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?!