Has Your Blog Content Been Stolen?

The first thing I do when I go online is to check my emails. The first email I read took me to a chess game that I’ve been having with my blogger mate Mitch. Imagine my surprise when he warned me that my content was being pilfered by some low life.

All in all the person has stolen 10 of my posts. By the looks of things, seeing as how he’s posted a whole heap of content all on the same day, I would say that he has also stolen content from other bloggers as well.

I don’t want to send him traffic he doesn’t deserve, but I feel some of you guys may recognize some of the posts so that you can warn others that their content had been stolen.

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  1. Please DO something about this. Only you can (or another copyright holder whose rights are violated by this person) can file the claim. Here’s some information to help you:

    http://jahangiri.us/news/2009/09/17/3-ways-to-protect-your-content/
    .-= Holly Jahangiri´s last blog ..Exhausted & Overexposed: Hand-Crafted Hypertext Disappearing from the Web? =-.

  2. It’s hosted by http://netfirms.com/
    .-= Holly Jahangiri´s last blog ..Exhausted & Overexposed: Hand-Crafted Hypertext Disappearing from the Web? =-.

    1. I’ve left comments on all my stolen content for them to be removed. I will see what transpires.

      1. He really looks like an auto-splogger; might not even check comments.
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..The Final “Official” Post For DSWM! =-.

  3. I am curious how this was found out so quickly! Is there something I can do to periodically check for this type of plagiarism?
    .-= Keith´s last blog ..What Browser Are You Using? =-.

    1. One way is to make sure you always include internal links in your post, if possible. I have caught content thieves with the Incoming Links in my dashboard thanks to the thieves stealing the entire post content, links and all.

      ~ Kristi
      .-= Kikolani´s last blog ..Best of Blogging on Kikolani in 2009 =-.

      1. Great tip! I’ve caught a few that way, but was too dense to consciously make the connection. I like it!
        .-= Holly Jahangiri´s last blog ..Exhausted & Overexposed: Hand-Crafted Hypertext Disappearing from the Web? =-.

      2. That is a fabulous tip Kristi, and it should help with SEO as well!
        .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Hyenas and Secret Cheerleaders =-.

      3. Is there any other way beside the planting of internal links in the post? Because if the thief simply copy-pasted the content, the links would be gone, I suppose.
        .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..Bugs Bunny Poster =-.

        1. Actually James, all links would remain intact if he copied and pasted it into the visual editor.

      4. According to Mitch, he was notified as one of the posts linked to one of his, ie via trackback.

        Nice tip Kristi.

      5. Indeed a great tip, and best if you can smoothly include at least one link right in the first paragraph.
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..The Final “Official” Post For DSWM! =-.

    2. Copyscape.com is good.
      .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..The Final “Official” Post For DSWM! =-.

      1. Thanks Dennis, I’ll check that out.

  4. I had the same thing happened to me several months ago. I actually knew the blogger, so I emailed him, and it turned out he was trying some kind of auto-posting software that was supposed to pull a snippet of the article and then post a link to the main article, but what it ended up doing was pulling the entire article. Granted, the former isn’t good either, but certainly better than the latter. I persisted until he removed my content and stopped pulling my content.

    Definitely contact him and fight it. Maybe even report him to Google.

    ~ Kristi
    .-= Kikolani´s last blog ..Twitter Direct Messages – Best (and Worst) Practices =-.

    1. Hmm. In my experience, reporting them to Google does NOTHING except get you a snotty reply back from Google. Better to file a complaint with his host.
      .-= Holly Jahangiri´s last blog ..Exhausted & Overexposed: Hand-Crafted Hypertext Disappearing from the Web? =-.

      1. Thanks Holly, I will definitely be taking the host route, that’s for sure.

    2. Perhaps this guy is using the same software, but all the same he should have caught on to what was happening way before now.

    1. Thanks so much hokya, I’ll definitely have a look at that plugin.

  5. I’ve had this happen several times. I emailed two bloggers who were doing it. One was getting my articles through feedburner, so they had him listed under “uncommon uses.” The other left all the links in every post(about 20), even my rss link so I kept getting trackbacks from his site. When I called him on it he quit for several weeks, but just started up again.
    .-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s last blog ..The True Essence Of Giving =-.

    1. Perhaps you should talk to his host, as Holly mentioned above?

      Also, if he’s doing it to you he’s probably doing it to others and it might be a good idea to expose the person in a post similar to this one.

