Stealing And Scraping Blog Content - Are You Aware?

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Life is truly a journey, in all things that you do. There is no smooth journey but keep smiling as you learn and trudge along life’s journey. When the going is easy…enjoy it. When the going is tough and challenging, keep smiling and keep going. This is my friend, Cole. He loves challenges in life. Nothing can deter him. He is always excited about life, happy and smiling. He is a real inspiration.

Blogging is a journey. It is a very challenging hobby, or work for some. It is hard work. I know of many who spend a lot of time on their blog, working on it like a full time job. But like all other journeys, there are challenges and setback on the way. But like any other journey, it is important to enjoy it and keep smiling as we keep learning. One of the greatest challenges is to face up to content thieves who go round stealing and using it as their own for their own benefits.

I just wonder how many bloggers are still not aware of your blog contents being stolen or scraped. Stealing and scraping blog contents is real and happens everyday to thousands of blogs. It can be committed by humans or by spam bots. I realised in the early days of my blogging journey that this would happen. It’s just a matter of time.

Just a few days ago, I caught one. The blogger stole my full contents on my post, Sweet Potato Carrot Cake, picture and all, including my signature. He must have just scraped it from my RSS feed. Upset? Of course I was! I checked through and found that the blog was just started this month but there were already more than 400 posts! I informed a few food bloggers but it’s not possible to inform all.

The first thing I did was to leave a message in the comment box to say that the blog content belongs to me and I want it to be removed within 2 days. The next day I checked, it was still there. But it was gone the next day, with all the 400+ blog posts!

A few things that I did helped to prevent my content being stolen or scraped. If you know more, please add here in the comment box to help me and many other bloggers who have been working very hard on their contents. I would appreciate very much. This is what I did.

Watermark photos

Photos may not look as nice but it doesn’t matter. I’m not selling photos. I even include my blog address at the bottom of my pictures. It’s the best I know how to do. I have seen many food bloggers do it very beautifully but whatever way you watermark your photos, I believe it helps. I was able to inform another food blogger in the incident above through the blog address on his/her pictures.

Link to your blog posts

In the incident above, I was not able to inform bloggers who do not have links to their posts. But with links to their other posts, I was able to click on them and visit their blog and leave a comment in the comment box. In a recent incident, a food blogger mentioned about me in her post and I found it in my spam box. When I clicked on it to check, it was not her blog. Obviously her blog post was stolen. I informed her of the incident and she dealt with it. So, whichever way you link, it helps.

Google alert

Google Alert is simple to use. You can add words or paragraph and google will alert you if someone uses those words or paragraphs.

CopyGator or CopyScape

This will help to check if someone stole your blog contents. It’s easy to check it out.

Copyright

Some form of copyright placed on your blog will help. I’m still not good in this area and would like to learn more. I use ‘myfreecopyright’ which is free.

RSS

I learned that using partial, instead of full RSS feed will prevent content thefts. Many people use partial feed to prevent contents being scraped. That would be a good idea. Mine is still a full feed. I’m considering changing it.

Have your content ever been stolen? What steps do you take to prevent such thefts happening to your blog? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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96 Comments

Rita  on May 26th, 2010

Mary, it’s terrible and disgusting!
Thank you for the warning and tips, I’ll be more careful. ;-)

anncoo  on May 26th, 2010

Thanks Mary for your info. I also found some of posts being uploaded without informing me. That’s rude!!

Love2cook  on May 26th, 2010

Gosh, this is bad! Someone’s hardwork is being misused. Thanks for the info dear, need to be more alert now! ;)

peteformation  on May 26th, 2010

My content was stolen too. Thks for the usefull information.

sushma mallya  on May 26th, 2010

This is Really frustrating…how can someone do like this? really strict action should be taken to stop this one as it keeps happening…Thanks for your info mary and so sorry it happened to you as well

the lacquer spoon  on May 26th, 2010

Mary, thanks a lot for this informative post. I’m still new to deliver my blog to the world round, so need to learn more!

3hungrytummies  on May 26th, 2010

Thanks for all the tips Mary!

