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Fake Link Removal Requests

The Desperate Lengths To Which Low Quality Sites Will Go Just To Get Noticed

by

Joseph

Folks who aren't involved in website operations probably have no clue about the shake up that followed the release of Penguin - an algorithm developed by Google to weed out low quality websites. While I'm no fan of Google, I do agree that people should avoid low quality, spammy websites.

Unfortunately, the low quality spammy websites, seeing their bread and butter slowly begin to slip away from them, immediately started looking for ways to survive. Afterall, made for ads (MFA) websites aren't earning what they once did - particularly if the spammy website can't rank well in the search engines.

The old methods of cheating don't work so well anymore. Because the search engine bots are getting better at spotting scraped i.e. stolen and even autogenerated content, sites that crank out a lot of this sort of material fall further and further in the rankings. When that happens, people are less apt to see the website and click on its link.

This, of course, leads to less visibility and less money for the spammy webmaster (it's always about money in the end). So the spammy website owner becomes desperate and seeks help from a black hat search engine operator (SEO). As the adjective implies, these bad guys are always unscupulous and below board; they will promise their spammy website clients top rankings. And how do they do it?

Well, since the Penguin update, a lot of websites have been worried about Google penalties (algorithmic and manual). Fearing a drop in rankings, some of them send link removal requests to websites that have linked to their content.

Even though the world wide web thrives on links, some webmasters would prefer to cut ties with websites that they believe might be costing them traffic.

While I don't agree with this method, I can understand it. Unfortunately, if the worried webmasters cut off too many websites (in particular the authoritative sites with good PageRank), they could wind up harming themselves in the long run.

 

One Method Black Hat SEOs Use in an Attempt to Boost Their Clients' Rankings

But the more sinister side of this is when black hat SEO operators take advantage of these often times unfounded worries and use them to send fake link removal requests to the competitors of their spammy clients.

One way black hat SEO operators (also known as negative SEO operators) do this is to troll the links pages of their clients' competitors.

They collect a list of websites, create a fake email address (often from gmail or even one that closely resembles the domain name of their competitor) and will send out false emails to their clients' competitors. In these fake emails, the black hat SEO operators will contact their competitors' link partners (while pretending to be the competitor) saying they want the backlink removed.

Why would negative SEO operators do this? Simple: they hope that the link partner will take them at face value and remove the backlink, thereby lowering the ranking of their clients' competitors.

Since the release of Panda and Penguin, I've received a large volume of link requests and guest post requests from other websites (even though I explicitly state that I am no longer exchanging links with other websites).

On the surface the requests appear genuine, but the fact is these requests come largely from gmail accounts as opposed to a business email address. Moreover, they send these requests even though my policy on exchanging links and accepting guest posts are prominently displayed for all to see.

So, the requests are not genuine, they are sent for selfish gain.

Here's another sign of their desperation: I've also received emails that have been created using the domain of this website i.e. after the "@" symbol the email contains "livingfithealthyandhappy". The black hat SEO operators are so desperate to spam me (or too dumb to know better) that they contact me using a domain that I know is fake!

(Just the other day, another desperately frustrated black hatter contacted me - using a gmail account no less - asking for permission to do a "Web Needs Analysis". In addition to the email account being a tip off, the black hatter's last "name" was Diamond and his first "name" was identical to one of the largest jewelers in the nation. Finally, since he tacked the url of the SEO company that he claimed to work for at the bottom of the email, why did he use a gmail account instead of the one for his company?)

Sadly, folks, the bad guys will always be with us.  There will always be people who would rather cheat than put in an honest day's work. We find them in all walks of life. Although the business world is competitive (and online business even more so since it involves millions of websites across the globe), low quality sites don't have what it takes and never will.

Ultimately it's about evolution. The world wide web is gradually changing (some changes are good, others are bad) and as with natural selection, those who can adapt will survive.

It takes hard work, love, determination, initiative, and drive to be successful in life. Since the spammy websites can only rely on cheating and cranking out trash in a desperate attempt to get even the smallest bit of attention, they'll continue to fall behind.

Google and Bing have given webmasters a way to deal with unwanted links; webmasters who have a Google account can make use of the disavow tool offered by Google Webmaster Tools (WMT), and Bing has a similar tool available to webmasters.

In other words, legitimate webmasters wouldn't need to send a link removal request since they can simply remove unwanted links themselves.

