Linda Ikeji is a famous blogger in Nigeria who in 2013 made it onto the list of Forbes influential bloggers which is no easy feat!

Her blog provides news, beauty tips, and celebrity gossip to her readers.

She started blogging when she was 17 years old with no background in journalism or writing experience.

Today, she has over 3 million followers on Facebook where she posts almost daily.

With so many people following her work, Linda Ikeji has been able to make a living for herself by running the blog as well as taking advertisements from various companies.

She has been able to launch her own beauty line as well as a clothing line via print on demand.

She was also named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014 and awarded an honorary doctorate from Babcock University.

instapaper.comLinda continues to work hard to provide her readers with the latest posts and information on entertainment news.

She has been in the spotlight for her success and achievements as an entrepreneur while being one of Nigeria’s most successful bloggers to date.

Her blog began when she had just finished school with no further ideas about what career path to take until she discovered blogging.

Seriously feel sorry for her, and so I had to do a little bit of research and follow up about what really led to Google’s action.

For more than seven years, everyone has been happy with

going to lindaikeji.blogspot.com for their daily fix of Nigerian gossip. It didn’t matter that the site was hosted on Blogger, and that it had an unintuitive URL. Consistently one of Nigeria’s most trafficked websites, LIB was…er…is insanely successful.

Well, it broke. Linda Ikeji’s blog has been pulled down by Google on account of alleged copyright infringements . It is not certain when the site will be reinstated, or indeed if it ever will be. Linda Ikeji seems to be aware of this possibility and appears to be in the process of setting up a brand new website.

The problem is, she has no domain name to even begin with. At least, not one that is convenient. Right now, all of Linda Ikeji’s domains are belong to someone else.* How the hell did this happen? How could Linda look on while her domains were getting nabbed by squatters? One might be tempted to jump to the hasty conclusion that she was extremely negligent, but if you look closely, and think about it, she wasn’t probably wasn’t more careless than the average blogger on the web with just enough web savvy to set up a blogspot. From accounts of people familiar with her, LIB’s success surprised Linda Ikeji herself. One thing led to

another and now, she’s in this situation. Linda started blogging in 2006. She is one of Nigeria’s first bloggers, and perhaps the first to take it seriously. In 2006, nobody was thinking of acquiring domain names. Except maybe they were Seun Osewa .

Enter Mr. Santos

By 2007, Linda had attracted her first squatter, and they went for the jugular. One Jonathan Santos from Belize acquired lindaikeji.com. At the time, it must have looked like a joke, but that error is one that must have haunted Linda for the past seven years, and has definitely been keeping her awake for the past few days. Whoever Jonathan Santos is, something about LIB at the time must have tipped them off to its potential and led them to make the bet.

Sources close to Linda Ikeji say that Santos offered the domain to her at a premium of between $2,000 to $5,000 a few years ago. But she passed, refusing to be extorted. Unfortunately, the more successful Linda Ikeji is, the more valuable and thus expensive lindaikeji.com will get. Right now, the domain is parked, earning adsense pennies, but it seems that Jonathan Santos will not part with it for anything less than $20,000. Linda’s current copyright predicament has obviously upped the ante significantly.

Hello, Mr. Efremov

But what of the other domains? At first, nobody was interested. But by 2011, not only was LIB doing insane amounts of traffic, advertisers were also lining up to pay for advertising. Linda Ikeji’s blog presented such a huge target that cybersquatters could no longer ignore all those unclaimed domains. So in December of 2011, one Mr. Emmanuel Efremov decided to register lindaikeji.net, which is obviously the next best thing after lindaikeji.com.

New York based cyber lawyer, Uduak Uduok penned a blog

post that makes a strong case for that. According to that article, Emmanuel Efremov has in the past been been found to have wrongfully squatted on a Volkswagen domain.

The battle had already been lost since 2007. If the legitimate owner of a trademark owns the .com, there is almost zero incentive to squat on the other domains. Linda doesn’t own her dot com, so the squatters probably figure there is a chance she’ll pony up some cash for the ones they are holding.

I’m willing to bet that Linda can get more than half of these

domains back if she really wants to, and at a fraction of the cost that they would be willing to pawn it to her. With a great lawyer, cash (because lawyers don’t work for free), and lots of patience – it could take a while.

In the meantime, she appears to be resolute in her decision

to not enrich those pesky cybersquatters.

” Anyway, I will find one weird LindaIkeji name and let y’all know soon where I am moving to. I don’t want to give any of these guys the pleasure of buying those names from them. “

Hmm. If I were Linda, I would pay Mr. Santos his $20k and

forget about the whole thing. It seems that fella was destined to hammer on that “investment”. But what do I know? The line of people who have tried to advise Linda since 2011 is as long as from Victoria Island to Bariga, and I don’t intend to join the queue. I’m content to keep observing.

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