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Everything You Want To Know About Images For Your Blog

Everything You Want To Know About Images For Your Blog
Today, we are going to talk about the different file types, recommended image sizes, and image SEO.  What makes a great image for your blog? That’s an easy and complex question to answer. Your images are the supporting tools for your words. You want to make sure you provide the best images for your words. 

File Types

In Typepad, you can upload a JPEG, PNG, and GIF. Each file has different strengths and should be used in different instances. 
 
JPEG/JPG: Joint Photographic Experts Group
 
This format will allow you to display millions of colors. This is an excellent format for images with lots of colors and is complex. This file can be compressed into smaller files without losing its clarity. Smaller files have less impact on your blog's load time. This file is great for real-world images, images with complex colors, and if the image has shading light and dark. 
 
PNG: Portable Network Graphics 
 
This format is great for transparent images. It allows you to create a clear and crisp image that is transparent. You can place that image (like a logo) on top of other images or backgrounds. PNGs are also great for screenshots. The text is clearer and transitions between dark and light colors are crisper. 
 
GIF: Graphics Interchange Format
 
This format is used for animated images. They are like very short videos but in image form. These files are very large and should be used sparingly. They can cause longer load times for the page. If you want to find some great gifs, check out Giphy. Once you have selected to best GIF you can add it to your post

Image Size

The size of your image will depend on where you want to put your image. Images for the web are made up of pixels. These are very small squares that make up an image (if you zoom into an image, you can see them). When describing the size of an image, we use pixels (px).
 
When you insert an image into Typepad, we compress it so it will load quickly on your site. You want to make sure the image is larger than the area you are inserting so when it is compressed it will not lose any quality. We’re going to break down your blog into different sections and give you recommendations for image sizes. The examples shown are from a Design Lab theme, but this can be used as a guide for other themes. 

Banner Image

This image goes above your blog posts. It’s the images that can showcase your blog logo and name. You have two options, the banner can go the width of the blog area or the width of the browser. 
 
Recommend image size for a blog-width banner.
Width: 1140px       Height: 250px
 
Banner blog area width
 
Recommend image size for a browser-width banner.
Width: 1400px       Height: 250px
 
Banner browser area width

Sidebar


Profile Image exampleWhen selecting your blog's layout, you can add sidebars to either the left, right, or split on either side. The sidebar will appear on all blog posts and pages on your blog. The sidebar is a great place to display information about yourself, your blog, and your ads. We have a module called Sidebar Image that you can use to insert your images into the sidebar. 
 
When creating an image for your sidebar you want to make sure the width is correct. We recommend a width of 500px wide and an auto-adjusted height to keep the image proportional. If you want to create a profile image, we recommend 500px by 500px. 

Post/Page

When composing a blog post or page for your blog the size of the image you want to use depends on what you want the post to look like. We go over some popular image placements and the recommended sizes below. 
 
Header/Featured Image
 
A header or featured image is an image that appears before the text of your blog post. It can reiterate or enhance your post title. You see this in Everything Typepad blog posts. The image size recommended for your header/featured image is 1000px wide and 350px high. 
 
Banner Image for blog post
 
Infographic
 
Infographics are visual ways to provide information to your readers. You can add graphs and small text to present information to your readers. These will be larger image files so we recommend you use the JPG file format as it will be compressed to help it load faster. When designing your infographic we recommend keeping it between 600px to 1000px wide and no more than 1800 high (or long). These should provide basic points about a topic, if you want to expand on the points, write them out in the blog post. Check out how we've used an infographic in our post 25 Mobile Design Principles from Google
 
Wrapping Text Around an image
 
For smaller images, or if you want to reduce the space in your post, use our text-wrapping feature. This will wrap your text around an image. If the image is too large, you will have a small sliver of text next to your image and it will look out of place. If you want to wrap text around your image we recommend staying around 250px wide and keeping the height proportional. 
 
Aligned to right image
 
Full-Size Image
 
Full-size images are great ways to break up a large piece of text in your post with a large image. You can use this to showcase visual examples to better explain your idea or show off your images. We recommend the width of the image be around 1000px wide and an auto-adjusted height to remain proportional. 
 
Full image in post

Image SEO

Image SEO will help your images and posts be found in search engines. Here are some tips to help your images SEO and get your content found in search engines. 
 
