Are Blogger | Blogspot Blogs SEO Friendly?

Just because Blogger / Blogspot is owned by Google doesn’t make it SEO Friendly

For years I have been reading absurd suggestions that Google’s Blogger / Blogspot service is SEO friendly. At one time this was semi-true, and it is even possible with the current incarnation. However if you use the service “as intended”, without expert knowledge, you might find yourself up a creek without a paddle.

I am writing this on a Sunday, thus I am going to avoid vulgarities, cussing, and even an attention grabbing headline. The Google engineers at Blogger deserve that and more. Blogspot currently stinks for SEO.

Google Webmaster Guidelines Mess Up

This is probably the root cause of the Blogger problems

Use robots.txt to prevent crawling of search results pages or other auto-generated pages that don’t add much value for users coming from search engines.

Blogspot Doesn’t Have Categories

There was a historical lacking feature in Blogspot, no categories, and users wanted them.

So Blogger introduced labels, but they unfortunately followed the advice from their own Webmaster Guidelines, such as this example from Blogger’s own Blogger Buzz blog.

User-agent: Mediapartners-Google
Disallow: 

User-agent: *
Disallow: /search

Sitemap: http://buzz.blogger.com/feeds/posts/default?orderby=updated

That causes label pages such as this one on the Google Webmaster blog not to be crawled

http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/search/label/webmaster%20tools

The links to those tag pages don’t have nofollow, but Google can’t crawl them to read what is on the page, but pages blocked using robots.txt still accumulate PageRank.

Blogger blocks labels with Robots.txt

Blogger blocks labels with Robots.txt

That creates “hanging or dangling pages” and the PageRank gets shared out between all the pages in the internet

There are easy solutions to this:-

Best solution

  • Have excerpts on the label pages
  • Possibly noindex the label pages with either meta noindex or robots.txt noindex
  • Add nofollow to all external links on the label pages, both in the content and sidebar

Stop-gap solution

  • Nofollow label links from content – they still wouldn’t give any deep indexing benefit, but at least they wouldn’t throw PageRank away.

Note: Those solutions are for blogger developers to implement instead of using robots.txt disallow, not for Blogger users. Sorry Blogger users, you have been at a significant disadvantage for years unless you can find a smart (viable) alternative to creating categories by hand.

Blogspot Indexing Problems

With labels being blocked by robots.txt, some but not all Blogspot blogs have major indexing problems.

As an example, it doesn’t seem like Google passes any juice through the dropdown menus used on the Webmaster Central blog.

Dropdown Menus On Blogspot Could Cause Indexing Problems

Dropdown Menus On Blogspot Could Cause Indexing Problems

Of couse not every Blogspot publisher displays date based archives, and even the traditional “older posts / newer posts” navigation ends up being blocked by the robots.txt file.

As an example this link from Rick Klau’s blog (A Blogger Product Manager)

http://tins.rklau.com/search?updated-max=2009-05-04T11%3A53%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=7

You can see by the lack of snippet and cache that this is blocked by robots.txt

Blogger Older Posts Navigation Blocked With Robots.txt

Blogger Older Posts Navigation Blocked With Robots.txt

Fortunately for Rick he doesn’t allow his labels and pagination links to be the only method for Google to crawl his content, plus he has a huge amount of “Google Juice” to play with.

This is actually the best navigation implementation I have seen on any Blogspot blog, as it has allowed all his content to be indexed, or certainly the vast majority.

Blogger Navigation That Works

Blogger Navigation That Works

This is still “ball linking” rather than a structured appraoch, but for Blogspot it is about all you could hope to achieve.

By having this massive navigation on every page, effectively turning every page into a sitemap, there are so many link on page that a few external or internal label links don’t really matter.

This isn’t the case with the majority of Blogger blogs, and blocking with robots.txt is an abomination.

At the same time Rick has been trying to persuade people to stop using the old, unreliable Blogspot system which allowed you to publish to your own domain, suggesting that there are no problems.

How Hard Is It To Leave Blogger?

Whilst people talk about it being easy to leave Blogger to another platform, the importer has been bugged for a long time – Blogger strips stopwords from generated URLs, WordPress doesn’t.

Then there is only what I would term a “Interstitial Defamation Wall”

Redirects from Blogspot to a custom domain now hosted externally get slapped with an interstitial warning.

Redirects from Blogspot to a custom domain now hosted externally get slapped with an interstitial warning.

