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Add A Drop Down Menu To Your Navigation Bar

Add A Drop Down Menu To Your Navigation Bar

Everyone loves new features and we have a great one for all our bloggers. You can now a add drop down menu to your navigation bar in all Design Lab themes. Easily group together topics or ideas for your readers to browse through. 

This new feature is currently only available to our Beta Team. Learn how to join our Beta Team to be the first to test out new features. 

Let’s get started! 

From the Design tab, click on Content. Here you'll see all the modules for your blog. Click on the pencil to edit the Navigation Module. 

In the pop up, select Use Drop Down. Now you will see folders at the end of every link. Click on the folder to open the menu. 

Navigation Bar Pop Up

Add the title you want readers to see and the URL readers will go to. Once you are done, close the file by clicking on the open file. Now you'll see the file has turned dark to indicate there are sublinks under it.

Sauces Drop Down

Click on OK, then Save Changes. Now go see your blog! There will be an arrow next to the main link to indicate a drop down. When readers click on it, they'll see your sublinks. 

Drop Down On Blog

We hope you love this new feature and would love to see it in action on your blog! Put a link to your blog in the comments and share!


Add Meta Keywords and a Description to Your Post

Add Meta Keywords and Description to Your Post

When you need to know something, what's the first thing you do? You Google it! But how does Google know what sites to bring up? Along with a complex algorithm, they use your Metadata. Let's talk about Metadata and how you can add it to your blog.

What Is Metadata 

Metadata is data about your site. Each page and post on your blog has data that tells Search Engines what's on your page. When someone searches, Google uses this data (and much more) to bring up the most reliable pages to answer the search query. You can add Meta Keywords and Meta Description to your post to help Google bring up the right information for the person searching.

Meta Keywords

Google had devalued keywords recently. Some bad apples would stuff their site with valuable keywords to help their site rank higher in search results. It is unclear what weight keywords have in Google’s algorithm but it is still good to have them. We recommend long tail keywords. Long tail keywords are more like sentences about your blog post. They include things like “How to create a get well card” or “How to cook a steak”. Long tail keywords are helpful because more and more people are using Google Voice Search to find information instead of typing it in. (Hey Google!)

Meta Description

This is the description that shows under your post title and URL in Google. It shows a brief description of what the page is about. If the keywords searched for are in the post, Google will highlight it here. This can be generic for you whole blog and detailed for each blog post and page. 

Add Metadata To Your Blog

There are two different places in Typepad you can add Metadata. The first is an overview of the blog itself and the second is for each post or page.

Add To Your Whole Blog 

Keywords and Description for your blogSearch Engines want to know what your blog is about. This Metadata shares with them the keywords and description for your blog on a whole. You can update this as your blog evolves.

From the Settings tab, click on the SEO tab on the left. Here you can add Meta Keywords and Meta Description for your whole blog.

Add To Your Individual Blog Posts and Pages

Pagepost keywords and descriptionWhen you create a post or a page, you can add more customized Metadata that drills down what the particular post or page is about. Make sure to use keywords and phrases that show up in the post.
From the Compose page, scroll down to Keywords. Here you will enter your Keywords for the post. The Excerpt is where you will put a brief description about the post. Make sure to use as many of the keywords you can but sound natural as well.

A Quick Word About Google

You may spend some time crafting the perfect description for your blog, blog post, or page. You use the correct keywords and your readers can easily understand the description. Then you do a quick Google search and that doesn’t come up. Well, Google will do what it wants to sometimes.

First, if you recently published the page, Google may not have crawled it yet. They will use the first paragraph on the post or your blog description. You will need to wait for Google to crawl your page and update their information. If you are updating older posts or pages, you can ask Google to recrawl your page through Google Search Console.

Second, Google wants to showcase the search terms used. If your meta description does't have it, they will use text in the post that does have it. This is to show the searcher your post has the keywords they are looking for.

