Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blogspot.com Blogs are Redirecting to Country Specific URL

Blogspot.com Blogs are Redirecting to Blogspot.in or Blogspot.au

Are you using blogspot.com? and did you notice all blogspot.com blogs are redirecting to country specific URL?

For example, if you are living in India and if your blog address is http://example.blogspot.com then it will be redirected to http://example.blogspot.in Similarly If you are living in Australia and if your blog address is http://example.blogspot.com then it will be redirected to http://example.blogspot.au

Many people are thinking it will be affect their SEO rankings and Google did not inform them but actually Google already updated Why does my blog redirect to a country-specific URL? on 9th January 2012

I think its due to country to country laws. But I personally think its not good for all professional bloggers who are using blogspot.com

Some Interesting Points

Q: How will this change affect my blog?

A: Blog owners should not see any visible differences to their blog other than the URL redirecting to a ccTLD. URLs of custom domains will be unaffected.

Q: Will this affect search engine optimization on my blog?

A: After this change, crawlers will find Blogspot content on many different domains. Hosting duplicate content on different domains can affect search results, but we are making every effort to minimize any negative consequences of hosting Blogspot content on multiple domains.

The majority of content hosted on different domains will be unaffected by content removals, and therefore identical. For all such content, we will specify the blogspot.com version as the canonical version using rel=canonical. This will let crawlers know that although the URLs are different, the content is the same. When a post or blog in a country is affected by a content removal, the canonical URL will be set to that country’s ccTLD instead of the .com version. This will ensure that we aren’t marking different content with the same canonical tag.

Q: How might ccTLDs affect the blogs I visit?

A: If you visit a blog that does not correspond to your current location as determined by your IP address, the blogspot servers will redirect you to the domain associated with your country, if it’s a supported ccTLD.

Blog readers may request a specific country version of the blogspot content by entering a specially formatted “NCR” URL.

NCR stands for “No Country Redirect” and will always display buzz.blogger.com in English, whether you’re in India, Brazil, Honduras, Germany, or anywhere.

For example: http://[blogname].blogspot.com/ncr – always goes to the U.S. English blog.

This special URL sets a short-lived cookie (session and/or a short life time) that will prevent geo-based redirection from the requested domain. This applies to all web browsers and all Operating Systems.

you can read all details at here http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2402711

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