The black hat SEOs and their clients also seem to ignore the fact that search engine bots are getting much much better at detecting their dirty tricks and that cheating will get the black hatters and their spammy clients permanently banned from the search engines. Black hat SEOs and their clients obviously can't think that far ahead, which is why, in the end, they will fade out and cease to exist.

So to all the quality webmasters out there (big and small), make sure to fully vet the website that is asking you to remove a link.

I read a good piece of advice about this phenomenon: make sure that the domains match and check to see if your link is still there. (I would add that you should also make sure that includes everything before the "@" symbol, too.)

In the same vein, if someone asks to link to you, and you have a policy in place regarding link exchanges, stick to it because that's good business practice - only bad business people waffle on their policies (a sure indication of an unconfident businessman or businesswoman).

Stick to doing the right thing: providing quality content to your readers. In this way not only will you survive, you will also thrive. :)

And to all the black hat SEO operators out there: I've got no respect for liars and thieves, if you make the mistake of trolling around my website I will expose you.

 

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Important Changes That You Will Enjoy

by

Joseph

 

Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) wishes everyone a warm and prosperous New Year and we wish to open it with a very important announcement. As publisher and site administrator, I'm constantly thinking about ways to improve your experience while not sacrificing the quality of this website.

You come to this website for health and wellness information. And the ease with which you find that information is always important.

For example, there are times when you want to relax and leisurely peruse this website's article database from the comfort of your living room, but at other times you're on your mobile phone, in a rush and need information fast. Such it is with most of us in this fast paced world.

Thus, for your ease and convenience, I've installed DuckDuckGo's custom search box in the sidebar just above the Food Safety & Tips widget.

Now, when you're looking for a particular topic published on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM), just type your query into the search box. You'll then be presented with articles which are most relevant to you query.

The custom search box is a very useful addition to our website which has (as of this writing) a wealthy store of 1830 articles with a new article published everyday.

Additionally I have streamlined the site thus improving speed to further enhance your enjoyment of the website.

As always, Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) welcomes your feedback. If you have questions about these changes, or wish to offer suggestions, please feel free to contact me at my email address admin at livingfithealthyandhappy dot com.

 

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Jumping Through Google's Hoops Isn't Going To Get You Traffic

by

Joseph

Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece only. Please don't rely on the information posted here when making decisions regarding whether or not you do business with any particular company.

Panda. Penguin. EMD. Freshness. These are but four of an ever increasing list of algorithms released by Google the search engine company that releases at least five hundred algorithms every year. Five hundred algorithms per year at a minimum. That's a staggering amount. Who can possibly keep up with all of them?

Google   has been indexing the internet since the closing days of the 20th century, their stated purpose was to "organize the world's information" in order to make it "universally accessible and useful". At first glance that reads like a very lofty and noble objective. But stop and ask yourself this simple question: "Useful to whom?" To the user? To the site owner? To Google?

Before I begin, I should warn you that this topic is very sensitive. Many information consumers are unaware of how the internet operates, the processes whereby webmasters create and post content to the World Wide Web. Because of the complexities of doing business on the internet, many entrepreneurs are wary of discussing Google's influence over the World Wide Web. But as an online media publisher and internet consumer, I feel it is important to talk about where Google's over reach may take the Internet.

You see, long before the invention of social media, the World Wide Web relied on communication between computers, the majority of that communication being aided by links. In the traditional sense, websites obtained links through link exchanges, directory listings (both paid and free) and guest posting.

In the mid 1990s, it was easy to locate a particular website because there were few of them around. But today six hundred and thirteen million websites exist on the internet. Six hundred and thirteen million. That's a lot of websites. And with thousands of websites coming online everyday, it's becoming harder to get noticed. So websites increasingly use traditional methods e.g. directories, link exchanges, etc. as well as social media and social networking to establish reliable internet connections.

The task of search engines such as Google is to index all of this information. For a while Google encouraged these traditional practices and websites flourished. But suddenly Google began changing their view on this. Over time, organic search results have gradually become blurred with listings that include Google's own products.

The upheaval in Google's organic search results suggest the company is gradually transitioning to a paid inclusion search engine. Moreover, it's becoming harder for lots of websites to get first page rankings. As a result many sites have experienced drops in traffic. To make up for it, some webmasters will resort to dirty tactics (black hat SEO and negative SEO) to deceive the search engines and readers into visiting their websites. But that's not the way to go. Why waste your time and money outsourcing to a third rate company that will only damage your business's reputation?