A great way to view what Google shares is to just search your site. To search just your site add site: before your domain.

Example: site:everything.typepad.com

Tip: You don’t need to add https or www.

Not sure which posts are popular or not? Add Google Analytics to your blog and let them do the tracking. 

Here you'll see the description that shows when your post comes up without keywords. If your blog is older, you may have a few pages to review. We recommend starting with your least popular posts. If you add Keywords and a Description does it impove the page views? 

 


Get Your Account In Order!

Get your Account in Order!

You set up your account information when you start your Typepad account, that may have been ages ago. Take a few moments to make sure your account information is up-to-date. 

To update your information, click on the Account tab on the top right. 

Account Tab Final

Name and Email Address

Make sure the correct owner's name is on the account. The name shows up when you create a ticket and helps us know who we're speaking with. 

Your email address is also your username. Your blog may be a personal blog, make sure it uses an email address you will always have access to. Don't use a company email address in case you change jobs and don't have access to that address anymore.  If you are blogging for a company, use a common email address for that company, like info@yourdoamain.com or typepad@yourdomain.com. This way, if the person who is blogging leaves the company, you can still access the account and get important information. 

If you change the email address on the account, we'll send you an email at the new address. This is to verify the email address is valid. Click on the link in the email to verify the change. If you don't click on the link, the change won't be made. Keep in mind, once you update the email address, your username will change too. 

Don't give your login information to anyone. If someone needs access to the account to blog, create a junior or guest author account for them. 

Password

Only you need to know your password. If at any time you believe your account is compromised in any way, you want to update your password. You can do it here, under the Account tab or if you don't have access to your account, you can use the Forgot Password link from the login page

Creating a secure password can be hard. It has to be easy for you to remember, but hard for bad guys to guess. Check out our guide Creating a Secure Password: the Do's and Do Not's to get some great ideas on how to create a secure password. 

Security Questions

Security Questions are very important for account access. If you ever need help getting access to your account, we'll ask you to answer your security questions. If you don't have your security questions set up or don't know the answer, you'll need your billing information to gain access to your account. 

As with your password, you want to make sure your security question answers are something you will think of but bad guys will not. We have a great guide, How To Create Secure Security Questions, to help you come up with great secure question and answer combos.

Language and Timezone

Typepad allows you to pick the language for your account. Select a language that you're most comfortable with. We have a verity of languages for you to choose from. This will make navigating in Typepad easier for those that don't speak English. There will be some areas that have not been translated. If you are having trouble reading areas of Typepad or have questions; you can reach out to us or use Google Translate to decipher the text. This applies to your Typepad account only. You can type in any language for your blog posts. 

When scheduling your posts, it is important to make sure your time zone is correct. 3PM Eastern time is very different than 3PM Pacific time. If the time zone is wrong, the post will not publish as scheduled and the wrong time can show at the bottom of your published posts.

Join our Beta Team

We're continually updating and adding new features to Typepad. Once we're done testing something new, we release it to our beta team for real world testing. If you're part of our beta team you can have access to these features before anyone else. You don't have to use a feature if you don't need it. If you do use a feature, please provide your feedback or any issues you have. We can then look into your experience and make further updates. This testing is important to us because everyone uses their account in a unique way. Having you try out these new features helps us test in ways we may not of thought of. 

Once you're done updating your Typepad account, take a moment and update other programs you use to blog. 


Why You May Want Multiple Domains

Why You May Want Multiple Domains
A top-level domain (TLD) is what comes after your web address. It is usually .com, .org, or .net. These would be the most common TLD out there. You may not know that there are many others that you can use to explain your blog and add pizzazz to your domain.

For example, you may be a band that runs a blog to keep your fans informed of all your tour dates, new albums and more. It would be fun to have a .fans TLD to help your blog stand out.

