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Our Favorite Third-Party Integrations: ShareThis

ShareThis Integration

We know how important it is to share your blog content with your readers on social media.  The share buttons we offer in the blog post footer is a popular feature but there is just not enough room to include every social media platform out there.  That is why one of our favorite third-party sources to integrate into Typepad is ShareThis.

Before you create your free account at www.sharethis.com, you must have a Unlimited account or higher as the Head module is required to set this up on your blog. 

When you add your blog, you will get a red message that says: 

We were unable to verify **your blog URL**. Please ensure sharethis.js is copied to header of your site!

Click the "Get the Code" button and copy the code that appears in the pop-up window. Open a new browser window (keep ShareThis open) and in your Typepad account, go to Blogs > (select your blog name) > Design > Head, and paste the code provided and save your update: 

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Then go back to ShareThis and click the "Verify" button and you will get a message saying that the installation was successful.  Now you can create your share buttons! ShareThis allows you to add more share buttons to your blog posts such as LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr, and more. 

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You can set up the "Sticky Share Buttons" that appears on the left side of your blog, "Inline Share Buttons" which appear at the bottom of your blog post, or customize your share buttons.  

If you only want the buttons to appear on the left, just "turn on" the Sticky Share Buttons on top, and click which channels you want to display as well select the alignment, label, size, shape, count, etc.  then you are all set! There is nothing else you need to do.  The buttons should take a few minutes to appear on your blog.  

To add buttons in your blog post footer, there is an additional step which involves using the Signature module in Typepad. In ShareThis, select the "Inline Share Buttons" option. Like the Sticky buttons, turn on Inline Share Buttons, and copy the code: 

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Place this code in your Signature module at Design > Signature, make sure it's checked off to enable it. You can also select which buttons to display, size, shape, and count.  As long as you have the code saved on your blog, any changes you make in ShareThis should be reflected on your blog after a few minutes. 

Here's an example of a blog that has both set up: 

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With some social media platforms getting more strict with automated shares to their feeds, including share buttons to your blog posts is a good way to still share your blog content on places like Facebook and Twitter.  Do you include share buttons on your blog?  Sign in to your Typepad account and get started today!


How To Create An Effective Donation Page

Effective Donation Page

Creating a specific donation page can help tell your readers how and why to donate to your nonprofit or cause. You can add your donation page to your navigation bar, plaster all over social media, and share in print (QR Code or shorten Bilty links). Not only will a good donation page make it easy for readers to donate, it will also explain what that money is going towards, and track any progress in collecting donations.

Create a specific donation page

A specific donation page makes is easy for your readers to know what you are raising money for and how to donate. You can add all your fundraising efforts on one central page that is easy to update. With Typepad, we made it easy for you to create a page for your website.

From the Post tab, click on Pages on the left. Then click on New Page to create a new page for your blog. Customize the page with the suggestions below, then click on Publish. Now you can add this link to your navigation bar and anywhere else you want to focus on collecting donations.

Clear ways to donate

When asking for money for your nonprofit or cause, you want to make it easy for readers to donate. They should not have to look around searching for a way to give you money. Having multiple options is a great to maximize your donations. Add a PayPal button to the page, if you accept mail in donations clearly write your address. If you have GoFundMe page, add their GoFundMe campaign widget to your page. Clearly put this information in at the top of the page.

How are you using the money?

Are you using the money to shelter kittens? Feed hungry stray dogs? Buy sock for the homeless? Let your readers know. The more they know about what their money is going to, the more they may be willing to donate.

Track your progress

People like to see progress, if they see you are close they may be willing to donate more. The GoFundMe campaign widget will show your progress for readers to easily track. 

Log in to start creating your donation page now.


Spotlight Posts To Draw Readers Into Your Blog

Spotlight posts to draw readers into your blog

Getting readers to come to your blog is only half the story when it comes to building your audience - you also want to keep them there exploring all your great content. One easy way to do this is by adding a Spotlight module to highlight some of your recent posts.

