Today I realized one of my blogspot blogs has been duplicated exactly in a blogspot.com.au version, when I was prompted in my Adsense interface that I have adsense ads running on a blog that I have not authorized. A quick check showed that my content is duplicated on numerous ccTLD too. In the end, I found out that this is a new feature (or rather censorship) in Blogger that Google added in recently, and it’s safe to add the new ccTLD domain onto your authorized adsense websites to start earning for those clicks.
Purpose of New ccTLD for Blogspot
This is the way that Google decide to use to censor the WWW geographically to meet the requirements of local governments. Instead of doing a full censorship on content, your content will be duplicated into country-specific domains, and users will be redirected to their respective countries’ domain. If a country decides to censor particular content or the entire blog, Google can censor it on the country-code top-level domains (ccTLD).
For example, if a user in France tries to access a blog on blogspot.com, such as [theblogyouwanttosee].blogspot.com, they would be redirected to [theblogyouwanttosee].blogspot.fr.
No Country Redirect for Blogger Blogs
If you still want to surf the original blog, you can append /ncr (No Country Redirect) to the end of the URL. e.g [theblogyouwanttosee.]blogspot.com/ncr. However a blog that’s been totally blocked or censored by the local government, this is not going to work at all.
The policy does not affect Blogger blogs that use a custom domain.
As a result, we’ll be having our content duplicated on many domains, e.g. .au, .fr. cn. in., and the list goes on. Webmasters are worrying about the impact of their search engine rankings because of the duplicate content issue. However, Google claimed they deal with this by setting a canonical tag in the HTML content which points to the .com domain, and that by doing so, crawlers will not be confused.
There have been complaints and feedbacks by users that certain functionality on their blogspots were crippled because of this new domain policy – what may work on .com, could fail on .com.au.
As one of the biggest provider for free blogging on the Internet, the move may pressure other companies to follow suit, and the subsequent actions may puzzle and muddle users and webmasters.
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