Please stop stealing my blog posts

June 13, 2018 at 10:03 am | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 3 Comments

This is a blog about sites that steal other people’s content to earn them a profit through rather dodgy advertising – you know the sort of thing – ‘Get a million dollars of free goods on Amazon: click here’ or ‘Lose 36lb in 3 days just by clicking this link’. They feed on the gullibility of naive people, and oddly enough, that’s not what motivates me to write and not what I want my writing used for, thank you very much. It’s not that I think many people are actually reading my content on these sites but that’s not the point!

One such example appears to be Health and Fitness Recipes .com* – I’m not writing it out as a proper web address because the last thing I want is a link to the site! However, I’m publishing these here to see if they automatically scrape this one too. Then if anyone reads it there they will know what’s going on!

I’m not sure what triggers the site to be scraped – perhaps some keywords like medical, doctor, health, fitness, RA, rheumatoid arthritis, surgery, GP … who knows. There’s a tasty little smorgasbord of keywords for you though, if you want to steal this one, guys. 

I have put a copyright notice up on my site now, nice and clearly, on the right-hand sidebar, so there’s no excuse. At the advice of WordPress.com I’m also now summarising my posts so that people have to click ‘read more’ which apparently makes the ‘scraping’ of my site a tad less useful to these … people. (I’m sure you know ‘people’ wasn’t my first choice of word here!)

I’m hopeful that putting the ‘read more’ summary piece in will make my content less tasty to these sites as there isn’t enough there for them to feed on but we shall see.

I’m tempted to put a notice at the top of all my posts until they stop saying something like ‘If you are reading this on Health and Fitness Recipes. com or a similar site, please note that this is stolen content under copyright.’ Perhaps that’s going a little too far though!

Please understand that if you’re a blogger about RA (or something similar) and you want to post a little bit of my content and a properly attributed link to my site then I’d be thrilled to bits. I don’t have a problem with that at all. That, to me, is all part of being in this great blogging community that we have. But that’s not what I’m referring to when I talk about stealing content! I’m talking about a site coming along and automatically grabbing any content and just shoving it up because it happens to hit some of their keyword requirements.

*It, and similar sites, might be innocently trying to provide useful information to people by sourcing it across the web – you can make your own decisions on this… It’s still stolen content!

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  1. I’ve noticed a rash of what appears to be fake email addresses (all at outlook.com) now “following” my blog. I can’t help but wonder if these are also “scrapers” stealing content. Your suggestions are great ones. I’ve also gone through and deleted these off of followers list when I’ve seen them. Good luck!

  2. Ah yes, I’ve noticed those too. clearly fake but I haven’t followed them up. Thank you for reminding me! Interestingly that site has NOT scraped this post!

  3. Bastards one and all who steal content. Grrrr !!!


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