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Monday, April 03, 2006

How to recover from an unintended delete problem

For a more comprehensive and updated post, refer to How to recover deleted post (updated).

Recovering from an accidental delete

You have accidentally deleted some posts or links, etc., or you may even have messed up your template, and you need to recover from the mistake urgently. What do you do?

This is what you can do. Do a search (Google, Yahoo, etc.) for some terms in your past post and see if it turned up some cached copies of your post. For example for this blog, I did a search for "how to add addsense to your blog" and the result was this:

Blogger for Dummies: How to add AdSense to your blogHow to add AdSense to your blog. First, you must have an AdSense account. If you don't have one, click on the button on the sidebar to the right that says ...
bloggerfordummies.blogspot.com/2006/03/how-to-add-adsense-to-your-blog.html - 21k - Cached - Similar pages


Note that it is a cached copy and not the current corrupted copy. Copy what you need from this cached copy. If it is something in the template, do a View>Page Source to get the template. You cannot copy the whole of the source codes to paste into your template as it also contain the codes for your post/s. Only can only copy the relevant part of the source codes (for example, customization such as links) to make easy a transition from a corrupted or accidentally deleted template to a new template.

Alternatively, you may type in the full url into the search box and it should turn up most of your posts.

If you can't find any cached copies in the search engines, another place to try is the Wayback Machine.

Related posts:
How to recover deleted post (updated)
Recover or restore accidentally deleted blog

Book for Dummies: Blogging for Dummies

32 comments:

  1. Hey Peter, that was a great post! I wish I had discovered that sooner, as it would have saved me a ton of time many moons ago when I started out blogging.

    Thanks for the "undo delete" tip!

    PS

    Hey, I don't know if you would be up to it, but I am looking for a second contributer for a weblog of mine entitled Blogger Delights. I think you would be a great fit...if interested, let me know!

    Double PS

    Since you don't have backlinks enabled, I want to let you know that I referenced your site on Blogger Delights. Congrats!

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  2. Thanks Darnell for the compliment. Regarding your invitation, I am afraid I am not up to it as I have other blogs:
    Enviroman Says
    Natural Remedies
    Do pay them a visit.

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  3. DUDE!

    Thank you SO SO much for this post. It's funny, I had even looked at a cached page of a lost blog, but it just didn't occur to me to do this!

    I had about 17 blogs disappear from my account, and 3 of them were stolen, which is a little scary.

    anyway, I've been emailing blogger like crazy with NO response. They need to take security issues more seriously.

    You saved me days, if not weeks, of redoing work. thank you

    Now I just have to figure out how to get my hijacked blogs back from some dude in Russia.

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  4. Peter, I must add -as you know I keep telling at the Blogger Support group- that Blogger CAN RESCUE your deleted blog.

    It happened to me in February, and at the time of deleting I had 455 posts -a tad too many for the cache rescue, which is what I frantically did while waiting for reply from Blogger. So I would like to encourge people to try this -although getting a grip of caches in the meanwhile is also reassuring:

    #1: Immediately, OPEN A NEW BLOG-under your same username- WITH THE SAME URL (the name you should see on the bar) of the deleted blog. This is VERY important, so that no-one can claim that URL on purpose or unknowing your problem. You can paste there your template, that should be saved as Peter explains every time you change it, and the cache versions of the latest posts, at least, and -in my case I did this- an explanatory post so that readers know why the archives etc are gone.

    #2: Before all the cache recovering and pasting, SEND AN E-MAIL TO BLOGGER SUPPORT explaining what has happened. You shall get an automatic reply within a day or two, but don't let that put you off: Blogger seems to have a centralized staff for the whole worldwide community, so they get rid of silly questions like that. REPLY TO THE AUTOMATIC E-MAIL YOU RECEIVED and state clearly what happened, that you erased your blog by mistake.

    #3: Now you can go through caches, cry and tear your hair out or write 10,000 times 'I shall not click on a button without reading it' while you wait for the next, personal, email you shall get from Blogger. A staff member shall contact you and ask a couple of questions but IT DOES TAKE A WEEK OR TWO -In my case, about two weeks. Once in touch with a Real Person, though, I got my whole blog back again, comments and all, and a warning that the new version i had done meanwhile to keep my URl would be replaced when I republished. So,

    #4: Make the temporary blog a new one, if you have been posting actively in the mean time, by modifying its URL before republishing. This way, you shall have your old blog, a new temp one to copy&paste posts from and a lesson learnt -one hopes!

    Sorry Peter, I do feel necessary to add this to the post. By the way, added you to my blogrol ;-D

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  5. Thanks ok.,ok.! Additional viewpoint highly welcomed. Thanks for adding my site to your blogroll. An actual link would be even better as I don't know if that counts in search engine ranking.

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  6. Just because it's you, I'll link you directly ;-D

    Sorry, got many blogs I check and it's easyer to keep my blogrol updated by using Bloglines!

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  7. Thanks, ok.ok.! for trying. Not compulsory.

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  8. Thank you! I did a google search on "how can I recover a blog I accidentally deleted" and your blog came up first. Thank you again!

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  9. I did most of your suggestions, however when I reposted my cache I only lost 3-4 posts. No big deal, but then soem tags are highlighted through my blog in color - can you help me get rid of these color highlighted tags?

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  10. Sorry, don't understand. What tags? HTML tags?

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  11. I need some help! I have deleted my blog and now want it back, I can find the posts well and good but having trouble finding a way of retrieving all of the text that was written. Can someone please help me out. Thanks a million

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  12. You can only copy text of those posts that you can find cached copies. There may be some you can't find, and for that I can't offer much help. But my advice is to quickly try to register back your old URL as it is likely to be taken by spammers if you don't. I have read posts of bloggers having their deleted blog restored by Blogger Support. I suggest you try to contact them for help. See post How to contact Blogger support and see if you are lucky enough to catch them at their freer time.