Image Name
 
What is the image 73q7478303437.png about? If you don’t know neither will the search engines. Make sure to give your image a name anyone could understand. For example, name the image Me_at_Santa_Monica_Beach.png so search engines can pick out keywords from the name. 
 
You can rename the image before you upload it into your post or you can make the change in Typepad. From the Compose page, double click on the image. In the pop up you will see the name of the image in the Description box, you can update this box to be more SEO friendly. This will add the description to the image title and alt tag. 
 
Edit an image box
 
Describe The Image
 
Like you, search engines look for clues about an image in the text around it. Make sure the text around your image talks about the image or uses the same verbiage as the image name and alt tag. 
 
These helpful tips apply if you create images for your blog or find images from free image sites. If you find images from the internet, check out Blogger Beware - What You Need to Know about Using Images on Your Blog.   This shares tips on how to safely use images found on the web. 
 
Images are a great way to visually showcase your ideas and thoughts. What are some of your tips to help your image stand out? 

Need New Pinterest Followers? Showcase Pinterest On Your Blog

Need New Pinterest Followers_ Showcase Pinterest On Your Blog

Is your blog on Pinterest? Let your readers know by showcasing your Pinterest profile or a popular Pinterest board on your blog. Pinterest makes it very easy to create a widget to add to different areas of your blog. Let us show you how!

Creating your Pinterest Widget

Pinterest has a Widget Builder that allows you to customize their widget so it fits on your blog. You can showcase your Pinterest profile or a popular board.

Pinterest Tabs

First, you'll need to get your Pinterest profile or board URL. To get your profile URL, log into your Pinterest account and click on the profile image (top right). The URL that shows in the address bar is the URL to your profile page. If you want to get the URL to a popular board, click on the board from your profile, then copy the URL in the address bar.

Now you are ready to go to the Pinterest Widget Builder. Select Profile if you want to link to your Pinterest profile page or click on Board if you want to link to a popular board. Add the URL, then select how you want the widget to appear. 

Pinterest URL

Pinterest offers you different sizes to choose from. This allows you to create the widget that works best for your blog. If you want to fit the widget on your sidebar, select Square or Sidebar. 

Square: This will add a small square to your sidebar. It will show the first couple of pins on your profile or board.

Typepad Square Pinterest

 

Sidebar: This is longer than the square. It goes down the length of your sidebar. This widget is thinner than our sidebar and may look out of place in your blog. You can adjust the width of the widget by changing the width in the code. 

Code to look for: data-pin-board-width="150"

Change the 150 to make the board wider to fit your sidebar. The example below used "300".

Typepad Sidebar Pinterest

 

Header: This is a horizontal rectangle widget that would be great in the ad module in Design Lab themes. 

Typepad Header Pinterest

 

Create your own: If you know the exact size you want the widget to appear on your blog, you can enter the width you want the individual image pins, the width, and the height of the widget to add to your blog. 

Now that you have customized the widget, you'll see the code you can add to your blog. 

Add To Blog

With the code from Pinterest, it's time to add it to your Typepad blog. First, you need to add the pinit.js code to your head module. (Head module is only available to Unlimited plans and higher.)

Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then Head. Paste in the pinit.js code Pinterest provides then click on Save Changes. 

Head Module Code

Now you are ready to add the widget code to your sidebar. Click on the Design tab, then Content. Under Modules, select Embed Your Own HTML then click on Add This Module. Give the module a label (like Pinterest Widget) then paste in the code from Pinterest. Click on OK, then Save Changes. Now your profile or board will show on your blog. 

Pinterest Widget

Did you know you can also verify your website with Pinterest and add Pinterest icons to your images? Once you are done adding all things Pinterest to your blog, share it with us. We would love to see it! 


Easily Create A Book From Your Popular Blog

Easily Create A Book From Your Popular Blog

Writing a blog is no different than writing a book. There are many platforms that will take your blog and turn it into a book. Books can make great gifts for friends and family. We did a little research and found two platforms that you can use to easily create a book from your Typepad blog. 

Blog2Print

Blog2Print will log into your Typepad account and easily export your blog posts into their platform. When you click on Sign In, select Typepad and create your Blog2Print account. Once in Blog2Print, click on Get Started and select Typepad. 

Blog2Print Getting Started

Here you will add your Typepad username and password. Then you will see a list of all your blogs. Select the blog you want and customize your options. Click on Preview after you're done customizing. In the preview window, you can flip through each page to make sure it looks correct and select your book cover options. 