Here is a list of all the top-level domains offered by Typepad:

.attorney .dog .jobs .org.uk .tech
.band .es .kitchen .photo .tel
.bargains .eu .lawyer .photography .theatre
.beer .family .lgbt .pictures .today
.best .fans .life .property .trade
.biz .fashion .live .review .tv
.blog .feedback .love .reviews .us
.business .futbol .me .sale .us.com
.ca .game .mom .shop .vet
.co.uk .games .name .shopping .vote
.com .garden .net .site .website
.com.au .group .news .social .wedding
.company .help .nl .software .wiki
.cooking .in .nz .store .work
.de .info .online .studio .world
.desi .ink .org .study  

 

Wow! That is a lot of TLD to help you stand out.

Universally when you think of a domain, you automatically think of .com at the end. If you use a different TLD, we recommend you purchase the .com version of the domain and forward it to the main domain.

Forwarding is also handy if you have a commonly misspelled word in your domain, you can purchase the misspelled domain and forward it to the correct spelling of your domain.

Forward Your Domain

Let’s stick with our earlier example of the band. Their blog is at bandrules.fans, but they want fans who go to bandrules.com to land on their bandrules.fans site.

First, you will need to purchase the domain you want to forward (in our case bandrules.com). In Typepad click on the Account tab, then Domain Mapping. Here you can purchase your domain. After the domain is purchased do not map it to your blog. 

Once you have purchased your domain, you will need to log into our domain registrar. This is different than your Typepad account.

https://domains.typepad.com/

Quick Tip: If you are unsure of the login information for the registrar, please contact us and we will be able to get you access to the account.

Once logged in, click on Login (Your Name), then My Account. Under Manage Orders, click on List/Search Orders. Here you will see a list of your domains. Click on the domain you want to forward (bandrules.com). Here you will see an overview of your order.

Scroll down to Domain Forwarding and click on Manage Domain Forwarding.

Add www to the Sub-domain prefix. Under Destination URL, select https:// from the drop down and add the www version of your main domain (in this example www.bandrules.fans).

Domain Forwarding Image 1

Click on Advanced Settings to turn off URL Masking. Turn on Sub Domain Forwarding and Path Forwarding. Save your changes.

Domain Forwarding 2
It may take up to 15 minutes for the forward to start working.

Now you have 2 domains pointing to your blog. You will not miss out on any readers of your blog if they don’t use the correct domain. Share with us what unique TLD you use for your blog in the comments. 


New Domain Name? Check Your Links!

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Congratulations! You just set up Domain Mapping and your new blog is loading with your new custom name! While your permalinks, category links, and archive links may be working with the new domain - some links still need to be manually updated to reflect the new blog URL.

Mapped to blog or entire site?

How you set up Domain Mapping at Account > Domain Mapping will determine how your new blog URLs will appear. 

If you mapped your domain name to the entire site, your blog URL will also include the folder name of your blog (ie: www.example.com/blog_name/).  If you mapped your domain name to a specific blog, the folder name is not included.

Navigation Bar

The links in your Navigation Bar will still have your original Typepad domain (example.typepad.com) links saved.  You can update these links by going to Design > Content > Navigation Bar, and click the pencil icon to edit your Nav Bar links.

Blog Footer 

Also located at Design > Content, the Blog Footer module includes a link to your blog by default.  

Typelists

If you previously set up any Typelists for your blog that includes links to the original blog URL, go to Library > Typelist, and update any links saved with the old links.

There's still time to purchase a domain name with Typepad with our special discount until February 29, 2020!


Blockquotes: Help Quotes Standout

Blockquote

Quotes are a great way to support your idea with information straight from the source. Our editor has a featured called Blockquote. This allows you to offset text in your blog post so it stands out. This can be used to use highlight a quote from someone or important information. 

After you type the text highlight it and click on Blockquote.

Backquote Editor

If you have any one of our Design Lab themes, the text twill be indented and highlighted by a bar. Below is what it will look like.

