On Sunday and Monday two different blog posts of mine were scraped. Scraped you ask, what’s that?
blog scraping = Random, unauthored sites stealing content, in whole or in part, with or without linkage, with no apparent rhyme or reason, except to put words on a page with ads. They typically leaves a “ping” in the comments for the original blog’s commenters to click through, but WordPress (hear this, blog scrapers) is really good about marking those as spam and not letting them through. No reputable blog (read = one with an author, regularly written content, etc.) is typically accused of blog scraping; these are fly-by-night jobs that are often shut down as quickly as they are started; they only want click-throughs and eyeballs to earn them ad money.
Courtesy of: WhyMommy
How do they do this? By using code to insert your RSS feed into their blog.
How did I know I was scraped? Well I’m one of those bloggers that pays attention to the spam that my spam filter collects. There were two trackback links that caught my attention:
Half Marathon Training Update | Advanced Training | IP: 188.8.131.52
[…] News Editor wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptNow I can update you on my training. So far two weeks have gone by. Two long and painful weeks…. Kidding. Training is going fairly well. I’ve done MOST of my runs. Not all – but I planned for that by planning more runs than I thought I … […]
Not Spam — Mar 31, 4:49 PM — [ View Post ]
I’m A Douchebag, Are YOU? | Dompo Mom| IP: 184.108.40.206
[…] askmom wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptIf you aren’t reading this on Mom On The Run dot Net or in a feed reader then this post has been scraped without my permission. Please read the original post at: Mom On The Run dot Net. Thanks for your understanding! … […]
Not Spam — Mar 30, 3:51 PM — [ View Post ]
Lovely! This is why, dear RSS feed subscribers, you now see this at the top of all of my posts:
If you aren’t reading this on Mom On The Run dot Net or in a feed reader then this post has been scraped without my permission. Please read the original post at: Mom On The Run dot Net. Thanks for your understanding!
By adding that little line into my feeds with the RSS Footer plugin, any posts that are scraped will look like this on the splog (spam blog) site (you need to click the picture to see what I’m trying to show you…):
Now I urge you all to download the plugin, and do something similar so that we can stop these sploggers dead in their tracks – there’s nothing more boring than reading a page full of: If you aren’t reading this on….
For more information see this.