Lyndsey  on May 26th, 2010

Yes, Mary thank you for all this great info. It’s a shame, if that person spent as much time and effort writing their own blog as they did stealing from others, they could probably be successful. How can they even begin to feel good about themselves?

Joanne  on May 26th, 2010

Arrgh this is so frustrating! Thanks for all the advice on what we can do to prevent this!

pigpigscorner  on May 26th, 2010

That’s just terrible! I came across this too, but it’s really hard to keep up. Thanks for the tips!

Nasi Lemak Lover  on May 26th, 2010

Mary, thanks for the kind sharing of this great info, I dont add any of the above, but now I start to think what I shall do to prevent this happen to my blog.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on May 26th, 2010

Mary,
It’s really sad when someone just steal all the contents that you’ve put a lot of hard work and time into it.

Yeah, I don’t mind putting watermarks on photos even though some people see it’s an ugly thing. As I also found my blog was scraped away by several forums and blogs, some of my loyal readers asked me to put on BIG watermarks in the middle of every photos.
Once we put something on the internet, someone will immediately copy your work away without your permission. Your suggestions and methods of protecting our own work are a must to put into place.
We’re in the same boat and can keep an eye for each other to fight against those illegal, infringing actions.

nithubala  on May 26th, 2010

Sorry to hear it happened to you..in this month this is the third post I read about the content theft from blog. Thanks for the useful info..

penny aka jeroxie  on May 26th, 2010

It has happened to me before as well. Thanks for sharing this information with everyone. We should all help each other :)

gertrude  on May 26th, 2010

Mary, sorry to hear about that. This happened to me many times. Many people stole my photos and recipes. I just found out two weeks ago that someone set up a blogspot using the same name and all the contents were mine. How upsetting is that. I already informed blogspot and hope they can deal with it.

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lululu  on May 26th, 2010

Unbelievably disgusting! I had no idea it could go that worst.
Thanks for your information.

Jess @ Bakericious  on May 26th, 2010

Hi Mary sorry to hear wat had happened to u and thanks for sharing the info and tips. I am still new to blogging but I shd start thinking how to pretend this from happening as well. Thanks again for alerting us.

Treat and Trick  on May 26th, 2010

Thanks Mary for the valuable info, really sorry that this happen to you…to prevent this I watermarked my photo by typing my address in the middle….

TasteHongKong  on May 26th, 2010

Hi Mary,
Sad to hear about that, for which you have to spend so much efforts to deal with it.
But thanks for sharing it with us. I do put down watermarks on every picture I posted in my blog and probably this might have helped deterred theft.

Stealing is theft, creating is a talent. Why they would have chosen to drive their efforts to the wrong way, allowing themselves to be condemned than be respected?!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on May 26th, 2010

Thanks for this post Mary. It confuses me as to why someone would do this - I can’t imagine getting any joy out of sharing stolen posts.

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog  on May 26th, 2010

I completely understand and I’m with you, is disgusting!! I’ve found part my posts on other blogs seeing my referring-stats, because I use a service that, at least inserts, a “read more” and the url. I know is pretty simple, but for massive copies is ok. It’s called tynt.com

Mary cheers for you,

Gera

5 Star Foodie  on May 26th, 2010

I’m so glad that the blogger removed the stolen posts. I think these are great guidelines for all of us, thank you!

Laura Flowers  on May 26th, 2010

This was really helpful. Thanks Mary. I’ve had my entire blog copied under my blog name with dashes in the title. It took months to sort out.

I guess it’s easier to steal than to spend hours making their own content.

Laura

Mary  on May 26th, 2010

@Rita - It is! Hope you take precautions.

@anncoo - It is rude and annoying!

@Love2cook - Yes, we all need to be alert!

@peteformation - So sorry to hear that.

@sushma mallya - Yes, we all can share and help one another.

@the lacquer spoon - You can do something simple like what I shared. It helps.

@3hungrytummies - You are most welcome.

@Lyndsey - I just think these people have no conscience. They only think for themselves. I actually pity them.

