First off, thanks so much to ThroughChelsea’sEyes for bringing this to my attention.
I never would’ve known they were doing this to my blog posts if it wasn’t for her so thanks!
Anyway, apparently this website – brokencontrollers.com is a website that trawls the internet for blog names in order to put their URL in front of yours and basically steal all of your search engine hits by REDIRECTING all the traffic to their site using your posts and name. It’s not doing any harm to your blog, but it’s essentially stealing your hard work and recognition.
To find out if this is happening to your blog, google :BrokenControllers/ [yourblogname].
I freaked out when I saw that they’d done it to 3 of my posts!
As Chelsea says, when you click on the links that show your posts going to their Broken Controllers website, they show downloads – I’m guessing they are trying to get people to purchase something or otherwise sending out viruses or trojans. If you don’t know what those are, viruses jack your compute up and trojans phish for information (bank account info, etc.) which they sell to people for money. This is how a lot of ID theft can happen.
DO NOT CLICK ON ANY DOWNLOADS OR LINKS ON THE BROKEN CONTROLLERS WEBSITE!
Anyway, I hope this isn’t happening to any of your lovely blogs, but if it is Chelsea gave an email address – firstname.lastname@example.org which you can email and let them know they’re illegally using your intellectual property and to stop.
I would also like to take it a step further and please report them to RipOffReport.Com and also the BBB.Org (Better Business Bureau) to help warn others of what they do.
Can’t say how pissed off I am to have discovered this was happening to my blog!
I hope it’s not happening to yours, but if it is shoot those people an email and report them in any and every way you can. That’s the only way for us to really have an effect in preventing this in the future.
Anyway, if you’d like to view Chelsea’s original post that I read, you can see it here.
Thanks again to Chelsea for making me aware of this; I owe you one!!