The Blog2Print pricing depends on how big you want your book to be, how many pages you want, and what you choose for the cover. 

Pixxibook

Pixxibook lets you enter your blog URL and they will grab all the posts from your blog. 

PixxiBook Add Your Blog

After they gather all your posts you can customize what is shown in the book. You can narrow it down by date or by category. Customize the cover of your book and add tweaks to how the posts are shown. On the right, you will see your total and when you are done, you can purchase your book. Pixxibook’s pricing is based on the number of pages in your blog. Once you are done, you can purchase and ship your blog around the world. 

Have you created a book from your blog? Tell us what program you used and if you would recommend it. 


Featured Category Post: an excellent new way to highlight categorized content!

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We're here to announce a brand new feature we're sure everyone will love! Now you can select a featured post for a specific category. 

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When readers click to view a category page, they can see the featured post before the other posts in that category. Create an introductory post that explains more about the topic or information from a recent post you want to highlight.

Let's get started

First, make sure the post is added to a category. From the Compose page, under Categories, select the categories for your post. 

Categories

Next, scroll down to the Feature Post In Categories section and select the category you want the post to be featured in. 

Featured Post in Categories

Pro Tip: You can select more than one category to associate with the featured post.

Once you're done, you can save or publish the post. When you go to the category page, you'll see this post before the others in the category. 

Categories are a great way to help readers find the information they're looking for in one easy place. Don't forget to check back regularly, or keep an eye on our social media, for tips on how to make these featured posts stand out from one category to the next.

Have you created a featured post for your category page? Share it with us in the comments. 


Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts for 2020

Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts for 2020 Version 2

2020 has been a memorable year. Some great memories and some not so good memories. The good news is, like you, we blogged our way through it. While looking over our Google Analytics, we have to say, we shared some really great content. Here are our Top 10 Everything Typepad posts from 2020.

 

Featured Card Blog Post

At the beginning of 2020, we released a new magazine theme called Featured Cards. This new theme is a content-driven layout that focused on the ability to beautifully display text and photos in a way that was clean and organized.

 

image from everything.typepad.comWith PayPal you can easily accept payment from your readers. Learn how to add buttons to sell products or subscriptions to your blog. Turn your blog into a side hustle and pay them bills! 

 

Book ShopperDid you know we accept guest bloggers? We love to have our Typepad bloggers write about their experience and blogging knowledge. The Book Shopper wrote this great piece about how his blog is his own archive. 

 

image from everything.typepad.comGoogle allows you to create great photo albums to organize your memories. We have a way for you to share those albums with your readers too! Embed your album and show off your adventures. 

 

image from everything.typepad.comPinterest is a popular social media platform that can be a great tool for reaching new readers. Make sure your site is verified with Pinterest so they know the information is from a trusted source. 

 
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2020 was the year we rolled out a top request — having a store within your blog! We integrated Ecwid to make it easier to merge your blog and shop content for readers to access.
 
 
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We know, you don't want to think about cleaning right now; that's for Spring time! This last Spring we had a great list to help you start cleaning up your blog so it is ready for 2021! 
 
 
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Social media is a great place to interact with your readers. Make it easier for readers to find you on social media with buttons that share which services you're active on. We provide 3 different ways to add social media links to your blog. 
 
 
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We know it can be stressful when you visit your blog and it doesn't load. The most common mistake for a blog not loading is when your domain is missing a Forward to the non-www domain. In this post we showed you how to set a Forward so it's one less thing to worry about.
 
 
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By adding a small bit of CSS, you can add a message over your comment section. Let your readers know about your comment policy or rules for your blog's comment section. 

And there you have it! Our best Typepad posts! If you have Google Analytics you can find your most viewed pages and share with your readers. If you don't have Google Analytics, now is a great time to add it so you can do this for 2021!

 

 


Quickly Create Your Store With Ecwid

Quickly Create Your Store With Ecwid

We've integrated Ecwid! A popular e-commerce platform, Ecwid offers multiple plans for all sizes of businesses. You can get started with any plan (even free!) to launch your shop and, what's more, we've made it super simple to integrate it into your Typepad blog. Join our Beta team to get early access to Ecwid.

Now, let's go through the process together.