      1. Good idea, I’ll do that the next time a trackback comes through. Thanks.
        .-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s last blog ..The True Essence Of Giving =-.

  6. I’m so sorry, Sire. That totally bites the big one. You must feel a bit violated. I know that happens to Holly all the time, so she will have some good advice for you.

    Scumbags. Grr…
    .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Hyenas and Secret Cheerleaders =-.

    1. Violated? Nah, it’s not like he got in my pants or anything. Heck, maybe I should be thanking the person as they’ve left all the affiliate links intact. :doh_tb: :lol_tb:

      1. Nah, doesn’t look like that blog is too popular. If you’re going to get violated, make sure it’s by somebody popular. (I think that is from The Breakfast Club.)
        P.S. Don’t you forget about me!
        .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Hyenas and Secret Cheerleaders =-.

        1. Forget about you? How could that be possible?

          1. Oh trust me, it’s possible lol. VERY possible. Just ask the good folks at the unclaimed money department.
            .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Hyenas and Secret Cheerleaders =-.

            1. And I am supposed to know that? :ponder_tb:

  7. This really bites, and it happened to me recently as well, where one blog stole 5 posts from my site. They use an auto scrapping software to do it. I contacted the blogger and he took it down, but not everyone is lucky. They are too stupid and lazy to write their own stuff!
    .-= JR @ Internet Marketing´s last blog ..Search Hot Keywords with Comprehensive Info with Free Toolbar =-.

    1. Stupid is right when you consider that sooner or later someone is going to stumble on a post that they recognize from another blog.

      Hopefully this person will take mine down otherwise I will have to take it further.

      1. It’s important to have a copyright message in your Feeds, this usually how the scrapper software works by taking feeds and converting them to blog content.

        I use a plugin for WordPress called RSS Feed Signature to post a custom copyright message at end of all posts in my feed, just to protect myself, and I think Feedburner has a copyright you can add in as well.
        .-= JR @ Internet Marketing´s last blog ..Search Hot Keywords with Comprehensive Info with Free Toolbar =-.

        1. I wouldn’t have thought these people would pay any attention to copyright messages.

          1. Doesn’t matter. Notice is a nice thing to provide, so that there is no confusion as to your intentions. But copyright law (at least in the U.S. and presumably under international treaties) does not require notice. General rule of thumb: If you didn’t create it, don’t assume it’s yours for the taking. Ask. Unless it’s like 150 years old or so (more than “life plus 70”) and then you can safely assume it’s in the public domain. Posting it in public does NOT make a thing “public domain.” I just LOVE all those people who will argue till they’re blue in the face that it does.
            .-= Holly Jahangiri´s last blog ..In-context Links? No Comment! =-.

            1. Yay!!! I’m not seeing the evil double-underscores down here now, and nothing imploded! (My head might soon, if I don’t sleep, but that’s another story.) Thank you, thank you, thank you!
              .-= Holly Jahangiri´s last blog ..In-context Links? No Comment! =-.

            2. Always happy to help. ;)
              .-= Holly Jahangiri´s last blog ..In-context Links? No Comment! =-.

            3. And my blog is still in one piece. Cool, I will work on that post sometime soon. Thanks for being the guinea pig Holly.

          2. I agree with Holly, the copyright notice is to protect you and your content, it’s important to have it in the posts feeds as well as in the footer of any site you own, along with Terms/Disclaimer policy as well, it all protects you.
            .-= JR @ Internet Marketing´s last blog ..Search Hot Keywords with Comprehensive Info with Free Toolbar =-.

  8. That stinks people stealing your content. How can you even control it. I see from the comments that internal links catch them. Very interesting.

    Now I see that some people commenting have also had there content stolen at one time or another. Thankfully I haven’t had my content stolen and not that I want my content stolen but just made me think. Is the quality of my content not good enough to steal? mmmmmmmmmm What my content isn’t good enough :)

    A car thief is in a parking lot. In front of him is a ferrari and a rusty old beat up station wagon. Which does he choose? I guess it depends. They could probably get away faster with a ferrari though a station wagon is not quite as flashy.

