I spent a year working on a blogger blog. There were over 1000 posts on the blog. It was bringing traffic to my ecommerce store. Suddenly, blogger locked my blog.
No big deal I thought. Here was the message I received:
Ok, they made a mistake and those robots accidentally pegged my blog for spam. I put in an unlock request which looks like this:
You might think: “Cool! In 24- 48 Hours and I’ll have my blog back!”
BUT, THAT IS NOT HOW IT WORKS.
Turns out, after 7 days, my unlock request disappeared. It was replaced by a message that basically said, I need to request an unlock or my blog will be completely deleted in 21 days.
I requested the unlock again. Then I received another message like the first one above except the date was December 9th 2013.
After 7 more days, guess what happened again? Yep, the unlock request disappeared with the message that I must request an unlock in 7 days or my blog will be deleted completely.
I put the request in again. The date? December 16th 2013.
As you can see from the above picture, each time it said my blog would be reviewed in the ‘next two business days’. However, nothing of the sort had occurred.
I know that some of your thinking, “Why did you use a blogger blog in the fist place?”. The reason is simple. My ecommerce store company said that blogger was the best for working with their software. You can see the ecommerce store at https://toothygrinsstore.com and the blog USED to be at https://blog.toothygrinsstore.com .
So, as you have probably heard in the past, it is not a good idea to let your business rely on a blogger blog.
The only other option I had with my ecommerce platform was to use wordpress.com NOT .org.
wordpress.com as you know requires a yearly fee for their service and blogger did not. In addition, the ecommerce store software provider told me blogger was a better choice for their system. Therefore I went with the blogger platform over wordpress.com
I never really thought I would be attacked by blogger for using their platform to promote an ecommerce store. But, you can see what has happened. I lost a good amount of traffic due to this. Of course, I am not very happy about that!
But so what? Google (who owns blogger) doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to help me out. I guess I should be used to that by now.
What do you think about all fo this? Feel free to tell me I’m stupid for using blogger. Everyone knows you shouldn’t do that, right?
Have you had any experiences like this during your blogging career?