This week, a site stole an article from Travelated (my group travel blog) and copied it, in full, on their own web site. I contacted the owner of the site and (politely) asked that it be shortened to an excerpt or be removed.
The site owner replied to me with false kindness, explaining that ‘lower trafficked‘ sites such as mine really benefit when ‘higher trafficked‘ sites such as his post my content. Not only is this completely untrue, Travelated’s Alexa ranking is currently at 202,000. His is at 800,000. I don’t think we need your web site to ‘help’ us, thank you very much.
He agreed to remove it, but then sent me a series of emails that clearly showed he wasn’t happy about it. I’ve chosen not to respond, because I don’t need to start an email war. I just need other web sites to understand that copying and pasting my content onto your website is unacceptable, and that I am going to do something about it every time I see it.
Perhaps I get so up in arms about it because I used to deal with high school students who did the same thing. They copied and pasted paragraphs and entire essays from the Internet and turned it in as their own work. This kind of behavior drives me insane, especially when it’s done by adults. If you can’t write for your site, there are plenty of options to find great content to add to it without stealing.
I’m sorry for the rant, but making it in the blogging game is hard enough without someone trying to bring you down.
Have you ever had a problem like this? What have you done about it, or what would you do?
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