    Anyways maybe with a little work elbow grease I can shine my rusty old beat up station wagon into a ferrari. Don’t get me wrong though its not that I would want anyone to steal it. I feel like my blog is an extension of me, something I truly put sometime to build and for someone to just take it with a simple copy and paste is just wrong. I guess you gotta watch out. Can I put LoJack on this thing? My blog that is the thief can have my rusty old station wagon.
    .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..How far does your Blog to Reach Across the Internet? =-.

    1. I don’t know Jim I reckon your content is pretty good. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of it has already been appropriated by some lazy scrape artist.

      1. Thanks Sire I am working at it. Not quite as polished as yours. You got a lot of great information here. Hey question….How do you get the “[Reply]” in each comment? If you know what I mean. I kind of like it because you can click reply on each comment.
        .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..How far does your Blog to Reach? =-.

        1. Jim, you can turn it on under Settings /Discussion area of the WP Dashboard by selecting threaded comments or use the WordPress Threaded Comment plugin, which is the one I use on this blog. It has other nifty little features as well.

          1. Hey Thanks! I figured it might be something simple. There are so many features in wordpress and that one was sitting right under my nose. I like how your comments are threaded.

            Thanks
            jim

            1. No worries Jim. If you don’t like they way they appear on your blog, give that plugin a shot.

  9. Darren @ ProBlogger is apparently having a similar issue, and he is going to give them a DMCA notice. I found some good information about what to do on dealing with copyright infringement. Hope that helps!
    .-= Kikolani´s last blog ..Is Closing Blog Comments a Good Idea? =-.

    1. Thanks for that link Kristi, I reckon it will come in really handy.

  10. I experienced this too more than twice now. Some spam blogs copied my post. Grrr…

    Is Google really doing anything against these kinds of blog thieves?
    .-= elmot´s last blog ..Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. in Good Shape for a Re-election =-.

    1. What Google should be doing is cancelling their accounts.

  11. I’ve had my content scraped too many times to mention. One of my post even showed up on a porn site.

    I’ve even had my articles sold as PLR articles and given away as PLR articles.

    Sorry this happen to you. Thanks for letting us know.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..House of Chaos- My Stressful life =-.

    1. Same thing happened to Holly. A porn site scraped her short fiction. What’s weird was that it’s a horror story. Who said lowlifes can’t be creative?

    2. Holly has had some measure of success against scrapers, making the blog owners take down the plagiarized content by communicating directly with the web host. That’s more productive than communicating with the blog owner. Aside from Holly, you’d find Jonathan Bailey’s blog on copy infringement and plagiarism helpful. Great resource blog on content theft and effective ways of dealing with these scoundrels.

      1. Thanks Jan, I appreciate the advice.

    3. On a porn site Rose? Now that must have been some post. :devil_tb:

      Seriously though, it’s not a laughing matter and it’s a shame that it happens at all.

  12. I usually find a lot of posts of mine have been stolen with those pesky sites that grab your RSS feed and then post it on a site, it’s a case of a pingback appearing on my blog and after checking it I notice that it’s from a site that has stolen my content, sheesh! Can’t these people write anything of their own, are they reall that THICK!!!!
    .-= Karen @ Blazing Minds´s last blog ..Are RSS Subscribers Still Relevant Today? =-.

    1. Of course they are Karen, that an too bloody lazy to write for themselves. Like your hat too. :thumbup_tb:

  13. Sire,

    Sucks about the content, you can check you content with copyscape I think and if will search and find duplicate content.

    I see your using Flexsqueeze theme I just switched over to it myself last weekend. I agree it is the most flexable theme and gives your site instant bling.
    .-= Jared P Little´s last blog ..Start A Web Small Business in 2010 =-.

    1. Hey Jared, I love Flexsqueeze. Personally I think it’s heaps better than Thesis which I run on my LoadOfBullshit Blog, and there’s nothing wrong with giving the old blog a bit of bling.

  14. Ha!, lots of times, some people just do not know how ta make their own content. Likewise, why don’t they just use PLR articles, they can find them accross the net these days.
    .-= Kim@getmoneyquick´s last blog ..8 Ways to Get Money Quick =-.

    1. I reckon maybe even that would be too much work for them.


  15. Twitter:
    You know I hate dirtbags like this guy, Sire, but this blog does it so blatantly that it’s just irritated the heck out of me. I eliminated the “blog” part to see what the rest of the website was all about; looks like a cheap knockoff itself. These people have no honor, and for me, that’s a major insult.
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..The Fine Line Between Blog Visitors Success And Failure =-.