"The Blockquote feature is a fun feature to use!" - Typepad Team

Depending on the theme your blog has the Blockquote will look different, but it will always be indented. Below are some examples. 

Gourmet (Responsive)

Gourmet (Responsive) Blockquote

Snap (Responsive)

Snap (Responsive) Block quoteDapper

Dapper Block QuoteThe Rich Text editor has many great features to enhance your blog. What is your favorite feature on the editor? What would be a fun feature to add? 


Ring in the New Year with a new standalone layout for your blog!

2020 is not only the start of a new year, but a new decade, and we heartily believe in fresh starts and fresher looks. We've been hard at work building a new Magazine-inspired layout for the Typepad community to enjoy and use with their blogs. Keep reading for more information and to see a snapshot of our new Featured Cards layout, now available to Beta users.

The Look

We've heard from users that a Magazine-inspired look for their blog would be a welcomed addition to Typepad. In response, we wanted to provide a content-driven layout that focused on the ability to beautifully display text and photos in a way that was clean, organized, and–okay, we admit it–a little showy. Unlike previously released themes and layouts, this new option allows you to easily change the look of your blog as you update your content, using a feature you already utilize!

Let us present to you... Featured Cards.

Magazine - Featured Cards debut

 

The Front Page

Do you run a shop, a podcast, have an event coming up, or a new piece of art you want to showcase? Insert a clear photo of at least 1000px wide, an excerpt-worthy first paragraph as a call-to-action, and check the "Feature This Post" box on the compose screen. With no true banner in the Featured Cards layout, you will be using the Feature This Post tool to promote your latest content that you don't want your readers to miss. You can see an example of this in our screenshot above. 

Next, you'll notice two cards below the Featured Post. Those are the two most recent posts published to your blog. The positioning isolates those two posts so that they stand apart from the rest of your content and readers will focus on them as their eyes scan the page. The remaining content will be displayed per usual, in chronological order by default, and we highly recommend turning on the Featured Image option for post excerpts at Settings > Posts for a clean, image-focused display.

Another feature of this layout is that you can highlight any module by placing it to be the first item in the sidebar. In our example above, we use a Notes Typelist to display text we want readers to focus on. Only the first module in the sidebar will be auto-highlighted by way of a light gray background and padding, so if there's something in the sidebar you want to feature, place it at the top at Design > Content. All remaining modules will display as seen in the example above.

Deeper into the Blog

The front page serves as a showcase, whereas the individual posts, pages, and archives within the blog are solely about the content. You won't see the Featured Post or cards at the top of those pages. Your readers will be taken directly to the content they want to see and read, as shown in the screenshot below.

What is new, however, is how the layout handles pagination. Links to your posts immediately before and after the post your readers are visiting are now displayed as cards as well. If there is an image in the post, a thumbnail version of it will appear below the post content.

Magazine - Featured Cards Single Post debut

We're very proud of the Typepad community and we hope this new layout helps get that across to all of you. As we said earlier, this is currently in Beta but we'll be releasing it to all users after a period of testing. If you can't wait, then we recommend becoming a Beta member now, then browsing to Design > Choose a Theme, and select the Beta option! Just remember that the layout being a Beta feature means it's not 100% yet but, with your help, we can get it there and out to the rest of the community sooner rather than later. 


Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts from 2019

Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts 2019

A lot happens in a year! At Typepad, we have been updating with new features and providing tutorials about how to  improve your blog. All this information can be easy to miss if you are busy with your blog. Here's a recap with the top 10 blog posts from 2019 (Thank you Google Analytics). 

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. Read More...

Publish Twitter Posts On Your Blog With The Help Of IFTTT

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. Here we will show you how you can automatically publish a blog post from a tweet. Read More...

Typepad 101: Design Your Blog

The look of your blog is really important - it is the very first impression a visitor gets when checking out your blog for the first time. Today's Typepad 101 is about what's available to create a design for your blog. Read More...

New Design Lab Features for the New Year!

