Monday, July 08, 2013

Recover accidentally deleted post Part 2 with original permalink and comments


(Update June 2014: This method had been tested and found to work before this post was published. Further if you check the comments, it has also helped many to recover their deleted post with the original permalink. However, something has changed for on retesting, it has been found that after recovering the content in the post editor using the postID, republishing it will result in a error message. However, you can still get the content to copy-paste into a new editor and republish but the original permalink will not be recovered.)

The earlier post described a few methods of recovering deleted post of which the first 2 methods are applicable if you happened to still have access to the computer where you had prepared the deleted post or you have not closed the browser or browser tab where you had viewed the the deleted post.

Method 3 of recovering deleted post require you to find a cached copy of the deleted post on the Internet and assume that you would be satisfied with reconstructing your deleted post from scratch using the information from the cached copy. You would not be able to restore the comments or recover the original permalink, but will end using the content from the cached webpage to reconstruct the post which will probably have a different permalink from the original.

Below is described a fifth method which can considered to be an improvement to the above in the sense that you can recover the exact post as it was before it was deleted together with comments and the original permalink. Credit should be given to Tom who blog at TED Image tests for hitting upon this method of recovering the post ID from cached copies to restore deleted post.

Restore deleted post - METHOD 5

First, a listing of the steps to be followed by an example which will make crystal clear the method:

Step 1: is to recall some keywords from the deleted post, especially the post title
Step 2: Type these keywords into the search engine and search for cached copies of the deleted post
Step 3: View page source of the cached copy of the deleted post
Step 4: Locate the post ID from the page source. For this task, use keyboard shortcut ctrl+F
Step 5: Go to EDIT POSTS
Step 6: Right-click EDIT link of any post and replace the post ID with the post ID of the deleted post (if not clear see example below)
Step 7: The post editor with the original content of the deleted post should appear
Step 8: Click PUBLISH

Example of how to get post ID from cached copy of post



Imagine I had accidentally deleted this post - Recover accidentallty deleted post - how. I go to a search engine (example Google) and type the search term "recover accidentally deleted post how" into the search box and this is the resulting SERP (search engine result page) while below is a screen shot of the relevant portion of the SERP:

SERP resulting from searching for recover accidentally deleted post - how

I click on "cached" and in the resulting page, press keys ctrl+U to open the page source. At the page source, I press keys ctrl+F and search for "postID" and below is what I found (many instances):

<iframe src="http://www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID=26880688&blogName=Blogger+Tips+and+Tricks&publishMode=PUBLISH_MODE_HOSTED&navbarType=BLUE&layoutType=LAYOUTS&searchRoot=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloggertipsandtricks.com%2Fsearch&blogLocale=en_US&homepageUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloggertipsandtricks.com%2F&targetPostID=7150907635740804580" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" height="30px" width="100%" id="navbar-iframe" allowtransparency="true" title="Blogger Navigation and Search"></iframe>

<a href='http://www.blogger.com/email-post.g?blogID=26880688&postID=7150907635740804580' title='Email Post'>

<a href='http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=26880688&postID=7150907635740804580' title='Edit Post'>


I then go to Dashboard, click Edit posts and then click on any of the Edit of any post to bring up the post editor. After doing this, you will have in the address bar that will be something like in the screen shot below (with the postID highlighted):

URL of Blogger's edit post

or in text form:

http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=26880688&postID=313115256456868138


Replace that postID with the postID of the accidentally deleted post (7150907635740804580) and press the ENTER key and presto, the post editor will change with the content of the accidentally deleted post in the post editor. Now all you need to do is to click PUBLISH and you would have recovered your accidentally deleted post with the original permalink.

Related posts:
How to recover accidentally deleted post
How to recover deleted comments
Recover deleted blog - undelete, restore)

90 comments:

  1. Hi, I just wanted to say THANKS.
    This was extremely useful in editing a kinda embarassing accidental post - it even stops people from reading the original post in Google Reader :)

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  2. Thanks, this really helped

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  3. Gosh! That was a life saver - thanks!

