I shouldn’t be one to throw stones in glass houses.
I guilty of experimenting with lots of methods of trying to get traffic to websites – some methods have been blacker than others, so I’m in no way saying I’m "Mr. Clean".
I am however going to toss a small stone to those who steal content (like whole pages of it).
Each week I get an email from copyscape showing me the pages it’s found on the internet which have taken content from the webuildpages.com site. I then send emails to those in the US, and ask them to remove my content. I’ve given up trying to write to those in far off countries, where I know they don’t give a damn.
Often it’s scraper sites with good ole Adsense on the top. (Where’s the review??)
I found some great Content Stealing Spam today, not with the help of CopyScape, but with the help of Google’s new "Blog Search" Running a search for "Jim Boykin" found some good pages, as well as some nice Google adsense scraper spam.
Here’s a great site I found #6 in a search for my name: http://internet-marketing-mastery.blogspot.co m (copy and remove the space in the ".com") They Stole a bunch of pages (entire content of those pages, including one of my internal pages, and did some slight modifications on it (which makes the page look like shit) tossed a few other pages content on their pages. and Crammed in Google Adsense into the top – 4 times none the less (you’re only allowed 3).
The page is interesting, there’s no google cache, but it’s #6 in a Google blog search for Jim Boykin
I Blame Yahoo and Google. Google for paying them, and Yahoo for being not smart enough to be able to remove them.
Why do I do i bitch about this form of "gaming the search engines?" It’s because I know that search engines don’t always get the right page when they find duplicate pages on the interent. It’s the reason I check Copyscape Weekly and write to content stealers. It’s one thing to "game" but another to steal one mans content and risk hurting that site (if google guesses wrong – which they’ve been known to do, the site they stole from could get fuc$#d).
Game if you may. We all do to some extent…but please don’t take whole pages.
Ok…I threw a stone…I’ll try not to do that too often (but I know I’ve got 1 more coming for Yahoo).