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My Blog Has Been Hijacked!!

June 27, 2011 | By Dee Ann Rice

Have you ever had your blog content stolen by some who did not want to write their own content?

Do you know if your blog posts that you wrote so they would be unique are floating around the internet on other peoples blogs?

Until recently I would of answered “No” to both of those questions.

I recently by accident realized that all of my blog posts on my deeannrice.com had been hijacked and were now content on http://www.smith1bonusandreviews.com/.  While my posts were not the only content on on this blog they were all of the new content.  Every time I published a new post to my blog it immediately went up on http://www.smith1bonusandreviews.com/ as well.

In this post I wanted to let you know what happened to me and how to resolve the problem, including what I did to resolve my problem.

In order to check and see if your content has been hijacked, go to http://www.copyscape.com/ and look up the URL for your post.

What happened to Me

What I found

One day while going through my comments I found the following comment.  Then more recently I received the second comment above it.  They were kind of funny comments so I went to the website listed to see where they came from.

I went to http://www.smith1bonusandreviews.com/ and found the home page and a list of RECENT POSTS. These were all my posts which I had written for www.deeannrice.com.

When I clicked on Categories and the Affiliate Programs I found excerpts for each of my posts.

If you click on the excerpt then I was taken to my entire post just as it is on my website.

What can be done about someone hijacking a website!

1.  Identify Who Owns The Website

Look on the website for a name, contact page, about author page or something else that identifies the owner.  There was absolutely nothing on www.smith1bonusandreviews.com identifying anyone or anything.

Use the following list of websites to try to locate the the owner of the domain

 

In my case I could not find the name of the owner of the website but I did find that they had it hosted at Hostgator which is the same place that I have my website hosted.

2. Contact the Owner

If you can actually find out who owns the site and also find a contact for them, you can contact the site owner and ask them to take the content down.

As I said before this was impossible for me to do.

3.  Report the website

Search Engines – If you go to http://www.seologic.com and read the article How do you send Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notifications to the major search engines and directories asking that they remove copyright violators from their sites? they spell out how to contact the search engines and even give sample letters to send.

Websites hosting – When I looked up www.smith1bonusandreviews.com, I could not get a name for the owner but did find out that the site was hosted at Hostgator.  I contacted Hostgator and reported the violation to them.  About 3 days after reporting the violation www.smith1bonusandreviews.com was no longer functioning.

4.  How to report a copyright violation

Most places ask for about the same information, so include the following including the numbers

1. Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work that you believe has been infringed upon (for example, “The copyrighted work at issue is the text that appears on http://www.hostgator.com/tos.shtml“) or other information sufficient to specify the copyrighted work being infringed (for example, “The copyrighted work at issue is ?Intellectual Property: Valuation, Exploitation, and Infringement Damages? by Gordon V. Smith, published by Wiley, ISBN #047168323X”).

2.  Identify the material that you claim is infringing the copyrighted work listed in item #1 above. You must identify each web page that allegedly contains infringing material. This requires you to provide the URL for each allegedly infringing result, document, or item.
An example:

Infringing Web Pages:

http://www.thewebsite.com/directory/

http://www.thewebsite.com/something/blah.html

3.  Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you.

4.  Provide information, if possible, sufficient to permit us to notify the owner/administrator of the allegedly infringing webpage or other content (email address is preferred).

5.  Include the following statement: “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”

6.  Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”

Sign the paper.

Send this to whoever you are reporting the copyright violation to. Again www.seologic.com has addresses for the major search engines.  You can contact the hosting company to find their address.

For a PDF copy of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Click Here.

 

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1 Adrienne
Twitter:
June 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

Wow Dee Ann,

Some people have real nerve don’t they! I put my URL in and luckily, my site is fine. Or at least it is pertaining to that particular site. No one has hijacked my content so that’s good news. I hate that happened to you but looks like they finally took that site down. You got in touch with the right people and they did the right thing.

Thank you for sharing this information with us. I would have had no idea how to even go about getting this resolved accept start by calling my hosting account.

Great job in explaining how to resolve this problem. I bet they won’t mess with you again. LOL!!!

Have a wonderful week.

Adrienne
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2 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 27, 2011 at 9:04 am

Adrienne,

I had no idea what to do when I found it and actually waited about a week or more before doing anything. Then I decided that something had to be done. I actually asked a friend about it and she was the one that had the idea of looking up the owner of the domain which then got me started.