@Joanne - Yes, it is frustrating. We all have to look out and help one another.

@pigpigscorner - I’m so sorry to hear that. But I’m sure we can all help to look put for each other’s blog content.

@Nasi Lemak Lover - I hope you will start adding. It’s simple to do it and helps to a certain extent.

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Thanks very much for sharing. So sorry that it happened to you too. It’s really annoying. Yes, we can all keep an eye for each other’s work.

@nithubala - It just shows how widespread stealing blog contents is. I hope everyone takes action.

@penny aka jeroxie - So sorry to hear that it happened to you too. Yes, we should really help each other.

@gertrude - So sorry to hear that. My gosh…your case is even worse….a blog same as yours!! I hope it’s resolved.

@lululu - It is! Hope you had taken some steps to prevent this happening to yours.

@Jess @ Bakericious - Yes, I hope you take some simple action steps as I have mentioned to prevent your blog content being stolen.

@Treat and Trick - I think I have to do the same…watermark in the centre.

@TasteHongKong - I guess these people only want benefits out of no effort. They can make money out of our contents. It’s disgusting but it just happens. But we can all help each other.

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - These thieves just want to make money out of our blog contents. They are lazy to write themselves. So we really have to do something to prevent that happening.

@Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog - Thanks very much for sharing, Gera. Really appreciate. I will look into it. There’s so much more for me to learn.

@5 Star Foodie - Indeed I’m glad that the blogger removed the the stolen post….not only mine but all 400+ others.

@Laura Flowers - My gosh…that’s so horribly disgusting! Must be so annoying to have to spend so much time to get it sorted. I have to be really thankful that mine took only 2 days. Yes, these thieves are just lazy!

Angie's Recipes  on May 26th, 2010

Mary, it happened to me too….:-( Just terrible!

Mary  on May 26th, 2010

I’m sorry you had such a negative experience, but do appreciate your letting us know about how to deal with it. I hope you are having a great ay. Blessings…Mary

hopeeternal  on May 26th, 2010

Mary: Back in January three consecutive posts of mine appeared on another site, but although I kept going back there was never a place to leave a comment asking for their removal. I have just checked and there is now a comment form, so I can now do this - will be interesting to see how they respond. Thanks for the prompt to take action - I don’t see why I should do all the work for these thieves to then just take it to promote their site/product!
h/e
‘Meanderings through my cookbook’

Shirley  on May 26th, 2010

As Christine says we should watch out for one another.

Belinda @zomppa  on May 26th, 2010

WHAT THE F????????? I can’t believe the craziness!!! What blog is this??? Are they off? This is nuts! I’m sooooooooo sorry.

christine  on May 26th, 2010

Excellent advise! I’m unsure, though, what you mean by ‘link to your blog posts’. Link to them how?

Cenwen  on May 26th, 2010

Hi Mary! I’am so sorry it’s happened too you :( My last blog post talked about this problem and the way to protect your content and pictures in France. It becomes a big problem everywhere.
I hope you are able to enforce your copyright and get the withdrawal of the relevant articles. Kisses!
(my new timeline on Twitter is Cerise_Vanille)

Mimi  on May 26th, 2010

Mary,
Thanks for the greaat tips. We really need to look out for each other.
Mimi

TheAnswerMVP2001  on May 26th, 2010

Thanks for the article. I just recently discovered my movie reviews have been scrapped by someone over the last month. I’m pretty sure it’s a scrapper and that they’re getting it over my feed (which I had at full) I’ve changed it to short so I’ll see if that fixes it. I’ve also added my website address to my pics and will even add a note at the beginning of each review stating where it originated from and if it’s found on another site it’s stolen. This other blog was take my entire posts pictures and words and not linking back to me or anything, the only thing different was the post title. I’ll warn my other movie bloggers and link your article for them to read!

Tiny Urban Kitchen  on May 26th, 2010

That was so nice of you to contact all those other bloggers you saw on that site. *sigh* I still provide full RSS feeds as well because I know my readers really prefer it, but this really bothers me and I go back and forth every day trying to decide what’s best. :( Sorry to hear about this.

