Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recovering A Blog, That Should Be Corporate Property

Occasionally, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger. we'll see yet another question about account recovery - but with a twist.
I am trying to recover control of our old Blogger account, that became useless when a former employee left the company, taking the login information with him.
Here we have an officer of a corporation, who is left holding the bag - because his management did not exercise proper control of a former employee.

Unfortunately, Blogger accounts and blogs are legally the property of the employee who has (or had) control - and who left the company, while retaining control.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blogger Sucks - They Can Delete My Blog, At Will

We see signs of anxiety and confusion, every week, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger, about blog control by Blogger.
Recently I've heard that you guys can shut down my blog at any time. I was wondering if this is true,
And yes, it's true. Blogger can - and will - delete a blog for righteous cause.

The reality is that thousands of blogs are shut down, each day. 99.99% of the blogs shut down are published by spammers - and Blogger shuts them down, so genuine blogs can remain visible.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Occasionally, People Do Read Our Blogs

Real people live in various countries all over the world.

Every country has Internet service - and people who surf the Internet. Some read this blog - and maybe your blog, too,
My blog pageviews today increased from 150 to 1530 !! And almost all the visits were from Canada. Please Help Me!
Why would you dread Canadian readers, eh?

Knowing that your blog may host readers, in a worldwide community, would you fear traffic from unknown countries?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blogger Blogs, And Social Networking Popups

Among blog accessories that are not going to get you good reputation, I can't think of very many more obnoxious than the FaceBook "Like my blog, before you read it!" demand.

Currently popular with some WordPress blogs, this is yet another blog accessory that will eventually get the blog deleted, as a possible malware host.

Useful Blogger blog readers look for blogs with informative, interesting, and unique content. Hiding a blog behind a "Like my blog!" demand, to help you boost FaceBook popularity before the blog can be read, will not get you useful readers.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Make Post Dates Relevant To Historical Blogs

Occasionally, we see a request from somebody who wants to publish a blog with historically significant dates, which precede Blogger compatible dates.

In one case, we see a request in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger, about writing a blog, as "published" in the 1960s.
I'm doing a History project, and I'm blogging as if I was in the 1960's. I was excited to see that I could change that date - but soon realized that it won't let me go back further than 1970.
Unfortunately, blog dates will go back no farther than 1970.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blogger Gives You A Second Chance - If You Act

As Blogger fine tunes their abuse and spam classifiers, we're seeing chronic abusers admitting their mistakes, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger.
My Blogger account was just deleted! Recently, we received a message from Blogger, advising that one of our articles has been deleted because of copyright issues. We were further advised that if we re published, Blogger would have consider it as an act of rebellion against Blogger's policy.
In most cases, this would represent a non repentant abuser, righteously deleted.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Each Internet Service Maintains Their Own Accounts

Occasionally, we see a cry of anguish, about account recovery, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
I need to publish my blog, but I forgot the password. I can access my WordPress account though - and my photo - -on my WordPress blog - clearly is me. Can I speak to a real person, so I can get my Blogger blog back?
Here, we have a blog owner, who does not understand the relationship between Google, and non Google, services.

Different companies, which use the Internet, and / or provide services which let people use the Internet, have their own standards for account maintenance and recovery.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Renamed Blogs, And Google+ Comments

As Google+ hosted comments become more common in our blogs, we see more questions about blogs recently renamed, and disappearing comments.

Blogs renamed (and URLs changed) from BlogSpot to BlogSpot, from BlogSpot to a custom domain, and from custom domain to custom domain - all become concerns, with blogs that use Google+ hosted comments. This starts with the difference between Blogger, and Google+, hosted comments - and how they reference the host blog.

Blogger hosted comments link to the blog - but Google+ hosted comments (aka Google+ stream posts) link to the URL. Any time you change the URL of your blog, you will lose Google+ hosted comments - from your blog. The Google+ stream posts, however, are still out there - and they still link back to your blog.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Navbar Based Blog Search, And Custom Domain Blogs

As Blogger Engineering continues to upgrade Blogger code so our blogs will support SSL (aka "HTTPS" protocol), they are having to update many blog components, at the same time.

Sometimes, they upgrade a component - and the upgrade has a more extensive effect than they hoped.

Right now, the navbar search gadget is broken - for blogs published to custom domains.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"hreflang", And Language / Region Based Blog Sets

If you publish a set of blogs in multiple languages, or customised for different geographical regions, you may have concerns about search engine reputation, and / or spurious spam classification.

Blog sets which are legitimately replicated, for either different languages or geographical regions, have been known to be caught in the infamous Blogger spam trap. And blogs which contain duplicated content can be a problem, both in Blogger and in Google Search.

Google provides a tag, which lets you indicate, to Blogger and to the search engines, blogs that are members of a legitimate blog set.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Google Domains Support, And "code CONFLICT"

As domains registered by Google Domains become more popular, we're seeing more problem reports, referencing broken domains, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
If I try to load my blog, I get the error
An error occurred (code CONFLICT). Please try again.
I bought my domain through Google Domains.
We're enjoying the personal support options provided by Google Domains - online chat, email, and voice chat.

It appears that Google Domains now provides a domain reset procedure, that may resolve the "code CONFLICT" error, on a domain by domain basis.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Mail-to-Blogger "Secret" Word Is An Address

Some blog owners use Mail-to-Blogger, for publishing to their blogs, without considering the issues.

Some owners can't get Mail-to-Blogger to work.
I get
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
or
I don't get any error - and the post never shows up in my Posts list.
Other owners have no problems getting theirs to work, and later find posts that they didn't send - and don't appreciate.
Where did all of the spam come from?
Using Mail-to-Blogger seems simple - but maybe should not be treated so. The Mail-to-Blogger email address, at Settings - Mobile and email, is a major part of the challenge, in this case.