Blogspot.in not found: India oriented Blogspot.in available for $5999 after Google fails to renew it; Millions of blogs on blogspot.in at risk
I started blogging with Blogspot.in so did millions of other Indians. Now all their life’s work is at risk as Google has not renewed the Blogspot.in the domain and now a third-party is selling it for a paltry $5999.00. Due to Google’s new policies, millions of Indians who had indexed Blogspot.in URLs are at the risk of being abused, hacked, scammed, or stalked by hackers. This happened because Google let the Blogspot.in domain expire in June 2020 and a third party has put it for sale.
Google implemented the Blogspot.in the domain in 2012 to identify India specific blogs that were using Google’s Blogspot blogging platform. Google’s free blogging platform was used by millions of Indians, me included to reach out to the world.
However, after Google decided to discontinue the country-specific Blogspot.in and continue only with Blogger.com for free bloggers around the world, the Blogspot.in domain became an orphan. Due to non-renewal by Google, a record of 4.4 million blogs just disappeared from Google search results due to broken links or bad requests.
Bleeping Computer was alerted about the non-renewal of the Blogspot.in domain and it contacted Google but got no response. Now it has found domainming.com purchased the Blogspot.in domain on June 24th, 2020, and after that it became inactive. Now it has been put up for sale on Sedo domain marketplace for $5,999.
Google has not commented on why it didn’t renew the Blogspot.in domain or why it sold it off to domainming.com.