On the other hand, to simply dismiss another website's sudden decline in traffic as their fault i.e. that webmaster is doing something wrong is ludicrous. One famous example of a website that experienced declines in traffic is Foner Books who claims to have been negatively impacted by one of Google's algorithm updates.

Then there's DaniWeb, a very popular online IT website. That famous website has been online for many years and has created a large fan base but after the introduction of the Panda update, they reportedly experienced a drop in traffic . Of course the traffic decline could be attributed to a variety of causes. Nonetheless, in spite of following Google's suggestions for improving site quality, DaniWeb has been hit by Panda again and again.

DaniWeb's and Foner Books' experiences serve as reminders of what Google is: a company that will do what it wants to do in order to make money. You can't please Google and you shouldn't even want to.

Google indexes the internet to make money.

And with the steady stream of algorithms and refreshing of algorithms and tweaking of algorithms by the men and women of Google's webspam team, in efforts to fine tune the search engine to best suit Google's business goals, webmasters are jumping through a never ending series of hoops just to keep up.

Google's influence over the Internet has reached the point where some people are afraid to link to other websites for fear that it will bring down the weight of Google upon them. But think of what will happen to the internet if websites are afraid to link to one another. Information sharing - education itself - would suffer because websites would close themselves off from access by others.

Moreover, when you're working feverishly to please Google, to get back into "Google's good graces" it costs you time and money. Time and money that could be spent serving and pleasing your customers.

Many webmasters are spending much of their budget on Google advertising hoping to get traffic by having their company's ad displayed on different websites or next to results displayed in Google's search engine. But Google Adwords isn't cheap and often times people don't see an immediate or reliable ROI. Put another way, it becomes quite costly to many business owners when they buy Google ads in the hopes that it will bring customers to their businesses.

And all the while Google is readying another algorithm which will affect anywhere from less than a tenth of a percent of searches (which out of billions of searches per day still affects millions of websites) to drastic and sweeping algorithms that hit websites across the board (including Today.com and other websites both large and small) while Google's own products benefit.

When a search engine company's own products are constantly featured at the top of the results - as well as allegedly using loopholes to bypass privacy settings in a popular web browser to track users' surfing behavior - is that really promoting fair competition and providing web surfers with the best and most comprehensive information available?

Webmasters in particular should consider this possibility: With all of the algorithms, sooner or later, every website is going to do something wrong in the "eyes" of Google. You may be safe today but what guarantees do you have that at some point, your site will not be affected?

As a business owner, can you really afford to take the chance that Google, a monolithic mega corp which some may deem "too big to fail" won't roll across your website and your business? You've worked hard to start your own business. Why should you allow Google to dictate how you should run it?

Google is just a company they're not the law, therefore we are not beholden to them.

So, solutions to getting out from under Google involves diversifying your link strategy. Use the traditional linking methods, other search engines and social networking. While you're at it, don't forget about paid advertising.

Online advertising is worth billions of dollars. Why spend all of your advertising budget on Google? Use various ad networks to get your site in front of the masses. To be sure, use yahoo, Bing and Facebook, but don't overlook smaller companies.

Before you invest in paid advertising there are a few things you should do:

  1. Check out the company's reputation. Make sure they follow good business practices including the use of no follow links. 
  2. Make sure that their rates are reasonable and fair.
  3. Advertise on websites that will reach your intended audience. This way your money will be well spent.


To be fair, Google does have its uses, but as internet consumers, we should remember there are many alternatives to Google that are worth considering.


Remember, Google relies on websites to generate revenue meaning that Google will do things for its own benefit. Likewise, you must do what you must do to maintain a high quality website and that means not jumping through hoops to please a search engine at the expense of your readers.


 

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The Hall Of Shame

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This website was created to promote health and wellness. This is done to glorify the Father and the Son. This site belongs to God to do with as He sees fit. This site will promote the word of God.

In other words, I am only a messenger. Whomever seeks to attack Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM), through impersonation, theft or any other malicious act, know that you are not attacking me, you are attacking God. For though whatever happens to this site happens, the word of God will go forth to all the peoples of the world.

