February 2, 2012

New Address for Blogger Blogs in India

All the Blogger blogs from India will now have a new address. Henceforth, all the blogs having a blogspot.com domain will be redirected to blogspot.in.
e.g.
www.technologicalnotes.blogspot.com will now be redirected to www.technologicalnotes.blogspot.in

Google made this change without notifying the bloggers. What's more, this change may affect search engine ranking of their pages. However, this change is being applied only to those blogs that have a free blogspot.com domain. Blogs that have a custom domain will not be affected.

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Why Blogger has implemented this change in URL ?

Google has written about this URL change on its support page saying -

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. 
So now its easier for Google to block country specific blogs.

UPDATE : Amit Agarwal of Labnol.org has provided a possible solution to stop this redirection so that your Google juice is not affected.

Read his post and solution here.