May 20, 2016

Why are there ads on my site?

Typepad does not place advertisements on your website. While you have the option to monetize your site, you add and manage the ads and collect all funds, not Typepad. (See also the article on: Why is my site redirecting to another website?)

If you did not place ads on your blog and are seeing ads, you likely have a third-party code on your site either through a widget, image, or script producing the ads. Even if you have made no changes recently, the third-party code is controlled by an outside source, and they can change how the code behaves or what image displays at any time without warning, taking over your blog.

If you are seeing words in your posts linked to ads, this is a type of malware that usually results in blue, double-underline linked words that you did not add. Click here to go to the section on how to troubleshoot unwanted ad links.

We recommend only including third-party content on your site from trusted sources to avoid unexpected changes. For images, we recommend you upload the image to your Typepad account, instead of hotlinking to an image hosted elsewhere. By hosting the image, you are the only one who can change it.

To remove the unwanted ads, we suggest doing a thorough review of all third-party content added to your site. This includes, but is not limited to: widgets, custom sidebar modules, code in the Blog Footer and Signature. You can manage most of the modules at Design > Content. You should remove any unnecessary or outdated modules. If the ads still appear, remove the remaining third-party modules one at a time. You'll want to copy the code to a text file for backup if you want to put the module back.

If you are unable to find the culprit, please submit a ticket at Help > New Ticket to request help locating the cause of the ads.

Why are words in my posts linked and showing pop-up ads?

Unlike the issue with third-party code and images, the display of blue, underlined linked words in posts has nothing to do with content included on your blog. Instead, you likely picked up malware on another website that is now impacting how you see your blog and other sites. Please keep in mind other visitors to your site will not see the unwanted links as it is malicious content on your computer or in your browser, not your site.

We suggest taking the below steps to resolve this issue:

  1. Clear ALL cookies and the cache in your browser. It is important to clear all cookies, not just Typepad, as the malware will impact all websites you visit eventually. If you aren't sure how to update your browser, see the article on clearing browser cookies.
  2. Restart your computer or device and run any anti-virus program you have available.
  3. Update to the latest version of a supported browser as older versions are more likely to be infected. See the supported browsers list for more information.
  4. Disable any browser extensions, including toolbars. Some toolbars will cause third-party links to be added to websites you visit.

If the above steps do not resolve the problem, please go to Help > New Ticket to request additional assistance.

Updated 27 May 2016

Not quite what you are looking for? Check out these other articles:

  • If your blog displays a warning message about malware, see the article on Why is my site flagged as malware?
  • To create a custom, responsive design, you can use the Design Lab and choose for dozens of fonts for posts and pages.
  • For information on sharing to Twitter and Facebook automatically, see the article on Sharing.

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