5.02.2011

the downside to blogging...


I debated whether or not to actually write this post (is it lame? should I just let it go? will my readers be annoyed with me?), but this time was pretty much the last straw to just let it go...

I love blogging. I really do. I love finding beautiful things to share with you all, I love reading all your comments and conversing back and forth, chatting on Twitter, and supporting each other. But what I don't love about blogging? Having my entire 3 years worth of posts stolen and resurrected on a spam site, made to (poorly) look like mine. Yesterday I came across another blog that has secured a url similar to mine, called their blog "dress, design & decor" and has mixed ALL of my posts in with a few other people's on their blog. They then covered the site in pop-up ads so that they can make money. Basically, these kind of people make money off our hard work and there's not much we can do about it. Blogger doesn't require one to leave their contact info on their blog, so there's no way I can actually contact them to ask them to take the site down. Sigh...

So, I should just let it go right? That would be best as it's not worth worrying about, but still, it continues to irritate me. I'm blogging for myself and all of you, not for spammers to make money!

There's one thing that can be done though, the blog can be marked as spam through Bloggers reporting page. It would be so helpful if even just a few hundred people marked this blog as spam. I hope it isn't asking a lot from you, but I would really, really, appreciate it, and maybe Blogger will see that this site is stealing from others.

Take note, I do not recommend actually visiting the site for two reasons:
1. They will make money off your visit, especially if they get a spike of a few hundred curious visitors (I know, it's tempting). Let's not give them that though.
2. The site is laced with pop-up ads which are even worse on a PC, (one is called "virtual girl". ugh...) and I clearly don't want to subject any of you to that.

You can mark the blog as spam by visiting Blogger's "Report a spam blog" page here and pasting in the address: http://www.design-dress.blogspot.com

No pressure at all! Really. But if you do choose to report the blog, thank you very much!

Rant over. Next up, back to regular posting :)

*UPDATE: The blog has officially been deleted! Thank you everyone who helped me mark it as spam. I also filed a report and contacted the ad companies on the site, and the blog stealer finally deleted it.*

112 comments:

April | Everything Little Miss said...

Just reported! So sorry this has happened to you. :(

Daniella said...

Thank you April!

Maggie Rose said...

Oh Daniella, this really bums me out for you! I used your link to report the site. It really takes the fun out of blogging :(

If we can do anything else to help out, just send out the signal! Grace Bonney has shared some tips for dealing with phishing sites, maybe that will help.

Yankee Texan said...

I reported it as well. I hate hearing about things like this happening to any of us!

Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} said...

ugh I hate spammers. Just reported it!

dusty said...

oh daniella! i'm so sorry. you are so conscientious and considerate in your blogging - it is so frustrating that this would happen to you. i don't think it was too much, at all, to ask for us to report this! crossing my fingers that it will be resolved in a satisfactory manner. xo.

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Reported! It's really too bad sites like these still exist, but if we do what we can (like reporting them) hopefully they'll get taken down.

Leticia Blanco said...

I've already done it! (and not visited the blog! Not tempting at all...)

Kristin said...

Reported! Feel sorry for you.

LouBoo said...

My goodness I never even thought about this type of copying. Have reported to blogger - I guess as your blog is so beautifully designed it becomes a target for it's own beauty. Which is nuts and wrong and no consolation. But still hopefully a few reports of it will bring it down. L x

Audrey said...

Hello,

I´ve reported it. Hopefully it helps Daniella.

Hazel said...

Reported. This kind of thing really irritates me. I enjoy your blog and don't think anyone should profit from your hard work (except you, of course) x

Eleni said...

I'm so sorry this is really happening and all that due to some low self-esteem, irresponsible people. Hope the Blogger team marks this as spam asap!
Love, love love your blog and the daily inspiration you provide us ^_^
xoxo, Eleni

Emy said...

I'm so sorry this is happening to you! I'm def reporting them. I haven't even been around that long and I'm already noticing other "blogs" copying exact content and acting like its their own. Very strange.
Hope Blogger acts quickly.
xx
Emy

http://sweetpromises.tumblr.com/

Britt said...