For most Typepad design themes, the Spotlight module will appear in the sidebar. However, if you're using a theme from the Nimble Design Lab with a one or two-column layout, an additional option is available to you - the Spotlight module can be placed directly under your posts and will appear in that location both on the main page and on archive pages. Blog visitors don't always look closely at sidebar content, but having the Spotlight module right under your posts means they'll see it as they finish reading. If they enjoyed your post and want to read more of what you have to say, there it is right in front of them! To set this up for your one or two-column Design Lab theme, head to the Design > Content page and add a Spotlight module:

Add the Spotlight module

When you add the Spotlight module, you'll see a pop-up window where you can configure how you want the spotlighted posts to appear:

Configure the Spotlight module

If you post a lot of photos to your blog, we recommend choosing the option to display a thumbnail image for each post - pictures catch the eye a lot more than text does. After you've configured the options you want and save them, the Spotlight module will be added to the sidebar as usual. Bloggers using a one or two-column Design Lab theme will see an additional option on the Content page, however. Under the representation of the main content column, you'll see an area labeled "Drop Spotlight Posts Below". Drag and drop the module to this area and you should see it settle in under the notice:

Drag and drop the Spotlight module

Go ahead and save your changes on the Content page and the Spotlight module will now appear on your published blog right below your posts. If you realize you need to tweak how it looks, go back to the Content page and click the pencil icon on the module to open the pop-up window with the configuration options again. A well-configured Spotlight module provides an eye-catching display drawing readers further into your blog, as shown in the example below.

Spotlight module on Swoonish

You can also see the Spotlight module used in the main content column right here on Everything Typepad! Just scroll towards the bottom of the page. If you like what you see, why not log in right now and head to Design > Content to add the Spotlight module to your blog? And if you're already using the Spotlight module on your blog, let us know in the comments how you like it.


Help! My Domain Name Does Not Work Without the WWW!

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Do you still type "www" when you visit a website? Or do you just type "example.com?" Why is that www even necessary?  The "www" part of your domain name is called the subdomain.  The subdomain is critical when setting up Domain Mapping with your Typepad blog.  In your domain registry, the CNAME Record is set for the WWW alias, and is where we recommend adding your Typepad domain name (ie: example.typepad.com) so your name points to your blog. 

Now, there are browsers that will allow a reader to enter your domain name without the "www" and your blog will load.  This is because those browsers are set up to automatically redirect example.com to www.example.com.  But not all browsers do this, such as Google Chrome.   If you want to be sure your readers can get to your blog on any browser by just typing "example.com" without the "www", you can set this up by setting up a Forward with your domain name registry. 

Set Up a Forward Through Typepad

When you purchase your name through Typepad, it is easy to set up a forward for your domain name.  All you need to do is check off the box at Account > Domain Mapping when you are setting up your new blog name:

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Set Up a Forward Through a Third-Party

If you purchased a name from a third-party, you will need to refer to their instructions for Forwarding.  Not all registries provide this service so check with them first.   If they do, what you are doing is forwarding example.com to www.example.com - not to your Typepad blog URL.  Here is an example from GoDaddy's Forward feature: 

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If you use GoDaddy, we have instructions on how to set up a forward for your name in our Knowledge Base.

If you can't locate the Forward settings on their own, they may be located in the DNS Management section.  Forwards can take a few hours before it starts working, sometimes it takes longer than the mapping itself!  

If you have Domain Mapping set up for your blog, now would be a good time to check if it works without typing "www."

 


Can I Map More Than One Domain Name To My Blog?

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You got your blog set up and readers are checking it out. You are ready to purchase a domain name so readers can use "www.myawesomeblog.com" instead of the default Typepad domain name.  You got the perfect name and you don't want anyone else to take it so you buy that name as a .com, .net, and .org. The question now is how can you get all of those domain names to direct to your blog?  This can be done through Domain Mapping one name and forwarding the other names. 

