Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why Your Blogger Blogspot is Disabled

If you are blogging in blogger.com / blogspot, there's something you should be prepared: your blog all of a sudden being wrongly disabled. This happens a lot and if it happens to you nothing you can do about it. You cannot protest blogger.com for this. All you have to do is submit a request to RESTORE back your blog since your blog is not spam, the only reason behind the disabling.

If your blog is not spam and you are not a spammer, why blogger.com disables your blog? Blogger.com uses automatic anti-spam tools which probably sends a wrong signal in reporting your blog activities and thus automatically disable your blog. Since it's done automatically by anti-spam machine, Blogger.com opens to restoration request--and even offer an apology. Here's what blogger.com has to say on this issue:

Why is my blog disabled? If your blog is disabled, it will be listed on your Dashboard, but you will not be able to click on it to access it. If this is the case, there will be a grace period during which you can request that it be reviewed and recovered. The disabling is a result of our automated classification system marking it as spam. Because this system is automated there will necessarily be some false positives, though we're continually working on improving our algorithms to avoid these. If your blog is not a spam blog, then it was one of the false positives, and we apologize.

What constitutes a spam blog in blogger.com book which deserves the disable award? Link spamming, says Blogspot:

Blogs engaged in this [link spamming] behavior are called spam blogs, and can be recognized by their irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text, along with a large number of links, usually all pointing to a single site.

Actually it's not the only reason. Another factor of what's considered spam blog in blogger.com is if you're writing many articles within a short span of time or a day. The anti spam bot will detect your blog as spam as well and deserve to be disabled by blogger.com / blogspot. A nasty competitor can also make your blog disabled by reporting your blog as a spam one. So, beware.

As a precaution, it's better if you import your blog content in blogspot to a wordpress-powered blog on regular basis (monthly, for example) as a backup. Be it in a free wordpress blog like wordpress.com or in a wordpress self-hosted blog to make sure that your blog content you write painstakingly do not go wasted just in case blogger.com don't want to restore your blog content back.

How to Reduce Server Load

Whreviews.com explains the meaning of server load thus:

"... basically the server load is a number. This number is usually under the x.xx format and can have values starting from 0.00. It expresses how may processes are waiting in the queue to access the processor(s). Of course, this is calculated for a certain period of time and of course, the smaller the number, the better. A high number is often associated with a decrease in the performance of the server.

You can usually find the server load value in the control panel associated with your web hosting account under "Server Status". There you'll find listed a server load value. If you refresh the page, you'll notice that the value changes almost every time. That's because it's an instantly calculated value. However, one can notice over a period of time which are the usual values of the server load.

...if the server load is around 4.00 24/7 and we're talking about a server with a single processor, I would suspect something is wrong: overselling or overloading. In that case, just to make sure I would never face serious problems, I would ask my host to do something about the server load or move my website to a server with a lower server load. If the response I get does not please me, I will consider looking for a new host."

In some international webhosting services like Hostgator, if you are using a shared-hosting package and the server load occupied 25 percent of CPU usage, you have crossed the boundaries and it'll be warned and finally suspended if not disabling the ones that causes the high server load. In wordpress-powered blog, it usually means disabling plugins.

If you are warned of high server load by your host provider, they usually will tell you what cause the problem and ask you to disable it.

If they don't tell you, however, here how to reduce server load on wordpress-powered blog

First, deaktivate / disable Super-cache plugins

Second, deactivate / disable Google XML sitemap generator plugins

Third, disable / deactive Related Post plugins

Fourth, if you have search term tagging plugins, diactivate it as well.

Contextual Related Posts plugins

I have just installed a plugins called Contextual Related Posts plugin for WordPress. Actually I stopped using any Related Post plugins (I previously used Related Posts by Wasabi) because it drives server load and my previous hosting service in Indonesia asked me to remove it.

Now as I moved to US' webhosting, I try another Related Posts. I hope I doesn't drive too much server load.

Enable Comment on Wordperss Pages

By default, many wordpress themes are not ready to enable comments and pings (trackbacks) on Wordpess Pages even if you have enabled the comment and pings in Pages setting wordpress admin. Note, it's in self-hosted Wordpress, NOT in Wordpress.com.

So, if you want to enable the comments in Wordpress Pages, follow this simple steps:

1. Open Appearance -> Editor -> Page.php.

2. Put an additional code and put it after the code


and before the code



This is the code you should put somewhere in between above two lines of codes (see the screen shot below):

comment_status)) { comments_template(); } ?>

3. Remember to Save (click Update File) and you're done.

Notes:
1. Remember to enable comments and pings in Pages setting (Check 'Allow Comments', 'Allow Pings')
2. The placement varies from theme to themes. So, try whatever workable for your themes.
3. Refer to wordpress codex on Pages here for more details.

Screen shot of additional code you should put in page.php to enable comments / pings / trackbacks on your self-hosted wordpress Pages

Codes to enable comments wordpress Pages


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