What this means is that your blog URL is there, but instead of it going to YOUR blog, it goes instead to THEIRS.
I first noticed it at BlogTopSites.
You would click on my blog ranking, and it would go to this Italian blog with, shall I say, somewhat unsavory content.
I let BlogTopSites know. They said they didn't see anything. Miraculously it was okay. So I thought: All right. This crazy thing is over.
But it wasn't. She/Whoever came back. Because even though I could click over to her blog, how do I know that wasn't a front also?
Then I noticed it on my Facebook account, and immediately deleted it. Yes, it would be nice to show advertisers your social media accounts. In fact they demand that. But not if your own blog URL, Cozy Little House, is going to content you'd really rather they not see.
Then I noticed it on blog rolls. I'd email the blog owner and ask her to please go to my blog on her blog roll. I knew it would go to this Italian blog, because I had checked.
So I would ask if she'd please take it off and put it back on again with my URL, and hope she didn't come back and change it again, unbeknownst to the blog owner.
So if you happen to have me on your blog roll, please click on it and make sure it is going to MY blog, and not in fact an Italian blog that you can instantly tell is SO not me.
The other day, I noticed it was Twitter. Does this look like content I would tweet?
''YOUNG GIRLS NEED TO LEARN THAT SEXINESS ISN'T ABOUT BEING NAKED''
I don't know how far this has gone. Accounts I may have forgotten I've opened? Old email addresses I might have forgotten to delete?
This is one reason my revenue is down. Because this person is hijacking my blog URL and somehow having my traffic go to her blog. Which means I am not getting my own traffic.
She was blatant enough to have her email on her blog, so I emailed her and told her to stay off my accounts. Of course, as I've mentioned, this may be a front and "she" may not even exist.
I looked at Twitter this morning, and it seems they have taken her tweets off, thank goodness. One of the tweets was showing the link to her Instagram account. I don't have the sort of phone whereas I can even have an Instagram account!
So please, look at your blog rolls at least once per month. I see so many blog rolls and you click and the blog has been deleted long ago. Or not updated in years.
Please pay better attention to these things. You might be able to tell a blog owner that her blog URL is being hijacked just like mine is, and she will be ever so thankful that you brought it to her attention so she could take some form of action.
Please take the time to take these links off. You don't know who is looking at links that don't seem to be getting much action, and then, thinking no one will notice, quietly taking them over. Plus Google frowns on links that are not going anywhere. Or to the wrong places.
Think of a house that is left vacant for some time. All sorts of problems normally ensue. The plumbing, the electricity. Because if someone isn't living there day-to-day, then things break down. And by the time you discover it, there is lots of damage to your property.
Same goes with the internet. There are bad people out there, just waiting to steal your identity, your blog ranking, your blog URL, your blog traffic where you bring in income.
I have no idea how they accomplish it, but they do. And suddenly people read things you've apparently written that you would never ever write.
This is an injustice, but with the worldwide internet, there are many wolves in sheep's clothing. You CANNOT be too careful.
So today, write down a list on paper of possible places you might have opened an account and then forgotten about it.
Check others' blog rolls and make sure your link is actually going to you.
Delete accounts you are not actively participating in. I cannot stress how important this is. While you're at it, create stronger passwords for accounts where you do participate on a regular basis.
I wondered what had happened to my blog traffic, but I was with that blog network and had no insight to was was really going on while they were at the helm. Plus I was dealing with other things in my life that you already know about.
We have to be responsible and not grow complacent. Because someone out there is possibly watching to see if your guard is down, and they will go in and steal everything you have worked so hard for.