Top Ad unit 728 × 90

Latest

recent

Stop Blogger from Redirecting Blogspot to Country Specific URLs

Let's say you're from France and have set up - just for examples sake - a blog called frenchlitgeek.blogspot.com where you share your thoughts and insights on French literature. Now, with Google's country specific redirection in Blogger, you might be redirected to frenchlitgeek.blogspot.fr when you try to access your site. The thing is, you perfectly liked the .com and didn't sign up for the .fr but you find yourself being directed there. Sure, your blog works and all but you also wonder why.

Why Did Google Do This?

Google has always supported the expression of views, and they stated as much on their official blog. In the postFree expression and controversial content on the web, which was published in 2007, it said "Our world would be a very boring place if we all agreed all the time. So, while people may strongly disagree with what someone says, or think that a particular newspaper is total nonsense, we recognize that each of us have the right to an opinion."

The post continued, "We also know that letting people express their views freely has real practical benefits. Allowing individuals to voice unpopular, inconvenient or controversial opinions is important. Not only might they be right (think Galileo) but debating difficult issues in the open often helps people come to better decisions".

blogspot country redirection

While the company is clearly on the side of people freely expressing their opinions, they also believe that a line has to be drawn somewhere. Then again, for a company providing services in over 100 countries around the world and each with their own national laws and cultural norms, it's surely difficult for a company like Google to decide where to draw boundaries.

However, there are cases like child pornography which is illegal in just about any country where decisions are clear cut.

For a company whose products are "specifically designed to help people create and communicate, to find and share information and opinions across the world", how does Google deal with this challenge?

One of the most challenging areas where Google deals with issues regarding free expression is in Blogger, their content generation platform. Since Google can't check what you've written before you publish, they rely on active vocal users who are diligent in alerting the proper if a post borders on offensive. Then again, that in itself is a tricky issue as well because what one person may view as offensive, another might not.

In other words, it's always a work in progress with Google.

Fast forward to January 9, 2012 when Google announced it was making changes to the Blogger platform with regards to censorship. That said change would make use of a country specific domain to the Blogger platform. Doing this would allow Google to censor and remove content specific to a certain country.

In their announcement, Google said: "Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law. By utilizing ccTLDs, content removals can be managed on a per country basis, which will limit their impact to the smallest number of readers."

The move by Google come after pressure from countries like India that are working on hunting down content on social media sites which are considered inappropriate. Also, the move followed closely on the heels of Twitter's new censorship policies.

Since Google aims to "help people create and communicate, to find and share information and opinions across the world", it would be strange to take down a post that was just banned in a certain area. In essence, withcountry specific redirection, a piece of content can still be accessible by the world save for the country where it was blocked.

How Would Country Specific Redirection Affect Your Site?

Of course, not all site owners greeted the country specific URL change with open arms. A few of the issues brought up in regard to the change include:

1. A reduction in social stats. These are your Facebook Likes, Google +1s and so on from your blog posts. They might be reduced because the URLs from one blog post will be different depending on where your readers are from.

2. A problem with external commenting platforms. If you use Disqus - for example - for your comments section, then you might run into trouble because blog URLs will be different even if essentially the page being accessed is just the same.

3. A slight problem with AdSense earnings. Some users have complained about seeing a dip in their earnings when their pages are served through country specific domains.

4. An issue with link juice. You want external sites to link to you and not your country specific URL. But the issue here is that you can't control how others link to your page. They might use the top level domain or they might use the country code top-level domain.

Stop Blogger from Redirecting to Country-Specific Domains

If country specific redirection affects important factors such as traffic and link juice, and you need those in order to rank well, what can you possibly do? Well, thankfully, Google has provided a way to get around this. All you have to do is add an ncr/ to the end of the URL - ncr here stands for No Country Redirect. So basically, it goes frenchlitgeek.blogspot.com/ncr/.

That solution is great but do you want your users to always have to do that every time they visit your blog? To eliminate that hassle, and for the good of your site statistics, a simple redirection script will do the trick. Here's how:

1. Log in to your Blogger account.

2. Click on Template → Edit HTML.

3. Find the <head> tag in the HTML editor by opening the search box using Ctrl + F.

blogger country redirection

4. Copy the redirection code seen below after the <head> tag.
<script type="text/javascript">
var blog = document.location.href.toLowerCase();
if (!blog.match(/\.blogspot\.com/)) {
blog = blog.replace(/\.blogspot\..*?\//, ".blogspot.com/ncr/");
window.location.replace(blog);
}
</script>

5. Click on "Save Template".

Credit: labnol.com

And that's it! Whenever someone accesses your Blogger, they'll be taken to the top level domain rather than the country specific one.

