A week or so ago I posted about my experience with paid reviews. In the post I talked about how much traffic John Chow sent me when I got Blogging Tips reviewed there, I called this traffic jump ‘The John Chow Effect’. I think John liked the term as he posted about it a few days later detailing how websites who have been reviewed on John Chow have received similar traffic jumps.
Whilst checking some back links on Technorati a few days ago I came across this page. This website had completely ripped off Johns ‘John Chow Effect’ post and posted it on their website as their own. I then noticed that the whole site is just a complete rip off of John Chow’s blog, the guy must be using a script which rips off content from a feed and posts it on a database. I emailed John to tell him about this as it isn’t good to have duplicate content on the web.
Little did I know Blogging Tips would be struck next, yesterday I came across this page…they’ve ripped off my ‘How to install wordpress post’. Those cheeky monkeys!
I do not want my content duplicated elsewhere on the web, particularly when the author is not even giving me credit for writing it. After seeing John Chow’s blog being completely ripped off and then seeing one of my posts copied too I’m a little worried that stealing content through RSS feeds could be becoming more popular. I have come across a script before that lets you display the latest content from rss feeds but never one which integrates with a blog so well ie. one which passes the content as their own.
How concerned do you think we should be about this? Have you had one of your posts completely ripped off before?
I am going to talk more about this soon and look into ways in which we can stop bloggers from ripping off our posts (eg. prevent hotlinking images etc) but for now, I’d love to hear your experiences with this.