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6 Tips For Creating The Best Domain

6 Tips For Creating The Best Domain

After creating your blog, you will start thinking about where your readers are going to find you, that is your domain. Make a domain that is memorable for your readers. While we make it easy to purchase your domain, it may not be easy to think of a unique domain for your blog. We are here to help!  Here are 6 tips to help you create the best domain for your blog. 

1) Represents your blog
Your domain should tell your readers what you are blogging about. It is like the title of an amazing book. Readers should get a sense of the story or journey you are going to take them on. 

2) Make it easy to spell
Only Mary Poppins and Google knows how to spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Use common spellings of words in your domain. Don't be tempted to use unique or complicated words to help your blog stand out. Your readers may not remember the special spelling and get frustrated when trying to find your blog. If you really want a unique name, check out the Pro Tip in #3.  

3) Select the correct top level domain
Top level domain is what comes after the dot (.com, .org, etc.). Most readers will automatically use the .com when typing in your address. If you can get the .com version of your domain you should. You can also look into other top level domains to help your domain stand out. For example, if you're blogging about beer you can purchase a .beer domain.

Pro Tip: You can have more than one domain point to your blog. If you purchase a fun top level domain, like .beer, you can also purchase .com and have it forward to your blog. The same is true for different domains. If you have a name that may be spelled wrong, you can register the wrong spelling and forward it to your blog.

4) Avoid a long string of words
You want to make sure it is clear what your blog is about. Keep your domain short and  memorable. Don’t add too many words or it may be awkward to say out loud or too long to type. Think of an overview of what you are blogging about.

Example: You are blogging about how cute your toddler is. Would you want your domain to be TheToddlerYearsofBrianMcGruffin.com or ParentingMoments.com

The second one is more memorable and can be used throughout your child’s life. They will only be a toddler for a few years.

5) Say your domain out loud
While it may look great on paper, keep in mind you may have to tell people your domain in person. You want to make sure it sounds good out loud. Does it roll off the tongue? Make sure the words are easy to pronounce and are understandable to all.

Pro Tip: Use your thesaurus! If your domain sounds awkward and you need to think of a new word, the thesaurus is here to help.  You can find new words with similar meanings to make your domain stand out. 

6) What about social media?
Once you find the perfect domain your job is not done yet. You need to go to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and make sure to start an account with that domain name. Even if you don’t plan on using those platforms you want to register them so they are under your control.

What other tips would you add to our list? Share in the comments your secrets to the perfect domain. 

Also, for the month of August we are giving a discount to our Typepad family. You only pay what we pay for .com, .net, and .org domains. Learn more on our post "Family Discount: Purchase a Domain Today!".


Typepad 101: Buy Your Own Domain Name

One of the first things you may have noticed when you created your account was the URL created for your blog looks something like example.typepad.com.  Many bloggers are ok with their blog link looking this way, but if you want to customize your blog name and make it easier to remember for your readers, you can do that by buying your own domain name through Typepad.  Setting up a custom domain name for your blog is done through a process called Domain Mapping. Domain Mapping is available with Pro Plus accounts and higher.

Choosing a Domain Name

To get started, go to Account > Domain Mapping, at the top of the page you can do a search on the domain name you are interested in buying (ie: www.ilovestamping.com).

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After clicking the "Check Availability" button, you will be redirected to a new screen showing the name availability in addition to other names you can purchase with different extensions. 

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After you select your name it will appear in your Shopping Cart. Your cart will also include the option purchase additional privacy protection which is recommended if you wish to keep your personal information attached to your domain name private.  When you are ready to purchase, click the green "Checkout" button.  

Create Your New Account

You will be taken to a new page with your cart overview and a prompt to create or login to your account.  If this is your first time purchasing a domain name through Typepad, you will need to create a new account.  This is not the same as your Typepad account and it can have different login credentials. 

Once your account is created, you will proceed with your purchase by choosing the Typepad Billing option and select to Pay Online.  This will set it up so you are charged with the credit card or PayPal account you have saved in your Typepad account. You will be directed back to Typepad where you click Approve to complete purchase of the domain. With successful payment, click Complete Registration.

Set Up Domain Mapping

In your Typepad account, go back to Account > Domain Mapping.  Your new domain should appear under "Domain Map with Typepad." Confirm that it's status is "Verified" - if it's not, that means the domain name registry waiting for you to pay your invoice or confirm your email address.  If it's marked as verified, click the button "Map a Domain Name" to set up Domain Mapping for your blog.

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You will be asked to enter a subdomain for your blog.  The most common subdomains used are "www" or "blog" for "blog.domainexample.com".  Then select if you want to map your domain name to your entire site or just a specific blog in your account. 