I was amazed when I started doing the research on it just how much information there is out there on this and I never even thought about it happening to me.

I hope it never happens to you.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.

Dee Ann

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3 Sally
Twitter:
June 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

Hey Dee Anne

Yep they are more commonly called scraper sites, and they basically steal all your content to try and get their sites to rank higher in search engines etc.

Happens all the time, in fact there is software that actually goes out and does it all for a person wishing to create such a site, sites in fact as they usually have thousands of them.

It’s just one of those horrible things that happen on the net.

Good instructions for anyone wishing to take such action though, very detailed.

Plus note (if you can call it that) least your content was good enought to steal ha ha, joke of course.

Sally :)
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4 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Sally,

I guess I knew it happened but it was disturbing when it happened to me the first time.

I love your “plus note”, there needs to be a positive to everything so I guess that would be the positive here.

They are not stealing it anymore at least not at this moment.

Thanks for your comment and making me smile.

Dee Ann

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5 mandy June 27, 2011 at 11:41 am

Hi Dee Ann, that’s really valuable advice you have given here. As with Adrienne, I put all my sites in and had to results, which has to be good. What a smack it must have given you when you found it! Glad you managed to sort it all out.

Enjoy the journey.

Mandy

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6 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Mandy,

That is good there were no results.

I was pretty shocked to see my whole website on another persons website. I guess it is pretty common though. I found lots of people who it had happened to when I was researching it.

I guess it is just something that comes with being on the internet.

Thanks for your comment. Have a great day.

Dee Ann

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7 Mitch Mitchell June 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I find myself consistently having to do this. It’s really irritating, but worse when it’s in another country that you have problems identifying. Glad you were able to resolve your issue.
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8 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Mitch,

I am glad mine was simple and in the USA.

It must be a mess trying to take care of it when another country is involved. I can not imagine figuring it out. Hopefully I don’t have to.

However the one thing I did learn is this is a very common thing and it happens a lot.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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9 Benny June 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

That is terrible! Recently I read Pat Flynn had someone steal his content and his Youtube videos!

I’m glad to see that website not working anymore.

It’s terrible people will steal content.

This is a great resource you put together for anyone who may have this unfortunate situation.

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10 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Benny,

Thanks for stopping by.

It is amazing what people will do. I was pretty surprised when I saw that website. It was amazing to look at it and see all of my content.

The good thing is I learned what to do about it and I am able to help others.

Have a great week.

Dee Ann

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11 RandySmith June 28, 2011 at 1:25 am

Wow … what a downer Dee Ann!

Glad you managed to get it resolved, and at least now I know where to come back to if I ever see it happen to my posts!

I wouldn’t have known where to start…lol

There does seem to be a lot of ‘dodgy’ things that happen online – but I guess that’s a reflection of life in general!… Thankfully there are also some good people online too, who bend over backwards to help others and not steal from them.

Like all things – we just have to focus on the good in all and not let the ‘badstewards’ grind us down ;)

Randy
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12 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

Randy,

Yes if we focus on the good we will always make it further than if we focus on the bad.

There are many of good people on line and I am very thankful to have met a lot of them. It is nice to have people to ask questions when I get really stuck on something. It is so nice to be in a community online.

Hopefully your blog does not get hijacked but if it does I found out it is not the end of the world, just something that has to be taken care of and move on.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Dee Ann

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13 Mouh
Twitter:
June 28, 2011 at 1:33 am

Dee Ann,

You always come up with great posts. Can’t tell you how important this information is. I learned a lot today. Thanks a lot for that.

Mouh
:)
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14 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

Mouh,

Thanks for stopping by and am glad that you find my posts to be of use.

Hopefully you do not need to use what you learned this time.

Take care

Dee Ann

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15 Barry
Twitter:
June 28, 2011 at 4:04 am

Hi Dee Ann, Just as well you’re on the ball and follow the links in comments. These cheating #@%#@&’s want the rewards without putting in the hard work.

Thank you for writing this post and bringing the issue to our attention. I have checked my site on Copyscape and am pleased to report that I haven’t been copied.

This really is an excellent post Dee Ann and one that needs to be seen by every blogger out there. On that not I’ll be spreading the word on twitter and stumble, several times.

Thanks again for this detailed post, helping us all stay a little safer.

