Sunday, April 26, 2015

URL at Bloglovin' IS STOLEN

I DON'T LIKE WRITING POSTS LIKE THIS... 

You might remember last year--

I had my blog content stolen.  The blogging lingo is SCRAPED.   I also wrote several posts… but this one sums it up and gives links with some information in them.  Update on Being Scraped and Being Scraped:  It’s the tail waggin’ the dog 

Well today, I’m here to tell you there are nefarious types out there all the time. They’re always looking for ways to take what you have. No matter if it’s just a small CRUMB of the internet PIE!

The access point this time for my situation was opened through Bloglovin’—let me just say, right now, at this point, I’m not blaming them.

Let me also say this—be responsible when you use the internet. Check references.  Do follow-ups and something I completely didn’t do this time—trust your gut and don’t let your guard down.

What has happened is—my content has been copied and put into another URL site—every single post I write gets copied and posted there. THAT IS NOT MY FAULT. 

****edited here to say

I didn’t cause that.   Well, I might have... You can read the RETRACTION POST HERE... My blog has an Alias and that's OK!  ...end of edit. 

What am I guilty of doing?  
  • First, when I claimed my blog on Bloglovin’  I claimed the wrong one. I didn’t ever recognize that there were two of me! (not my fault)
  • Second, I put THEIR button on my sidebar—the culprit  /  BOGUS site. I sent all my traffic to that site.  so if you follow me there, please go to your bloglovin’ feed and unfollow me.  THERE ARE CURRENTLY 63 OF YOU…...FOLLOWING A BLOG IN BELGUIM.


The photo below clearly shows some of my most recent posts on

dot be --stolen URL on bloglovin

except if you notice the URL ends in blogspot.be  (which is Belgium)

stolen URL close-up

I have recently read of another blogger dealing with a similar situation—she is really having a time getting it sorted out.  She is ahead of me on this, since I only just found out I’ve been affected too. 

So far what I’ve done to combat this—
  • declined the offending blog site and URL
  • CLAIMED my proper blog
  • REPORTED THE OFFENDING BLOG AND URL as Bogus and Fraudulent
  • Sent several SUGGESTIONS into the FEEDBACK forum
  • INFORM MY READERS…
that’s you! 
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP!
If you follow me  (or what you think is me) on Bloglovin’  would you please unfollow.   When you click the blog name Corn in my Coffee Pot and it pops up—just read the URL (blog web address)  if it is blogspot.be  UN FOLLOW. Then come back here and RE-FOLLOW Corn in my Coffee Pot via the blog. 

You may click this link

   Follow my blog with Bloglovin

or you may click the Follow me on Bloglovin’ button on the top right sidebar. It’s the correct button now.
All that does is take care that you’re follow me and not some robotic program run by thieves who have nothing better to do than try and take what I have—and undermine your trust in me! (I hate that)
I don’t like writing posts like this. It seems like I’ve had to do it more than I’d like in all my time blogging.  I really feel like quitting sometimes. But that would be the easy way out.  Really, it comes down to RESPONSIBILITY that I touched on earlier.  For now, I’m staying with BLOGLOVIN’  as I said, I don’t blame them.  However, they need to take some action and how they deal with my little blogs BIG problem matters.  I hope they too, take some RESPONSIBILITY. 
I hope the rest of your Sunday or Monday is a Good Day!

Til next time
BLOG RESPONSIBLY, …and be a blessing.

Patricia
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Psalm 37 -3

10 comments:

NanaDiana said...

What is wrong with people? Seriously!!! I just don't understand why someone would highjack someone's blog. If they are smart enough to do that you would think they would be smart enough to start a blog for themselves. xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

ps. So sorry you have to go through this, Pat!

Undomestic Diva said...

oh my goodness how rude! did they seriously think no one would notice? xx

Mary Smith said...

I just followed THE RIGHT you and checked to make sure I wasn't following the Belgian one. Nope. Sorry about your issue. There are nasty people everywhere.

Rhonda said...

Good grief! Blogging used to be a lot more fun and a lot less stressful. Hope you get it straightened out

Cozy Little House said...

I made sure I got the right Bloglovin with your name. Doesn't this just make you want to pull someone's hair out?
Brenda

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh I am so sorry this has happened to you..Like someone said, blogging used to be fun!

Carol

Gail Wilson said...

You're good to follow up on that Patricia. I'm sorry it has happened to you, but sounds like you're on top of things.
I check copyscape.com to see if my content is duplicated.

good luck!
gail

Claudia said...

I don't follow you on Bloglovin' so all is well here. So sorry you had to go through this!

xo
Claudia

A Daughter of the King said...

I am so sorry this happened to you. It is good you found out about it! Blessings and Peace to you this day.