categorized correctly in search results. The Compose page has a Keywords field where you can add keywords and short phrases separated by commas that best describe your post. Additionally, the Excerpt field can be utilized to add a short description of the post. (If you don't include an Excerpt, the first paragraph will be used as the meta description.)

Meta Keywords and Description

Also, the Post Title and Permalink should also include keywords that describe your post to make it clear to a potential visitor what the post is about. Learn more.

Do you have other tips for increasing traffic? Let us know in the comments!


Two New Features: Drag and Drop Multiple Images and Uploading Files to Help Tickets

Today we're happy to announce that we've added two new features to Typepad that ought to make life a little easier for you.

The first is the ability to drag and drop multiple images when uploading them on the Compose page.  This allows you to put them in the order you prefer.  Please note that this is for Beta Team members only.

To use this feature, simply click the Insert Image button on the Compose page and select multiple images.  You'll then see something like this:

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Now just drag and drop the images into the order you prefer.  Simple!

If you aren't already a member of the Beta Team, you may want to join soon. We've got some more changes in the works for images and you won't want to miss out!

Have a screenshot of a behaviour you want to show us? A file you're having difficulties uploading? The second feature allows you to easily add files to your help tickets.  Just click the "Browse..." button at the bottom of the ticket page, find the file, and select it.  Now, when you submit your ticket, the file will be included for the Typepad Support Team to review.

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We hope that these new features make Typepad even more useful for you! As always, let us know if there's a feature you'd like to see in Typepad.  We're always working to make Typepad the best it can be for you and your suggestions are key in this.


Be Discovered: 3 Sites to Help You Be the Next Big Blogger

Increase blog traffic

When your traffic starts to plateau it can be tough to figure out where you can go to get discovered. You probably have your tried and true sites you are active on, like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. There is more of the internet out there for you to explore. Check out these content sharing and forum sites. Share your knowledge and get traffic to your blog.

Stumbleupon

StumbleUpon is a fun site that shows you different websites that have to do with your interest. A reader will set up an account and select what interests them. Then they click on Stumble and it will show them a site that is similar to their interest. You can easily set up an account and start adding content. When you add your blog post, you can tag what the post is about and add more tags to help it get found.

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Reddit

Reddit (also known as the front page of the internet) is a community of members that submit content for the benefit of the community. Community members will then vote up and comments on each other's posts. There are different interest groups called subreddits. Find a subreddit that you can contribute to. Submit your blog post and comment on others. This is also a great way to find content for your blog and get your content out there. Look at the posts, see if you can write a blog post that would provide insight.

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Imgur is an image sharing community. You can upload images on Imgur and share them with the community. When you add an image, give it a title and image description. In the image description you can add a link back to your blog post. Use a URL shortener, like Bitly, to keep your description neat. Your image will be up voted or down voted by the community. Turn your blog post into an infographic and promote it on Imgur. Whatever you post on Imgur you want to make sure to provide fun and interesting content, not just an advertisement. 

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Tell us the unusual places you go to promote your blog content! 


Gaining Confidence in Typepad by Trial and Error

Gaining Confidence in Typepad by Trial and Error

Seven years ago, ready to shift from utilizing a free blogging platform to freedom over my design, I realized the blogs, whose interface most closely matched the blog I hoped to build, used Typepad. Once my blog's content transferred, I set the intention not only to redesign my blog, but learn how to do so as independently as possible. I didn't have previous knowledge in web design or a lot of money or time to invest. Thankfully, I quickly realized thanks to Typepad's user-friendly interface and online Knowledge Base, as long as I was willing to experiment and play, I could create the blog I envisioned.

The colors, formatting, the sidebars, and banner of my blog have changed over the years, but what hasn’t is my confidence in being able to easily learn and apply Typepad’s features with little to no challenge. I say this because Typepad is easy to use and I am willing to play. "Play" meaning test out features, search their Knowledge Base, and sometimes hit preview over and over again.

