I have been banned from MyBlogLog… Since last night every page I visit on their site results in a 403 (Forbidden) error code. I have asked others and nobody else seems to get the error but me.

I can’t really blame them. I wonder if they will refund me my yearly fee.

EDIT – Well, as confirmed in comments below I have officially been banned and will be refunded.

Just to recap here are my posts on the MyBlogLog bugs:

How To Surf The Web As ShoeMoney

MyBlogLog Showing Communities I did not Join ?

How are people getting free targeted keyword links on MyBlogLog

10 things I wish MyBlogLog would do

My Thoughts On Yahoo’s Top Dog Calling Andy Beal A Spammer

MyBlogLog contest to promote MyBlogLog Communities Approved by mybloglog staff then later label Andy Beal and myself as spammers for doing it

By Jeremy Schoemaker

Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of ShoeMoney Media Group, and to date has sold 6 companies and done over 10 million in affiliate revenue. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 International Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. You can read more about Jeremy on his wikipedia page here.

107 thoughts on “Banned From MyBlogLog”
  1. Too lazy to build a quality/secure product, but not too lazy to block you. Now there’s the sign of a good company.

  2. That is why, over the weekend, I played around with the co-authoring you and friends on my SECONDARY account. I know better then risking getting banned from a service I use on a regular basis.

    BTW, a few of my friends were very impressed when they saw the Shoemoney logo on her recent reader list, because I figured out the cookie hack over the weekend, with the web developer toolbar on firefox, you choose cookies, view cookie information, and then edit the ID string.

  3. Wow I am suprised. From Eric, Todd, and Scotts comments on your post I thought they were more interested in getting feedback and fixing the issues. Did they email you or reach out before banning you?

  4. I would say that’s their loss and not yours. Obviously they would rather sweep their problems under the rug instead of responding to criticism by improving their service.

  5. Aweee MyBlogLog doesnt want to play anymore =( I hope you will continue to post the exploits they are really entertaining.

  6. I am sure this was Yahoo’s doing now that Scott and Eric have ZERO say in what is going on with mybloglog. This is what happens when you piss off JZ

  7. yeah, can’t really blame them.

    Maybe they just need a breather and will let you back in after they catch up.

  8. lol Scott so you guys did ban me? I still did not want to believe that but… whatever =p

    Best of luck to you guys in the future.

  9. So, all this MyBlogLog bashing you are doing, this because they didn’t listen to your pitch to integrate your “comment Karma” product ?

  10. Well I did not really consider it bashing… Just facts.

    It actually started when they wrote there post about Andy Beal being a spammer (which of course was not true). That really pissed me off.

  11. Unreal they would rather ban you then fix there problems. I am taking this off my site right now.

  12. To be clear — we did not ban shoemoney for posting about exploits. Although we would certainly have appreciated that he email us first, it’s his decision where he would like to publish them. We banned him for publishing other people’s data on the site and urging readers to spoof them. On what planet is that not a bannable offense?

  13. You mean other people’s data that you made public because you’re a bunch of a amateur hacks?

    If it wasn’t for this post, you wouldn’t even know about the exploit.

  14. It doesn’t really matter, their service is quickly turning into a stinky pile of dog poo.

  15. I heard Michael Arrington (techcrunch) say he will never use that piece of crap again after they made him look so bad.

  16. This is unreal. That’s like someone walking into an unlocked door to tell you the door’s unlocked, then you call the cops on them!

    Everybody knows that MLB = good idea but the implementation/code would make PHP script kiddies die laughing. Totally unreal.

    I guess you’d prefer he posted it anonymously to some forum or used it for his own exploits? Fix MLB faster and let us all live in peace.

  17. Agreed. If someone made me look that dumb I would ban them right away also. Of course I would never have a quality product either.

