I’ve Been Robbed

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I learned last week through the WordPress pingback feature that?a substantial?number?of Brain Drain posts had been mentioned?on another site. As any blogger would probably agree, to see a pingback to what you’ve written?is an honor of sorts, a hat tip to your brilliance or at least a?mockery of?something quirky you’ve said. You smile,?feel full of yourself?for a minute (sometimes two)?and move on.?Instead, this?list of pingbacks aroused suspicion. This is a partial view:

  • literature linked here saying, “Silence Speaks Louder In response to Richard Barsa …”
  • literature linked here saying, “Anne Finch: Creating Her Own Space The poem ?The …”
  • literature linked here saying, “Quills: Voyeur as the Voice of Reason The Voyeur a …”
  • literature linked here saying, “Objectivity: A Question of Perspective In referenc …”

Although I’d like to think I’m that important, nobody is worthy of?being legitimately quoted?twelve times in a single day.

I followed the pings to?their source. There, a solid,?orange banner bore the photo of a young woman-child. She wore a skimpy, green silk halter and?cowboy hat. Her long, blonde highlights were?seductively fanned by some off-screen electronic device yet there was an innocence about her that threw me.?The small image was cocked to one side and framed as if it were a film negative but?that?didn’t produce the?negative feeling in my gut as much as the?title?”literature” in bold letters (with a?lower case?L and quotes included) under which were all my latest posts. Only one, Aisha in Rwanda: In Need of Humanity,?had been?offered up for redistribution, NOT?MY WHOLE DAMN BLOG.


While one knows that to blog is to run the risk of having your thoughts hijacked, still, the kicker was seeing a copyright symbol at the bottom of the page alongside the words “posted by Smite jonz.” Funny, Smite, you look a lot like ME in that picture linking to an article all about ME in the Saint Rose Chronicle.

Smite?chose?Blogger to host his (?) site, which works hand in hand with Google’s AdSense Program. From the look of it, this thief stole material from all over the web?for two months, increasing the?chances of drawing?site traffic through numerous keywords.?Cha-ching.?Any visitor clicking through a sidebar?ad?generated a small pittance for Smite. The problem is this (as if there?is only one here). The last time I looked at?Smite’s tracking widget by Geovisite.com, new visitors were pouring in?by the minute from all over the world to read?my material and with no kickbacks to me.?

Ad-ing?insult to injury, the kind of?advertisements?I was generating was astonishing. According to Google:

AdSense for content automatically crawls the content of your pages and delivers ads (you can choose both text or image ads) that are relevant to your audience and your site content?ads so well-matched, in fact, that your readers will actually find them useful.

How does my text translate to “Pro-Republican” in bot speak???? There were seven Republican spots on “my” page.

I?notified?the folks at Blogger last week, following their procedure by?attaching a copy of my passport photo for proof of identity. By using my real name and photo, not just my screen name, Smite may have temporarily?dealt a heavy blow to my identity but he also gave me legal leverage in persuing him. I’ve been watching to see how Blogger would deal with the offender and the site was finally removed today.

Of course, I’m pleased to be me again. More than that,?this?experience has?taught me that it’s possible to?make some dough?off my own work. It’s been?proven by Smite and his boatload of field testing, field testing?that I’ve already paid for and learned a great deal from. Thanks for all the hard work, Dude. I’ll use it wisely.

Then again, perhaps the wiser choice is to?stick with WordPress whose policy states:

We have a very low tolerance for blogs created purely for search engine optimization or commercial purposes, machine-generated blogs, and will continue to nuke them, so if that?s what you?re interested in WordPress.com is not for you.

It seems, once more, capitalism has been proven to gum up the works of free speech.

Comments

  1. Why, thank you! I also noticed a funny trend in links leading to my blog today. When I clicked on it, the blog had already been taken down. Curious still, I Googled the name and your post was about the fourth hit down with a wonderfully well written explanation. Not only that, but by the look of your blog, we seem to share the same interests in nailing the right-wing. I’ll definitely be back to read more!

  2. I’m sorry to hear that this happened to you too, but glad to have offered some insight. I have a feeling Google AdSense’s marketing system is creating a viable environment to sustain all kinds of copyright infringement. Unless people are alerted to such linking and follow through by reporting it, there will be no way to stop it from happening again.

    And yes, Lunawolf, I think you and I share quite a few similar views. Mind if I link to you? I promise not to claim your work as my own. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    -Atticfox

  3. No problem! I’d be honored! And thanks again for the info! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kim, I too have pingbacks from sites that have nothing but links on them, I am a little relieved no one is trying to pass herself off as me! I heard identity theft can be a problem as your reputation online grows.

    When is a pingback “too much”?

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