If you use Google search on a regular basis, you must have noticed how Google redirects to your country specific domain name to give you a better search experience, based on your local factors.
Similarly, if you’re browsing a Blogger blog from a particular region, Google’s Blogger platform will automatically redirect the URL to reflect your location. For example, browsers from the UK who may wish to view example.blogspot.com will find that their URL will switch to example.blogspot.co.uk.
The problem is that these redirections quite commonly fail to work, leaving you with a blank page or 404 error (page can’t be displayed). This problem exists even on Google’s Official blogs.
Google claims that by redirecting URLs, local support options are improved, and it is also easier for them to help enforce local laws about copyright, freedom of expression and other controversial content. This is all well and good for Google, but not exactly great news for blogger users.
There are a couple of simple ways to get around this restriction. Read on to know how to circumvent this limitation set up by Google.
2 Ways to Block Blogger Redirects
One of the easiest ways to block Blogger’s redirects is to manually add “/ncr” on to the end of the URL you are working with, in order to stay locked on to the original domain.
For example, If I wanted to access a particular Blogger website, it will automatically be redirected to the UK specific URL. This will happen even if I manually type in the “.com” version of the website I wish to visit.
To manually bypass the redirection, you will need to type in the suffix you desire, followed by “/ncr”.
After pressing “Enter” on your keyboard, you will be swiftly taken to the website you wanted, without being redirected to your local or country-specific domain.
No Country Redirect (NCR) Browser Extension
Alternatively, you can automate the redirection blocking process by installing No Country Redirect, a Google Chrome extension which blocks country-specific domain redirects automatically. This would be a better option to use if you visit the blogger based blogs often.
To install the extension, head over to their official Google Chrome download page, and add it to your browser. You will then notice that whenever you visit a Blogger or Google website which wishes to redirect you, No Country Redirect’s icon will appear in your address bar, notifying you about the redirection block.
To set the domain redirections which you wish No Country Redirect to block, head over to your Google Chrome extension settings, and locate No Country Redirect from within your list of apps and extensions.
After selecting the extension, you will be given the option to set No Country Redirect to work on only Google.com, or on any Blogspot website. You may also choose to activate both options at the same time.
Firefox users do no have to miss out. Here is a list of Firefox Google Search plugins, where you will find a No Country Redirect plugin which works just as well as the Chrome extension we have discussed above.
So there you have it, using either the simple manual technique we showed above, or by utilizing Chrome or Firefox extensions, you’ll be able to automatically block Google Blogger from redirecting your to a region specific URL.
Gone are the days of failed redirections, along with the relatively long wait often combined with the process.