Add Custom Google Search To Your Blog

Add Custom Google Search To Your Blog

Everyone knows that Google is the top search engine globally.  Why not incorporate their search to cater to your blog specifically? You can add a Custom Search from Google to your sidebar in a couple of easy steps through your Google account.

First, go to the Custom Search Engine Page and click the blue "Create a custom search engine" button. You will be brought to a new page where you can add your blog link (ie: https://example.typepad.com or https://www.example.com) and blog name.  You can add as many websites as you'd like.

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Click "Get code" to view the code to add to your sidebar.  In your Typepad account, go to Design > Content > Modules > Embed Your Own HTML - paste the code here, click OK and save your changes.  The Google Search bar will appear in your sidebar. 

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Immediately after I added the search to the test blog above, it showed me results when I entered a search criteria. The search results will appear as a pop-up: 

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Adding a search feature to your blog will keep visitors at your blog longer and learn more about what you'd like to share!


Featured Blog: Ideas In Food

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H. Alexander Talbot and Aki Kamozawa are chefs and co-authors of the popular, longstanding blog, Ideas In Food.  They also own Curiosity Doughnuts, a small, artisan doughnut shop, open weekends only, in Stockton, NJ.  You can get a peek at some of their doughnut creations on their blog along with other delicious recipes with mouth-watering photography that will leave you coming back for more! 

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No Time To Blog? Keep Your Blog Fresh with Additional Authors

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Sometimes time can get away from you and before you know it, your blog has been neglected. Life can get too busy to keep your blog updated regularly. It happens sometimes; we understand.  Have you thought about adding additional authors to your blog? If you are on the Unlimited plan or above, you have the ability to add an unlimited number of authors to your blog.

Having contributing authors appear on your blog not only adds a different voice to your blog, it also adds fresh content without you having to do any of the work!  

When inviting an author to your blog, it gives them a free Typepad guest account. There are three different types of authors and each type has different permissions.

Types Of Authors

Junior Authors can draft blog posts and save them but cannot publish. Only an account administrator can publish blog posts saved by Junior Authors.

Guest Authors can draft, save, schedule, and publish blog posts they have written (not posts by other authors). Guest Authors can upload images and files to posts and pages using the Insert buttons in the Rich Text editor.

Blog Administrators (aka Blog Admins) are co-owners of the blog and can only be invited if you have the Enterprise or Business Class plans. They are able to edit more settings for the blog than Junior and Guest Authors can. Blog Admins have the ability to create new posts and pages, edit all posts and pages, and manage all comments. Blog Admins can also edit the existing design, set blog archive options, edit categories, set feedback preferences, and set front page preferences.

You can read more information about what different author types can and cannot do in our Knowledge Base.

Invite Authors To Your Blog

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If you're ready to add additional authors to your blog, it's really easy! To invite a new author to your blog, go to the Settings > Authors page. Enter the name and email address of the desired author. Make sure you are selecting the right access level for the author. The invitee will receive an email with a unique link they need to click to access the invite. Learn about what happens when you accept an invitation to contribute to a blog here.

Do you have Guest Authors for your blog? Let us know in the comments!


Featured Blog: The British Library

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Living Knowledge is the vision for the future of the British Library. It is why they contribute to research, culture, education, and prosperity to benefit not just the UK but everyone around the world. These blogs make their intellectual heritage accessible to everyone.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. Their collection includes more than 150 million items, in over 400 languages. They have books, magazines, manuscripts, maps, music scores, newspapers, patents, databases, philatelic items, prints and drawings, and sound recordings.

Explore their collection today and stay up to date with Twitter. 

American Collections Blog
@UntoldLives

Asian And African Studies Blog
@BLAsia_Africa

Collection Care Blog
@BL_CollCare

Digital Scholarship Blog
@BL_DigiSchol

Endangered Archives Blog
@bl_eap

English And Drama Blog
@BLEnglish_Drama

European Studies Blog
@BL_European

Innovation And Enterprise Blog

Living Knowledge Blog
@BLPolicy

Maps And Views Blog
@BLMaps

Medieval Manuscripts Blog
@BLMedieval

Music Blog
@BL_Classical

Science Blog
@ScienceBL

Social Science Blog

Sound And Vision Blog
@soundarchive

The Newsroom Blog
@BL_newsroom

UK Web Archive Blog
@UKWebArchive

Untold Lives Blog
@UntoldLives

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Why You Should Still Use Twitter To Promote Your Blog Posts

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Twitter is one of the more established social media platforms out there. It is a valuable tool in expanding the reach of your blog to new readers and in driving more traffic to your blog. It is also one of the easiest social media platforms to integrate with Typepad.

Free Promotion

With over 330 million users, that is a large pool of readers you can tap into at no cost! 

Connect With Your Readers

Being active on Twitter is an additional way to connect with your readers outside of your blog.  When a new visitor checks out your blog for the first time and wants to stay updated, they are likely to look for a social media account to follow such as Twitter.

Don't Forget Search Engines

Did you know that tweets show up in Google search results? It's true! As long as your tweet includes relevant keywords and hashtags along with your post URL, they will appear in Google search results.  Now that Twitter allows more characters per tweet, this gives you more room to play around and get creative with how you word your tweets.

Check The Numbers

Each tweet shared collects statistics which you can review by clicking the bar graph icon included in that tweet.  It shows the number of impressions, total engagement, and clicks per link.  This gives you a better idea of what kind of tweets gets more attention.

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Easy To Share Through Typepad

It is very easy to connect your Twitter account with your blog.  First, connect your Twitter to your Typepad account by going to Account > Other Accounts, and select the Twitter option.   Next, under your blog settings, click on the "Settings" tab and go to "Sharing."  You can set up your Twitter Card information which includes sharing the first image uploaded to your blog post. 

Do you use Twitter to promote your blog? Let us know in the comments! Share your Twitter handle with us! Our Twitter handle is @typepad, follow us today.