The Friday gathering – Annoying scrapers addition
One of the things you learn pretty quick as a blogger is the importance of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Getting your pages ranked high on search engine result pages can bring very large amounts of traffic. That traffic turns into potential new readers and commentators. Search engine visitors are also the visitors most likely to click on your ads as well. While I don’t make a great deal here on Gather Little by Little, it does pay the hosting fees, compensates me for the time I spend writing, and supplements my income some.
I’ve also learned over the past few months that writing SEO optimized posts also increases the number of posts you’ll have stolen by spblogs. Spblogs are sites that scrape (i.e. steal, plagiarize, etc.) other blog’s content, publish it and surround it with advertising, typically Google Adsense. They do this to rank in search engines and generate income through ads with little to no effort. Spbloggers create lots of these sites. I’m not going to link to any as I don’t want encourage or promote them.
I must be doing a fairly decent job writing SEO optimized content, as all 5 articles this week were picked up by 4 different Spblogs. The splogs not only posted my copyrighted and original content, but even posted the images I use. The images link back to my site and thus whenever they display one it uses my bandwidth which I pay for.
To fight back a bit, I’ve started replacing the images with a different image. I leave the original image in my articles, but replace the one the spblogs link to with this:
While I am sure most of the spbloggers won’t even notice, my hope is that people that visit the sites will realize what’s going on and never visit them again, let alone click on ads.
If you ever happen to visit a splog and notice they are publishing another blogs content please let the original publisher know so they can report the spbloggers to Google and the spblog’s hosting company.
- Moolanomy celebrated it’s first birthday this week. Congratulations Pinyo and have enjoyed blogging with you over the past year. You’re a business partner and friend and very glad we hooked up.
- Consumerism Commentary celebrated it’s 5-year anniversary this week. Congratulations Flexo! Flexo is not only a awesome blogger but also a huge contributor to the personal finance community. He runs pfblogs.org, the Carnival of Personal Finance and a number of other ventures.
- Adam from Money Relationship is giving away a $50 gift card. Adam’s blog is pretty new so check it out and leave a comment, subscribe, and/or email him with a question to enter. The details are located in his sidebar.
- Ryan from Millionaire Money Habits has a new eBook called Fico Formula which shares TONS of information on how credit scores work and what to do to increase yours. I’ve personally reviewed the book and it’s very well done, professional, and loaded with great information.
Here are my favorite article picks this week from the M-Network and beyond!
- Buying Outside Your Budget or Spending More for Convenience
- Does a frugal culture exist in your workplace?
- 50 Reasons to Go Green with Reusable Shopping Bags
- Tightwad Tuesday: Rent a Vacation Home
- Ditching Soda? How To Make Water Tastier
- Don’t Underestimate the Little Things
- $25 Restaurant.com dining certificates for $4 through July 20th
- Shopping at Aldi – My Experiences
- 3 Quick Negotiation Tips
- Would You Ride A Scooter To Save Money On Gasoline?
- Best Site To Sell Your Stuff
- why retirement planning is important
- Selling Your Existing Home While Buying a New One
- Money & Marriage: 7 lessons I have learned so far
- Need to Stretch Your Grocery Budget? This Quick, Easy, and Cheap Recipe Will Put a New Spin on the Boring Potato
Photo by: Christina Welsh (Rin)