Operating content media websites is not an easy profession - just ask anyone in the business. It requires long hours devoted to topic research and content creation. By the time you see the finished product, a good writer has spent several hours preparing, drafting, editing, re-editing and finally publishing the article.

This work requires a considerable amount of patience, devotion and love for the job. Some writers create this content as a hobby, others operate for - profit websites. For profit websites monetize through a variety of means including PPC ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, sponsored advertising, product launches, etc.

Because internet businesses can yield a profit, some people have decided to take an easy and dishonest route to money making: content theft for posting on made for ad (MFA) websites. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines plagiarism as the following: "to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source".

Those aren't the only bad apples on the internet, some people enjoy creating malware and spyware to infect unsuspecting computers.

As publisher and administrator of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) it is my responsibility to produce and publish content which is most useful to you and your family. I publish articles under the pen name "healthy_blogging" and post articles from article directories (isnare dot com, articlesbase dot com, ezinearticles dot com) and guest post submissions. The articles that you read have been carefully reviewed and vetted for accuracy and honesty.

In order to spread the word about Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM), I also submit abbreviated versions of some of my articles to article directories such as GoArticles dot com, Ezinearticles dot com, buzzle dot com, etc.

I have also noticed that dishonest parties have scraped my content for use on their own websites. I've also been contacted by spammers/scammers who wish to install bad code on the pages of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM)

When someone operates in the dark, the deception must be brought into the light. Therefore, I've created the "Hall of Shame". This list will include the names of individuals who have scraped my content or contacted me for spam/scamming intentions against Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM).

 

