Typepad 101: Let's Get Started - Manage My Blog

Get Started With Typepad

Welcome to Typepad! Or if you previously had a Typepad account and are starting up your blog again - welcome back!  When you begin your free 14-day trial, the first place you go to is your Dashboard.  This is where you can quickly access your blogs, account settings, profile settings, files, open a Help Ticket, view updates from other Typepad accounts you follow, and even purchase your own custom domain name if you continue with a paid Pro account.

Typepad Dashboard

Manage My Blog

Located on the top, right sidebar of your Dashboard, you can access specific settings to your new blog starting from here.  As you add more blogs to your account, you will find more blog names listed in this box as well as the "Blogs" link in the top menu bar. From the "Blogs" menu, you can select the name of the blog to manage the settings of that blog.

View Blog: You can see what your blog looks like clicking "View Blog" under the thumbnail image.  Right now, there is not much there, it is just a skeleton of what your blog could look like but you can design it to your liking.

Blog Setting Tabs

Compose: If you want to get started blogging right away, you can access the Compose page by clicking the "Compose" link under "Manage My Blog".  You will also see a yellow "Compose" button on every page within your blog settings.

Stats: This is your Overview tab. It displays analytics and referrals to your blog. The more you publish and share your blog post links elsewhere, the more data will appear on this page.

Posts: As you publish more posts, this list will grow.  It displays all of your blog posts - published, and saved as drafts in chronological order.   You can change the status of blog posts from Published to Draft or vice versa, or delete posts.  You can select more than one posts to change their status by checking the box on the left of each title, then scroll to the bottom to publish, draft, or delete.  You can also assign posts to categories, open and close comments from the drop-down menu on the bottom right.

Comments: If you use Typepad for your comments, you can view all comments left on your blog on this tab.  You can reply, edit and view comments directly from this page. You can also publish, unpublish, delete, and mark comments as spam.

Design: Typepad has many pre-made designs you can easily apply to your blog or you can customize your own design using Design Lab or Theme Builder.  In "Create a New Design" click the green "Choose a theme..." button and select a theme from our gallery. 

Settings: This is where you create the backend settings to your blog including your blog name and description, welcome message (optional), whether you want to create password protection, search engine optimization, category creation, comment configuration,  post-by-email, and more.

Settings Page

A word about Getting Started Tasks

There is a drop-down menu on the right of your Dashboard titled Getting Started Tasks.  These can be completed at your own time while you are blogging. The Getting Started Tasks on the Dashboard are only suggestions, and you do not need to complete all tasks in order to utilize all the features of Typepad.

Getting Started Tasks

Stay tuned for more Typepad 101 blog posts on how to get started with your blog and publishing your posts!


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.

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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.

 


Typepad Blogger Weekly Roundup

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Every week we share Typepad blogs that have caught our eye and been shared over social media.  Check them out!

Screen Shot 2019-05-14 at 6.12.01 PMJust Expressing Myself is written by Frances D. She blogs about her life, love, and anything of interest. Frances is now exploring Cape Cod, MA and making new friends.

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Tamie Ackerson is a Stampin' Up Demonstrator and Stamping With Tamie is her blog. She loves stamping and has been sharing her passion with people for the last 15 years!

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Glamping With Grampy is the life after work adventure as told by "Grampy."  Follow this blog and enjoy the life we all would love.

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Wise Woman Weblog is a place for women to share their articles, poems, thoughts, art, music, inspirations, and much more. Read the wisdom and share your own!

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Gluten Free Travel Blog is inspired by one mom and her son with Celiac Disease. Vacation can still be fun! This community shares grocery stores, restaurants, and more that accommodate gluten-free travelers.

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The General Situation is a blog about the life of Erik Torkells. Not centered around a specific theme but a letter from him to you about what is going on in his life. Open it up today.

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High School is full of amazing teachers. Everything Counts in Large Amounts is a blog about high school life from one teacher's point of view. Join Teri as she teaches her classes in a middle America high school.


Typepad Blogger Weekly Roundup

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Every week we share Typepad blogs that have caught our eye and been shared over social media.  Check them out!

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Join Diane at DDStamps as she shares her love of Stampin' Up! Get inspired and create beautiful cards for your friends and family. Nothing says love like handmade.

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Nature Speaks is a nature blog written to help everyone appreciate nature and all that there is on earth.

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Don't Get Me Started is a blog for everyone who loves satire, humor, politics and just plain ranting on what's going on in the world today. Read and enjoy the soapbox!

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Thought Changer is about provoking change in your life, one thought at a time. Written by Cindy Yantis, an essayist, novelist, and screenwriter.  Join the conversation today.

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French Word-A-Day is a great blog from Kristi. She writes weekly from her home in France. Created for maximum French learning, she share stories and books that are sprinkled with useful vocabulary and provide insights into real French life.

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The Hundred Little Dramas is starting to blog again! If you are a fan or new to their blog, check them out. The blog is full of thoughts, stories and adventures from a thoughtful hunter/gatherer.

And did you notice that French Word-A-Day, DD Stamps, and Nature Speaks use custom domains for their URLs? Learn more about how you can get a Custom Domain Name for your blog here


Typepad Blogger Weekly Roundup

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Every week we share Typepad blogs that have caught our eye and been shared over social media.  Check them out!

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Suzy's Doodles is a creative stamping blog by Suzy Plantamura. She loves designing products and making cards to share with others!

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Meet Carol from Tall Tales from Kansas. She lives in Kansas and loves to write tall tales. Everything she writes about has happened to her. Can you tell what is true and what is a tale?

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Kellie Winnell is an Austrailian blogger that brings her way with words to the world.  She designs unique and modern cards for everyone to use. Check her out today!

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Words & Pictures is an artist blog by Aurelio Saiz. Enjoy the many paintings and words behind them.

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Myth & Moor is an informal journal of readings, reflections, and rambles through the forests of myth and legend. Follow and get lost in myth, folklore, fantasy, mythic arts & mythic life.

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Barb Stamps is written by Barb, a Stampin' Up demonstrator with over 16 years of creative knowledge. Be influenced by her posts and get creative today!

And did you notice that Myth & Moor and Barb Stamps use custom domains for their URLs? Learn more about how you can get a Custom Domain Name for your blog here