New features are always fun to play with to see how it fits into your blog design. We added two new features, creating a custom banner and highlighting what tab readers are on. Read More...

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

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. Make sure your About me page leaves your reader feeling like they know more about you and your story. Read More...

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. Read More...

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. Read More...

Typepad Loves Authors!

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. Read More...

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. Read More..

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. Read More...

Animation (5)As we say good-bye to 2019 we think about all the amazing Everything Typepad posts that we shared with our bloggers to help them create the best blogs ever. We've got some exciting new features planned for Typepad in 2020. Make sure you are following Everything Typepad on Facebook, Twitter, and our RSS Feed. You will want to be the first to know about all our exciting new features in 2020. 


Customize Your Welcome Message

Customize Your Welcome Message

The welcome message is a Typepad feature that allows you to welcome readers to your blog. When readers come to your blog, a popover or embedded box will showcase a welcome message.

To add a welcome message to your blog, click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on Settings, Basic. Scroll down to the Welcome Message. 

Welcome Message

The text box allows you to include HTML code. You can add code to the text box to include a link in your message. 

To add a link to your welcome message add and customize the following code in the welcome message text box. 

<a href="http://www.urlhere.com">Text you want readers to click on</a> 

Replace http://www.urlhere.com with the URL you want readers to go to. Then replace the text with the text you want readers to click on. 

For example, if you want to link to your about page the message text box will look like this: 

Link Message code

And the Popover message will look like this. 

Link Message

You can also stylize the link so it further stands out. 

To underline the text, add <u> before the link code and </u> after it. 

<u><a href="http://www.urlhere.com">Text you want readers to click on</a></u>

The code will look like this in the text box:

Underline Code

It will look like this in the welcome message: 

Underline message

To bold the text you will add <b> before the link and </b> after it. Your code will look like this: 

<b><a href="http://www.urlhere.com">Text you want readers to click on</a></b>

The code will look like this in the text box:

Bold codeIt will look like this in the welcome message: 

Bold message

To add italics to your test, add <i> before the link and </i> after it. Your code will look like this: 

<i><a href="http://www.urlhere.com">Text you want readers to click on</a></i>

The code will look like this in the text box:

Italic codeIt will look like this in the welcome message: 

Italic message

The welcome message can be used to say hello to your readers and guide them to learn more about you and your blog. 


Fall Design Service Sale

Fall Service Sale
 
Have you taken a look at your blog lately? Does it need updating, but you're not sure how to get started? Or don't have the time? Typepad is here to help! For the month of September we are offering some amazing deals for our design services. Typepad Design Services include Tune-Up service, Custom Design service, and Banner Creation service for an additional fee. We will work with you to create an amazing blog design that is everything you could wish for.
 
When we receive a request to update a blog design, we always recommend the Design Lab theme to get started and build your design around this theme. The Design Lab themes are mobile friendly and responsive. We create 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 Fall Sale on our Tune Up, Custom Design Services and Banner Creation! This sale is good until Sept 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.
 
Here are some examples of blogs that went through our Tune Up service:
 
CNBNews

 

Journey Zing

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 knows to give you a discount.
 
Here are some examples of blogs that went through our Custom Design service:
 
The Plain Truth
Mercury in Retrograde

Banner Creation

Your blog's logo and banner is one of the first things readers see when they come to your blog. Let us help make it stand out. We can create professional blog banners using your logo or other design within reason. 
 
Originally $300
Now: $150
Extra: If you purchase a discounted Tune Up or Custom Design service, we will drop the Banner Creation service to $75. 
 
If you only want the Banner Creation service, create a ticket in your account asking for the discounted service and someone from our design team will work with you. If you want to include it with the Tune Up or Custom Design just let our designer know during the free consultation. 
 
When was the last time you updated your blog design? Are you using a Responsive theme for your blog? Now is the time to update your blog and save some money! Reach out to us today.