A couple of nights ago I wrote my first blog post. The next morning when I logged in someone had linked to me. But when I checked it out they had copied and pasted my entire post! I emailed Support and was told that these kind of blogs exist just to steal others content... And had stolen mine because of the tag "fashion"
Mine The Original: http://thepomegranateblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-casual-dress-code-in-milan/
The stealer: http://eroticaw.com/2577/is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-casual-dress-code-in-milan/
I added a few notes re copyright to my blog and followed the instructions to send a DMCA Notice http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/dmca-or-not?replies=24
I would really like to go the drastic last step mentioned in Lorelle's blog http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/ and ask Google not to send traffic their way as when I googled key words relating to my blog my original post via THE SPLOGGERs address came up second on the list! Mine wasn't even there!
This evening I published a little "fun" post on the Simpsons then had dinner. After dinner someone had linked to me and it was another splogger with exactly the same theme/ layout as the first splogger! As this 2nd splog was called "Having Fun" I assume it stole my post because of the tag "fun". When I checked my Stats for that specific post NO VIEWS had even been recorded! Which means the computer just randomly automatically selected it!!
My Simpsons post: http://thepomegranateblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/move-to-springfield/
The stealer: http://funmeec.com/archives/move-to-springfield
Beware everyone! This is a pain!!
Any thoughts as to if I remove tags "fashion" or "fun" that the splog won't be able to link back to me? Or any tags I should avoid in future?
Does anyone else agree that it's okay to contact Google as soon as possible and ask them to take these sploggers off the search engine? I know Support and Lorelle believe you should work through the steps patiently and wait before going that far but in my opinion as these aren't even proper blogs but websites which copy and paste other's work its not like we are "hurting" them by stopping people visiting their blog... They havn't earned these visits to their site - they just copy and paste. They are hurting us!!!