The Download Squad has reached that level of success that many a blogger fears and at the same time quietly wishes for – they’ve become so popular that others are scraping their content.
Come on, admit it. The first time your blog was scraped, you had two reactions.
The outward one – “Those B@#$&!! they stole my post and didn’t even link back to me!”
The inward one – “Cool, my blog is finally popular enough that the spammers are stealing it.”
Download Squad compares the practice to 17th century pirates…
When we started to look into the phenomenon of Blog Piracy, it was like sailing through the blue waters of the Caribbean circa the 17th century – suddenly the Blog Pirates were absolutely everywhere. Googling recent posts from Download Squad likewise turns up a host of blog pirates, such as the so called Software Online Guide (which looks more like a homage site to Download Squad than an actual blog) these folks are cutting and pasting for fun and profit, but probably without that much of either.
I personally gave up trying to fight the blog pirates. Even if you’re successful in getting one to stop, another pops-up within days (probably by the same guys).
How do you handle blog pirates? Do you board their ship and give them a good thrashing, or do you just keep on sailing?