Archive for April 18th, 2008

Stop Blog Content Theft: Splagiarism!

April 18, 2008

In pictures here is what happened:

1. I wrote a blog post called Earthquake Rocks Google Too.

2. I published the blog via WordPress.

3. A splog grabbed my content and scraped the first paragraph.

WordPress Content Theft

4. The splog then fed my content to both blog and search results.

Blog Content Theft

5. My content was then displayed as the splog’s and in doing so denied my authorship and ownership rights to the blog post in both the same blog and search results.
Google Search Results

6. I began a thread about this at WordPress forums and within three hours, WordPress, the WordPress Community and Google completely resolved the issue in the search results. Not so in the blog results as of yet.

Corrected Google Search Results



Thanks!

Hot news! Blog Content Theft

April 18, 2008

Content and Feed Theft of my WordPress Blog by a WordPress Blog

I wrote a post about Google Trends and the earthquake today in Illinois.

For some reason when I made my post, it took a while to get pulled into blog.search at Google. When it did however, it was under someone elses blog who had in turn stolen all of my headlines and content verbatim.

Blog Search

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wordpress-content-theft

This just occurred today but it looks the blog is grabbing a bunch of feeds.

It hasn’t been unusual for me to see my content scraped and put on splogs but having them usurp my feed and place in blog search for it is an entirely different matter.

Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

7 Responses to “Content and Feed Theft of my WordPress Blog by a WordPress Blog”

  1. ellaella Member April 18th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I feel your pain, but that’s a self-hosted blog and there is nothing wordpress.com can do about it. There are many, many forum threads about scrapers, splogs and DMCA and one or more of them might be of help.

  2. cohn Member April 18th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I understand it is self hosted and that content theft is inevitable.

    My concern is that it has somehow supplanted my feed into blog.search results – I mean they stole my content and got into blog search before the ink had dried on my post.

    My question is about the status of wordpress feed. Has it not been compromised?

    If I write a blog post about this topic, will it too be “authored”, scraped and indexed as someone other than its original author?

    Should I try it out?

  3. raincoaster Member April 18th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    No, the feed has not been “Compromised.” This is standard splogger behaviour: they subscribe to feeds, which go out instantly. And they’re automated, so their posts go up instantly. This is how it works.

  4. ellaella Member April 18th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I might well be missing something — it’s been a long day — but your feed is available to anyone with a feed reader and theirs is available to the search engines. As for the swiftness, the other day I posted something on a political blog ( a .com blog not linked to my name here) and in the time it took to check the front page and make sure all was right I had three splogger pingbacks in my spam queue.

    Sure, try it, why not? 🙂 I’ve done more devilish things to people who stole my entire content — including my copyright notices.

  5. cohn Member April 18th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    OK. Thank you both.It too has been a long day over here, I just learned I had another site receive an SQL Injection hack which has created a much longer list of problems to deal with.

    As a result, I may not have communicated my thoughts as clearly as I had planned.

    Raincoaster, I understand your explanation and I think it makes the most sense.

    However, if the splog site has grabbed my content and is now being placed in Google blog results and now Google’s search results, I would argue my feed has been compromised because I am no longer being credited as the post’s author.

  6. Would you not agree?

    Theft of content is one thing. Theft of its authorship is another.

  7. cohn Member April 18th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    In order to eliminate the feed as the source, I will write this post to see if the splog is grabbing my feed specifically or if it is grabbing keyword specific posts.

    Only at that point, will it become clear what further options I may have.

    My blog entry title will be: Hot news! Blog Content Theft
    The contents of my post will be from this thread along with screen shots.

    Here it goes!

  8. princo Member April 18th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Seems for me, that the account of the website was hacked. I’ll send a complaint to the hoster, and contact the owner of the site tomorrow.In the upper right corner of the “blog”, there is an “ad”-banner, linking to a website with VERY bad behaviour.

    You can find a report about the “bad” site here:
    Site Advisor

  9. This issue has been resolved within three hours by both WordPress, The Community and Google! Thanks! More details to follow.

Earthquake Rocks Google Too

April 18, 2008

The earthquake in Illinois earlier today also sent shock waves through Google generating 70% of their top 100 searches this morning at Google’s US web search engine according to Google Trends.

