On 8/25/12, Susan @ "Between Naps on the Porch" posted about her personal experience about "someone" stealing her blog content. You can click here to read her post. Yes - I asked her permission to link back to her post. :)
Her post reminded me that I had not checked my stats in some time, and when I did - "Ouch". Turns out I have had some strange activity in the last month or so, and when I googled the sites (I did NOT click on/open the sites), my security system sent up the red flags. Within the few lines under some of the site names when googled, it was easy to see what kind of sites they were - I will definitely be keeping "comments monitored" active.
My question - Why would this type of site even be remotely interested in my ramblings ?!?! It is not a situation of only a couple of times in the last month, but the visits range from 18 to 46 (more than one involved) in the last month. OK - Have to admit this really bothered me, so I went on a mission to find out what I could. When went on a search, found out that apparently this is a common occurrence and according to the google/blogger forum these sites don't have links to your site, etc., etc., etc.
Anyway, as a result I still went back and did some deleting - just being careful. They were all water marked, but still.......
Judging from some comments left on Susan's post and blogger forum, others have had this to happen also.
Have you checked your stats lately ?!? Whatever you do, do not click on any questionable sites showing up in "traffic sources" - that is exactly what the unsavory ones want you to do !!!!
Up date: Ok - I started this post on 8/28/12, and never finished as wanted to get a little more information together about the situation. In doing so, I randomly clicked on some of my photos and checked "image source", and only had to check a few before one showed up at a location where it should not be - a blog on a company site!?! My photo was "borrowed", posted on their blog, with no credit given to the source/ link back to my blog.
Emailed the company, received an automated reply stating they would respond shortly. Checked their site this morning, photo has been removed from their blog, and as I type have had no further response from them.
If the blogger for the company had "asked", given credit/linked back, I would have more than likely said "sure - knock yourself out" - after I checked with the person who originally took the photo and sent to me, along with permission to use on my blog..... See the web that is growing here!?!
Granted - What happened to me was just a microscopic speck in the bucket compared to what happened to Susan and some others out there - but still........
Have had a very nice weekend, visiting with some family and friends that have not seen in some time, and celebrating a big milestone in one someone's life. Was going to walk off some of the calories I consumed at an event I attended yesterday that served some "yummylicious" food, but the mosquito population is out of control.
Have a great week.
ETA: Photo in question - Yes it was watermarked, not that it did any good.