If you use Google Blogger to produce your blog or host your Blogger blog on Blogspot, this could happen to you :
This 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.
My answer to the question was not SEO oriented, but moreso 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.
Google 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.
There 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.