Tag Archives: Spamming

What to Do When Your Content Appears on a Compromised Site

What to Do When Your Content Appears on a Compromised Site

Hacked Site ImageThere are many despicable places that plagiarized content can wind up. Spam blogs advertising questionable pharmaceuticals, forums promoting hateful speech and pornographic sites that have nothing to do with your images or material (all things that have happened to me).

However, a recent trend I’ve been noticing in my work has been taking things to the next level. In the past month alone I’ve observed at least two cases (likely several more as several sites were down) of content being lifted, plagiarized and posted onto compromised sites.

In short, innocent websites are being turned into spam blogs and copyright infringers not because they did anything wrong, but because they had lax security and a domain that was trusted by the search engines.

From a content creator’s standpoint, dealing with these infringements is much trickier than with “normal” cases and, if they truly are on the rise and this isn’t just an anecdotal experience, it’s like a problem that more and more webmasters are going to be confronted with.

So why is more and more plagiarized content appearing on hacked sites and what can be done about it? To understand we first have to look at what is actually going on.Continue Reading

What is Spam in 2013?

What is Spam in 2013?

With ten years since the CANSPAM act, we need to reevalue what the word spam means and how it’s changed in the past decade.Continue Reading

One Year After Panda, Is Your Content Safer?

One Year After Panda, Is Your Content Safer?

On February 24th, 2011, Google introduced it’s Panda update, supposedly a major blow against content farms and scrapers. How did it work out?Continue Reading

FAQs: The Basics of RSS Scraping

FAQs: The Basics of RSS Scraping

RSS Scraping is a problem nearly every webmaster is going to have to face at some point, here’s the basics on what it is and what to do about it.Continue Reading

WordPressDirect Addresses Spam Issue

WordPressDirect, a move that it hopes will placate the concerns many have expressed about the service, is removing auto-posting from free members. But is it enough to calm the angry mob?Continue Reading

Attributor Analyzes TrueAudience

A recent study by content tracking service Attributor has found that, for many publishers, their audience off their site completely dwarfs the pageviews they can count.Continue Reading

2008: Looking Ahead

Considering that my predictions for 2007 fell somewhere between “mixed” and “unmitigated disaster” I am almost loathe to try again. However, in the spirit of the season, I almost can not control myself. So, with that in mind, I’m taking a look at the year ahead with seven new predictions about what is in storeContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Perhaps I Spoke Too Soon

In a pair of previous posts I lauded Google’s progress in the war on Spam on its Blogspot service. Though my intuition was confirmed, at least somewhat, by Google itself, it appears I might have spoken too soon. I recently ran across this link on the social news site Reddit. It is a submissions listingContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Using .htaccess to Stop Content Theft

Having control over your own server can be a very powerful thing. It enables you to control who can access your site, how they visit it and what they can see. Generally, however, that power is best left unused. For the most part, restricting people’s access to your site is a bad move. Though youContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Update: Google Responds Regarding Blogspot Spam

Yesterday I received an email from a representative at Google Blogspot. In my inquiry to him, I had asked whether or not Google was on a recent offensive against spam blogs, as I had speculated earlier this week. As with most replies from Google about such matters, it was very vague and short on details.Continue Reading