I discovered tonight that this entire blog has been sucked into BL, copied verbatim on their own site, with no link back to the source, no trackbacks, no notifications, nada. I’m not a lawyer, and this entire post is (like everything else on here) my own opinion, but this seems incredibly shady and irresponsible to me.
Tonight, I sent a cheery cease & desist letter via email to Bloglovin’s support team. I am posting it here, word-for-word as a PSA to all of my fellow bloggers who might have had their entire site lifted without their knowledge or consent. (I can lift and reuse my own content 😉 😉 That last sentence is a joke!) ❤
Anyway, here’s the letter I sent…
To whom it may concern,
At no point have I EVER explicitly allowed https://thesilentwaveblog.wordpress.com to be hosted on your site. While searching for, interestingly enough, PLAGIARISM of my blog, I came across your site. Posts in their entirety, and the images I used, are contained on your site. The “view original” button whisks one away to…
…yet another Bloglovin’ page! As if you wrote my post yourselves. Sure, my site is fully visible, but the URL says “frame.bloglovin…”, which is not MY domain.
I hereby issue a Cease and Desist order on ALL publishing of my posts IMMEDIATELY. In addition, I hereby issue a Cease and Desist order of maintenance of the “The Silent Wave” blog entry ANYWHERE on your servers. TL, DR? Delete pronto! The entire thing.
You will notice that I had to create an account just to “claim my blog” (although a simple click of the “claim this blog” button only took me to a page that told me how to publish a post with some whacky blog-claiming code in it)! No, I’m drawing the line. I’ve done enough work for one evening; it’s your turn. After all, you started this; I didn’t. Please delete that account, too, as I wish not to be associated with this site in any way; I never have, and I never will.
Thank you for your prompt attention and your immediate action.
~The Silent Wave AUTHOR/OWNER
Essentially, my lovelies, Bloglovin’ is slurping up the RSS feed that goes out with each blog post. They will claim they are not “stealing” it, but if that’s the case, then they have a pretty creative, bendy definition!
- I had hardly even heard of Bloglovin’ (thus what good do they do me?). Until it came to my attention tonight that they had ripped off my entire blog.
- I never set up an account with them (until tonight, in an attempt to “claim my blog”, which failed and now I’m trying to delete said account).
- I never registered my blog with them.
- I never gave permission for my blog to be included on that site (however, for the record, I am fully open to the duplication/sharing of content using the WP-based Reblogs and Press This! buttons, which track back to this site and automatically attribute proper credit, and in order to Reblog/Press This!, there is no advance permission needed–please, go ahead 🙂 )
- There is no link from Bloglovin’ onto this site; “viewing the original” is not what it sounds like; it does not take the reader to this blog; it opens up a *carbon copy* (!) of this blog on their site.
- In addition, there is a development initiative underway on Bloglovin’ that will soon (if they don’t already) allow Likes and Comments to be posted directly to their site. If I understand correctly (and that’s a big IF, but given their ethical code thus far…), then I’m guessing Bloglovin’ won’t go to great lengths to sync those comments up with the blogs they’re lifting.
- Their answer to everything is to email firstname.lastname@example.org, which I did the moment before I began writing this post, and thus, the outcome is unknown and yet to be seen. I’ll keep y’all posted.
Chances are, that if you have a blog, Bloglovin’ has done the same thing to you, without your knowledge or consent, without even having created an account or having heard of them.
If you are OK with this, hell, I won’t judge! Stuff like this is simply not a huge deal to some people, and that’s perfectly OK. 🙂
The reason I’m not OK with this has nothing to do with numeric stats. It has everything to do with being able to interact with people directly, help people, share ideas and experiences back and forth, make friends, and generally be part of a gorgeous community. If someone Likes or Comments on something on Bloglovin’ and that doesn’t get reflected here, then I’m never going to know that someone might have a question or need to reach out to someone and talk, or what-have-you. Bloglovin’ was perfectly content pilfering content, without so much as letting me know.
I don’t rely on this blog for income (I pay nothing, and I make nothing), but I know that several of you likely do, and as I mentioned before, Bloglovin’ has probably allowed this to be done to you, too, which robs you of hits/views, stats, and other factors that might affect your site traffic and income. The same probably holds true for social media buttons, especially if they point to crowdfunding sites; I do not know whether or not Bloglovin’ copies these over and if so, do they simply point to another copied-verbatim page on Bloglovin’s site, or do they actually point to Patreon, etc?
At the very least, even if you’re not looking to make any money off your blog and you’re not necessarily concerned with numbers/stats, but you would like to meet other people and have more discussions on your blog, Bloglovin’ can still hurt you. If Google sees your blog post (on your blog) and the same post, word-for-word on Bloglovin’, then they will consider them duplicates and kick one out of the search rankings. Unfortunately, chances are, the one that they kick out will likely be yours. Bloglovin’ is a bigger, more monied site, and will “pull rank’ via its higher overall rankings. When push comes to shove, Google and other search engines will choose Bloglovin’s version of your content over your original post.
I understand that this may be old news to some. I remember a hubbub about it on Twitter a long time ago, but after checking and not seeing anything, I had forgotten about it. I never did check back, until tonight.
But in case it is news to you, and this entity and its practices DO bother you like they do me, I wanted to ensure that you knew that this was going on, so that you have a heads up. If you can, I encourage y’all to speak up, speak out, and take action as needed/as possible.
This has been my PSA for the day.
OK, now back to regularly-scheduled programming. 🙂
[UPDATE 10-09-2017: It turns out that this post was fueled largely by my own misconceptions. The truth behind these was not obvious–the situation looks really bad, but actually it’s not–not that I’m using that as an excuse, but it certainly does explain things. I’ve attempted to rectify my errors here. My deepest apologies!]