Catch up soon, Barry
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16 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

Barry,

Thanks for your comment.

I always appreciate your comments as they are so supportive. Don’t know that I do as well with my comments but am trying to get better as I always really appreciate yours.

I am glad that you found this to be useful.

The people that steal content never really do well though from what I have seen unless they put some work into it. The alexa ranking on this website where my stuff was, was rather high and they had not put any effort into it except to hijack all of my stuff and other peoples as well. They should just do the work to get a real blog up and forget all of the black hat stuff. It all takes work.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week.

Dee Ann

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17 Barry
Twitter:
June 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi Dee Ann, Thanks for the kind words on my comments :)

There’s nothing wrong with your comments Dee Ann, nothing at all. I appreciate and value every comment you make on my blog. I’ve also seen you comment on others and there’s nothing at all you should be concerned about, ask anyone ;)

I know what you mean about the tea leafs. If they worked on their talents a little a bit and done it for themselves they may see some rewards. But like all tea leafs they want the rewards in double quick time with as little effort as possible.

Big pat on the back for you Dee Ann for having your finger on the pulse and noticing these things so quickly.

Come on everyone you all know how important it is to get this post noticed by every straight going blogger out there, so I’m throwing down the gauntlet and giving us all a challenge……..

I’m going to tweet this post until there are 100 comments left for it, will anyone join me? click my twitter link and come see the Tweet I’m sending out, full of hash tags for better results.

Thanks again Dee Ann

Respect and Regards,
Barry
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18 Kathy Dobson June 28, 2011 at 5:01 am

Hi Dee Ann…
This post was eye opening.
As long as I’ve been blogging I’ve never thought to test my material to see if it’s been hijacked.
Thanks for the heads up ;)

Your post is full of information on how to handle this problem…which I will keep filed…just in case ;)
You may also want to add estibot.com to your list of search sites.
If you type in the web address and then scroll down to “other extensions” and hover your mouse over the word “taken” under “com” the information pops up.
Hostgator was listed as the email to contact so you were smart to contact them ;)

Thanks for the great…very educating information ;)
Kathy
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19 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

Kathy,

Thanks for the additional information. I will go to Estibot.com check it out and put it on my list of search sites. I did not find that one when I was searching for information.

Hope you do not have to use any or this information, but if you do at least it gives you a head start.

I would of never know that my site had been hijacked if I had not received those 2 comments that did not go in my spam. I had never checked a blog to see if it had been hijacked before either. I am checking now every now and then though.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week.

Dee Ann

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20 Codrut Turcanu June 28, 2011 at 6:12 am

Hey, I have a solution you might like. They have a plugin called: MHR-Custom-Anti-Copy. You can download it at no cost and protect yourself and your blog from content stealers.

What do you think? :)

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21 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

Codrut,

I saw that plugin when I was looking for solutions to this problem.

Have you used it in the past or do you use it now?

From what I read some of the people that used it did not like it because it locked down the entire site and every time they wanted to do something to the site they had to disable the plugin. Maybe I did not understand their comments correctly, but I did not try it.

I may go and try the plugin just to see how it works.

If you have used it I would love to hear what you think of it.

Thanks for the comment and the additional ideas on how to stop hijackers in the future. Am always interested in new solutions.

Dee Ann

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22 Ian Ieba
Twitter:
June 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Hi Dee Ann

What a great post, thank you so much for sharing this information.

Talk about panic … I went straight over to “Copyscape” and checked out my site. The only thing that showed up was my publications to Ezine Articles which is ok.

I will now check in at copyscape on a regular basis.

I will share this post with everyone I know Dee Ann (Already Tweeted)

Thanks you again for this excellent post, it will help keep us all a little safer

Catch up soon

Ian
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23 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

Ian,

That is good that you did not find anything.

I hope you don’t ever find anything but guess it is just one of those things that happens when you are on the internet. At least it can be fixed fairly easily.

Thanks for the tweet and the comment.

Have a great day.

Dee Ann

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24 James June 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Hi Dee Ann

Great blog and excellent post.

James

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25 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 6:44 am

James,

Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

I am glad that you like the post and hope it was helpful but hope you never have this problem.

Dee Ann

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26 Michele Welch June 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

Well done! It’s great that investigated this further and took an active role to rectify it. I’ve heard horror stories as many of these sites are not listed and it often takes a lot of work and sometimes money to get the site owner information.

