How do I get my URL out of the wrong hands?
July 18, 2013 12:11 PM Subscribe
Someone snagged my old Blogger URL and made it live again and is using it to post lousy marketing copy, mostly, it seems, to generate some income for Google ads. The problem is - the URL is my totally unique professional name. So, if someone were to search for my name, they would find my old blog, filled with some else's crap content.
posted by Ink-stained wretch to computers & internet (12 answers total)
I blogged for six or seven years. My URL was my totally unique (no one else in the world has the same name) and professional writing name, with "dot blogspot dot com" on the end.
For a number of reasons, I deleted my blog last year. So, I no longer have that URL to access at all. A number of bloggers had linked to my blog back when it was up and running, so it had some (so, so minor) ranking. Now I really regret deleting it: someone snagged the URL and made it live again and is using it to post lousy marketing copy. So, if someone were to search for my name, they would find my old blog, filled with some else's crap content and my name in a huge font as the header.
Luckily, the content is signed at the end of each post. I LinkedIn-stalked and Facebook-stalked the current writer and contacted her to tell her she was effectively squatting on my writing identity. My name is in big letters above all of her lousy content and the URL is my name.
She claims to not know how it happened, and she says she did not understand what I was asking when I asked her to delete the URL. I can't tell if she is really clueless or conning me. She said it might be an issue of accidental "cross-indexing" and is now ignoring my emails.
I would like her to delete the blog so I can reclaim it, just to have the URL under my control again. Again, it’s not some marketing company name, it’s MY actual name. Which is not that new person's name. There is no logical reason for any company anywhere to use this URL. So, the whole thing is really weird.
I have filed requests with Google every month since last November, when this started, via their online forms for claims of identity theft, though it’s more like URL squatting. No one has ever gotten back to me. I am at a loss at what to do next. I could contact that woman again and tell her exactly what I want her to do in more detail, but I suspect she's hoping I just go away. I can keep contacting Google, but Blogger is no longer supported much by them and I think I am yelling into an empty room. I can start another URL with just "dot com" on the end, and fill it with my new content – but I hate having this other thing attached to me.
Any suggestions on what to do would be so greatly appreciated! If Google is just never going to help me, what else can I do?