Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Scraper sites

Well, if you read a bunch of DIY/decorating/crafting blogs you’ve probably seen the scuttlebutt over the past few days about the “scraper” sites stealing our content and what we’re trying to do to prevent it.

When I say scraper site, I mean a site that takes content from other blogs and pulls it onto it’s own…basically taking my posts and putting them word for word on their blogs. (Here’s more info on them.)

It’s been happening for a while now, but in the past six months, and especially in the past three…it’s gotten absolutely out of control.

I get two to three emails a week from bloggers who have found my content on another site. And it’s never the same site twice. :) When that happens I have four options – email the “owner” of the scraper site and tell them to stop stealing my content (which is always through a comment because they don’t have any contact info on their site). Or I can pay a lawyer to contact them, report them to Google, or ignore.

I’ve done all of them but one – I found out how much it would cost to pay a lawyer to keep up on this and about spit. I’m talking hundreds if not thousands a month (and that’s just for the ones I know about.) This is because the first contact usually results in nothing – it’s going to take more than one email to make them stop. And these blogs are made up entirely of stolen content – so unless they’re being forced, they’re not going to go through and delete hundreds of posts they’ve stolen from my site.

I’ve tried emailing the jerks who do this and that’s a joke. I’ve tried reporting it to Google and if you’ve ever tried that you know it’s just not worth it – it happens so much I can’t even imagine how many of those they get just in one day. (And when someone is stealing hundreds of your posts this option is impossible anyway – you have to link to each questionable post.)

I’ve also tried ignoring them. But lately the rate at which it’s happening is staggering, and it’s not just me. If you’re a blogger and have been blogging for a while now, you’re content is probably being stolen too. I don’t say that to freak anyone out, it’s just a fact.

Thing is, they are getting traffic. I only hear of them because a blogger searched for a project I did and the scraper site came up instead of mine. And if you’ve linked up to one of my linky parties in the past few months, if you look into your analytics you’ll probably find traffic coming from a few of them. These people take the entire post, including 400 links from you all and put them on their own site. (The entire July Before and After Party was taken.)

So. I tell you in all honesty I’ve done what I can to stop it and I’ve come to a decision I’m not happy about, not in the least. If you read my site through Google Reader, after tomorrow (Wednesday) you’ll have to click the title of the post in reader to come to my site. It’s called truncating the feed, and although I hate truncating posts (and never plan to do them on the actual blog), it’s the only solution I’ve found -- at least right now.

This prevents (or at least makes it MUCH harder – so hard I hope they’ll give up) for these scraper sites to take my content. I try to be as transparent with you all as possible and wanted to let you know before I did the switch because I know it will affect how some of you read my posts. I am fully aware that some of you who read TDC through Google Reader will not want to click over, and I get it. But I do hope you will.

I’m nervous as all heck about this because I never want to make it hard for someone to read my posts, but as a business owner it’s a call I had to make. I know I’ll lose some readers and that kills me…this is not a decision that was made lightly. I just don’t have any other choice right now – a fellow blogger told me the other day that I should get an award for the number of sites who have stolen my content this year. Nice. :)

So bear with me…it sucks for my Reader followers I know. But I have to do something and this is all I know to do for the time being.

 

By the way, if you don’t read TDC through a feed, then you won’t notice any change at all.

If you are a blogger and would like to see if your content is on some of the scraper sites out there, send me an email and I’ll send you links to them. I’m not about to link to them here so they get even more traffic. :) And if you’ve seen my posts somewhere else, I would love it if you would send them my way.

Thank you to those who continue to send me emails about the ones that they find, I really appreciate it. As always, I am so thankful for my readers and am grateful to each of you who choose to spend some of your day with me.

