Google Blogspot / Blogger url Changes: Canonical url


Have you noticed the url (uniform resource locator) changes in blogger sites in some countries. That is the urls of the blogger pages have been changed to the url with the readers’ country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD). For example if somebody types dailyexpose.blogspot.com in the address bar from India, it will be redirected to dailyexpose.blogspot.in. This change has not been rolled out to all countries, but google is in the process of applying these changes to other countries. 
This has been done by google to implement country wise censorship. Google says: 

“By utilizing ccTLDs, content removals can be managed on a per country basis, which will limit their impact to the smallest number of readers. Content removed due to a specific country’s law will only be removed from the relevant ccTLD.” 

If you want to know more about this changes click here.

This will not affect the blogger sites with custom domain name, but it will affect all the blogspot.com sub-domain name urls. This will not only affects the readers, but also the publishers. This includes the social counters having different counts for different urls (i.e. in different countries), this will mislead the readers and make the publishers difficult to manage. 

So what is canonical url? 

Canonical url is a unique url, which is obtained from different urls of the same site using a consistent standardization process. This process identifies the equivalent urls which have syntactically different urls. If you want to understand more about the canonicalization process read this article. This technique is widely used in the search engines to identify duplicate entries and in browsers to identify the links earlier visited.



Blogger team has automatically added the canonical link element to all blogger templates by default to minimize the impact of this change. If you are a blogger publisher, you can confirm this by checking your template for the following line of code: 

<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/> 

But his has not solved the problem with some of the social media counters; where the counters show different counts for different countries.

As a temporary measure, Google has provided a way of avoiding redirect to ccTLD by adding /ncr (No Country Redirect) to any blogger url. 

Example: if you type http://dailyexpose.blogspot.com/ncr will show the .com version of the page without redirecting to your ccTLD.

What is the best solution for this problems; buy your own domain name, which will solve many of your problems. I will update about how to buy a domain name and configure it in another post.

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