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Ring in the New Year with a new standalone layout for your blog!

2020 is not only the start of a new year, but a new decade, and we heartily believe in fresh starts and fresher looks. We've been hard at work building a new Magazine-inspired layout for the Typepad community to enjoy and use with their blogs. Keep reading for more information and to see a snapshot of our new Featured Cards layout, now available to Beta users.

The Look

We've heard from users that a Magazine-inspired look for their blog would be a welcomed addition to Typepad. In response, we wanted to provide a content-driven layout that focused on the ability to beautifully display text and photos in a way that was clean, organized, and–okay, we admit it–a little showy. Unlike previously released themes and layouts, this new option allows you to easily change the look of your blog as you update your content, using a feature you already utilize!

Let us present to you... Featured Cards.

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The Front Page

Do you run a shop, a podcast, have an event coming up, or a new piece of art you want to showcase? Insert a clear photo of at least 1000px wide, an excerpt-worthy first paragraph as a call-to-action, and check the "Feature This Post" box on the compose screen. With no true banner in the Featured Cards layout, you will be using the Feature This Post tool to promote your latest content that you don't want your readers to miss. You can see an example of this in our screenshot above. 

Next, you'll notice two cards below the Featured Post. Those are the two most recent posts published to your blog. The positioning isolates those two posts so that they stand apart from the rest of your content and readers will focus on them as their eyes scan the page. The remaining content will be displayed per usual, in chronological order by default, and we highly recommend turning on the Featured Image option for post excerpts at Settings > Posts for a clean, image-focused display.

Another feature of this layout is that you can highlight any module by placing it to be the first item in the sidebar. In our example above, we use a Notes Typelist to display text we want readers to focus on. Only the first module in the sidebar will be auto-highlighted by way of a light gray background and padding, so if there's something in the sidebar you want to feature, place it at the top at Design > Content. All remaining modules will display as seen in the example above.

Deeper into the Blog

The front page serves as a showcase, whereas the individual posts, pages, and archives within the blog are solely about the content. You won't see the Featured Post or cards at the top of those pages. Your readers will be taken directly to the content they want to see and read, as shown in the screenshot below.

What is new, however, is how the layout handles pagination. Links to your posts immediately before and after the post your readers are visiting are now displayed as cards as well. If there is an image in the post, a thumbnail version of it will appear below the post content.

Magazine - Featured Cards Single Post debut

We're very proud of the Typepad community and we hope this new layout helps get that across to all of you. As we said earlier, this is currently in Beta but we'll be releasing it to all users after a period of testing. If you can't wait, then we recommend becoming a Beta member now, then browsing to Design > Choose a Theme, and select the Beta option! Just remember that the layout being a Beta feature means it's not 100% yet but, with your help, we can get it there and out to the rest of the community sooner rather than later. 


New Year, New Blog Design!

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Make your blog stand out in the crowd with our

Design Services!

The new year calls for a new look. Our experienced design team is ready to give your blog the new look it needs for the new decade. Learn more about our services below and the limited time discounts.

Tune Up Service

Does your blog need some TLC? Our blog makeover will give it a fresh look, so you can attract more readers and connect with more like minded people.

Originally $349
Now $279
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Power Launch

This is perfect for new bloggers! We do all the heavy lifting. All you have to focus on is creating great content.

Originally $349
Now $279
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Custom Design

Have a unique idea for your blog design? Let us try to bring it to life. We will customize one of our designs and work hard to get it as close to your idea as possible.

Originally $200 an hour
Now $150 an hour
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All discounts are good until Friday, January 31st, 2020. Not valid with any other design offer.

 


Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts from 2019

Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts 2019

A lot happens in a year! At Typepad, we have been updating with new features and providing tutorials about how to  improve your blog. All this information can be easy to miss if you are busy with your blog. Here's a recap with the top 10 blog posts from 2019 (Thank you Google Analytics). 

Add Custom Google Search To Your Blog

Everyone knows that Google is the top search engine globally. Why not incorporate their search to cater to your blog specifically? You can add a Custom Search from Google to your sidebar in a couple of easy steps through your Google account. Read More...

Publish Twitter Posts On Your Blog With The Help Of IFTTT

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. Here we will show you how you can automatically publish a blog post from a tweet. Read More...

Typepad 101: Design Your Blog

The look of your blog is really important - it is the very first impression a visitor gets when checking out your blog for the first time. Today's Typepad 101 is about what's available to create a design for your blog. Read More...

New Design Lab Features for the New Year!

New features are always fun to play with to see how it fits into your blog design. We added two new features, creating a custom banner and highlighting what tab readers are on. Read More...