Typepad has made it easy to purchase a domain name through your account.  From your Dashboard, click Account > Domain Mapping, and enter the domain name you want to use. Then click Check Availability, and a list of available domains will appear. The name "myawesomeblog.com" is available in all three formats so you snatch them up.  

You can only set up Domain Mapping with one name to point to your blog, so you set up "www.myawesomeblog.com" to be the primary name where your all of your blog links such as permalinks will have the .com name.  One blog cannot have two different sets of permalinks created.  The the .net and .org names you purchased can be forwarded to your .com name through the Domain Forwarding Service.  If you are using a third-party to set up Domain Mapping such as GoDaddy, the steps would be similar as you are just forwarding the second and third names to your primary domain name.

Not only does buying a domain name with different suffixes help for brand identity, it can also help if you want your website to primarily be a .biz or .org. People are so used to typing .com for a website, you don't want to lose them for this oversight.

Have you purchased a domain name for your blog yet? Sign in to your Typepad account and purchase a name today!


How To Add An Amazing Background Image

How To Add An Amazing Background Image

Adding a background image is a great way to help your blog content stand out and reinforce your brand. When you use one of our Design Lab themes, you can use one of our pre-loaded background patterns or add your own background image. Today we are going over how to add your own background image. 

Find the perfect image

We recommend using one of the many free image finders available to you on the web. Some of our favorites are Pexels and Pixabay. Read our post "What You Need to Know about Using Images on Your Blog" to learn how to safely pick an image to use on your blog. 

When looking for the perfect image you want something that will look good repeating. You don't want the seam between images to sand out. You can use a simple wood image, brick image, or grass! Look for images that look good with your brand colors.

Image comparisonSave the image

Once you have the image, you will need to save it to your computer. Follow their instructions on how to save it to your computer.  A good image size to look for is around 2000px wide. 

Add a background imageAdd to your Design Lab Background

The steps below work if you are using one of our Design Lab themes. Not using the Design Lab yet? Try changing your theme, or apply it to a test blog!

With few clicks you can change your background image.

1) Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog.

2) Click on the Design tab, then on Style.

3) On the right, click on Background to display your options.

4) Under Pattern, select Upload Custom Image and upload the image you saved.

If you like how it looks in the preview window, save your changes.

Finished Example

Super easy! Now log into your account today to get started! 

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Edit the Post Permalink

Permalinks

When you write your Post Title, the Permalink is generated automatically using the words in the title. However, your Post Title may be long, or may not be using the keywords needed for SEO. You want to make the URL for your post concise, informative, and include key words to help search engines categorize your post.

Here's an example of a long post title where the Permalink needs to be edited from the default:

My Extremely Fun Time Swimming with Sharks in the Bahamas

The default Permalink would be:

http://example.typepad.com/blog/2018/08/my-extremely-fun-time-swimming-with-sharks-in-the-bahamas.html

A better Permalink would focus on the main topic of the post which is swimming with sharks in the Bahamas, and you could shorten the Permalink to:

http://example.typepad.com/blog/2018/08/swim-with-sharks-bahamas.html

This URL explains what the post is about and includes the keywords - swim, sharks, Bahamas - but isn't too long.

You can edit the Permalink any time before your post goes live. It is important to not change the Permalink after you publish the post as this will break any links which have already been shared.

When composing your post, click the blue Edit button below the Post Title field, update the Permalink, and click Done. Make sure to use dashes instead of spaces to separate keywords in the Permalink.

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Creating a Secure Password: the Do's and Do Not's

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As hacking becomes more sophisticated, so too should your passwords. Long gone are the days where using easily memorable words and names for passwords was acceptable. To protect your account–both here at Typepad and with other services–we recommend reviewing your current password. Consider how you can further secure your account from unwanted access by following the Do's and Do Not's we've outlined below. Putting these steps into place will greatly help protect your content and hard work.

