Typepad Loves Authors!

Book_blog

Did you know that Typepad is home for many writers and authors? If you have written a book, your blog is a great way to promote it! Today we want to share with you how a few Typepad bloggers promote their books on their blog. 

Create A Typelist

Church of the Churchless created a Books Typelist to list their books in their sidebar with a small thumbnail image.

Books Typelist from Church of the Churchless

A Typelist can be created by going to Library > Typelist > Add a Typelist, and select "Books" for the type of Typelist you want to create. After you give your list a name, click the "create a Typelist" button.  There are two options to add your book to the list - enter the URL of it's listing from another website like Amazon, or you can manually enter the book title or link.  The "Notes" field is optional but Weaverly takes advantage of this option by adding a brief description of their books.

You can add your new Typelist to your blog sidebar by going to Design > Content > Categories > Your Typelists. Under "Modules", select your new Typelist and add it to your sidebar.

Navigation Bar

Abscondo has a link to their eBook in their Navigation Bar as well as larger images uploaded in their sidebar.  To add a direct link in your Navigation Bar, go to Design > Content > Navigation Bar - click the pencil icon to edit this module. In the pop-up window, insert your book link.  

Sidebar Image

Leigh Kramer also uses Sidebar Images to promote her book. Linking to a larger image in your sidebar is a great way to catch your readers attention.  Upload an image in your sidebar by selecting the "Add a sidebar image" module at Design > Content.  There is an option in the settings to add a link to your image.

Sidebar Image Upload from Leigh Kramer

Create A Page

If you want to share more information about your book(s), creating a Page is a great tool to add additional images and links for your book.  Go to Posts > Pages > New Page.  A page is not the same as a blog post as it is not date driven.  Its link can be used as a stand alone page you can link to in your Navigation Bar and sidebar.  

Jessica McCann created a separate page to add an embedded Amazon store. Meanwhile, Zoe Fishman uses a separate page to share reviews written about their books.

Embed An Amazon Store

Have you written a book and talk about it on your blog? Let us know by sharing your link in the comments! 


Did You Know? Submit Your Own Design

Submit your own design

Do you currently use a Design Lab theme as your blog design? Tap into your creativity by submitting your blog design to be featured on Typepad! You may have noticed an orange "For Designers" button when you click the "Design" tab for your blog. 

For Designers

This button is only visible if you currently have a Design Lab theme applied to your blog.  While you may not consider yourself to be a "Designer", if you put together your own blog design, then you are! Go ahead and click that button, here's what you'll see: 

For Designers

A preview of your current design along with the design settings enabled.  Scroll down to section 2 where you can submit your theme. Give your design a fun name, include your name and blog URL. Then select a default layout (e.g., Two Column Right) and check off the box confirming that you are the owner of any images you may be using in the design.  If you are unsure about what kind of images to use on your design, refer to this article about what you need to know about using images on your blog.

If you want to play around and create more than one design, we recommend creating a test blog in order to test out design changes. This way, you can edit your design without it effecting your primary blog and submit your design through your test blog.

Theme submissions are curated and if approved, your design will be included in our selection of pre-made designs that bloggers can use for their own blog.  Don't delay, submit your design today!


Typepad Loves Teachers!

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Blogging is a tool you can use to reach students and parents. There are many reasons to blog and all of them have to do with communication and learning. There are many Typepad teachers that use a blog for their lesson plans, as a resource for parents, and for extra help for students. Here are some examples of how teachers can use blogging to help their classrooms. If you make it to the bottom of the post, there is a special surprise waiting for all our teachers. 

1) Classroom Rules and Expectations

A blog is a great place to share the rules of the classroom/school and set expectations for the school year. Clearly define what you want to teach your students and what you expect from parents. This can be used as a reference throughout the school year. 

2) Communicate with Parents

Communication with parents is important. A blog is a great way to keep them informed with everything happening in your classroom. Your school is an active place and students may not be so forthcoming about the different activities. Parents can turn to your blog as another source to stay informed about everything going on in the school that affects your classroom. You can also showcase the great work your students do. They spend a lot of time working on their many projects. Showcasing their project in one place makes it shareable to family and friends. 

3) Dive deeper into subjects

Blogging is a great way to direct your students to dive deeper into a subject. You may only have time to give a general overview of a person, place, or idea in the classroom, a blog post can provide additional study material. Students who are interested in learning more, topical blog posts can provide them the opportunity to improve their understanding of the material.

4) Homework Help for Students and Parents

One struggle with homework is that students may not have anyone to ask for help. Your blog can provide instructions and examples for students and parents to use at home. This can give everyone another avenue to get help with homework. Also, this can be a chance for parents to brush up on subjects they may not remember. 

5) Teaching advice

While teaching you will learn a lot! You will try new things and stumble along the way. This advice is priceless for other teachers. Write about your successes and struggles. You are not alone teaching; share your experience and create a community of teachers to support each other. 

We want to hear from teachers and schools! Share your teacher, classroom, or school blog with us in the comments. How do you use your Typepad blog to benefit students and parents? What would you add to our list above? 

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As a special thanks to teachers, we have a surprise. Create a ticket in your account sharing with us your blog about teaching students or your school. We will add a discount to your account, 25% off for the next year. The discount will be applied to the next billing cycle. The only requirement is the blog most have something to do with teaching students in school. 

Expires: 12/31/2019