169 comments:

  1. I do read through Google Reader and don't like clicking over, but I love your blog enough to do it. :-)

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  2. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. I wish people with enough knowledge to operate a computer and navigate the web like this would use their powers for good instead of evil.
    Good luck. I'm sure your faithful followers will stick with you.
    :)

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  3. Seriously so Aggravating!!!!!!!! I am so sorry that this is happening to you or any other blogger that is giving us the 'gift' of your ideas, thoughts, insight, etc. to help make our homes beautiful on a dime. Hoping for the sakes of all that this STOPS!! Thank you for not giving up and calling it quits...love your blog and feel that if I was ever in your neck of the woods and ran into you, we could sit down and catch up over a cup of coffee as if we had known each other our whole lives!:)

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  4. I'm not a public blogger but when I came across a few of those sites I didn't know what they were. I thought they were just unscrupulous mommy bloggers that thought no one would notice their stolen content. So I called them out in comments, "Hey the original is from this site.. please show credit". They never commented back. So I sent their blogs link to the OPs. I had NO idea that they weren't actually 6 women (they signed their names) trying to mommy blog. Incredible!

    Truncate away. Of course we'll follow your content because it's an authentic experience with your thoughts, pictures and advice.

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  5. that is so LAME! I hate liars and cheats.
    I have no idea if I use google reader but I will follow you even if its extra clicks

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  6. An extra click is worth it to read your posts. I just love you. It sucks that there isn't more that can be done to fix the problem and make the losers that are stealing your stuff stop.

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  7. Wow, how RUDE!! I'm so sorry Sarah! I guess that just means you post really fantastic stuff??? :) I seriously doubt you'll lose many readers!

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  8. I'm sorry this is happening to you. It stinks that you have to change the way you do things because of dishonest people. I read your blog through google reader, but I will click over because I like your blog so much.

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  9. Now I am scared. How can bloggers protect themselves??

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  10. Thanks for the heads up! I think your blog is fabulous, and this will not stop me from reading it. Keep up the good work, and hopefully this option fixes the issue.

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  11. I've been really worried about this and recently truncated my feed as well - I feel you have every right to do so and I would bet that our readers will stick right along with you. I would love to see the site addresses to see if my work has been published there.

    anestforallseasons at yahoo

    I've recently been getting in a tizzy over sites like Shelterness that basically steal content, but add one little tiny link back so that makes it "all ok". I wish there was something we could do to really fight back....

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  12. What's one more click to stay in touch with you and all your great ideas? It won't bother me at all that you've had to make this change. ~ Maureen

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  13. Total bummer. Another thing that is annoying are ads that go flashy flash and distract from reading the actual post. I know why they do it - get your attention of course - but gee - I am going to get a seizure! Antique Farm House and Decor Steals is braining me out on your site right now! Can't wait to scroll past it. Anyone else?

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  14. I can't imagine how frustrating that is. I'm so sorry! I don't have a blog, but I noticed a few years ago a scraper site had stolen the honor roll list off my high school website. So googling my name led you to a pornography site with a random honor roll list. As someone who constantly checks up on her online "image," you can imagine that I was NOT happy. Some people are so awful.

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  15. Honestly, as a digital scrapbook blogger (imagine my thoughts when I first saw "scraper sites" lol!), I use PhotoShop a lot and I've recently been contemplating writing up my whole post, photos and all, in PS and saving as an image and then writing the html over it to get my links in there. Then I just have to post an image. I've already added a "no right-click" add on to my blog to prevent stealing. But that is a while lot of work I'm not sure I want to get into, you know?

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  16. Hi Sarah,
    I think you'll probably lose less readers than you think. So many people love your blog that I think they will put up with the click over in order not to miss out on your awesomeness. :) Hopefully someday something can be done to stop the idiots stealing blogger content.

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  17. I really, really appreciate the comments everyone -- thank you!

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  18. That is terrible! I am so sorry you have to deal with that!!
    I follow you in reader, but I love your site enough (like, talking to myself with things like "where are you, thrifty? no post up yet?" and "yay! a thrifty post!" while checking reader) that I will absolutely click over to read your posts!
    Like it or not, you're not loosing me! :)

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  19. I'm a Google Reader follower, and I have several blogs that I follow which require 'click thru'. It doesn't bother me in the least! Don't worry, you won't be losing me!