Bo  on May 26th, 2010

Blogging is really hard work!!! It really is a shame that someone stole your post…I am glad they removed it. I have had lot of my pictures downloaded…I really wonder if the were used somewhere else.

TheAnswerMVP2001  on May 26th, 2010

One thing I’ll add, is I constantly link to other posts in my reviews, but on this particular site all the links had been removed, even the links to enlarge all the photos were gone. So when they scraped my stuff no links carried over. I’d say doing a partial feed it probably the best way to prevent scrappers.

Roti n Rice  on May 26th, 2010

Mary, thanks for the info. It is frustrating but I am glad that you were discovered it and was able to do something about. it. I think I’ll have to change my feed to partial.

azelia  on May 26th, 2010

Good on you for informing those you did…to take the time out to do it…good job.

It’s such hard work preparing the food photographing along the way, then sorting photos, writing up post, recipe…it often takes me 2-3 days on and off and some recipes I’ve would have made many variations so like you I would be upset to see my work stolen…

Mary  on May 26th, 2010

@Angie’s Recipes - Oh no…so sorry to hear that. The whole thing just blows my mind. I just wonder how many bloggers are not aware of it.

@Mary - It’s awful to experience it. I just wonder if there’s other place where my contents have been stolen.

@hopeeternal - Oh no…so sorry to hear that. I think there’s a a way to contact them even if there’s no comment box. This site explains it very well. Hope it helps. http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

@Shirley - Indeed we all should. We should not allow these thieves to roam freely on the web

@Belinda @zomppa - Yes, they have taken off all the posts! I was just so shocked and angry…..400+ stolen post in less than a month. The site is still there but no posts.

@christine - Linking to my other posts is just like what I usually do at the red of my blog post. They are red in colour. If you click on anyone of them, it takes you to that post. I hope this helps.

@Cenwen - Yes, felt so upset but very thankful that it was dealt and resolved quite quickly. Hope you are well. Please take care. Muuuak!

@Mimi - Yes, indeed we should.

@TheAnswerMVP2001 - Thanks very much for sharing. So sorry to know it happened to you too. Must be do frustrating. I have to change my RSS feed to partial too.

@Tiny Urban Kitchen - I think I’m going to change to partial RSS feed. I’m sure my readers understand. I subscribe to a lot of RSS feeds but I always visit their sites.

@Bo - I suggest that you watermark them. It’s lots of hard work and it just spoils your day when one day you find they are stolen. Photos can be easily sold for money.

@TheAnswerMVP2001 - Oh my gosh….that’s cruel! All the more everyone should change to partial feed. I really have to change mine. Have to find out how to do it. Thanks very much for sharing.

@Roti n Rice - Yes, I think that’s the best to start with so that it’s not easy to scrap our contents.

@azelia - I wish I had the time to inform everyone but it’s just not possible…..400+ of them! Indeed it’s so much work just to take photos, resize, upload and writing the contents that it’s very frustrating when someone just has the guts and conscience to scrap it and publish it as if his/her own.

Faith  on May 26th, 2010

Mary, I’m so sorry that someone did that to you! That happened to a friend of mine and it was so frustrating. Thanks for your wonderful tips on what we can do to protect ourselves!

Drick  on May 26th, 2010

Mary, this is so aweful that it happened to you, of all people - I would trade places any day if if would prevent it from having happened but then, I guess no one wants mine…. see, I hope it brought a smile to your face….thanks for letting us know…..

TheAnswerMVP2001  on May 26th, 2010

@Mary - if you’re using Blogger (which seems to be majorly affected by this) just go to settings in your dashboard, then click Site Feed, and there’s a drop down box which says None, Short, Full.

somewhere in singapore  on May 26th, 2010

Thank you for the information…

Baking Barrister  on May 26th, 2010

Just a note from your local lawyer: in the US, in order to enforce copyright, you must official register it. So, while backing up copies with timestamps is useful in some respects, you’d have hard time legally getting someone to stop.

