I wrote a blog post for/about my community, and after publish --clicked Twitter --WP Ping-o-matic as usual.
After half-hour I checked: most 'recent' post in Google/Blogs was my previous --three days ago, and
--WEEK ago. Yet there were Plenty of Blogs listed: "posted 6 minutes ago" --'2 minutes ago' etc.
The blog is good looking, but strictly Local issues -events -links, mature (about 6 -7 years old),
Near but not IN a well-known city; has always gotten the odd click from France, Uk, Sweden --outside
of my country. Watching it very closely because: about 20 days ago odd things started showing up.
First: 'viewers' from odd places, e.g., Nigeria, Latvia, Malaysia, Ukraine, Netherlands (heavy), Vietnam, etc
2nd: stupid 'referrers' --"get a degree on-line" --'teeth-whitening' --'get a settlement...' etc
but 3rd: all audience/viewers from a site I never heard of --went up Sept. 16
--No good reason to attract heavy & International attention.
site front page: 'instructions' how to scrape content, put in a hidden section [of their site], "legally
add advertising, later post so you can collect ad revenue, which is legal, you will make money..."
written in poor English.
I did some research: Google doesn't know anything about the site --or the scraping; neither does
Webmaster Tools forums/ techies, nor Wikipedia --anyone, anywhere. But every day/night:
they show up on my site --click on old old posts --to scrape, I guess.
I've looked at many things; done some defensive things, but can't figure out how/why
they're all over THIS Blog. While examining things: got the thought to look at the sites
in WP Ping Service --to see if any pings to internationals, and was stunned:
one - ping site copyright goes to 2009 --no blog posts after 2009
one - pings/updates only interested in military defense contractors
one or two - Bought out --long ago --folded into some other website; don't function
some - ping sites irrelevant to my Blogs
two - 'ADDRESS CANNOT BE FOUND" --disconnected
few - only up-date posts in FEEDS --I didn't check the others
I disabled Feeds on ALL my blogs since:
a.) I suspect that's where the scrapers are finding my posts
b.) Reader/feeds considered 'old style' now, irrelevant way to up-date
= WP Ping-o-Matic dated --stale --irrelevant --DOESN'T notify Google Search OR Technorati
Every part of WP is, I've found, quick -sharp -tech-advanced -ahead of entire (Internet) pack,
usually, so I'm way surprised at how Useless Ping-o-matic is; disappointed I didn't
check the 'service' long ago.
Why is WP Ping useless/dated?
Plans to over-haul it?
Why isn't Google, Technorati in the group?
Anyone else getting weird 'viewers' --and irrelevant locations -referrals?
--If anyone asks, I'll post the offending website but reluctant to list --don't
want to give them publicity because so far, if I'm right, they've scraped
at least 26 posts.