Update Jan 3: When I looked at 7:30am this morning, the MagazineLife.net was off-line. Kudos to Dreamhost (and all those that notified them) for taking swift action!! I will freely admit to taking a significant amount of pleasure from seeing these sites shut down.
Sigh… splogger’s suck. What is a “splog”? Why it’s a “spam blog” — a blog that shamelessly steals content and reposts it as their own. Typically these sites are chocked full of AdSense adds, affiliate links, or some other way to generate revenue for the thief.
In other words, these lowlifes use content written by others for their own financial gain.
One called MagazineLife.net popped up yesterday, swiping dozens of posts from here and many others across the real estate blogiverse. I must say that they chose some excellent blogs to steal from — Kris Berg, Rain City Guide, Bloodhound, Jim Duncan, Jonathan Miller, Condo Blog — to name a few.
These asshats take a URL like “PhoenixRealEstateGuy.com/Amazing-Post” and rename it to “MagazineLife.net/Amazing-Post”. Of course they are too stupid to change internal links — which result in pingbacks to the real author’s blog — thereby alerting them to the theft and leaving a wide open bread crumb trail right back to the violator’s abode. How idiotic is that?
So steal this post oh great twerps running MagazineLife.net. In the mean time, emails have already been sent to your host and Google (the host may actually do something. Sadly, Google doesn’t ever seem to care), and I’ll be working on a formal DMCA notice. Fortunately I have a good DMCA template from the last time we shut one of these numbskulls down.
By the way, if anyone is ever looking for information on how to stop Internet plagiarism, you must stop by Plagiarism Today — it is jammed full of incredibly helpful information and Johnathan Bailey is a Prince among men.
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