I am totally pissed and infuriated and I don’t know who I’m madder at – Wellsphere or myself. Wellsphere is a “health community” site for health bloggers to gather and to supposedly help others as patient experts and medical experts. This was the drawing card for me – I thought I could help others with CFS & Fibromyalgia by joining the site. But what I found out was that it was just a ploy to steal my site content in total. Other sites I have joined that are similar to Wellsphere will only take about a paragraph of your written blog posts and will then link to your site so that the reader can be directed to my website to read the remaining post content. Wellsphere copies EVERY SINGLE WORD OF MY CONTENT ON EVERY POST I HAVE WRITTEN.
What really sent me boiling was when I received an email from Wellsphere saying that they had been bought out by HealthCentral.com for an undisclosed amount that is estimated to be in the millions from various posts Ihave read across the Internet.Guess what all ofus hard-working bloggers got from this? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! They basically have access to all of our hard work and sold it to another company.
While I am normallyvery thorough in reading the fine print,I thought that only a minor portion of each post would be published.
There are many posts across the Internet regarding how us health bloggers were scammed and I have posted as manylinks below as I could find.Why am I posting this on here? Because it will show up on Wellsphere, naturally! :)I have sent emails tohave my account there removed and Ihave also changed my profile name to” No More Stealing My Content, Wellsphere!”I will never be fooled into anything like this again.
UPDATE: I went onto Wellsphere this morning to see if my account had been deleted yet and it had. A lot of people are furious over this whole mess. Here is the email I received from Geoff Rutledge. From what I have read elsewhere online, it is the same form letter that he has used for others who have asked to have their RSS feeds and profiles deleted.
I wanted to let you know that we have deleted your profile and posts on Wellsphere from your blog at fightingfatigue.org/.
I wondered if you might like to connect with me personally, perhaps with a chat by phone. Feel free to call me on my cell, xxx-xxx-xxxx, or send me your number and a time, and I’ll be happy to call you.