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Thursday, February 2, 2012

How to avoid country specific Blogspot URL

Recently Blogger has announced country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for few countries like India, Australia,.. As per Blogger note, it will be launched for more countries in near futures. Technically, which means a visitors from these countries will be redirected to their ccTLD eg) an Indian visitor view my blog as macrolayer.blogspot.in & australian visitor view my blog as macrolayer.blogspot.com.au.

Moreover this localization is for to filter the content accordingly to the local laws by their domain name. As a blogger, It affects minimum on SEO effect and maximum on add-ons. In SEO part serach engines suck the content as per canonical tag in you blog and blogger.com promised that SEO loss will be minimized. In add-on part, it affect thirdparty builts like twitter button, facebook button, other aggregators and third party gadgets which play with blogspot.com domain. which means, facebook button shows only the sharing count of the blogspot.com or blogspot.in to respective audience. so probable you would miss the gross sharing counts. similarly for other voting built-ins which read different counts. gadgets which are developed for .com will not work for .in domains probable google gadgets won't be affected as it is their redirection. so ultimately, If you are looking for the solution to avoid blogspot ccTLD redirection please go ahead.

For readers: you can directly place /ncr in the url and avoid the localization
eg) macrolayer.blogspot.com/ncr

For Blog owners:
It may be an important act for some owner to avoid localization to consolidate their social networking presence. you have two option to avoid this.

option:1
which is a simple Technic, just replacing all .in links in your page to .com domain. most of the social sharing buttons are responsive for this method. For which you have to place below code just above the </body> tag in your blog template
<script type='text/javascript'>
document.body.innerHTML = document.body.innerHTML.replace(/blogspot\.in/gi, "blogspot.com");
</script>

option:2
Which is the solid Technic to just revert the blogger redirect against them. It will secure you blog from localization for visitors. This will help all types of third-party add-ons. For which you have to place below code just below <head> tag in your blog template

<script type='text/javascript'>
var local = "<data:blog.url/>";
var checker = local.split(/blogspot\.in/i)
if(checker[1]){window.location = local.replace(/blogspot\.in/gi, "blogspot.com/ncr");}
</script>


note:above codes are mainly for Indian users, other country users can use the same code by just replacing .in with their respective country TLdomains

21 comments:

  1. I really worried about its effect to seo, can you explain more detail?

    Thanks for sharing this news.

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  2. 〈a href="http://macrolayer.blogspot.com/"〉Macro of Micro〈/a〉

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  3. Sir.
    Confusing and perplexing the ccTLD, me Non-Tech. Request for enlightenment from You and Hope a separate article on ccTLD.
    Sir. "xxx.blogspot.nl" may be the ccTLD extension (.nl) of the blogspot blog (suppose my) blog "xxx.blogspot.com"
    1.(a) Seems, Google Analytics Indexed the .com version - But not allowing .nl version. (b) And .nl version Stats not being reflected/clubbed with Stats of .com version (see query below also, Please)
    2. Some Analystic websites show fancy Stats of Alexa, number of visitors etc., for "xxx.blogspot.nl"
    In this context also unable to understand the relation between the above said "xxx.blogspot.nl" and "blogspot.nl"
    * Is "blogspot.nl" a separate blog/entity ?
    * Is "xxx.blogspot.nl" a part of "blogspot.nl" ? (Stats show separate)
    Sir, wish to add Your ccTLD code to my Blog.
    With All Regards and for Ever.

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  4. Sir.
    May I request You to kindly look into, interested to know the Truth: For example
    "Backlinks" At "StatsCrop" (found googling) 1.Of (Your blog) "Macrolayer.blogspot.com" and 2.Of (my blog) "xxx.blogspot.com"
    For the Alexa Rank of "xxx.blogspot.nl" (same).
    Sir, Is that the Alexa Rank of "blogspot.nl" or above refd "xxx.blogspot.nl" ?
    If that Alexa is of "blogspot.nl" all blogs of it should get the same Alexa Rank, including "blogspot.nl" (but seems not so - done some layman's test)
    How possible ?
    With All Regards, Please.

