Add an image to your blog's sidebar

Adding an image to your blog's sidebar is an easy way to make your blog more engaging. You may want to display an image that is related to your blog's theme, promote a cause or issue that is important to you, or just show off a great photo you took.

To add an image to the sidebar, go to the Design > Content page for your blog and find the "Add a Sidebar Image" module (it will be one of the first items in the list of modules).

Add sidebar image module

When you click the "Add module" button, a pop-up window will open where you can configure your sidebar image. To upload your image to the module, click on the "Upload image" button at the bottom of the module. This will open a new pop-up window where you can browse for the image you want to use. After you have selected the image, click "Insert image" to upload the image and be returned to the configuration window.

Insert the image

The image that you uploaded will now be displayed in the configuration window. You can then configure how you want the module to display (you could also set the configuration options first, and then upload the image).

You can add a descriptive label for the module that helps you remember what image it displays. If you have multiple sidebar image modules, giving each one a unique label is a good idea. (The label is not displayed on the blog.)

If you want, you can add a caption for the image - unlike the label, this will be displayed on the blog. You can also choose to link the image to another web page. This might be a page with more information about the image, another page on your blog, or a site that you are using the image to advertise for.

If you do not link the image to a URL, then you can either have the image link to a pop-up window where the image displays full size or have no link or pop-up at all. If you do link the image to a URL, you can have the link open in the same browser window or tab or in a new window or tab.

Configuring your sidebar image

After configuring the options that you want, click "OK". You can then drag and drop the module to the place where you would like it to appear in the sidebar. Finally, click "Save Changes" on the Design > Content page.

Are you using sidebar images on your blog? What kinds of images do you use and for what purpose? Tell us in the comments!


More Feed Options with FeedBlitz

We've talked about how to set up your RSS feed and even how to e-mail your blog posts to readers, but did you know that if you connected your blog to FeedBlitz, you could learn a wealth of information about your feed?

Some of the information you can learn from FeedBlitz includes:

  • See statistics on circulation of feed, top posts, and track subscribers.
  • Monetize your feed.
  • Optimize your feed for podcasting.
  • Easily distribute updates to your blog to subscribers via email and social media.
  • Splice your feed with other services you use, like Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.

You'll simply need to follow the instructions in the Knowledge Base on how to register with FeedBlitz and how to connect to Typepad.  Once you've done that, you can use your feed's statistics to learn more about your blog's readers!

What are you waiting for?  Head over to our Knowledge Base and get started!


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.

Spotlight thumbnail settings

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.

Auto-generated Excerpts

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.