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March 10, 2008

Delete Your Blog?



Delete Your Blog?

This will permanently delete your blog including all your posts. You can create another blog at this address using the Google Account you're currently logged in with, however, we can't restore your posts once you choose to delete your blog.


It's so easy to delete a Blogger blog: the delete button is easily accessible from the settings page and there's only one confirmation dialog. After you delete the blog, all the posts and comments disappear, but the blog's address instantly becomes available.

If you want delete a Gmail account, it's much more complicated. Google asks your password and it doesn't delete the account instantly. What's more, the address can't be reused and you won't be able to retrieve your messages.

For Google, deleting a blog is infinitely less important than deleting an email address, even though they're both ways to communicate with someone. Deleting a blog has many more side-effects for a bigger audience: broken links, broken hearts, less relevant search results, an entire context that disappears.

57 comments:

  1. Well, deleting an email account is different than a blog. If people that send you messages don't know that your account is gone, they might foolishly continue to send you messages.

    There is also the issue of email accounts being attached to online services. What if you need an account password reset and the new password email goes to the email account that you deleted?

    You really only need to worry about deleting a blog if its popular, but even if you sign up for one service with a certain email address, you still have to be careful about deleting that address.

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  2. Correction... it is not the case that the address of a deleted Blogger blog becomes available for reuse. If you try to visit a deleted blog, you will see a message saying the opposite:

    http://deletedinprod.blogspot.com/

    (This explicit messaging is a fairly new feature, but NOT a new policy.)

    Likewise, if you visit a blog that has never been used, you'll get a message saying explicitly that the address is available. Currently, this works, although someone could claim it at any minute:

    http://ravendung.blogspot.com/

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  3. What could I do for preventing from deleting my Blog?

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  4. They also have a seemingly odd way for dealing with people who switch to FTP publishing -- because they will free up their Blogspot domain, their help says, to be up for grabs by anyone else.

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  5. "You really only need to worry about deleting a blog if its popular,"

    I beg to differ. I've got something approaching 1500 posts some of which I put a lot of work into. I rely mostly on Google to keep them backed-up etc (especially as they still don't have a one-click archival download process).

    I really don't care how popular my blog is (or isn't). I shiver every time I see that delete blog button.

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  6. Well that I think is due to just the number of useless blogspot blogs lying out there.

    BTW, when did you shift over to firefox from Opera?

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  7. @macbeach: There's a nice feature of WordPress that can import your entire Blogger blog complete with posts and comments. In a snap, that could be a good backup solution. I should probably set up WordPress on my personal server (I use it for development) and do just that.

    I did a brief write-up of how impressed I was with WordPress' import functions; take your pick from my blog and CodingExperiments (the latter is run by possible248; I just guest-post from time to time).

    Now to comment on this post. As others have mentioned, a blog usually doesn't mean anywhere near as much as an email address. With the new OpenID support coming (already in Draft), though, perhaps Google should make deleting a blog a bit more difficult. A lot of OpenID sites don't provide options to change your OpenID URL once you've signed up...

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  8. Hi, Interesting thing happened to me when I deleted a Gmail Account. I had two windows of the IE opened. I used one window to delete the email and on the other window, I had the same gmail account open. Even after deleting the google account, I still could send and receive emails to/from the deleted email account until I signed out from that account.

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  9. anonymous tried to test the database implementation of Gmail. It is easy to explain if you have basic knowledge of transaction of database.

    Mr Anonymous had 2 connections to the database, which were associated 2 images of the same database. While one issued a command to delete account, the command was not yet committed, because there was another connection.

    Anyway, I regard Blogger has given enough warning. After all, it is your decision to delete the blog. If you don't know what you are doing, you are going to blame nobody. If Blogger.com add more steps for deleting blog, those who know what they are doing will complain why blogger.com is so troublesome.

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  10. Hi Andy, Thank you very much for the explanation. I was under the impression that even if I delete my gmail account, google is still keeping it. :) are they?

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  11. Hi there, I do not know why it is easier to delete blog rather than Gmail or Google account too? Can you explain

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  12. Gosh, this made me laugh in a twisted way, especially with the part where deleting a blog entails so much more: broken links, broken hearts, etc..

    I could empathize with the pain of not being able to find a blog I normally read.. But it was just pretty funny to read that a broken heart could result from a blog being deleted.

    I think that the thought that Gmail is still keeping people's accounts, even after deletion, would give anyone the creeps. But I did read somewhere that Google keeps a sort of cache for all its accounts, etc, for up to ten years. To the paranoid, it's time to say "yikes!" :D

    As for the Google Account, well you may have so many Google services attached to it, so they are making things easier for you in case you go into a nihilistic moment and want to disappear from the face of the earth one moment, only to regret it later. :p

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  13. Hello,
    I also experienced that after blogspot blog deletion it is not available.
    Any idea if domain is available after some time?

