Thursday, September 01, 2011

Blogger Blogs Redirecting To "blogrolling.com"

This week, we're seeing a new small flood of complaints about redirecting blogs, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken.
When I try to view my blog, I am being redirected to http://rpc.blogrolling.com!
Many blog owners have forgotten the past, and the accessories they installed on their blogs, long ago. Sometimes - as now - the past can return, to haunt you.

Several years ago, Blogger added the very popular BlogList gadget, that lets us showcase the latest updates from our friends blogs, on our blogs. Before then, bloglists were maintained by the various blog owners, using a variety of accessories. One very popular blog listing accessory was provided by BlogRolling, a free third party service.

After Blogger added the BlogList as a built-in Blogger accessory, BlogRolling lost its customer base. Almost a year ago, BlogRolling stopped serving bloglist updates. Recently, the "blogrolling.com" domain, as with many unneeded domains, went out of service.

A Who.Is log shows the sad details.
REGISTRY WHOIS FOR BLOGROLLING.COM

Registrar: TUCOWS.COM CO.
Whois Server: whois.tucows.com
Referral URL: http://domainhelp.opensrs.net
Status: clientDeleteProhibited, clientTransferProhibited, clientUpdateProhibited

Expiration Date: 2012-01-03
Creation Date: 2002-01-03
Last Update Date: 2011-08-31

Name Servers:
    parking1.mdnsservice.com
    parking2.mdnsservice.com

Now, people are seeing their blogs, which contain HTML gadgets that use code provided by BlogRolling, redirected to a "parked page" of advertising.

The bottom line here is that there's no hijacking, just code - from a dead service - that was left behind, on a few Blogger blogs. Resolving the problem generally won't be too complicated - just identify and remove the broken gadgets, that redirect to "blogrolling.com".

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11 comments:

Vickie said...

I can't open my blog to get to the codes to delete anything. How do I get my blog to open up at all...it is being redirected every time????

Chuck said...

Vickie,

Try reading the "malware" analysis and removal guide.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2010/03/identifying-and-removing-html.html

eebahgum! said...

Vickie,

Go into your blog via blogger, not the blog itself. If you log in there, you won't get redirected.

david kong said...

Thank You.

The wedget I removed was 'feedjit.com/map'

Now, it is going back to normal...

SuZen said...

Is there a list of widgets that are effected? I do not have the blogrolling widget but am having the same problem.

Vickie said...

Thanks. I was able to get to it via blogger.com. I deleted an old blogroll from 2008-2009 and that fixed the problem. Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate all the help and I learned something new while at it :)

God's Blessings

Stella Halley said...

Great! It worked! I removed the blogrolling and my blog is back. Thanks!

Rachelle said...

Thanks for the great tips, I got the blogrolling glitch fixed, now my new posts won't publish... arr....

Any ideas? It will save, preview and everything, but is all I get.
Slainte~
Rachelle

Rachelle said...

oops, now my email is linked. Thanks in advance!
Rachelle

Mary B said...

Big help! I'm going to go throuh your older posts to solve some other glitches.

Katie's blog said...

Mine was fixed too! Thanks