As many of you will have noticed by now Blogger have introduced a few changes recently. One such change is the country specific url. This basically means that visitors to your blog will no longer see xxxxx.blogspot.com unless they reside in the States. A visitor from the UK would see xxxxx.blogspot.co.uk or a visitor in Australia would see xxxxx.com.au. This change allows Blogger to enforce censorship laws in specific countries so instead of blocking content for all visitors they can now just block content for a particular country. It is much the same thing that is in action on the Google homepage. Users will be auto redirected whether they’;re visiting your homepage, post or page so you won’t notice a decrease in traffic. But this change has thrown up some issues for bloggers! Google Friend Connect The most noticeable is Google Friend Connect. You may well be currently seeing an error message in place of the GFC box. This is because GFC is configured to your .com blogspot address but don’t worry Blogger is looking into the issue and will release a fix in the next few hours. SEO You may or may not be aware that search engines penalise domains with duplicate content. So now you have all these multiple domains for the same content which isn’t good for maximising search engine traffic to your blog. This is what Blogger has to say on the issue: “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. I’m not convinced by their statement. But there is a way to make the search engine spiders just crawl the .com and avoid the duplicate content issue. Navigate to your Blogger dashboard. Select Template>edit html>proceed>expand widget template. Search for the <head> tag. Enter the following line of code directly BELOW the head tag. <link expr:href="data:blog.canonicalUrl" rel="canonical"/> Save. Social Shares Many of you may have share buttons (google+1, tweet, facebook like etc) that show how many times your posts have been shared (much like the one at the top of this post). You may suddenly find that these are all set back to zero. It is the .com url that people have been sharing so the counters don’t recognise the .co.uk or .com.au address. This can be frustrating and there is no word of a fix for this problem as of yet. So those are the main issues that will affect Blogger users with custom domains. If you bought a custom domain don’t worry you are entirely unaffected. Any questions? 20 Responses Sarirah March 17th, 2012 At University you hear people talking about Google as the high and mighty of all things but every time I read something related to what they’ve changed with Blogger it’s an absolute face palm moment. Reply Stefanie Haigh March 17th, 2012 It really us ridiculous isnt it? I cannot believe that they could have overlooked such basic things. Makes my plan to move to WordPress more necessary now! Reply Stefanie Haigh March 17th, 2012 But what about private domains? Will I still be affected because I am a blogger.co.uk underneath? Reply Miss drifted Snow White March 17th, 2012 no they wont be. if you have set up your custom domain correctly x Reply Miss drifted Snow White March 17th, 2012 this will also affect those who have set up their google analytics code to their blogspot address it will specifically track only that traffic and non of the other .au or .co.uk jazz!! Reply sarah March 18th, 2012 Hello Faye, thank you for writing this. Really helpful. I’ve been thinking about getting a custom domain but i’ve noticed that when people do this, their blogs don’t show up on my blogger dashboard anymore. I don’t know why this happens but it often occurs when they’ve changed their url to custom domain. I have tried unfollow/refollow but they still dont show up on the dashboard. Would hate for that to happen to me too, how can I avoid this from happening? Many thanks, from Sarah (@tempsec) xxxx Reply Matter Of Style March 18th, 2012 thank you for this article! Blogger didn’t provide any info to us! I was working on my blog and suddently my link changed! Reply eliza March 18th, 2012 Yes – I couldn’t believe that my blog name could suddenly just change without being informed! And the other thing is the edit pencil icon has disappeared – so now there’s no quick edit, one has to go to the dashboard and ‘edit posts’ which is such a long way round when it’s just to change a word here and there. Any idea what to do about the pencil? I saw people were complaining about it when they were switched to the .au domain – but not sure there was a satisfactory resolution. thanks. eliza Reply Tanichiwa March 21st, 2012 I have the same question as Eliza above. Quick editing was a very helpful feature – any plans to reset it pls? Reply Sweetwalking March 28th, 2012 Hey, Thanks for the article! My URL has changed into .de and I followed the steps described above but it doesn’t work… Do you know any other way to do it? Thanks! Reply admin March 28th, 2012 You must have made an error as the code definitely works. Make sure to follow the instructions fully. The code doesn’t inc germany though but you can just replace the code that says blogspot.th with blogspot.de Reply mandy kleijn March 30th, 2012 as you can see i have the .co.uk in my blogg spot but it is normaly .com so i changed every thing to co.uk and now nothing works as it should is it best to go back to .com Reply admin March 30th, 2012 yes i’d change everything back and follow my tutorial on my facebook page for changing it back to .com Reply mandy kleijn March 30th, 2012 could you send me the link Reply Paul Day @ PD Architecture April 16th, 2012 Thanks for the information very useful to have an explanation as to why. Still seems strange blogger should do this without letting anyone know. I remain unconvinced this is a good idea. So far I haven’t noticed that our blog has dropped down the google rankings, but I have noticed that online analysers no longer regard our blog as importantly as before. For example, Alexa now rank our blog at 9 million or so, whereas at the beginning of the year it was at 600,000ish. This doesn’t bode well for future google rankings does it, and should we now be rebuilding our SEo strategies and backlinks? Also means a reworking of all our supporting stationary, from letters, to drawing sheets and publicity leaflets/flyers. Reply Selina@CreativeJuicesDecor July 18th, 2012 I just changed from blogspot (in the states) to .com through my blogger site. Now it’s been 2 days and my GFC is still not working. (says This gadget is configured incorrectly. Webmaster hint: Please ensure that “Friend Connect Settings – Home URL” matches the URL of this site” Do you still think it will come back up? Also, even though I didn’t have an out of US code added to my blog, (just went from blogspot to .com $10..00 a year) should I add that code to my blog? I’m horrible at html but I would hate to see a drop in traffic just because I did something I thought would increase traffic!! thank you, Selina Reply Stefan October 4th, 2012 I got really upset today when I checked my stats. from 30K montly visitors to basically nothing due to this change. Jumping between 1st and 2nd position on Google for many years now and now I’m basically gone.. (didn’t bother checking further than page 3 on Google.) Reply John November 27th, 2012 Thanks for the info I find this article helpful. Reply Cheap Outsourcing November 27th, 2012 Is it applicable for URL to modify like removing the date and year. From: ..blogspot.com/year/month/pagetitle.html to: .blogspot.com/pagetitle.html is it posible Reply Rose Petal January 4th, 2013 I am in New Zealand and have a new blogger blog. At first all my posts showed in Google searches when using .co.nz but now only a few of my blogger posts show when I do a Site:http://happy-ramblings.blogspot.co.nz/ Google search. However when I do a Site:http://happy-ramblings.blogspot.com Google search, most of my blogger posts show up. If I add your Canonical code to my blog will this stop all of my posts from being shown on Google searches that are made by people in New Zealand? Because I am in New Zealand, when I do a normal Google search, only the posts with the .co.nz address will show up. I don’t want my blog to be totally lost to New Zealand readers and I also want readers worldwide to be able to see my blog. Thanks for your help. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.