To get started, you'll need to create an Ecwid account, which you can begin by browsing to Blog > Settings > Ecwid. Click on Create your own store at Ecwid to be redirected and start the process.

Ecwid Store

The Ecwid login page will show in a new browser tab. Select Create new Ecwid account to start your new account. First, you'll be asked to enter your name, email address, and password. Your email address will be used as your username.  Now, there are 4 steps to finish setting up your Ecwid account. 

Step 1: Give your store a name, select your country, and currency. 

Step 1 store name

Step 2: Enter your business' physical address. If you don't have a company address yet, please enter an address from where you'll be shipping your orders. 

Step 3: Tell Ecwid about yourself. They want to know about your experience selling products, what type of product you're selling, and if you're selling for someone else. 

Step 3 Tell us about yourself

Step 4: Tell Ecwid about your website. They want to know if you have a website and with which service. Currently, Typepad is not listed. You can select Other, then enter Typepad into the box. 

Congratulations! You've created your Ecwid account. Now you'll need to add your products into Ecwid. 

In Ecwid, you will see a To-Do list. Part of the To-Do list is adding your product to your account. Click on Add your products or services and follow their instructions. Once you are done adding your products you're ready to add your store to your blog.

Ecwid Todo list

Click on the Dashboard link of your Ecwid account. At the bottom of the page you'll find your Store ID. Copy this number to be used in Typepad. 

In your Typepad account, go back to the Ecwid section (Blog > Settings > Ecwid). Under Already an Ecwid user? paste in your Store Id and click on Save Changes. 

Next, click on Create Store Page in my Blog. Typepad will create a page for you titled Store. You can add text to tell people more about what you're selling.

NOTE: You won't see the products you added on the Compose Page or Preview, only when you publish the page. 

Share your store on your blog by adding it to your navigation bar or sidebar with a fun image. 

Now that you've created and integrated your store, share the link with us in the comments! We'd love to see (and maybe purchase) what you're selling!


Verify Your Blog With Pinterest

Verify Pinterest

Pinterest is a popular social media platform. If you're familiar with Pinterest, you've likely spent an afternoon or more (we won't judge) dreaming about and pinning future projects. If you're on Pinterest, take a moment and make sure your blog is verified.

Not on Pinterest, what are you waiting for? Create your Pinterest Business account today. Once your account is set up, easily share it with your readers by adding a board or your profile to your blog sidebar. Make it easy for readers to share your posts on their Pinterest boards by adding a Save button to your images. When you verify your blog with Pinterest you get access to more analytics to inform your strategy on Pinterest. A verified blog also shows a small globe icon that appears next to your URL on your Pinterest profile. Readers can be assured they're viewing pins from a reliable source. 

There're two ways to verify your blog with Pinterest: add HTML tags; or upload an HTML file. Today we'll walk you through how to verify your blog each way. 

Log into your Pinterest Business account, click on the down arrow on the top right. Then click on Settings. 

Pinterest Step 1 Settings

Now click on the Claim tab. Under Claim your website, enter your  blog domain. Don't enter the www, only your domain like in their example.

Step 2 ClaimIn the pop-up you're given the option to Add HTML tags or upload an HTML file. Below you'll see the steps for both options.

Pinterest Step 3 Select OptionsAdd HTML Tags

Select Add HTML and some code will show up in a box. Copy the code and add it to your Head module in Typepad. You need the unlimited plan or higher to have access to the Head module.

In a new tab, log into your Typepad account. Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Select the Design tab, then Head on the left. Paste in your code from Pinterest and click on Save Changes. 

Now go back to Pinterest and click on the red Next button. The next pop-up will confirm you have added the code to your head module. Click on Submit. 

Pinterest Step 4 Submit message

Now Pinterest will review your blog and email you once it's approved. This can take up to 24 hours. 

Upload HTML File

Select Upload HTML file and then click on Download. 

Pinterest Step 5 Download

Save the file to your computer. Don't change the name or anything about the file. We recommend you save it to your desktop so you can easily find it. 

Open a new tab and log into your Typepad account. In Typepad go to Library > File manager. What you do next will depend on your domain. If you are using your example.typepad.com URL you will upload the file to your Home folder. The Home folder is the default folder when you go to the File Manager. On the top right, click on Choose file and select the Pinterest file from your computer. Then click on upload. 

If you have a domain mapped to your blog, you want to add the Pinterest file to the blog folder. From File Manager, click on the specific blog folder, then upload the Pinterest file to that folder. 

