Monday, May 3, 2021

Hike Mike steals content!

 I typed in the title of my recent post because I was at work and wanted to send a picture from it to an ill co worker. (I don't log into Blogger at work.)  To my surprise I found my last three posts on a site called Hike Mike. Don't go there and give them clicks. It's obviously a fake site with a bunch of stolen articles perhaps gathered by a bot, because the contact and other about info just has gibberish.

Blogger and WordPress are no help because that site isn't hosted by them. My blog isn't literature but I don't spend time writing it to have it stolen. So I'm going to write one more adventure post and see if it gets stolen. If so, this blog is going private with a password.

If anyone has ideas on how to protect content let me know. 

25 comments:

  1. so sorry that happened to you!
    i would really miss your blog if you locked it!
    thanks for writing

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    1. I'll share the password with people who ask but I like getting new readers, and that would be lost.

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  2. This world...ugh. Most of the (very few) blogs I have participated in are private, you have to request admittance. That's not helpful, but it's all I can offer since I spend so little time out in the social media whirlpool. I have a private instagram account, and I only have that because a friend insisted I create one so she could follow my adventures in Alaska and I've kept it every since. Friends and family.
    Good Luck!

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    1. I was hoping to keep this public to both let people know about my books and just to share adventures. I know most people have either locked their blogs or stopped writing.

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  3. Grrrr! Every time that A**hole Hike Mike goes hiking, may he pee on his shoes, have all his water bladders leak, forget his stove fuel, get poison ivy, have all his campsites be marginal and tilted and rocky, and get explosive diarrhea (with not enough toilet paper). Flash

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    1. Haha. Or have to cross a bunch of roads and power lines.

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    2. PERFECT! Karma will bite him in the arse as he squats to take a sh** and just happens to encounter poison oak or a rattlesnake!

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  4. That's a bummer. I've seen similarly botty "outdoor news sites" aggregate my blog posts in the past, but it's been a while. I didn't even realize SEO content farms were much of a thing anymore, but I suppose it makes sense.

    I wish I had advice. I don't think there's any way to prevent this from happening short of taking your blog behind a password wall. Blogger is getting worse every year with software updates and user support. I am sort of bracing for the day that Google kills it altogether, and then I'll probably just move my hobby writing to a Substack or newsletter or some such replacement that is in no way better than an old-fashioned blog.

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    1. Same. I suspect Blogger won't last much longer. I'm going to do a test post this weekend.

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  5. I wonder if there is a way to add one of those "I am not a robot" things when people try to access your site, instead of requiring a pswd. If bots are a problem that might take care of it.

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    1. Maybe, I will have to do some research.

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  6. Wow, I had no idea stuff like this was happening! I have no advice to give you, just that it would be a shame to have your blog go away. I enjoy reading your adventures.

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  7. Ditto, Linda.
    I hate the thought of Jill's comment thaat Blogger will disappear. So many blogs, like yours, have a llowed me to enjoy nature's wonders around the world, and in doing so, make new friends.

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    1. So many people have quit writing. I miss blogs.

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  8. Hate that somebody or something is stealing your entries. They probably have never been out from behind their desk or even stepped foot on a real trail.

    I with all who would miss your blog immensely if it had to disappear. I like the idea of one of those "I'm not a bot" thingamajigs if you have to. One more password in my already overly passworded brain may cause a system overload. 🙃

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    1. I don't think people will read if there is a password! I'm working on an idea.

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  9. I agree with Helen - I am retired and enjoy your adventures and your writing. I follow Jan, Linda, Box Canyon and recently found Jill. You all do such fun things and you all write so well. It is an opportunity for me to see and read about places I will never see myself. Thank you.

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  10. Gosh, I hate that this is happening! I enjoy getting lost in your adventures and hope I will get to continue doing that. I would stil read even if there was a password.

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  11. Ugh—so sorry about the theft of your content. I look forward to your blog (as well as Jill’s) each week as inspiration for my own adventures. Glad I read these comments because now I’ll follow Jan, Linda and Box Canyon as well. Many content creators seem to have migrated to YouTube but in my view, there is no substitute for a well-written blog such as yours. Hope you find a solution that allows us all to continue following your adventures. To you, Jill and all those who blog, thanks for what you do, and for fighting the good fight!

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    1. I'm thinking I'll keep writing but put a disclaimer on top, for now. I'll probably migrate to WordPress but don't have the time to learn it now.

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  12. What a crock! What is this world coming to! That makes me mad for you!!! (And wondering if someone has stolen my posts.)

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    1. It's definitely possible. I never would have known if I hadn't randomly Googled the title of one of my posts.

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