Searches for earthquake related news and information are noted in italics below

Apr 18, 2008
Updated 40 minutes ago

1. the homicide report
2. new madrid fault
3. usgs
4. earthquake
5. illinois earthquake
6. earthquake aftershock
7. midwest earthquake
8. chicago earthquake
9. us geological survey

10. cynthia sommer
11. usgs earthquake
12. richter scale
13. wabash fault
14. fault lines
15. indiana earthquake

16. sungevity
17. earthquake in il
18. west salem il
19. earthquake today

20. danny federici
21. erica dahm
22. earthquake center
23. earthquake map

24. swiss guard
25. st louis news
26. earthquake news
27. earthquake april 18 2008
28. st. louis earthquake
29. missouri earthquake
30. kmov
31. wfie

32. earthquake scale
33. seismic activity

34. flexees
35. ksdk
36. ipl live streaming
37. usgs.gov
38. recent earthquakes
39. louisville earthquake

40. e street band
41. wabash valley fault system
42. chicago news
43. earthquake 4/18/08
44. wthr
45. earthquake safety
46. indianapolis news
47. earthquake ohio

48. kentucky earthquake
49. bruce springsteen
50. new madrid seismic zone
51. san francisco earthquake

52. taco chic salsa
53. laurie bambi bembenek
54. invicta stainless steel racing chronograph
55. chris knowles
56. andrew dobner
57. indianapolis earthquake
58. ktvi
59. evansville earthquake

60. wish tv
61. louisville news
62. cincinnati earthquake

63. willow tv
64. map of illinois
65. whas

66. jill leovy
67. evansville news
68. ksdk.com
69. iowa earthquake
70. michigan earthquake
71. united states fault lines
72. earthquake information

73. steve preston
74. fox 2 news
75. salem illinois
76. seismograph
77. reelfoot lake

78. earthquake faults
79. what to do in an earthquake

80. no no hair removal
81. indiana news
82. evansville indiana

83. dan federici
84. ipl sopcast
85. national earthquake
86. earthquake 4 18 08

87. thetan reader
88. secede
89. united states geological survey
90. national geological
91. earthquake activity

92. weston cage
93. marty brennaman
94. belmont il
95. whas 11
96. earthquake in ky

97. longest baseball game
98. watch ipl online
99. earthquake monitor
100. pope in nyc

For earthquake related news and information, use the Google Trends graph below to reach the specific earthquake related news source you are looking for.

Apr 18, 2008 change date
Updated 55 minutes ago
iGoogle Gadget New! Site Feed
1. the homicide report
2. new madrid fault
3. usgs
4. earthquake
5. illinois earthquake
6. earthquake aftershock
7. midwest earthquake
8. chicago earthquake
9. us geological survey
10. cynthia sommer
11. usgs earthquake
12. richter scale
13. wabash fault
14. fault lines
15. indiana earthquake
16. sungevity
17. earthquake in il
18. west salem il
19. earthquake today
20. danny federici
21. erica dahm
22. earthquake center
23. earthquake map
24. swiss guard
25. st louis news
26. earthquake news
27. earthquake april 18 2008
28. st. louis earthquake
29. missouri earthquake
30. kmov
31. wfie
32. earthquake scale
33. seismic activity
34. flexees
35. ksdk
36. ipl live streaming
37. usgs.gov
38. recent earthquakes
39. louisville earthquake
40. e street band
41. wabash valley fault system
42. chicago news
43. earthquake 4/18/08
44. wthr
45. earthquake safety
46. indianapolis news
47. earthquake ohio
48. kentucky earthquake
49. bruce springsteen
50. new madrid seismic zone
51. san francisco earthquake
52. taco chic salsa
53. laurie bambi bembenek
54. invicta stainless steel racing chronograph
55. chris knowles
56. andrew dobner
57. indianapolis earthquake
58. ktvi
59. evansville earthquake
60. wish tv
61. louisville news
62. cincinnati earthquake
63. willow tv
64. map of illinois
65. whas
66. jill leovy
67. evansville news
68. ksdk.com
69. iowa earthquake
70. michigan earthquake
71. united states fault lines
72. earthquake information
73. steve preston
74. fox 2 news
75. salem illinois
76. seismograph
77. reelfoot lake
78. earthquake faults
79. what to do in an earthquake
80. no no hair removal
81. indiana news
82. evansville indiana
83. dan federici
84. ipl sopcast
85. national earthquake
86. earthquake 4 18 08
87. thetan reader
88. secede
89. united states geological survey
90. national geological
91. earthquake activity
92. weston cage
93. marty brennaman
94. belmont il
95. whas 11
96. earthquake in ky
97. longest baseball game
98. watch ipl online
99. earthquake monitor
100. pope in nyc

Google Trends aims to provide insights into broad search patterns. Several approximations are used when computing your results. Please keep this in mind when using it.