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As a Typepad blogger, you have access to an ever-growing catalog of built-in features that make blogging with us easy and effective. But that's not all! Typepad also plays well with other services, allowing you to add some nifty bells and whistles to your blog. Over the next six weeks, we'll introduce you to some of our favorite third-party services, making it even easier for you to grow a loyal, engaged audience. Let's get started!

You just added a poll using SurveyMonkey to your latest blog post and you want to get as many eyes on it as possible but you know that hitting the "Publish" button is not enough. You want to share your blog update on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, but the repetitive action of copying and pasting your URL to different accounts sounds tedious. IFTTT (If This, Then That) is a third-party service that lets you control how your online content is distributed to different accounts.

With IFTTT, you are able to automate your accounts by setting up recipes linking your blog's RSS feed to your different accounts (aka "Channels"). Find out more about your RSS feed and what it can do here.

Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 10.57.37 AM"Recipes" are configured when you want one action to trigger another action - when your blog publishes an update, you want to share an update to your Facebook Page.  For your blog, you can create a recipe that shares a status update to your Facebook Page.

Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 11.46.29 AMSimilar recipes can be set up to connect your RSS feed to Twitter, Pinterest, and your Facebook profile.

Pinterest has grown in popularity as being a top blog referrer all due to having pinnable images in your blog post.   Let's set up a recipe to post an image from your blog post once it's published.   First you need to identify your "trigger" item which in this case is a "New feed item" added to your blog feed:

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 3.17.36 PMThe next step is to choose an "action" channel which would be the Pinterest channel and then identify which board your image will be pinned to:

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If you do not have a Pinterest board set up for your blog, now is a good time to create one!  You enter the name of your board in the first field, the rest of the fields will automatically include "ingredients" such as "EntryImageURL" and "EntryTitle."  Then you are ready to go by clicking the "Create Recipe" button.

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 3.25.10 PMNow that the recipe is saved, the first image that appears in the blog post will automatically be pinned to your "Blog" board and you would not need to sign in to Pinterest to do so.

Another great example of how you can extend Typepad's capabilities using IFTTT is Instagram.  We have received requests asking if there are ways to share Instagram updates automatically to your Typepad blog. While there isn't a direct way to connect Instagram to Typepad, if you have a Gmail account you can use IFTTT to automatically publish photos from your Instagram account on your blog.

LinkedIn is another popular platform you can automatically share all your blog posts or just some posts using certain keywords on through IFTTT.  We have more information and instructions on connecting your blog feed with LinkedIn in our Knowledge Base.

Once you create your account with IFTTT and have gotten the hang of making recipes, you will find that there is so much more streamlining you can do such as emailing your blog posts to your Dropbox, Evernote, or Pocket for extra backup.

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