First, let's review the Do Not's for password creation so that you have a better understanding of what you may be doing wrong, and can objectively evaluate your current password:

The Do Not's

  • Don't use a password you've used before
  • Don't use identifiable information
    (e.g. yours or family members' names; birthdates; and so on)
  • Don't place the password or hints in plain sight of your computer where someone else can access it

Next, let's review the Do's for password creation, so that you can create a stronger, more secure password for your account:

The Do's

  • Use a mixed- case and character password
    (e.g. use punctuation; upper case; lower case; substitute symbols for letters – D@ngerZ0n3!)
  • Create a password that is longer than the previous standard of 6-8 characters
  • Consider using a pass phrase, which allows you to make use of mixed-case and characters with a longer character count
    (e.g. Thirty8B3arCub$)
  • Use a password manager if you're concerned with forgetting your more secure password

Are you ready to update your password to better secure your account? Learn more about Changing your Typepad Password in our Knowledge Base.

If you have additional tips for password security, leave a comment below to share with your fellow Typepad bloggers!


Get Creative! Add a Presentation to Your Blog

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Visually add to your message by inserting a presentation in to your blog post. There are many great programs out there to help you design a visually appealing presentation. Today we are going to focus on how to add a presentation from Google Slides, Prezi, and Emaze into your blog post.

Google Slides

Google Slides is a free presentation program that is included in your Gmail Account. Click on Google Apps (a 3 by 3 square of smaller squares on the right) and select Slides. Create your presentation. Once your presentation is complete, click on File, then Publish To The Web.  Click on the Embed tab, then select Small under Slide Size. Click on Publish to get the embed code.

Google Slides Pop UpCopy the code and log in to your Typepad account. From the Compose page, click on the HTML Tab. Search through the HTML to find where you want to paste the embed code. Paste in the embed code, then click on Rich Text to see it in your post. Last, publish your post.

Google Slides codeExample of a presentation created in Google Slides:

Prezi

Prezi is a presentation program you can use to create an interactive presentations. Once you have created your presentation, you need to generate a presentation URL. Click on the Share icon and create the presentation URL. Copy that URL and save it somewhere (Notepad or Text Edit). Use the code below and replace your_view_link with your presentation URL

<iframe width="550" height="400" src="your_view_link/embed" webkitallowfullscreen="1" mozallowfullscreen="1" allowfullscreen="1"></iframe>

Copy your edited code and add it to your post. From the Compose page, click on the HTML Tab. Search through the HTML to find where you want to paste the embed code. Paste in the embed code, then click on Rich Text to see it in your post. Last, publish your post.


Prezi Code

Example of a presentation created in Prezi:

Emaze

Emaze is a web based platform that helps you create engaging presentations. After you created your presentation, click on the Share button and copy the Embed code.

Emaze Share

From the Compose page, click on the HTML Tab. Search through the HTML to find where you want to paste the embed code. Paste in the embed code, then change the height and width size. The height should be 340px and the width is 600px. Click on Rich Text to see it in your post. Last, publish your post.

Emaze Code

Example of a presentation created in Emaze:

Powered by emaze

 

Presentations are a great way to visually sum up your blogs main ideas. Share them on social media along with a link to your post to help draw attention to your blog!

Use the comments to share with us posts you have used a presentation in. What other suggestions would you add?


Italicize Words Or Phrases In Your Title!

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The title of your post is meant to grab your reader's attention and get them interested in reading more. Italics can be used to emphasize a word or phrase in your title. Italics can also be use when referring to book titles or similar creative work when you don't want to use quotation marks. This neat trick can be used on your desktop or on your mobile device. 

To add italics add <i> before the word or phrase and </i> after it. This tells our editor to italicize the words in between the tags.

Example:

How to italicize words in your title!

Non italic

How to <i>italicize</i> words in your title!

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This is a great tool to use sparingly. If you use it too often, it will lose its impact. Do you have any fun tricks you use to make your post titles stand out? Share in the comments!