Tuesday, March 6, 2007

I need YOUR help

I am being scraped.

Some loser is using my blog content to fill their blog, which on the surface, appears to be non-revenue generating. Until you check out one of the hundreds of links on their sidebar. They all lead to pointless pages of nothing but radnom bits of info and google ads.

I wasted my entire day yesterday trying to get these guys to remove my blog content to no avail. I have most of the information I need to go through some more formal channels, but I'm hoping to recolve it a little more quickly. Through my searching for information, I found other bloggers who are victim to this horrible little platform "Dusk Diary." First of all, Dusk Diary is a scam, it is billing itself as a blog host, but all their blogs are fronts for scraping other genuine blogs.

Here's where you come in. I am going to provide a link at the bottom to the blog that is scraping me. Click on that link, and at the top of the page you will see a littel button that says "Flag". Click on that, (don't click on anything else!)and in the little box provided, please simply type "Stolen content" or "Copyrighted Material-stolen material" Whatever you do, put the words stolen in your message. Maybe if enough people will do this, Dusk Diary will pull the blog. I have learned that Dusk Diary is being run by a little weasel in San Jose, CA, so he is subject to the copyright laws.

I will keep everyone updated as to whether or not this works. Thanks in advance for helping me out. The offending blog is xxx I will remove this link once the matter has been resolved.


Claire said...

DONE! I actually scrolled down just to see (no clicking) and recognized what was posted. WOW!

Erika said...

Thanks Claire. Creepy isn't it? Part of me thinks I should just let it go, I doubt it's generating any kind of buzz, except that when I do a Google Search for my blog it pops up in the top 10.

Hopefully they will just go away soon.

Tammy said...

I just clicked on the link you provided and I got this message:
This blog has been archived or suspended.
Hopefully your problem is solved!

Erika said...


Alanna said...

If only it were so easy, Erika. I'd recommend putting a footer on all your posts, one that includes your name, the blog name, and a link to your URL. Then set up a Google Alert on your name and blog name, and a Technorati search on the URL.

For rolling sites, take a screen shot and e-mail it to yourself.

And then get prepared. I set 5 - 10 hits a day on unauthorized used. I report 2 - 3 a day to Google. (For content, only you can respond.) And then you'll start getting letters from Google asking you to officially report the site. Set up a template and then just do it again and again.

This has been covered ad nauseum on the S'cool too.

Erika said...

After obsessing about my blog being stolen for several days, I went ahead and subscribed to Sentinel- supposedly they will monitor my blog for scraping and sploging for me so that I don't have to. It takes a while to get set up though, so we'll see how it works when it's finally up and running.

Christine said...

Thanks for all your hard work on this. The scraping of my blog has stopped. I'm very grateful to you.

Erika said...

Oh good! I'm glad Christine! I hope they don't come back, that's for sure.