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.  

Domain registration

 


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.


More Shops on Typepad to help you find the perfect gift

Final Shop Typepad

Shop Typepad is a great way to support your fellow bloggers! Check out some of them below.

Botanical Paperworks

Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper that is made with post-consumer materials (no trees harmed for this paper!) and embedded with seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. All that is left behind is flowers, herbs or vegetables and no waste. It's easy to plant and grow.

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A Fanciful Twist

Whimsical art from Vanessa Valencia. You can get prints, journals, cosmetic bags and much more. Each one beautifully made. Handmade items that make a great gift for friends and family. 

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A Daily Monster

Unique monsters from the head of Stefan G. Bucher.  Great gifts for the little monster or monster lover in your life.  These monsters have invaded computer screens all over the world! Bring one home today!

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Now in Typepad: Upload Multiple Images to Posts!

It's a little early for Christmas, but we're bringing you a present now - the ability to upload multiple images at once to a post!

Now, when you insert an image into your post, you have the option to choose one or more images at the same time.  Simply select the files you want to insert - either non-consecutive or consecutive - and you're done!

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We're working on adding some more refinements, like respecting the order choice when choosing files, but we wanted to get this sweet little surprise out to you as soon as possible!

If you have any suggestions or questions on this or any other feature, the Typepad Support Team is only a click away!


Don’t know what to get someone… Donate in their name!

Donate

For those that are hard to shop for, donating in their name is a great gift! Find a charity they believe in and support. Donate the money you would have spent on a present to the organization. Shop Typepad has a few non-profits for you to consider!

 

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is a non-profit organization devoted to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about their efforts to save the bay through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration.

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Daily Dose of Dogs

Donate to Winnie’s Wish Cat Rescue & Shelter for the animal lover in your life. They provide care for homeless dogs and cats until a loving home is available. This shelter provides needed medical care, socialization,  and a place to be before they can be adopted out to their forever home.
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Humane Society of the US

Your monthly support will help their campaigns to shut down puppy mills, end dog fighting, stop the Canadian seal hunt, reduce the suffering of animals on factory farms, and so much more.

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Moms Against Hunger

Help thousands of families around the world that are hungry. Help Moms Against Hunger provide food for those in need in so many nations.

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A Future and a Hope

A Future and a Hope is all about bringing futures to those without any. They  do this by caring for children directly, paying school fees, paying for health care, buying relief food, and now building a farm. Your donation goes to help these children in Kenya.

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Let Shop Typepad Help You Find The Perfect Gift

Final Shop Typepad

 

Shop Typepad is a great way to support your fellow bloggers! Check out some of them below. 

Shabby Cottage Adorned is a handcrafted jewelry and hair ornaments store. Romantic and vintage inspired artisan jewelry with modern styling. Give the gift of handmade to your loved one or wear it with pride. Designed and created with love by artist Gail Schmidt, one at a time at her home studio in Tennessee.

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The Tea Lover's Archives have amazing teas and tea related gifts for the tea lover in your life. The great selection of teas includes many different White Teas, Green Teas, Oolong Teas, Black Teas, Puerh Teas and Tisanes. Get your hot water ready and order today! 

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Welcome to A Beautiful Mess! Run by sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman.  Together they own A Beautiful Mess, a women's lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle. Here you can find all your scrap-booking needs and other fun accessories. 

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Is anyone paying attention?

Attention

Creating your blog post is the first step. Getting people to pay attention is the second, and maybe the hardest. Everyone says you need to post to social media, use SEO, etc. But just doing these does not guarantee people will pay attention. Your content needs to have a purpose and provide quality to your readers.  If it does not, then why should readers care?

In Nicolas Cole’s article “9 Reasons Nobody Pays Attention to Your Content (You Need to Hear This)” shows you what not having a purpose looks like. Read them closely. Make sure your blog does not fall into any of these reasons.

Some reasons no one is looking at your content:

  1. Your content is the same as that of everyone else in your niche.
  2. You have no real message.
  3. You don't follow best practices.
  4. You never collaborate.
  5. You don't understand your audience.
  6. You aren't consistent.
  7. You make today what you made yesterday.
  8. You don't provide enough value.
  9. You don't teach people anything.

Read the whole article here.

Share what you do to make sure your blog gets attention and remains relevant. 


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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