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Network Marketers Who Scrape Content

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For anyone in network marketing thinking about tying the internet in I want to point out something you have to look forward to, network marketers who scrape content!

Sadly there are a few individuals out there who believe that they can just take what ever they want and train others to do the same thing.

Fortunately the vast majority of people have some form of ethics and do know whats right from wrong. And, that is the basis for building a successful business both online and offline.

Sadly this individual I’m about to show you in this impromptu video I’m about to show does not. When he’s caught by another individual he claims he wrote it, instead of doing the honorable thing and owning up to it.

While this is becoming more common place today, it really doesn’t have to be that way. Really if we have to scrape other peoples content to succeed what does that really say about us as individuals?

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Jeff T August 16, 2010, 10:53 am

wow, it looks like he scrapped your website, I mean all of it….
the lengths some people will go to, unbelievable

and it seems that there is no end in sight

Andre Vatke August 16, 2010, 11:57 am

Sad that people are misled into screwing up their reputation and putting themselves on the line for very serious legal consequences. (plus the $250,000 fine which they won’t ever be able to pay because their so called success is a copy and past job too!)

Unfortunately it’s not all ignorance either. There are courses that hint at doing this and even some that outright show users how to “ethically steal” content. Only there is nothing ethical (or legal) about stealing.

I had one guy (Robin Rushlo in Riverside, IA) actually threatened us for copying his articles (after we terminated his account for running a massive spam operation!). Of course it turned out the articles came from our site and were copyrighted years prior! He claimed to have hired a copywriter to create articles for him and didn’t know they were copied.

Bottom line is there are a lot of Instant Guru’s out there… the Internet make it easy to copy and paste but that won’t bring success. Better research anyone you are taking advice from BEFORE you act or invest. That will save you a lot of grief!

Glenn Burks August 22, 2010, 4:51 pm

Hi Jeff, yes that is what some people will do. Normally you just send the DMCA notice but in this case it was special.

Glenn Burks August 22, 2010, 4:56 pm

Well said Andre, having read quite a few posts that you can easily tell where re-written using spinner software you find that essentially it’s junk.

Most often it makes no sense at all. Other than to increase the amount of content you have on a website.

I recently had an article removed from one of the more popular article directories…

The guy had scraped 80 percent of one of my pages then added about 1500 words of additional text to it. Needless to say they agreed it was copyright infringement and removed it.

Frank August 29, 2010, 10:16 pm

Well, I’m not too sure that I agree 100% with you. Many sites run on Wordpress and by default, wordpress has the feature of an RSS feed. The whole nature of an rss feed is simple syndication. I too re-syndicate others content on various sites but I ensure that I give create back to the site of origin. I to have my content resyndicated many times over and I gain many valuable backlinks to my sites. Do all honour that, no. But many do.

My recommendation is if you want your information to not be copied, then don’t post it on the Internet. Copying is super dead easy with html. I know what it’s like to have copyrighted information within digital products ‘shared’ and I am very anal about that. It’s clear cut piracy as I do stipulate the copyright on that material, but for web material, I believe that you are fighting a loosing battle trying to stop others from copying your material.

Your option, but I feel that it is a fight not worth fighting.

Paul December 27, 2013, 12:35 pm

Hi Glenn,

I’m gob smacked at the audacity of this individual. Even though this post is dated now, it is still relevant today. Not much has changed unfortunately!

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