See for yourself http://niche-website.blogspot.com

I had already left Blogspot before Google decided to finally provide custom domain support. I had set up a complicated script with meta redirects, and I even regained my rankings and wrote about it.

When custom domains became available, I decided that it would be best to assign andybeard.eu to my blogspot account, and then point it at WordPress so that visitors and search spiders saw an immediate 301 redirect.

Google when you set this up are very reassuring

Blogger Custom Domain Setup

Blogger Custom Domain Setup

It seems this is only true if you stay with Blogger forever. I should also point out that during my testing I discovered that I could no longer assign andybeard.eu, and I was forced to use www.andybeard.eu

Links & Rankings

The main thing that ties any Blogger to using Blogspot are incoming links and rankings. When I moved I probably had 24,000 links to my old Blogspot, depending on which reporting you believed.

Even a couple of weeks ago Yahoo was reporting ~10K , though it seemed a lot less today. Google in Webmaster tools only reports 100 or so, though they may have removed loads due to the redirects.

I don’t care that much, building up links takes time but isn’t something that can’t be fairly easily replaced over time, at least for me.

However for any potential blogging service provider (and honestly anyone running WordPress might soon be able to offer blog hosting within 3-6 months if WordPress core merges with WPMU) this is a serious barrier to overcome.

If you use Blogspot, but with a custom domain from the beginning, this isn’t a problem, but for everyone else, it might be a deciding factor to stay.

I could switch back to the delayed meta refresh method, but I can’t see why I should have to – Google should never have inserted such a message between me and my visitors.

I am looking to clean up some old articles because there is too much SEO junk on the web, but deciding how to handle my old “How to move from Blogspot to WordPress” articles are a major problem.

  • I am adamant that people really should still leave Blogger for their own good, if they value their online business
  • I am not in a position to advise on best practice, and the most suitable method is messed up.

As far as I am concerned this interstitial isn’t passing any juice through to Andybeard.eu, though there is a YES/No link, but it uses onclick, but returns false, but the URL is not constructed… ask Sebastian if you want a definitive answer.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hello,
    I use Blogger so this is all very interesting for me. I’m confused about the solution to label pages problem. Could you please explain the following solution:

    “Have excerpts on the label pages” – what exactly does this mean and how would one achieve it? Don’t label pages already list all the blog posts, and what’s the point of adding excerpts if they won’t be indexed?

    “Possibly noindex the label pages with either meta noindex or robots.txt noindex” – again, isn’t robots.txt already disallowing indexing of /search on Blogger blogs, and do you mean that there is a way to modify robots.txt on a Blogger blog?

    “Add nofollow to all external links on the label pages, both in the content and sidebar” – at first I thought you meant add nofollow TO labels in content and sidebar, but then I re-read it and got even more confused… Since label pages contain blog posts in them, how would I go nofollowing external links in label pages but NOT in normal post pages if those links are inside blog posts?

    • says

      None of those actions were intended for you – they are really all something that has to be done by Blogger themselves.

      The noindex is optional, though would be better to have them indexed and possibly pulling in content globally as well.

      The only thing Blogger users can do about labels themselves is stop using them, and work out some other way to create topical sitemaps manually.

  2. says

    Oh I see, thank you.

    Would it help if I added rel=”nofollow” to every label link on my blog? Should be pretty easy to do, I just wonder if there’s any point.

    Or adding meta noindex via using the “if cond=’data:blog.url == data:label.url'” hack in the head (I’ve read some people got this working, but it seems to give me an error). If Blogger would have a label pagetype then it would be no problem adding noindex yourself.

    But is noindex necessary when robots.txt is already blocking label pages?

    • says

      There is no point in using meta noindex on a page blocked with robots.txt disallow, because Google spiders will never see it.
      If someone has been publishing some kind of hack, it is totally worthless.

      If there is a way to nofollow the label links then that works, though you still need a viable solution to get deep pages indexed with the date based archives (e.g. Rick’s blog), custom made category pages, or somehow using a 3rd party site in some kind of ping-pong arrangement, grabbing the RSS feeds, and effectively creating your own tag space.

      • says

        Well, I simply changed rel=’tag’ to rel=’tag nofollow’ in Edit HTML of my Blogger blog (rel can have multiple values separated with spaces so it’s okay). Now all label links are nofollow. I already am using Archive widget too, so no trouble there.

        I was also wondering if I’d benefit from adding “noindex, follow” to all archive pages. You see, Google indexes archive pages of Blogger which is duplicate content, plus they sometimes even rank in SERPs instead of my actual item pages. But I still want Google to follow links inside archives so it can reach my older posts to index them. Is “noindex, follow” a valid combination?

