Here is the latest link baiting, blog scraping, splog scam courtesy of a Maria Blanchard at Blogfront.org who is leaving this comment in various genealogy blogs:
BlogFront.org 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: http://blogfront.org/genealogy/3
You can also claim your BlogFront Top Blogs badge at http://blogfront.org/badges/genealogy
Thank you for keeping your blog credible. Let’s keep the blog revolution alive!
Many if not most members of GeneaBloggers are finding their blogs listed at Blogfront.org. 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 Blogfront.org and believe me, being selected by Blogfront.org 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 Blogfront.org are intentionally disabled]
File a Complaint
Since Blogfront.org does not provide any contact information (how convenient) and a search of the WHOIS database shows that the domain blogfront.org is registered to a Rick Ong, B2 L6 Ocean Park Subd, Quezon City, MM, 1116, Philippines, +63.9367278 at firstname.lastname@example.org, the only recourse you have is:
- email email@example.com 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 Blogfront.org removed from the Google search engine – use this form.
Blog revolution indeed. They only thing revolting is Blogfront.org’s tactics in trying to lure the uninformed bloggers into providing them a link.
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