I’ve had many of my articles copied as well, but at least they included my site information and link. Of course, just not with my permission.

Thanks for sharing your experience and for the website link. I just checked and all seems well so far. ;-)

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27 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 6:52 am

Michele,

I have heard that it can be really hard to get things like this resolved especially if the person doing it is in another country. I was lucky that it was pretty easy. I think the fact that we both had the same Hosting helped because I called the hosting company as a customer with a complaint not just someone not associated with them calling about one of their customers.

My next solution though was to put a disclaimer at the bottom of all of my posts giving myself credit for writing the post and telling people where to find a legit copy of the post.

Figured I would try to stop them and if that did not work I would just do it another why and this post would of showed up there.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great week.

Dee Ann

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28 Patricia June 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Hi Dee Ann

Came over via tweet from Barry. Very informative and helpful post. Thanks for letting us know how to check and what to do if it happens to us.

I just checked and so far no-one has done anything with my content. But good to knowin case it does happen.

Patricia Perth Australia

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29 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 6:58 am

Patricia,

I am glad that no one has taken you content. It is something that should not happen and I hope never happens to you.

Luckily I was able to get the site that did it to me taken down quickly.

Thank you for coming over and leaving a comment.

Dee Ann

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30 Terry Conti June 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Hi Dee,

You are so nice Dee and so helpful. You don’t deserve what just happened to you.

My head would turn as red as a tomato if I found out what you found out.

Life can be so unfair at times. I am so glad you got them to stick their tail between their legs and shut down.

Just did a search on Copyscape and all looks good. If I ever find out that my content was copied my head wouldn’t turn so red now.

As Sally Neill says this kind of stuff happens all the time. I learned something today from your post.

Thank you so much for taking the time out letting us in on what happened to you and letting us know what we can do if something like this ever happens to us, you’re the best.

Will be checking in with Copyscape from time to time.

Terry Conti
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31 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 7:03 am

Terry,

I have learned a lot by this happening to me and like you and Sally said this stuff happens all of the time.

Sometimes it is easier to fix than others. I was lucky and mine got fixed pretty easy.

But I had other ideas if fixing it that way did not work. This post was one of the ideas. If they were going to steal my content I was going to write something for them to steal as well as to help others out. Then before I published the post, the website had been taken down so I did not need it for that reason. Which was a good thing.

I would rather write posts just to be informative to others and not to put something up on someone else’s website that was stealing my stuff.

Have a great day.

Dee Ann

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32 Robyn June 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Hi Dee Ann

Thanks for the great post (received the link from Barry Wells via Twitter). Great information that we should all know about and be aware of. Lately I have been a bit slack writing blog posts but I am not desperate enough for content, to steal other peoples work. If you need content on your site, you can always use PLR articles and ‘fix them’ but using other peoples content straight from their site is just not on.

Your instructions on what to do is priceless, thank you.

I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Robyn

PS. Sally is right, it is nice to know that your content is worth stealing – it’s a compliment in a strange kind of way.

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33 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 7:08 am

Robyn,

I like what Sally said and enjoyed the reminder of it. That makes me smile. There is always a silver lining in everything we just have to look for it sometimes and it is a compliment in a strange kind of way.

You are right writing posts can be time consuming and it is not easy all of the time but stealing is not the answer either. There are other ways.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Dee Ann

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34 Zaman June 30, 2011 at 6:49 am

It was quite astonishing for me as how could someone stole content when it is already published over a blog? It is okay with the people to notice but what happened to the Big G, Google, don’t it considered that as copied content or else?

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35 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 7:18 am

Zaman,

The content on your blog that you write is copyrighted when you publish it and other people can not copy it and use it without the author’s permission.

Yes, Google does consider it copied content which is the problem because (from what research I have done this is what I understand so if I am wrong someone can correct me) they do not see what the two posts a one being original content and the other being a copy. They just see there are two copies of the same thing on line so neither is original.

Google wants to see original, unique content and that is one thing they use to rank blogs. So when your original posts get copied they are no longer original or unique and both websites/blogs will be looked down upon by Google.

That is a very basic explanation and I am not sure it really explains it very well but the point is you do not want you post just floating around on the internet if you want your blog to rank high.

Thanks for the comment.