If someone tracked a single change on my blog, they might see a color, font, or a sidebar image change multiple times. I appreciate how easily this happens. I go to Theme Builder, play with size and color. I experiment with how images, links, borders, and columns look. In the Content section, I can seamlessly add a new tab on my navigation bar, quickly move sidebar images, and again, thanks to Typepad's Knowledge Base, create buttons using HTML.

There are many reasons why I enjoy blogging; one, I didn’t expect I'd like utilizing web design. Financially, I need to be able to facilitate all aspects of my blog, and I need reliable help when I know what I want to do but don’t have the expertise to figure it out. Typepad allows me to play and learn, make mistakes, and quickly fix them. I thank Typepad’s thoughtful and user-friendly platform for this. Never once have I made a design decision and worried I couldn’t change it back or would need excessive amounts of time to correct the mistake.

Typepad helps me share my story without the stress of needing prior web design expertise to do so. The skill set I've received developing my blog with Typepad has given me the confidence to format professional ezines, newsletters, and web pages. While I can now navigate other, less user-friendly platforms, my preference remains here, where I know I have the tools to keep building.

Kelly Sage is a certified facilitator with Women Writing for (a) Change and the Young Women Writing for (a) Change Coordinator. She facilitates adult, young women, and homeschool writing circles. In her former life she was a middle and high school English teacher. She writes about homeschooling and living with young children on her blog, www.sagetribe02.com.


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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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 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!

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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.

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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.  

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Be a Guest Blogger for Typepad

Guest Blogger

You have learned a lot from blogging.  Now is your chance to share that experience with other Typepad bloggers. Typepad is looking for Guest Bloggers to speak about their blogging experience.

Content on our blog reaches thousands of bloggers seeking advice on how to use Typepad, best blogging practices and showcasing new Typepad features. We also provide the latest news and blogging trends.

If you are interested in providing your blogging insight we have a few requirements.

Tone of your blog post

All content on our blog must be useful, relevant to our bloggers, and well-written. The tone should be casual and helpful. Think of yourself as sharing knowledge with a friend who may be unfamiliar with the topic. We love posts that have personality and are interesting. Let your voice shine through.

Post Requirements

There are no topic requirements, but your post should be helpful to other bloggers. It can be about your own blogging experience, use of a Typepad feature, or a 3rd party feature that has helped your blog. If you are unsure if a topic is appropriate, ask us. Let us know why you think the topic is beneficial to Everything Typepad readers and we would be happy to speak with you about it.

The post should not be more than 1,000 words. It should be about one topic, singular in focus. We like our posts to include one main image. If you cannot provide an image, we can provide a stock image for you. The content has to be unique, and written by you.

The post should be formatted for the web. Please use short paragraphs, subheadlines, and bullet points when needed. Include real world examples if you can. We will edit for quality, spelling, grammar, structure, and flow. If major revisions are necessary, we will contact you.

Talking about yourself and your blog

At the end of the post you are welcome to include a little blurb about yourself and your blog. Please keep it short and include one link back to your blog. You are welcome to include a logo or an image of yourself in this section.

Submitting your article

After you submit your blog post idea, you will receive an email from Typepad with instructions on how to submit your full article. You will be asked to put your article in the body of an email, with images attached to the email. 

The blog post will be featured on Everything Typepad and promoted on all of Typepad’s social media sites.

Get started writing!

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Editing your blog

Editor

If you are anything like me, editing your blog post can be a daunting matter. You think it sounds great, but there are things that spell check cannot pick up. There are many techniques that can help with editing, from taking time after you write to having another person read your blog. I have tried them all. I have found that when time is of the essence, there are two free programs I count on.

Hemingway App

Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. Put in text and see where you can simplify your text. You will see the Readability level along with highlighting sentences that may be hard to read. My favorite part is it shows you when you use the passive voice.

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Grammarly

This is a great app that offers a free and premium version. I use the free version and find it is everything I need. It helps correct hundreds of complex writing errors. You can either paste in your text to their editor or you can download their extensions for Word or your browser. When you have the extension on your browser you can see what is wrong and change it on the Typepad Compose page.

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Share the editing programs and techniques you use to edit your writing in the comments.