Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to ::: Restore a deleted post in Blogger!

What can you do if you deleted a post, either by accident or by design, and later decide you want it back on your blogger/blog*spot blog?

Check around on Google's cache. You probably don't know this: Google has more than one cache. So look for your deleted post in various ways on different Google sites. For example, try google.com and blogsearch.google.com and google.co.uk and google.ca ... check EVERY link. Sometimes the same post will be indexed twice, or indexed under different search terms. So, after looking for the title of your post, try something like a line of text if you can recall it word-for-word from the post - or a NAME of an individual that appeared on your post.

Don't wait too long! I've used these methods to recover posts that had been deleted for as long as 12 days.

Another tip: Check Google's cache via DIFFERENT browsers! I was able to recover a "lost" post using IE6. The same search yielded bloggers' "post not here" page on Google cache via FIREFOX!

When you find your blogspot post in the cache, look for the little "email this post to" icon (I hope you left that activated! If you're reading this and you haven't, it might be a goood time to sleect that option in your blogger dashboard!)

When you hover over the email icon, copy the URL which will look like this:

XXXXXXXX will be the numbers of your blog, while the longer string of X's is the ACTUAL ID# that you must have to restore your post. You can't just re-add it to blogger becuase the link won't work. Blogspot will tack on extra info at the end to differentiate the re-post from the old post, so search engines will never find it!

Now, change the words email-post to post-edit, paste the entire URL in your browser while logged into the edit posts screen, and away you go! You can restore or modify your post and keep the original URL intact for SEO!



There is another technique that works ONLY if you have burned your feeds. Go to your feed address in feedburner. You'll see the contents of your blog. Copy and paste the post which you found in that page but which can't be found in your main blog page because you have already deleted it from there. I don't think you can recover your actual post ID number via the feed,so this particular trick will rescue your text but not the URL. This method is also time-sensitive depending on when the full feed of your blog refreshes. You can also try searching for a cached version of your feed.

You can also save every blog post you upload: there are many ways to do this. You can also use the export tool in blogger to copy your entire blog to date, something you may want to do once a month and save on CD.

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  1. Oh really? I should go and try.. learning is experimental also right? heheh

  2. thanks for sharing this dave. i might be needing it someday coz i sometimes could be "click before you thoroughly read" type... LOL!


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