Blogspot To Start Redirecting To Country Specific Domain Extensions
Users of Google's blog hosting service Blogger may notice quite a significant change in the coming weeks. Instead of being able to access blogs hosted on Blogger directly, they may now be redirected to a country specific domain. A user visiting a blog from Australia for instance will be redirected to blogspot.com.au automatically whenever a blogspot blog is accessed.
Only custom hosted domains are exempt from the change. Why is Google doing this? According to a recently added help page to "continue promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law".
Google explains the move with greater content removal flexibility as they can now manage those removals on a per country base to limit the "impact to the smallest number of readers" as content removed "due to a specific countryâ€™s law will only be removed from the relevant ccTLD".
The company notes that users who want to visit the original domain name can do so by accessing blogspost.com/ncr for that. It is not clear if this can also be attached to deep links, or if it only works to access the root domain of a particular blog.
It is definitely a confusing move both from a webmaster and site visitor perspective. Especially site regulars may think that something's not right with the site if they are redirected automatically. Some may even believe that they are redirected by a hacked site or computer virus.
What's your take on this development? Lets discuss it in the comments. (via Techdows)
It is also not clear if users who are locked out of the country domain can access the ncr version of the site, or if they are blocked from accessing that version as well. It is however likely that Google will first check the country of origin before making the redirect, which would suggest that users would be blocked from accessing ncr versions if the blog is blocked in a country.
Blog owners on the other hand may fear that the change will impact their search engine rankings or visibility. Google will make use of the rel"canonical" tag to prevent search engines from indexing different country versions of the same blog or post. It is however still possible that some webmasters will notice negative effects of the change, but the canonical tag should ensure that all country-specific domains refer to the one major version of the site.
I hate country redirects. This is the first thing I turn off in Google.
It is done for promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law.
My blog http://investorzclub.blogspot.com rediriecting to http://investorzclub.blogspot.in since yesterday, and it has severly impacted my blog. Pagerank is set to zero and all the social counters are set to zero as well.
The traffic is also a liitle bit down. Don’t know what lies ahead. We work so hard on our blog and someday something happens which hit us like a meteor.
Best of luck to all of us
Wow, that’s a major bummer. I had a blogspot blog once. It was rudimentary but was simple to use and very reliable. Now we have country-specific URLs and integration with G+. I think bloggers should look elsewhere to vent their inner turmoil. I’d recommend Tumblr, Posterous, or WordPress.
This is a real nuisance if your blog has adsense on it – you won’t get the clicks for the new sites unless you approve them manually!
Google hasn’t definitively confirmed whether or not page rank will be affected in a negative way. This, and the sudden onset of this redirect will make Blogspot users very wary.
How can I turn this off? It’s really weird and I want the old version back!
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in my opinion its a good think because ads will be visible for local users