Hall of Shame

  1.  Josh Trent - on 29 July 2009 without permission he posted my article "Why Do Some People Give Up Before They Even Begin?" on a wordpress powered blog which he operates. Josh Trent did not provide a back link to Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) nor did he give any noticeable credit on his website that I am the author of the content appearing on a specific page of his website.
  2. Carolyn Pinker - on 20 December 2011 an individual identifying herself as Carolyn Pinker contacted me to install advertising code on this website. The individual is located in the Ukraine and has been frequenting certain articles on the website then contacted me to install ad code on an unspecified "old article" on this website. When I asked the individual to provide information about the ad code such as linking information and content, as well as her Google+ profile, Twitter handle, and other verifiable information, she could not provide any information that would confirm and validate her identity as a legitimate business contact.
  3. Saurabh Katial - on 7 November 2012 an individual identified as Saurabh Katial posted a spam link on the Facebook fan page of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Saurabh Katial's social networking page says that he is from Chandigargh, India. He posted a spam link on the Facebook fanpage of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy telling people they can get a free eBook. Spammers are not welcome on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) nor on our fan page.
  4. Google Sniper user - on 22 May 2013, a black hat SEO operating out of Belgrade, Serbia with ISP Interaktivne Kablovske Objedinjene Mreze - I.kom D used a Google Sniper program to troll 20 pages of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Google Sniper is a program designed to make tons of cash for the user, but reviews (here and here) indicate that it uses black hat tactics (read here and here) that can actually get thesite into trouble with search engines.
  5. Rohan Kumar - on 21 January 2015 an individual identifying himself as Rohan Kumar contacted me via a gmail address claiming that he wanted to write paid articles that include backlinks to his site. But when I asked him for specifics i.e. the url of his website, the content of his articles, if he was an SEO agent and how he learned about Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) I received absolutely no reply. The timing of Rohan Kumar's email coincides with an new increased volume of traffic from India where I've received a lot of spam messages from black hat SEO operators.
  6. Evelyn Golston - On 9 Feb. 2015 an individual identifying herself as Evelyn Golston contacted me via a gmail address claiming that she had a team of writers and wanted to write guest posts for the website. She sent this email knowing well what the policy is regarding companies seeking to get free advertising on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). The timing of Evelyn Golston's email comes directly following a visit from the Ukraine which landed on our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines page. After responding to Evelyn Goltson's email wherein I asked her if she was truly serious about submitting content to the website and informing her that we frown upon black hat SEO operators and add them to the Hall of Shame, Evelyn Golston did not reply. This leads me to conclude that Evelyn Golston was attempting to get me to change or ignore this website's policy barring companies from posting articles on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) using black hat tactics.
  7. Jason - On Feb. 19, 2015 and individual going solely by the name of Jason contacted me via a gmail address claiming that he wanted to submit articles to the site yet he did this even though we have a policy in place regarding guest posts from other webmasters. The timing of Jason's email comes directly following a visit to our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines page. The message also coincides with an increase in spam messages from black hat SEO operators in India and eastern Europe.
  8. "Stephanie Williams" - On Sept. 1, 2015 an individual going by the name "Stephanie Williams" with ISP Net4india Ltd which is located in Noida, India contacted me to about guest posting even though we have a policy regarding guest post requests from other webmasters. The troll came to the site again on Sept. 2, 2015 thus earning a place in the Hall of Shame.
  9. Vee Cecil - On Tuesday September 8, 2015 an individual going by the name of Vee Cecil submitted a commercial "article" for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). When I asked the individual how he/she found my email address, the individual admitted that he/she had read our Place and Ad. Yet in that email as well as the first, the individual going by the name of Vee Cecil was only interested in guest posting for a back link not for advertising. Vee Cecil knew these things and still selfishly submitted the guest post with attachments, thus Vee Cecil has earned a place in the Hall of Shame.
  10. Daniel Disusa - On Friday September 11, 2015 an individual going by the name Daniel Disusa submitted a commercial article for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). This is in violation of our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines and earns Daniel Disusa a place in the Hall of Shame.
  11. Sophie Addison - On Friday December 4, 2015 an individual going by the name Sophie Addison which is really an alias for a smarmy black hat SEO company in Pune, Maharashtra, India used a gmail address to submit a request for a commercial article to be posted for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Contacting Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) to publish commercial article for free is in violation of our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines and earns Sophie Addison a place in the Hall of Shame.
  12. Harvid Xar - On Wednesday December 9, 2015 an individual going by the name Harvid Xar for a smarmy blackhat SEO company in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India submitted a request for a commercial article to be posted for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Contacting Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) to publish commercial article for free is in violation of our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines and earns Harvid Xar a place in the Hall of Shame.
  13. Lindsay M. - On Tuesday December 22, 2015 an individual going by the name Lindsay M. submitted a request for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Contacting Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) to publish commercial article for free is in violation of our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines and earns Lindsay M. a place in the Hall of Shame.
  14. Annie Lizstan - On Saturday January 2, 2016 an individual going by the name Annie Lizstan for a smarmy blackhat SEO company in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India used a gmail address to submit a request for a commercial article to be posted for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Contacting Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) to publish commercial article for free is in violation of our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines and earns Annie Lizstan a place in the Hall of Shame.
  15. Rupali - On Sunday January 3, 2016 an individual going by the name Rupali who is a colleague of Annie Lizstan for a smarmy blackhat SEO company in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India used the gmail address which was used by Annie Lizstan on Saturday January 2, 2016. In the January 3, 2016 email, the individual named Rupali claims to be a colleague of Annie Lizstan who used a gmail address to submit a request for a commercial article to be posted for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Because Rupali is a colleague of Annie Lizstan who contacted Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) to publish a commercial article for free in total disregard of our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines, Rupali has earned a place in the Hall of Shame.
  16. Kathleen Brown - On Thursday January 28, 2016 an individual going by the name Kathleen Brown for a smarmy blackhat SEO company in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India used a gmail address (and didn't even have the spelling of the last name in the gmail address match what she used when identifying herself) to submit a request for a commercial article to be posted for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Contacting Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) to publish commercial article for free is in violation of our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines and earns Kathleen Brown a place in the Hall of Shame.
  17. Dr Mehjabin Ahmed Prodhani - On Saturday January 9, 2016 an individual going by the name Dr Mehjabin Ahmed Prodhani used a gmail address to submit a request for a commercial article to be posted for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Dr Mehjabin Ahmed Prodhani then contacted me again on Sunday January 31, 2016 asking again if I would publish his work. When I asked Dr Mehjabin Ahmed Prodhani if he had read the requirements, Dr Mehjabin Ahmed Prodhani contacted me on Monday February 1, 2016 saying that he did not read that writers are required to be Christian - which is the very first thing that is mentioned in the Guest Writer Submission Guidelines. Furthermore, Dr Mehjabin Ahmed Prodhani said that he read points 1 - 11 and yet still did not know that writers must submit articles that promote the Christian bible. This demonstrates that Dr Mehjabin Ahmed Prodhani was contacting Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) for selfish reasons and sadly earns Dr Mehjabin Ahmed Prodhani a place in the Hall of Shame.
  18. Frederick Cameron - On Thursday February 18, 2016 an individual going by the name Frederick Cameron for a smarmy blackhat SEO company in New Delhi, India used a gmail address to submit a request for a commercial article to be posted for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). Contacting Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) to publish commercial article for free is in violation of our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines and earns Frederick Cameron a place in the Hall of Shame.
  19. Juliet Jules - On Tuesday August 16, 2016 an individual going by the name Juliet Jules used a gmail address to submit a request for a commercial article to be posted for free guest posting on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). The individual going by the name Juliet Jules then sent a profanity laden spammy email to Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) on Tuesday August 16, 2016. The spammy email messages coincide with a smarmy blackhat SEO company in Bangladesh trolling Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) on Tuesday August 16, 2016. Contacting Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) to publish commercial article for free is in violation of our Guest Writer Submission Guidelines and earns Juliet Jules a place in the Hall of Shame.

