I have been trying to restore my blog traffic. I don't know if I've covered all the bases yet, but I can't just sit here and twiddle my thumbs while someone steals what I've been trying to build since 2009.
I already lost all my blog posts in 2013 and had to start over. I didn't let that stop me. And though this time around has worn me out, and at times I just wanted to give up, I won't do that.
Blogger Forums (Nitecruzr) has been very helpful in directing me as to what to do. I had to go to Godaddy and change up some DNS numbers, etc. But he responded quickly to help me, and I am very grateful.
Here is his personal site, but he is often on the blogger forum helping as well. On his personal site, he gives advice that can help you with things of this nature, like I've been going through.
Here are some other things I was told to do by Nitecruzr via Blogger Forums:
1) If you have third party Gadgets added to your sidebar, such as the code for BlogTopSites, or the code for Free Online Users, take it off. I had them both, and BlogTopSites was where I first noticed that my URL was redirected to an Italian blog.
2) Don't ever add the winter snow to fall on your blog or any of those things. Some people like to have snow falling in winter on their blogs. Don't do it!
Apparently every time we are adding third party gadgets, we are opening ourselves up to having something bad happen.
Here is my advice:
Change all your passwords often. Don't give the same password to two accounts.
I am going to "unlink" any accounts that link back to my blog. I just now deleted my Twitter account. That person, or persons, who has been getting a free ride to traffic from my blog cannot get a free ride if I delete the accounts they are getting traffic from.
If you don't know if you have stagnant accounts with social media or any other place that has your email account, I would start writing down possible places you might have registered, then just left it dormant. And I would delete that account if you aren't using it. I am doing the same.
For instance, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Digg, any account you might have opened on the spur of the moment and then forgotten about.
Blogger does not allow duplicate content. If you are also publishing your posts to, say, Facebook, that is duplicate content. You may or may not get penalized for it. But why take the chance? It must be unique content, from what I just read on the Blogger rules.
Separate your blog from social media accounts. That is my advice. Things can't get so out of control if you minimize the places where your blog is linked.
Facebook allows you to sign in to all kinds of accounts, and if we're in a hurry, sometimes we might allow that. Don't do it. I went to my Bloglovin account, and looked at my Settings, and that was allowed. I had to change it.
I suggest going into all your social media accounts and seeing what is checked.
If something at all seems amiss on your blog or someone else's, please let them know. We must help one another.
There are horrible thieves in this world. There is nothing we can do about that. It doesn't matter what platform you are on. If they target you and know what they're doing, they will do it.
I hope you can learn from what I'm going through.