Also, can I do the partial RSS on blogger?

kristy  on May 26th, 2010

Mary, show us the site! I wanted to check them out too! I don’t know if my blog post was being stolen. I don’t blog often.
Hope you’ll have a nice day & be positive! If someone stealing your post that’s a good thing too. Means that you’ve a very good recipe here! hehe..
Blessings, Kristy

shaz  on May 26th, 2010

That’s a real shame. Thanks for all the great tips. I actually recently came across a blog using posts from a friend’s blog, I couldn’t believe how blatant they were!

Good on you for commenting on that blog and at least they removed it.

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Shawnee  on May 26th, 2010

Thank you for sharing. I plan on taking some preventative measures right away!

Carolyn Jung  on May 26th, 2010

I always hate to hear when instances like this happen. I’m glad you caught the person, though. By the way, an attorney once told me in a seminar that anything you write on a blog is automatically considered copyrighted. So, you don’t have to necessarily print “copyrighted” on the post.

TheAnswerMVP2001  on May 26th, 2010

The short RSS on Blogger did the trick, when that site made it’s daily scrape of my latest entry all it got was the title of the post, no content. So, sorry to RSS readers but I’d rather them actually read the stuff on my blog than having it float around on who knows how many spammer sites!

nisha  on May 27th, 2010

Thank You for the tips. I should take some precautions too.

Judy  on May 27th, 2010

Hi Mary, Sorry to hear about this but I’m glad you caught the person and they’re gone, for now. Thank you for raising awareness by sharing this info with all of us.

Rosebelle  on May 27th, 2010

Hi Mary. You are the second fellow blogger that I visit regularly that encountered blog plagiarism. The first one happened to a mom blog and I left a comment on how she could disable the right click copy and paste function. She suggested that I wrote a post about it in which I did.

Here’s the post:
http://www.threewisdoms.com/2010/04/how-to-protect-your-published-contents.html

Jeannie  on May 27th, 2010

So sorry to read about this Mary. And thanks for all the tips to prevent this from happening to others.

Mary  on May 27th, 2010

@Faith - It’s really upsetting but I’m so glad hat it was resolved.

@Drick - Awww…..Drick, that’s so sweet of you! You are like a big brother to me, always so caring. Of course I’m smiling here….from ear to ear :D You have an awesome blog. Many people would want yours. I would :P

@TheAnswerMVP2001 - Thanks very much for sharing and for being so helpful. Really appreciate. I’m using WordPress. I had just changed it yesterday. Just hope that I did it correctly. I’ll inform other friends who use Blogger about this.

@somewhere in singapore - You are most welcome.

@Baking Barrister - I really hope that we don’t have to go to the extent of taking legal action. Ys, I just learned that you can do partial feed on blogger. @TheAnswerMVP2001 has just mentioned how to go about with it.

@kristy - There’s nothing on the site anymore. All the posts were taken down. These people try to make money out of our posts so they would take anyone’s post. We always have to look out.

@shaz - That’s really disgusting. I think all this content stealing is just very widespread. Its our part to take action steps.

@Shawnee - That’s good. Prevention is better than cure.

@Carolyn Jung - I see. Thanks very much for sharing that.

@TheAnswerMVP2001 - You are very right to explain it that way. I’m sure our readers would understand…really hope so.

@nisha - Please do.

@Judy - I really hope that we can all blog freely without our contents been stolen. But looks like it’s a widespread disease. So, we better take precautions.