Pro Tip: Not sure what blog folder to look for? Click on Blogs > Name of blog > Settings. Next to Blog Folder you will see the name of the folder. This is the folder name you're looking for under File Manager. 

In Pinterest, click on the Next button and then Submit to claim your blog with Pinterest. Pinterest will review your blog and email you once it's approved. This can take up to 24 hours

Once your blog is claimed you will see a green check-mark next to the domain in Pinterest

Pinterest Step 6 ClaimedNow you're verified with Pinterest! We'd love to see how you're using Pinterest, so drop your Pinterest board links in the comments below.


How To Make Simple Changes So Category Links Stand Out

How To Make Simple Changes So Category Links Stand Out

The Category Module automatically alphabetizes the category names on your blog. By adding a bit of code to the category name you can customize the order seen on your blog. In this post, we'll talk about other ways you can customize your category list. Let's get started! 

Find Your Categories

All your categories are listed in one place. Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Select Settings, then Categories to view all your categories. Next to the category name, click on Edit to make any changes. 

Category List

Change Category Order

To update the order add <!--1--> before the name of the category. Save your changes and then go to the next category and add the same thing but change the number to 2.  This will sort your categories to be in a specific order. 

Category Names: 

<!--1-->BBQ Books
<!--2-->BBQ Tools
<!--3-->Favorite BBQ Recipes
<!--4-->BBQ Failures

Change the order of categories

Customize The Links

You can make your links stand out further by customizing the font, color, and style. Using our Design Lab themes, you quickly update the sidebar links on the Style tab. If you are using one of our other design themes, you can use the Custom CSS tab customize. We can show you how. 

Design Lab

From your Design tab, click on the Styles tab. On the right, click on the Sidebar. Here you can customize the color and font of the links to match your branding. 

Quick Tip: If you don't see the Custom CSS tab you will need to upgrade to an Unlimited Plan or higher. 

You can bold or italicize your category links with some CSS code. From the Design tab, click on Custom CSS. Paste in the CSS code below and click on Save Changes. 

Bold: 

.module-categories .module-content a { font-weight: bold; }

Italic

.module-categories .module-content a { font-style: italic; }

Bold and Italic

.module-categories .module-content a { font-weight: bold;font-style: italic; }

Other Themes

Using our other pre-made themes, Magazine theme, or Theme Builder, you can add Custom CSS to change the color and style. From the Design tab, click on Custom CSS. You can add the CSS below to customize.

.module-categories .module-content a { color: #003366; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; }

color: #003366; - Update the hex value to the hex value of the color you want. You can also delete it if you like the current color on your blog.

font-weight: bold; - This will bold the text. You can delete it if you don't want the text to be bold. There are other font weights you can try. Other options are bold, bolder, lighter, and number. Play with the different weights and see what you like the best. 

font-style: italic; - This will italicize your text. You can delete it if you don't want the text to be italic. Another option is oblique. Oblique is a form of type that slants slightly to the right.

Once you are done making the changes, click on Save Changes and view your blog! After you've customized your categories link, share your blog in our comments. We would love to see what you have done!


Quick Tip: How To Add A Quick And Easy Message To Your Comment Form

How To Add A Quick And Easy Message To Your Comment Form

Do you want to let your readers know about your comment policy before they comment? By adding a small bit of CSS code to your Design Lab or Magazine Layout - Featured Cards theme you can add a message over the comment form. If you have comment moderation enabled, for instance, you can let your readers know their comments won't appear right away. Or you may just want to ask for all commenters to submit their name and not a pseudonym.

Custom CSS is a feature available with the Pro Unlimited and higher plans. If you're on a lower plan, you'll need to upgrade

Typepad offers three types of commenting options: the default comments, Typepad Connect , and Disqus comments. The CSS code is slightly different depending on the commenting system you're using.

Not sure which commenting system you have on your blog? There's an easy way to check. Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Select the Settings tab, then Comments. Along the top, it'll either say "Typepad Connect is currently enabled for the blog", "Typepad's default commenting system is currently enabled for the blog", or "Disqus Comments Enabled". Once you know the commenting system your blog is using, you can use the correct code below.

Please note, if you're using another 3rd-party commenting system, the below code will not apply.