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  4. Hi, i had accidently deleted my post in my blogs and i have trouble search for cache of my blog in search machine, could you help?

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  5. Have you enabled feed for your blog? If so, refer to Method 6. Get blog Feed at Recover accidentally deleted post

    Will appreciate feedback on your progress

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  6. Hi,

    Yes I had enabled feed for full but i don't quite get you on point on how to "surf over to your blog and look for that feed icon", can you give me some example?

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  7. Wait till I get home when I have access to my own computer plus a photo editor

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  8. Sure, really looking forward to it!

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  9. oh god ....great man......this really helps for every blogger man.....
    http://topblogger1.blogspot.com/

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  10. my machine got restarted after accidental deleting of my post, i am not able to see anyhing on cached pages also.
    i am not able to find postid in cached pages also.
    is there any way to recover it.

    please help

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  11. I cant find my deleted post. Its really hard

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  12. Have you tried all including those mentioned in the previous post How to recover accidentally deleted post?

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  13. yes. the URL thing seems doesn't work at all.

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  14. i dont know anything about the feed

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  15. The trick is to locate the postID.

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  16. Anin, here is your feed - Everybody lies feed

    BTW have you already registered as a voter? More than 4 million eligible voters in Malaysia still have not registered. If you haven't do go to the nearest post office and do so.

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  17. what should i do next?

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  18. Did you find your deleted post in the feed?

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  19. thanks full for you...
    i follow contes SEO and My articel hass been deleted..
    and now i can restore my post.
    thanks full for your info.
    THANKS VERY MUCH...

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  20. AMAZING!!! Worked like a chawwwwm. Thanks!!

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  21. You are BRILLIANT!!!! Thank you so much!

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  22. Is there a way I can recover my posts if I had my settings set to private and only allow certain readers access? I REALLY want my posts back... I was simply trying to get rid of "drafts" not delete everything:( Please help!

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  23. The method described in this post requires a search engine cached copy but if you have set your blog private that means your template would have instruction for search engines not to index your blog that means no cached copy and that means this method will not work.

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  24. There is no trace of my post, and I spent over two hours creating it. I am so incensed, I can barely type. I've tried searching for the title in Google -- nothing. History doesn't show it -- only the "Your blog post published successfully!" page. But nothing comes up if I click EDIT or VIEW POST.

    The stupid thing had published, but only with the title of the post, and the keywords -- all content was gone. In my frustration at having only that show on my blog, I deleted it in a raging pique.

    I'm actually beginning to get a headache, and my eyes are bothering me -- I've spent so much time, and it's so late right now.

    I will try to refrain from shutting down tonight -- perhaps caching takes some time. But I'm furious enough to start smashing things.

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  25. Anger and high blood pressure (headache?) are health hazards so perhaps you need to cool down and not take things so seriously. We would not like to see you get sick over a post.

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  26. I appreciate the concern, but it's a wee late to be making amends to my general state of mind at my current age of 61. I would need to effect a few too many drastic situational changes in my life.

    I have now located the cache of the blog title, but it is empty -- only the title and keywords display when I access it. When I click on a keyword, I am told there is no post with that label. And if I try to access the post through the date of the post or "Links to this post," the result is:

    "Page not found

    "Sorry, the page you were looking for in the blog **** does not exist."

    Thus, mine seems irretrievably lost.

    Granted, Peter, I have not been recovering from the surgery for a total rupture of my quadriceps tendon as well as I would wish; and so I spend many, many hours a day seated before my computer. But I still do not feel especially keen on attempting to recreate from memory the entire post with all links, some nutrition-related observations, a non-YouTube video embed, and a half-dozen or more photos I would now have to hunt up again and make commentary about.

    It is dispiriting; and I rather feel I have had sufficient other distractions in my life of late to generate that mood setback -- I would have preferred this specific experience not being added to the mix.

    It is good of you to have offered your suggestions to the public at large -- I see that many have been helped. I wish it had worked in my case as well.

    Continue enjoying your blogging -- I usually do, too.

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  27. Thanks Peter, the cached plus postID method is truly wonderful!