Dee Ann

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36 Julie June 30, 2011 at 9:23 am

Hello Dee Ann,

Barry Wells sent me to your post here and after reading it, I can understand why he posed the link.

Whow! Some people have a cheek. The last thing anyone wants is their blog to be seen as not being unique, pretty much defeats the whole point of having one. You’ve really done your homework and with positive results being that the website has been closed down.

Thank you so much for sharing this information, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of people taking notes and keeping a close watch on thing from now on.

Take Care
Julie

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37 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
June 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

Julie,

Your welcome! I am glad you found the post useful.

I wrote it because I thought everyone should know that this could happen and what could be done about it.

Thank you for coming by and have a great week.

Dee Ann

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38 Jeffrey Morgan June 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Hi Dee Ann,
I’m not sure where to start. I’m not so sure if I would get in a twist if someone scraped my content.

I just put up a couple of Adrienne Smith video’s on my Blog not long ago. I’m seeing more and more of this type of share on the Internet.

I have several video’s coming out next month on the power of video for the Blogger. I’m using a Sherlock Holmes Trailer Video. You can bet your bottom dollar they aren’t even thinking of letting you use it without their permission. On the contrary they welcome the exposure.

Don’t get me wrong, if someone is going to scrape by on every post, that’s pretty poor. That goes well beyond the good will effort to pass along valuable information.

I have always wondered where in the world all of these auto-blogs get their information from. It has to come from somewhere.

I couldn’t help but notice the comment from Sally about how thousands of sites are designed to strip your content.

I manage my own hosting company and had to let the domain names section go. There are syndicates that buy blocks of names on a stolen credit card and then resell some and “spam-site” the others on free hosting sites. By the time you are able to catch-up to them they have purchased tens of thousands of dollars of domain names that ICANN will not refund to you. It makes you wonder, how’d that happen. They do it all with computers. They run the script and 3 minutes later, the deed is done and you’re out thousands of dollars. I’m thinking, man, these folks should put in some honest effort and make some honest money with the skills they have.

I guess the short of it is that if someone is so inclined to take advantage of you, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. The real problems will come when you’ve been at it for 10 years and you’ve reached a level of income that makes you stand out. Then watch out; the sharks will really be out in force, to target your name and your dollars. That’s when the real mayhem begins!
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39 Dee Ann Rice
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June 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Jeffrey,

I know there is a lot of it out there. Anywhere there are people there are those that want to make money the dishonest way instead of the honest way.

I had no idea that went on with domain names. I don’t think I would be in that business either with that going on.

I also have wondered where all of the auto blogging sites get their content. I guess I always hoped that they did it legally but they may not and probably don’t which is unfortunate.

It is to bad that all of these people who are putting all this time and effort into black hat behaviors would not use their talents for something that would benefit others. I think they are really computer savvy and could probably really make good money at it is they did.

Right now I don’t have to worry about my name and dollars being a big target and if they are I guess I will have to address it at that point. I know that it is a huge problem for those whose name and dollars are a target.

In this case if they would of asked it would of been a different story, not sure what I would of said but if I said yes I would of asked for credit at least. The exposure is great but only when credit is given. I probably would not of just let them use my posts to populate their blog. With videos, if you put them on YouTube you can choose to share them and I think that is different.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Have a great week.

Dee Ann

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40 Linda June 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I don’t think my blog has ever been hijacked, but I often do searches to find out about certain things within my posts…and have never found anything like this.

BUT, in the past I have had this experience where everything I posted on groups would get copied to the EXACT wording and they just put in their own link. This went on for quite awhile and even with me responding to them, they continued. So, I do not post ads or much of anything regarding my other businesses anymore, except on facebook or my “like” pages, because I guess I write too well.

If I find that my posts are being hijacked – boy will they be sorry, as this is not only wrong, distasteful and I will hunt them down and they will wish they never met me..lol.

Glad you got everything taken care of – I hope you have better luck in the near future, as I know it has not been with you lately.

Linda

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41 Linda June 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I wish I could edit my post – so hard to concentrate with an alarm going off in your ear – but what i meant was that I know your blog was completely taken over in the past or you lost it or something – boy this alarm is bad, hope the figure out what is wrong soon!

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42 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

Linda,

I can let you edit your post if you want to, just let me know.

I do know what you meant thought and yes, I did delete my whole blog about the 1st of May and had to start over.

