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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

China has taken over my domain name!

A couple of months ago I let my subscription for the domain name seanmclachlan (dot) com lapse. I wasn't getting nearly as many hits on that website as I do on this one, plus I was dissatisfied with my hosting service, who could never get the graphics-light website to load at a decent speed.

Shortly after my domain name became available it returned, this time with different graphics and entirely in Chinese! Google Translate shows it to be a real estate website. It's not very well done and I think they're just squatting on the domain hoping to sell it later on.

Who's behind this? I'm thinking it's the People's Liberation Army, who have been accused of lots of cybercrimes lately. That's too bad, because I really like their propaganda posters, like this one from World War Two. Whoever is behind it, Chinese domain squatters are on the rise.

Luckily my old domain name has been going down in the Google Ranks. Search for "Sean McLachlan" and it used to come up first. It's now in the middle of the first page.

This blog, however, doesn't show up until page 5. I've added my name to the header and the metadata, something I should have done from the start, and I'm adding my name to the tags for each post.

I could still use some help. If you have the time, share this story on your own blog, using my name, Sean McLachlan, as the hyperlink back to this blog. Let's get my blog to be the first thing that shows up when you search for me, or at least on the first page!

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.


  1. That is weird they snatched your name.

  2. What will they think of next? I'll see what I can do to help spread the word.

  3. China has been doing some weird things lately with domain names and copyrights.

  4. It's strange that they would even think to grab your name. They must have a way of detecting recently lapsed domains to even know about it.

    Visiting from A to Z Challenge. This is my first year participating.

    Transformed Nonconformist

  5. done http://jurrga.blogspot.nl/2013/03/doing-sean-maclachlan-small-favour-and.html


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