The next step is to check the box to "

Activate Your Domain Name

Scroll to the bottom of the page to "Mapped Domains."  Your new name should be listed but not activated.  Click the "Activate" link to make your Domain Mapping live.  The SSL status will first appear as "initializing" but if you refresh browser a couple of times it will change to "pending validation" to "active."  This means your blog is now loading securely with it's own SSL certificate.

Buy Your Domain With A Discount

Typepad bloggers are one big family. Because of that, for the month of August you'll pay what we pay for all .com, .net, and .org top level domains! You can enjoy this discount with a new domain or renewing a current domain.

.com
$11.99 now $8.89

.net
$12.71 now $12.01

.org
$12.71 now $10.99


Make Printing Your Blog Post Simple With Print Friendly

Make Printing Your Blog Post Simple with Print Friendly

Do your readers want to print out your posts for use later (like a recipe)? Make it easy for them by adding a print option from Print Friendly. They optimize your blog post for Print and PDF formats, readers can save money and the environment by printing only what they need. Print Friendly removes ads and other non-essential content to allow only the blog posts to be printed.

Go to Printfriendly.com and scroll down and click on "Get Your Website Button". Select the HTML option under Type of Website. 

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Select the type of button you would like on your page. 

Print Friendly ButtonsSelect from a list of features. 

Print Friendly Features

Once your button is designed the way you want, copy the code provided and add it to your Signature Module. To find the Signature Module, click on the Design tab, then Content. Next, click on the pencil at the top of the module and paste in the Print Friendly code. Select Ok, then Save Changes. 

Now you will see the print icons you choose at the end of each post. When readers choose to print your post, they are taken to a preview where they can remove any content they do not need. They can print, save as a PDF, or email the version they created. 

We'd like to hear from you about how you use Print Friendly, and how you feel it's benefited your readers. Leave a comment below to share your experience with us!


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!


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.


Tips For Creating An About Me Page - Share More Than A Bio; Tell Your Story!

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Does your blog include an "About Me" page? Each Typepad account comes with one About Me Page which automatically pulls information from the account owner's Profile settings.  Depending on which theme you are using, your About page will display the same theme.  You can access this page by going to Account > About Me Page. 

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You have the option to use the Default Template or write in your own HTML.  For the "Default" option, there is a "Biography" box you can you fill in with more information about yourself. 

Not Sure What To Say About Yourself?

Sometimes it's hard to talk about ourselves. Instead of listing off your hobbies and interests (not that there's anything wrong with that!), why not take a different approach? Talk about what inspired you to create your blog and when you started your blog. What is your blog about?  What kind of things will visitors find when they visit your blog?  And what kind of value will visitors get from your reading your blog and make them want to come back?

What Else Can You Include In Your "About Me" Page?

  • A photo of yourself
  • Ways to contact you directly
  • Call to action! Add links to your Social Media accounts to encourage new followers
  • Indicate important milestones in your life
  • Interesting facts about your blog

"About Me" Page for Nimble

If you are using the Nimble theme, you will find that you cannot apply your design to the default About Me page. As an alternative to the About Me Page, you can use the Pages feature to create additional pages with similar information. These Pages could include information about specific authors or you could create a different "about" page for each blog in your account.

A new page can be created by opening the Compose button drop-down menu and selecting New Page. Pages are managed at Posts > Pages. Read more  information about creating additional pages in our Knowledge Base.

More Tips On Improving Your "About Me" Page

  • Proofread! Print your About page and read it out loud to yourself. How does it sound? 
  • Have someone else read it your About page, a fresh pair of eyes can bring a new perspective.

 


Publish Twitter Posts On Your Blog With The Help Of IFTTT

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IFTTT is a great platform that allows different apps, web services, and devices to communicate with each other. These are called Applets and you can set as many applets as you like.

All blog posts don't need to be 1000 words long. Sometimes 280 characters are all you need. IFTTT allows you to create an applet so Twitter can communicate with Typepad and publish a post when you use a specific hashtag.  Easily share your Twitter posts to your blog readers. 

Create a IFTTT Account

From IFTTT.com you will need to create an account. Click on Sign Up to create an account. You can use Google, Facebook, or Email. Once you create your account, you can create an applet. 

Get Your Secret Typepad Email

In Typepad, click on the Blogs tab, then click on the name of the blog. Click on the Settings tab, then Post By Email. Copy the Secret Address and save it somewhere safe so you can use it to create your Applet. 

Create an IFTTT Applet

Click on the down arrow next to your account name, then on New Applet. Select +this then select Twitter.

If ThisSelect "New tweet by you with hashtag". This will set a trigger to publish any Twitter post that uses a specific hashtag on your blog.

