Well I had a post in the bag all ready to go, and then this comes up…
But still, I thought: OK, I’ll deal with it when it happens.
So now it’s happened.
Some”blogger” in China is harvesting WordPress.com blogs at a tremendous rate, sticking them up on his site as if they were his own, slapping Google Adsense ads on it to boot.
I would provide a link to the blog just to prove my point, but therein lies the problem: If you point to him and say “LOOK, he’s stolen my stuff,” and provide a link, all he is going to get are more hits and more money from Google.
Since I raised a stink in WordPress’ forums the past couple of days, the “blogger” has taken down my content, but that still leaves I don’t know how many bloggers on WordPress – and perhaps elsewhere – whose material is being sucked through the intertubes for deposit at some slime-hill called… damn, I can’t say it. I won’t say it!
I left a comment at another WordPress blogger’s blog to let her know that her photos had also been stolen, but I have no time to extend that courtesy to everyone.
So all I have to give is an Open Letter To You, Thieving Blogger.
I’ll make an exception this time. You MAY steal this and place it on your blog front and centre:
I am a thief.
This blog is a fraud.
I am trying to make money off other people.
I have absolutely nothing to contribute to the millions of blogs already out there, so I will be a parasite.
Please click on the Google Adsense ads, which drape these stolen goods like stinking vapour.
I will make money the easy way that way.
That is all.
Perhaps I was just born unlucky.
PS: If you want to check whether your content is being thrown up on another site and passed off as original, check out copyscape. Just type in your URL. Who knows, you might get an eye-opener like I did.