That was completely my fault. I do backup my blog now so I guess I learned.

Hope the alarm went off that would drive me crazy. Don’t know how you wrote what you did.

Have a great day.

Dee Ann

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43 Dee Ann Rice
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July 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

Linda,

Isn’t it just irritating when people copy your stuff without asking. I guess it is a compliment in a way but if they would just ask I am sure something could be worked out. It sounds like you have had that experience on some level and the fact that they would not quit when you asked them is even more irritating.

I kind of felt like you though when they hijacked all of my posts, getting the website taken down was plan A. I already had a plan B and was starting to put it in action when the website came down. It is wrong and I was out to stop it.

The way I look at it, now that I solved the problem, is this is just another bump in the road and if I learn from it I will be better off for it, no matter how irritating it may be.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Dee Ann

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44 Eamon July 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

Hi Dee Ann,

Aren’t some people just nasty!

You’ve given a fantastic list of things to do if the problem ever occured within my own blog — touch wood that never happens! But there’s so much of it going on at the moment.

People like this can easily get their hands on automated software that goes out and does this so easily — bringing blog & Website material back to themselves.

I did have a few Ezine articles, where the culprits used a spinning tool to mix them up. I did contact them letting them know about it & they removed them — honestly when I read some of them they made no sense — is it any wonder Ezine articles don’t allow you to link back to anything like article spinners from your Ezine post.

Glad you got things sorted,

Eamon

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45 Dee Ann Rice
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July 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

Eamon,

I truly hope it never happens to you but, like you said there is an awful lot of this going on and the software is out there to make it easy to do.

Some of the people doing it are so computer savvy that they can write programs to do it. Just think of what they could do if they used their skills for something legit.

I know another place it happens a lot is with articles. Most article spinners do not do anything except for mix everything up so it in unintelligible. Maybe if you purchase an expensive one it would work. I think they have their place but not to be used on someone else’s content.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Have a great week.

Dee Ann

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46 Dawn Kay
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 7:07 am

Hi Dee

Thank god you’ve got an enquisitive mind and went searching and it’s soooooooooo good of you to let us all know what we need to do if it happens to us cause I wouldn’t have a clue.

Why people do this is beyond me and I’m glad to see that the site is down now so they can’t do it to anyone else.

Off to re-tweet your post now and thank’s Dee.

Dawn
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47 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

Dawn,

Thanks for the retweet and stopping by my blog.

I really just stumbled upon the fact that it was done to me and it really took me a few days to realize just what was being done. For some reason those comments ended up on my blog and they did not go in my spam or I would never of known what was going on.

Now I have added checking my blog to see if it has been hijacked to my list of things to do on a regular basis. I started the list when I deleted my website with “backup my blog regularly in two different ways”. Hopefully my list does not get longer.

Take care

Dee Ann

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48 Kira July 2, 2011 at 4:06 am

Great information! Hopefully I will never need to use the information but great to have on hand :-)

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49 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Kira,

I hope that you never have to use this information either, but it is good to have an idea of where to start if you do.

Have a great weekend.

Thank you for coming by and commenting.

Dee Ann

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50 Steve Deerfield July 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hi Dee Ann, Wow, that’s very strange that someone would just go ahead and steal content without giving credit to you as the author. I know of marketers who recommend using Ezine article content for blogging but they also stress the importance of leaving the author’s resource box intact when republishing. Your subsequent research is very helpful to all of us. Thanks for sharing. Steve D.

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51 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Steve,

Ya, this was a little different than using the Ezine articles, because there you are picking articles to use and as long as you are giving credit it is fine. I think that is part of publishing articles at Ezinearticles. You expect that your article will get used and your credit information will go with it and that will give you exposure and people eventually coming to your website from it.

This was copying every post on my blog. When I would write a new post it would immediately be posted to the other blog as well as mine. Not sure just how they did it but am sure there are lots of ways. So they were not taking a post they liked and using it and giving me the credit for it they were just populating their blog with my posts as I wrote them.

My posts pretty much made up their entire blog for the last couple of months. They had evidently done this to other people also, because back a couple of months, before my blog existed, there was content they had taken from someone else in the same way.

Thanks for coming by and commenting.

Dee Ann

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52 Barry
Twitter:
July 4, 2011 at 2:15 am

Hi Dee Ann, love the new look theme, but it’s stripped half your comments away. Yesterday you had 51 comments for the post and today you have 24?

