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Splogs and plagiarism

20. November 2009

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For the longest time, the issue of plagiarism was seen as only occurring within the province of the academia. Copying and stealing another person’s work is only a problem in colleges and universities, and of course the occasional seedy journalist. The internet was pure and pristine. No one would dare steal someone’s work and then pass it off as their own. Of course, we all know that the internet is now the primary battleground for plagiarists and the hard-working people who actually write original content. More and more people are seeing plagiarism as a growing problem but, unfortunately, many also think that there’s nothing anyone can do to combat this crime.

But there are actually many things that a person can do to help combat plagiarism. There are many kinds of recourse they can take in order to curb this intellectual theft of original content that is being used for splogs and other dubious endeavors online. The first thing that should be done is to become vigilant. As holders of original content, a person must always be aware about the threat of plagiarism.

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Splogs happen

15. October 2009

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One important thing you should know about splogs is that it will happen — whatever you do, unscrupulous people will set up splogs that will irritate us and make searching for the correct information just a little harder. But for internet surfers, a splog is an inconvenience at the most.

It’s not the same thing with web site and blog owners. Splogs pose a bigger problem because splog operators are also copyright thieves. Splogs are notorious for stealing the content of other web sites and it is only a matter of time before sploggers get hold of your content and use it for their splogs.

One of the first things you must do when dealing with splogs and content stealing is that this kind of robbery will happen. No one is immune from it so you should be prepared about it happening to you. With the continued explosive growth of the internet, content is becoming more and more precious. And as with anything that has value, some people will try to steal it.

It’s the reason why you should have a plan in place in case someone steals the content of your web site or blog.

Next time I’ll tell you more about how to handle content stealing.

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Nifty Tools Dificult Tools

28. April 2009

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stealThe clamor to come up with an answer to the rising splog threat has many authors developing ways of securing and monitoring blogs that would be a good indicator of any attempts to hack or modify your posts. One such easy way to monitor your blog is with the DigoWatchWP which closely monitors your blogs on WordPress and sends you an email if any changes are found, even if the email says there is no change. (more…)

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Fair Syndication – On the Right Track?

27. April 2009

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fairThe advent and rise of the splogs has triggered a debate between bloggers, the online ads industry and the Fair Syndication Consortium that debates the situation whether ad companies should remunerate web sites that use stolen content. The opposing parties has people on both sides raising their own points, on the side of the bloggers content should be guarded and deemed as personal property, on the side of the consortium they say that they are fighting for the said right, getting these splog sites to get their claimed earnings from ads but steering some of the profits down the line to the bloggers who were responsible for the blog posts.
Very much a blurred line exists between the grounds by which they stand, and being sponsored by many big businesses and other major players the consortium is indeed raising a very real fact, splogs are here and there is no sure way to combat them or prevent them from plagiarizing content from other sites, kinda goes to the tune of “If you can;t beat them, Join them!”. The bloggers and several thousand writers are still trying to obtain ways of shutting down these splogging sites but as mentioned, there are ways by which you can indeed profit from these sites but the line is thin and you can end up losing more that you hope to gain. The debate is detailed in the following post from TechCrunch where more details are brought to light.

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Hidden Splog Dangers

25. April 2009

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webcrawlerThere is an alarming rise in the incidence of splogs becoming a way of spreading malware in the form of phishing or other identity theft scams and people are taking notice. Spam blogs as we know are blogs that are created solely to steer ranking bots to their sites without giving second thought about the many sources they plague. There are also link-farms that do more than just steal content, they automatically fill in links to boost their own sites gaining more attention from indexing bots. Being bots (more…)

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Splogs on Your Blogs – Kicking Back

13. April 2009

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splogsSplogs are blogs that use your content without permission, posts them onto their sites for profits without even giving you a mention or credit for what they’ve done. They do get away with it and in the process they earn in terms of traffic to their sites thus increasing their profits. Most experts suggest kicking back by adding a simple plugin called RSS Footer that comes from Ytoast.com which allows you to automatically add an extra line of content to your feed that automatically places a footer that say’s “Post From :” with a link to your blog along with your blog’s name. Splogs are simple copy/paste artists who leach traffic from your site to theirs thus getting traffic that should have been yours.
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