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

About_me_page

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

IFTTT and Twitter

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. 

Finished Review

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. 

Advanced Table
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.

Image Gallery

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!


Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts Published in 2018

Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts Published in 2018

With 2019 quickly getting closer, we thought we would take a look at some of our more popular posts from 2018. There are some amazing gems here. Take a moment and review. Add these features to your blog in 2019 (or before 2018 ends)!

 

Rolling Out Of Beta: Sidebar Carousel

Sidebar carousel

If you're not familiar with the Sidebar Carousel, it places a slideshow of the images from one category of posts to your blog's sidebar. These pictures will then rotate, based on the various settings you can choose.

Back To Basics: Integrating Social Media With Your Blog

Back to Basics_ Integrating social media with your blog

With the popularity of social networks like Twitter and Facebook these days, integrating social media with your blog is a necessary strategy for helping readers find your content where they are. 

Can I Make My Blog Not Look Like A Blog? 

Can I make my blog not look like a blog

Did you know that your blog with Typepad does not have to look like a blog? If you have a business and you want to keep your blog but expand your web presence, you can build a website around your blog.

Rolling Out Of Beta: Post Carousel

Post Carousel

The Post Carousel adds a slideshow of the latest posts to the top of your blog. Photos from the most recent posts will rotate through the carousel. It's a great way to catch your reader's eye as they visit your blog.

Blogger Beware - What You Need To Know About Using Images On Your Blog

Blogger Beware

Images are a great way to draw attention to your blog post and give it some pizzazz! Sometimes we may want to use an image that we may not have in our personal photo folder. It’s so easy to do a Google search and just grab one that’s appealing from the results right? Wrong! Allow us to help you avoid any potential issues using unauthorized images.

Help! My Domain Name Does Not Work Without the WWW!

Domian with out www

Do you still type "www" when you visit a website? Or do you just type "example.com?" Why is that www even necessary? Learn more about your domain and how to forward your non-www domain to your www domain. 

Design Lab: Posts and Sidebar

Design Lab Sidebar and Posts

Our Design Lab allows you to customize your theme to fit your blog branding. Customize the font, color and size of your text in your blog posts and sidebar.

Amazing Tools To Aid In Blogging

Blogging Tools

There are many tools in a blogger's arsenal that help make blogging easy and fun. Learn about Pocket, Canva, Hootsuite and much more.

Design Lab: Navigation Bar

Navigation Bar

Your blog should be easy to navigate. There is nothing worse than getting lost trying to find information. Great blogs make it easy for readers to find information no matter how they came to the blog. Our Design Lab is here to make it easy to customize your navigation bar so readers can easily find the correct information.

We hope you had an great 2018 with us! In the comments tell us the feature you loved using this year or the feature you are going to add to your blog. 


Want More Blog Traffic? Build A Community

Want More Blog Traffic_ Build A Community

Now that your blog is created, and you have blog posts published, the next step is getting people to read it.  Building a blog following takes some time and you must put into the work - not just on your own blog, but in seeking out other bloggers. 

Connect With Other Bloggers

Besides sharing your blog with people you already know, look for other bloggers who write about similar topics or topics that interest you.  You can create a free account with a website like Bloglovin' to discover new blogs. We have more recommendations of places to join to connect with other bloggers here.

Build A Blogger Community

Once you start following blogs and leaving thoughtful comments regularly on their posts, the blogger will get to know you. If available, always include a link to your blog in your comment so other readers and the blog owner can check out your blog.  Building an online community is so important for growing your blog. This includes following and connecting with other bloggers on Social Media. Responding to tweets or retweeting a blog update is a courtesy that will likely be reciprocated.

We have more tips on how to bring more readers to your blog via social media, email lists, and SEO in our Knowledge Base


Switching To a Mobile Design - Let Us Help With Typepad Design Services!

Switching To a Mobile Design - Let Us Help With Typepad Design Services!

For some of our long-time Typepad bloggers, the thought of redoing your entire blog design can be stressful. Where do you even start?  Usually when this request comes in, we first recommend creating a test blog so you can play around with our different responsive themes first before applying it to your main blog.

But what if you don't have the time to do all of that? Let Typepad Design Services help!  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. Here are a few of the Design Services we loved!

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Here is a great example of using a Landing Page with your mobile design.