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  20. OK WOW, I had never heard of such before reading this post! Your such an amazing blogger I doubt you will lose many readers at all. We all LOVE you!!! I have followed since I first started blogging myself a good 3 or 4 years ago. I would love for you to email me some of the sites to check out my own blog stuff and I will be doing more research into this ASAP. Thanks again!

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  21. I'd like to know why truncating the feed helps this problem... I'm a lazy Google Reader user and typically don't click through to blogs that truncate, so I'm curious. I always understood that it was just a way to increase page views and make more $$ advertising, so I'd like to know more reasoning behind it.

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  22. I respect your decision. However, I don't read my blogs on their site and so won't be visiting yours. Really, this is your only option? Best wishes.

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  23. I keep hearing about this, too. I'm glad that Bloggers are sticking together over this and making truncating become the norm. It would be SO much harder to do as one person. I'll be truncating my posts, too. I'm sorry your stuff is being stolen. I think you've made the right decision to protect your hard work. Don't worry...we'll keep reading!

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  24. I hate clicking through, and am so disappointed. So many blogs are doing it and it ruins Google Reader.
    Like Catherine above, I assumed it was for more page clicks, and thus more money.

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  25. I read all of my favorite blogs through Google Reader, but I love your blog and will definitely make the jump! Thank you for explaining everything so that your readers know what's going on.

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  26. I am so sorry this is happening to you. Now I understand why some of the blogs I love are doing this, and with that understanding, I'll try not to get so frustrated at truncated posts.

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  27. Sorry to hear of your troubles and even sorrier to lose you from my lineup.

    Good luck in the future and I hope you switch back to reader friendly format sooner than later - would love to keep reading you.

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  28. Thank you for the explanation. I never understood why some blogs truncate the feeds. The ones I have stopped following are ones that don't use the visible sentences to give me enough indication of what is in the rest of the post.

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  29. I've wondered about that. I haven't seen it for your blog, specifically, but I've searched for some diy info before and found the EXACT SAME post on different websites! I thought it was weird. I guess my content isn't cool enough to steal. I guess that's a blessing! Good luck with keeping yours yours! :)

    Ansley
    www.VivaciouslyVintage.com

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  30. Sarah,I get to your blog through reader, but if you want you can share a way to use Google reader but still get to the page--even in truncated blogs!--without that extra click. All you have to do is use chrome in your bookmark bar use the "next" bookmarklet. I can send you the link if you need it....not sure if this comment window will let me post a link without marking me as spam :-)

    Just thought it might be something you might want to share in your blog since you're starting to truncate.

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  31. I, too, am a Google Reader user and hate to click over, but I totally get it. This is a really sucky situation, but I'm glad to see so many DIY/decor bloggers banding together in this.

    Did you see what Lindsay at Living with Lindsay is doing? She's got a summary and picture in the Reader post and then a link to the post. The summary was totally separate content. She blogs on WordPress so I'm not sure if that's something that can be done with Blogger, but it's the first time I've seen that and I thought it was a really interesting idea. I'm much more likely to make the jump if I know what the post is truly about.

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  32. I love your blog because I haven't got a home decorating bone in my body. I need all the help I can get! I receive your blog post via Google reader and I rarely read it from the reader preferring to go directly to your blog. And I have a number of blogs that have you link directly from the reader and it's truly not a big deal-at least it's not for me. Enjoy your blog so much!!

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  33. Catherine, truncating doesn't put the whole post up in the feed, so it can't be stolen. If whole posts are seen through a feed, it makes stealing them very very easy. I don't know HOW to do it, but I know that's the key.
    I don't know why others have chosen to do it in the past, I can't speak for them, but that's why I'm choosing to do it, at least for now. Hope that helps! Thanks!

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  34. What a bummer!!! :( I'd definitely still be clicking over, they will not win! I'd love to see if my log is being copied as well. Thanks!

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  35. Anon, the post covers all of my options -- yes, this is the best one. Either I will spend my time chasing after these sites or I will do projects and blog about them. I chose to do the latter.

