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If you use Google Blogger to produce your blog or host your Blogger blog on Blogspot, this could happen to you :
week I attended a Blogger MeetUp which I set up in the Tampa Bay area
to meet and get to know other bloggers. I found the MeetUp to be a
success and hope to work with others to grow the networking of bloggers
in this area. One major question by an attendee was about where to host a
blog and the difference between Blogspot, WordPress and hosting blogs
on your own domain.
answer to the question was not SEO oriented, but more so ownership and
control of content oriented. Basically, if you host your blog on
Google’s Blogspot or use Blogger; you are giving Google the right to
control and access your content and information. Even shut down your
blog when they see fit to do so.
may, in its sole discretion, at any time and for any reason, terminate
the Service, terminate this Agreement, or suspend or terminate your
account. In the event of termination, your account will be disabled and
you may not be granted access to your account or any files or other
content contained in your account although residual copies of
information may remain in our system for some time for back-up purposes.
are a lot of ‘professional bloggers’ using Google’s Blogger platform
and Google’s Blogspot hosting and doing so takes away the heart of your
blog and hands it over to Google. They control your blog, not you.
Let’s take a look at the Blogger Terms of Service for more detail, shall we?
- General Practices Regarding Use and Storage.
You agree that Google has no responsibility or liability for the
deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any Content and
other communications maintained by the Service. Google retains the right
to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time
with or without notice.
- Google also reserves the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as it reasonably believes is necessary
to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or
governmental request, (b) enforce this Agreement, including
investigation of potential violations hereof, (c) detect, prevent, or
otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (d) respond to
user support requests, or (e) protect the rights, property or safety of
Google, its users and the public.
- By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Google services
which are intended to be available to the members of the public, you
grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to
reproduce, publish and distribute such Content on Google services for
the purpose of displaying and distributing Google services. Google
furthermore reserves the right to refuse to accept, post, display or
transmit any Content in its sole discretion.