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Blogger Blog redirect to a country-specific URL?

Major change in Blogger’s blogspot domain name. you might notice that the URL of a blog you're reading has been redirected to a country-code top level domain, or "ccTLD." For example, if you're in USA and viewing [blogname].blogspot.com, you might be redirected [blogname].blogspot.com.us. A ccTLD, when it appears, corresponds with the country of the reader’s current location.

 

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Why blogs are redirected to Country specific domain?

According to Google, the move is mainly to enable it to selectively block content in a particular country, in accordance with country-specific laws, while allowing it to be available to other users around the world.

“Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law,”

This is similar to what Twitter announced on January 26 on its official blog, when it gave itself “the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country, while keeping it available to the rest of the world”.

Will this change effect Custom Domains?

Blog owners who have custom domain should not see any visible differences to their blog other than the URL redirecting to a ccTLD. URLs of custom domains will be unaffected.

 

What is a canonical tag?

After this change, crawlers will find Blogspot content on many different domains. Hosting duplicate content on different domains can affect search results, but they are making every effort to minimize any negative consequences of hosting Blogspot content on multiple domains.

 

The majority of content hosted on different domains will be unaffected by content removals, and therefore identical. For all such content, we will specify the blogspot.com version as the canonical version using rel=canonical. This will let crawlers know that although the URLs are different, the content is the same. When a post or blog in a country is affected by a content removal, the canonical URL will be set to that country’s ccTLD instead of the .com version. This will ensure that we aren’t marking different content with the same canonical tag.

 

Check your templates to see that a rel='canonical' tag  has been added just below the head section. If you don't see one then just add the following code below <head> inside your templates and replace blog-name with your blog's title.

<link expr:href="http://blog-name.blogspot.com/" rel="canonical"/>

 

How might ccTLDs affect the blogs I visit?

If you visit a blog that does not correspond to your current location as determined by your IP address, the blogspot servers will redirect you to the domain associated with your country, if it’s a supported ccTLD.

Blog readers may request a specific country version of the blogspot content by entering a specially formatted “NCR” URL.

 

NCR stands for “No Country Redirect” and will always display in English, whether you’re in India, Brazil, Honduras, Germany, or anywhere.

For example:

if your domain name is

http://unlimitedesolutions.blogspot.com simply write in URL bar

http://unlimitedesolutions.blogspot.com/ncr

 

This special URL sets a short-lived cookie (session and/or a short life time) that will prevent geo-based redirection from the requested domain. This applies to all web browsers and all Operating Systems.

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