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  36. Mary Beth and Elizabeth, yes, I hope to do the same. I'm not sure what will show up in my feed when I switch because I'm still on blogger and can't install the program they are using to show the pics and a few sentences. When I switch to WP I will be able to do that -- which has hurried that move along! :)

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  37. whoa! I haven't heard of this either! so sorry! I will always read your stuff! Good luck!

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  38. Sarah - I just posted this today, as well! I have been getting my stuff stolen too. I have had nothing but sweet words of encouragement from all my followers - saying they don't mind clicking one more time! I am sure that with all the bloggers doing this, it will make a big difference. It's a pain, but I know that it's the right thing also!

    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  39. I'm so sorry Sarah that your hard work us being stolen. I love to read every word you write so I don't mind clicking an extra button. Thank you for continuing to share your ideas, tips, tricks, etc with us.

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  40. sorry. i like your blog a whole lot but i know myself, and i hate being forced to click through. unsubscribing sadly.

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  41. I read through Google Reader and just wanted to say that this is okay with me! :) I completely understand why you have to do this and it's not hard to just CLICK to come directly to your blog so I hope this doesn't change your readership at all. In fact, I hope it encourages more people to comment... I know I don't often comment on blogs I read through Google Reader, maybe that'll change now! :)

    And shame on those jerks who steal content. Such a crappy thing to do!!

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  42. Content scrapers are bottom feeders. There are some GREAT tips here to deal with them (you don't have to use WordPress to follow most) and even ways to turn their unethical behavior into an advantage for you:

    http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/beginners-guide-to-preventing-blog-content-scraping-in-wordpress/

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  43. I might click over only because what started out as dozens of decor/DIY blogs on my list, now only contains yours...but to be honest, I hate to click through, especially on hand-held devices so maybe I won't after all. I guess that all of the folks that have been feed reading will now show up as greater pageviews etc. for you by forcing the click through. It is a shame that dishonest people will cause you to lose readers in the long run. Good luck!

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  44. Would watermarking your pictures help? If pictures are included in the posts being taken, that post is marked as your material by the watermarked picture. I don't know, just thinking....
    So sorry you've had this issue. I'm going to read up on it, Thank you for sharing this.

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  45. How do you know when you are on a scrapper site?

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  46. it always amazes me what some people are capable of doing. i'm so sorry this happened to you! i e-mailed you to find out more about how to learn if this is happening on my blog.

    thank you for sharing and i will always click through to your blog to read!

    sam :-)

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  47. Just tossing this out, but maybe you also need to start putting your own watermark on all your photos so if they are stealing your posts, your ownership will show. Sorry to hear you are having these issues!

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  48. I read through Reader but I always click over when I can ID the post and if there's a teaser that I can easily read. I saw you addressed your hopes to do this in the comments as you convert to WP and I hope that works out. I'll keep looking for your posts in my reader and hopefully not too many will get lost in the shuffle of all the other truncated posts.

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  49. Carmen and Mare, I do watermark many, but the thing is when they take the entire post (and every one before and after it sometimes), there's no reason for a reader to come my way. They are getting the full post and all the info on the scraper site. I even had someone steal my about me page, where I say my name and my history -- it's crazy!! :)

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  50. Ooo, few things are more despicable than a thief!

    I read through Google reader and I love your posts so I will click through for sure. :-)

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  51. And another Google Reader fan validating your decision and saying "yes I will click through" . . . best of luck!

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  52. You are the second blogger in a day that is dealing with this issue. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. What a sad feeling to know someone is stealing your work.
    I LOVE your blog and will follow you no matter what you end up doing. You are very talented and I'm glad you are taking the necessary measures to protect your blog.
    Always a fan and follower!

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  53. I'll click over. I don't do that for just anyone, though. ;) I love reading your blog and enjoy the little glimpse into your life! I remember when I first found your blog just pouring over all your posts. I even got my sister on board! She loves you, too. Keep up the good work. I hope a more Reader-friendly idea surfaces in the future!

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  54. How do u know what sites are scraper sites?