All of the replies have gone Dee Ann :(

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53 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

Barry,

Well, I will have to work on that. For now I will just change back to the old theme.

All of the comments were still there just not showing up and don’t know why.

Thanks for pointing that out. Thought I had looked at that.

Dee Ann

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54 Barry
Twitter:
July 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Hi Dee Ann, I’m not sure if your new theme is compatible with the WP Thread Comment plugin. Is that what you’re using her Dee Ann?

Wordpress has a build in reply function, but it doesn’t work with some themes so I’m wondering if the plugin mention above is the same, ie doesn’t work with some themes.

If you go to your admin panel > settings > Discussions then look in the second section: Other comment settings you’ll be able to switch the replies on and test it with the new theme.

I hope that helps Dee Ann

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55 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Barry,

Don’t know what the deal is. The theme is supposed to do the threaded comments and I changed every setting that I could find. Did not try the plugin as it was already supposed to do it but may do that later.

Not going to mess with it right now. I will work on it on another domain so I know what I am doing and then change it.

Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate them. Just got really frustrated with it so decided not to deal with it now.

So off to the fireworks show.

Later,

Dee Ann

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56 Andy Beveridge July 11, 2011 at 5:08 am

This is an interesting post, because I think it is an area that we don’t always check or even think of that often. I do wonder if the duplicate content rule comes into effect with google.
I certainly feel the need to check my content from all my blogs now.

Is it ok to feel offended if no one has bothered to steal your work though. lol

Andy

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57 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Andy,

Go ahead and feel offended. :) lol There are those who say that it is a compliment.

I might agree with them in if there was any kind of credit given for who wrote the blog post and if it was maybe one post on a blog with a lot of others.

On the blog that stole mine it was the entire content of that blog for the past couple of months and no credit given what so ever.

I am not opposed to people using my content as long as I get the credit.

Thanks for the comment.

Have a great week.

Dee Ann

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58 Bryan McHeyzer July 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Hi Dee Ann,
Barry is such a helpful person ..wish there were more like him.
Came here thanks to a tweet he posted.
I am so sorry to read that the contents of your blog was stolen.
Have to say I had never heard of all the content being riped off…must happen often as there is a name for it.
Good to know all has been fixed…

Thanks for sharing this information incase it happens to someone else.

Cheers
Bryan

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59 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Bryan,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Barry really is a great guy. He has been of great help to me.

I guess this is something that happens with some regularity.

I got mine fixed and it was not to difficult. I think some others have had a much harder time fixing it.

Glad this helps out and hope you do not have to deal with it.

Have a great week.

Dee Ann

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60 raverture July 20, 2011 at 4:32 am

I read an article about hijacking as well and it is so sad that there are some people who are doing this job. They are ruining the work of others. And good thing that you have enumerated all the steps that we need to do so that we are will be aware of hijackers.

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61 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 20, 2011 at 5:54 am

It really is sad because the people doing it are very bright and could be using their knowlege in so many positive ways but instead they choose to cause problems for other people.

Thanks for your comment.

Dee Ann

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62 ibyang July 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Hello,
New and even old blogger should read about this. It is really annoying that there are those who will just steal other people’s work. Content is not easy to do. There are lots of considerations when making content and others must sweat for it too.
Regards,
Ibyang

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63 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Ibyang,

I agree with you, it is really low to steal someone else’s work. Including something by permission is one thing but just using someone else’s work is not right.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Dee Ann

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64 Dawn August 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

What an awful thing to have happened but bless you for your generosity in sharing the details. I for one, now have a much clearer picture of what to do if it should ever happen to me.

I always believe that hard work and integrity shine through in the end. The lowlifes that do this sort of thing are unable to create anything themselves.

I do hope that it is all behind you now.

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65 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
August 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Dawn,

I am glad that my post was able to help you. It is my intention to share how to do things to make blogging easier for everyone. I have found that the best way to do this is to just share everything that happens to me.

I seem to make enough mistakes or have enough mishaps to give me a never ending flow of ideas for post.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love hearing from everyone.

Dee Ann

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66 melody August 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

This is a good tips that you have compile all the steps that are very useful to us, so that we are aware from hijackers..

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67 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
August 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Melody,

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Glad that my post was helpful to you. At least if we are aware that it can happen we can do something about preventing it.