@Rosebelle - Thanks very much for sharing how to disable right click. I will look into it. Thanks very much for the link.

tigerfish  on May 27th, 2010

I have similar experience of contents being copied “wholesale”. Disgusting. I left my comments on the “thief’s” site , then also emailed the domain host….did not get any response at all. :(

claudia lamascolo  on May 27th, 2010

Isn’t adapting the same recipe eliminating one ingredient not linking back to the original author about the same thing? Then seeing the pictures almost exactly like yours? I see that all the time with mine and many others, then try and google that recipe and only those two are found. I make up alot of them but I guess nothing really is made up with all the cooks in the world but that is aggravationg as well as stealing which your right have seen that as well….. Acquired Taste has a whole article on her blog and it happened to her as you described. She lists a website that you can sign up that alerts you when someone copied and pasted your contents…just an fyi….this was very informative for those who did’t know. I didnt know about the alert from google thanks for sharing Mary~

tasteofbeirut  on May 27th, 2010

Yes I have had my photos stolen and I found out about it totally by chance when I was in Lebanon and picked up a free magazine and saw my photos in there! I contacted the editor and he did not even apologize! (pirating is a common habit in Lebanon unfortunately)
Thanks so much Mary on all your good tips on how to help prevent this endemic problem!

Ivy  on May 27th, 2010

Thanks for passing from my blog and leaving a comment. I was a victim of plagiarism recently and know how frustrating this is. After contacting him by leaving messages on the blog and his host, he removed all my content and changed the stucture of the whole blog saying that it is content from his favourite blogs and put a link to the posts. He also said that if you do not want your content to appear he will remove it.

radha  on May 27th, 2010

mark twain quote is amazing! i wud never bother about somebody stealing my contents, i am lazy about these things and also have only time for posting and reading, i hav no copyrite either. they can copy my blog stuff freely~

lequan@luvtoeat  on May 27th, 2010

Sorry to hear that happened to you Mary. I’m glad you caught the person and gave him a piece of your mind. As a somewhat new blogger I found your tips very helpful and informative. Thank you so much for your kindness in looking out for your blog friends. If you don’t mind I would like to link this post on my next blog post to help pass the word. I think all bloggers should be aware, old or new. Thank you for this post Mary!

Erica  on May 27th, 2010

I hate that!!! Thank you for the tips.

Magic of Spice  on May 27th, 2010

Great information!

Stella  on May 27th, 2010

Hey Mary, this is an awesome post. And I appreciate you taking the time to inform everyone. Sorry that this happened to you-I can only imagine your upset…
You know, I’ve noticed someone post something on their blog that I know they got from my blog, and not give any credit for the recipe or even state that I was the inspiration, etc. It’s kind of upsetting. I didn’t do anything, as I just suspected the blogger would immediately deny it…
Oh well…
Thanks Mary!
Oh, and I would love it if you took a look at my guest post on Lazaro Cooks when you get a moment (smile)…

Janice  on May 27th, 2010

Thanks Mary, I’ll watermark my photos. I used to do it but got fed up, but I don’t want them stolen!

Arnold  on May 27th, 2010

This little plugin could possibly be of some help - http://yoast.com/wordpress/rss-footer/

I have just installed it so I cannot say if it is effective as yet.

Mary  on May 27th, 2010

@tigerfish - So sorry to hear that. I think you should pursue further until it is removed.

@claudia lamascolo - Thanks very much for sharing, Claudia. It’s really frustrating when it happens, especially those who scrap the whole thing and publish it as if its their own. We all need to take preventive measures and help to look out for each other.

@tasteofbeirut - Wow…that’s actually so slim chance to happen! That’s just so sickening!

@Ivy - I’m so sorry to hear that it happened to you too. I think whatever he did, it’s still very rude!

@radha - I’m not sure whether it is good to let people copy freely. I read that google will penalise duplicate contents. So I would prefer to take precautions to prevent anything happening to my blog after all the hard work.

@lequan@luvtoeat - Oh, of course you can link to my post if it can help others to watch put for content thefts. I think many bloggers are still not aware how widespread content theft is until it strikes. Prevention is better than cure.

@Erica - We can all help to look out for each other.

@Magic of Spice - You are most welcome.

@Stella - Thanks very much for sharing. I think it’s good to confront the content thief so that they don’t go round harvesting other people’s work. I did that and that thief took down all the rest of the 400+ posts that he stole. Will check out your guest post. Thanks very much.

@Janice - It’s good that you watermark them. It takes some effort to do it but save some heartaches later.

@Arnold - I will look into it. Thanks very much for sharing, Arnold.