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

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. Make sure your About me page leaves your reader feeling like they know more about you and your story. Read More...

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. Read More...

Make Printing Your Blog Post Simple With Print Friendly

Do your readers want to print out your posts for use later (like a recipe)? Make it easy for them by adding a print option from Print Friendly. They optimize your blog post for Print and PDF formats, readers can save money and the environment by printing only what they need. Print Friendly removes ads and other non-essential content to allow only the blog posts to be printed. Read More...

Typepad Loves Authors!

Did you know that Typepad is home for many writers and authors? If you have written a book, your blog is a great way to promote it! Today we want to share with you how a few Typepad bloggers promote their books on their blog. Read More...

Typepad 101: Buy Your Own Domain Name

One of the first things you may have noticed when you created your account was the URL created for your blog looks something like example.typepad.com. Many bloggers are ok with their blog link looking this way, but if you want to customize your blog name and make it easier to remember for your readers, you can do that by buying your own domain name through Typepad. Read More..

6 Tips For Creating The Best Domain

After creating your blog, you will start thinking about where your readers are going to find you, that is your domain. Make a domain that is memorable for your readers. While we make it easy to purchase your domain, it may not be easy to think of a unique domain for your blog. We are here to help! Here are 6 tips to help you create the best domain for your blog. Read More...

Animation (5)As we say good-bye to 2019 we think about all the amazing Everything Typepad posts that we shared with our bloggers to help them create the best blogs ever. We've got some exciting new features planned for Typepad in 2020. Make sure you are following Everything Typepad on Facebook, Twitter, and our RSS Feed. You will want to be the first to know about all our exciting new features in 2020. 


Cyber Monday Deals. Everyone Saves Money!

While you're shopping for great deals and discounts for friends and family, don't forget to save some money for yourself.
 
We are sharing discount codes for you to use with your account and to share with anyone who wants to start a new Typepad account.  Everyone can save money with Typepad.

Monthly and Yearly Discount

Save 25% when you prepay for one year!
Use discount code CYBERPADYEAR19 and receive 25% off when you pay for one year. Valid until Sunday, Dec 8th, 2019.

Save 50% for 3 months when you pay monthly!
Use discount code CYBERPADMONTH19 and receive 50% off your next 3 months. Valid until Sunday, Dec 8th, 2019.

*Discount cannot be used with any other discounts. Only available for Plus, Unlimited, or Premium Plans.

How to apply your discount code

From your dashboard, click on the Account tab, then go to Billing Info. Click on Update Payment Method and put in your discount code. Scroll down and save changes. This will apply the discount to your next yearly or monthly bill.

Don't see the box to enter your discount code? Let us know! Create a Help Ticket (Help > New Ticket or email support@typepad.com) and let us know what discount to add.

Discount for new Typepad bloggers

Are you on the fence about starting a blog? Let's sweeten the deal. You can use the following discount code while creating your new account. Current Typepad bloggers can also share this discount code with their readers. 

  • 30 day extended trial
  • 3 months free
  • No credit card needed until the trial period is over
  • Valid until Dec 31st 2019

Discount Code:
31F95F0A

How to create a Typepad account

Creating a new Typepad account is easy. Go to our Pricing Page and select the plan that works best for you.  Fill in your Personal Information and add the discount/promo code above. Now you can start blogging with Typepad. 


2019: An Early Guide To The Shopping Holidays

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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: 

Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov 28th
Black Friday, Nov 29th
Small Business Saturday, Nov 30th
Cyber Monday, Dec 2nd
Giving Tuesday, Dec 3rd
Hanukkah Begins Dec 22th
Hanukkah Ends Dec 30th
Christmas Eve, Dec 24th
Christmas Day, Dec 25th
Kwanzaa Begins Dec 26th
Kwanzaa Ends Jan 1st
New Year's Day, 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

How to participate in Small Business Saturday

Create Material for your Small Business Saturday Promotions

Giving Tuesday Blog

Giving Tuesday's Tool Kit

Typepad Constant Contact

Call To Action Button

Pre-Schedule Posts

Constant Contacts Holiday Blog

Constant Contact Holiday Help

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. 

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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! 


Fall Design Service Sale

Fall Service Sale
 
Have you taken a look at your blog lately? Does it need updating, but you're not sure how to get started? Or don't have the time? Typepad is here to help! For the month of September we are offering some amazing deals for our design services. Typepad Design Services include Tune-Up service, Custom Design service, and Banner Creation service for an additional fee. We will work with you to create an amazing blog design that is everything you could wish for.
 