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    1. Hello Ifinder,
      Basically per Alexa, Macrolayer.blogspot.com or Macrolayer.blogspot.nl or Macrolayer.blogspot.in are different entity. they maintain different record sets. when you try to check "Macrolayer.blogspot.com" it shows the actual rating, but when you check "Macrolayer.blogspot.nl", the record are less than expected or very few. so it redirect to "blogspot.nl" data. which means xxx.blogspot.nl doesn't have sufficient records but "blogspot.nl" & "xxx.blogspot.nl" are not same. Moreover you can find this difference in Indian version "blogspot.in" ranks 84 but "tamilpoint.blogspot.in" ranks 9,337,720.

      So If you want to preserve alexa rank, then you would need to consolidate traffic into any of your domain where .com is the globally preferable.


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  5. P.S.
    Very much interested to know the Truth, Sir.
    Thanking You, With All Regards.

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  6. Sir.
    Thank You, Thank You.
    With All Regards.

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  7. Sir.
    With your kind permission - one more doubt, Please.
    Is it possible, by inserting ccTLD code in my blog HTML, can the following errors be corrected ?
    1. HTML tags of "xxx.blogspot.com" that are being shown as in "xxx.blogspot.nl" in HTML Tags counter of " xxx.blogspot.com" in StatsCrop
    2. The properties in my Google Analytics as blog"1" and blog"2" (having only one blog). Explanation: (If remembered correctly, around Nov 2012) Changed blog"1" to blog"2" in template HTML code as advised by a blogger when blog looking weird and distubed.
    Hope and earnestly request You can Guide.
    With All Regards.

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    1. Hello Ifinder,
      If I'm not wrong in understanding your question, below is my answer. If you add ccTLD code (as said in post xxx.blogspot.nl/ncr), you can create good impact on xxx.blogspot.nl" traffic/rank. However I can't ensure the statregy of Statscrop, but In general rank of xxx.blogspot.nl will increase

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  8. Sir.
    (me NonTech)
    Which one of above options of code to be placed in my template code ?
    Kindly Guide.
    With All Regards, Please.

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  9. Sir.
    Thank You, Thank You.
    Correctly and well said, Sir.
    Pardon me(me NonTech) , couldn't catch the meaning of you said " add ccTLD code as said in post xxx.blogspot.nl/ncr "
    Which words to add/place and Where ?
    Thanking You again and With All Regards, Please

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    1. Ifinder,
      copy paste the code given in option 2 of the blog post. and also you can replace all "blogspot.com" to "blogspot.nl/ncr" in your template. The reason for using "ncr" term is just to restrict google auto redirection. Because by default, blogger redirects to visitor's local domain, when I access it shows blogspot.in; when one access it from china, it may show blogspot.cn. Hope this will help you

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  10. Sir.
    Thank You.Thank You. Thank You very much.
    Going to do, the delighting charm.
    With All Regards,

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  11. Sir.
    At the end of this venture, last doubt, Please - just before placing the ccTLD code in blog template:
    Is my xxx.blogspot.com/.nl has any effect of 'generic site' / 'mirror site' / 'site within site'/ '301 redirect' before ccTlD ? Link here, Please
    Hope and humbly request you can throw the light on it, may be the final verdict, Sir.
    Thanking You again and with All Regards

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    1. Ifinder,
      I feel 301 redirect is best of this kind and mirror site will not contribute any rank elements to other
      'site within site' will affect search engine, however it will contribute some values to page rank of other

      ccTLD and TLD are technically same but they are just categorized to identify for business needs. This will help to share the traffic on a particular server and more

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  12. Sir.
    How to understand this confusing TLD/ccTLD, identify and bifurcate ?
    Very much interested to study TLD/ccTLD, Please.
    Hope you can and very much request for your separate post in this blog OR at least recommend relevant notification/post of Google (other than that support.google.com...2402711) or othewise - Please.
    Thanking You again and With All Regards, Sir.

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  13. Sir.
    (@ Feb 5, 2014 above)
    Thank You. Thank You.
    Being Enlightening . . .
    By such 301 redirect, can that previous readership/traffic, if any, can be retained ?
    What code of 301 redirect and where to place in my blog template HTML ?
    (Is it possible to view that traffic, if any, in my blog Dashboard, after ?)
    Hope You Can and Request to Guide, Please.
    Thanking You again and With All Regards.

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    1. 301 redirect can only be done is Serverside. Blogger template doesn't allow to do so.

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  14. Sir.
    Very much awaiting for your kind Guidance, Please.
    With all Regards.

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  15. Sir.
    Thank You. Thank You.
    With All Regards.

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