Ugghh! Some people!! I've reported... hopefully it helps!

Coquette and Dove said...

No sooner said than done. What wretched people!

Designwali said...

Done. That would make me angry too.

Meet Vanessa said...

So annoying! What a bunch of A-holes!!!!! I hate spammmer, copycats! You're blog rocks, just be flattered that people want to immitate you and keep doing your thing, because you are great at it!

shoppingsmycardio said...

done. and i hope every last one of your readers does the same. these spam blogs make me CRAZY!

Mary Beth said...

I've reported it as well. So sorry that happened to you! It is awful.

Rachael Wright Jones said...

Done. That would annoy me too! Love ddd! :-)

Michelle said...

Shame there isn't a more satisfying way to deal with this type of action. I've reported. How do you find out about it? I am about to up my blogging to a new hopefully better level and so this type of thing is a concern.

desde my ventana said...

Done.So,so sorry to you,

Hugs

Cecilia

Fay said...

Hi Daniella Im really sorry tp hear this Ive done as you requested and I do hope that Blogger responds quickly

Fay x

alicia said...

Reported! Happy to help!

Aimee Louise said...

Reported for you! Sorry to hear about this, must be really frustrating!!

Lisa said...

Done. How upsetting, but good to see that the 'good' bloggers outnumber the 'bad' ones!! :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Done. Hopefully they are shut down quickly!

Sam V. said...

How unfortunate! I love your blog so very much, so done and done :-)

Splenderosa said...

Well, Daniella, copying is flattery even though what has happened to you is hideous. The love & effort you put into each post is evident. Hopefully, this hijacked site will be shut down soon. xx's

Kim said...

i have reported it as well...hope blogger takes action quickly.

Daniella said...

Thank you SO much everyone! This means a lot!

Maggie Rose - Thanks! I'm going to go check out Grace's tips about this...

MIchelle - I found out through a google alert, whenever "dress, design & decor" is mentioned I get a weekly email with the results. Thank you for reporting it!

melody-mae said...

ugh, this is awful! I just reported it!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

That is just awful Daniella. I went ahead and reported them for you.

kait said...

this is terrible - you should never hesitate to inform us about something so blatantly wrong and then ask for our help! i've reported the blog as spam, obviously. i'm sure we can get it taken down!

Caitlin said...

Done and done. I'm happy to report anyone who's trying to pass off your hard work as their own!

Robyn said...

RUBBISH! So sorry! Glad you shared with us.

Lily said...

I cant believe that !! I definitely reported them. Hope they fix this soon !

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Anonymous said...

Done - thanks for all YOUR HARD WORK.

andrea despot said...

i'm with you, daniella! just reported it! it's awful and i hope it gets taken down :(

nicolakoala said...

Daniella,
I am an avid reader of your beautiful blog, and in the process of starting my own design blog. I don't think you should feel at ALL bad about asking your readers to help you out! This is a theft of intellectual property and just outright tacky! You are doing blog readers everywhere a favor by trying to end such practices! Thank you for speaking up and I am more than happy to help out!
Best,
Nicola

Rebecca said...

Reported! I'm so sorry this happened to you:( Poo on them!

Natalie said...

wow, i can't believe people actually do that... hope it gets resolved quickly!

Nicole said...

Done and done!

So sorry that happened to you.

Anonymous said...

Reported! I would like to make it even 100000000000 times!

I'm so sorry!

And I truly love your blog

Hania
(hanna.swiatnicka@gmail.com)

J.Mill said...

Just reported it! Let us know when this site is taken DOWN!

<3, your readers and fellow bloggers

Megan said...

I reported them, too! This is outrageous - you're the second blog I read (in as many months!) that has had this issue arise.

Elena said...

Reported the spam blog. That's just terrible people can do that!

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Those Bastards! Going to report now. So sorry, Daniella.

Kinga said...

Reported! And I'm glad you posted about it too...Not sure if I can report it more than once but I'm certainly going to try...
xoxo,k

Lizette said...

Just reported it! So sorry to hear about this.

nookie said...