Here's what our example will look like: 

Comment exampleFor the default commenting system, you can use the CSS code below:

#comments-open-login:before {
content: "Comments for this blog are held for moderation before they are published to the blog.";
display: block;
margin: 10px auto;
text-align: center;
padding: 5px;
border: 1px solid #ccc;
background-color: #f9f9f9;
}

For Typepad Connect comments, you can use the CSS code below:

#comments-signin:before {
content: "Comments for this blog are held for moderation before they are published to the blog.";
display: block;
margin: 10px auto;
text-align: center;
padding: 5px;
border: 1px solid #ccc;
background-color: #f9f9f9;
}

For Disqus comments, you can use the CSS code below:

#disqus_thread:before {
content: "Comments for this blog are held for moderation before they are published to the blog.";
display: block;
margin: 10px auto;
text-align: center;
padding: 5px;
border: 1px solid #ccc;
background-color: #f9f9f9;
}

Within the CSS, you can edit the following attributes:

  • The content attribute is where you'll include the text you want to display above the comment form.
  • The margin can be increased or decreased to increase the space around the note.
  • The text-align attribute can be set to center, left, or right.
  • The padding around the text can be increased or decreased. Since our example includes a shaded box, the padding determines distance between the text and the outside of the box.
  • The border settings can be changed too. If you don't want a border, remove this attribute entirely.
  • The color code for the background-color can be adjusted. If you don't want to have a background color, you can remove this attribute.

You can also include other attribute snips — for example: font-weight: 600; — will make the text of your message bold. You can find other formatting attributes in the article on styling the post title with CSS.

After you customize the CSS specific to your comment type, go to Design > Custom CSS, enter the CSS code in the text field, then click Save Changes to update your site.

Do you already use CSS to insert a message to your readers above the comments? If so, share your tips to make it stand out or let us know in the comments how well it's working for you!


Learn How To Create An Informative 404 Error Page

Learn How To Create An Informative 404 Error Page

What do your readers see when they stumble upon a broken link? You can now create a custom 404 error page that will share the fun side of your brand and help readers find the information they need.  Let's get started!

Creating a 404 Error Page

First, you need to create your 404 error page. Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on Posts tab, then Pages. Click on New Page to create your 404 error page. 

PRO TIP: We recommend you keep the title simple, like "404 Error" or "Sorry, wrong page". You can also edit the post URL to reflect the type of page it is. Click on Edit next to Permalink and update the URL. Keep it short by changing it to "404-error" or "404-error-page",

After you have the perfect 404 page published, click on the Settings tab, then Custom 404. Select the page title from the drop-down menu and click on Save Changes.  

BBQ Queen 404 Error page

If you no longer want a page to show as the error page, you can remove it. From the Custom 404 tab, select Remove Custom 404, then click on Save Changes.  

Now that you know how to create a 404 error page, let's go over what should go in your error message. We have complied a list of best practices to help you get started. 

Best Practices

 

Branding

When writing an error message or creating an image for your 404 page, keep in mind your brand's look and feel. Write in the same tone you write your blog posts and keep the images similar to ones you have on your blog. 

 

Clear Message

You want to make sure readers can clearly see they arrived at an error page but are on the correct website. Create a short message letting your readers know the URL they went to is not correct. Too much information can be distracting.

 

Entertaining Message

Your 404 page is a great place to use a little humor to engage readers. Add a funny or unique image to show the funnier side of your brand and rally your readers to keep searching your website. There is a thin line when using humor; make sure to not pack in to many jokes.  

 

Call To Action

Now that your reader is on the page, let them know what you want them to do. They can search your site for specific content or contact you with information on where they see the broken URL.

 

Search Your Site

When readers come to an error page, a search bar will encourage readers to stay on your site and find the information they need. You can add a Google Programmable Search Engine on your error page that will search just your website for posts and pages. It's easy to add the code from Google by using the Source Code button (looks like < >) on the Compose page. Keep in mind that you won't see the search box on the Compose page, you will need to preview or publish the page to see the search box. 

 

Contact Information

It's a good idea to know where readers are seeing this broken link. Have an easy way for readers to contact you and provide information on where they came from. Ask the reader to include all the information you believe you will need to investigate and correct the broken link. If you are being linked back to from another blogger, reach out to them with the correct link.

Now, you have everything you need to create a 404 page that will help keep your reader and direct them to the correct information. After you create your 404 page, share it with us. We would love to see what you create.