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What to do When Someone Steals Your Blog’s Content – Blog Plagiarism

What do you do when a site blatantly steals your blog’s content? This is a growing problem for bloggers but thanks to tools like CopyScape its not hard to find them. The challenge comes when you want to do something about it.

A few days back I found a site which had copied (word for word) all 8 articles in my Adsense for Bloggers series of posts.

It especially concerns me as this is a site that not only gave no backlink to my articles or even a mention of who the original author was (they post it as if it is original content). They didn’t ask permision and were running the articles on a site that is commercial in nature and is making money off my own work.

So what should one do?

1. Contact the site concerned – First port of Call should always be to contact the webmaster concerned and politely explain to them that they are in breech of copyright and that you wish them to remove the content immediately. In 90% of cases where I’ve done this the content has been removed within 24 hours and there has usually been some sort of apology.

Unfortunately in this case no email address or contact details are on the site in question. You can try some random email addresses including [email protected] or [email protected]

2. Whois – Run a Whois check on the site concerned. There are numerous services around that do this – I use the CopyScape service and on the page in question got information on the site with details of the owner of it.Whilst it doesn’t tell much it does give one or two avenues for further action.

For example in this case it gives me a name of registrant of the site and an email address.

It also tells me who the site is registered through and who is now hosting the site.

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MSN Search Engine Beta Optimization Techniques

MSN’s Search is one of the latest entries into the Search Engine market and many are tipping it to rival Yahoo and then Google in the popularity stakes for those wanting to get the best results from their searching of the billions of web pages currently online. Whilst it is still in beta – the initial reports about MSN Search are very positive.

As a blogger this is another Search Engine it is worth getting your blog optimized for to position yourself for an increase in popularity of the tool over the next year.

SEO Chat has just published a very helpful article on how to get Optimized for MSN Search. It is written by our friend – Wayne Hurlbert. Here are a few snippets:

‘Achieving high search engine rankings in MSN has some similarities to the techniques already used in Google and Yahoo. As expected, the MSN algorithm has a few twists and turns for SEO professionals to navigate as well….

Perhaps the first and probably most important aspect of the MSN Search Beta is the need for good keyword rich content. Relevance of theme and topic appears to be very important to MSN, as it is becoming for Google optimization. There are also additional considerations for levels of on page keyword density that differ somewhat from Google. On the other hand, MSN seems to strongly dislike keyword stuffing, and will drop a site’s ranking accordingly….

As expected, links are important to MSN, as they are important to Yahoo, and of course to the legendarily link obsessed Google algorithm….

Clean coding is a must with MSN Search, as its spider has a strong preference for well written code….

Like Yahoo, MSN Search seems to still place some importance on meta tags.’

Read the full article at MSN Search Engine Beta Optimization Techniques

Search Engine Strategies Chicago Recap

Rebecca Lieb has a worthwhile summary of the recent Search Engine Strategies (SES) conference and expo in Chicago. One of her more interesting paragraphs is a description of some comments by keynote speaker Danny Sullivan:

‘“Personal search is here,” Sullivan observed. Last year’s dream is this year’s reality, with the launch of more personalized engines such as A9 and MSN Search and moves like the Eurekster alliance. “Personal changed this year to memory/history, or discovery versus recovery,” said Sullivan. “There are shortcuts and direct display, like Yahoo shortcuts, AOL Snapshots, and AskJeeves’ Smart Search.” All these, in some, way funnel Web results into vertical or local results. “Marketers need to get it. Marketers need to plan for it,” is Sullivan’s message. Are you optimizing solely for organic Web search results? One day soon, your listing could vanish from the results screen.’

Read more at Search-A-Palooza ’04

Professional Bloggers Association Developments

Paul over at Radiant Marketing Group has been talking about a Professional Bloggers Association (BPA?) for a while now – and today posts that a group of bloggers is ‘going underground’ to polish the concept up. I’m really interested in seeing what comes out of this although am still a little confused as to the definition they are using of Professional Blogger. As I write in his comments:

“Pro blogging’ is a pretty wide term and is being used to talk about everyone from ‘business blogs’ to ‘blog consultants’ to ‘bloggers who make money from their blogs directly’ to ‘those who provide blog tools/services’ for blogging.



I think it will be fascinating to see what they come up with and will follow with interest the emerging discussions no matter what they decide to go with.