So sorry to hear that...I reported it, hope it will be erased asap!

quietandsmalladventures said...

done. that's horrid!!!

anna said...

Sorry this has happened to you - it's a horrible feeling (happened to me before too). From the looks of things, blogger should be taking a look at it soon!

On the upside..imitation is a form of flattery? Not much consolation, but if you had a terrible blog, would they bother?

Fingers crossed it's down soon.

Jen said...

Will do! That's terrible :( Hope it gets shut down soon.

Jen
http://www.potatobugs.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

done & done. that sounds like a nightmare come true. You are handling it with such grace.

-Natalie
www.mintlovesocialclub.com

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

How totally gross- I've already reported as spam- so sorry!!

alicia said...

That's terrible! I just reported for you. Hopefully they take the site down asap. Anyway, keep your spirits up! ;)

cbeck said...

Just passing by and I did report the site as spam since this sort of thing really bugs me off.

But I would mention that you may want to contact google directly and report of the theft/copyright infringement of your work. I suggest this, because even though the number of spam reports may trigger google to investigate, they may see nothing wrong with the site as it has what appears to posses original content. They could very well just write off the numerous reports as the work of a competitor since there is not anything especially "spammy" about it.

Google support is crap regardless of whether you are talking Blogger, android, or Webmaster, but they will eventually get around to dealing with something like this as long as they have all the details- especially since "impersonated user identity" is one of the things they "take serously".
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?answer=76315

Best, ~cbeck

Daniella said...

Thank you very much everyone! I'm hoping all these notifications to blogger will stir something up to have this site removed!

Caroline said...

Done! As soon as I saw those screen shots, I knew. So sorry that this happened, its so frustrating because of all of the time and effort you clearly put into this blog to make it wonderful! Sigh... wish there were more that could be done to prevent these types of problems.

Karyn McKinnon said...

Wow! I wasn't even aware that this was possible! Thanks for sharing that.... I really hope that Blogger looks into it and deletes this website. I've just reported it too. Good luck!

eekat said...

I so reported them. I love your blog and was sad to read that someone was exploiting it.

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I just reported their scummy behinds...hopefully that helps a teeny bit (c: Those people really tick me off...

Dustjacket Attic said...

I will certainly mark it as spam. I've found some sites lifting a series of entire posts of mine, not all of them, like this one has done to you. Our blogs are personal,and yes, a lot of work goes into them...so I totally understand your thoughts.

xxx DJ

Caitlin said...

I'm in awe by all of this. I'm so glad you wrote this post so that we can at least do a little something to help you. Blogging should be fun and enjoyable and this just does't make it a pleasant experience for you.

I've reported it and hope that it is deleted soon

xx

Brancoprata said...

So sorry for this, I can't believe people can actually do things like these!!! Just reported!

Anonymous said...

Reported them instantly :)
I love reading your blog, and cannot believe someone would tarnish the beauty of this blog just for a quick profit. Its disgusting!

+ said...

Just reported it! So sorry to hear about this. Hopefully they will take it off soon. Is there a contact email you can write them to or perhaps you can comment on one of their posts with your concern? xx Erna

Pretty Coveted said...

I'm so sorry for you! This happened to me once when I launched my organization's website. TERRIBLE feeling! I love visiting your site & have been so inspired by it. I'll report this "site" (a term I use loosely) also.
Hang in there. I'm sure you're bummed, but you'll come out shining in the end! :-)
Carla

Simone said...

UGH!!! That's absolutely terrible....I have just reported them and glad you talked about here on your blog. Keep us posted :) xx

Allison said...

Reported! So annoying. Your blog becomes such a personal thing so I understand completely. I hope the site gets taken down soon!

Anonymous said...

That's horrible! I just reported it now :)

Megan said...

I have just done so...but hey the thing they cant steal from you are your readers ♥ i love your blogs and they are really inspiring for me and i would really hate to hear someone doing that.

Taylor said...

absolutely,i would hate is someone did this to me!

DeShawn and Sara said...

Done. Jerks.

Miz.November said...

