So there really are a LOT ways of getting your blog ripped off. I think I’ve had maybe 4 or 5 of the top dozen rip offs happen to me. Actually, getting ripped off on a daily basis is my number one source of traffic. Unless I write some special piece, people coming to steal my pictures, is where about 40 percent of my blog traffic comes from. People LOVE, LOVE, LOVE stealing pictures off the internet. Listen I’m not gonna lie; every day I go looking for pictures on the internet too. But usually I try leave the source of the picture ON the capture if it’s from a news source. If it’s an old picture the name might not be on there. But pictures are NOT the only way people will try to rip off your blog . Sometimes they’ll take the actual content-word for word AND your pictures that might go with the article. One of MY most visited posts is people coming to read how some guy in Hong Kong is stealing one of my post . That was my first time having somebody steal my blog content and MAKE MONEY from it. I wrote that piece about 2 weeks after I started working on this blog back in October. And I guess I was just shocked that TWO WEEKS into it somebody would steal my content and put some adsense up and not give it a second thought. Those are called Splogs by the way. Spam Blogs. (You can read the comments section on THIS PIECE to see info about my most recent word for word content theft). But here’s another case; about 2 weeks after I joined Entrecard I found somebody doing this…
What the fuck is this? I mean, Jesus! Will you look at this? Just gonna flat out rip me off! I mean, wow! Y’know? A copycat and a fucking demeaning one at that. Just to remind you guys, my image is my actual face and my actual hair. I’m a real person. But this person just got some Funkadelic album cover and scanned some “Negro Character.” And I HOPE it’s a least a Black person, cause if it’s not… Man. Jesus. Like they just said, hey look at Dave over there he looks pretty kitsch and I think I need a picture of a Negro with an Afro too. In fact, man I GOT to have a picture of a Negro with an Afro. And I’m too cheap to buy the domain name I’ll just take some blogger blogspot and throw it up there real fast.” And that’s what they did dude. You be the judge. As a refresher here’s my “logo” i.e., my face , that I use as my avatar and Entrecard advert.
By the way, now is a good time to address this issue. I don’t know what it is about white people’s love of black people with Afros; but you know that you love them. Remember earlier I talked about people ripping off my blog for photos? Well the NUMBER ONE PICTURE THEY COME TO STEAL IS ME. Yeah, everyday ALL day. My blog gets slammed with people trying to extract that photo from this blog. One of the things I learned from reading my stats was that people weren’t just stealing my pictures they wanted me to pay for it . Did you know that? That people will try to link to images in your blog and then USE YOUR BANDWIDTH to show it on their sites, or MySpace pages. So if you’re self-hosted like me you can just use the Hotlink feature, which causes them to have to come TO the blog to see the image and they also can’t serve it from my server. They can do as “save as” but at least I don’t have to fuckin’ pay for it! But in the stats you can see people get confused by the hotlink lock and they will slam the image 4, 5, 6, 7! times in a row trying to get that picture from Google Images. They don’t just want it; they want it bad .
So I was reading Timethief’s blog the other night and she wrote a piece that tied into this one I had been working on. Her piece is all about Splogs and what you can do to prevent and fight them . The solution I liked the best was to notify Adsense when somebody is running your content. So at LEAST they wont be making money from your work. Personally I let the guy in Hong Kong go when I tracked him down because in those early days I needed some backlinks (remember he was using my images too from my piece on how to make Myspace music turn off, so I was getting pings off his stolen piece). Lastly, another way somebody might rip off your blog is just to sort of take your posts and “paraphrase” it. And I’m fine with that one, because a) usually they mention you and b) blog topics seem to come in spurts-like everybody writing about Twitter in March. So I’m not going to stop building image heavy posts, but I do limit how they leave this site. And as for copycats; even that’s cool because I feel 100 percent confident I can keep coming up with good stuff to write-and you should feel that way too.