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  55. Wow, you are the 6th or 7th blog in my reader in just the past few days that have gone to truncating.I am not sure how I feel about having to click through to read the entire post.There are blogs that I have passed over subscribing to b/c they were already truncated and I was annoyed at having to click a link to "read more". A huge UGGHHH to the jackwads that figured out how to screw this up. PFFFTTT

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  56. Your blog is definitely worth clicking over to! Not many are :) You're actually the first blogger I ever followed!
    Could you please email me the scraper sights so I can check for my stuff? I'm no where near being a big name in blogland but I still want to know.
    Thanks!

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  57. I have never used google's reader. I have always used NetVibes, and a lot of the problems other people have with not being able to see the whole website aren't an issue with this particular reader. Might be a good reason to give another reader a chance!

    Sorry people are taking your content. That really sucks when the intention behind the Internet is clouded by a few jerks. I feel that way with spam on Pinterest too!

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  58. I'll click over, it's only one click, and it's for a good reason. I'm not a blogger, but I'm sorry this is happening to all the hard work. Hey, you're the first blog I ever started following, why stop now???

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  59. Hi, I too read you through Google Reader and I am saddened that you are being forced to change your posts. I have read about digital stamp theft and it is similar to what you are dealing with. I hope you do what the artist did, band together, watch each others back, make your readers aware of who is doing it, the old Name and Shame. I would guess many of your followers would go right to the sight and call them out on it. When they get a couple hundred negative comments a day they may decide it's not worth the trouble. I imagine you might hesitate about sending a swarm of readers over to another site, however, they really didn't give your feelings or your work much thought. Good luck

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  60. You are the 45th blogger I've seen post about this today! Was there a secret meeting I didn't know about? ;)

    Seriously, it's YOUR blog and YOUR hard work. If you need to truncate, go for it. The people who are too lazy to click over will miss out on some completely amazing ideas.

    I prefer to read blogs on the actual website. I like bloggers to get credit/clicks for their work, and I like the "feel" from each individual site.

    I haven't noticed anyone stealing my content in a few years, but I guess that doesn't mean it hasn't happened. My blog is still so small, I worry about what would happen to my traffic if I truncate the feeds....

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  61. "If you’re a blogger and have been blogging for a while now, you’re content is probably being stolen too."

    I've been a blogger for 10+ years, and haven't had my content stolen. When I first heard about content scraping, I made sure to do all I can to prevent it. So far it has worked.

    I commented on Emily's blog about other things you can do. Use FeedBurner to manage your feed. Take advantage of ALL their tools, including adding copyright to your feed's footers and only showing a small excerpt rather than the entire post. Make the scrapers work for YOU by adding links back to your site in your footer, that way whatever they scrap is always linking back to you.


    You can use tools like www.copygator.com and www.copyscape.com

    DMCA has takedown services www.dmca.com/takedowns.aspx

    Here's an article about Protecting Blogspot Feeds www.plagiarismtoday.com/2008/08/27/protecting-blogspot-feeds


    Also keep in mind that truncating your feed isn't going to be all that effective. Spammers can scrap sites themselves, so all you'll really be doing is making some of your readers mad. Check out this article www.plagiarismtoday.com/2011/11/16/scraping-not-just-for-rss-feeds-anymore

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  62. @ Amanda @ Serenity Now....
    I am not lazy, but blog time is down time. Why make the user experience more difficult? Or a product less user friendly. Oh well...

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  63. Will this affect those that link thru Bloglovin.com????? i am so OCD i have to organize all my blogs!

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  64. I share with others on my Facebook page! Am I doing anything wrong? cam6655@hotmail.com

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  65. Hi Sarah,
    It is a shame that ppl would do this to your blog content. Unfortunately, if you truncate things in Reader, I won't be following anymore. It's just the easiest way for me to view blogs. Just thought I would give my 2 cents.

