What Happened to Linda Ikeji's Blogspot and Lessons For Bloggers

If you're still googling "what happened to Linda Ikeji Blog", don't stress yourself. It was deleted on 8th of October, 2014 by Google; owner of www.blogger.com / www.blogspot.com; the free blogging platform she was using for the blog before it disappeared from the web.

There were rumors everywhere that LIB was deleted by Google because of copyright infringements. I read at different sites that one @MrAyeDee and some other brands filed DCMA complaints against her which might have triggered the Blogger's Spam-prevention robot to delete the blog.

Good news is that, the blog has been restored after a manual review, just 24hours after it was deleted. Although it's back online but there are lessons I hope Bloggers will learn from this.

1. Don't Use Other People Content Without Permission

Be it an article, image, music etc, do not post it on your blog without seeking permission from the owner. If you've been doing that, please STOP.

Google can delete your Blogger blog, disable your Adsense account, delist your blog from Google search if found guilty. If your blog is on WordPress, your host can suspend or delete your account too. You can even be sued. +Sisi Yemmie recently shared on her blog, how she almost got sued for not crediting the source of a photo she used on her blog. So, say NO to plagiarism (intellectual theft).

As you can see from the screenshot below, Linda has learnt her lesson  and promised not to use images without giving credit.

2. Always Back Up Your Blog

Whether your blog is hosted on Blogger or WordPress, always back up your blog. Anything can happen to your blog anytime.

Nairaland lost alot of content when attacked recently because the owner didn't have an up to date back up. When my blog was deleted by Blogger last year October, I couldn't instantly move to WordPress because I didn't have an up to date back up too but have learnt my lesson since then.

If you are on Blogger and you have an up to date back up, you can easily restore your content on a new blog if Blogger deletes your blog. If on WordPress and hackers strike or host suspends you, you can restore your blog easily too on another host if you have a back up.

3. Get A Custom Domain For Your Blogspot Blog

If you're serious with your blogspot blog and hope to make it big, ensure you get a custom domain for the blog as soon as possible. If you wait till it gets popular, the sharp guys out there might have purchased the good names you can use before you know whatz up.

Cyber-squatters are everywhere these days. You might have to break the bank to get the domain names of your choice from them if they register them before you do, something you might have done with less than $15.

LIB is a victim of cyber-squatting. Even though I registered Ogbongeblog.com for Ogbongeblog.blogspot.com, I ensured I also registered www.jideogunsanya.com before the sharp guys get it done for me.

If you check TechCabal's list of squatters who own Linda ikeji domain names, you might be wondering why she hasn't acquire at least one of those names before those squatters acquired them.

If you have set up a custom domain for your blogspot blog and blogger deletes your blog, you can use the domain name for a new blog and your readers will still be able to find you. This won't be possible if you are using a .blogspot address by the time the blog gets deleted because you don't have any control over the .blogspot address.

If you have a custom domain in place, you can make visitors to the blog see an "under construction" page. Even if you don't do that, readers will see a 404 page like the screenshot below:

instead of this:

So, wise up.

You can change from .blogspot to .com here.

4. Don't Ignore Warnings

If you receive complaints via email, On Facebook, Twitter etc about some copied content on your blog, please, do not ignore. You don't know who is who.

In as much as you know that you got the content somewhere, even if not from the site of the person that contacted you, delete the content or link back if that's what the person wants. Never wait till Google or your host do the needful. You might not be lucky as Linda Ikeji.

5. Never Stop Learning

Just because your blog is growing fast or you are making alot of money from it doesn't mean you should stop learning. No one knows it all. Relate with fellow Bloggers, join groups like Bloggerslab and don't ignore blogging tips been shared across the web.

I was surprised when I discovered that Linda didn't back up her blog even at a time she was under threat of DCMA complaints. Bloggers like me would have advised her to do so if she seek for advice at Bloggerslab or other online communities for bloggers.

Another top Nigerian gossip blog was hacked last year because the owner fell for a phishing scam. Many still fall for it and there is no way such bloggers will fall for those cheap tricks if they are have been following online discussions about phishing tricks.

So, instead of using all the time you've got to be combing the web for gossips, spend part of it to learn. Just my two cents.

6. Don't Ignore TOS

Every online service has terms to abide with. Pls, always stick to the rules. Just because Blogger A is posting nasty things without his/her blog been deleted doesn't mean yours cannot be deleted. You might not be lucky. Be guided.

Well, these are the lessons I can come up with for now. If you have contributions to make, kindly share via comments.

Please, share this with friends.

Happy Blogging!

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  1. Timothy10/10/2014

    Your blog was first deleted in Oct, 2013. Linda blog deleted October, 2014. Hmnnn...

    1. wow!!! this what i call word!!!!. thanks jide, wished i had learned about you before now, before blogger.com forced me to shut down my first blog.
      The Lumdy Blog Review|Paula Patton is 'Happy' to move on

  2. this is really a good one despite both linda and the guy were playing pranks on Nigerians, its still a very expensive one but we all learnt a lesson..thanks boss

  3. This is a huge lesson to learn from.. Thanks for posting this sire...

  4. good write up. Similar to what i also wrote on my blog.

  5. U just got me reading now, thanks for d tips very hepful

  6. Thank you for the tips Jide, in as much as I like Linda I don't like her in some aspect she thinks blogging is all about posting and posting, all she cares about is her satisfaction she didn't want to learn.

  7. bro Jide pls see to my request to join BL

    1. Same with me. I didn't post a link and i was removed from Bloggers Lab. Please see to my request too!

  8. Oga Jide, thanks for sparing your time to dig out these lessons. I'm very grateful to your post that made me get a custom domain on time. Kindly drop the link to where you offer blogger to wordpress conversion? I'm looking along that line soon.

  9. Thank you for this post... It sure came in handy.

  10. Everybody has one or two thing to learn.

  11. I also saw this when I tried viewing the latest news on LIB.. Ordinarily I don't view her blog regularly. The same thing happened for like two days I tried making some researches on thing to make my blog http://mynaijaplace.blogspot.com more professional on Oga Jide's Blog. I have really learnt enough lesson from this too

  12. Well, she's back online, and back fast. Nice post, nice tips! There're many tips to take home from your post, but this one tip is most striking for me and I believe it is what differentiates one blogger from another - "Instead of using all the time you've got to be combing the web for gossips, spend part of it to learn."

  13. Thanks for the Tips... You are the BEST

  14. within that 24hrs that her blog was offline,i too was hoping it would be restored back in less than 2hrs but i can now understand from this Post that its because she didnt had an Up-to-dat backup.
    Just happy for her that it was restored later back.

  15. You're making alot os sense.. Thanks boss.

  16. Anonymous10/15/2014

    Emeh's blog led me here. she praised ur work for helping her transfer her content from blogspot to her domain. well done.

  17. hw we i get 2 my domain

  18. Nice advice/tips. It will surely help existing and new bloggers. God bless. Keep up your good work.

  19. Finding blogging more and more interesting....
    Thanks for this article

  20. confirm man your words are good

  21. hi Jide how can one backup her blog?

  22. I hope you will keep writing more thoughts.

  23. Wow nice I will take your advice. God bless you


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