Scraping & Splogging – Content Theft!

If you write content, whether you write articles, blogs, website content – or articles in various formats as I do – you’re probably the victim of articles marketing, also called logging, or spam blogging. Fundamentally, folks scrape parts of, or whole articles & blogs, and use them as content by themselves instantly content generated sites.

The reason I am writing this report would be to alert individuals who are utilizing this method – who possibly didn’t understand quite what they were doing. As I am finding that some people are being marketed apps to do this, without fully realizing what they’re actually performing, and the possible consequences for them.

Whatever you call this sort of strategy – it is theft. When you create whatever, whether it’s art – or textual content – it is is protected by copyright, and nobody has the right to utilize is, besides inside any terms & conditions of use according to the article websites or in your conditions of use in your website.

EzineArticles (and other yelp scraper websites) clearly say that in order to publish an article on your own website from EzineArticles, you must consent to print the whole article including the resource box with the backlinks, and with no changes whatsoever to the articles. So, whether you’re scratching material from blog websites, or scratching parts of articles without the source box – it’s theft, and you’re not likely to get away with it for long.

Hosts & ISP’s are concerned about this, and will take action should you pursue them – it doesn’t take long at all, with many great hosts, so they can enforce their AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) and close down a site.

If you slip people’s content, that they have worked long & hard to make – they will be quite upset, and most will not even bother to contact you first to give you the choice of earning things right, they’ll go straight for your host, in addition to trying to get you banned from any of the partners you’re using to monetize the site, such as Google AdSense for example, Clickbank, or any other affiliate partner.

As for me, I spend time searching for websites that scrape my content – I email them first, if I receive no response after a week then I do a Whois lookup & contact the server, and I’ll contact Google AdSense, PayPal, Clickbank, another partner of this website to alert them to what is happening.

I did this the first time I began to look for people scraping my articles, which was very lately, and I was quite amazed to get what looked like quite a real apology from the website operator, who had bought into a bit of software with no idea that he was stealing content – that afternoon I went to his site again, and he’d shot down each and every page, as each page had been generated using articles scratching.

It appears a good deal of individuals are not meaning to steal content, they’re buying into apps without fully realizing what they are doing is wrong, and when they find out they are frequently horrified and do take action straight away. Not all of them, naturally there are some people who will be entirely comfortable with what they are doing, and will only do it for as long as they can before they get closed down.

So, if you are currently using content scraping and you didn’t realize what you were doing, then stop now! In case you were contemplating doing this, ideally, this auricle has helped to change your mind. And lastly, if you’re a writer and you find those who are scratching your articles – just send them an email first & provide them the chance to realize they are making an error, and also to fix it, before taking additional actions.