Scam – Did You Receive a Comment on Your Blog?

Here is the latest link baiting, blog scraping, splog scam courtesy of a Maria Blanchard at who is leaving this comment in various genealogy blogs:

Hi, is committed to uphold the quality standards of blogging. We strive to maintain and promote only the most credible blogs in their respective fields.

Spam blogs or “splogs” has been a problem for some time now and people are getting confused about which blog to trust.

We would like to thank you for maintaining such a reputable blog. We know that it takes time, effort and commitment to keep such a blog and as such, we have added your blog as one of the top Genealogy Blogs.

You can see your blog listed here:

You can also claim your BlogFront Top Blogs badge at

Thank you for keeping your blog credible. Let’s keep the blog revolution alive!

Maria Blanchard
Blog Revolucion

Many if not most members of GeneaBloggers are finding their blogs listed at They also try to entice you to post their badge which links back to their site.  For those bloggers who are new, don’t accept the bait – the only one that benefits is and believe me, being selected by is no honor – it is actually a dishonor. We have no information on who runs this site, what they are about etc.  Why link to a site that has no reputation in the blogging community? [Note: as we usually do, GeneaBloggers will not provide any hyperlinks to sploggers – all links for are intentionally disabled]

File a Complaint

Since does not provide any contact information (how convenient) and a search of the WHOIS database shows that the domain is registered to a Rick Ong, B2 L6 Ocean Park Subd, Quezon City, MM, 1116, Philippines, +63.9367278 at, the only recourse you have is:

  • email and send a cease and desist notice (see our Resources on Blog Copyright and Theft for more information); or
  • file a DMCA complaint with Google to get removed from the Google search engine – use this form.


Blog revolution indeed.  They only thing revolting is’s tactics in trying to lure the uninformed bloggers into providing them a link.

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

6 thoughts on “ Scam – Did You Receive a Comment on Your Blog?

  1. What I’d like to know is how they were able to find/detect a private blog that I have. Makes me even more suspicious of this entity than I usually am about these sties.

  2. Thank you so much for this info. I received that comment and went and looked at the site and they had put my wrong blog in a completely unrelated category and I was trying to figure out what was going on. Thanks for letting me know it’s a scam.

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