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My Email To Blogger - I'm Not Happy


After switching to the new version of blogger a couple of days a go i decided i would have a look around and see what is different, And i have to say i am very disappointed. It seems blogger have replaced "ease" with "confusion" and features that are not needed. So i decided i had to send blogger an email and tell them what i think.
After switching to the new version of blogger i have to say I'm not very pleased.

The first issue i have seen is that the blog tag <$BlogURL$> links to blogname.blogspot.com/index.html. This is very bad for SEO as all other links are going to be pointing to blogname.blogspot.com.

The second issue is that feed URL's point to the blog post in the feed. How are people supposed to bookmark our blogs and browse them if they are sent to the feed when clicking on a feed link instead of the blog post?

The third issue is with the templates. I doubt you could have made editing a template any harder if you had tried. Anybody who isn't a professional programmer is going to have no chance of editing their template or creating their own. This was a very important feature of the old blogger system and now you have all but completely removed it for regular bloggers.

The fourth issue is with tags (labels). If i had previously entered the label "page rank" and i later want to enter "page" as a tag is automatically assumes i want to type "page rank" again. All of a sudden something as simple as typing one word becomes a long drawn out frustrating ordeal.

The fifth issue is that after switching to the new blogger some tags in my old template, Such as <$BlogPreviousItemTitle$>, No longer work as it should. Instead of showing the previous post it now shows the latest post. Which also means the "Previous Posts" section of the sidebar now shows the latest few posts, Not the previous few posts.

Is there any way for me to change back to the old version of blogger?

I hate to say it, but once everybody is pushed to the new version you are going to be getting a lot of emails saying that the new blogger is impossible to work with and a lot of people will move to wordpress.

My advice to people is; Don't switch to the new blogger.

If you are a blogger, On any platform, please copy my email and send it to blogger.

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Posted by Anonymous Raj @ Saturday, 23 December, 2006

Hi, That's how many others also think of new blogger which's out of beta now. Why don't you consider switching to your own domain name and shared hosting account? I remember, long ago when blogger beta was announced, I had many more confusions than you have as of now :)

The sooner you switch to your own domain name the better it should be for you! Goodluck!  



Posted by Blogger [ Matt ] @ Saturday, 23 December, 2006

That had crossed my mind Raj. In the new year i suspect i may get a domain for the blog and move onto wordpress. Which is also probably something a lot of blogger.com users will do.

It's a shame. Blogger have removed everything people used to love about blogger.  



Posted by Anonymous Sreejith @ Sunday, 24 December, 2006

Hey, Matt, I'm Sreejith from Webmaster-talk. I've sent the email to blogger as you wanted me to. Thank you for telling me all this about blogger because I was planning to start a site on blogger. I have my own host and domain to host at.

But, when I used to blog from blogger, a strange thing happened. I got more money from adsense with the same keyword. Maybe google is giving more revenue to blogger users. Do u think this is right ? Well, anyway, as a blogger user, please tell me what you feel and felt about blogger in a thread I've started at :- http://www.webmaster-talk.com/blogging-forum/70844-why-do-people-like-blogger.html

Good luck with blogging. Your blog is really nice and keep at it, tiger !!  



Posted by Anonymous Sreejith @ Sunday, 24 December, 2006

It seems that the URL is "cut" in the comment. So, go to the blogging forum and look for a post " Poll: Why Do People Like Blogger ? " and its author is "astrojith". I'd be grateful if you post there. :-)  



Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ Friday, 26 January, 2007

I hate the new blogger.  



Posted by Blogger Kevin the Collie @ Friday, 02 February, 2007

Thanks for bringing this up. Those are just some of the problems with the new blogger. The option to stay with 'old' blogger accounts is gone, but I am holding on to the classic template for now. I have posted on the blogger help forums, only to find that others had been asking the same questions for months without getting an answer.  



Posted by Blogger Gardening Tips @ Saturday, 17 February, 2007

I changed over from old blogger to new blogger (was forced to actually) and when I did it changed my archive URLs from 2007_01_01_ciamc_archive.html to 2007_01_01_archive.html and I was dropped from Google and no longer cached. Lost all traffic from Google. Seems Google takes it as duplicate content. Is there a way to go back to old blogger or a fix for this?  



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