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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! 


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.

Add Google Analytics to your blog

 

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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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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How To Share Other Blog Feeds In Your Sidebar

In addition to your own content, you can share posts from other blogs by adding their RSS feed to your sidebar.  You can share content from some of your favorite websites in just a couple of steps; there are free, third-party services to help set this up for your blog. Today, we will work with FeedWind (feed.mikle.com). 

Say Everything Typepad is your favorite blog, and you would like to share our feed in your sidebar, you can set this up by pulling our RSS feed URL:

http://everything.typepad.com/blog/rss.xml

Screen Shot 2016-09-25 at 12.47.30 PMEnter the RSS feed so you can preview how it will appear on the right.  You can configure the size of your feed widget based on the width of your sidebar column, along with colors and style.   When you are ready, copy the HTML provided under the preview.

Next, in your Typepad account, you can add your custom sidebar content by going to Design > Content, and select "Embed Your Own HTML" from the Modules box.  Paste your code in the pop-up window:

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Click "OK" in the pop-up and save your changes.  The feed will appear and update automatically in your sidebar on your published blog. 

You can also save your feed code in a Typelist. Using a Typelist will let you add and manage the same feed to more than one blog in your account without needing to edit multiple individual modules.

Do you share other blog feeds in your blog? Share your blog link so we can see how it looks!

 


Share shortened post permalinks with Bitly

A feature that's been around for a while, but goes unnoticed by many, is the integration of Bitly. Post permalinks can often be too long to fit into a forced character limit by social media platforms, which is where Bitly's service comes in handy. In today's post, we're going to rediscover key points for what Bitly can do for your blog.

Bitly - Own Your Links

Shorten Permalinks

You can use Bitly to shorten longer permalinks to posts, which makes it easier to share across multiple social media platforms. This means that valuable character limit real estate remains available for use when sharing and marketing your published content.

Example of original permalink:
http://everything.typepad.com/blog/2016/08/how-to-get-support-help.html

Example of shortened permalink:
http://bit.ly/2cLfAzZ

Track, Analyze, Measure

Using Bitly, you have the opportunity to analyze and measure the performance of your links. You can dig deeper by making sure both your Bitly and Typepad accounts are connected to Twitter and Facebook for additional statistics. The more you know about how your links perform, the more you can tweak your social media marketing habits to increase the reach of your blog content to potential new readers.

Learn how to setup Bitly for use with your blog!


Don't overlook the post footer

At the end of every post on your blog is the post footer, a section that provides information about the post for the benefit of your readers. By default, this displays the name of the post's author, the time the post was published, and any categories that the post was assigned to.

If you would like to customize what appears in the post footer, go to the Design > Content page for your blog and locate the Post Footer module. Click the pencil icon on it to open a pop-up window where you can make edits.

Post footer configuration

The timestamp by itself may not provide all the information that you readers would like to have about when the post was published. In this case, you can add the date as well. Place a check next to this option in the Post Footer Configuration window.

Another option that may be useful, especially if you have multiple authors on your blog, is to display the author's profile photo. Seeing an image of the author may help readers connect on a more personal level with the post - images often make a big impact on people.

Social media is becoming increasingly important as a tool for publicizing your blog, so we recommend adding sharing buttons for the most popular social media services, or those which are most relevant to your blog. You can find a number of options listed under the post information section in the Post Footer configuration pop-up. Facebook and Twitter are good choices if you're not sure which options to add. You can display the sharing tools as links but we recommend displaying them as buttons, and this is the default. The exact style of the buttons may vary depending on what design theme you have chosen for your blog.

When you have configured the options that you want for the post footer, click the OK button, then save your changes on the Design > Content page. Click the "View Blog" link that appears near the top of the page to check out how the new post footer looks live.

Blog post footer

In addition to the options that you can configure at Design > Content, the post footer will always include the permalink and a link to view and post comments, if this is enabled for your blog.

What options do you like to see in the post footer when you visit a blog? Let us know in the comments!


Sharing Posts to Social Media

When a reader enjoys one of your posts, they want to share it! Make it easy for them to do so by adding Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest sharing buttons to the footer of your posts and pages.

Go to Design > Content for your blog and click the pencil icon next to the Post Footer module. Check the boxes next to the social accounts you wish to add. Click OK and Save Changes. That's it! You do the same for Pages by editing the Page Footer module.

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Check out the footer at the end of this post to see how the buttons will look!


Don't delay, back up your blog!

When was the last time you saved a backup of your blog post? Oh, you didn't know you could do that? Well today is the day to learn about saving a back up of your blog content.   While Typepad backs up your content on our servers, you may want to have your own copy.   To back up your blog, go to Settings > Import/Export > Export, and click the "Export" button.

Don't delay, backup your blog!

When you click the "Export" button, a status bar will appear showing how long your export is taking; the more content your blog, the longer this will take.

Don't delay, backup your blog!

Once completed, click the "Download" link which will display a Text version of your blog posts and comments only.  You must use your browser to save the text file if it does not download automatically when clicked. Images, videos, documents and other uploaded content are not included in your Export file. If you wish to have a back up of these, you can open a Help Ticket and a member of the team can generate an Export file for you. 

Having a backup of your blog posts is handy if you wish to publish your posts in book form, and there are many third parties that publish blogs to books.  You can also use your blog backup in case you want to create a new blog but want to transfer your content over. 

How often do you back up your blog content? Let us know in the comments!


Cooking Design Magic with the CSS Cookbook

Typepad has a large number of looks and designs out there for you to choose from, but maybe there's a little something you want to change, like increasing your banner size or changing the color of your post items.

Never fear - the CSS Cookbook is here!

The CSS Cookbook has tons of CSS tips and tricks on how to make changes to your blog from the simple (changing the blog background color) to the more advanced (adding a date header ribbon).  CSS customization is available at the Pro Unlimited and above levels, so make sure your account is at one of those levels before starting.

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Your fancy new date header ribbon!

Your Typepad blog should always reflect your own style and the CSS tips in the CSS Cookbook are just one way of making sure that you can accomplish this.

Looking to do something that isn't covered there or maybe need some assistance getting started? The Typepad Support team has you covered! Just contact us and we'll help you out!


Add the Category Carousel Module to the Sidebar

A dynamic way to draw attention to posts is by placing the Category Carousel in the sidebar. The carousel will rotate through images from posts of the selected category.

At Design > Content, select the Widgets category, choose the Category Carousel, and click Add This Module.

Category Carousel

Name the module and choose a category. There are 10 other customization options available. You can even display an excerpt of each post below the image. Once the module is configured, click OK, drag the module to the preferred sidebar location, and click Save Changes.

On your blog, the module will scroll through the posts assigned to the selected category and visitors can click on the image to open the individual post page.

Carousel Example

After you add one Category Carousel, you can add a carousel for another category highlighting some or all of the categories in the sidebar. Learn more.

Are you using the Category Carousel to highlight posts dynamically in the sidebar of your site? Share your site's address in the comments!