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  13. Anonymous1:24 PM

    I accidentally deleted my blog back in November. What's the email address you use to contact people at blogger?

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  14. To contact Blogger Support, see post How to contact Blogger Support

    Peter a.k.a. Enviroman
    Enviroman Says

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  15. Peter, nice post. I had a similar experience with my Blogger account which is recounted here - Recovering deleted blogs

    Hope this adds a bit of value too.

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  16. hey..i got SUM of the chached posts back..onli like a few..thanks so much for those..BUTR i still havent gotten the whole thing back despite various emails to blogger..hope they do it soon..

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  17. i appreciate your blog.
    my dearly loved blog was accidently deleted (nearly 600 posts) i have written blogger support but have not heard anything.i am desperate to get this back. do you know of anyone i could contact that could help me? my blog address is
    itstruesighedroo.blogspot.com

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  18. just to add my 2 cents. emailing blogger at support does not work. at least it did not work for me. i am desperate to get back my nearly 600 post blog which was accidentally deleted. I emailed the given email address and received this in response:

    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification

    Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

    Blogger@support.com

    Technical details of permanent failure:
    PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 13): 550 No such user - psmtp

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  19. Hi Ruth,

    I hope this hurriedly new post for How to get deleted Blogger account or Blogger blogs back. There are horrible developments in my country to which I have to attend to. If what is there did not help you, feel free to comment in the post.

    Peter Blog*Star
    What a grateful blogger did for me
    (no one should feel obligated. Everything completely voluntary. However, by doing so, you may also help your visitors find helpful information and help. You may even pick up various ways of linking sites there too)

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  20. Hi Ruth,

    "emailing blogger at support does not work. at least it did not work for me."

    You are probably right Ruth tho I myself have not tried it recently. Blogger has said emailing support@blogger.com is not the way, but it used to work before. This is not the first time Blogger Support changes the way they can be contacted. They keep shifting the goal post.

    I hope the hurriedly done post Hiw to get deleted Blogger account or blogs back. Also, I hope you have checked Blogger TOS (Terms of Service) and make sure your blog is in compliance.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Food as medicine

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  21. HI Ruth,

    My sympathies. However I am no Blogger Employee. You can either post to the Google Blogger Help group with your problem and hope Blogger Employee sees it or try to contact

    Blogger Support or try

    How to get deleted blog back (this can also be useful for other problems)

    Afternote: This comment was left attended for a long time as I do multi-tasking, and by the time I got back to this tab (I have multiple browsers and multiple tabs opened all at the same time. See Why you should be using more than 1 browser and Advantages of tabbed browsing) and by the time I am publishing this comment, id my memory did not fail me, Ruth already got her deleted blog back.

    Peter Blog*Star
    What a grateful blogger did for me
    (no one should feel obligated. Everything completely voluntary. However, by doing so, you may also help your visitors find helpful information and help. You may even pick up various ways of linking sites there too)

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  22. Thank you so much for helping me retrieve my "About Me" text I accidentally deleted. I was clueless until I tried your answer and it worked! You're amazing! With your permission I would like to add you to my blog's link list.

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  23. Hi Meesharie,

    Permission? I will go down on my knees and beg you to link to my blog, even greedy enough to audaciously beg to link to all my Blogger related blogs maybe under title "Blogger resources" or something (but really, only partly serious,... see post and blogs in my signature line. However, ignore them if you want).

    Peter Blog*Star
    What a grateful blogger did for me
    Blogger Tips and Tricks
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    ("online book" in progress. Use the CONTENT at the top of the main column)
    Tips and Tricks for Blogger or "Son of Blogger Tips and Tricks"
    (slotted for conversion to custom domain)
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

    (no one should feel obligated. Everything completely voluntary. However, by doing so, you may also help your visitors find helpful information and help. You may even pick up various ways of linking sites there too)

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  24. You got it! I will gladly list any related links of yours on my blog. Thanks, again, for your help.

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  25. This post was a blog-saver! I had clicked one button in the editing mode of blogger and lost my entire set-up and some of my widgets. The button was the "Classic View" button in template editing. Your post saved my old format with everything in place. I searched for my blog's url address (as you suggested) and Google had a recent cached version of my blog; within a few days. The source code had all archived posts, widgets, links and everything on it. Woo hoo! I only lost a few comments. Thank you! Thank you!

    MJ

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  26. I spoke a little too soon. It did mess up my archives. Everything else is great, but I cannot get my archives to work properly, although all of my posts are still contained on my blogger "edit posts" section.

    Hmmm.....suggestions?

    MJ

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  27. I vaguely remembered someone mentioning an undelete tool. Subscibe to this post comment and I go see if I can get help.

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  28. Hi Peter... That was a nice post because this post help out the new comer. Keep up the good work.
    Web Design Quote

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  29. I somehow just deleted a blog post I was editing. I did a search and found this post of yours, but unfortunately, none of my key words brought up the missing post. After saying a few words I'd rather not repeat, I had another idea. Since I had just done it, I hit the back button until I got back to it, clicked Publish Post, and it is back again. Whew!

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  30. thank you for your blog, it help me with букмекеры and was interesting to read

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  31. Everey time Im adding custom domain...it shows following error msg...

    We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.

    When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help Group, please:

    Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
    Provide the following error code.

    bX-v5dzbn

    This information will help us to track down your specific problem and fix it! We apologise

    for the inconvenience.

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