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  28. Thank you SO MUCH for this post. I have been wrestling with the Blogger Android app and accidentally deleted a published post. I was able to copy the HTML from a cache but was going bonkers over the lost permalink. Thanks to you, I just found the postID in the cached copy and was off to the races. You're a lifesaver!

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  29. Any other trick's..? i've been trying for so many time now and failed. i try to used search engine for my blog tittle and didn't find any. i really need that post.. please help me.. :'(

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  30. Did you find anything in the earlier post How to recover accidentally deleted post that can help?

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  31. Thank You Very Much You really Rock

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  32. Hi Peter,

    Thanks for responding to my request for redirecting from deleted post on the blogger help forum. Your post covers every detail, unfortunately, I can't find cache in google search now. Wonder if Google has removed it permanently or is if it is an error on my browser ?
    Sudheer (selfdeveloping.blogspot.com)

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  33. If the method you use to restore posts is dependent on Search results, then if it is no longer there, cached or otherwise, you are out of luck. Or maybe try way back machine.

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  34. Thank you so much!
    I just accidently deleted a post and was totally freakin out *_*
    You saved me :)

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  35. thanks so much, this is awesome to know!

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  36. This is a wonderful post, thank you Peter ... although I have yet to experience the misery of losing any of my posts :)

    I have a different problem ... on Facebook.

    Is there a way to search for a "status message" from one of my Facebook groups' wall discussion? The group is a closed group with more than 12,000 members, and there are already 10,000+ posts in about 1,000+ discussion threads (group's status messages).

    Tried the cache:URL method to search for this 'still active' thread but no result ...
    "Your search - cache:http://www.facebook.com/groups/dinardandirham/?view=permalink&id=192926667437030 - did not match any documents."

    I just want to find out if active or deleted Facebook group's "status messages" and "notes" can be searched and recovered in the event they are accidentally or purposefully deleted by any of the group's administrators. Already lost a few 'very very long' threads due to cheeky fingers of some admins, too bad can't remember any keyword from those discussions - there were just too many to keep up with. Now I'm copying the URL address of each and every thread - keeping a database of post URLs as and when they're created by members. Now, if only I know the way to search and recover them when they are deleted in future.

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  37. OMG! This saved me a huge headache. I accidentally deleted two of my blog posts and was panicing. Did a Help search and found you method 5. Unfortunately the cached page while I could see it, didnt respond to Ctl U so not html panel came up. It actually said post was missing from blog. Fortunately I had previously done a backup of my blog , again using help and I searched on the file for what looked like the postIDs, used your method and it worked !!! I am so thankful.

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  38. OMG-- thank you so much for this. Worked like a charm for a post I accidentally deleted!!!!

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  39. Many Thanks for the Tip :))

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  40. Thank you for the tutoril.. this really helpful!

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  41. Thank you very much... Great Tutorial....

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  42. a thousand thank you for you! you save my blog! very helpful post~~~

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  43. Hi Peter I really need your help. I deleted this post by mistake http://www.bowdreamnation.com/2011/11/granny-chic.html and I've been trying all sorts to retrieve it along with the comments but I'm really stuck. I can't find the post ID. I hope you can help. Thanks

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  44. Finally managed it using web history and clicking publish post. Thank you so much for the help, I feel like I've conquered the internet :)

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  45. I do not have words...thank you so much, you've saved my blog! In my stupidity and thinking I could recover everything form the exported blog, I erased ALL my posts and later when I imported the entries they all had different URLs, therefore loosing my links.

    Your method is GREAT!!!!

    I only could not recover one post that I published early today, would you explain a little bit more about the method 6 on your previous post, it would be really helpful.
    THANKS

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  46. hello I deleted a post on my facebook wall ! by accident just Now do you think I will be able to recover it ?

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  47. This post is for Blogger not Facebook. However, although I am not sure, if you can't get back that post via web cache, you probably have to reproduce the post from memory.

