Public Service Announcement:
Is Your Blog Being Scraped for Content?

The site in this image at right has been reposting Northdixie Designs content without my permission, as well as content from other blogs I have through Blogger.com.  And while I was there I saw quite a few other folk artist's blogs are being scraped.   So it would be worth it for you to check out what Google is presenting when you search for your name and your blog's name.  

The justification can be read here in this Google support forum conversation.  Apparently, if I didn't want my content re-published I shouldn't let readers subscribe through the RSS feed. Um, no. I use the RSS feed so that people can receive my posts in their email in-box, not because I want that content republished on the web. That's a bit like saying, 

"Hey, you left your car in the driveway, 
you're just asking for us to take a drive...."

This has happened before with other sites who usually post a small excerpt and then a small thumbnail and a link back to this site.  Not by permission then either.   But blogger dash index dot com site has been reposting my entire post along with full sized pictures.   I wonder if this is a result of Pinterest's growth ...because when I tried to pin my images from  blogger dash index dot com , yes indeed, you could pin my images from this site that reposted my content.


If your blog is being scrapedyou can do a little. Here are a few links that might help you:

Hyperarts on how to stop blog scraping


Start watermarking your pictures, kids!
Because they are traveling to places you never dreamed. 

Now it's my hope that this is a new blogger who doesn't know any better.   I hope so.  The right way to do things is to get people to opt-in and not to make them opt-out.   But all this leads to another question....
Why are these sites ranking so high?   
What's up, Google???

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden




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