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  66. Cristina, the truncated feeds will show a small excerpt -- I found out I can do that in Blogger so that's my plan and I know others are doing the same. I do link within posts as much as possible, but that's not my issue. My main concern right now is not to worry about if people will find me from the scraper sites, it's to prevent them from taking my content and publishing it as their own.
    I know truncating doesn't make it impossible to take the posts, but it sure makes it a heck of a lot harder. :)

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  67. I will certainly click over. Love stoppin in for a read. It drives me bananas to think that people have the nerve to do this.

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  68. I just read this week where another blogger is doing the same thing for same reason. Sorry you and other great bloggers are having to deal with these creeps. I will continue to follow any way you choose to write your blog. :)

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  69. Thank you for sharing this with us! I read through google and am normally a little lazy about clicking over but now that I understand why you and other bloggers do this I will happily make the jump! =)

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  70. I feel for you,and you are on my sidebar, I will continue to visit...I feel like if we could all leave disssing comments on these scammers...we would on your behave...Bloggers work so hard and for someone to steal content...is flat wrong

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  71. Boo for truncated posts, but I had to pop over to tell you, I'm a Reader reader, but I'll still click over. You're worth it, and don't let an dips in your analytics tell you otherwise. You're making the right choice.

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  72. I was just sent over to you to read about this situation. Yes, please do send me the 'how to...'. TY

    I am so sorry that people do these naughties.

    TTFN ~
    Marydon
    blushing_rose_boutique@yahoo.com

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  73. Bummer! I usually catch up on my favorite blogs during breaks at work using google reader...we have surf control on the internet there so I actually CAN'T click through :(

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  74. I'm not a fan of clicking through (way too many blogs in my reader to get through and SO MANY of them have so much stuff going on at the site the pages take forever to load), but I will still pop in on you despite this. I am also curious what the scraper sites are. I've seen other sites that I did not authorize pick up my stuff before, but not to the degree you are talking about. Can you send me the info so I can take a look?

    skooksplayground[at]gmail[dot]com

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  75. Are these scraper sites getting advertising support? If so, you could do a post with links to their customer service contacts so we can complain about the stolen content and hit the scrapers in the pocketbook. Also, is your site copyrighted? I'm a magazine editor (business, not shelter) and when I had a news service in the Pacific Rim pick up some of my online content, the copyright with the threat of a report to Google got it pulled quickly. If these guys aren't professionals, it may not help, but it's worth the effort. Good luck!

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  76. Oh my gosh thats terrible! I'm so sorry that your hard work is being stolen, and don't blame you one bit for doing something about it!! I heart your blog :)

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  77. I clicked over so I could leave a comment :) I'll admit, I'll probably only click over half the time, it really just depends on what catches my eye in the part of the feed I can see. I totally understand why you're doing this. It seems that copyright infringement and piracy are rampant in this digital age. I'm a cross stitcher, and many designers are going out of business because their charts are getting "shared" on websites, cutting out on sales. I wish you the best of luck, and hopefully a better solution becomes available soon.

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  78. I'm someone who follows you on Google Reader. I used to unfollow truncated blogs because I saw it as a hassle to have to click over to the site to see the content. I just wanted to scroll through the reader to view content. Overtime I've noticed sites I really like began truncating and I decided to stop being lazy and click over. I didn't know it protected against this kind of left!! Thank you for the explanation! I will be sure to click over to follow you, but it helps if the title and first few sentences help me to know if it is content I will be interested in. Just a thought, because I think others might be like me.

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  79. I don't think I have commented on your site before but had to tell you that I look at this blog EVERY SINGLE DAY to see what fun things you have been doing. I am so sorry this is happening to you and I just wanted you to know you have a loyal follower!

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  80. I don't think I have commented on your site before but had to tell you that I look at this blog EVERY SINGLE DAY to see what fun things you have been doing. I am so sorry this is happening to you and I just wanted you to know you have a loyal follower!

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  81. I don't think I have commented on your site before but had to tell you that I look at this blog EVERY SINGLE DAY to see what fun things you have been doing. I am so sorry this is happening to you and I just wanted you to know you have a loyal follower!

