I know I have read something similar recently in the WoW Blogs, net bots swoop in and scrape our blog content, throwing it up on their sites as:
Unknown wrote this interesting article….
I would feel slightly (only slightly mind you) if the sites were WoW related, but the majority of them are completely off track in scraping Armaggedon’s Coming.
- Pet sites
- Wrestling Sites
- Humor Sites (OK, maybe that’s legitimate ;-))
- the list goes on…
I even feel slightly guilty… well before I started this blog, I used scraped references. I had no idea at the time that they were scraped, except often finding the same content on multiple sites. I naively thought that they were all sites of the one company, just spreading the love around, picking up hits from different people with different needs.
Well, I know better now, and hopefully after reading this you will know a little bit better yourself.
Anyway, for once whinging isn’t the point of my post, rather it’s an attempt to help out those of you that write blogs and are feeling the same helplessness.
There is a wonderful blog writer by the name of Lorelle. She has wonderful resources for blog authors both at The Blog Herald and Lorelle on WordPress, so if you haven’t check out her stuff, and subscribed to her feed, then I will give you 20 seconds to do so now….
Back… that took more than 20 seconds, but I am glad you are back!
Anyway, she recently threw this post up, which is right on the money if you have been scraped, or fear being scraped (which you should, even if you haven’t yet).
I probably don’t need to add much more, but as always, I will go on, and on, and on, and on…
The last 2 things to mention are:
Specific plugins for WordPress(.org) users: WordPress Plugins Battling Evil and;
Anyway, hope that helps… Go get them content thieves… now’s the time to pull out the battle axe, totems and fireballs!
Gnomer and Out!