Posted on | November 12, 2007 | 2 Comments
I am growing increasingly frustrated with the amount of people who copy my blog in order to boost their search engine rankings to sell Viagra.
I impose a copyright restriction, all rights reserved, for just that purpose. Yes, such restrictions are futile however they do permit me a degree of recourse in shutting down web sites that do nothing but copy other people’s work illegally.
I write a post, within 30 minutes over 50 junk pings pour in from fake blogs that syndicate what I make available via RSS in order to sell you the better boner.
Ectio doesn’t irritate me. I like Ectio, they don’t violate my copyright, they send me visitors and they make a buck or two in the process. Ectio grabs only my post titles, and sends visitors directly to my blog. Yes, there is a jump page involved, however, my content is not being ripped off, what do I care? Its free traffic.
I hope that other bloggers join me in calling December “Scrooge” month for blog aggregators who violate their copyright and send SPAM. Want to join? Its quite simple:
If you find someone ripping off your stuff, you need to send several abuse complaints. Yes, this means, you need to spend an hour each day doing something about the problem rather than simply complaining about it. Complaining does little good, this post will probably be ripped off within minutes of publishing. You need to complain directly to the owner of the IP address, then to whoever is getting paid from ad clicks published by the offending site.
Run a whois lookup on the IP address. If its in the US or UK, send an abuse report to the abuse contact with a formal DMCA notice and spam complaint (for the bogus pings).
Next, e-mail the advertisers shown on the page that ripped your text and do not relent until the page is removed or the advertiser cans the thief’s account.
Time to give blog burglars a lump of coal for the holidays.