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  82. I don't use Reader, I add the RSS feeds into Outlook and they're automatically filed there by Blog, which for me is perfect; and I don't always click through....but I still subscribe to truncated post blogs, and click through if I'm interested.
    I don't really see why this "extra step" is a big deal...maybe I'm missing something?
    What you offer in your content is awesome - if you lose some readers due to that one extra click, I'm not sure how interested they could have been...and more readers will always come.
    Sorry you're going through this - completely sucks.

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  83. Yuck, Sarah! Sorry that's happening to you. I read in google reader, and will definitely click over. I love your blog! It was one of the first decorating blogs I started reading. I don't think I've ever commented before:)

    Sarah

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  84. I use reader but certainly don't mind clicking to get to a blog site, particularly one that is picture intensive. From what I've read of the responses, most of your readers feel willing to go that extra step....so relax and keep up your great work.

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  85. I hope the sites that are copying your stuff crash and burn! UGH I can't imagine how frustrating it is. Thanks for the info.
    Blessings, Joanne

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  86. I'm so sorry that people are stealing your hard work! The people who choose not to click...well, it's their loss. You work hard and give us great ideas...you deserve the clicks. I'm not even sure how blogging for money works, but if you get a little money for us clicking...so much the better. I'll happily click over every day :)

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  87. We had this issue a few years ago with my church blog. Our content was automatically harvested, and we were able to figure out the ip address (or retrieving url...I can't remember which) and redirect just that address to a dummy feed (in which I posted a "if you are reading this then the content is stolen" post.) It is another way to go, if you want to put the time in to do it. Unless you are comfortable doing the redirect thing, you would need your hosting company to help out.

    I'm sorry you will be truncating as I'm a Google Reader only kind of gal. I simply don't have much time to click through, so make your first few sentences REALLY INTERESTING so I'll do it. Ok? ;)

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  88. Like many have already said, I read through Reader too. And I have stopped reading a couple of blogs that suddenly began truncating. However, I love your humor and enjoy your projects so the bad guys are not winnin!! I'll happily click over.
    Thank you for your honesty. I appreciate that about your site. Best of luck in keeping your content safe!
    Laura

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  89. I have been following your blog for a couple of years now and just love it. In fact this is one of the first home decor blogs I read and I often come to your blog to click over to the other blogs I follow. I just wanted to comment and let you know how much I enjoy following along, I'm so sorry this is happening to you. It's strange because every once in awhile I have stumbled across other blogs that seem to be trying to imitate yours &don't even come close! Good luck with the switch, I'll still be reading!

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  90. How do I go about truncating my feed? I've seen my posts stolen too and would definitely like to prevent it!

    Thank you for such an informative post.

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com
    askannamoseley@hotmail.com

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  91. How sad that this world has come to this....stealing blog posts??? I mean, can't these idiots come up with subjects to write about on their own?

    That's one nice thing about having only 19 followers after 5 years of blogging...I'm transparent. :) I hope a permanent solution to the problem is just over the horizon.

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  92. well now I want to google and find others posting your stuff. I just go directly to your site so I have never noticed this. How aggravating!

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  93. I'm so sorry Sarah! I have been reading about this lately. I have no idea if this is happening to my blog- how can I find out? p.s. I don't mind clicking over to read your posts:)

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  94. I had this problem several months back for a client of mine (I'm a web developer). So annoying! I'm so sorry - how aggravating.

    Just a tip for your readers with iPads or similar: I use an RSS feed app called FeedlerPro. I'm able to set it to automatically view the post on your site when I click on your new item in my feeds list. Voila! In fact, that's what I'm using now! And no, not selling this app. Lol. Just wanting to help. I follow a ton of blogs and am not going to suffer one bit from the truncation revolution. ;)

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  95. Those little stealers - I mean really? How do they sleep at night?

    I think it's funny some people have a problem "clicking over". What kind of society have we turned into when "clicking over" is "too much work"?

    I'll be here - but then again I don't use a reader - I prefer to "click over" to your site from the link on my sidebar =)

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  96. Sarah, I'm so sorry, what a pain! Thanks for letting us know, you still got me!