    1. Hey Mitch….. sorry mate, you were the first to comment and yet it took me so long to reply. Yeah I did the same thing. Looks pretty pathetic all around. Thanks for the heads up mate.

        1. Thanks Mitch, you too mate.

  16. We’ve had plenty of content stolen in the past. Even had our whole website stolen before. It’s definitely a pain in the ass to deal with. Best thing to do is report them to their host. Sending them a cease and desist letter always helps to. Good luck.

    1. Thanks Matt, that’s definitely on the cards.

  17. I have had my content stolen several times. Thus far I have been lucky and managed to force them to take it down. But it makes me wonder if there are others that I have missed.
    .-= Jack´s last blog ..140 Characters- Teaching Boys To Be Men =-.

    1. I’m sure there’s content being stolen all the time Jack, and it would be impossible to keep track of all of them.


      1. Twitter:
        Actually Sire, if you’re doing internal linking, you’ll catch it more often than not because you get the trackbacks. I see parts of my stuff taken all the time, but haven’t said anything because so far it’s always only been a portion of my first paragraph.
        .-= Mitch´s last blog ..What’s The Deal With Disqus? =-.

        1. I do some internal linking, but not all the time. I do link to you a lot so I reckon I’m pretty safe as you’re always on the ball.

  18. My content gets pilfered from RSS scrapers who drop it into their little Google Ad wannabe sites. The ones I know about come from their ping backs, which I don’t post, but at least know when my content is being used. In general, I’ve at least received do-follow links from the guys I’m aware of, so from that standpoint, at least something positive is going on.
    .-= Gomez@windshield repair´s last blog ..Saturday Silliness: Bells! =-.

    1. I reckon if Google would ban these people there would be a lot less of this stuff going on.

      1. Yeah, you’d think the mad scientists behind the search algorithms could figure that one out. I bust my hump for months on end to scrape from page rank one to two, have a quality site, and guys who link farm and don’t follow the published “rules” are kicking my tail up one side and down the other. No complaints – I believe in karma, and it will all come out in the end.
        .-= Gomez@windshield repair´s last blog ..Windshield and Auto Glass De-icer Preventing Auto Glass Repairs =-.

        1. Well it sure hit the guy who scraped my stuff. Did you see the follow up post?

          1. Yeah, I did. Nice that it was on a reputable host. :)
            .-= Gomez@windshield appointment´s last blog ..Windshield and Auto Glass De-icer Preventing Auto Glass Repairs =-.

  19. Sorry to hear of this Sire. I had content of mine posted without my knowledge a long time ago and finally got the person to remove it with much persistence.

    I do much research on some of my posts but I always give credit to the source with a link. The person who stole my post about the invention of the toothpick. (yes, someone actually “invented” the toothpick:) removed all of the links which was the reason I persisted. I didn’t want anyone to think I stole their content and gave it freely for someone else to use. Thanks for the reminder, Sire:)
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Silver & Gold: Gold =-.

    1. It’s all cool Louise. At least I got a nice little post out of it with a heaps of nice comments. :thumbup_tb:

    1. There may be no stopping them, but at least we can try to do something about those that get caught out.

  20. That is 1 reason I only run a partial RSS Feed on some of our blogs…Others I run a full RSS & interlink them. I let the scrapers build my links.

    I have sites that pull partials but, they give a link to the original. Which is good for the original poster because it is like bookmarking & gives them a post Perma link.

    If they are Coping & Pasting your post you might look at something like http://www.seoorlando.com/link-building-pro-script/ – This is suppose to put a link into anything that is manually copied. BUT, if they copy & then paste it into something like Word Pad that strips all code then it will not help. So hope you get stupid scrappers.

    Sometimes scrappers can be a benefit.
    .-= Sheryl Loch´s last blog ..Has BlogCatalog Gone Down Hill? =-.

    1. Reckon I may have to go that route as well Sheryl, my only problem is that I hate taking advice from a woman. :jittery_tb: :wink_ee:

      1. Yes, taking advise from a girl is probably hard on you guys that haven’t figured out that we are superior!
        :tongue2_tb:
        .-= Sheryl Loch´s last blog ..Merry Christmas to All Our Blog Buddies =-.

