January 27, 2020
Last night, while reviewing the visitor logs for my site, I noticed several hits from
frame.bloglovin.com. I’m always curious to see where visitor to my site are coming from, so I
clicked on the link that had brought them to my site and saw this.
My initial reaction was WTF?
There’s no obvious way to dismiss that subscribe dialog, but when I clicked on the site behind it the dialog went away. The page behind it had this as its header.
They aren’t scraping my content and claiming it as theirs, but they are presenting it through their site, with their header. I was not pleased.
A quick search led me to a couple of articles about BlogLovin’. The verdict is that, while perhaps not 100% sketchy, they are pushing it. It appears they add comments, through their site, to my content. The Ultimate Guide to BlogLovin’ actually reversed their standing on the service. Over at BlogLovin’ is Now Stealing Your Posts there is evidence that BlogLovin’ is actively claiming content that isn’t there’s.
Toward the end of the second post there was reference to how to block BlogLovin’ on Nginx using
$http_user_agent and a link to a (now defunct) article about doing the same with Apache based
I did another search and learned how to block access to my site by testing the
in the request. Here’s a sample of the code to be placed in the
<IfModule mod_setenvif.c> SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent (bloglovin) bad_user_agents Order Allow,Deny Allow from all Deny from env=bad_user_agents </IfModule>
This test is case insensitive, and since the matching string isn’t prefixed with a
^ the string
can occur anywhere in
There have only been five total visits to my domain through BlogLovin’, all within the past week.
Roughly a week ago I resurrected a long dormant subdomain, and the scraped content was all from that
site. I added the
htaccess directive to my main domain, and to the subdomain that was being
scraped. Now I’ll have to wait and see if any 403 errors are produced.
It’s self-entitled liberties like this that make the World Wide Web frustrating at times.
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