Everything You Want To Know About Images For Your Blog

Everything You Want To Know About Images For Your Blog
Today, we are going to talk about the different file types, recommended image sizes, and image SEO.  What makes a great image for your blog? That’s an easy and complex question to answer. Your images are the supporting tools for your words. You want to make sure you provide the best images for your words. 

File Types

In Typepad, you can upload a JPEG, PNG, and GIF. Each file has different strengths and should be used in different instances. 
 
JPEG/JPG: Joint Photographic Experts Group
 
This format will allow you to display millions of colors. This is an excellent format for images with lots of colors and is complex. This file can be compressed into smaller files without losing its clarity. Smaller files have less impact on your blog's load time. This file is great for real-world images, images with complex colors, and if the image has shading light and dark. 
 
PNG: Portable Network Graphics 
 
This format is great for transparent images. It allows you to create a clear and crisp image that is transparent. You can place that image (like a logo) on top of other images or backgrounds. PNGs are also great for screenshots. The text is clearer and transitions between dark and light colors are crisper. 
 
GIF: Graphics Interchange Format
 
This format is used for animated images. They are like very short videos but in image form. These files are very large and should be used sparingly. They can cause longer load times for the page. If you want to find some great gifs, check out Giphy. Once you have selected to best GIF you can add it to your post

Image Size

The size of your image will depend on where you want to put your image. Images for the web are made up of pixels. These are very small squares that make up an image (if you zoom into an image, you can see them). When describing the size of an image, we use pixels (px).
 
When you insert an image into Typepad, we compress it so it will load quickly on your site. You want to make sure the image is larger than the area you are inserting so when it is compressed it will not lose any quality. We’re going to break down your blog into different sections and give you recommendations for image sizes. The examples shown are from a Design Lab theme, but this can be used as a guide for other themes. 

Banner Image

This image goes above your blog posts. It’s the images that can showcase your blog logo and name. You have two options, the banner can go the width of the blog area or the width of the browser. 
 
Recommend image size for a blog-width banner.
Width: 1140px       Height: 250px
 
Banner blog area width
 
Recommend image size for a browser-width banner.
Width: 1400px       Height: 250px
 
Banner browser area width

Sidebar


Profile Image exampleWhen selecting your blog's layout, you can add sidebars to either the left, right, or split on either side. The sidebar will appear on all blog posts and pages on your blog. The sidebar is a great place to display information about yourself, your blog, and your ads. We have a module called Sidebar Image that you can use to insert your images into the sidebar. 
 
When creating an image for your sidebar you want to make sure the width is correct. We recommend a width of 500px wide and an auto-adjusted height to keep the image proportional. If you want to create a profile image, we recommend 500px by 500px. 

Post/Page

When composing a blog post or page for your blog the size of the image you want to use depends on what you want the post to look like. We go over some popular image placements and the recommended sizes below. 
 
Header/Featured Image
 
A header or featured image is an image that appears before the text of your blog post. It can reiterate or enhance your post title. You see this in Everything Typepad blog posts. The image size recommended for your header/featured image is 1000px wide and 350px high. 
 
Banner Image for blog post
 
Infographic
 
Infographics are visual ways to provide information to your readers. You can add graphs and small text to present information to your readers. These will be larger image files so we recommend you use the JPG file format as it will be compressed to help it load faster. When designing your infographic we recommend keeping it between 600px to 1000px wide and no more than 1800 high (or long). These should provide basic points about a topic, if you want to expand on the points, write them out in the blog post. Check out how we've used an infographic in our post 25 Mobile Design Principles from Google
 
Wrapping Text Around an image
 
For smaller images, or if you want to reduce the space in your post, use our text-wrapping feature. This will wrap your text around an image. If the image is too large, you will have a small sliver of text next to your image and it will look out of place. If you want to wrap text around your image we recommend staying around 250px wide and keeping the height proportional. 
 
Aligned to right image
 
Full-Size Image
 
Full-size images are great ways to break up a large piece of text in your post with a large image. You can use this to showcase visual examples to better explain your idea or show off your images. We recommend the width of the image be around 1000px wide and an auto-adjusted height to remain proportional. 
 
Full image in post

Image SEO

Image SEO will help your images and posts be found in search engines. Here are some tips to help your images SEO and get your content found in search engines. 
 
Image Name
 
What is the image 73q7478303437.png about? If you don’t know neither will the search engines. Make sure to give your image a name anyone could understand. For example, name the image Me_at_Santa_Monica_Beach.png so search engines can pick out keywords from the name. 
 
You can rename the image before you upload it into your post or you can make the change in Typepad. From the Compose page, double click on the image. In the pop up you will see the name of the image in the Description box, you can update this box to be more SEO friendly. This will add the description to the image title and alt tag. 
 
Edit an image box
 
Describe The Image
 
Like you, search engines look for clues about an image in the text around it. Make sure the text around your image talks about the image or uses the same verbiage as the image name and alt tag. 
 
These helpful tips apply if you create images for your blog or find images from free image sites. If you find images from the internet, check out Blogger Beware - What You Need to Know about Using Images on Your Blog.   This shares tips on how to safely use images found on the web. 
 
