I was looking at my stats today and noticed one of my hubs (Why Has Being A Liberal Become A Bad Thing?) had a nice spike in views. Found the source of this spike was a racist website. Can't find the link in there as most of the site is only password accessible. Really don't want my work or me affiliated. I am sure they are railing against what I said, which is fine, but do not want anyone to think I am affiliated.
What would you do if anything? Don't think contacting the website will do anything. Thinking of writing a hub directly to them and linking it with the one they linked. Then telling them of what I think?
Want some suggestions. Thanks.
Personally I would write the hub in diplomatic fashion of course.
If nothing else post a hub making it very clear you are not affiliated and why. I like the suggestion of tagging their site with a hub that is anti racist. Try to open their eyes to a better point of view than the hatred the racists are putting out. Do your hub page big and bold be brazen about it.
You can't control who links to you on the web - nor can it hurt your hubs rankings. I wouldn't worry about it and move on.
I agree, best just ignoring it and not letting them get to you.
A backlink is a backlink. As Lissie said, you can't control it, but it *does* help your rankings. Be happy your stuff was noticed outside of HubPages.
Also, don't worry about anyone thinking you're affiliated with the racist site. Not a snowflake's chance of *that* happening!
I think that there is nothing to worry about. Bgpappa, as a fan your hubs I have to say, that you are an excellent writer. If your hub is being discussed and is getting the attention it deserves, is a good thing. You know, it's like this- Wal-mart sells white sheets, but they are in no way affiliated with the KKK. You can't control who your audience might be, anymore than Wal-mart could control white sheets being purchased by people in the KKK. I'm excited for you. Hopefully you will generate some steady cash flow out of this. Where as the racists group might be giving your hub great attention, they too have purchasing power.
You know, I'd have the same concern as you do. I think any decent person would. But I agree with the other hubbers. This in noway reflects the person you are. And if you do get static, tell that person to read some of your hubs and comments left by us fans.
Keep up the great work.
Who was it that said "I don't care what they say about me as long as they spell my name right"? and of course send me my royalty check.
Thanks for your comments. I guess if they are mad at me I am doing something right. I will just let it be. Hopefully they are clickers.
This isn't quite the same problem as a racist site (which, of course, is a more serious matter); but someone I know searched my name and came up with a site under the same first and last name (not middle) that's "way-nothing" I'd ever be involved with. (!) It's an "erotic-related" site, presented very prominently by its namesake. I didn't stay around long enough to see how "bad" the site is, and it isn't, I don't think, anything hard core. It's just that I, personally, would never be involved with putting together something like that.
Then, too, I do freelance writing for clients and have my links on things like job/project-match sites. Also, I have two grown sons, a daughter, and any number of friends and family I just don't want thinking I have some secret personality.
So, on each of my blogs I added a note that essentially says, "Lisa" and my last name are common names; and I'm not necessarily affiliated with all sites associated with that name.
Of course, that person hasn't (as far as I know) linked to my writing (and maybe if she did, assuming it's really a "she") I'd get far more traffic.
Upon thinking about your situation, though, there's the thinking that you shouldn't have to worry about who/what links to your material. Then there's my thinking that leans toward contacting them and requesting they remove the link. Whether it makes sense or not, and whether there aren't 100 more objectionable sites also linking to something you wrote; I tend to think I may politely request they remove the link. I guess I'd feel better by operating on my own principle and taking the step to, in my own way, reject beliefs I would find as so objectionable. Of course, I'm the first to admit that being a stickler for principle, and so often being unable to resist taking even a small stand, sometimes amounts to making mountains out of molehills.
Appreciate your thoughts.
The site is highly objectionalbe. I have thought about this a lot and think I will let it be. I assume it is linked because they disagree with my stance. I am a big believer in honest debate so I will let them vent. Perhaps one of them could comment instead of railing in a closed debate but so be it. I know my beliefs. And again, if I got them mad, I am doing something right.
You're right. There is always something to be said for letting people make very public exactly who/what they are; because people who are "off the wall" never have arguments that can hold a shred of water - and that is what always, always, becomes very obvious.
Swear I am not just trying to get people to read my hub but check out the last comment I received. I will leave it up for a little while but will have to delete it due to the profanity, lenghth and its failure to be coherent.
Good question, good use of our community....
If I found that this happened, I *personally* would welcome the new readers to the Hub (by editing it, giving a short message) and then explaining to them your feelings on the topic. For instance, I would be compelled to condemn racism in this context.
Got a few threatening comments now. The one that is left is not threatening at all, but is a good summary of what I have seen. Deleted them due to profanity.
Got a couple of clicks though so I won't complain
After many comments that were just filled with profanity and racial slurs, all seems to be quiet. Thanks to all for your comments.
Yeah, those people have a short attention span
I suggest the following. Enjoy the promotion. Edit your hub. Put in a new first line: "Not affiliated with that [expletive] racist site, [name site with no link]." or any such disclaimer.
Look at it this way, it might actually do some of those bigots some good if they come read your hub, and a lot of the visitors from that site may not be bigots at all, but merely tourists.
I left them up for a little while, then deleted the ones with excessive profanity, which left all of one.
They have also been leaving comments on my other hubs with other well thought out arguments. None of them have survived.
If they left an actual comment that contained their argument, no matter how horrible it is, I would leave it up in the spirit of debate.
They have not done so as of yet, so we will see. I am still getting about three views a day from that website.
Well lets be clear, it wasn't really being promoted. Rather, it was up there as "hey, look at the garbage this guy wrote." Promoted was bad use of language. Just didn't like seeing the website name in my stats.
That being said, I will fight it one comment at a time, at least the ones I leave up.
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