PLEASE REMOVE MY BLOG CONTENT FROM YOUR WEBSITE

by Calvin Cox on February 7, 2009


Your Blog Articles Are Your Design Company’s Assets. They Must Be Protected At All Cost.

Last week I received a Google Alert for my domain name styleapple.com. I use Google Alerts to follow my brand online. Great tool to use to get updates on keywords, people, products…. Need I say it… competitors… you know the important stuff.

Anyway Google Alerts usually gives you a summary of the content and selected keyword with a direct link to the site that published the content. I was expecting to find a simple link referencing the article back to my website. Instead I found my entire blog post on their website, graphs, pictures and all. here

All my referral links vanished. Except for a link on the very far left corner of the page hidden amidst advertising with the word LINK on it. As I’m scrolling down the page the very next article was also mine , here. So naturally I got concerned.  I decided to write a quick email to the web host or contact information I saw on the website:

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From: Calvin Cox
Date: Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 8:55 PM
Subject: Please Remove My Blog Content From Your Website.
To: visualtoo@gmail.com
http://www.oxadox.com/article/menhealth/2009-02…
http://www.oxadox.com/article/menhealth/2009-02…
Thank you.

Calvin Cox
Styleapple, Inc
calvin@styleapple.com
www.styleapple.com
Create & Promote Your Own Design Portfolio Website In Minutes.
| Our Goal Is Simple, To Build Your Design Company’s Brand By Effectively
Utilizing Social Media & Inbound Marketing Techniques |

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The following day another Google Alert showed up with 2 more articles hijacked from my blog. So I sent another email including all links to the stolen articles on their blog with a little bit more edge to it. You know ” this is illegal” and yes I twittered it as well, I had to blow off some steam, @calvincox. I’ve included the follow-up email below

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From: Calvin Cox
Date: Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 12:01 PM
Subject: PLEASE REMOVE MY CONTENT FROM YOUR SITE
To: visualtoo@gmail.com
To whom it may concern.
Please remove my content from your site. It is illegal to copy entire
content of someone’s blog.
This is my second email request:
http://www.oxadox.com/article/menhealth/2009-02…
http://www.oxadox.com/article/menhealth/2009-02…
http://www.oxadox.com/article/menhealth/2009-02…
http://www.oxadox.com/article/menhealth/2009-02…

Calvin Cox
Styleapple, Inc
calvin@styleapple.com
www.styleapple.com
Create & Promote Your Own Design Portfolio Website In Minutes.
| Our Goal Is Simple, To Build Your Design Company’s Brand By Effectively
Utilizing Social Media & Inbound Marketing Techniques |

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The next day I got an email from my brother with a link to a blog post on how to report duplicate content to Google, which I found to be a valuable piece of information. Now I’m sure you are all SEO experts by now, Google can and will penalize you for having duplicate content on the web, regardless if you put it there or someone else did. It’s your job to police and protect your intellectual property.

The next morning Pro Blogger posted an insightful article from Devoracles with specifics on dealing with this sort of thing, titled: How to Defend your Blogs Copyright. I’m not a big fan of writing about these kinds of problems unless I believe I can provide the solution to deal with it .

So after reading all this stuff, I was ready to go to battle one more day. Before I placed my armor on, I decided to check one more time on the blog articles stolen from me earlier in the week. And to my happy surprise my posts were removed from their site. Woohoo.

Remember: Your ‘content is king’ and should be protected at all cost. Every article you write about your business and your industry you are investing in your advertising and inbound marketing campaign. Don’t let anyone steal your money.



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