When we receive a request to update a blog design, we always recommend the Design Lab theme to get started and build your design around this theme. The Design Lab themes are mobile friendly and responsive. We create a test blog in your account so we can tweak your new design and make it just right.
 
We are excited to offer you this special Fall Sale on our Tune Up, Custom Design Services and Banner Creation! This sale is good until Sept 30th, 2019.  After our free consultation, we will charge the credit card or PayPal account on file.

Tune Up Service

  • Blog Evaluation and Custom Report
  • Implementation of Changes
  • Wrap Up
 
Originally $349
Now $279
 
Follow the link and complete the form on the right. Add the secret code: 25TuneUp after your last name so our designer knows to give you the discount.
 
Here are some examples of blogs that went through our Tune Up service:
 
CNBNews

 

Journey Zing

Custom Design

  • Free quote before you start
  • Design Creation
  • Banner Design
  • Design Implementation
Originally $200 an hour
Now $150 an hour
 
Follow the link and complete the form on the right. Add the secret code: 25Custom in the Custom Design Request box so our designer knows to give you a discount.
 
Here are some examples of blogs that went through our Custom Design service:
 
The Plain Truth
Mercury in Retrograde

Banner Creation

Your blog's logo and banner is one of the first things readers see when they come to your blog. Let us help make it stand out. We can create professional blog banners using your logo or other design within reason. 
 
Originally $300
Now: $150
Extra: If you purchase a discounted Tune Up or Custom Design service, we will drop the Banner Creation service to $75. 
 
If you only want the Banner Creation service, create a ticket in your account asking for the discounted service and someone from our design team will work with you. If you want to include it with the Tune Up or Custom Design just let our designer know during the free consultation. 
 
When was the last time you updated your blog design? Are you using a Responsive theme for your blog? Now is the time to update your blog and save some money! Reach out to us today. 


Family Discount: Purchase a Domain Today!

Family Discount on Domains

You have a unique brand, make sure your domain represents that. Purchase your domain from Typepad and save today!

Typepad bloggers are one big family, and we love to give our family discounts. For the month of August you'll pay what we pay for all .com, .net, and .org top level domains! You can enjoy this discount with a new domain or when renewing a current domain. 

.com

$11.99 now $8.89

.net

$12.71 now $12.01

.org

$12.71 now $10.99

To purchase a domain, click on the Account tab, then Domain Mapping. Type in your domain then select .com, .net, or .org from the drop-down. Click on Check Availability. If the domain is available you can purchase it. If not, try another version of the domain name. 

Once the domain is purchased, you will need to apply it to the blog you want. 

Don't worry, if you already purchased a domain, you can still get this great deal. You can renew your domain at these prices as well. Renew for up to 9 years to get the most out of this discount. 

This pricing is only available until Saturday, August 31st, 2019. 

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Interview with Dr. Steven Mintz from Ethics Sage

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Ethics Sage provides amazing guidance and insight into the days ethical questions. Written by Dr. Steven Mintz, from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, his blog was recently named one of the Top 20 Philosophy Blogs in 2019 by Voucher.co.id. It is not hard to see why.  Dr. Mintz does an amazing job writing in a way that is easy to read and connecting the information to what is happening today. We wanted to know more about Ethics Sage so we asked! We hope you enjoy our interview with Dr. Mintz and can get some inspiration for your blog. 

1) Can you tell us about yourself and your blog? Is it just you writing your blog or do you have a team that helps?

I am a professor emeritus from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I started blogging under the name “Ethics Sage” twelve years ago to share my thoughts about ethics in society, the workplace and in higher education. For the most part I am the only one taking care of writing blogs, but do use guest bloggers for my Workplace Ethics Advice blog. Readers are also free to send me questions and I answer them without divulging any names.

2) Why did you start your blog? Can you tell us the back story to Ethics Sage? How did you get that name?

Academic publishing appeals to a limited group of readers. I started blogging to reach a broader commercial audience. Blogging is my way to contribute to the dialogue about how we can enhance the well-being of ourselves and others by following an ethical path. I chose the name Ethics Sage because the purpose of my blogs is to share my wisdom on all things ethical.

3) What is your process for writing a blog post?

Writing a blog post begins with identifying a topic of interest to the community. I read the news feeds every morning to get ideas. Next, I outline the points I want to make limiting myself, whenever possible, to 500-700 words. I write the first draft, sleep on it, and review and post it the next day or later in the week.

4) How do you find fresh ethical, philosophical ideas to write about?

