The Sky Is Falling

By on June 27, 2013.

Updated

As you might have heard by now Blogger has it in for Adult bloggers. You may have received an email that looks like this.

Adult content policy on Blogger

Starting March 23, 2015, you won’t be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger.

Note: We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.

Changes you’ll see to your existing blogs

If your existing blog doesn’t have any sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video on it, you won’t notice any changes.

If your existing blog does have sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video, your blog will be made private after March 23, 2015. No content will be deleted, but private content can only be seen by the owner or admins of the blog and the people who the owner has shared the blog with.

Settings you can update for existing blogs

If your blog was created before March 23, 2015, and contains content that violates our new policy, you have a few options for changing your blog before the new policy starts:

  • Remove sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video from your blog
  • Mark your blog as private

If you’d rather take your blog down altogether, you can export your blog as a .xml file or archive your blog’s text and images using Google Takeout.

Even if you haven’t received this email you are not off the hook, as I suspect you soon will.

This is a wakeup call; it is time to move your blog to self-hosting if you have adult content of any type. *Even if you are on WordPress.com, rumor has it that they are deleting blogs too.

It is not hard, nor is it very expensive.

You need three things

  1. A Domain Name
  2. Domain Privacy
  3. A Hosting Company

 

Step 1: Export all of your content from Blogger. Do this NOW! Do not do any of the other steps. I’ll wait. Blogger Export Instructions!
Do this even if you are not going to self-host, or think you are safe. This is your content; grab it now before anything bad happens.

Step 2: Go to Who is and see if the domain name you want is available. I do not recommend that you buy a .co.uk address as it has privacy issues (message me if you need this explained further), ALWAYS buy a .com address if you can.

Step 3: Choose a hosting company. Read their Terms of Service very carefully about adult content. Do NOT choose GoDaddy

Step 4: Purchase your domain name. You can do this from whoever you like however please be sure that they offer domain privacy or you might find your name and address visible on the web for all to see. As a best practice I suggest buying it from the same people you are going to buy your hosting from. It just makes things simpler later. *If you have already purchased your domain name for use with your Blogger/Wordpress.com site this makes things a little more complicated. Contact me directly for more information.

Step 5: Buy your hosting, again please be sure to VERY carefully read their Terms of Service for Adult content. (I am a big fan of Hostgator  I’d suggest the “baby package”)

Step 6: Install your blogging software of choice on your new host, I find that the WordPress software works extremely well, but it is not the only choice. On most hosting packages they have a very simple wizard to walk you through doing this.

Step 7: Import the file from your old site and choose a new theme and design for your blog

Step 8: Extend your right arm out horizontally from your body with your palm up and fingers clenched, slowly raise your middle finger and say “FO Google”

For more information (or to hire me to help) contact me @domsigns on twitter.

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  1. “Even if you are on WordPress.com, rumor has it that they are deleting blogs too.”

    I’ve not heard any rumours, in fact WP.com seem quite friendly to sextoys.

    People can move to wp.com far far easier the “self” hosting, and for free.

    PS The right click blocker you have breaks chromes text-box spell check – and makes quoting you in replies harder than it should be.
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      • Ahh – I see they have indeed added PoR to their affiliate checker.
        And I was thinking of Toy Review sites – but I see you’re aiming this at Adult blogs, which have always had trouble with finding good self-hosting, let alone free services.

        p.s. It’s still annoying that i can’t right click on misspelt words! :p

  2. We have never been able to monetize our blog because the one time we tried to create a “donations” link using PayPal our PayPal account got “suspended” about a week later. When I called up to find out why, the person on the other end said, “Just look at your tags: nymphomania, masturbation, bukkake. We don’t allow that content.” There was no way of appealing this. Infuriating.
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    • Ahhh yes… Paypal are VERY anti adult content and will not process any transactions that they think are related to the provision of an adult service. You could try WISEPAY though, last I heard they were still adult friendly and of course if you are self hosted you can have affiliate links to shops that might earn you money.

      Mollyxxx

  3. Wow, I’m glad I read this. I’ve been blogging for years but just started my own bdsm journal on wordpress. Is it fine if I did not add pornographic material? Thanks again for this. Very helpful.

    • The problem with “pornographic material” is who decides what is and is not porn. It is totally subject and some people would be of the opinion that any content that relates to adult sexual activity falls into the group. Clearly that is insane but there are plenty of insane people around. You should be OK on WP, so far the problems have been isolated but sadly the only place are truly safe is self hosted, so really it just depends how much you care about your content

      Mollyxxx

  4. This is one of the main reasons I went to self hosting. To be able to post x-rated stuff along with having control over adverts, etc. it’s only a matter of time before nothing is “free” online.

    Great post Molly!

    • I think the ‘it’s not hard’ is clearly subjective. I would say when I started I knew NOTHING and I mean nothing. Yes I had help and support but there really is tons of that on the internet if you look. Sadly this now is truly your only route to protecting yourself and your content. As for a year, that is only with regards to the domain name nearly all hosting packages come with a monthly payment option.

      Mollyxxx

  5. It’s not hard to do in the sense that it’s too complicated to figure out. The hard part is just putting all the work in that’s required to rebuild your blog with the same content and functionality of your now defunct Blogger blog.

    In the end, I know I will be better off being self hosted. I’m just sad that I invested time and energy into building up a blog that I’m going to have to throw away.

    Luckily, I have some help. 😉
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  6. Thanks for all the info Molly! I’ve moved my content over from my blogger blog to wordpress, but now I’m a bit stumped about what to do next as I bought my domain name from GoDaddy! Does that mean it’s not worth the paper it’s written on when it comes to adult content, and that I can’t then get hosting with HostGator? I get a bit (a lot!) confused when it comes to terminology. I have a feeling I’m going to end up paying someone else to do all this for me! Marissa. XX
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  7. As you can see I have a .co.uk URL. I am curious why you consider this to have privacy issues. I contacted Nominet and ask them to take my details of Whois, so a search does not bring up my details. (I also use a box number for post but that’s mostly because I live in a camper van with no fixed abode.)

    • Currently Nominet allows you to do this but that has not always been the case. In the past all co.uk urls had to have a name and address visible on the register. That was changed BUT, there is currently a consultation ongoing to change it back and with the current UK governments push to increase internet censorship it is very likely that this facility will be reversed again and all UK urls will again be made public… hence our words of warning. be careful and watch out for changes that could happen without you being notified

      Mollyxxx

  8. Hi Molly – you talk about having to buy a domain name but the reason I chose blogger in the first place was that it was free. How much are you talking about if we have to buy a domain name and are there any free sites you would recommend?

    • Hi Jennifer

      Sadly free sites are fairly non-existent. A domain name will cost you about £10 – £20 depending on where you buy it and then you will need a hosting package on top of that. Arvixe, who are fine with adult content, are currently running a great price of £60 for a whole year that included the domain name with privacy. That really is a good deal. Here is a link http://www.arvixe.com/9867.html

      Mollyxxx

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