Do You Really Want To Delete Your Blog?

If you create a blog, and work on it, eventually it will rise in value. It may even get a Google Page Rank of some decent value.

Let’s say you manage to make something of your blog, then tire of it. The normal thing would be to delete it. Delete it – it’s gone – move on to something new.

Simple, right? At one time, you could have deleted your blog, from Settings – Basic – Delete Your Blog.

But the spammers found out about that. They used automated scripts, to check for well known blogs being deleted, then they would publish their blog to the just freed up URL. Any well known blog has weight – it’s known by the search engines. Any spammer, publishing a splog to the URL just vacated, can get a quick turn around – instant $$$ right there for the picking.

Blogger Support became tired of angry problem reports from folks telling them that their just deleted blogs had become splogs, and they fixed it so “deleting” a blog only removed it from your dashboard. The blog contents remained online, so the sploggers couldn’t publish to it.

If you truly want to remove a blog from existence, you need to put a stub blog in its place, and then leave the blog alone.

  • Delete all of the posts in the blog.
  • Delete any personal information in the profile.
  • Add a stub post.
  • Leave the URL in place.

Search engines will update their indexes with the content of the stub blog, sooner than they will acknowlege that any blog has been deleted. Once the blog is indexed as a stub, the URL is worthless to the sploggers.

If you truly want to remove your hard work, replace it with a stub, and wait a month or so. Then contact Blogger Support, and ask that the URL be deleted and recycled. Do it properly – don’t simply Delete Your Blog.

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2 Responses to “Do You Really Want To Delete Your Blog?”

  1. Suskind Says:

    how long between the time you delete a blog and its deletion on the net? does it remain in cached form for a matter of days/hours?

  2. Chuck Says:

    What’s the latency for many search engines? Weeks at least. Not all web pages are indexed by any given spider on every sweep of the net.

    Do a few searches, against obscure or sparse topics. See how many search hits come up against some pretty old caches.

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