There’s no problem finding fresh ideas about ethics and philosophy. As a society, we have lost our moral compass and every day we learn about improper behavior by our political leaders, companies, sports figures, those in entertainment and so on. I also look for topics that related to civility, which is also in decline in society. I frequently write about civility along the lines that we, as a society, need to learn how to disagree with each other without being disagreeable.

5) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

Typepad is simple to use and post to social media. As a non-techie, it’s important for me to navigate the system without needing a website support system. Typepad also has great customer service and responds to questions immediately.

6) What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?

Be sensitive to your audience and write what they want to read, not necessarily what I want to write about. Sometimes I will ask readers if there are any topics/controversial issues that they would like to learn more about or to find out about my thoughts on these matters.

7) You have a few minutes, what is your go to tip about blogging?

There are five steps I use to guide my blogs that are transferable to other bloggers.

1) Write an engaging headline. Grab the attention of your readers right away.
2) Write short paragraphs. This helps improve the flow of your blog and it’s easier to read.
3) Use subheadings whenever possible. This helps to organize ideas and key readers about what’s coming next.
4) Use images. This tends to attract readers attention and help them decide whether to read your blog.
5) Spend time learning how to maximize your SEO ranking.

8) What blogs do you follow?

I follow blogs in my field. I subscribe to them and frequently make comments on their blogs to gain visibility for myself and my blogs. A word of caution here is that you have to limit the number of blogs you follow because it can consume a lot more time than you want or should spend.

10) What is one goal for your blog in the next 6 months?

I’ve just written a book on how ethics can help enhance one’s happiness and gain greater meaning in life. The book is Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. It is available for sale on Amazon and on my website (stevenmintzethics.com). My goal is to use my blogging to build interest in my book and engage with my readers to learn what reading the book meant to them. In other words, the blogs should help market the book and the message of the book should guide me in future blogs.

11) Who or what inspires you to keep blogging?

I am inspired by my readers who have commented positively on the issues addressed in my blogs. I’m always looking to reach out to new audiences to gain exposure for my ideas and help readers improve their daily lives, relationships with family members and friends, workplace interactions and on social media. Even though my blogs are on ethics and philosophy, they are written in an engaging format – not preachy. Readers share their thoughts with me and their positive feedback keeps me blogging.

More about Ethics Sage

Ethics Sage addresses some of the most pressing issues facing society, how to develop an ethical workplace culture, and academic freedom and integrity. It has received awards for being the best in their field, including for philosophy, corporate social responsibility, and higher education. Readers can learn more about them on my website (stevenmintzethics.com). Readers can also sign up for my monthly newsletter on my website

More about Dr. Steven Mintz

Dr. Steven Mintz

Steven Mintz is a professor emeritus from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He received his doctoral degree from The George Washington University. A well-known researcher in ethics, Dr. Mintz has published dozens of articles on ethics in society, in business, and accounting ethics, as well as a textbook titled Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases. His first book for a commercial audience is Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. Dr. Mintz has been recognized for his work, including the Accounting Exemplar Award from the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association, an award that distinguishes him as a role model to others.

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New Services On Other Accounts


New Services On Other Accounts

We have been busy at Typepad reviewing social media services that help bloggers get their message out to the world. Using our Other Accounts tab, you can add your personal link to these sites on your Typepad blog. Here is our new list of Other Accounts you can add! Take a moment and review everything. You may find a new platform to showcase your blog. 

500px

A leading network for photographers to discover and share incredible photos, gain global exposure, and get paid for their work and skills.

Audible

Audible allows you to download and listen to a wide selection of audio books. Find something that educates, entertains or inspires your mind. Review your favorite books and share them with your readers. 

Bandcamp

Bandcamp is a publishing platform for musicians. Sell your music or support the artists by directly purchasing their creations.

Codepen

CodePen is a social development environment. It allows you to write code in the browser, and see the results of it as you build.

DeviantArt

DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts. They believe that art is for everyone, and they are creating the cultural context for how it is created, discovered, and shared.

Dribbble

Dribbble is a community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process, and projects. It is the leading destination to find and showcase the creative work of the worlds best design professionals.

eBay

eBay connects buyers and sellers from around the world. Explore to find the perfect unique gift or see who will love the products you create every day.

Etsy

Etsy is a market for handmade goods, vintage items, and supplies for making. The community is made up of independent creative businesses from around the globe.

Facebook and Facebook Page

Connect with friends, family, and your readers. Almost everyone is on Facebook and use it to stay in touch with those that are important to them. Facebook Page is for your business/blog to connect with your readers with updates that are important to them. 

Flickr

Flickr will display your photos for all your friends and family to see. Create amazing albums to easily share.

