I receive many questions asking me why I use Typepad for my blogs (Don’t Try This at Home, Blogging Basics 101, and Bloggy Giveaways) instead of Blogger. In fact, I receive so many of the same questions regarding this I’ve decided to devote an entire post to it.
1. Are the Typepad templates easy to customize? I am not very computer-savvy so I
was wondering if it is simple to add your own header, sidebar
If you are on the free trial for the most basic pkg, you won’t be able to customize. Make sure you’re doing a trial for the $8.95 pkg of above and I believe you can customize.
2. When you switched, what happened to your blog traffic? Did people
re-link you with the new address? I just don’t want to lose what I have
going, you know?
I switched to TP not too long after I started getting traffic. I didn’t
have a lot of traffic then, but those that did link to me were fine
with updating their blogroll links and Bloglines. I know several people who are making the switch. I think
you’ll be fine.
3. Is Typepad really worth the money? I know it isn’t that much to spend,
but paying for blogging seems so silly. I am wanting to expand
what I do a little bit and Typepad blogs have a more classic and
professional look. This may make the $$$ worth spending.
I think TP is worth the money. It’s fairly inexpensive, I have control
over my blog, I don’t have to get into the HTML unless I want to, and
it’s just not down as much as Blogger. Also, the TypePad Help files are awesome. I can usually find the answers I’m looking for in the Help files. If I can’t, I open a Help Desk ticket and a real live person answers me and walks me through whatever I need.
4. What about commenting? Blogger commenting stinks and I use Haloscan. How does Typepad compare?
Commenting in TP is ridiculously easy to receive and respond to. You
are sent an e-mail with the comment and you just have to hit reply on
the e-mail to send that person a response if you want.