    Thanks

    Vlada

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  14. I have a problem.. I deleted my Google Account and I ticked the box saying I wanted to delete my Blogger as well. But after I deleted it, I realized that the blog hasn't been deleted. So now I have no way to delete that blog since my Account is gone.

    What can I do?

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  15. I have accidentally deleted my blog. I got the URL back and recreated the blog but all my posts are gone. Is there anyway to recreate the posts with the same post URLs?

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  16. I also deleted my Google account and ticked the box saying I wanted to delete my Blogger too, but guess what? My blog is still there.

    How long will it take for Google to delete my blog after deleting my Google account?

    Thanks.

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  17. Hi there,

    Last year I deleted one of my blogs; www.foto-foob.blogspot.com.
    But I've noticed that it hasn't gone off the internet yet. Now there
    is some personal information on the site, but also some new spam posts
    have been added. I don't like the thought that these two are now
    linked. I would really like the site to be completely deleted. I've
    contacted Blogger about this several times, and did not receive an
    answer at all. I don't know what to do anymore about it, so I am
    hoping someone here has a suggestion or 'the' answer.


    How can I completely delete my blog, or the personal information that
    is still on it?


    Thanks in advance.

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  18. Well, since it is still accessible, either you did not delete it like you thought you did, as when it is truly deleted, a screen will come up saying 'this blog account has been deleted and is no longer accessible'. Or someone else has either hijacked your account or created a new one in its place to use for spamming.

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  19. "I think that the thought that Gmail is still keeping people's accounts, even after deletion, would give anyone the creeps. But I did read somewhere that Google keeps a sort of cache for all its accounts, etc, for up to ten years. To the paranoid, it's time to say "yikes!" :D"

    I think anyone who believes the information they put online is naive. I think it no longer just for the paranoid, its already been on the news on TV that homeland security is keeping copies Myspace and Facebook accounts, why would one think that their email or blog accounts are not being saved.

    I believe this is actually why when you delete your blog, it does not go back up to be reused. Because Google along with the government are having remain in a state where they can undelete it most likely for legal reasons, but for anything they want really.

    1984 has already begun, probably back in 1984, and it was not a book about the USSR like everyone thinks, but a book about the USA. Big brother is watching, might consider keeping your thoughts to yourself...

    As for me, along with my google and yahoo accounts, I have German and Russian email accounts, in hopes that maybe accounts in foreign countries are protected from the Americans rule. Probably just wishful thinking, heck probably all the governments of the world are collaborating to keep peoples information. So not just homeland security, but all databases tied together.

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  20. I want to delete my blog cause I did a lot of mistakes when I did it!I hate t!!so how can delete my blog??

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  21. @anne sahaja ; )

    you can do of cause.
    Please visit my Weblog.
    http://zikay.blogspot.com

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  22. pls delete this blog, it used to be mine, corkcrib.blogspot.com

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  23. OMG. I just wanted to delete my gmail and not my blog. I thought that by deleting my gmail I could just use my other email for my blog. and now djminchyminch.blogspot.com is dead and i could cry.

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  24. There is no delete button for the blogspot a/o 3-5-09 1900 hours. I was allowed to delete "home" and was asked, before the two click process was completed, "really"?
    I just read a few minutes ago that Google just received an abundant supply of "delete buttons" but how long it will take them to hook them all up is a mystery. I just wanted to free my domaine name which I should not have used. Good Luck to All.

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  25. actually i just found out that YOU CAN restore your deleted blogs (despite the fact ive deleted them like nearly a year ago)

    i'm quite upset about it cuz there are a few blogs which i've written and i don't ever ever wanna see it again.

    how do i REALLY PERMANENTLY DELETE the blogs without being able to restore it?

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  26. I need help, I deleted my blog but it still appears on the internet, what can I do to delete it permanently if in my account appears that I have no blog.

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  27. Is there any way to disable my blog without delete it?
    I just want to stop it for a while till I decide if I will continue with it or not.

    Regards

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  28. I need help deleting an old blog and I don’t know where else to turn?? !!! I am not getting the assistance I need from the Google or the Yahoo websites. Here is the url: http://gregfisherwinnipeg.blogspot.com:80/2008/02/about-me.html

    I created the blog over a year ago out of hurt and anger, but thought I deleted it when I settled down and came to my senses!!

    Now…I can’t remember the Yahoo login ID or the password that I used to create the blog in order to delete it! I have tried hundreds of login IDs with multiple passwords for each, but have had no luck!

