The subject of today’s post is a something that has been on my mind for a while now…Content Theft. I have been dealing behind the scenes with a site that has been scraping my site and using my entire posts (text and pictures) and reposting it on their site. I have sent a few different emails and asked them to remove my content from their site and have been essentially ignored.
And just this past week I was made aware of other sites who were doing the same thing with my content. Stealing my text, tutorials and photos and just pasting them into their own sites. This has been so frustrating for me. I spend a lot of time and effort creating these tutorials and photos and to have them used in such a way, is frustrating, to say the least. I am happy to share them, so that people like you can use them and recreate them for your own use. It takes just one or two dishonest abusers to ruin a good thing.
I understand that truly there is no “original idea” and that content is just recycled with a new twist. But to outright copy and paste another person’s work is dishonest and is plagarism. This is bad for my site and others for a lot of different reasons. Duplicate content on the internet is not good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Sites that have duplicate content are dinged by Google in their ratings which makes it harder for you and I to find great content. These sites are taking entire posts and not linking back to the original source which ultimately hurts the legitimate bloggers. These sites also create false impressions of their “knowledge and authority” on a certain subject matter which hurts those who have legitimate knowledge and authority in the subject matter.
In talking with some other bloggers who are having the same issues, we have discovered that these sites are not coming to our sites and copying and pasting our posts, but rather they are plugging in to our RSS feeds and stealing our content. Since I currently am not truncating my RSS feed (providing a shortened version of the blog post which the reader must then click over to the site to get the entire feed), this allows these sites to take my entire post.
I personally read many blogs through an RSS feed and understand how annoying it can be to have to “click over”.
I know many of you are busy and read your blogs through my RSS feed and/or emails. I hate to truncate my feed as I feel as though I am “punishing” my real and loyal readers. Truncating my RSS feed will make it so that you will be sent a summary as to what the post is about AND in order to see the entire posts and photos, you will be required to click on over to The Idea Room site.
I realize this will be super annoying to many of you and that some of you may stop following along. I hate to even think about doing this, but am unsure of how to deal with this issue effectively.
But I feel the problem has reached a point that I have to take drastic measures. I have had to spend a lot of time dealing with this which takes time away from creating content for the rest of you…So, in the next week or two, I am going to be doing some research to find the best possible solution to deal with this issue…and truncating my RSS feed could become a reality.
And I feel like I must add, at this point, a huge THANK YOU to those of you who are legitimate fans of The Idea Room! I appreciate your kind words, emails, comments and your loyalty! What do you think? Do you have any tips or advice on how to deal with this issue? I would love to hear from you as this will be something that affects many of you first hand.