Foursquare

Foursquare helps you discover new places with recommendations from the community. Find a better experience, anywhere in the world.

GitHub

GitHub is the best place to share code. With all the collaborative features of GitHub, it has never been easier for individuals and teams to write faster, better code.

Goodreads

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Share with your readers the books you love or the books you are looking forward to reading.

Instagram

Instagram is a platform that brings you closer to the people and things you love. Share with your readers your everyday life and what motivates you.

Last.fm

Last.fm allows you to create a profile, track what you listen to, and explore other cool music that is out there. Share with your readers your taste in music.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network. Show off your professional knowledge with other industry leaders.

Patreon

Patreon is a membership platform that easily allows artists and creators to build relationships with subscribers and provide exclusive experiences for their "patrons". Make it easy for your readers to support you and all the work you do.

Pinterest

Pinterest is where you discover ideas. Share your ideas with your readers and discover new ones today!

Playstation

Playstation is for the gamer in all of us. Share your game with readers, learn about new games, and see what your fellow gamer friends are talking about. 

Ravelry

Ravelry is a great resource and community for yarn and fiber enthusiasts. Get inspired by others' work and keep track of your stash, tools, and projects.

Reddit

Reddit, the front page of the internet. Discover thousands of communities, endless conversations, and human connections.

Snapchat

Snapchat is a quick and easy way to connect with your readers with live stories. Give your readers a behind the scenes look of creating your blog or products.

Soundcloud

Soundcloud is a music and podcast streaming platform that lets you listen to millions of songs from around the world, or upload your own.

Spotify

With Spotify, it’s easy to find the right music for every moment. Create and share music collections for your readers. Create a radio station of all your favorite music.

Stream

Stream is a space in which a variety of content creators can share their passions with the world through video streaming. Connect and interact with live audiences in real time.

Tumblr

Tumblr is your free space to share your interest and connect with others. Add your content and start a conversation.

Twitch

Twitch is a global community who come together to create their own unique entertainment. Share your gaming knowledge and experience with your readers.

Twitter

Be involved in the conversation with Twitter. Share your content and watch it influence the world.

Vimeo

Vimeo is all about videos. Share your videos with your readers or discover new ones.

Yelp

Yelp is your connection to find local businesses. Share your Yelp reviews and help others find amazing local businesses.

YouTube

YouTube gives everyone a voice and shares it with the world. Build your community and share your story.

Other

If you don't see a service you are on, the "Other" option allows you to add the profile URL and makes it easy for your readers to follow you. 

We challenge you to review all these services and try a new one out today. You may find an audience you never knew existed. 


Do You Login With Google+? You Will Want To Read This!


Do You Login With Google+_ You will want to read this!

If you have not heard, Google + is gone. At the end of last year Google announced they were shutting down Google + because they just were not meeting the expectations they set out for their customers. 

So what does this mean for Google + and Typepad? 

Well, you will want to review your blog and make a few changes if needed. Let's walk through those changes. 

Logging in with Google +

Some bloggers may be using Google + to log into their Typepad account. As of right now, your login will work. We believe at some point Google may disable the Google + authentication and we want you to have another way to access your account. 

Google Plus Login

We suggest you add an email address and password to your account. It is easy to add to your account and you can still use the Google + authentication. 

Click on the Account tab, next to Email Address enter your email address. Scroll down and click on Save Changes. We will then send you an email to verify the email address. Please click on the link in the email to verify the email address. 

Next, you need to add a password. On the Account tab, scroll down to Password.  Click the "Add a password" link. Then you will be prompted to add a password to your account. Once you have added a password, you can use the email address and password for your account to sign in instead of the external account.

Links to your Google + page

If you have a link to your Google + page, you want to check to make sure it is still working. Starting April 2nd, Google will start to remove content from the site. You want to make sure any links to your Google + are removed from your blog.

The most common way bloggers have links to their social media accounts is through Other Accounts. Click on the Account tab, then click on Other Accounts. Here you will see a list of social media sites you have linked to your Typepad account. Next to Google + click on Delete. You will get a pop up that ask if you want to delete this account, click on OK. 

Another way bloggers add links to their social media accounts is through the Embed Your Own HTML module. You will need to edit this module to remove the code for Google +. Click on the Design tab, then click on Content. Find the module that has your social media code and click on the pencil to edit. Remove the code for Google + then click on OK > Save Changes. 

If you are unsure how to remove the Google + icons from your blog, reach out to us. We are always happy to help. You can create a ticket in your account (Help > New Ticket) or email us at support@typepad.com.