Angie  on May 27th, 2010

Good tips, thanks for sharing. I haven’t been stolen from yet, that I know of. I did see several women putting my recipes on those free recipe sites like allrecipes. But I don’t know how to deal with that. I just let it go. They used my photos too.

Barbara Bakes  on May 27th, 2010

Great advice. I still have a full feed too, but have debated about changing that too. I really like seeing a picture of the post though, so it would be nice if I could include at least the first picture in the feed.

Mary  on May 28th, 2010

@Angie - I read that search engines will penalise duplicate contents so I would rather approach these offenders rather than something happens to my blog and all my hard work gone. I think it’s rather easy and simple to take a few action steps.

@Barbara Bakes - Give a try. You can always change back if you don’t like it. I have just changed mine. It’s a summary only. So readers have to visit my blog to see the pictures and read the rest.

TasteHongKong  on May 28th, 2010

Mary, So far as I know, duplicated content may adversely affect engine search and subsequently lower a blog’s page ranking. Hope Angie read this and would soon write to the related community to delete the stolen content.

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Linda's Yummies  on May 29th, 2010

Thank you for putting all this info together and sharing it. I really appreciate it. I was extremely disappointed to find out recently that someone had a link to their site of my blog. Let’s just say it was one of those stupid dating sites with girls in not so kid friendly photos. Thanks again.

PJ  on May 29th, 2010

So sorry to hear about this Mary.People are so heartless and take away years of hard work in just a few seconds.Very mean people I must say.Thanks a lot for all those tips

Cristina @ TeenieCakes  on May 29th, 2010

Mary: Thank you for sharing these experiences and writing this informative post. You’ve given me a lot to think about and be more aware of.

I’m glad it worked out for you and that you caught it.

Mary  on May 30th, 2010

@TasteHongKong - Indeed….. you are very right. I hope Angie realise that. I think I should let her know about it.

@Linda’s Yummies - You are most welcome, Linda! That’s so awful to happen to you. I really hate those type of websites. We must always be on the look out.

@PJ - Indeed they are…really annoying! Let’s all help each other to look out and inform each other if there is.

@Cristina @ TeenieCakes - You are most welcome. It’s frustrating but thankful that it can be dealt with. Hope you are taking some action steps.

shirley@køkken69  on May 31st, 2010

Hi Mary, thank you for sounding the alert on this. I really cannot understand why would people steal contents. Part of the fun and satisfaction of blogging is to create something. I am not sure if any content from my blog has been stolen but I will take the precautions as you’ve suggested. Thanks!

Bibi  on May 31st, 2010

Hi! At the moment, I and A LOT of photobloggers on citydailyphoto.com are having our work stolen by a site in Brazil. I would like to know how you go about setting up a partial RSS…be simple and clear! I am not a techie! Thank you.

Zibi  on May 31st, 2010

Thanks Mary :)
Very helpful yet scary post. I didn’t know that this happened…

Mary  on June 1st, 2010

@shirley@køkken69 - Lots of people steal other blogger’s contents to make money. I do hope you take some precautions before it happens to yours.

@Bibi - I’m so sorry to hear that. I think there’s a different way for photos. I found this site http://www.4u3.biz/How_to_stop_images_being_stolen.html which I’m not sure whether it is relevant to you. Maybe you can read through and try to understand more. I’m not good in all the computer knowledge but learned some simple stuff to help me for the time being. I use WordPress which is quite easy to change to partial feed. Just go to the setting, then reading, then rss and tick the box ’summary’. I notice that you are using blogspot so it may be different. Let me know if you need further help.

@Zibi - It’s like an epidemic. Hope you take some precautions. It’s simple and easy.

The Food  on June 1st, 2010

Hi Mary,
Thanks for this it’s so useful! I’ll definately be watermarking my photos from now on.

alta  on June 1st, 2010

Good tips! This happened to me just the other day! I actually left a comment on the blog (they were using RSS feeds from several blogs) and they removed ALL of the feeds within 2 days. I’m sure they’ll go elsewhere and just do the same thing, but it’s make me think about things I can do to prevent that. Thank you Mary!

