A few months ago, I stumbled upon the fact that someone had hijacked my blog URL.
What this means is that your blog URL is there, but instead of it going to YOUR blog, it goes instead to THEIRS.
I first noticed it at BlogTopSites.
You would click on my blog ranking, and it would go to this Italian blog with, shall I say, somewhat unsavory content.
I let BlogTopSites know. They said they didn’t see anything. Miraculously it was okay. So I thought: All right. This crazy thing is over.
But it wasn’t. She/Whoever came back. Because even though I could click over to her blog, how do I know that wasn’t a front also?
Then I noticed it on my Facebook account, and immediately deleted it. Yes, it would be nice to show advertisers your social media accounts. In fact they demand that. But not if your own blog URL, Cozy Little House, is going to content you’d really rather they not see.
Then I noticed it on blog rolls. I’d email the blog owner and ask her to please go to my blog on her blog roll. I knew it would go to this Italian blog, because I had checked.
So I would ask if she’d please take it off and put it back on again with my URL, and hope she didn’t come back and change it again, unbeknownst to the blog owner.
So if you happen to have me on your blog roll, please click on it and make sure it is going to MY blog, and not in fact an Italian blog that you can instantly tell is SO not me.
The other day, I noticed it was Twitter. Does this look like content I would tweet?
This is one reason my revenue is down. Because this person is hijacking my blog URL and somehow having my traffic go to her blog. Which means I am not getting my own traffic.
She was blatant enough to have her email on her blog, so I emailed her and told her to stay off my accounts. Of course, as I’ve mentioned, this may be a front and “she” may not even exist.
I looked at Twitter this morning, and it seems they have taken her tweets off, thank goodness. One of the tweets was showing the link to her Instagram account. I don’t have the sort of phone whereas I can even have an Instagram account!
Please pay better attention to these things. You might be able to tell a blog owner that her blog URL is being hijacked just like mine is, and she will be ever so thankful that you brought it to her attention so she could take some form of action.
This is an injustice, but with the worldwide internet, there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing. You CANNOT be too careful.