  18. Hey there Shoey. First time I have commented on your blog. Sad to see the ban on YBL. I just had a quick look through your photo gallery and have this question. Who had that pose with the black skivvy first (stock promo)? You or Shawn? 🙂
    Col 🙂

  19. […] well known internet marketer ShoeMoney has been banned from MyBlogLog. I have avoided putting MBL on this or any of my other sites for a number of reasons and this […]

  20. […] am not really surprised by this. Yahoo is quite arrogant anyway and banning Shoemoney is not going to solve their problems. I think Yahoo should be grateful to Shoemoney for finding the […]

  21. This is crazy… talk about biting the hand that feeds.

    They should have at least warned you.

  22. That’s harsh. What happened to getting a warning first? They expect us to email them a heads-up about a problem, yet go ahead and ban Jeremy without at least contacting him first.

  23. […] links to MyBlogLog and taking the JavaScript off the site. Why? Yahoo and MBL have decided to ban Jeremy Schoemoney from the service for exposing some security flaws in the […]

  24. Are you kidding? What serious company behaves like this?

    Why don’t you spend your time fixing your bugs instead of banning people for writing about them?

  25. Why didn’t you report the issue to them first and then take credit for working with them after they made changes? I mean that as respectfully as possible… seems like you just jumped on the opportunity to rip ’em. Would have been nice if you had talked to them first.


  26. […] posts on Shoemoney.com Since last night every page I visit on their site results in a 403 (Forbidden) error code. I have […]

  27. […] possible exploits but with all of the noise he has been causing I think they got a little upset and banned him from […]

  28. I agree with some of the other commenters. If they’d just focus on making a better product they wouldn’t have so many bugs.

    You’re doing them a favor by exposing their bugs, and by doing so it makes management make sure they’re fixed quickly. In this case they’re making the wrong decision by just getting rid of you (like that’ll fix the bugs).

  29. This is a strange approach to take, considering that you are one of the top bloggers out there.

  30. […] involving MyBlogLog. There I also found out that Jeremy Shoemaker aka ShoeMoney got recently banned from MyBlogLog for exposing exploits and hacks in MyBlogLog. Share This […]

  31. Aha… I don’t remember me providing my SSN, Credit Card, Drivers License etc at MyBlogLog.

    I have not seen anything in Jeremy’s posts that would harm anybody (unless the security hole still exists, but then it could harm everybody anyway).

    Are you talking about ID’s like 2007010700401606 for mybloglog.com/buzz/community/cumbrowski/? Kind of IDs? Or 2006052416511720 for my User ID which can be found at any blog I visit and pulled directly from Amazons S3 storage where most images are being stored and server from by MyBlogLog?

    Banning somebody who shows security holes and flaws publicly; flaws that do not require any illegal action to exploit them to be specific; is a bad move.

    May be I should start doing this myself or just kill mybloglog account (with refund of the annual membership fee or not, which expires in 2-3 months anyway).

    It’s safer than to wait for a guy who exploits stuff secretly and really harms me in one way or another, because anybody with a honest and good intent gets banned for poking and pointing it out, AGAIN and AGAIN.

    Somebody should start getting his priority straight and re-think who the real foe is and who is actually a friend.

  32. If he was the ‘good Samaritan’ you’re making him out to be, he would expose the bugs by contacting MyBlogLog rather than creating a fiasco.

  33. […] it the ShoeMoney way. MyBlogLog has been recently acquired by Yahoo! and since then, a lot of people have been closely […]

  34. With as many bugs/hacks as MyBlogLog has I can kind of see your point, but having been acquired by Yahoo there’s no reason for them not to be aired out. These things should be fixed in no time.

    MyBlogLog is more likely to react if a “fiasco” is started than if he just sends them a “hey you have a problem” e-mail.

    It’s not like this is an exploit used to gain access to credit card information … at least there’d be some merit in making sure something like that is kept quiet.

