Well, the news on the street in blog land in the last week or two is scary fact that peoples’ hard work is being stolen left and right. “Scraper” sites (jerk face blogs) are stealing bloggers’ content…their entire posts, and adding them to their own blogs and websites. They make money off the posts because their sites have lots of ads. Their content is so good (because it is stolen), and updated so frequently (because it is stolen), that they become the first choice in a Google search.
For example, if a scraper site stole my No Sew Beaded Tutu Bedskirt post and added it to their site, when you decided to make a tutu bedskirt and wanted to Google how to do it, their blog would be the first on a Google search because they have more ads and pageviews. Super rude. And illegal.
They are making money off of bloggers’ content, and it’s SO not cool.
I have found a few of my posts on scraper sites, and it freaked me out. It makes me angry to know that my hard work is being stolen within seconds of posting. So, to protect myself, I will be making a few changes…including joining the “Truncating Train.” Like many many bloggers, within the next few days, my blog posts will be truncated in RSS feeds. That means that if you read Free Stylin’ through a reader (like Google Reader), only part of my post will show up. You will need to make one click to continue reading.
I know it can be super annoying to have to click through, and I promise I am not a fan of truncated posts, either, but I need to protect myself. I’d really appreciate it if you would be willing to make that one extra click to read my posts.
If you want to know more about truncated feeds, scraper sites, and all that mess, I found these awesome posts really helpful:
Thank you for understanding. And, please, if you see any of my posts (or any other blogger for that matter) on a site, and it looks suspicious, please let the person know. I would really appreciate it!