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Hey Blog Scrapers! Take This Post Too

Every day my blog posts are ripped off, cannibalized, reposted and credit is not given to me as the original writer. It’s done by “scraping” content, scripts that insert keywords and a new form of my post is spit out, either in full or in part.

In many cases credit to this blog, the original source, is not given. Not my name, not my domain. No link. But my sentences are there on their blog.

A fellow blogger has inquired about this practice at Cre8asiteforums, in a thread called Is This Blog Calling Me A Personification Of Evil? She describes a blog that has reposted her original content but in a way that is nothing like what she wrote:

Their post contains the following colorful language:

admin excreted this detailing eBay

this quite hilliarious author

I can implore this personification of evil to dig deeper into what their niche may be writing about eBay.

We recognized the practice and informed her that her blog is being scraped. The author of the blog who scraped her blog discovered our thread and wrote this in defense:

Congrats, you found my little experimental “AI” blog.

Yes, the “article review” category is auto-generated, sort of like the old ELIZA program. Like ELIZA, which was a parody of a non-directional psychotherapist, the generator program is a parody of a rambling and ranting blogger.

It reads the Google Blog Search RSS feed based on keywords and generates a random article. I manually select which articles to upload based on title quality.

Unlike the typical “here’s a quick excerpt” splog, which you and your friends at Cre8asite Forums have no doubt seen, I don’t generate bothersome trackbacks. That’s both useless and annoying. You get a free backlink out of the deal, which is always helpful to your site.

There’s nothing intelligent about stealing and there’s no possible credible excuse for taking someone’s original blog content and reposting it without permission or without proper credit. In my own case, my blog doesn’t host ads, but my content is used on other blogs that do.

Every day I find links to my own blog posts, digested and thrown back out in some insane new format credited to names I’ve never heard of, in some cases not linked here at all, and hosted on domains that are no more than a keyword puzzle-game.

What is the value to original blog authors to get a link back to their own work from a version of it that inserts content they didn’t write and in some cases, credits someone else for writing it?

This is yet another example of links hysteria and page rank score greed gone too far.


Here you go.

Have at it.

I wrote this one just for you.


Example of my blog post, shortly after being posted today. This screen shot is from an adoption scraper site.

Example of scraped post


  1. December 15, 2007    

    Incredible, Kim! It didn’t take long for that to happen, did it?

    Thanks for blogging about this.

    The sad thing is, I get all excited when I see in my dashboard that someone has linked to me. It’s a sad letdown when the link takes me to something like this :(

    Ah, well, I’m becoming sadder but wiser about the blogosphere, thanks to you and the folks at Cre8!

  2. Jamie's Gravatar Jamie
    December 20, 2007    

    A fantastic example of one of the newer Black Hat techniques. It’s always a joy to prove your point – and you sure got to – fast!

  3. December 23, 2007    

    I found a trackback today from a similar scraper, with the same green ad at the top. They only used a short paragraph and did give a link, but who the heck is going to read that blog, anyway? It has no theme, no reason for being, other than to make a bit of money. Every single entry is preceded with the same intro to someone else’s work.

    I’m also finding Google alerts less and less useful lately, as more of the results turn out to be scrapers.

  4. T1's Gravatar T1
    January 20, 2008    

    With each invention of technology there is always the invention of technology which abuses it and then the invention of technology of that circumvents the previous. It’s a cycle that will most likely never be broken.

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