  3. says

    Luckily I never got started on Blogger but I feel your pain (in your writing as well). One can only wonder why Google would not fix these problems as they are obviously hurting their service and I am sure they would be able to quickly find a solution that would work for everyone.

    • says

      I feel more pain for readers – ultimately I can work around the minor redirect problems, not that the links are very important

  4. says

    Andy – thanks for raising these issues. Your tweet from a few weeks ago was very helpful in surfacing a few issues, and I’m working through several (including the ones you raise above). I’ll provide an update shortly, and hope to have good resolutions to several of the problems you’ve identified.

    Appreciate the input. Stay tuned.

  5. says

    I have to say I didn’t understand most of that, except that Blogger really is no use when it comes to SEO, which I’d figured out, though it took me a while. I’m about to launch a new blog with self-hosted WordPress. Since I have very, very few links in to my blog I reckon I’ll just start over basically, but with a nice collection of articles to import.

    When I started with Blogger I foolishly thought that because it is owned by Google this would be an advantage. How wrong! The only SEO traffic I get is stuff for really obscure combinations of words. The one thing that made me happy was how quickly Google knew about my new content, but since it is totally devalued for SEO that is no use at all!

    I reckon that if you’re on Blogger you should just get out as soon as you can figure out how to, unless you are only blogging for your family and a few friends.

    If you’ve got any tips related to importing to WordPress I’d love to hear them. You can tweet me at @alisonkerr.

  6. says

    This article was technically over my head. I was going to ask a question about how to fix this, but I realize I don’t have much invested in blogger. I build sites all over to ad juice to my main domain for my photography business (found here: San Francisco Photographers).

    Should I just skip blogger altogether if I am doing this?

    Thanks,
    Alex

  7. says

    WordPress blogs are optimized for SEO and blogspot blogs can not why?can Google consider this in future and give more features to Blogspot blog as there for wordpress blogs.

    • says

      To be quite honest, if you follow 95% of tutorials teaching you how to SEO WordPress, you would end up with what is currently the situation with Blogspot

  8. says

    What about all the duplicated content it generates through the archives, tags, front page post and actual post and almost no control over the URLs. It is incredible how to blogger programmers lack of common SEO knowledge.

    Almost everything can be fixed manually but it still is a pain in the A$$ and light years behind wordpress.

  9. says

    Although I started blogging with blogspot as with many other bloggers, I have since moved to self hosted wordpress.

    However, I still do appreciate blogspot blogs as it is easier for newbies to start out.

    Anyway, wordpress is quite easy to use now even for newbies.

  10. Khaled says

    Fortunately its pretty simple to import a blogger blog into WordPress, im pretty sure that you can also change the permalink structure to match the old blog posts or use something link Dean’s Permalinks Migration which works well for swapping over to more friendly page links.

    • says

      As I explained in the post, if you didn’t use a custom domain to start with, because it wasn’t an available option or you preferred on some of your blogs not to host yourself using ftp, and then redirect to a WordPress.org blog, Google will insert their virus/malware notice

      Also as mentioned, the importer is bugged, it handles stop words wrong.

  11. says

    @Andy
    I have been using blogspot for 9 months and have not problem in seo but if i switch to wordpress directly with chnage in domain name,redirects problems will come as you said,But if you want to really switch,i think to have run custom domain on blogspot for some months to get all links indexed and get blogspot link juice to new domain name,then switch to wordpress as switching with domain name from blogspot to wordpress is no problem as we can keep post pages link same through wordpress plugins.

    Now the problem of indexing in label is right, as its the problem that has never been solved by blogspot,and need to be solved by them.

    Secondly if you use custom domain from beggining i dont think there would be any problem in switching to wordpress.

    Third to use big archive as you showed from Rick Blog,many bloggers use it and many not,i would like to know we should use it or not as according to me it leads to lot of indexing of pages with chances of duplicate content according to me.So i am using small archive only as you can check.

    I am providing only blogspot resources so not thought of switching to domain for this blog but use domain name on other blogspot blogs like this Funny Pictures.Becauase i can switch to wordpress any time without problem as i think.

    Please corrrect me where i am wrong,i would like to get cleared about it completely and would also like to share this problems on my blogspot reviewing your post and help other blogspot users too.

    • says

      Any links that use domainname.blogspot.com will be blocked if you decide at a later date to switch to WordPress by switching custom domain.

