I was trying to claim this blog and a few others, all of which are powered by Blogger, on Technorati and kept getting a 500 error message -- invalid URL. I tried retyping my URL and used several different formats:
So I did that and in the "Edit Html" function of the Blogger editor, I entered:
Now you might notice that in the part of the markup that represents the visible-in-the-browser link, I repeated the entire URL rather than using a friendlier "Better Tech Examples" blurb -- that's because I followed the example on the blog I stumbled upon.
Even after doing this, however, I received the invalid URL error in Technorati. So then I began to experiment with how I entered the URL. I had noticed that when I entered the URL as "http://www.bettertechexamples.com" or as "www.bettertechexamples.com" the "www." part would always drop off. At first I did not care since in Blogger, under the Settings tab's publishing sub-tab I had set "bettertechexamples.com" to redirect to "www.bettertechexamples.com" so I assumed this would work. Because nothing was working, though, I decided to trick the Technorati form and I entered "http://www.www.bettertechexamples.com" and sure enough this meant that the URL Technorati displayed and looked for was "http://www.bettertechexamples.com" (after the first "www." was removed). VOILA -- NO URL ERROR CODE! Instead, Technorati found my blog's URL, finally, and said congratulations, I could register via OpenID or a post; I opted for the post method since I already had published a post with the text code that Technorati would seach for.
So to sum up, if you can't claim your Blogger blog in Technorati try these steps:
- Take the code Technorati generates to post into your blog and embed it in a link by following the example provided above.
- Make sure you publish that code as the most recent post in your blog.
- Prepend the additional "www." to your URL, so when you enter it, it looks like "http://www.www.myURL.com"