Google had allowed its blogspot.in domain to expire in June and it is now on sale. The search giant implemented a feature in 2012 that redirects Blogger blogs to region-specific blogspot URLs based on where the link is accessed from, and blogspot.in was one of the ‘between them. In order for the URL to remain operational, domain registrants – in this case Google – must pay a registration fee to renew their domain ownership. But, Google gave up and now the domain is on sale for just $ 5,999 (around Rs. 4.49 lakh). The domain contains over 40 million old URLs that stopped working when Google’s ownership expired.
When a user from a certain country tried to access a Blogger entry, the country-specific URL would open in the user’s browser. This was implemented by Google in 2012 to “comply more quickly with content removal requests,” according to a report from BleepingComputer. But, about two years ago, Google stopped redirecting to country-specific URLs, including blogspot.in. This domain contains 44 lakh links that Google maintained until June of this year, when its registration expired.
According to the report, the blogspot.in domain was purchased by an Indian company called domainming.com on June 24 and is now sold for $ 5,999 on the Sedo domain market. It could be misused to spread malware, scams or black SEO. practices, notes the publication.
However, it is important to note that the Blogger sites themselves are still active and functioning as they should. If you have created a Blogger blog, it will continue to function as usual. The only problem is the old links created using the .in pages. If you search for a blog today, you will get the correct result on Google, but if someone has linked to a blog post in the past and used the .in link, it will no longer work.
Gadgets 360 has reached out to Google for comment on this, but has not received a response at the time of writing.
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