      What is better? A few duplicate pages which could possibly rank as indented listings if relevant, or possibly 75% of your permalink pages not ranking at all because Google can’t spider that deeply into your blog. This is a massively serious problem and all the fluff SEO post publishers about duplicate content can take a running jump into a volcano.
      Duplicate content can be something you want to avoid, but only if you have enough control of your site to ensure full indexing.

      • says

        Ya i agree it may get blocked but thats why i said take custom domain on blogger and use for 2-3 months and try getting your all pages index with that domain so as to get back to seo,then switching might not be problem.Correct me Please.

        And one question, Should we use these long archive in blogger or not?
        Keping in mind the seo.

  12. says

    You’ve certainly given me food for thought. I figured I could avoid installing Word Press, and take the path of least resistance with Blogger.

    Thank you for opening my eyes. I’m going to pay a visit to the wordpress site, and get it set up on one of my servers.

    Why is the quick and easy way never ultimately the smart way? And why do I keep forgetting this?

    • says

      Just following up my own comment from a few days back.

      I found it really easy to add rel=”nofollow”, switch the ‘sitemap on every page’ to a drop down form (thus solving the problem), and turning off links in headlines…though I decided to turn these back on again.

      Blogger clearly isn’t as flexible as WordPress, but I don’t think all the points in the article are valid.

      Today a client of mine decided they wanted a news page on their site. I pointed them at Blogger, and 10 minutes later they had a news page linked from their site. That’s pretty useful in my opinion.

      • says

        The sitemap on every page, though a little code heavy, is probably a good thing depending on what other ways you allow bots to index your content. It is then a ball linking structure, but at least it ensures content isn’t too far from the home page or places collecting juice.

        It is quick setting up Blogger, especially if it is somehow mapped to a domain that you control, for future ability to move should a change in platform be deemed necessary.

  13. cabmgmnt says

    I am somewhat new to this but am learning quickly. I understand the point you are making as I have just started my own site and have installed wordpress there.
    I am currently using blogger and had intended on transferring content. Fortunately, my links don’t run deep and I don’t think I would experience the issues that you are describing. My question, however, is this: after reading a lot about optimizing content for SEO, I have repeatedly read not to link your pages too deeply no matter what format that you use. An actual example was given by a very successful adsense marketer who never goes more than 2 pages deep. This is intended for optimal search engine rankings. How do you feel about this technique? And should I avoid transferring any content from blogger to my new site?

  14. says

    THis is what i need to know. as there is a problem of blogspot blogs getting rank on SE. thanks for this great information.

    regards;
    nsfive seo

  15. says

    Google Blogspot might not be SEO friendly but this is best if you want to earn money in Internet without spending anything. The space and bandwidth is amazing compared to many hosting companies. So if you have a blog that has good traffic and you do not want to buy a dedicated hosting server then blogspot is the best.

  16. says

    Well.. I am glad I start using Wordprees when i start blogging, because is a very good SEO and it can be easily learned even by newbies. Until now I dont seem to have problem and it seems is Google friendly .

  17. says

    I used to use a couple different blogspot blogs years ago but now I would never in a million years consider using a blogspot blog again when you compare blogspot to WordPress and specifically the extremely active WP community that offers plugins, themes, etc.

  18. says

    Very interesting. I am a blogger users and it doesn’t came across to my mind coz I am not even a techguy. Now I learn something from you, it’s definitely great to discover these things. Blogspot users are hurt knowing this coz until now google don’t take action to improve this.

  19. says

    As a blogger myself, I really need the feature “categories” to be added on blogger. However, I am seeing no updates from blogger addressing it. For the mean time, I put labels on every post though not really sure what it does aside from tagging posts. The article above clears my questions about it.

  20. travel in tibet says

    This is a very unique post. I am really glad to learn this information about Blogger SEO and i really appreciate your effort in posting this pictures. I love their look. This is really cool.

  21. says

    Honestly I though Blogger is the best solution for me as it is owned by Google. I heve revently created a blog with Blogger. It exists for a week and I am on second page for “ukrainian people” keyword. May be this is because competition is not so strong. I also have chosen Blogger because of AdSense. But what you say is really disappointing. I still hope that I will have good ranking due to relatively small competition.

  22. says

    Very interesting post. I actually setup a blogspot blog in an attempt to take control of SERPs for my name and gain another listing. Surprisingly it took much longer to get indexed than my ‘normal’ blog I setup earlier… I assumed any property owned by Google would perform like YouTube – content indexed with practically zero delay.