Mary  on June 2nd, 2010

@The Food - Hope you do to protect them.

@alta - Glad to know you did. What you did help others! Hope they don’t strike elsewhere.

5am Foodie  on June 2nd, 2010

Mary, this is really useful. I may have missed it, but how did you actually find out that your content had been stolen? Do you have some sort of widget that spots it for you?

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88  on June 2nd, 2010

Thanks so much for the tips, great post. I am too lazy to watermark my photos, did it for a while and stopped. Thanks for bringing this up again. I should start watermarking them again. just that i have to save 2 copies of the photo, one marked and one non-marked

Mary  on June 4th, 2010

@5am Foodie - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! I have written more on my latest post. Hope you check that out.

@Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 - Yes, I know….so much work. But I suppose it’s worth the time to put a little extra effort than to be fuming with anger when one day we find our hard work have been stolen.

Kristi Rimkus  on June 5th, 2010

Thank you so much Mary! This is very important information. We all work so hard on our blogs, it’s not right to have someone steal our content!

Mary  on June 6th, 2010

@Kristi Rimkus - You are most welcome, Kristi! :D

Olive  on June 9th, 2010

So sorry to hear that your blog posts were stolen..as a fellow food blogger, it’s very upsetting; time, hardwork and dedication is what it takes to make a blog works and for this person to just steal your work is so evil..arrgh, I hope he stop doing it already and just do an honest job.

Mary thanks so much for spreading awareness on this.. have a nice day!! :)

hopeeternal  on June 26th, 2010

Updating my post of 26 May:
After a couple of requests each to the site that had nicked two of my posts both have been taken down, although there is still an incoming link for them on my dashboard.
Just as I had solved one problem another has arisen. A site has taken the first few sentences of a post and then added a link back to my site without consent and without acknowledging me on their post. My main problem is that I am getting a spam pingbacks from them - its only been a few days and I am up to 19! I have asked them four times (three times on the commments at the post and once via their contact us) but the post is still there. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Short of severing the link to my site by slightly changing my title, which would cause problems where I have given the URL to others online, I don’t know what to do.
If it is still a problem when I return from a week away I will contact Wordpress who host both me and the other site. I don’t see why I should endorse their site or sponsors!
hopeeternal
(perhaps I should change my name to frustrated of London, E17!)

home loan rates  on July 28th, 2010

Thank you very much for the information great post, found it on Yahoo.

William  on August 26th, 2010

Thanks for the info! People normally steal my photos. Worse, they removed my watermark and claimed ownership - my watermarks were normally small so as not to cause distraction to viewer.
One famous restaurant in Miri actually copy my pictures from my blog and printed them on their menu cover! They didn’t give credit. Perhaps it is our culture.

Mary  on August 26th, 2010

@Olive - So sorry, I must have missed this out and didn’t give you an earlier reply. Yes, it’s very disheartening but having our blog posts stolen is inevitable. I must deal with it and move on. Hope it doesn’t happen again. So far, so good. Need to keep smiling :D

@hopeeternal - So sorry I must have missed this out and didn’t give you an earlier reply. Sad to hear that blogging thefts also happened to you. I do mind if they copy my whole post and post it as theirs. That’s duplicate copy and will be bad for us. But if it’s just a few sentences and link back, I don’t quite bother. I think that’s good for me. I see that as beneficial to me….the blogger helping me to promote :D

@home loan rates - You are most welcome! :D

@William - Wow….that’s daring! It’s totally unethical and annoying. Probably you can do Miri restaurant reviews and mention about the photo that was stolen from your blog. Maybe you can put your watermark in the centre but very light so that it’s difficult for people to remove it. I have seen some bloggers do that….not too obvious and distracting unless you look at it carefully. I think it’s not culture as it happens everywhere. Well, let’s continue to Keep Blogging Keep Smiling! :D

kalyxcornucopia  on October 24th, 2010

I came across this post after being scraped and am so glad you did it! Got a lot to read up on now.

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