This is a public service announcement / cautionary tale for everyone and anyone who has their identity and business out here on the world wide web.
This year, in my effort to streamline my number of domains I renew every year, I let go of one of my web domain names. I figured: Why hold onto it if I'm not using it? BIG, BIG mistake, folks. Someone, somewhere, clearly has a domain name tracker for sites that are already well-established and well-crawled by the search engines and that become free for purchase. Someone snapped up that domain lickety-split and immediately up popped up a fake blog. A fake DESIGN blog. The domain name was kathywellerdesigns.com. This is particularly scary because ther domain name includes MY NAME, and CLEARLY is scamming to be ME.
Reading the blog, I quickly realized every post consists of gibberish, nothing makes sense - half sentences and the like. There are a ton of Google text ads and disturbingly a porno ad, too. UGH.
Please know that this is NOT me, I am horrified by it but I don't think I have any recourse, since I am not the only Kathy Weller in the world. This is the dark side of web marketing/promotion. Please beware and protect yourselves.