This list will be updated each time I locate an individual or party that is plagiarizing content from and/or spamming Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM).

 

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How To Use Social Media Tools On This Website

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I spend so much time telling you to let your family and friends know about Living Fit, Healthy and Happy, that it would be a good idea to write an article that will help you do that. So think of this article as a mini-tutorial for using the third party social media tools which I installed on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy.

 

Locating and Using the Social Media Tools on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy

The internet is becoming more social with each passing day. Blogs and forums are giving people a chance to share their ideas with others. Tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz make this even more convenient.

I installed third party social media tools throughout this website because I want to make it easier for you to connect with others through our site. The most noticeable are the "Share This", Facebook like, Twitter and Connect buttons. I'll give a brief summary of each of them.

 

Social Media Tools on the Sidebars

1. ShareThis. I installed the "ShareThis" button in the upper corner of the right sidebar, just under the Facebook Like box. ShareThis gathers your favorite social media tools in one convenient place. Move your pointer over the button and you'll be presented with a short menu which includes email, Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz, Aim Share, and other social media options.

Click on the "View All" button and the menu expands to reveal Tumblr, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Allvoices, FriendFeed, Diigo, Amazon Wishlist, Baidu.com, etc. As a matter of fact, ShareThis has links to all of your most popular and frequently used social media outlets. When you want to share an article link with your friends, you can do it without having to leave the website (but you should be signed into these services in order to use them).

2. Facebook Like Box. This widget connects you to Living Fit, Healthy and Happy's personalized Facebook fan page. This is where you can socialize with other fans, ask questions and get updates specific to fan page members. The Facebook Like Box is located at the top of the sidebar.

3. Networked Blogs. When you sign up for Networked Blogs you get access to Living Fit, Healthy and Happy as well as other top blogs in health, fitness, humor and hundreds of other categories. You can find the Networked Blogs button in the sidebar just below the Twitter Search box.

4. DuckDuckGo Custom search box widget. This widget isn't a social media tool per se, but it's a tool that I installed on the right side bar. This search box allows you to search for articles published on Living Fit, Healthy and HappySM without the inconvenience of leaving the website.

 

Social Media Options at the Bottom of Each Article

I've also made it easy for you to share our content by installing social media buttons at the bottom of every article. These include Facebook, Twitter, Digg, del.icio.us and ShareThis. You can easily connect with your friends without having to leave our website.

One Last Word About Social Media

I enjoy sharing information with my readers. Social media is always expanding. I use a lot of these tools and I'm still amazeded by the rate at which new apps are developed. I learn about new tools by staying up with the latest developments and reading articles presented on Darren Rowse's blog which is named problogger.net. 

Now that you know about the social media tools that I've installed on the website, I hope that you'll use them to make your visits all the more enjoyable.

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Spammers, Scraper Bots and Content Thieves - Special Announcement

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Content theft is a scourge that plagues online media producers. Just as other long time bloggers Darren Rowse and Brian Clark have been the victim of content theft, I knew that it would only be a matter of time before it would happen to this site, too. While doing routine web searches for our content and ranking on Google, I came across spam blogs (splogs) that have been using content stolen from Living Fit, Healthy and Happy.

The content thieves even go so far as to use the name of this website to deceive the search engines into giving them top page placement in the search results. If you happen to come across any site with the title "Nail fungus treatment Living fit, healthy and happy powered by typepad" be warned that it is a spam blog. Living Fit, Healthy and Happy has neither any affiliation with nor connection to any of those blogs or websites.

