It’s official, I have hit the big time – cuz I’ve been splogged. What’s that you ask? Well Wikipedia has a definition here. But near as I can tell it’s when some jamoke either steals your content via feed or blog surfing, posts it on their site and pretends like it was okay with you for them to do that.
Once you get to this splogger site it is loaded with ads, click thru’s and junk to the max. My particular splogger made the mistake of doing a pingback – otherwise I might never have known about it. The comment looked odd, so of course I investigated. To say my head almost exploded when I saw it puts it mildly.
I immediately contacted Support at Word Press hoping they knew what I could do about it. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much that could be done about it – but tech support did send me to the forum where there is an ongoing discussion on the issue, which you can find here .
Not being the damsel in distress type – whilst waiting for Support to answer my request I returned to the site and posted a comment – can you believe these idiots were stupid enough to allow comments on this – which said, I was on to them and they had no right to take my stuff, post it, link it, mention it, etc. I was firm but not obscene. Although obscenity might not have been a bad idea….
And are you ready for the kicker? The site was called Yoiks Digest Blog! And yep, they had not one, not two, not just three but EVERY post I ever made on this blog with a category of yoiks! And it gets worse, the only posts on the entire blog were mine! Mine! Nobody else’s. No other yoiks posts stolen from any other blog. Nope! Just mine!
I tried to hunt down the hosting site which has the handle of kdblogs.com but to no avail. However during my Goo-gle search and scramble, I did discover there are tons of these blogs and lo and behold they are all digests. So you might wanna check it em out – if only to harass them.
There is a sort of happy ending to this story – when I went back to the digest to see if there was any other information I could find there – the link didn’t work and I got a page telling me the site had been pulled by the webmaster. Nice, eh? Make some noise, maybe just maybe they hear you. Could be that little lock ‘n’ load sound registered all the way through my computer.
PS: Wiki does have some refs in the bottom of their definition of sites that may be able to help you prevent this sort of thing from happening to you. I went to one of the site’s they linked to and from my technical expertise level it will take some study on my part to use their solution. But I do think it’s worth looking into.