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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Spam blogs deletion & Custom Domain. Immune to deletion?

If your blog has been deleted, refer to How to restore blog deleted as splog or TOS violation.

This post was inspired by 2 emails, one regarding the widespread deletion of blogspot.com blogs and one regarding web hosting. I myself have had 3 blogs related of which one probably was because it was a song, music and video blog which had many embedded Youtube videos. From a quick reading of Blogger Buzz A quick note about music blog removals, it was probably because of Blogger.com enforcing its Terms of Service as they relate to their DMCA policy. However, if so, I should have received a notification. Anybody who received such notifications should file a DMCA counter-notification. As that was a minor blog and the other 2 were just blogs for demonstration of some third party templates, I did not bother to appeal or to try to reverse the deletion, which probably will be a very difficult or tedious process.

However, I do have quite a number of more important blogs including Blogger Tips and Tricks which have a not insignificant number of embedded Youtube videos and thus perhaps susceptible to sudden deletion, thus thinking of custom domain blogs.

Why custom domain blogs? These I believe will not be susceptible to deletion as my earlier assumption that blogs using custom domain would be immune to such deletions have proven to be false hope. However, it has come to my notice that some blogs using custom domain and thus hosted by Blogger.com had also been deleted. Further, Blogger.com will be stopping support for those using the old classic Blogger template, publishing via FTP and hosting the blog themselves by March 26 2010 (see Important Note to FTP Users).

This means that if you are very worried about your blog being suddenly deleted, you may have to consider self-hosted blogs with other non-Blogger.com blogging platform like Wordpress.com, etc. I myself may consider starting a self-hosted Wordpress.com blog for testing, learning with the possibility of making it long term.

Thus my interest in the second email which was about web hosting by doteasy.com which offered free web hosting as well as an “unlimited” hosting plan at $9.95 per month with unlimited storage, bandwidth and all the bells and whistles I possibly may need. Further, with this coupon code 1003BPM, I can get a dotcom domain for $7.95 (as at time of posting, but may change).

Now the first email from Chris of Blogger Victim who is campaigning to try to persuade Blogger.com to modify their blog deletion policies and methods. Do pop over to their blog if you want to find out more about what is happening and if you want to assist them in their campaign.

18 comments:

  1. I can't seem to get the sidebar back on my blog. All my gadgets seem to scroll down at the bottom of the last post. What can I do. I use Minema as my template. HELP. Thank you sooooooo much!

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  2. also,i read on your blog how to hide navbar,but is it legal or not?any answer from blogger on hiding or deleting navbar?Thanks

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  3. It is not against Blogger terms of service to hide navbar. See Official Blogger Help Forum

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  4. Hello! Is there a way that you can design you blogspot background thing instead of choosing a template?

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  5. Hola te dejo este mensaje para que te des de alta en el nuevo directorio de blog, Blogspot Directorio; por favor visita el siguiente link para poder incorporar tu blog al diectorio: http://blogspotdirectorio.com.ar , un fuerte abrazo y apúrate da de alta tu blog!

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  6. I have a You Tune channel and I only upload my own videos of myselfe,no one elses( I also have a My Space and Daily Motion channel butagain I only upload my videos) I think as long as you remember to only upoad your own stuff,you are okay. Andrea.

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  7. Hi Peter,

    I agree it is a good idea to upgrade from the old classic template to the new Layout. But it is scary. Do you know of any instances where the attempt to upgrade has left a blog unusable and the posts unreadable? I am mainly concerned about losing the posts I have created over the past 4 years.

    Thanks,
    Sonia

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  8. No I have not to date had any experience of losing posts or comments nor have I heard of it. As far as I know, posts and comments are stored in Blogger's servers and the template only controls how these data stored are displayed.

    I would suggest you backup your posts using EXPORT, and backup template and since you are using the classic template, backup your customizations by copying them from your template and pasting them into, say, Notepad, and save them up.

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  9. The best way to take backup..
    Thanks for the share man..

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  10. Hi Peter i have a problem which i think is out of my reach,My blog gets suddenly deleted(ANY TIME),And when i log into my account,A caphacha appears after entering it,it is restored back,WHy is this so?
    Please email the answer
    rbsoulhunter17@gmail.com

    My website:
    http://rafayhackingarticles.blogspot.com

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  11. Hey peter,How you did not understand my question,My blogs gets deleted temporarily when ever i login into my blogger account a Caphacha appears after entering the caphacha the blog is restored to the normal

    My website:
    http://rafayhackingarticles.blogspot.com

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  12. If you are saying that your blog has been restored, well, congratulations. Now no more problem.

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  13. I am new to blogging. Can you please give me an advice on how to improve my blog? My blog is http://jobs-dot-com.blogspot.com

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  14. Number 1 tip: write good original content

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  15. Well,you can use plugins since it plays a major role in avoiding spam comments. For new bloggers, avoid using bad language.

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