Step 2 Choose A Trigger edited

Enter your hashtag and Create Trigger. Enter a hashtag that you don't use often. Whenever you use this hashtag, it will trigger this Applet and post to your blog. 

Add A Hashtag

Now you want to click on That, then select Gmail. From Gmail, click on Send An Email.

Gmail Action

Email set upNext to Email Address you will enter your secret Typepad email address. This email address is used to publish posts to your blog from your email.

The subject will be your blog post title. We recommend using something that can be used multiple times (like Twitter Musings from @ (UserName)).

The body of your post will by default include: the Tweet, link to your Twitter account, and links to show it was created by IFTTTT. 

You can add to what is published as well by adding more the body of the email. After you have customized the body, select Create Action.

Now you can review the applet and click Finish. 

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Now that you created one Applet, explore IFTTT.com and see what others useful Applets you can create. 


Blog Smarter with Master Templates

Blog Smarter with Master Templates


Everyone has heard the saying "Work smarter, not harder." At Typepad, we are here to give you tips and tricks to make sure your blog is a success! Today we are going over how to create a Master Template for sharing recipes.  

First, you want to copy the code below and put it into a new blog post by clicking on the HTML tab on the Compose page. 

Code For Recipe Template

Now click on the Rich Text tab to see the post and make changes. 

TIP: Name this post Master Recipe and save it as a draft. Make any changes to the font, color, and branding you want to have in every post.  Change the status to Draft and click Save. Now you have code to reference for future blog posts. 

Table For The Recipe

The recipe is in a 1x2 table. This gives you a section for the ingredients and a section for the instructions. You can change the background of the table to match your brand colors. 

To edit the background color, click in the table then click on the Table Properties icon in the bar under the table. On the Advanced tab, click on the little square to select a color. Put in the hex value or RGB values of the color you want. Click Ok. You will see that color in the little box and the hex value next to it. Click OK to save your changes. 

You can do the same thing to add a border around the table. Keep in mind this will add a border around each cell. 

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Recipe TemplateAdd Code To New Post

Now that you have the Master Template post set up, you want to save it as a draft. Next to Status click on the drop down and select Draft, then Save. 

When you are ready to create a new recipe post, search for the Master Recipe post and click on the title to go to the Compose page. From the Compose page, click on the <> button to view the source code, copy the source code. Next, click on the Posts tab, and create a new post. Click on the <> button and paste in your code. Select Ok. 

Adding A Printed Version

Some home chefs don't like to have their phones out while they are preparing food. Always offer a way for your readers to print out your recipes. We recommend that you write them up in a document and save as a PDF. PDF's are easy to upload, download, and print on a multitude of devices. Look for 'Print Recipe' in the recipe template, then click on the File icon. Choose the PDF file of your recipe, then click OK to upload and link it to the highlighted text. The 'Print Recipe' text will change to 'Download NAME OF FILE'" where "NAME OF FILE" is italicized but not capitalized like in my example here. You can keep the default text or customize the text by clicking the newly made link and editing the text in the 'Change the Text to Display' field. Click OK to save the change. TIP: The Jump To Recipe link is an anchor link that is already set up to go down to the recipe. No need to change anything. 

Image Gallery

The Image Gallery is a great way to display your images. You can add images of you creating the dish or of your family and friends enjoying the meal. 

To change the images in the image gallery, select one image, then click on the Insert Image icon. Choose file and select all the images you want to add.

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Tip: Hold down CTRL to select multiple images if you are using Windows. If you are using a Mac, hold down CMD. 

Select Insert Images to add the images to the scroll bar. Once you have added your images, you can delete our images. Select the Image and tap delete on your keyboard.

To change the text, click on the text and delete what is written. Now type in what you want to add.

We recommend using a master template to save time with formatting and managing images. We provided one example of how such a template could be used, but we'd love to learn what other types of templates you would like to see. Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts and suggestions!


Start Fresh This Spring With A New Design From Typepad Design Services!

Spring Sale
 
Have you taken a look at your blog on a mobile device lately? Is your blog mobile-friendly or responsive? There are plenty of free tools to use in order to find out.  If you do not have the time to create a responsive theme for your blog, allow Typepad Design Services to help you! Typepad Design Services includes Tune-Up service and Custom Design service for an additional fee. We will work with you to create an amazing blog that is everything you could wish for.
 
When we receive a request to update a blog design, we always refer to the Nimble Design Lab to get started and build your design around this theme.  This includes creating a Test Blog in your account so we can tweak your new design and make it just right.
 
We are excited to offer you this special Spring Sale on our Tune Up and Custom Design Services! This sale is good until April 30th, 2019.  After our free consultation, we will charge the credit card or PayPal account on file.

