Yesterday, I posted this article I wrote and then things got worse. I’m reposting it with an update. Yesterday I posted the link to the site who is stealing my content. Someone clicked on that link and immediately something started downloading to their computer. You can read the google link provided below but I have removed the virus link.
I have sent a cease and desist order to the site who stole my content. I also sent a letter to their provider. I don’t think it will help. I was going to send letters to their advertisers but that is dangerous. If you are found guilty of spreading false accusations about the said site, then all applicable court fees and damages will be applied.
I am considering taking my blog private. The problems is all those who link to me and the reviews I’ve written on books, plants, and sites around NC. Breaking those links is not only rude but also affects the google ranking for those sites.
So for now–I’m just in limbo.
Here is the original post:
A new era of blogging reared its ugly head this year and you may not be able to stop it. Google and Bing index your photos and pages helping to get the word out about your content. They snapshot your photos and when someone clicks on that they are directed back to your page. Wonderful—great–it’s how it’s supposed to work.
So what is different? The new sites take your photos and don’t direct the traffic back to you.
New sites are cropping up who copy your photos. They may or may not give an unlinked url to your website. They do advertise a full image of your photo and when clicked on will open to another of their pages. You never get the traffic and in most cases don’t get the credit.
See this ARTICLE from a google thread. The article is a guy describing what he’s doing and then there are comments showing how this has affected blog/website traffic.
It lowers your blog traffic because these sites can offer a large amount of photos for free and they have stolen your key phrases that once worked for you.
I use to get a lot of traffic for the ‘Incrediball’ hydrangea pictured above—now that traffic goes to a website who has stolen my photos. Consumers who go there will see a bunch of advertising but will not see a good article written about this shrub.
When you click on what says original source…..you get a new page open on the same site. It never comes to you who owned the photo.
The entire contents of my blog has been downloaded to these sites. If you watermark your photos–they’ll just photoshop them out. If you complain to the website domain manager then these crooks just go off and open another website.
Lots of complaints registered against these website but nothing can be done about them. Do you think this will be a threat to those blogs who make their money off of traffic? Yes–say a lot of people who quite their jobs because of a successful websites. Now they are shaking their hands in desperation as their content is featured freely on another site.