MrSavage - 3:09 am on Nov 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thanks for the replies. In terms of US Copyright office, it's something I haven't ventured into yet.
Regarding this site, unfortunately it's not just a blogger doing the scraping. It's much more massive and much more page rank. I have been reluctant to submit to a hosting company simply based on other people who have done so without success. I'm very discouraged with DMCA right now based on my filings over this which isn't helping me to deal with hosts. In the past, yes I have done that via a host but that was a different site and different situation. That was a "typical" scraping situation.
@not2easy, thanks for the suggestion. It opens my eyes certainly. Setting the feeds to show 1 seems appropriate now and in the future. I would like to select 0 but that won't work.
Unfortunately in this situation, once it has been grabbed, it's possessed. In other words these work arounds now, don't stop my content from existing on that site. Further, I've seen a site which was now a parked page, yet on their frame, they still have that sites content. Interesting? I would say so.
It puts me back at going ahead on DMCA again. Fine, will make another go at that.
The bigger picture here is something I hope is clear. You can blame Wordpress. What the F are they thinking. Building a default RSS feed into a blog which cannot simply be deactivate. Worse, making the defaults such that it displays the entire post with 10 and 20 at a time. A system that is built for non technical people has the biggest gaping exploit built right in with default settings to make scraper all that much easier. This is simply crazy and unacceptable to me. Get with the times WP.
The point is I can attempt to correct my situation, however it doesn't correct this black hole. Is this an issue of people not breaking copyright laws because they are simply broadcasting something that a WP site is doing?
This is an ugly beast of a situation that apparently got worse since Google is failing at knowing who owns content. This beast became the black hole it is with Google and not Bing. It's an exploit. There is a loophole. This isn't just "one guy" ranting on these forums. I would suggest if your traffic disappeared, if you're running Wordpress, I urge you to take some text from various posts, put it into Google and see who ranks for it. That is the FIRST SUGGESTION I have. Don't look at Panda, etc. See if your content is being attributed to someone else because of the algo. I only wish that I had of considered this as a possible culprit. Again, this is the first thing I would suggest to anyone who is running a fairly low PR blog which has RSS functionality. Sure it might be duplicate content your issue and you got Pandalized because of it, but the fact is it may not be something you've done. People who have taken your content and now rank instead of you. THAT IS THE ISSUE.
I'm not just ranting here. I'm offering a suggestion to people who saw their site tank in Google in the past year. Do it. Copy a sentence, paste it, and see. I can't name this site and I can't write a letter to the algo team to say jeez, this is kind of a big deal and why their system disregarded my complaints about somebody copying/taking my content and getting all the glory and revenue that is rightfully MINE.