Stealing My Work: Ashihara Online’s Fraudulent Portfolio Listing General Nonsense | My Life 20 OCT 2010

I’m taken aback, really I am. Going through some of Google’s nifty stats for my various sites the other morning, I came across the fact that my Funakoshi Karate International South Africa website was being linked to by South African web design company, Ashihara Online.

Now I’ve come across Ashihara Online’s work before, mainly because I’m interested in martial arts and that is the field in which they first went to work in, and so interested as to why they might be sending me link love, (despite the fact that most of their web “designs” are usually pretty damn ugly, horrible, 1990 era stuff, I clicked through…

…only to spit out with disgust when I discovered that on their portfolio page listing their “work” done, was sitting a link to my lovely, Joomla-driven Funakoshi Karate website!

I couldn’t believe it.

Blatantly lying about one’s work or stealing credit for another man’s labour is not the way to build up an online brand, particularly when the person you steal from is more than capable of holding his own in the online space, capable of pulling out more than a few SEO tricks from his own hat – in other words expect to have a fair number of points knocked off your online brand’s value if you do!

Needless to say, I have generated this post and sent off an e-mail to the contact address listed on the site, so I guess I’ll just have to sit back and see what their grovelling excuse or reply is!

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Seriously, what were you guys thinking? O.o

Related Link: http://www.ashiharaonline.com/html/portfolio.html

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Software developer, husband and dad to two little girls. Writer behind An Exploring South African. I don't have time for myself any more.