The content thieves are coming from such places as Paris, France; Farmington, Michigan; and Russian cities Saint Petersburg, Saratov and Zhirkov; the UK (ISP Hostmaniac dot com Customer Server); Pulong Gubat, Philippines; and many locations in India including such Indian cities Delhi, Madras, Mumbai, Patna, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Gurgaon and Vadodara.

Josh Trent plagiarized my article "9 Reasons Why People Don't Reach Their Fitness Goals". I posted a short version (Why Do Some People Give Up Before They Even Begin?) onto ezinearticles dot com on July 28, 2009 (you can read it here). This is because on 13 July 2009 I posted the full version on "Living Fit, Healthy and Happy" when it was hosted on blogspot.

Then some guy named Josh Trent pastes the ezinearticle version word for word on his own blog with a date stamp of July 29, 2009. Josh Trent didn't give me a backlink or any credit for the article. He couldn't come up with any original ideas so he had to scrape my content?

As of Tuesday 20 December 2011 the latest is from the Ukraine and identifies herself as Carolyn Pinker claiming that she wants to install code on the website (that's right, I'm calling you out). They use scraper bots to steal content which is then spliced together in nonsensical order to create spam blogs that host Google Adsense display ads.

What's insulting about it is that by doing this, they harm innocent advertisers who have ads which appear on those spam blogs. And what should be a concern to all of us are possible reasons why they created those splogs in the first place. They could use the money they get from Google Adsense ads to buy or fund who knows what.

Living Fit, Healthy and Happy has a disclaimer and privacy policy which includes our email address for anyone who wishes to write to us for questions about upcoming articles, suggestions for how we can improve the site to make it more enjoyable and useful to our readers ( and that's you!), etc. We do this because Living Fit, Healthy and Happy believes in disclosure and honesty.

I have already brought this to Google's attention as the content thieves are violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). But it's your right to know, too, because we all have a stake in keeping the internet safe and clean for everyone. The internet is a soil from which knowledge springs forth in the form of useful websites, but in that soil are weeds (content thieves). And the only way to get rid of weeds is to get them at their roots.

That's what I'm doing right now. In my role as site administrator and publisher of this website, I decided that it's just as important to you the readers. So I'm bringing it to your attention so that you'll know what to look out for.

So again, if you happen across websites that say "Nail fungus treatment Living fit, healthy and happy powered by typepad" or other stolen content, know that it is not Living Fit, Healthy and Happy. You come to Living Fit, Healthy and Happy because you want valuable and trustworthy health and wellness information. And that's right here. Those others are bad sites created by internet criminals who are trying to deceive you and all unsuspecting folks whom are unfortunate enough to stumble on them.

Identifiable plagiarists/spammers will be added to The Hall Of Shame.

 
Thank you for reading.

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Internet Security Providers Warn of New Worm!! "Here you have" Worm May Affect Computers World Wide!!!

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This morning I received an newsletter update from my software security provider about a new threat to computers. Because of the seriousness of this worm, I decided to post a special announcement. A new internet worm has been unleashed on an unsuspecting public. The worm has been named "Here you have" and poses a threat to a computer user's security software. The worm reportedly disguises itself as an email link or an attached file.

Once the unsuspecting recipient downloads the worm, it disables security software and sends itself to all of the recipients email contacts. If you receive an email with the subject line "Here You Have" or "Just for you", internet security providers suggest that you not click the link in any email containing those subject headers. It's also a good idea to have up to date security software installed on your computer. Remember that this worm is malware and can do serious damage to your computer so it's better to be safe than sorry.

 

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McAfee, Inc. http://www.mcafee.com/us/default.asp

 


Make Living Fit, Healthy and Happy Your Homepage

                                                  Make Us Your Homepage

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It's easy to get the latest health and wellness news from Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) delivered right to you everyday by making us your homepage. Here's how:

Firefox users:

1. Go to Tools and from the drag down menu and select options.

2. From the General Icon, type in http://www.livingfithealthyandhappy.com

3. Click Okay. Congratulations! You've just made Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) your homepage!

Internet Explorer Users:

1. Go to tools and from the drag down menu select Internet Options.

2. In the general tab type in http://www.livingfithealthyandhappy.com

3. Click Okay. That's all you need to do to make Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) your homepage.

 

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