Have a great week.

Dee Ann

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68 Mark August 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Another brilliant talent used for a screwed up purpose. It must have involved a lot of skills to create a software that copies websites and it is sad to know that there are talented people who devote their time just to cheat other people out of their hard work. If they have only focused their time and energy into something legit they would probably be able to come up with something big.

I believe in karma and the one who stole your content will meet his one of these days.
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69 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
August 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Mark,

I agree with you. Why waste all that talent to cheat someone else out of something. Just think of what they could do if they used it for a good purpose. It is very sad.

Really ashamed there are so many people in this world that use good talent for bad purposes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Dee Ann

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70 Mark August 26, 2011 at 1:09 am

Yeah, good talent of cheating! LOL But anyway, you still have your followers with you, including me. He can copy everything you have in your site but he can’t get your followers into his site. That’s for sure!
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71 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
August 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Mark,

Thank you. I am very thankful for my followers.

You are right though hijackers can take everything except what they want and that is a following. Kind of ironic isn’t it.

Thanks for commenting.

Dee Ann

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72 Mary October 5, 2011 at 7:17 am

So sad to know what happened to you. Anyway, they can get everything you have but something is for sure, you’re capable of having something again. Since you already know how to start everything all over again and for sure you’ll be successful.

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73 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
October 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Mary,

I am glad that this has never happened to you.

It was really frustrating when it happened to me.

I was luck thought because I got it solved quickly. I think other people are not so lucky.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Dee Ann

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74 Mary October 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

It’s a good thing that you’re able to solve it quickly because it might right result to a big trouble if the hacker continued to have your blog.

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75 Hospitalera December 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

Seems the website that scraped your content is working again ;-( A good habit to have is to include always a link to one of your other posts in a new one. That has two effects:
If somebody scrapes the post more often then not the links are kept intact and if the scraped post is published elsewhere it will send a trackback (if enabled on your blog) back to you, alerting you to the fact.
At least you get a link back. Not much of a consolation, but better then nothing!
Great list of tips on how to report a content thief, I had to do it myself a few times and it really works – for a while.

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76 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
December 29, 2011 at 7:20 am

Hospitalera,

I somehow missed your comment. Sorry I am so late replying.

I did go and look at the website that scraped my content and it is working again but this time without my content at this point.

I found out they had scraped my content because I got trackbacks from them. I always check the trackbacks to see what is on the site they are coming from. I also use copyscape with some regularity.

So far my content has not been stolen again.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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77 Bailey Ana
Twitter:
December 29, 2011 at 4:27 am

I’m actually horrified that someone would do that, genuinely horrified! I’m glad you got it sorted but the worst would be if you didn’t know. It happens quite a bit, people blatantly stealing other people’s work, it’s really disgusting :(.
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78 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
December 29, 2011 at 7:25 am

Bailey,

I was horrified when I found out that someone had stolen not just some of my content but my entire blog at the time. It was pretty easy to straighten out for me but, I guess some people have a very difficult time straightening it out. I was lucky they had the same hosting company as I did and the hosting company took care of it.

I now use copyscape to check for stolen content on a fairly regular basis. I also check all of my trackbacks. I found it the first time because of a trackback.

Like Hospitalera said if you link to other post in your current post you will get trackbacks and then you can see where your posts are showing up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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79 Alan Ashwood April 22, 2012 at 4:47 am

Hi Dee Ann

I’ve been preoccupied with domestic crises recently,s o have not been active online.

Whilst doing a little housekeeping today, I found that all backlinks from your comments were broken, and a fix wasn’t able to (fix it I mean).

I searched directly, and got back to you here – to find this post! Well done for getting the villains dealt with. I hope for you that’ the end of it.

HOWEVER

One of my sites has been HACKED.
As you know, I have a number of sites around, and this was one which was making a little money. However, if you try to key the site name directly (or search it with Google) crashtestfordummies.com, visitors are greeted with a particularly nasty hacked page. Profaine language and smug delight that they’ve been so clever. I know they’re in Indonesia, but so far have been unable to find the hacking code that’s causing the damage, and my hosts couldn’t track it down either.
They even have a Facebook page, but Facebook are not interested unless they are publishing something against rules on a Facebook page! Very helpful – not.
Still don’t know how I’m going to get the site unhacked.

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