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The blog has been reincarnated

I've spent a good deal of time this afternoon making decisions about my .

I had a blog, a few years ago, but then took it down when I was DMCAd after accepting a I oughtn't to have let within 10 miles of me. Mind you, by that time I had already had to take down many of my posts as the site hosting the I was linking to had closed down as well.

So, after the hassle over on the other in the last few days, I've been doing some research and decided that it would be better to have a place for my reviews that wasn't an open-to-all revshare site. That means I can tag my posts better, organise them logically, maybe in tabs, and generally have more control over which ads appear on my work.

I don't particularly like having to manage the Adsense/sponsored side of it, but at least any revenue thus earned is mine, all mine. My Google Adsense account is still active, and when I logged in earlier, I was happy to see that it still had a balance in it from the previous blog. I know a little more about other affiliate and advert networks now so it'll be interesting to see what works with things this time, I think.

So, I will publish some bloggish posts here, and my reviews over on the other site, which isn't live yet as I don't have any posts on it at all.

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AngelSharum wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:08 PM

Good luck with it all. I hope everything works out the way you want it to.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:49 PM

That will be a good idea--a centralized spot for all your reviews.

WordChazer wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:03 AM

Of course you guys will have to come over and read them as part of the appeal for people whose sites I review is an active community of commenters and readers.

WordChazer wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:03 AM

So do I. Whatever I choose it has to be better than what I have now.

Kasman wrote on January 4, 2015, 11:57 AM

You are the first person I've heard publicly admit that they received a DMCA notice! Did it involve photos or something else?

WordChazer wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:05 PM

No, it was a guest post which I accepted from a guest post sharing site. My best guess is that the post was scraped from somewhere else and Google already had knives out for the site anyway so they were slowly working through the DMCAs relating to any guest work from that site. Lesson learned. No more guest posts. If I recall it cleared Copyscape but Google still took exception to it.

Kasman wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:29 PM

WordChazer - thanks. It's good to know that these things actually happen although I recently came across a site called 'Chilling Effects' which deals with DMCA notices and publishes the details.

WordChazer wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:45 PM

Oh yeah. DMCAs work if you've been had, like I was. They're not so effective against spinners and copy-paste thieves, but a deranking by Google usually does that job. I had about 50 posts from this guest posting site, all obtained by me for free, and I could just see the DMCAs stacking up if I removed them one by one. Google was after the site for hosting plagiarised content, in much the same way as they target the torrent sites, and so I decided that one DMCA was all I needed. They had already flagged unnatural links in a post as well, which I think may have been another guest post that I wasn't permitted to amend, and which probably led to a scam site or something similar. A previous writing site had closed down a couple of months before so by the time I'd deactivated all the posts holding links to pages showing a 404 error, I had very little content left.