|The Average Jane blog|
A few hours ago, while checking out a post on my blog, I noticed that my Nuffnang banner was emitting an error message.
|Nuffnang banner error message|
The message reads:
Error matching blog to blogger entry. If you are the owner of this blog, please check that there is no typo in your blog address and that you have pasted the code from the Add Ads page correctly (http://www.theaveragejane00900.blogspot.sg/)
I got a little confused and eventually did notice my address bar indeed reading this.
|My blog adrress' top level domain name is now .sg and not .com as it was before|
My blog address' top level domain name now reads .sg and not .com as it was previously. So I did what any sensible, non-techie person would do. I panicked! Big time! And turned to the web for answers.
Here are just a few tidbits I found out:
1. For those using Blogger, your blog's top level domain name now changes to reflect the country of which it is viewed from. For instance, since I am based here in Singapore and am currently accessing my blog here, The Average Jane blog's domain name will from now on read .sg.
2. Apparently Blogger, in a bid to combat censorship in specific countries, has decided to change their top level domain names to allow Google to censor specific blogs based on the country of access. Say blog A is banned in China, then Google will restrict access to those within the location while still ensuring that this specific site will still be accessible to all other countries.
3. This change in domain names do not affect page rankings and the like (as I have learned from the Jenson Taylor blog.) Additionally, when I did type in my blog's original address (using the .com name), it still redirected me to my actual site (with the .sg extension.) So I guess that means you can still continue using your original blog's address.
Now I'm sure this will severely affect those who use Nuffnang and other paid ad sites (not affiliated with Google). I'm definitely waiting to hear how this turns out.
P.S. Pretty please tell me if you are having problems viewing my site because of this change. Thanks!
UPDATE (As of 06/14/12)
Just a new updates.
I've noticed that Blogger users who bought their own domain names do not have the same problem as those of us who use the free blogger service (i.e. blog.blogspot.com, etc.) Their blogs still reflect the .com extension. Not sure if this is exactly the norm now.
Another thing I've noticed is that this change is being rolled out slowly in different areas. Case in point, UK blog readers have encountered this change as early as March of this year. I'm not sure as well when, and if, Google plans to roll this out in the Philippines.
For more infomation, please visit http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2402711