Update – Bloggers Beware

Following on from yesterday’s Bloggers Beware article, I have an update.

It proved impossible to contact anyone on the site itself without leaving both my WordPress e-mail address and WordPress password. I declined to do this.

The site in question is hosted by Go Daddy therefore WordPress has no jurisdiction and was unable to assist apart from offering advice.

This morning I contacted the Help chatline on Go Daddy. The online assistant answered immediately and was very helpful, he assured me that the site will be taken down if I make an official copyright complaint. On the operative’s advice, I sent my complaint to this address, copyrightcomplaints@godaddy.com – I am not expecting an immediate reply, but I am hopeful that the site will be taken down.

I also had a closer look at some of the other articles on the site. I found a name at the end of one article and I managed to trace the blogger. We are now in touch and she will also make a complaint. I will continue to check the other articles for names.

As I stated yesterday, the only reason I found out about the theft was because of the pingback between my Nan’s Farm site and here on Weekly Prompts, therefore perhaps there is a way to keep a check on our articles, though it wouldn’t help with the theft of individual photographs.

  • Include a pingback to yourself on each post you write.
  • Regularly check the comments on the dashboard just as you would with Spam.
  • Include a copyright notice on your article, it may also help to trace you.

At a later date, if someone re-publishes a post that includes your pingback, it will show up on the dashboard in the comments.

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(C) Site owners – GC, themainaisle.com SueW, nansfarm.net   9th March 2020

 

15 thoughts on “Update – Bloggers Beware

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  1. I’m going to have to sit down and think about it when I have the time but I’m wondering if you could hide a pingback in your copyright notice and maybe even in the tags of individual photos.

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    1. Any ideas would be really welome, David.
      Once after adding a pingback I changed the text colour of the whole article, this had the unexpected effect of blending in the pingback, you wouldn’t have known it was there! Thank you, David

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      1. I used to be able to write HTML. There’s a way of hiding a link so it appears as regular text but it’s at least 12 years since I did any serious HTML so I’m very rusty. Plus this week is going to be busy with family/personal things so after today I won’t have time for very much until the end of the week.

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      2. I did a little at university but I can’t remember much about it. One of my son-in-laws is a web developer but the last time I asked for help he said he didn’t know enough about WordPress. Thanks David

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  2. Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2020 and commented:

    Bloggers who use third party sites to republish your work and claim it as their own are outright thieves. This is nothing new. These cheaters” now pay cash to publish your work to gain readership. Read this article and cover your assets from theft. – gc

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  3. O my, I experienced that before. I wrote a post here and I found out it was copied verbatim and they just changed a few words in between. I blogged about this plagiarist, ti was a health company and reported it to WordPress. I also blocked the site.

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    1. Oh, Arlene, I’m sorry to hear that. I have a number of health based followers and it has occurred to me more than once that they may not be what they seem.

      Blocking the site is a great idea. The culprits here don’t operate a WordPress site so there’s not much WordPress can do. Right now I’m battling on with my own investigations, but they are hiding their trail well. Thank you, Arlene 🙂

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