Google Starts Redirecting Blogspot Blogs to Country-Specific URLs

You wouldn’t be surprised in future if you visit other than in US country you’ll be redirected to your country specific URL in browser in fact its happening now – where Google redirecting Indian users from domain to For e.g if you visit URL from India you’ll be taken to URL.

Why blogs redirected to

Blogger’s help page confirms this.

If you’re reading a blog in Australia blogspot servers detects your IP address and redirects you to country-code top level domain or ccTLD  if supported in your country here you’ll be redirected to

Blogspot owners shouldn’t see any visible changes except URL redirection to ccTLD. URLs of Custom domains won’t be affected with this change.

Visiting affected blogs without redirection

Blog readers can still see country specific version of blogspot content by entering specially formatted “ NCR” URL.  This is like visiting in your browser. NCR stands for No Country direct, you should then use for e.g  http://[blogname] to go to the U.S English blog.

Why Google is doing this?

“Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law. By utilizing ccTLDs, content removals can be managed on a per country basis, which will limit their impact to the smallest number of readers. Content removed due to a specific country’s law will only be removed from the relevant ccTLD. “

How does ccTLDs affect SEO of blogspot blogs?

You don’t have to worry about SEO of your blog as Google specifies the version as the canonical version using ‘rel=Canonical”

In coming months you’ll see  ccTLDs in additional countries.