  35. […] I don’t think it’s a good idea to ban ShoeMoney just because he showed us some bugs, tricks and hacks on using the MyBlogLog.  Well, it’s […]

  36. Hehehehehehehhee, image how annoying somebody should be to you in order for you to take actions against that person 🙂
    thats how mybloglog ppl feel about you and your bug-revealing posts

  37. The thing is if you hadn’t posted about it then they wouldn’t of banned you. I made the same mistake on my blog.

  38. You still have MyWebLog widget on the Photopages, I thought you were removing from all the pages.

  39. […] Schoemoney è un blogger che è stato bannato da MyBlogLog (il servizio che è attivo anche su questo blog) per avere pubblicato i dettagli di una falla del […]

  40. I read them and still think you just utilized the opportunity for linkbaiting rather than assisting to improve a young product. I really enjoy MBL so I’m not going to boycott it. I have been critical of some components of MBL, but I worded it in a constructive manner. Eric actually keeps an eye out for blogs and what folks are saying about MBL and they continue to enhance the product BASED on feedback. They are supportive of us, we can be supportive of them. I’m not sure that Shoemoney was really helping anyone – but he’s getting a lot of hits out of it. I think that was ultimately his goal.

  41. […] has banned one prominent S-E-O for publishing problems that he’s found with their service. Jeremy […]

  42. Let’s make an analogy in another field: I buy a BMW, since I’m good with engines, I find out there’s a problem with a part and it will eventually lead to a dangerous blow out.
    I write about it on my CarsBlog, and BMW decides, I’m not allowed to buy a new BMW anymore, because I’m a bad bad customer.
    Yeah I see the logic. NOT!
    I’m sure it will only incite people to find more bugs, write more posts and reveal once more, what a crappy site you built.
    Again , smart move.

  43. […] I mentioned the fact that MyBlogLog had banned Jeremy Schoemaker of ShoeMoney.com from using their service.  A quick rundown looks something like […]

  44. “Hmm, how can I get some free publicity for my little widgety based community thing? I know, I’ll ban one of the most prominent bloggers on the web, if that doesn’t get people visiting my site, I don’t know what will.”

    Call me cynical if you will, but banning John Chow never did Digg any harm, and you’ll still find new posts cropping up about it now….

  45. […] Jeremy “ShoeMoneyâ€? was banned from MyBlogLog for posting articles about how to hack MyBlogLog. One of his first articles about hacking MyBlogLog […]

  46. […] Blog Log, and how it’s such a good source for blog promotion, but I am beginning to wonder.  Shoemoney (a self proclaimed NON SEO) has been banned.  WHAT?  ShoeMoney was simply pointing out some of the bugs that My Blog Log has like others had […]

  47. […] Rafer showed up in Shoemoney’s comments to confirm there would be a refund for his pro […]

  48. […] Shoemoney got the boot from Mybloglog – I can’t blame them on some level, but I’ll be pulling MBL too (Yes, I’m a lemming, but I think Andy has the right idea – and the $20M fad is over for the SEO savvy – there’s still the myspace crowd now that the early adopters see that there’s little real value – it was fun while it lasted) The only value I saw, was putting a face with names, though I’m sure there are, and will be other better options for this shortly. […]

  49. […] Banned From MyBlogLog – ShoeMoneyâ„¢ The latest installment in this shameless fiasco called, “blame the customer for writing shoddy software”. I can’t bring myself to remove the widget. It’s quite valuable but they sure make it hard on me. Please build a more robust system first. (tags: mybloglog) […]

  50. […] a better example of how integral relationships are now? Check out the Shoemoney/MyBlogLog brouhaha. Rather than sift through the facts and make their own decision, most people are choosing between […]

  51. Why do you care if MBL bans you or not? If they can’t take care of their issues, then it’s time to move on anyway.

    Ha, you sure have a lot of suckups. 🙂

  52. […] all the hooha surrounding MyBlogLog, the latest one to follow after the banning of ShoeMoney appears rather controversial since word has it that MyBlogLog is not only tracking external visitor […]

  53. I don’t think shoemoney is banned. He is afterall featured member in MBL members page.
    Was this another publicity stunt. Well congratulations for beig featured there.

  54. I don’t think Shoemoney is banned from MBL. Afterall Shoemoney is the featured member of MBL for the present season. Well is this another publicity stunt?
    Congratulations for being featured there,

  55. Yes – I can see why you were banned (although I bet if you had a smaller blog they would not have cared).
    But – I don’t think you should not write about something just because it’s going to annoy a few people or companies.