Read more at Professional Bloggers Association Idea Moving Ahead

What do you think the idea of a Professional Bloggers Association (PBA)? Would you join? What would you like to see if focus on? What would be the benefits in your mind of banding together with other Probloggers?

Online Ad Spend Up $45 Million in October

Clickz reports that October saw another 6.5% increase in online advertising – a second month in a row with such an increase:

‘Internet advertising increased by $45 million in October to reaching a total $741.2 million for the month, according to AdZone’s Internet Advertising Report.

The 6.5 percent gain marked the second consecutive month-over-month increase, and the highest monthly total since April, when online ad spending reached $746.0 million. For the first 10 months of the year, total online ad spend was approximately $7.0 billion.’



Read more at Online Ad Spend Up $45 Million in October:

In a similar vain – WebPro News reports that 128 Million Visited Online Retail Sites in November.

Both are signs of the health of the wider e-commerce industry.

Christmas present from Google

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It looks like Adsense have decided to send Christmas presents to some of their bigger earners this year. Its a ‘Mood lighting AM/FM Radio’ like the one pictured here.

‘Turn down the lights. Turn on the mood music. Now, let the light show gently take you on a journey into 7 vibrant hues and passages of soothing relaxation. This AM/FM Radio with precision quality sound, LED technology, and rotating gravity switch helps you choose just the right mood. It even has a 60 minute timer.’

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Reminds me a little of one of those 1980′s lamps with all the fibre optic like things sticking out of it that my nana had (left).

The gift seems to be only sent to medium to high income earners with one user on the Webmaster world saying he got one having averaged somewhere in the $2,000-$3,000 range per month.

Nothing in my mailbox yet.

Source – Christmas present from Google:

Update: My Mood lit radio just showed up – it only slightly improved my mood from my other Christmas present from Google.

How To Post Photos to Blogger

One of the main complaints I hear from Blogger users about their blogging platform is the difficulty that they have in posting pictures to their blog. Photos, diagrams, graphs and other visuals can really lift a blog post so this can be a real limiting factor to using Blogger.

So – when I saw About Weblogs had posted a good tutorial on How To Post Photos to Blogger Using Hello BloggerBot I thought I should link up so that next time I heard the complaint I’d have an answer.

Let me know how you go with it Blogger users.

Google’s Christmas Present – Ouch

PunchThis is a little of how I’m feeling this morning waking up for the third day with a sick feeling in my stomach.

The feeling is partly physical – I suspect somewhere in the past week of three birthday parties, one work break up party, two Christmas parties and one wedding that I ate something a little dodgy which has left me feeling queasy.

The other part of it is a sinking feeling in the guts as I look at the impact of Google’s latest update upon my blogging ventures. I mentioned a couple of days back that the update was in full swing and that bloggers were reporting a wide diversity of results – some record high traffic, others record lows and still others no impact.

The main advice coming from experienced webmasters was to hang in there and wait unitl things settle – good advice which I’ve been taking heed of. However the news so far for this problogger isn’t too good as can be seen from the following traffic graph (click to enlarge) from my Digital Photography Blog.

Statsdpb-1Of course its too soon to tell what the lasting results will be but the last two day’s traffic isn’t looking particularly positive. Traffic is down to around 25% of ‘normal’ levels and SERPS (search engine results positions) are way down. Not the nicest Christmas present Google could have given me.

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Gawker Has Record Traffic in November

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Choire Sicha has a round up of Gawker Media’s Traffic for the month of November – the month saw an increase by 6 million page views from 23 million to 29 million (click to enlarge graph).

‘Gawker had a substantial gain in November, adding more than a million page views to the previous month’s total — and growing 42% over three months previous. Wonkette did quite well, a 15% growth in November on top of a 55% growth in October. Fleshbot had a rather astounding gain of 3 1/2 million page views. Defamer has sailed by the 2-million-views-per-month level. Gizmodo continues merrily, with just about 6 million page views in November.’

On Comment Spammers

Jeremy at WebproNews has an interesting article written after meeting some comment spammers.

‘One of the comment spammers asked me: “You know why we spam blogs, don’t you?” And I knew the answer. They do it because blogs are easy targets and because, just like e-mail spam, it works….

Then a partial solution is fairly clear. I’ve heard and seen others discuss it over the past few months. The search engines needs to be smarter about reading and indexing content.

Read more at Some Comment Spammers Have Blogs Too