        1. It will happen Sheryl, when hell freezes over :devil_tb:

          Hey, you know I luvs ya right? :wink_ee:

  21. I swear it’s as if it’s the time of year for all the theiving little losers that come out of the wood work. In the last 2 weeks I’ve had someone steal and alter the custom cartoon OF ME that is displayed on the bottom of my blog and use it for their own promotion. I have had another company try using our logo on their merchandise, had another blogger steal images we use for our lotion promos… The amount of low lifes on the internet just blows me away.
    .-= Extreme John´s last blog ..10 Reasons I Wouldn’t Copy Your Article =-.

    1. What! Someone beat me to stealing your cartoon! Who was it? I will unfollow them on Twitter! ;-)
      .-= Keith´s last blog ..Permalink Structure for SEO =-.

      1. Yeah, I was wondering how to get my hands on that cartoon myself. :lol_tb:

        All I can say about these lowlifes stealing our stuff John is shit happens. :flush_tb:

  22. I understand outing him with a link, but at least put a no follow attribute in there. ;)
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..The Final “Official” Post For DSWM! =-.

    1. Thanks for reminding me Dennis

  23. I’m a little slow on these. I get a pingback and am all :clap_tb: but in reality I should be all :guns_tb: at the losers taking my content [which isn’t necessarily all that impressive by comparison] and using it as their own or at least to drive traffic to themselves. They did give me credit though. :wallbash_tb: Sigh, go get them Sire!
    .-= Anne@AnneOnLife´s last blog ..Sledding, Bunny Tracks, & Lost Roosters or What I Did On My Winter Vacation =-.

    1. I reckon you’re a little like me Anne, you just love smilies :laugh_tb:

  24. It’s not the first time people have to deal with content scrapping. Sigh.. really do hope there’s a better way to stop or prevent this. It could be my Christmas wish this year — no more stealing in blogosphere but respect original work from others.

    Merry Christmas, Sire.

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..How to Brand Your Tweets with TweetBrand =-.

    1. Merry Christmas to you and your family Ching Ya and I hope you have a blogging good year.


  25. Twitter:
    Sire, we’re about the same age; I can’t believe you never saw the Breakfast Club. Classic!
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Beyond Blogging =-.

    1. Isn’t it a girlie movie?

        1. :lol_tb: Googled it, and yeah I remember the movie now. I was some time ago, and there is no way I would remember any lines from it. May have to watch it again.


          1. Twitter:
            I remember lines from the movie, but the line Heather used was from the closing song as everyone was leaving detention. It was cool.
            .-= Mitch´s last blog ..What’s The Deal With Disqus? =-.


          2. Twitter:
            Watch it again, and make sure you listen to the song, which was performed by Simple Minds. For that matter, don’t you watch Family Guy, who also parodied it?

            1. Have watched some Family Guy, pretty funny really, but not that particular episode.

    1. Thanks Gerald, I’ll head over now to have a look.

  26. Its the risk you take posting on your blog. There is not much you can do about people stealing things off your blog. There’s always going to be dirtbags stealing your content.
    .-= John Paul Aguiar´s last blog ..Happy Holidays and My Personal Thank You =-.

    1. That’s true John, but there are things that can be done once you’ve find the dirt bags.

  27. There is actually a PR6 site in my niche who regularly “republishes” other people’s content. I discovered he had reprinted one of my articles word for word through a listing on eBay who reprinted “his” article word for word. I called him on it and he kept the article and gave me a backlink with the anchor text “Click here”. I suppose a link is a link, after all.

    I now regularly check his site to see who he is plagiarizing now and send them an email advising them of the plagiarism.

    I notice that the site that stole from Sire is also stealing non-English articles, too. Apparently, today, he is concentrating on the scrapbooking niche.
    .-= Keith@Norman Rockwell Art´s last blog ..Dec 20, Breaking Home Ties, Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Cover from 9/25/1954 =-.

    1. These guys are scum Keith, and while a link back is nice it would have been a whole lot better if he at least acknowledged that the article was yours.

      He’s pinched a few more of my posts. I’ve just notified his host and will see what they will do about it.

  28. gs like this guy, Sire, but this blog does it so blatantly that it’s just irritated the heck out of me. I eliminated the “blog” part to see what the rest of the website was all about; looks like a cheap knockoff itself. These people have no honor, and for me, that’s a major insult.

    1. A lack of honor is not a worthy attribute, that’s for sure.

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