Recent Issues with Blogger, SEO & Google Analytics

I’m on a war path with Google Analytics. That’s probably nothing new to those who read my lengthy Google Analytics post about how it works and most importantly what it doesn’t do and how it doesn’t reflect your traffic accurately. I’ve been trying to educate bloggers and PR people alike about this issue, but so far to no avail. But I’m not going to give up.

Another issue has now crystalised in the past few days for Google and Google Analytics, and that’s got to do with Blogger enforcing localised Blogspot addresses. “Localised Blogspot addresses?” I hear you say. Let me explain what it is first.

Before, all blogs on Blogspot/Blogger had a “username.blogspot.com” address format, right? My blogspot address was msdriftedsw.blogspot.com. But now, to enforce some country-based legislations (or something along those lines), the ending of the Blogspot address now is controlled by where you are. Say you are in the UK. If you type in a blogspot.com. address into your address bar, you’ll see seconds later that the ending changed to .co.uk. If you are in Germany, it’ll end on .de, if you are in Australia, it’ll be .com.au, etc. Only those in the US will continue to see the .com ending. It’s got to do with where you are based in the world. Hurrah for them ;-)

Of course for your visitors it doesn’t make too much of a difference, because they will still type in your Blogspot address and probably won’t even necessarily notice that the address in their browser’s address bar changed slightly. And it doesn’t screw up those who have custom domains either. That all stays the same.

But the issue is for those who track their traffic through Google Analytics (for personal or monetizing reasons). I discussed before that Google Analytics only tracks the traffic for the address/url that it’s set up for. If you’re Google Analytics code is set up for your blogspot.com address, it will now not pick up the traffic that comes from outside the US because for everyone non-US based the address will change to the localised Blogspot address.

And there is no real fix to this, unfortunately. There is a bit of code that can suppress the ending change visually, but it won’t do any difference to Google Analytics not picking up traffic accurately. Here’s how to install the code if you do wish so (thanks to Faye Marie from Girl does Geek)

Step 1: Go to Blogger > Design/Template > Edit HTML
Step 2: Press Ctrl+F and type “” (without the “” symbols) – you will only find it once
Step 3: Right above that line that has “” in it, paste the following code into it:

Step 4: Click ‘Save’

I’d stick to Blogger Stats (because they pick up traffic to your blog regardless of what address your visitors access it from, including custom domains). But even Blogger Stats isn’t 100% accurate (I’ll explain this in another post soon I hope), but at least it doesn’t run on JavaScript (which is another main reason why Google Analytics and also StatCounter are traffic inaccurately as many users disable JavaScript on their web browsers manually or through adblockers and then aren’t tracked).

More importantly, this localised Blogspot address crap is REALLY screwing with Google and its search methodology and PageRank, SEO and all of that jazz. Basically for Google‘s search crawlers, your blog exists multiple times now under the Blogspot-type addresses. And Google crawlers don’t like that, because they think that you’re creating duplicated content to artificially improve your coming up in searches and punish you for that by not listing you at all in search results (and that will obviously affect your traffic too).

Here’s a bit of code that’s supposedly fixing that issue too (again, thanks to Faye Marie from Girl does Geek):

Step 1: Go to Blogger > Design/Template > Edit HTML
Step 2: Press Ctrl + F and type in “” (without the “” symbols) – you will only find it once
Step 3: Right below that line with “” in it, paste the following:

Step 4: Click ‘Save’

So while your Google Analytics stats won’t be fixed, at least you won’t have any future issues with confused visitors and your search results and ranking should remain the same.

Hope this helps xx

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38 Comments on “Recent Issues with Blogger, SEO & Google Analytics

  1. Tereza

    I find that co.uk thing annoyin sice I dont believe that its legally right to change someones domain without even notifying them, but oh wells. Google Analytics however does pick up both for me? I set it up last week? And its working just fine for both .com & co.uk :) x

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    1. Miss drifted Snow Wh

      well technically blogger still own the domain, it's a free service they are providing, and it's not a permanent change if that makes sense. how do you know that it picks up the traffic that come through these different addresses?

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    2. Tereza

      Yeh makes sense, but it just aint fair, should still at least tell you before they do that.Because my blog is still sorta new so I can predict my traffic on basis of blogger I guess? What GA picks up is A) even higher than what Blogger says and B) on Real Time it shows all the locations from all sorts of countries.. Am confused, maybe I just get it wrong? x

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    3. Miss drifted Snow Wh

      thats really unusual that you get higher stats on GA than on blogger stats. Are you sure you are comparing the same information? GA displays visits as default graph and also possibly a different time frame than blogger stats? the other thing about the locations of the visitos im not quite sure how to explain, need to think about it xx

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    4. Tereza

      I know its strange, its not like a massive difference, im lookin at day views n visitors since I set it up last week properly lol I just think it works for me, but have no idea why haha let me know if yu figure it out:-)xx

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    1. Miss drifted Snow Wh

      no worries. it's massively frustrating and causes major issues again for those bloggers who monetize their blogs :s try and educate people if you can, let them know about the issues with GA!xx

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    1. Miss drifted Snow Wh

      unfortunately Blogger Stats are the only stats counter I know of that doesn't track traffic via Javascript or dependent on blog address, so I consider it the most reliable at the moment.Unfortunately PR companies won't consider those stats because a) it doesnt give Unique Visitors numbers and b) they can't access it unless you give them FULL rights to your blog.♥

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  2. G A B Y

    Hmmm I've heard about this before but I don't really care for my stats anyway so this is not really an issue for me. I guess Blogger stats work well anyway x

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    1. Miss drifted Snow Wh

      its not just the issue with stats that is the result of that – i'm glad that doesn't affect you that much.but the more important issue is the SEO / Google Search Results stuff, the 2nd part of the post, that will affect you too cuz it will basically just not crawl your blog anymore (and thus you wont be showing up in search results)

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  3. liloo

    i finally followed the steps. was very handy to have the 2 things in one blog post. love to see how blogger gets confused. i type my blog address and it types .com, and then .co.uk and then .com again haha x

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  4. Duck

    I had been so confused about my this, my GA stats dropped drastically when they switches to this and I started getting all my hits from the US which didn't make sense since I'm in the UK. I need to find a way to sort this out…

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