Thursday, November 30, 2006
What the H is this???
Someone go HERE and please tell me what that is. It's got a bunch of my posts listed (I know it has to do with "ficken", it's the price I pay for choosing the title I did..but that's old news) and I don't know what the heck it is. Is that a blog? I can't tell.
posted by Angie @ 6:04 PM  
  • At 10:11 PM, Anonymous OddMix said…

    This is known as Splogging. The Sploger has a script that sucks content out of your feed and posts it to their own "blog". They put ads on theirs and use search hits on your content to drive views to their ads.

    It is the practice of slime balls and has driven several amazing bloggers, like MamaTulip, to stop blogging for a while. You can minimize it by only publishing partial text on your XML feed. You can restrict it even more by using a service like Wordpress instead of blogger that inhibits sploggers. Putting copyright info in your text helps, too. Others just try and ignore it.

    Sorry I couldn't give cheerier news.

  • At 12:45 AM, Anonymous Kevin said…

    While there's not a lot you can do to completely stop the sploggers, you can avoid helping them (or even hurting your own site) by not linking to them.

    When you want to direct readers to a potentially shady site like this try one of these options:

    -type the address in plain text rather than making it a link


    -include the rel="nofollow" attribute in your link, which tells Google (and possibly other search engines) that you don't want them to follow the link. In this case, the html for the link would look like this:

    <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="blank">HERE</a>

    By linking directly to the site, you're giving the splogger a free link, which helps them in the search engines. You're also associating your own site with that splog (at least in the eyes of a search engine) letting them benefit from your site's good reputation and letting their spammy reputation rub off on you.

    Sorry you've been a victim of this. With the number of these sites growing everyday, I imagine everyone will have at least one splogger stealing their content before long.

  • At 8:11 AM, Anonymous MarillaAnne said…

    absolutely take the link out of the post ... either the site is very busy planting bad cookies (i didn't have my cookie detector/blocker on so I don't know for sure) or one of those friendly blogs eventually leads to a porn site. I can't see any other purpose other than defamation of character. If you can figure out who's hosting the critter you might be able to complain and get it taken down ... defamation of character and the like. I just thought of something. Look for an email from me.

  • At 9:25 AM, Anonymous MarillaAnne said…

    well ... never mind the email full of secret possibilites ... they're hosted in spain.

    you have to have the feed if you're going to let your fans use rss readers ... which i hope you do cause i'm dropping you in mine.

    But you can mess with this person. Put a disclaimer in after your first sentence or your second sentence on an alternating basis. between the alternating location of your disclaimer and the alternating length of your sentences ... the splogger will not be able to create a dependable method of extracting your disclaimer and you will be useless ...

    uh mmm ... that said you also need to make the disclaimer wording and length vary. if it always starts with "Disclaimer..." and then the statement is always the same length, that can be a dependable point of reference and thus a dependable method of removal can be established ... granted this guy would have to know more than how to drop in the RSS code in order to extract it. On the other hand, if he knows how to do an internet search and he really feels he must use your content ... he can find help in just a few clicks.

    Make your disclaimers generic. do not mention this particular site. I'm not sure ... but if you include your link, you might just be strengthening the search engines opinion that the other site is valid. If you do decide to include your link, do use the nofollow attribute.

    My husband just woke up ... and I'm explaining all this to him ... and he's trying to get his program developer mind to wrap around it ... no telling what could come of that ... so don't be surprised if you do hear from me. OH he says to tell people to check the name displaying in the browser title bar.

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