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Friday, January 18, 2013

Blogger Blog Deleted By Blogger

This blog was deleted by Blogger in December 2012. There was no warning, nothing. One day, I opened up my dashboard and my blog was gone. That was it. I have 4 other blogs, they were all there but this one said "deleted". It had been caught by Blogger's auto spam bot which decided that the blog was spam. I also received this in my email.

Hello, Your blog at http://mumsgather.blogspot.com/ has been reviewed and confirmed as in violation of our Terms of Service for: SPAM. In accordance to these terms, we've removed the blog and the URL is no longer accessible. For more information, please review the following resources: Blogger Terms of Service: http://blogger.com/terms.gBlogger Content Policy: http://blogger.com/go/contentpolicy -The Blogger Team

All of my blog posts since 2004 was not only inaccessible to the readers, in addition I was locked out of my own blog. There was nothing there. I could not save my own posts into my own hard drive for example. Don't panic. Don't panic.

If your blog was deleted by Blogger, you will find a "restore" or "Request Unlock Review" button. The "restore" button does not restore your blog immediately. What it does is to send it in queue for a spam review by an actual person. It is stated that it will take 2-3 days. You will also see a message that says "If we do not hear from you within 20 days, your blog will be permanently deleted." So you had better hit that restore button quick and do check back to see that it is still under review. I found that mine disappeared after the first time I requested for an unlock review and I had that "your blog will be permanently deleted within 20 days message" back on. 

To speed up the manual review process, you can post on the Google Groups Forum. You can do this 24-48 hours after you have hit the "restore" button. You can check out my posting on the Google Groups Forum here.

Yes, that is right. I posted twice because after posting and going through the process of getting my blog restored, it was deleted again! I had to wait 3 weeks to get it restored the second time. Unfortunately for me, it was the year end holiday season so there was no one to manually review my blog for me. 

Tip: When posting in the Google Groups Forum, do start a new thread. DO NOT post on somebody else's thread or on an old thread. 

When stating your problem, remember to give the following information...
  1. Name of your blog
  2. Url of your blog
  3. Date you received the email about the deletion of your blog by Blogger
  4. Date you submitted the Request Unlock Review Form on your Dashboard
  5. The nature and background of your blog
This will make it easier for people to help you. You will be asked to read the guidelines and state that your blog is not spam before it is directed to Blogger for an appeal. Read the two links I provided above. They will give you a much better idea of the process. Read any links within those posts as well. They are all very helpful and will give you a general idea of the entire process. Good luck.

Next: How to back up your Blogger blog quickly and easily.


  1. Yikes! I have never seen this really happen to someone. So sorry it was gone like that. I wonder if that can happen to wp blogs too? So glad you're back up and running!

    1. I'm glad too. Being unable to access any of my own posts was horrible.

  2. So, did you have to modify your blog in anyway? Any idea why your blog was caught by the spam bot?

    1. I have no idea Ai Lian. One possible reason could be due to my having to reset my password multiple times because I was having problem logging in from my phone but I really have no idea.

  3. Glad that you can retrieve it back, MG.. it is indeed a nightmare to see our blogs disappear overnight.. sigh..

    1. I'm sorry you didn't get yours back. :(

  4. Just had my blog deleted for spam - someone I know (another crochet blogger) had hers deleted for spam. Thanks for this post, I didn't know what the restore button was for - glad I put in a request for it to be restored but I'm not going through this again. I'm moving to self-hosted.

  5. Just happened to me - where is the button to restore please. Can't find it anywhere


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