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Friday, 17 December 2010

What Really Happened To My Blog

You honestly couldn't have believed my shock when I opened up my email while on holiday back home in Nigeria to read that my blog http://seo.tolafamakinwa.net had been deleted. And it read:

     Hello,

     Your blog at http://seo.tolafamakinwa.net/ has been reviewed and confirmed as in violation of our Terms of Service for: SPAM. In accordance to these terms, we've removed the blog and the URL is no longer accessible.

     For more information, please review the following resources:

     Blogger Terms of Service: http://blogger.com/terms.g
     Blogger Content Policy: http://blogger.com/content.g


     -The Blogger Team
I received the email on the 3rd of December 2010, a few days after I logged in to my email from Nigeria. When I tried to log into my blog to find out what exactly was wrong, it asked me to verify my account due to suspicious activities on my account. I didn't think I logged in my emails from any 'suspicious' location back home but then again, what do I know? Anyway, needless to say, I couldn't verify my account because I had to receive a SMS from my registered phone in the UK. So had to wait till the 12th of December when I got back to the UK. A whooping 9 days of lost traffic...

Once I got back to the UK I verified my account, reactivated it and logged in but still had no blog. My Blogger dashboard said I had no blog!

I did a couple of searches and found a google forum which talked about the same issue, apparently there were a lot of blogs affected by this same issue. They outlined a list of steps to take to restore the blog, but warned it could take a few days, what was a few days after I had waited a whole 9 days to verify my account?

I followed the steps and put in my request and it was sorted after a couple of days, quite fast really! All in all, I got my blog back, so I'm a happy bunny now! :-) Although this might be the final push which takes me back to Wordpress and self hosting, haven't decided yet...

On a final note, this is the closing remark from the Blogger team:

This specific issue affected users whose accounts were temporarily suspended due to suspicious login or hijackings. Accounts in this state can be easily restored via SMS or other verification methods, but after verification, a bug on our end prevented the blog from being restored along with the account.

We've corrected the underlying issue though, and have made sure that all blogs who were taken down as a result of suspicious account activity are now back online. If your blog is still inaccessible, then you were not experiencing this specific issue and you should start a new thread to follow-up.

One last thing to note- if you were publishing on a custom domain (example.com) then you may have to reset your publishing settings for your blog to display. This can be done by simply entering your domain into the Advanced Settings section of the Settings | Publishing tab.

Thanks again for all of your patience!


In other words, they had a bug! Thanks to everyone for sticking around and coming back to check on me. You guys are the best!

P.S.

Did I mention that while I was on holiday I was included in the 125 Fearless Female Bloggers?? What an honour I tell you!! Thanks a lot to Kristi for taking out the time to do the analysis of female bloggers and writing it up... and there I was just blogging away, who knew!

Female Bloggers Rock!!!

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