    I hope that you can assist me in rectifying this dilemma as I really need to delete this blog. I am not getting the instruction I need from the Google or yahoo ‘help’ websites, so if there is any advise you can give me…I would really appreciate it!

    Sincerely,
    Tammy Reid

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  29. I ALREADY DELETED MY ACCOUNT BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WOULD DELETE THE BLOG; BUT IT DINDN'T. HOW CAN I NOW DELETE MY BLOG. I DO NOT WANT IT!

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  30. Is there a way to delete a blog without being able to undelete it, cause I want to get rid of it!

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  31. i have deleted my blog stop but it is still in the net??? WTF

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  32. in your blog website. go to the "settings" tab. "basic". "blog Tools". Click "delete blog".

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  33. i deleted my blog last year. then i was totally removed. but it s like some months that it appears in the internet. plus, it s not in my dashboard. why???!!

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  34. If I have accidently deleted my google account, and would now like to delete my blog, is there any way to do this??!!

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  35. I wanna change my username and use a different email account for the same blog. I wanna work with someone on my blog but I can't give her my email password as stuff on my email is private! How do I achieve this?

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  36. @Omuqrecords:

    If you use Blogger, it's easy to add a collaborator. Go to Settings/Permissions.

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  37. Bookmarked this. Sometimes non-standard due to you for sharing. Unequivocally benefit my time.

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  38. I think I am totally not understanding where the settings feature is in order to delete my blog-- b/c I am not getting anything in my settings that looks like the tutorial posted here-- how do I delete my blog??

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  39. hmm. well. i created another blog with another email address. and i realized i could have two blogs on my one email address. i deleted the other one. and tried it on this one. and i can't do it. is there anything i can do?

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  40. Need Help I deleted my gmail account now i cant use my blog url help me delete the old one here is the link htto://werewolfknight.blogspot.com

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  41. Is there such a thing as some kind of software for pc computer users which can help them to delete blog posts which they do not want to keep anymore , especially if they have been asked to?

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  42. I want to delete a blog but I seem not to have permission to do it. I don´t know who or what it is that decided I do not have permission but the point is I was requested to delete the blog and I am only asking for permission to delete it or am requesting google.com to delete the blog.
    I don´t know who or what is behind my inability to delete the blog but no available options are available for me as of present which can help me to delete the requested blogs.
    That makes me feel that Microsoft should be contacted so that they can add blog removing software to their tools when they upgrade Internet Explorer and Mozilla firefox. It´s bad that the entire internet world has become aware of what appears to be the fact that the creators of the internet forgot to include clear history technology.

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  43. Hi all please help me how to delete my blog because i have forget my email , i try to send email to support@blogger.com but no answer until now , i fill all what information may they need but no answer . for whom can take these problem thank you very much . i take all responsibility for my blog

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  44. The way we can all be viewed at any time needs close looking at, but the reality is you cannot easily delete information on your hard drive, and there is no way you can delete information on someone elses hard drive. You can just cut the public link to your blog.

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  45. I deleted my google account and my blogspot disappeared (TheXDMarilyn) - one of them is orangezonetobluetc3.blogspot.com - I didnt realise that it would be fully deleted,just the access via google. grrrrrrrrrr I have spent many hours on them,what can I do?I just created a new one under same user name as above but man I had info in my blogs I really need :(

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  46. I want to remove one of my pages on my blog, how do i do that

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  47. i want to delete or remove this blogspot.com i dont need this i spent so many hours to delete it.

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  48. I want to delete or remove this blogspot. I don't need it.

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  49. I want to delete my blogspot account.

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  50. Settings> Other> Blog Tools> Delete Blog

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  51. hey, is it possible to delete my blog if i don't remember my email account ? if so, can someone tell me how to do it ? thank you so much in advance!

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  52. I'm still finding pics from my deleted blogs showing up on google pics, bing pics and yahoo pics picture search engine as well as my deleted blogs showing up on google and other search engines! This my friend is very creepy, looks spammy, causes internet search clutter, and just bogs down the entire internet search engines!!! I minus well just quit using the internet, period, and go back to the old ways before the internet!!!

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  53. can someone help me.. is it possible to delete my blog even though i cant remember my email and password.. i really nedd to delete it! thanks..

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  54. Years ago someone created a nasty blog impersonating me which Google would not acknowledge my attempts to get deleted. So I created my own and commented on the blog. I would like to remove my comments but can not remember the user name/email etc that I used to create my blog. Can anyone help me?

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  55. Hello? someone please help me, i want delete my blog but i can't remember my email and password please, this my link blog http://iloveumuchbiy.blogspot.com/ . thankyou :')

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