We don't usually address these issues here on e[lust] but we felt that this was of special importance to our sex blogging community.

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

Important Update to Adult Content Policy on Blogger

You are receiving this message because you are the admin of a blog hosted on Blogger which is identified to have Adult content.

Please be advised that on June 30th 2013, we will be updating our Content Policy to strictly prohibit the monetization of Adult content on Blogger. After June 30th 2013, we will be enforcing this policy and will remove blogs which are adult in nature and are displaying advertisements to adult websites.

If your adult blog currently has advertisements which are adult in nature, you should remove them as soon as possible as to avoid any potential Terms of Service violation and/or content removals.

Sincerely,
The Blogger Team

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 or visit my site Subtle Mark

 

 

 

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Max

While I agree that Blogger and WordPress are both minefields when it comes to content terms, the reality is that most hosting services are as well. Under the covers of the latest move is a business policy reaction to increased political attention to monetization of "dubious" content. While in the USA that has predominately focused on illegal internet drug sales and questionable work scams, for some reason adult content of all types frequently gets smacked around in the process.

Since it has always been a violation of AdWords and many affiliate programs to promote adult content, Blogger has a pretty legitimate reason for saying they don't want you using their platform in this way. Unfortunately the difference between a healthy sex toy blog with links to various online businesses and a videoblog that reposts affiliate links for adult websites with no additional content is pretty vast. Google has proven time and time again they fail to see the trees for the forest, and implement universal wrongheaded policies quite frequently without mechanisms for mediation and customer support. Google is definitely a technology implementor and not a savvy business operator.

I'm not sure how well WordPress manages their customers. Given the outbreak of multiple hacks on the WordPress platform that allowed unsavory actors to inject javascript and download trojans and viruses, I'm going to guess they have their own problems as well.

Taking on hosting yourself means dealing with both of those problems head-on. For example, as an individual hosting your blog on a typical hosting provider it is now your responsibility to harden and patch the installation of whatever software you will use for your blog. It's not difficult, but it's another monthly maintenance item that will be taking you away from writing, editing, and promoting for 2-3 days. Likewise, when hacks do happen globally, you are now the first responder responsible for making sure your blog hasn't been compromised and remediating the issues. So that's another email list (or four) that you need to be monitoring to know you're safe.

This is all very doable, but you have to commit the time to it. And money. Hosting your own content usually means dealing with a pricing plan that focuses on how much data goes up to your site and comes off your site. This shouldn't be a problem for most blogs, but if you are picture heavy then you'll probably be using Google to host your images anyway and just using URL img src pointers on your site so you don't pay bandwidth for those fat groovy photos. You'll also want a careful strategy involving book samples and free multimedia downloads because those can kill your monthly allotted download caps.

In general, I'm very pro becoming tech savvy enough to be independent and mobile with your content. Knowing enough to move from Google to WordPress to Joomla to Drupal to whatever next is on the horizon is important. But the decision needs to fit your budget of time and dollars. Which can be a tricky situation for many folks who don't see sufficient revenue from their blogs to cover those expenses. It may be easier to just remove AdWords and other "monetization" from your Blogger unless you're getting fat checks each month.

Why not choose GoDaddy?

Another Admin

Hostgator has a very strange offer. The Hostgator Terms of Service say:

"8.) Bandwidth Usage

You are allocated a monthly bandwidth allowance. This allowance varies depending on the hosting package you purchase. Should your account pass the allocated amount we reserve the right to suspend the account until the start of the next allocation, suspend the account until more bandwidth is purchased at an additional fee, suspend the account until you upgrade to a higher level of package, terminate the account and/or charge you an additional fee for the overages. Unused transfer in one month cannot be carried over to the next month."

So no, you don't have unlimited bandwidth, despite the fact that they claim so on the front page. They don't even tell you how much bandwidth they give you.

Also, at "7b.) INODES" it says that you may use no more than 250,000 inodes (files or directories), so you don't have unlimited drivespace either.

Forbidden Anonymous

I started my blog a few days ago on blog.com... I'm thinking this could end up affecting me in the future but not yet. Thank you for the heads up!

Forbidden Anonymous

So, I had to go read Blog.com's TOS to see what it said about adult content and there's nothing... the only thing relating to the content says that the Author is responsible for any harm etc. that stems from their content.

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