Posting to Your Blog

Start a discussion -- post to your site's blog to share your work and experience with others. Your readers can leave comments or share links to your blog posts on the social networks they use.

In your dashboard, go to the content tab and choose blog. You'll see a list of the current posts on your site. Blog postings are displayed in reverse chronological order on your site, so the most recent postings appear at the top.

Main blog posts page

Under each existing post are links to view the post on your site, edit the post to make changes, or even to delete the post. Any tags you've assigned to the post appear in the second column.

The number of comments your readers have made appear in the next-to-last column. Any new comments -- that is, comments made since you last logged on -- are called out in parentheses.

To temporarily hide a post from the public, just click on the green visible checkmark all the way to the right. It will turn into a red icon, signifying that it's not publicly visible. Click it again to toggle it back to visible.

Creating a Post

At the very top of this page is a command link reading Add a New Blog Post. Click it and the Create Blog Post screen will appear. Enter your posts’s title in the Title box and any tags you want in the Tags box. (What tags you use, if at all, is entirely up to you. Your readers will be able to use these tags to find related posts, so most people use tags to categories their posts in ways that are meaningful to them.)

Type your post into the Body box. Click the “Save” button at the bottom to publish to your IndieMade blog.

Writing a blog post

Blog Preview Image

On our new themes you have the ability to upload a preview image that will be used on the blog list page, as well as the top of the blog post. This only applies to the new blog layout for those themes. If you had the theme before the new blog layout was added, simply switch to another theme and then back.

 

Blog Publishing Options

Normally, a blog post is visible to the public as soon as you submit the form. However, you can save your posting as a draft, or even schedule the post for publishing later.

Scheduling a Post for Future Publishing

The private option saves your work, but does not make it visible to the public until you explicitly publish it.

To schedule a post for publishing in the future, select the Schedule post option. Two elements, for date and time, will appear beneath it. Simply select when you want to publish the post and push Save. (You may want to review your site's time zone configuration, in website > settings, to make sure it's set correctly.)

Search Engine Optimization

Your IndieMade site will automatically format your post in ways that are friendly to search engines, including creating meaningful URLs, creating a meta description from the body of the post, using the tags as meta keywords, and so on. But if you want more control, you can use the SEO box to make changes as you see fit.

blog post seo settings

Administering comments

 On the dashboard blog posts page, there is a Administer comments tab. This allows you to delete comments on your blogs, or submit them as spam.

By default, comments do not require approval. If you wish for comments on your blogs to require approval, navigate to Design > Basics and check "Require comment approval". When enabled, new comments will instead appear in the approval queue instead. You may also uncheck "Enable blog comments" to disallow blog comments altogether.

Working with Comments

Visitors to your blog can make comments on what they read. Being part of a conversation with others about your work can help drive traffic to your site.

Dealing with Spam Comments

However, sometimes commenters are unwelcome visitors. In particular, spam comments are a common scourge of indepentent site owners. In order to drive traffic to their site, or to score commissions on sales made on other sites, some people write comments that are only vaguely relevant to the topic at hand, but include lots of links to other locations.

Your IndieMade site has two components that help prevent spam comments automatically:

  1. A CAPTCHA form prevents computers from automatically adding comments to your posts
  2. Comments are submitted automatically to third-party anti-spam service Akismet for analysis

Only comments that pass both those filters appear on your site.

Administering Individual Comments

When you are logged in to your IndieMade site, you can administer each individual comment using the command links within it.

blog comments

Click on Edit to change the comment (for example, to remove profanity or to fix broken formatting). The Delete command removes the comment forever.

The Submit spam button deletes the comment and sends it to TypePad AntiSpam. By doing this, you help the community of AntiSpam users get better results.

Administering Comments in Bulk

If you prefer, you can administer more than one comment at a time. From your blog page, click on the command Administer Comments to bring up the bulk administering screen.

Administer comments


 

Sort the available comments by clicking on a column header -- by default, the most recent comment is shown first.

Check the boxes of those comments you want to act on, or click on the box in the header to select all. Then, you can choose whether you want to submit those comments as spam, or simply delete them, with the update dropbox. Push Update to take the action.

Disabling Comments

To disable blog comments completely, navigate to Design > Basics and uncheck Enable blog Comments