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Blogger.com Now Redirecting Blogs to a Country-specific URL (ccTLD)

Just notice, Google begin redirecting its Blogger.com based blogs to “country-specific domains” and will “remove only those URLs if required.” That means [blogname].blogspot.com will continue to exist, but it’s not clear if the users from that specific country will still be able to access it — and if the blog is accessible, it will now be redirected [blogname.blogspot.ccTLD].

Blogger.com Now Support Country Specific Domains URLS (ccTLDs)

For example, Australian users will now be redirected to google.com.au, but you can opt-out by clicking “Go to Google.com” or visiting google.com/ncr. The same option is available for Blogger: “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 [blogname].blogger.com in English, whether you’re in India, Brazil, Honduras, Germany, or anywhere. For example: http://[blogname].blogspot.com/ncr – always goes to the U.S. English blog.””

“Over the coming weeks 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 Australia and viewing [blogname].blogspot.com, you might be redirected [blogname].blogspot.com.au. A ccTLD, when it appears, corresponds with the country of the reader’s current location.”

“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. 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,,” explains Google.

Google didn’t mention the list of countries that are affected by this change, but India is one of them.

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