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  48. sir your blog is very very helpful and i want to give a suggestion your blogger feachures like recovey, restore etc the data you show in videos you got very sucsess in your site i have also blog this is my blog www.mygaruda.blogspot.com

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  49. thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank you a bunch ,you saved my Blog , Thank u Thank u Thank u Thank u :)
    I just posted ur article on my Blog to help others.

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  50. OMG! You're my life saver!! I am so happy that I was able to retrieve my post..Last nite I opened up my post in my iPad to edit and added a label and updated it..somehow it made my entire post blank. And I was dying to retrieve it and used your cached method and yay!! I got it back! thanks a ton!!!!!!

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  51. The best I can say is GOD TOTALLY BLESS YOU!!! That was a complete life saver! Cant thank you enough! Now those '404' errors are history! Ah! Totally thanks!

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  52. Oh! By the way, it took me some time to figure how to get the 'cached' version in new google interface, and I has to revert to old blogger interface to find me way around, but I finally did it. Thank you again.

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  53. Hi, I've tried all the steps but it seems didn't help
    I can't find my post URL.. By the way, I wrote that post last Saturday (17 March 2012), and I make it scheduled on 24 March 2012.. I don't know whether this thing makes me can't find it on Web..
    but I can guess the post URL, it may be:
    http://veyveyvera.blogspot.com/2012/03/hello-again-singapore-clarke-quay.html
    or
    http://veyveyvera.blogspot.com/hello-again-singapore-botanic-garden-china-town-vivo-city

    (as I confused because it's a schedule post)
    can you please help me to recover this post? it drives me crazy to find it's suddenly missing from my posts list

    Thankyou

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  54. Thanks Peter... Really helpful...

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  55. Great stuff. You are a life saver.

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  56. Thank you. It took a while to retrieve the cached posts, and also to figure out the steps, but it was well worth it to regain all the deleted posts. Why can't Google just put in some undo features? Oh well, you did it. And I learned a lot.

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  57. Jeez, this was a real lifesaver. The Blogger support team are simply useless... Thanks a ton!!

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  58. Hi there
    I was editing my posts, and wanted to delete one post only. I thought I had just that one post ticked, but unfortunately I had a whole page ticked - which meant I deleted them all! I am really upset, and would love all those posts back.
    I have followed your instructions on Method 1, and I can see them on the history. But I'm not sure what to do from here. Please, if you could advise me what to do I would be so very grateful.
    Many thanks, Viki

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  59. Just click on the relevant link in the sidebar to either

    open the post editor which was last editing the relevant post and continue from there

    or open the webpage in the web browser containing the relevant post, copy the content and repost.

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  60. Hi, I delete today one of my posts. The URL is http://inexpertis.blogspot.ro/2012/08/gara-de-nord-bucuresti.html?spref=fb.

    Can anyone help me please?

    Thank you!

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  61. I am looking at my post. I figured out how to get my post id, but when I go to publish it, it gives me an error message telling me that it cannot process my request. Any ideas why it won't post?

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  62. Hi,

    I was wondering if you could help me with a problem; I have accidentally duplicated the text from one post into another post and then clicked "Publish" whilst in the editor.

    I was wondering if there was any way to get the original text back?

    I have tried all of the methods above but to no avail.

    Many, many thanks if you can help!
    James

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  63. Same here.

    I get this error: "We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.

    When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help Group, please:

    Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
    Provide the following error code.

    bX-g8vqb

    This information will help us to track down your specific problem and fix it! We apologize for the inconvenience.

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    1. did you manage to solve the error? because I am having the same error too~ thank you very much~

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  64. omg this is helpful! i recovered the post in the editor mode. but i am not able to publish it. it returns the same error that others received ""We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.

    When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help Group, please:

    Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
    Provide the following error code.

    bX-g8vqb

    This information will help us to track down your specific problem and fix it! We apologize for the inconvenience."

    anyone know how i can publish it? i really need to recover the comments as well as i am running a contest on that post.. :(

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  65. OMG thanks so much I thought my post was lost in cyber space, BIG THANKS!!!!