    Anyway, I didn’t plan on aggressively promoting my blogspot blog as a destination but it’s certainly nice to know it’s shortcomings. Thanks!

  23. says

    The upshot of this seems to be use your own web hosting. I started something in blogspot but someone strongly dissuaded me from going ahead with it. Some of them are emerging now.

  24. says

    Great information and thanks for sharing this.
    And I think wordpress is better than blogspot in SEO

    • says

      I am not claiming that WP is better for SEO out of the box and plenty of people running WordPress even with lots of SEO plugins (in many cases because of) have much worse SEO than Blogspot.

      If you don’t know what you are doing, you can mess things up.

  25. says

    Hmm….
    I tought about the topic of your post too. And by reading your post I am sure now that blogspot doesn’t SEO friendly…. But anyway I still choose it as the best free blog service…

  26. says

    This is such an interesting topic. I’ve been using blogger for years and I always have problems with it. I’ve been trying to learn how to have a good blog for years and this is such a good information.

    Although, I have already created a website, I really do appreciate this information. This is something not found elsewhere. Thanks

    How To Get Taller is my site. I still need information like that above-mentioned. Thanks a gain.

  27. Cornelia Cunningham says

    Even if blogger and blogspot are seo friendly, if the person using the blog does not have any idea what an seo is then it would be useless. Take for example the use of tags. A newbie blogger who does not have any idea what tags are would neglect the use of keywords in the tags.

  28. says

    this is very interesting post! i m so glad i took the time out to read. time consuming process is defently worth waiting for to get all redirects sorted!

  29. says

    Sorry this is a little off topic, but what do you think about utilizing wordpress for a website? I’ve heard some talk about this recently…

    • says

      I would research topics such as WordPress as a CMS, though there is no reason why your current platform, Hubspot, can’t be used as a website either.

  30. says

    Definitely food for thought. When I started my own blog, we went with WordPress on our own host. I’m glad I didn’t pursue it with Blogger — perhaps Google’s subconscious intention is to keep Blogger for non-corporate usage …

    Although if that were the case, they should probably make that point clear.

  31. says

    I honestly never thought that blogging platforms were SEO friendly, such as blogger or blogsome. However, I guess this is a good thing since it actually forced me to learn more about how to optimize these platforms myself.

  32. says

    Thought I’d throw something else out there to chew on – Joomla. I use the open-source platform, for everything from restaurant websites to online shopping to pure blog websites. And it’s extremely SEO friendly. Complete control over everything SEO.

  33. says

    Though I knew Blogger had issues, I didn’t realize there were this many. Good list and run down. I just never used it after knowing of just a few, opting to use WordPress, and then customizing it to make it search engine friendly. Any one who is thinking of using Blogger should read this post first!

  34. says

    Other problem that beginners often make on blogger, is that they add bunch of stuff to their sidebars so their blog codebase become very huge. Bunch of javascript and unecesary things.

    Page need to be kept in small size for better performance.

  35. says

    You'd think it would be ideal considering its owned and managed by Google. IMO, when it boils down to it, having the keyword domain name is half the battle.

  36. says

    yes I agree with your post but I have seen that blogger blogs appear in search results whereas WP blogs don't.But recently Matt Cutts said that WP blogs looks after 80% of seo needs.

  37. says

    It is a good information for me. I want to be a blogger. In fact I have prepared my blogs in two different blogging software. I hope I can decide to choose which one I will maintain to be my future blog.

  38. says

    I really wish there was some way with Disqus to delete your link, as the content you write about SEO is very misleading. You don't even seem to understand the difference between PageRank (one of Google's patented ranking algorithms, based on links) and SERPs (Search Engine Ranking Position)
    I didn't spend long enough on your site to see if this is something you do professionally – if it is, think about another job or at least learn a little more before writing.

  39. says

    You are saying that drop down menu doesn't pass any link juice and the archive structure shown in the image passes link juice right ? Any other tips to optimize blogspot blogs for search engines ?

  40. says

    Lots of sites get “huge traffic” and their SEO sucks

    It is not a matter of how many green pixels, but how you use real PageRank that matters.

  41. says

    Lots of sites get “huge traffic” and their SEO sucks

    It is not a matter of how many green pixels, but how you use real PageRank that matters.

  42. says

    Well that definately makes me think twice about being registered to blogger blogspot. Youd think with google owning it theyd do all they could to optimize their blogging platform to their search engine. It would attract alot more attention to blogger vs wordpress.