Tune Up Service

  • Blog Evaluation and Custom Report
  • Implementation of Changes
  • Wrap Up
 
Originally $349
Now $279
 
Follow the link and complete the form on the right. Add the secret code: 25TuneUp after your last name so our designer knows to give you the discount.

Custom Design

  • Free quote before you start
  • Design Creation
  • Banner Design
  • Design Implementation
Originally $200 an hour
Now $150 an hour
 
Follow the link and complete the form on the right. Add the secret code: 25Custom in the Custom Design Request box so our designer know to give you a discount.
 
When was the last time you updated your blog design? Are you using a Responsive theme for your blog? 

New Services On Other Accounts


New Services On Other Accounts

We have been busy at Typepad reviewing social media services that help bloggers get their message out to the world. Using our Other Accounts tab, you can add your personal link to these sites on your Typepad blog. Here is our new list of Other Accounts you can add! Take a moment and review everything. You may find a new platform to showcase your blog. 

500px

A leading network for photographers to discover and share incredible photos, gain global exposure, and get paid for their work and skills.

Audible

Audible allows you to download and listen to a wide selection of audio books. Find something that educates, entertains or inspires your mind. Review your favorite books and share them with your readers. 

Bandcamp

Bandcamp is a publishing platform for musicians. Sell your music or support the artists by directly purchasing their creations.

Codepen

CodePen is a social development environment. It allows you to write code in the browser, and see the results of it as you build.

DeviantArt

DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts. They believe that art is for everyone, and they are creating the cultural context for how it is created, discovered, and shared.

Dribbble

Dribbble is a community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process, and projects. It is the leading destination to find and showcase the creative work of the worlds best design professionals.

eBay

eBay connects buyers and sellers from around the world. Explore to find the perfect unique gift or see who will love the products you create every day.

Etsy

Etsy is a market for handmade goods, vintage items, and supplies for making. The community is made up of independent creative businesses from around the globe.

Facebook and Facebook Page

Connect with friends, family, and your readers. Almost everyone is on Facebook and use it to stay in touch with those that are important to them. Facebook Page is for your business/blog to connect with your readers with updates that are important to them. 

Flickr

Flickr will display your photos for all your friends and family to see. Create amazing albums to easily share.

Foursquare

Foursquare helps you discover new places with recommendations from the community. Find a better experience, anywhere in the world.

GitHub

GitHub is the best place to share code. With all the collaborative features of GitHub, it has never been easier for individuals and teams to write faster, better code.

Goodreads

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Share with your readers the books you love or the books you are looking forward to reading.

Instagram

Instagram is a platform that brings you closer to the people and things you love. Share with your readers your everyday life and what motivates you.

Last.fm

Last.fm allows you to create a profile, track what you listen to, and explore other cool music that is out there. Share with your readers your taste in music.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network. Show off your professional knowledge with other industry leaders.

Patreon

Patreon is a membership platform that easily allows artists and creators to build relationships with subscribers and provide exclusive experiences for their "patrons". Make it easy for your readers to support you and all the work you do.

Pinterest

Pinterest is where you discover ideas. Share your ideas with your readers and discover new ones today!

Playstation

Playstation is for the gamer in all of us. Share your game with readers, learn about new games, and see what your fellow gamer friends are talking about. 

Ravelry

Ravelry is a great resource and community for yarn and fiber enthusiasts. Get inspired by others' work and keep track of your stash, tools, and projects.

Reddit

Reddit, the front page of the internet. Discover thousands of communities, endless conversations, and human connections.

Snapchat

Snapchat is a quick and easy way to connect with your readers with live stories. Give your readers a behind the scenes look of creating your blog or products.

Soundcloud

Soundcloud is a music and podcast streaming platform that lets you listen to millions of songs from around the world, or upload your own.

Spotify

With Spotify, it’s easy to find the right music for every moment. Create and share music collections for your readers. Create a radio station of all your favorite music.

Stream

Stream is a space in which a variety of content creators can share their passions with the world through video streaming. Connect and interact with live audiences in real time.

Tumblr

Tumblr is your free space to share your interest and connect with others. Add your content and start a conversation.

Twitch

Twitch is a global community who come together to create their own unique entertainment. Share your gaming knowledge and experience with your readers.

Twitter

Be involved in the conversation with Twitter. Share your content and watch it influence the world.

Vimeo

Vimeo is all about videos. Share your videos with your readers or discover new ones.

Yelp

Yelp is your connection to find local businesses. Share your Yelp reviews and help others find amazing local businesses.

YouTube

YouTube gives everyone a voice and shares it with the world. Build your community and share your story.

Other

If you don't see a service you are on, the "Other" option allows you to add the profile URL and makes it easy for your readers to follow you. 

We challenge you to review all these services and try a new one out today. You may find an audience you never knew existed.