Just last week I blogged about Stealing And Scrapping Blog Contents - Are You Aware?. 2 days later, another of my post, Malaysian Curry Fish Laksa, was again stolen…just within minutes after I published it!! That’s seriously frustrating and annoying. Many of you want to know how I found out. I will tell you in a minute.
I thought it wouId be safer after I changed my full RSS feed to partial feed but still the photos, contents and all were stolen. Just how frustrating! I bet it will prevent many amateur thieves and scrapers but those professional ones will still know how to go about with it. I have left a comment in the comment box like in the previous case, requesting it to be removed. The next day, my post was no longer there. Unlike the previous case, all the rest of the others are still there and lots of blog contents continued to be stolen each day. The stolen posts were published in such a way that it’s very difficult to find the real post authors. Everything you click ends up in that scraper’s blog!
There are thousands of stolen posts there. I have informed quite a number of food bloggers through their comment boxes but it’s too time consuming to inform all. Not only does it target food blogs but it also targets a lot of blogs that sell products.
The previous site has removed all the contents. I’m just afraid that it has moved all the contents to another new site. This most recent one is http://keep-it-healthy.com. I’m not putting this as a link because I do not want to link to such a terrible site. You can copy and paste this URL into your URL location above to find out.
Please check through if yours is stolen. But I must say, it’s very difficult to find as there is no search box. However, you can do a favour by contacting a few bloggers of their content being stolen by leaving a comment in their comment boxes. You may find it difficult to get to the original blogger’s site. One way to do is to copy and paste the title of the post into google and search. In that way, you will find the blogger’s website.
Please don’t say it’s ok even if your blog posts have been stolen because it is not. Google does not like duplicate contents and this will affect your page ranking. Remember that these thieves or scrappers use your contents to drive traffic away from your site to theirs to make money out of your blog contents. Think about that….do you like it? Some may even put your posts on their pornographic sites! Do you like that? Some may even scrape your posts and sell it to some professional bloggers who make more money out of them. Do you like that? These sites are real parasites! They’ll suck the life out of your blog for their own benefit. And if you don’t do something, more and more blogs are going to steal your contents!
Bibi mentioned in my comment box that she and a lot of other photo bloggers have their work being stolen by a site in Brazil. tasteofbeirut also had her photos stolen and published by a free magazine in Lebanon. She found that out totally by chance. From the comments in my comment box on Stealing And Scrapping Blog Contents - Are You Aware?, it is obvious that many blogger’s work have been stolen. I think blog content thefts have reached epidemic levels. If you think no one has stolen your contents, I think it’s just because you have not found out!!
I’m not a computer geek but with the little that I know, I’ll share with you. I’m so grateful to everyone who has given me tips and helped along the way. Whatever little you have shared with me, I’m truly thankful and appreciate very much. I’ll elaborate here what I shared before.
Now I’ll tell you how I found that my post was stolen within minutes after it was published. It was through Google Alert. I find it amazing. Both of my 2 stolen blog posts were through Google Alert. The scrapper even copied the comments. Usually comments on my blog come in very quickly after I publish my post, very often within minutes. When the scraper scrapped my content, the first 2 comments were already there!!
It’s very easy to create one. Stop here and go and do it right now. It will only take you a minute or so. I have included many short phrases to be alerted when they are duplicated elsewhere. You can include your name, blog title, phrases from your posts etc. Google alert will send you an email listing the sites where a duplicate is found. I intend to put a unique phrase into every post and then create a google alert for it.
Linking to other bloggers or your old posts helps too. Not only is it good for your blog but in many cases these links appear together when it is stolen. They will appear as a back link, which means linked back to your site. If you are a WordPress user, you can install Akismet which is awesome in catching spammers and back links or trackbacks. You can view them first before approving to be published.
Just in case you are still not sure what a link is, it is all those words that are coloured red on my blog here. Clicking on them will take you to another place. My computer knowledge is so bad and it took me a long time to understand what linking out and linking back is when I started blogging. So, you are not alone if you think you are.
I have changed my full RSS to a summary but my post was still stolen! But don’t let this put you off. This will deter most thieves. For those professional ones, they will still come out with ways to scrap your contents and use them as their own. If you are not sure how to change like me (have finally learned), don’t panic. I went to my settings, then reading and there you are. Just untick the full feed and tick the summary feed. I suppose its the same for those who use Blogger. Doing this will limit the ability of autoblogs scraping your whole content.
I notice that many bloggers do not put watermark on their pictures. If you read what Bibi said above, I hope you will do something. My watermark is still not at its best position. I use PicMarkr which is free to use. I think I have to learn photoshop to place a faint watermark in the centre. This will prevent scrapers from cropping your pictures and using them as their own. If you have written a simple tutorial how to put a faint watermark in the middle of a picture, please add your link in the comment box below. I’m sure that will help many bloggers including me. Would really appreciate that. I can also refer to it should someone ask in future.
There are many ways of protecting your photos. I am still learning. For those who are good in html, I think you can do more to protect your photos from being stolen. You can share with us in the comment box below if you know how.
I think it’s more difficult to protect our photos from being stolen. You can use http://www.tineye.com/ to check if your photos are stolen but that’s a lot of hard work to check through one by one. Professional thieves can even change the titles of our pictures which will make it difficult for us to find them.
(Update: There’s a simple tutorial on how to create watermark on your pictures using Picnik written by Amy)
You can also search for duplicate of your content through Google Search. Just pick a phrase or paragraph of your popular post or any post. Copy and paste it into the google box. But open and close with inverted commas before you hit ’search’.
Copyright is very good and should be applied. But sadly in many countries, there is no such thing as copyright. You can just copy freely! But then it will deter many thieves from doing so, especially in places where copyright is practiced.
I hope what I have shared here helps. We can all help one another to look out for each other and learn from one other. There are lots of wonderful, helpful bloggers around. Just give a shout. I remember writing to Natasha and Arnold for some help and they were amazingly helpful. They really warmed my heart!
Food Blog Forum is also an awesome place to hang around to learn or ask. Join if you haven’t.
If you have more ways of dealing with content thefts/scraping please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Note: The photo above is taken by my good friend, William. He loves photography.
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