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I was happily entered into DMOZ - well, happily until recently. My site has now been scraped by well over a dozen scrapers.
My question to WebmasterWorld is it really worth it? I've managed to stop a few scrapers in their tracks as I watch my log files like hawk - but they still are going to get it.
There are other ways to get links, but DMOZ is held highly around here, is there a better way?
<prolific is apparently talking about scumbots stealing his site, which is a different thing than what is commonly called "scrapers">
But ... would this translate into more scrapings of sites listed in the ODP?
I see no reason to suppose it would. Well, other than the fact that there are lots of different species of scraper slime molds, and as none are very intelligent, you could expect a few of them to do almost any particular thing no matter how irrational or unproductive.
But ... that's a risk a website pays for ANY kind of improved visibility -- if surfers can see you, so can scrapers. Who would turn down a #1 position in Google SE results because it might make the site more visible to scrapers? So why apply the same logic to any other kind of visibility? Well, almost any. Directories who shuffle all outbound links through a redirection through their own URL, at least COULD provide you some protection -- which doesn't mean any of them DO, or ever will.