  56. […] engine marketer liks Jeremy Shoemaker – it appears first on his blog. Jeremy Shoemaker created quite a stir at My Blog Log when he noticed a flaw in the community platform and called attention to it on his […]

  57. […] was an incredibly stupid reaction they had by banning ShoeMoney just for pointing out something everyone else could see anyway. Why not just say “Thanks for […]

  58. […] 100 Blogger, Shoemoney was banned yesterday from MyBlogLog, after he exposed a lot of vulnerabilities(including how to browse the web […]

  59. […] Banned ShoeMoney […]

  60. […] thought this was an interesting read where Shoemoney was banned from MyBlogLog (but they made up later) and found yet another MyBlogLog exploit a few posts later!It seems that […]

  61. […] most valuable user base, SEOs, started boycotting the service. Mind you, MyBlogLog offered a typically corporate rationale: To be clear — we did not ban shoemoney for posting about exploits. Although we would certainly […]

  62. […] the end of this week another issue popped up. Jeremy Schoemaker of ShoeMoney was recently banned from MyBlogLog for various reasons. I’m not going to get into why – I really am indifferent to it. What’s funny […]

  63. […] thought this was an interesting read where Shoemoney was banned from MyBlogLog (but they made up later) and found yet another MyBlogLog exploit a few posts […]

  64. […] week, you probably heard the big “to do” about Shoemoney being dropped from MyBlogLog after he posted the User IDs of other members on his site… a flaw in MBL’s privacy […]

  65. […] Within a day or two, Shoemoney was reinstated onto MBL, offered some sort of near apology, and at least some of the boycotters […]

  66. […] MyBlogLog de este creciente problema o si tan siquiera ellos ven esto como un problema. Yo sé que Jeremy pasó por tiempos difíciles recientemente pero diganme cual ha sido su experiencia con MyBlogLog […]

  67. Funny…they block you and now your picture and a link to your site is big and bold on the Members page. Nice turn of events.

  68. banned for publishing other people’s data on the site and urging readers to spoof them, or banned for posting exploits (which MBL spokesman seems annoyed but not too peed off about). One reason makes sense, one doesnt.

  69. […] is a win-win. (Unless your name is ShoeMoney and you get banned!) Last week MBL was the 34th most visited webspace on the internet, proof that it has plenty to […]

  70. […] owned MyBlogLog seems to have banned one of the internet’s recent celebrities Jeremy Schoemaker from it’s site because he had the audacity to point out it’s flaws. Loads of SEO blogs […]

  71. This is really disappointing to hear. Instead of banning you for pointing out their flaws they should be praising.

  72. […] MBL is a really interesting example of my post from yesterday. Back on February 22, ShoeMoney announced that he had been banned from MBL for publicly exposing some bugs in their software. It took a couple of days of very heated, very […]

  73. […] on your blog that the other blogger may not like saying or doing themselves. Take the issue of MyBlogLog banning Jeremy Schoemaker, aka ShoeMoney, because he posted MyBlogLog security exploits in public. Arguing about something or […]

  74. MyBlogLog Mass Messaging - Swallow SPAM or DIE | AVINASH 2.0 - Design, Web 2.0 & Web Standards says:

    […] days, you know how nicely spammers abused it and how MyBlogLog folks tried to hide their sin by banning some people. Later, Shoemoney got unbanned when his fans/buddies started writing against MyBlogLog. Eric […]

  75. […] While catching up on my feeds this morning, I noticed that Shoemoney posted about being banned from MyBlogLog. […]

  76. […] now, MyBlogLog is getting in on the SEO witch hunt as well, after banning SEO Shoemoney for “publishing other people’s data on the site and urging readers to spoof them”.  […]

  77. […] same MBL issues that Shoemoney revealed last year or if other loopholes have been discovered since. Shoemoney was banned from MBL and bloggers were revolting. I mean they came out in sympathy with Shoemoney and ditched their MBL […]

  78. […] it will not happen again. If it wasn’t bad enough for your business (and user credibility) banning ShoeMoney, calling the very people who use your service “spammers” was the most stupid […]

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