Official Google Blogger Blog Deleted by Mistake!

I am regular reader of the excellent official Google Blog, which provides “Googler insights into product and technology news and our culture”. It was a surprising incident that the Google Blog hosted on Blogger went 404, got registered by someone else and now is back online with the official owners!

And this what is the official statement of what happened –

“The Google Blog was unavailable for a short time tonight. We quickly learned from our initial investigation that there was no systemwide vulnerability for Blogger…. We’ve determined the cause of tonight’s outage. The blog was mistakenly deleted by us (d’oh!) which allowed the blog address to be temporarily claimed by another user.”

Search engine Watch has a detailed step by step account of what happened.

What you should learn from this? Being on Blogger for a long time, I realized it is very easy to delete a blog with a few mistaken clicks. This is especially true if you run multiple blogs, use multiple windows and tabs for posting, editing and deleting your blogs. We are all humans, and it is very easy to confuse one blog with the other and delete the wrong blog by mistake. And if tech professionals like those at Google can do mistakes, so can we. And once a blog is deleted, all the posts and template is gone. And the blogspot subdomain is available for anyone to register. Google blog was lucky that a nice blogger was kind enough to register and return their original name back (after all it was a PR9 and top 10 technorati bog – anyone would be tempted), or else what would you do!

When moving from Blogger to WordPress, I learnt that when you republish to your own domain name using Blogger via FTP, again your old blogspot domain becomes available for anyone to register. When you change your blogspot name, instantly the domain becomes availble to anyone. At the same time, the older blogspot blog may continue to display as usual, till someone takes over the subdomain, decides to republish and create a new blog there. Always back up your blogger blog, who knows when you will need it.


  1. Syd Johnson says:

    I also left blogger a year ago and someone registered my domain and used it for their own purpose. They recently deleted it so I’m happy again.

    I agree that it is very easy to delete your blog on blogger. Not so easy on my new service at Typepad. I don’t understand why they can’t give you a period of time like 24 hours or a week to recover your posts before they are permanently deleted.

    Also, why did they bother to buy blogger if they were going to ruin the darn thing? I still love it and would come back in a second if they had a paid version or even a business version of blogger.

    The templates are very attractive and it just makes your blog look like a real website. Uggh.

  2. Peaceful mind says:

    i deleted my blogger account by mistake! i cant believe how i did it, i got so upset really!

    i sent them email now! and im still waiting if they can recover it or not! im so hopeless, dont know what to do.

  3. Lisa says:

    That’s scary. I’m going to have to look into some kind of backup. I know there are some new online services.

  4. Internet Marketer says:

    Yeah that would definitely be scary! Something people should always do is back up your work on anything that you do involving websites, blogs or anything in fact. People are human, people make mistakes and sometimes computers crash. My suggestion is back up your back up. You can never be too careful. My saying is better be safe then sorry.

    Great blog, keep up the great work.


    Jamie Boyle
    Internet Marketer

  5. Blog Backup Addict says:

    I can’t help but wonder if Google’s blog was hacked at that point and they just claimed they deleted it accidentally.

    Oh well. Whatever you say mighty Google, who dares to question?

  6. Alan says:

    Stupidly I deleted my blog at google… is there anyway I can recover it? In my confusion I’ve changed gmail addresses. I am so sick about this… until this morning it opened up with an aol address then I started fiddling around creating a gmail account. Oh…

  7. Peichuan says:

    Ii’ve deleted my blog by accident yesterday, there’s 200plus post inside. I want to get it back, Please help !

  8. kyuubi says:

    I’m just afraid if my blog deleted by Google accidentally. it sound scary Because i heard some blogger said that theirs friend’s blog has been deleted.

  9. char Charles says:

    I accidentially deleted my Blog. Can I get it back?

  10. hmmdmlk says:

    Yup deleted blogs are recovered within 60 days otherwise google delete it permenantly,

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