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How to Combat the Oompa Loompa Sploggers

oompa How to Combat the Oompa Loompa SploggersLately there has been a lot of jibber jabber in the comments about sploggers stealing content. I think we can all agree that these sploggers can be very annoying. Personally, every time I think of the people that make Splogs, I think of Oompa Loompas. I think that some cracker jack has kidnapped a bunch of these guys much like Willy Wonka and instead of forcing them to make candy, they are forced to make splogs.

So try not to think of fighting against sploggers, really you are battling Oompa Loompas. First off I would like to dispense some advice to these Oompa Loompas in a method the will understand: An Oompa Loompa song…

Oompa Loompa doo-pa-dee-do
I have perfect puzzle for you
Oompa Loompa doo-pa-dee-dee
If you are wise, you’ll listen to me

What do you get when you steal content?
Trying to monetize a little Adsense
Google won’t even look at you twice
When your a splog and you do not play nice

Slapped for duplicate content.

Oompa, Loompa, doo-pa-dee-da
If you’re not greedy, you will go far
You will live in happiness too
Like the Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do

So many people have devised methods to combat these Oompa Loompa sploggers. Most people have chosen to include links back to there blog so that there is a chance that someone reading the slpog will click on the link and find your blog. Or people include the link so that they can get a bit of link juice to increase their page rank.

This method is fine and dandy, but I think there may be a better technique. What if instead of adding a link back to your blog, you add a link to an affiliate product? This way when your content gets stolen, the splogger will end up having a link to an affiliate product where you get the commissions for any sales. Seems like a good idea to me.

Another idea which you can use, provided you do not have adsense on your site, and you are confident that your post will get picked up by a splog, is to write a post asking people to click on your adsense ads. That way when the splogger steals your content there will be prominent calls to action to click on the adsense ads, which I am sure the splog has. There is a rare chance, but still a chance that Google may notice this blog and shut them down for violation of the Adsense TOS.

If you have a great idea of how to take advantage of the Oompa Loompa Sploggers please feel free to share below

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6 Comments

  1. app says:

    That adsense “click the ads” one is genius! I never thought of that. But I really wouldn’t want my readers seeing that either on my own site or in my feed.

    I used to have a 1 page static site that had over 400 links to a specific type of educational resource, and I inserted some hidden text that you could only see if you copied & pasted the whole page or looked at the source (display:none /* css is wonderful! */).

    Basically what I did was call them a content thief about every other line, and drop in a link to my site, in the same format I used for the rest of the links. So instead of 400 entries, you got about 800, half of which gave away the dirty deed you were doing.

    If the copypasta sploggers tried to paste it into anything, it would be a royal pain in the butt to clean it up first, if they even noticed it before publishing it. (I didn’t use the same text every line)

    Before I did that everyone was copying my work (6+ months of research!), even “legitimate” bloggers. After, it abruptly stopped.

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  2. chris.whiteley says:

    @app: What about a combination of my idea: “click on the ads” and your idea: use css diplay:none. That woudld work, that way you wouldn’t have to have to add clicking text on your site.

  3. app says:

    The only reason the hidden text worked on that site was because it didn’t have a feed.

    Most of my sites have feeds now, and its very likely that I would annoy my legitimate readers with that text showing when they view the feed.

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  4. chris.whiteley says:

    There I go jumping to ideas without thinking it through again. It’s good I have you here app!

  5. Davey Boy says:

    I am guilty about taking the whole splogging thing a little too personally sometimes, I just hate having my content ripped off.

    That adsense idea is pretty intriguing. You could even bury it inside of a real post, so there would be even less of a chance of them seeing it, while still having it indexed. Then you could pull it from your site once it gets scraped…

  6. chris.whiteley says:

    @Davey Boy: Although we will prolly never win, we still have to keep up the good fight! Keep coming up with ideas to fight back with!

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