How To Blackout Your Blog for SOPA

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If you followed our previous post here at GeneaBloggers about the SOPA blackout, you might be wondering how you can participate and either go for a total blackout on your site or add a “Stop SOPA” ribbon. Here are some resources:



  • SOPA Blackout Template at has a javascript code (scroll down to the bottom) to be added to your blog’s HTML template right before the “head” end tag.  Take a look at one of my minor blogs – Grandma Austin’s Diaries – to see what the end result will look like . . . not only a blackout but some useful resources.The code:

    window.location = &quot;;;

    Here is how the code looks on my blog template . . . you must go to Design, click on Edit HTML and scroll down to just before the </head> tag (click to embiggen):

    SOPA blackout blogger code

  • BloggerMint SOPA Ribbon at has a ribbon that appears on your Blogger blog instead of a total blackout.



Please be sure you know the resources you are using and the sites to which you are linking during the blackout.  This is an opportunity ripe for scammers – don’t fall prey to something that looks neat and might cause problems for your site or accounts tomorrow!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Bloggers – Are Your Joining The SOPA Blackout?


If you haven’t been following the issue of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) here in the United States, you might be surprised when you visit your favorite website tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, and find it “blacked out.”

Today Wikipedia announced that it is moving forward with a blackout of its sites, based on a survey of its members. Even though one of the most discussed provisions of SOPA has been removed, there is another piece of legislation (PIPA) about which to be concerned.

Piracy vs. Personal Freedoms

[WARNING: Personal opinion ahead!] I am very concerned about both SOPA and PIPA and any legislation here in the US to regulate the Internet.  I believe I understand the issues involved with piracy. I continue to be an advocate for responsible intellectual property usage in the genealogy community.  However, the draconian and even Machiavellian provisions in these pieces of legislation are the typical knee-jerk reaction that we’ve seen with our government representatives especially in the field of vital records access.

I am not willing to sacrifice my ability to access the Internet and to host my own little piece of that place just because corporations can’t build a better mousetrap when it comes to digital access and because they are too lazy to propose effective legislation.

There will always be ways “around” any wall put up as to Internet access.  Even with some of the SOPA provisions, if you knew the IP address for a website that was blocked, you could gain access.  However, access should not become the right of those with the technical knowledge.  I fear for the everyday user who doesn’t  have this knowledge, nor should it be required.

Will You Blackout?

I’m not straddling the fence about blacking out here at GeneaBloggers.  Right now I am 80% certain I will black out all my sites on Wednesday.  A day off the Internet might just be good for many of us and make us think about the issues.  Even though it is GeneaBloggers’ 3rd blogiversary, I think the issue of a free Internet are too important.

If you want to blackout your site as well, here are some resources:

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

GeneaBloggers Ranks #83 on Top 100 Most Popular Genealogy Websites

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GenealogyInTime™ Magazine has put together a global list of the Top 100 Most Popular Genealogy Websites and GeneaBloggers has been listed at spot #83!

As stated in the article:

The Top 100 list is the end product of an extensive and exhaustive evaluation of thousands of genealogy websites. The list and the accompanying article provide a considerable amount of insight into the genealogy industry. It can also help you discover some interesting new genealogy websites.

You can read the Top 100 Most Popular Genealogy Websites and look at all the rankings and get a better understanding of the process.  In addition, Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has a good overview of the Top 100 and you can read it here.

Thanks to all the readers and supporters of GeneaBloggers who help make this site possible!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee