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.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee


Email Request from Barry Ewell


Just a quick note to members of GeneaBloggers: if you recently received an email request from Barry Ewell seeking information about your blog, the email request is legit.

Barry is a professional genealogist who has presented at RootsTech and many other venues. He is in the process of preparing a presentation on genealogy blogs and this would be a good opportunity for you to get some exposure for your blog.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs 2011

Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs 2011

Family Tree Magazine has just announced its list of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for 2011 and most, if not all, of those mentioned are members of GeneaBloggers!

Thanks to the Family Tree Magazine staff and the Family Tree 40 Panel for all their hard work in selecting this year’s 40 Best.  This was not an easy process which started back in October 2010 when FTM readers were asked to nominate their favorite blogs.  Then in November, votes were solicited using the list of nominees in several categories including Everything, Cemetery, Heritage and more.

Here is the complete list of winners – please take a moment to visit their blogs and offer your congratulations!




Heritage Groups

Research Advice

Local & Regional Research

New Blogs

My Family History

Disclosure: I was one of the members of the Family Tree 40 Panel and helped select both nominees and winners in the recent contest. In addition, I have written several articles for Family Tree Magazine for which I have been compensated. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Family Tree Magazine and other genealogy vendors.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee