Skip to main content

Not Publicising Your Blog

Typically, a blog is for you to share - with your friends, or with one special friend. It doesn't have to be though, and sometimes you want nobody else to read it. The most secure blog is one that doesn't exist. Short of that, you can have one where nobody has permissions to read it.

In some cases, you publish a blog to generate a feed. You want people (specific people) to read the feed, but you don't want the world at large to know about the blog. When you do that, there are two settings, in Settings - Basic, which will interest you.
  • Add your blog to our listings? - If you select "No" your blog will not appear in the Blogger home page, Blogger Play, the "Next Blog" link, and similar places, but it will still be available on the Internet.
  • Let search engines find your blog? - If you select "No", everyone can still view your blog but search engines will be instructed not to crawl it.
If you want to have a feed, you cannot make the blog private, but you can make it (semi) invisible.

>> Top

Comments

HappyLand said…
Hello. I just wanted to tell you that your blog is amazing. It helped me with the good old custom domain setup problems and now I've got everything running smoothly. I also learned a lot about my own computer and it was empowering to figure it out on my own with your guidance. Also your writing is entertaining.

Thanks again.
There's one thing I'd really love to find out:
Is it possible to exclude only Google's Imagesearch from accessing my blog?
Because Google Images is where all the data traffic is generated, which is really annoying.
But I sure wanna keep Google itself! :-)
Mad said…
Chuck , Great Site. Wish I would have found it before accidentally deleting my blog completely. I've sent emails to support@ to no avail and filled out several help forms via various options in blogger help...nothing yet. Hopefully I'll get somewhere somehow. I've read in several places where they've retrieved and helped people with this problem. Any updates on better ways to contact these people? I doubt it.

Slainte'

Mad
Chuck said…
Hey Mad,

The Blogger Contact system of record is becoming the Google Blogger Help forums. If you start by posting your problem report online, we can bring it to the attention of the Blogger Support staff. We just need your problem report, in the forums, as a starting point.

Popular posts from this blog

Custom Domain Migration - Managing The Traffic

Your blog depends upon traffic for its success.

Anything that affects the traffic to your blog, such as any change in the URL, affects the success of your blog. Publishing the blog to a custom domain, like renaming the blog, will affect traffic to your blog. The effects of the change will vary from blog to blog, because of the different traffic to every different blog.Followers. People who find your blog because of recommendations by other people.Search engines. Robotic processes which methodically surf your blog, and provide dynamic indexing to people who search for information.Subscribers. People who read your content from their newsfeed reader, such as the dashboard Reading List.Viewers. People who read your content from their browser.No two blogs are the same - and no two blogs will have the same combinations of traffic sources.

Stats Components Are Significant, In Their Own Context

One popular Stats related accessory, which displays pageview information to the public, is the "Popular Posts" gadget.

Popular Posts identifies from 1 to 10 of the most popular posts in the blog, by comparing Stats pageview counts. Optional parts of the display of each post are a snippet of text, and an ever popular thumbnail photo.

Like many Stats features, blog owners have found imaginative uses for "Popular Posts" - and overlook the limitations of the gadget. Both the dynamic nature of Stats, and the timing of the various pageview count recalculations, create confusion, when Popular Posts is examined.