Who Stole YOUR Post?

This is way off topic for an edblog, but I just followed a visitor link back to it’s source, and surprise (!), I found myself reading one of Frumteacher’s recent posts on some kind of blog that either mirrors posts from other blogs, or captures them at random and puts them up. There were posts from other blogs as well.

In the past, I’ve found some of my own posts pasted in strange blog sites and I have no idea if these are some kind of blog-bots or what. The one that mirrored FT’s post was from boredblogs.com, and the one that mirrored (stole) one of mine was a site that advertised all kinds of prescription drugs. (Yeah, I know, the product could have been worse.)

Does anyone know what’s up with all that white blog-noise out there?

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9 thoughts on “Who Stole YOUR Post?

  1. It’s easy. Got a consistent blog? Then you’re someone who these blog stealers want to steal content from. And if they have your content, then they hope people will come to their blog for your content, and then automatic advertisers, like the ones who make all the pop-up ads, and even companies like Google Ad-Sense, will pay the blog stealers off because they’re getting hits off your content. I think that’s the way it goes, because my blog has been stolen plenty of times. Not it’s full content (from what I know), but definitely excerpts.

    Thanks, Jose. That makes sense. — Hugh

  2. The same has happened to me and to others who I know that blog. It’s very strange.

    I wonder if there is anything we can do.

    There’s a retired FBI guy here in town who now works as a computer crime specialist for the local PD. I’m gonna check with him. Even if it’s not a crime, he might have some good suggestions for follow-up. — Hugh

  3. I checked out your son’s blog. That fish is a monster! What a beautiful specimen.

    We release the wild ones. Hatchery fish usually wind up on the barbeque! 🙂 — Hugh

  4. I am hoping that mine hasn’t been stolen, but I’ve certainly heard about it happening. Let us know what you find out from the FBI guy.

    Margaret, I’m not sure you’d ever know unless you one day got curious about who shows up on your stats page and followed the link back. I’ll let you know what I find out. — Hugh

  5. It’s funny to see where visitors are coming from and sometimes I’ve found my blog on aggregators or mirrors or whatever they’re called. In any case, just stopping by to say hi.

    Good to see ya, Ruben. I’ve been wound up in boardland lately! I’ll drop by and see what’s up. — Hugh

  6. If Jose’s description of this nefarious activity is accurate (and I have no reason to believe that it’s not), then we’re ALL in trouble! Knowing that others could rip off my content (maybe already have) almost makes me want to quit blogging!

    It’s not that they want to profit from our content per se, but they want a body of words that make sense to whatever algorithms Google has working to prevent scammers from fooling the web-crawling bots. Therefore the text pirates cruise the net (automatically?) scooping up our words so that their business sites get higher search rankings because of continuously renewed content.

    Ugly business. But I think we’ll survive in spite of them. — Hugh

  7. The same has happened to me on a few occasions. I use to try to do something about it and they removed one or two. Now I don’t bother. It’s irritating, but I don’t think anything can really be done about it.

    I’ve got a feeling you’re correct on this, Eric. Oh well…
    — Hugh

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