The other day I came across this news item that was in my Alexa toolbar. It was about U.S. authorities shutting down a WordPress host with 73,000 blogs. The thing is this.. The host was shut down because of the number of blogs on that server that shared torrent links for movie downloads. I understand that those sites would be shut down for having illegal content. What I don’t understand is the thousands of blogs being shut down just because they are collateral damage. Those blog owners didn’t know they were hosting their blog with a company who attracted illegal file sharing sites. All of these bloggers were simply shut down, and they are unable “by law” to recover their files and databases. Read the entire story about it here.
I am a professional blogger that teaches constantly the need for a self-hosted wordpress blog. You cannot rely on free hosts like blogger, and others to have your best interests in mind. You can even be shut down on a self-hosted blog if the server it is on is in the same situation. I also teach you to make regular backups. I backup my blog a couple of times every single day.
Unfortunately, here in America where it is turning into a military state fast, you cannot take the chance. Your rights can be violated in the name of the law and they will prevent you from getting your content back. Then you start from square one all over again. Do you know how much work it is to build up a successful blog? If not, sign up for my newsletter and get my ebook with the details.
‘Operation In Our Sites‘ targeted several sites including TVShack.net, Movies-Links.TV, FilesPump.com, Now-Movies.com, PlanetMoviez.com, ThePirateCity.org, ZML.com, NinjaVideo.net and NinjaThis.net. In almost unprecedented action, the domain names of 7 sites were seized and indications are that others – The Pirate Bay and MegaUpload – narrowly avoided the same fate.
Umm, ok. That explains the illegal sites that needed to be shut down. But I am curious to know the urls of all of the innocent blogs that were affected by this “operation”. I also believe that a collective effort to sue the United States Government might set these “above the law” types straight. The massive amount of blogs being taken offline, and the blog owners’ hopes and dreams being shattered… It’s too much to think about. The host in question is named Blogetery.