Zero Tolerance For Blog Content Thieves

It’s a good thing that I had the good sense to set up Google Alerts, informing me any time my blog posts or site name are linked to from anywhere in the Blogosphere. While it has the benefit of letting me know of someone who felt my content was worth linking to, it also provides me notice of anyone who might have the nerve and utter audacity to actually copy my post content and post it on their own blog as if it’s their own work.

Just this morning I received a Google Alert informing me of two links to my blog posts. One link has me seething with anger, as this blogger has the nerve to copy my text from my post on “Increase Your Technorati Page Rank And Google Rank With Viral Linking“, posting it on their own blog as it if the words are their own. This blogger (http://kslye.blogspot.com) “The Strategic Notebook” couldn’t even take the time to create their own text describing what Viral Linking was about, and then provide the various links to pass along? Steam is billowing out of my ears, and I’m ready to pounce on this pathetic sack of flesh.

If you haven’t yet set up your own Google Alerts, I highly recommend you do so now. Not only will it let you know when someone has linked to one of your blog posts because they find the post to be of value, such as Gayla McCord has done with her post “Are Your Raising A Long Term Liability” on Supernanny Rules (Thanks Gayla!), but you can also be alerted to low-life bloggers who steal your content and pass if off as their own.

If you find someone stealing your content and you host your blog on Blogger.com like I do DID, there are specific steps you should and need to take in order to report this type of abuse and teach these jerks a serious lesson of Zero Tolerance For Blog Content Thieves. How’s that for telling it like it is?!

UPDATE: The offensive post has since been deleted.

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  1. Jenny Lens says:

    Lorelle has written exellent posts on this subject, with tons of links and tips. Here’s just one: http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

    Lorelle encourages us to fight back, but be aware it is time-consuming and not worth getting angry, because it’s an ongoing battle. Just another thing to put on our to-do list.

    I use a couple of WordPress plug-ins, but not sure if they are not 100% effective. I have, in the past, been able to have sites removed when they used my photos.

    However, many of these sploggers are very clever about hiding their contact and web hosting info. I don’t want to be a downer, but I don’t think anything will change in the future.

    I wish we could contact Google and they would ban these sites. Better yet, if they could figure out a way to determine which sites with a wide random topics are very likely sploggers and not real people.

    Real peeps tend to write about what they know and care about. Whenever I find sites that list a wide variety of blogging topics, no real contact info (the contact form may be up, but it won’t mail out), no About, and full of ads, PLUS they either put my name or someone else’s and say: “here’s an excellent post” with a few lines and link back to me (or if the have the whole post, but still it’s a wide range of topics having nothing to do with one another), I am pretty sure they are thieves.

    Why can’t Google figure that out as well? Those should be put into their supplemental section and NOT indexed.

    If it’s a real person, let them contact Google and other search engines to prove they are real.

    But we all know they’ll keep popping up because Google and others are not effectively blocking them, nor penalizing them for stealing our page ranking and content!

    I have no idea if Google is trying to deal with this increasing problem. As more blogs appear, the issue of bandwidth and access is getting worse, so the phone/cable companies have to provide more equipment (and of course will raise OUR rates).

    It’s in the interest of EVERYONE to stop these duplicate sploggers/scrapes, but it’s left in our hands — the people with the least power, time and access to info we need to use to stop them!

    And good luck contacting Blogger for assistance. It’s just not in the interests of these big companies to go after these thieves.

    Google will knock down their page ranks for those they catch, just as they did for text link ads that improved PR, but these sites are driving traffic to and from Google (many use Google Adsense!), so why would this be a top concern for them?

    Not putting Google down, but it’s all business. And because it affects us more than any search engine or web host, we have to deal with it.

    But don’t get mad, get even. Lemme know how that goes, especially with Blogger!

  2. Telling It Like It Is says:

    Thank you Jenny. I will definitely check out Lorelle’s discussion on that. I have faxed the necessary information and proof to Google’s Complaint Department as blogger blogs are asked to do. I’ll be interested in seeing if anything comes of it, or if I’ll even get a response.

  3. Deb says:

    I just successfully had a spam blog taken down by Google & Blogger – the process took over a month. I dont think it’s very time consuming, and I consulted Jonathan , an expert at http://www.plagiarismtoday.com. First I emailed a DMCA notice to Google, and they took down the *page* with my photos and article. But I wasnt satisfied, cos the blog was still there, with other stolen articles. I was advised to report it online to Blogger as a spam blog, and just a couple of days ago, all the other articles were gone. I didnt need to fax anything, and anyway, I’m not located in the US, and faxing would have cost me a bomb! LOL. I emailed Google and they took down the page within 10 days.

    I just dont think that spam blogs should be allowed to get away with what they’re doing. We should fight back.

    Good luck!

  4. Telling It Like It Is says:

    Thanks Deb, you’re a real go-getter! I followed the instructions given to me, faxed the letter with the incriminating URL and text, as well as my original post URL and text. I received an email back letting me know they received my complaint and would look into it, and would get back to me. Although I have not yet received another notice from Google’s Complaint Department, I did see the post has been deleted.

  5. Jenny Lens says:

    What if the splogger/scraper is not using Google Blogger? How to get their ISP to pull it, when sometimes it’s hard to find the thieves’ ISPs?

    Did Google also pull it from their serps? Does anyone know the contact info (url), email addy to notify Google when they need to pull something from their search engine results pages?

    Cos their serps display many splogger/scraper pages. Maybe that’s because the original writer didn’t contact Google or maybe because Google doesn’t deal with that. I really don’t know and have been curious about that!

  6. Jay a.k.a. 'Dat' says:

    this is a very good post, both informative and interesting. too bad it’s sad that someone actually stole your work and didn’t even bother to write it themselves or give you credit for it. but good post! i’m going to take your advance on this…

    Jay
    DatMoney.com
    DatCurious.com

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