What. The. Hell. is wrong with people?!!?? This is insane. You should be pissed about it. I'm glad you let us know.

bre said...

just added a spam report. so sorry this happened to you. i do love your blog and i hope blogger takes action on this!

FrenchByDesign said...

Done! This seriously sucks! I am sorry this happened to you, but keep up the good work, they'll never come even close...

www.designfabulous.com said...

Done and Done!

Caryl said...

Done and happy to do it! I hope blogger can put something in place to stop it.

Kate said...

Hey Girly!

Got cho back!

just reported them!

Sorry this happened! :(

Be blessed!
Love,
Kate

Rachael said...

Daniella,

Sorry to hear this has happened to you and your blog. Count me in to report it. Hopefully this problem is rectified for you shortly.x

www.fabrikoflife.wordpress.com

Mandy Orozco said...

I reported that low-life spam blogger. How offensive.

Daniella said...

Thank you so much everyone! I really appreciate you taking the time to mark this blog as spam! The more people, the better!

Raquelita said...

Daniella, yours is one of the most well-curated blogs out there (and one of the best laid-out) - it is obvious how much hard work you put into it. Duly reported! Be encouraged - we appreciate your hard work! And don't feel bad for letting us know - I think most of us are as indignant as you are!

classiq said...

I'm so sorry this happened to you. I can not believe it. How shamelessly one can use other people's hard work and creativity they put into blogging. I'm marking it as spam right now. Ada

Cupkate said...

Reported! That makes me so mad I think I'll do it from our other computer as well!
All the best :)

Bhavna said...

This is terrible!

Just reported..

Debby said...

I just reported too. That is beyond annoying. So glad you shared this. As a blogger we all know how much work it is, to have something like this happen is so frustrating. xo

JAntoinette said...

Reported! Thanks for letting us know; I hate cheaters and thieves, grrr!

Erin said...

that's terrible! done, reported!!!

eclecticrevisited said...

am reporting them too!!!!!
maureen

amourette said...

that is so gross someone would do that. totally reporting that.

Melissa said...

That's such a load of garbage. I reported it, and don't feel bad about asking us to. No one should have to put up with that nonsense.

Welcome! said...

done! xoxo daniela

classic • casual • home said...

This makes me so angry so I cannot even imagine how you feel. Off to report it.

ashley nicole catherine said...

unbelievable!! going to report them now..some people, i swear..

xo.ashley

Jacqui said...

Reported!

Margot said...

Thanks for talking about this, it is good to know what is going on. I'm so sorry you had to find this, but glad you did. I have reported it :) I hope your week is going well!

LolaCooks said...

i dont think i've commented on your blog before but I do follow it and even have you on my blog roll. I have a Blogger blog too and, not that I have any followers other than my parents and my friends, but I totally sympathize with you. Just reported the spam site to blogger - happy to help.

All the best.

Anonymous said...

I reported it for you too!
Cindy

lindsay marie said...

I just reported it too...sorry about this, that must be very frustrating! people out there will be so dishonest to make a little money! uhg.

PEPi said...

I got your back girl!

-PEPi

Daniella said...

Thank you SO much everyone! Over 100 people here have marked it as spam, which is great! I've filed a report with Google and hopefully we'll see some results soon!

Nadine said...

Thanks for adding the link to report such nonsense. By the way, how did you find that they were mimicking your site?

Daniella said...

Nadine - Thanks for helping to report it! I have a Google Alert set up for any mention of "dress, design & decor" and it basically just sent me the link to the blog. I can't believe they really thought i'd never come across it though. So stupid...

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

Done. I'm so sorry you're dealing with this but hopefully they'll be gone for good!

kate said...

Done. This is RIDICULOUS.

You have such a beautiful eye and no one should get away with take credit for your work.

x

K

Anonymous said...

Just reported them. I love your blog. It is a work of art. :)

julie said...

GOOD FOR YOU!!!! i just read this post and was disgusted that people do things like this, i'm new to blogging myself. but as a designer, people have stole my designs for years and it just gets old... we need to all stop them in their tracks! love your site!!!

Sara said...

yay! i'm so happy it was deleted. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! keep up the good work.

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