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Should Sites Republish Blog’s Content?

There’s an Interesting post and comments thread over at Mobile Jones where Debbie Jones talks about another site that is republishing her RSS feed without permission and is running ads on the site with some fairly prominent advertisers.

This is an increasingly common occurrence and one that I’m asked about more and more. Just today alone I found three sites republishing ProBlogger’s partial feeds – all of which did so with no permission and all of which had advertising on them.

I’d love to hear other’s thoughts on whether they would allow another site to republish their feed (with or without the ads).

On one hand this obviously gets your content out there and being read by more and more people – it also could help with SEO if the site gives direct links to your posts (although I’ve noticed quite a few of these types of sites don’t do this directly).

On the other hand, the other site is creating an income stream that is largely based upon your own efforts – in most cases without any permission from you and in some cases with little acknowledgment.

What do you think about this increasingly common practice? What do you do when you find your content being used in this way?

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Comments

  1. Paul Lamach says:

    Did a search on “republish” and ended up here! This is a whole new thing! I ran across a site today that republished its own content. The content was from Mar 2006, and republished yesterday. My first thought was how stupid, especially since the page was a bunch of data that had to do with 2006, and clearly marked that way. My second thought was, how smart! It hit me through google alerts! If you replublish information, doesn’t google pick it up as new content, and inform with an alert as if it is new information! All I saw was the article head and the link!

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