Images are a great way to visually showcase your ideas and thoughts. What are some of your tips to help your image stand out? 

Need New Pinterest Followers? Showcase Pinterest On Your Blog

Need New Pinterest Followers_ Showcase Pinterest On Your Blog

Is your blog on Pinterest? Let your readers know by showcasing your Pinterest profile or a popular Pinterest board on your blog. Pinterest makes it very easy to create a widget to add to different areas of your blog. Let us show you how!

Creating your Pinterest Widget

Pinterest has a Widget Builder that allows you to customize their widget so it fits on your blog. You can showcase your Pinterest profile or a popular board.

Pinterest Tabs

First, you'll need to get your Pinterest profile or board URL. To get your profile URL, log into your Pinterest account and click on the profile image (top right). The URL that shows in the address bar is the URL to your profile page. If you want to get the URL to a popular board, click on the board from your profile, then copy the URL in the address bar.

Now you are ready to go to the Pinterest Widget Builder. Select Profile if you want to link to your Pinterest profile page or click on Board if you want to link to a popular board. Add the URL, then select how you want the widget to appear. 

Pinterest URL

Pinterest offers you different sizes to choose from. This allows you to create the widget that works best for your blog. If you want to fit the widget on your sidebar, select Square or Sidebar. 

Square: This will add a small square to your sidebar. It will show the first couple of pins on your profile or board.

Typepad Square Pinterest

 

Sidebar: This is longer than the square. It goes down the length of your sidebar. This widget is thinner than our sidebar and may look out of place in your blog. You can adjust the width of the widget by changing the width in the code. 

Code to look for: data-pin-board-width="150"

Change the 150 to make the board wider to fit your sidebar. The example below used "300".

Typepad Sidebar Pinterest

 

Header: This is a horizontal rectangle widget that would be great in the ad module in Design Lab themes. 

Typepad Header Pinterest

 

Create your own: If you know the exact size you want the widget to appear on your blog, you can enter the width you want the individual image pins, the width, and the height of the widget to add to your blog. 

Now that you have customized the widget, you'll see the code you can add to your blog. 

Add To Blog

With the code from Pinterest, it's time to add it to your Typepad blog. First, you need to add the pinit.js code to your head module. (Head module is only available to Unlimited plans and higher.)

Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then Head. Paste in the pinit.js code Pinterest provides then click on Save Changes. 

Head Module Code

Now you are ready to add the widget code to your sidebar. Click on the Design tab, then Content. Under Modules, select Embed Your Own HTML then click on Add This Module. Give the module a label (like Pinterest Widget) then paste in the code from Pinterest. Click on OK, then Save Changes. Now your profile or board will show on your blog. 

Pinterest Widget

Did you know you can also verify your website with Pinterest and add Pinterest icons to your images? Once you are done adding all things Pinterest to your blog, share it with us. We would love to see it! 


Easily Create A Book From Your Popular Blog

Easily Create A Book From Your Popular Blog

Writing a blog is no different than writing a book. There are many platforms that will take your blog and turn it into a book. Books can make great gifts for friends and family. We did a little research and found two platforms that you can use to easily create a book from your Typepad blog. 

Blog2Print

Blog2Print will log into your Typepad account and easily export your blog posts into their platform. When you click on Sign In, select Typepad and create your Blog2Print account. Once in Blog2Print, click on Get Started and select Typepad. 

Blog2Print Getting Started

Here you will add your Typepad username and password. Then you will see a list of all your blogs. Select the blog you want and customize your options. Click on Preview after you're done customizing. In the preview window, you can flip through each page to make sure it looks correct and select your book cover options. 

The Blog2Print pricing depends on how big you want your book to be, how many pages you want, and what you choose for the cover. 

Pixxibook

Pixxibook lets you enter your blog URL and they will grab all the posts from your blog. 

PixxiBook Add Your Blog

After they gather all your posts you can customize what is shown in the book. You can narrow it down by date or by category. Customize the cover of your book and add tweaks to how the posts are shown. On the right, you will see your total and when you are done, you can purchase your book. Pixxibook’s pricing is based on the number of pages in your blog. Once you are done, you can purchase and ship your blog around the world. 

Have you created a book from your blog? Tell us what program you used and if you would recommend it. 


Featured Category Post: an excellent new way to highlight categorized content!

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We're here to announce a brand new feature we're sure everyone will love! Now you can select a featured post for a specific category. 

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When readers click to view a category page, they can see the featured post before the other posts in that category. Create an introductory post that explains more about the topic or information from a recent post you want to highlight.

Let's get started

First, make sure the post is added to a category. From the Compose page, under Categories, select the categories for your post. 

Categories

Next, scroll down to the Feature Post In Categories section and select the category you want the post to be featured in. 

Featured Post in Categories

Pro Tip: You can select more than one category to associate with the featured post.

Once you're done, you can save or publish the post. When you go to the category page, you'll see this post before the others in the category. 

Categories are a great way to help readers find the information they're looking for in one easy place. Don't forget to check back regularly, or keep an eye on our social media, for tips on how to make these featured posts stand out from one category to the next.

Have you created a featured post for your category page? Share it with us in the comments.