  43. says

    It was deleted (though I have restored it)

    As to the question, asking questions which don't provide enough specific answers to individual circumstances isn't very useful,

    90%+ of comments left by humans get deleted on this blog as it attracts both the best and worst comments on the internet (at least about the topics I talk about)

  44. says

    I wish I knew this before I signed up with Blogger. Now I have over 200 posts on my blogger blog…and I just imported everything to WordPress.

    I'm not sure if it will make a difference in SEO, but I guess I'll find out soon.

    Good info…although, a lot of the tech stuff I don't get. Thanks,

  45. says

    All I did was put in the name of I wanted, which would then be attached to wordpress.com. And then I clicked on import in the tools provided by WordPress. I didn't register it with Namecheap or a third party.

    There must be an SEO reason why you are suggesting this. So, should I start over? But, isn't all the blogs in WordPress end with wordpress.com which means that registering the name wouldn't make a difference.

    Right now my wordpress site is http://www.winapokertournament.wordpress.com.

    Thanks for your advice. I'm not getting any Google love on my blogger blog–very frustrating.

  46. says

    If WordPress.com in their wisdom decide they don't like your blog, they will shut it down, and you won't have any control over redirects to another service.

    WordPress.com are anti-commercial – they don't like affiliate links etc.

    Using a domain you registered elsewhere and paying a small fee to WP.com to allow you to use it means that in the event you wish to move, you can take your content elsewhere, along with the link to it.

    Long-term you might be better off on your own hosting

    It seems you are in the poker niche (risky competitive) and an affiliate (a massive wp.com no no)

    I would give your blog on WordPress.com a 50% chance per month of just disappearing, without any notification.

    Those aren't good odds.

  47. says

    Andy:

    Thanks for your help! I will just shut it down on wordpress.

    I'll read up on other options…maybe wordpress direct will be better.

    Thanks so much for your advice.

    Mitchell

  48. says

    Andy – great post. A friend of mine was advised by a well-meaning “internet guru” in the South of France to switch his blogging platform to Blogspot. He was told “optimizers always advise to go with blogger for blogs because, yes, it's free and easy to use, but more importantly it gets immediately posted onto google because google owns blogger.”

    The guru went on to explain the key benefit of Blogger: it allows more “descriptors” — old-school for “index terms.” What are these mysterious descriptors?

    Keywords.

    Thanks for helping keep the world safe from self-styled internet gurus.

  49. timL says

    It amazes me that blogger isn't SEO friendly… especially since it's designed by Google. I would think that it would give bloggers a little bit more control over the content they product and how it appears online. Blogger should definitely address these issues before individuals switch to new blogs that allow them additional freedom and more easily indexed and optimized websites in terms of SEO/SEM.

    Great post.

    Tim
    Boston SEO

  50. says

    Hi Kevin

    There is actually a counter to this that I haven't yet written about, and pure speculation

    The official line based on what Google has said is that even nofollow used on the tag links would now “evaporate” PageRank.

  51. says

    I am relatively new to blogging so I beagn teaching myself with blogger. Lately I have had quite the headache trying to tweak the blogger templates to be more SEO friendly. There are sites everywhere telling you to copy and paste some code into the edit html screen and your blog will be optimized like that. Most of them don't work and your template won't allow you to save, so you have to figure the stuff out yourself . Such a pain…I guess if I knew than what I know now, I would have gone the wordpress route.

  52. alex27 says

    The upshot of this seems to be use your own web hosting. I started something in blogspot but someone strongly dissuaded me from going ahead with it. Some of them are emerging now.

  53. Mitchell1969 says

    I was able to get my Blogspot Blog to number 1 in the Google search results for keywords I wanted!!! Well, only for two weeks…..after that my site disappeared off the face of the Google map. It was fun while it lasted….who knows, maybe it will come back.

  54. says

    Well well, blogspot is good and bad depending on how we want to exploit it.
    WordPress sucks. Anyone can complain about your blog and they take it off without any notice so better stay away from wordpress.

    Coming back to blogpsot it has got good sides as well
    - free
    - very tolerant
    - quick indexing
    - quick to setup and you get live in no time

    I feel you you exploit it carefully then it might be helpful for you in SEO

  55. voguehitchanelbags says

    I used to have a blogspot about designer handbags,and it ranks well when I use the keyword”Chanel handbags 2009″. However,I can't visit it recently,the link to this page is broken. I have to creat a new blog with wordpress.

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