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My Client has an ugly blog being written about him, how can we trace the writer?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Taktical, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Taktical

    Taktical Elite Member

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    I've got an SEO and Social Media client who recently discovered a venomous blog being written about him on Blogger.

    Is it possible to trace the real name of the individual who created this blog?

    If so, how, or is there someone on this forum who has the capacity to pull that kind of data... please contact me.

    He has not said it specifically, but I assume he's willing to compensate anyone who can help him.

    -Taktical
     
  2. adbot

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    What is the liklihood that they used their real name when registering? Even if he did I'm not so sure Blogger would hand that info out very readily without some formal complaints etc. and even then at best I think they would just pull the blog down if it did in fact violate there tos.

    I think your best bet is just to bury it man. You do rep management. Charge him accordingly.
     
  3. haxxaruz

    haxxaruz Registered Member

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    PM me the details. I know some guy over at Blogger. Will see if I can pull strings.
     
  4. Reefer

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    Write a great comment for the blog and link to a page that only the author would have access to (e.g. yoursite.com/amazing-info.php) - the sole purpose of this page would be to get their IP address.
     
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  5. super11

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    If it means so much then pose as a prospect and buy the blog and then delete the unwanted stuff.
     
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  7. Taktical

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    the blog doesn't show up on google because of the work I've already done on his name. So he's protected from that. he's just REAL curious to find out who the violator is.

    I think Reefer's idea is the only viable option.

    The IP will give me his general location, can I track down the individual specifically?
     
  8. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    One word - Taktical - Mugshots.

    Last I saw him he was on his way to Vegas from all the cash he made from his reputation management company.
     
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  9. adbot

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    Yeah that's a pretty solid idea. Good thinking, I like it.
     
  10. teeniegenie

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    Taktical:

    One possible method is to sue the ISP/webhost and try to obtain the identity of the blogger through a court order. Here is a story (different reports about the same lawsuit) from a few years ago where a NY Court granted a plaintiff the right to force Google/Blogger to reveal who is behind the blog:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...er-to-sue-Google-after-identity-revealed.html

    http://blog.beliefnet.com/everydaye...t-riles-model-ethical-or-anti-freedom-of.html

    There is one key law at play on this issue:

    The Communications Decency Act of 1996 (specifically Section 230 of the Act)

    The CDA shields the ISP from liability for the defamatory statements but not necessarily from having to reveal who is behind the blog. One issue that your client will deal with is whether he/she/it is considered a "public figure" or not. Public figures have less rights so to speak than private individuals who are being anonymously defamed.

    The downside to this strategy is the costs to sue, but it may be worth it depending on the harm it is causing or may cause.

    I hope that helps.
     
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    They may fervently believe that nobody ... I've written this post from my own perspective, having suffered with ... It might be helpful for them if you go along to the first or subsequent appointments. .
     
  12. nabyar

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    Not without a court order.

    In which case, it'd be worth it to spend the money to go through the legal hoops depending on high profile your client is.
     
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    I would report this writer to blogger first. That's got to be the first of things to do.
    It sounds like a clear violation of Blogger's TOU. Google will be happy to take the content off their service even when they are in doubt ;)
     
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    That may be true, but that probably won't help at all in revealing who is behind the blog itself...

     
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  15. nabyar

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    .. and/or stopping said blogger from starting a new blog on the multiple free blogging sites out there.
     
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    doesn't blogger take down sites that get spam linked? Like 100k blog comments with no change in ip or name?
     
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    I have an old one you can practice on and test if you like.
     
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    I was once in a similar situation, though for another purpose. Go to Google Search. Type in the URL of that blog, or blogger's profile.

    Go through the search results to see if website entries or a post shows up for the profile or URL.

    It is possible that the guy had in the past made some posts on any third-party website, blog, forum or whatever, through carelessness or a deliberate act. He might even have left his email address somewhere on the web.
     
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  19. haxxaruz

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    If you get his IP, you can social-engineer the shit out of it by calling his ISP & telling them that you are a lawyer & that he violated blablablablabla law & according to the law of private life blabalablablablabla, you can let the company pay a big-ass amount of money blablablabla.
    The guy on the phone already gave me a name. Twice.
    You should certainly try it out!
     
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    bullshit.
     
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