Reporting an Unreportable Follower

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  • #1530561

    A site followed my site a few days ago, and the site is another one of those “make money blogging” spammers. In the list of followers in the “stats” section on my site, the address of this site shows as
    [spammer].wordpress.com
    but when I go to the site, the address of the site shows as [spammer].com, and there is no dropdown menu in the header with the “report this site” option.
    How can I report this site for spamming?

    The blog I need help with is allaboutwork.org.

    #1530650

    timethief
    Member

    but when I go to the site, the address of the site shows as [spammer].com, and there is no dropdown menu in the header with the “report this site” option.

    You cannot report a site to WordPress.com that is not being hosted by WordPress.com.

    #1530691

    raincoaster
    Member

    You can, however, generally report it to its current web host. Presumably if you report it to staff here they can do something about the redirect upgrade that is sending you to the other site.

    #1530736

    How can I report it to staff here, then? If the address of the site is not actually “[spammer].wordpress.com”, then I assume WordPress would like to know that this site is misrepresenting itself as a WordPress site.

    #1530739

    raincoaster
    Member

    No. What happened is they had a site here, bought a redirect upgrade to point that URL elsewhere for spam purposes. I flagged this thread for staff.

    #1530810

    eurello
    Staff

    Hi Fiona – What’s the URL of the site?

    #1530846

    Hi eurello,
    The link that shows in the “followers” section is

    joeseeberblog.wordpress.com

    but when you click on the link it goes to

    joeseeber.com

    Hope that helps!

    #1530847

    timethief
    Member

    joeseeber.com Is Hosted by BlueHost

    #1530848

    eurello
    Staff

    Hi Fiona – Yep, that site is redirecting to a self-hosted site. We consider public blogs to be available for anyone to follow however they choose. Since follower information does not appear on your site itself, the best thing to do when it comes to spammy followers is simply to ignore them, so they don’t get any clicks from you.

    #1530855

    Oh, believe me, I’m ignoring it. But it would be nice to be able to delete sites that sign up as followers but are obviously there only as spam.

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