Actually, I got splogged twice. In one day. And neither of these sites have anything to do with genealogy (do they ever?). In fact, I have no idea what they are about since neither is written in English or any language I can partially figure out.

Special Agent 234 is scraping up Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories posts right and left. Weird, because the picture in the header is of a soccer ball and feet.

Download Ubuntu Theme, Icons and Stuff is scraping up all sorts of genealogy-related posts. For what, I don’t know. Actually, it looks like a search result page, but since no search was performed (by me), it’s hard to tell where it came from.

I suggest that you take a look at these sites to see if any of your posts have been splogged. It’s also a good idea to set up a Google Alert with the name of your blog, your blog URL, your name, and anything else that might alert you to the fact that someone is stealing your stuff.

FWIW, there is apparently a WordPress plug-in to prevent splogging: Anti-Splog. If any of you use this, I’d love to hear your thoughts. If there’s anything comparable for Blogger, I’d love to know about that, too.


Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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