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  66. We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.
    When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help Group, please:
    Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
    Provide the following error code.
    bX-6gvz49
    This information will help us to track down your specific problem and fix it! We apologize for the inconvenience

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  67. YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  68. The PostID method worked great! Thanks a lot!

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  69. Dear,

    When I found your post, I was so delighted! as I accidentally deleted several posts while moving to different labels. I did exactly as you mentioned but blogger is giving me error message like this:
    We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.

    When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help Group, please:

    Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
    Provide the following error code.

    bX-g8vqb

    This information will help us to track down your specific problem and fix it! We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Is there anyway to solve it? Thank you very much, your help is much appreciated!

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  70. Please help!

    Only half of my work was saved (from a previous day of work) For some reason blogger was struggling to automatically save, so I was manually saving the work as I went along. When I went to "publish" it was not cooperating. I opened blogger on another tab and published from my "posts" page instead. It published. Except, when I went to look it over, it only published half of the blog post! The half that was saved from the day before. Like an idiot, I exited the tab that had all of the finished work, assuming the publish went well. I've tried going back into my history, restoring old tabs, etc. Nothing has worked. Please help!

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  71. Hello i have typed the name of my post on google, i still can't find "cached" from the search result

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  72. Thanks peter, i finally retrieved the deleted post. You rock!

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  73. Hi... Does this method work on Crome browser also as even after editing URL with postID, I am not able find the content.

    http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=9109091545365676249&postID=7171660219454670175

    Is shows the message "Invalid page ID: 7171660219454670175"

    any Idea??

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  74. You are a GOD!! I accidentally deleted my introduction post - thank you for helping me get it back!! You can even set it to the date you originally published it (the Schedule -> Set Time and Date feature even lets you select dates that have already happened) so everything is still in order!! Many thanks.

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  75. Thank you times a million!!! I just about had heart failure! I tried Method 3, which did not work with Google search engine (no cached files). Then I tried method with Yahoo search engine--bingo!

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  76. I have tried to get this to work but I seem to be doing something wrong! My cached deleted post is here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.abkruns.com%2F2015%2F03%2Fvery-superstitious.html&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

    I don't even know how it got deleted. I didn't delete it; it's almost like Blogger just ate it!

    Anyway, can you help?!

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  77. Ali K. I am afraid something has changed with Blogger as I have stated in the update 2014 at the top of this post and it no longer works. What you can do is to republish the post with the content from the cache and make the permalink as near as possible with the original post

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  78. PLEASE HELP ME SIR I accidentally deleted a post (or draft, don´t remember) the year was 2013, I think, but I don´t remember the month the post was named "Meus Sonhos com Swami" and my blog id is http://mirageyluna.blogspot.com.br/

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  79. Does anyone know how to "un-revert to draft" ? I accidentally reverted a post back to draft and lost all the changes and edits I had made on it back to the initial post. :(

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  80. Hi read your post, followed every step but when I hit publish. it was what i got.

    Whoops, that's an error! (bX-w3i5ck)
    This is what you can do:

    Try reloading the page
    Find other solutions

    If you need further help, you can report a problem and visit our support forum.

    And the post wouldn't publish. Please what do I do?

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  81. PLEASE HELP :(

    I had a blog post in my blogger that I thought I still had but I think I accidentally deleted it some time ago. I have the URL which is: http://karla-cisneros.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-post.html

    The link to the post (according to an old e-mail) was the following:
    http://www.google.com/buzz/115242165677568847516/SFtpFYU9WUw/http-karla-cisneros-blogspot-com-2010-06-blog-post

    I have read lots of tips on how I could recover this but it seems that the page wasn't cached. I really don't know what to do.

    Could someone please please help me??? I would really really appreciate it!

    Thank you so much in advance and hope to hear from you.

    Best wishes,

    Karla

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  82. If it had been long time ago since the post is deleted and it is not cached, you can't restore it using cache and using the back button would also not work. Perhaps if you had backup your blog some time ago, you can try to create a new empty blog and using the backup file to restore the relevant blog in the newly created blog and see if you can find the deleted post. Other than that I can't think of any other way.

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