Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blog URL changed - how to restore original permalink

When you change the URL of a blogspot blog, the permalink (individual post URL) also changes and if the blog already has incoming backlinks, these links will become dead links (page not found). So if you are unhappy about that, what can you do?

I would suggest going back to Blogger dashboard, click SETTINGS then PUBLISHING and change the blog URL back to the original blog URL. Of course you will need to do it fast because that option will not be available any more if another blogger has already registered that URL. If successful, all your original permalinks will be restored.

I have tested it at a test blog Computer Hardware Tips and Tricks and confirmed that after changing the blog URL back to the original, the permalink of the individual post had also been restored.

More details - original permalinks

and when changed to a new blog URL, these permalinks became (those changed items in red)

and when the blog URL revert back to its original URL, these permalinks then become changed back to the original as shown below:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lifestyle bloggers, Kontera wants you.

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If you blog on these topics, Kontera wants you. Here is a chance for you to earn some money online with your blog. Apply for Kontera account so that you can display unobtrusive in-text ads in your blog or website. Kontera have found that Lifestyle sites results in some of the best ads and results on Kontera

Also, if you get at least 25,000 U.S. page views during their first 30 days after implementing Kontera, will receive a $75 Bonus.

What does other Lifestyle bloggers and website owners found about Kontera? They get:

  • Premium ads and big brand advertisers.

  • Users are engaged with the ads (high click rates).

  • No extra space is required - an incremental monetization opportunities within site's editorial content and text.

  • Flexible settings for easy customization.

  • Only a minute to set up and DOES NOT require daily maintenance

So don't waste another minute and apply for Kontera account to start generating income from your blog or website. If you face any problem, leave a comment or contact me

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Apprehensions regarding shift to custom domain - my response

A recent reader expression of apprehension of converting blogspot blog to custom domain is the reason for this post. Worries about the effect of conversion to custom domain is very understandable as it involved a change in URL of the blog. What I can offer is my own experience in custom domain conversion and address one particular concern, does the old URL (including the old permalinks) redirect to the new custom domain URL's.

For traffic, I have published a previous post Effect of conversion to custom domain on traffic where I showed that it had no effect on traffic on my blog (please note the emphasis. I do not guarantee the same for yours). Further in that same post, a commentator complained that it affected traffic to his blog tremendously, but probably he registered his domain direct via Godaddy while I did it via Blogger. see Advice: upgrade to custom domain via Blogger.

Now to the other point about redirecting traffic. Below are 3 permalinks with new custom domain permalinks and below that are 3 permalinks of the same post but with the old blogspot permalink. Confirm for yourself that they do redirect to the new custom domain permalinks.

New custom domain permalinks:

old blogspot permalinks"

Note that your PageRank will definitely be affected initially and it may take time to recover your previous PageRank, but that didn't seem to have affected my blog traffic which is what is important to me and not specifically the PageRank.

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