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When was the last time you updated your blog design? Are you using a Responsive theme for your blog? 


Add A Scroll Bar To Large Tables

Add A Scroll Bar To Large Tables

Sometimes you need to provide a lot of information in a table format. Large tables can be hard to read when they are shrunk down on mobile devices. You can quickly add a piece of code to your table to give it a horizontal scroll bar. When mobile readers view your blog, they can scroll through the table. 

First you will need to add your table. Click on the Table drop down and select Table. Highlight how many cells you will need. 

Create A Table

After you have inserted your table you can customize it by adding your content and changing the properties. 

Once your table is complete, click on the HTML tab on the top right of the compose page. Find the table in the HTML. The table starts with <table> and ends with </table>.  A great way to help block out this code is to put a space before and after the table code.  

Here is how it looks before you enter the code:

How code looks in the HTML tab

Above your <table> tag, add the following code: 

<div style="overflow-x:auto;">

After <\table> add the following code:

</div>

Here is how it looks after you add the code

How the code looks after

Save/Publish your changes, then click on the Rich Text tab to see your table. You may not see the horizontal scroll bar on the compose page, so preview or publish your post to see the scroll bar.

Check out the horizontal scroll bar in action. We have added it to the table below. You may need to reduce the size of your browser window or view this post on a mobile device to see the scroll bar at the bottom of the table.

  Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade
Eric 75% 80% 100% 94% 87% 100% 79% 86% 92% 86%
June 95% 78% 100% 86% 73% 96% 97% 92% 86% 94%

When creating any post you need to make sure you keep your mobile readers in mind. When the table is viewed on a mobile device your readers will be able to horizontally scroll through all your columns and easily read your table. Make sure you are using one of our mobile themes so your blogs looks flawless on mobile devices. 

Go to your account now to get started!


2018: An Early Guide To The Shopping Holidays

2018_ An Early Guide To The Shopping Holidays

The holidays are coming. While you are getting your home ready for friends and family, think about your plans for your blog. You can give your blog a new look for the holidays and start planning your holiday promotions. Being prepared will make the holidays go by smoother. 

Dates

The main shopping holidays to start planning for: 

Halloween Tuesday, Oct 31st
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov 22nd
Black Friday, Nov 23rd
Small Business Saturday, Nov 24th
Cyber Monday, Nov 26thth
Giving Tuesday, Nov 27th
Hanukkah Begins Tuesday, Dec 2th
Hanukkah Ends Wednesday, Dec 10th
Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec 24th
Christmas Day Monday, Dec 25th
New Year's Day Sunday, Jan 1st

These are the main holidays that US customers expect to find promotions for. Use that to your advantage. These holidays encourage people to purchase gifts for their loved ones. 

You should have a plan for an overall promotion and each shopping holiday should have its own version of the promotion. If you are blogging for business, we recommend you take the time to think out a Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday strategy. These are the main shopping days readers plan for. Letting readers know you will be providing deals during these holidays will help them plan their shopping strategy.

Organizations to help you prepare

This is a one stop post to help you get started on your strategy. We did the research for you and prepared a list of places to start. Their websites are full of information that can help guide your holiday strategy. 

Small Business Saturday  Giving Tuesday

Create Material for your Small Business Saturday Promotions

Get your Community together for Small Business Saturday

Giving Tuesday Blog

Giving Tuesday's Tool Kit

Typepad Constant Contact

Call To Action Button

Pre-Schedule Posts

Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Prepare for Cyber Monday

Prepare for Giving Tuesday

Constant Contacts Holiday Blog

Constant Contact Holiday Planning

Hashtags

Hashtags are a great way to get found through social media. We have gathered a list of all the hashtags we could find for each of the shopping holidays and put them in an easy to read infographic for you to use! Use them along with your branded hashtags to help  promote your blog and deals. 

2018 Holiday season


You will feel relieved after all the planning is done and you can sit back and relax during this holiday season. What promotion strategies have worked for you in the past? What has not worked? What is your go to source to help get ideas for the coming shopping holidays? Share with your fellow Typepad Bloggers in the comments below! 

 


IFTTT Applets And Your RSS Feed

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Readers do not want to travel to different URLs to get all the information they find interesting. If only there was a way for readers to read all their blogs in one place???