Stop Blogger from Redirecting Blogspot to Country Specific URLs Reviewed by Jeffrey Cayao on May 01, 2016 Rating: 5

16 comments:

  1. It is just the process of making specific search phrases, that are
    relevant to your website visible high up in the search engine rankings.
    There is absolutely no point in finding one of the great
    London Accountants only to find that they are actually
    too far away from your place of business to be accessible.
    You can get the contact details of the various seo companies by surfing around the globally web and create sure that you go through details of the training organization successfully before
    you be a part of your name for having a bright profession ahead.

    ReplyDelete
  2. What's up to every , since I am in fact eager of reading this weblog's post to be updated on a regular basis.

    It includes good stuff.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Powerball software can have a big price, for some this would be even too pricey.

    Make sure you are firm in pushing the card back
    in, but aren't forcing it into the slot. Hence, today
    there are numerous mobile service providers like Vodafone,
    O2, T-Mobile, Orange, and giffgaff, Lebara, Lyca Mobile
    and Virgin Mobile.

    ReplyDelete
  4. So sites with excellent quality content become valuable to search engines.
    By using the data from Google Adwords, SEO company London experts can match keywords that
    they want to target and are specific. asia expert in providing website designing, website development, seo services, website hosting, digital marketing services and offering professional
    readymade scripts without any hesitation work and these
    Yourneeds.

    ReplyDelete
  5. You will draw more loyal readers to your site and keep your
    readers coming back because you are sharing the best with them.

    It provides flexible operating here we are at the employees and one can have pretty large wage along
    with the appropriate spare time. This means that all
    of the content that your users can see, including buttons, menus and clickable links will be index-able.

    ReplyDelete
  6. He forms the enjoyable and informative articles related to Web Design Company and SEO Company in the
    UK. The company can provide online businesses with the means to reach goals and achieve greatly.
    While it may take a little while for changes in design culture to filter out into
    the more remote regions of the UK, London because of its position as the
    capital city gets to see new concepts first, thanks to a plethora of exhibitions and shows dedicated to web design.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Some SEO companies may only offer basic professional SEO services.

    They would try to make your site famous through social
    networking sites like my space, Facebook, Twitter,
    Digo, Digg, Delicious, etc as a part of their SEO services London. You need to check that they are qualified accountants as many will not be.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is my first time go to see at here and i am genuinely
    pleassant to read all at one place.

    ReplyDelete
  9. But unlike other SEO companies London or elsewhere, we forge long term partnerships for long-lasting success.
    Typically, it's good practice to maintain about a 5% usage for your keywords or phrases.
    While it may take a little while for changes in design culture to filter out into the more remote regions of the UK, London because of its position as the capital city gets
    to see new concepts first, thanks to a plethora of exhibitions and shows
    dedicated to web design.

    ReplyDelete
  10. But unlike other SEO companies London or elsewhere, we forge long term partnerships for long-lasting success.

    There are always product demonstrations and distinctive
    displays unfold through Hamleys seven dynamic floors. Many
    organisations are finding that they have a better outcome
    when they employ a service to perform their London web design as well as
    Facebook development and social media UK options.

    ReplyDelete
  11. They mainly put their efforts in making space at the page by designing locations of
    everything, including navigation bars, search box and all.
    Each of the images on your web site should really have proper detailed
    titles and alt tags too. asia expert in providing
    website designing, website development, seo services,
    website hosting, digital marketing services and offering professional readymade scripts without any
    hesitation work and these Yourneeds.

    ReplyDelete
  12. When I originally commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify
    me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the same comment.

    Perhaps there is an easy method you can remove me from that service?
    Many thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I know this website offers quality dependent posts and additional
    information, is there any other site which offers such stuff in quality?

    ReplyDelete
  14. So sites with excellent quality content become valuable to search engines.
    The company can provide online businesses
    with the means to reach goals and achieve greatly.

    While it may take a little while for changes in design culture to filter
    out into the more remote regions of the UK, London because of its position as the capital city gets to see new
    concepts first, thanks to a plethora of exhibitions
    and shows dedicated to web design.

    ReplyDelete
  15. The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot
    drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed
    and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to
    share it with someone!

    ReplyDelete
  16. So, additional efforts have to be undertaken to develop the
    visiting page of your website. By using the data from Google Adwords,
    SEO company London experts can match keywords that they want to target and are specific.
    Whether you promote yourself as a solo or business brand (< learn 10 ways to improve your SEO with Google+) Google+ is now a necessity.

    ReplyDelete

All Rights Reserved by Tutorials to Go™ © 2014 - 2015
Powered By Blogger, Designed by Sweetheme

Contact Form

Name

Email *

Message *

Powered by Blogger.