This is where IFTTT and your RSS Feed can be used! IFTTT (pronounced like "Gift" without the "G") is a free platform that helps different services easily speak with each other. You can find an applet that brings a lot of services together. Today we are going to focus on applets that work with your RSS Feed. With a Pocket, Tumblr, LinkedIn, or Pinterest applet, your posts will automatically appear in their feeds after you publish. (Just like our Twitter integrations!) These are available for you and your readers to use. Set up once and forget it!

How to find your RSS Feed

When you first start a blog, the Subscribe link is automatically added to your navigation bar. Click on the subscribe link to get the RSS Feed URL. You may also have the Subscribe module on your sidebar. That is another place to get the RSS Feed URL. 

If you removed these you can get the RSS Feed URL from the source code of your blog. The source code will give you the atom.xml, rss.xml, and index.rdf. For IFTTT you will want the atom.xml. To learn more about how to find your RSS Feed URL check out Typepad 101: What Is My RSS Feed URL? on Everything Typepad. 

Use an IFTTT Applet

Once you have your RSS Feed you can now add it to any IFTTT RSS applet. There are many applets you can use make sure your posts show automatically on different platforms. Here are a few we like. 

Pocket

Pocket AppletPocket is a platform that saves interesting articles for your enjoyment later. When a reader uses the Pocket applet all your posts will show up in their Pocket. Provide your readers with your RSS Feed URL and they can use this applet to have your post automatically  show up in their pocket!

 

 

Tumblr

Tumblr AppletTumblr is a microblogging and a social networking site. Using the Tumblr applet, you can make sure any new blog posts show up on your Tumblr feed. If your readers follow you on Tumblr they will see it too! Don’t have a Tumblr account, no worries. Readers that are active on Tumblr can use this applet to connect your RSS Feed to their Tumblr account. They will never miss a post!

 

 

LinkedIn

LinkledIn AppletLinkedIn is for professionals to network. If your blog is professional in nature, we recommend you use it to promote your blog. This applet allows you to share your blog posts on your LinkedIn feed. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, your readers can use it to make sure your posts show up in their feed. Great for that busy professional!

 

 

Pinterest

Pinterest AppletUse the Pinterest applet to automatically share your posts on one of your Pinterest boards. This applet also lets you add a customize image that will be shared along with your post.  You and your readers can use this applet to make sure your posts show up on any board you want.

Quick Tip: Use the File Manager to get an image URL for you to use. Easily upload the a custom image to your File Manager then copy the image URL. You can use this as the Photo URL. Use Picmonkey or Canva to create a great image that shows everyone that is looking at your board, what it is about.

Explore IFTTT today to see what all you can do!!! Share this post with your readers so they can see all the great ways to read your blog. 


Can I Make My Blog Not Look Like a Blog?

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Did you know that your blog with Typepad does not have to look like a blog? If you have a business and you want to keep your blog but expand your web presence, you can build a website around your blog.  

When someone visits your blog, maybe you do not want them to go to your blog right away but to a "Welcome" page instead which can point them to different places on your website (including your blog).

Post or Page

Every blog includes Pages which can be set up separate from your blog.  Pages are not date driven like blog posts and they do not appear in your blog feed.  One of these pages can be created as a Landing Page.  The Landing Page is the first page your visitors see when they visit your site.  By default, this would be your Typepad blog but you can change this by changing the "Front Page" settings.  

Once your page is created and saved, it becomes available to set up as your front page in your settings.  You can access this by going to Settings > Posts > Front Page. The name of the page you just created is included in the drop-down menu to select. 

Front Page Display

After you save your Landing Page, a URL will appear in this section for your blog link. It will look similar to: 

https://example.typepad.com/my_blog/blog_index.html 

If you wish to add a link to your blog on your Landing Page, this would be the URL to use.  Other types of pages you can link to on your Landing Page would be an About Page, Contact Page, or a Shop to sell your item or service.

Once your Front Page is saved, your "blog" will have a new look!

Welcome To My Website

If you wish to not display the sidebar on just your Landing Page but on the rest of your blog, you can do this by adding CSS code to the HTML editor of your page.  The CSS code differs based on the theme you are using: 

Have you created a Landing Page on your blog? Share a link in the comments so we can check it out! If you want to create a Landing Page, sign in to your Typepad account today to get started.