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  97. That is so frustrating! I really wonder if my blog is being scrapped! Can I get those links from you? Also, how do you truncate RSS feed?
    Thanks!
    McKenzie
    www.girllovesglam.com
    girllovesglam(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  98. I use Google reader and generally don't like to click over but always will for sites that I really love (yours included of course). Now that I know why bloggers are truncating it won't bother me one bit to click over. Thanks for explaining it all! Also, I would love to know about those sites when you get a chance to shoot something through. My readership is so small I can't afford to lose any! ha ha.

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  99. It is a shame there are people like that who can't come up with an original thought on their own. I enjoy your blog and thoroughly enjoy all the interesting, creative, things in your posts. No problem clicking over to keep reading.

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  100. Do whatever you need to do. You've obviously research this and I know everyone really appreciates your transparency. Wish you didn't have to worry about it.

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  101. I agree with Carmel and some others. Truly loyal followers won't mind clicking over. I would love to know who these scrapers are too! I'm a little bitty blog, but I'm also nosey and ya' never know ;).

    I for one will still be checking out your awesome blog Sarah! Sorry to hear this has become such a huge issue in blogland, but you're doing the right thing.

    Doreen@househoneys.com

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  102. Thanks for the info - I'm a long-time reader thru Google Reader and am annoyed by truncated posts BUT I WILL CLICK OVER! So sorry some pirate out there is taking your posts and I hope there's eventually a way to police this. Love your blog, you're not losing me!

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  103. I read your blog through email and it appears I will now need to click over as well? I am so sorry for all this. I know I will miss posts as I do not have time to spend clicking all the time and thus get it by email so it is all in one place.

    There is so much of this going on. I am in a number of embroidery groups and the digitizers are having their work stolen as well so not just blogs.

    I love your blog and sorry for all this.

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  104. I did not read all the comments so this may have been mentioned already. But I use Google reader and installed the "Next" feature on my toolbar. Then when I click on Next, it takes me to the next item on my reader but it takes me to the actual page. I installed it mainly because I was tired of clicking through anyway when I wanted to leave a message, plus I love looking at people's actual blogs! But I have noticed recently that it's come in really handy with truncated posts too. I never even know they're there.

    Instructions for adding the Next feature are under tips and tricks at Google.

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  105. This makes me wonder about some same content I was getting on two different blogs I was subscribing to. I would love to know the names of these scraper sites so that I can unsubscribe if that is the case.

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  106. Well, that's just awful and it sucks that you have to camoflage your work but I'll be pretty surprised if you lose a lot of readers. You definitly won't be losing me! Your blog is the first DIY blog I ever read and I'm die-hard. Clicking an extra link won't bother me at all.
    -Jodi

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  107. I didn't even know this was going on! I feel so bad for everyone it is happening to. I hope it is not happening to me.

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  108. I just recently found your blog and I fell in love with it!
    I hope I can still read as I don't understand google+ and all that yet.I really enjoy your blog exspecially since I am remodling our four daughter's bedrooms and you have so many wonderful ideas...can you try putting watermarks on your photo's so that they don't get taken? This is sad that people can't be creative and do their own photo's are post...well I hope I will still be able to read.

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  109. Behind you all the way!! It's a shame that people can't be honest and do their own work.

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  110. Holy cow! What lameos! Thanks for the info. I'm going to start double checking what I click to from google. I would hate to be a reason these sites are profitable.

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  111. Thank you for exposing what was going on. I too will be clicking right on through. That is infuriating.

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  112. So yucky! I definitely think you're doing the right thing, though. It drives me totally crazy that there's no good way to police this kind of thing! The other day I saw a pin on Pinterest from Centsational Girl that had her watermarks on the photos and everything, but linked to a random site all in Russian. Not. Cool. I promptly re-pinned from Centsational Girl's own blog :)

    Good luck, I really hope this helps!

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  113. I read from my blog roll (old school, I know), but trancating wouldn't keep me from reading your site. After all these posts this week, I'm nervous....I think I need to know these sites! :/

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  114. I'm new to blogland, so did not even know crap like that existed. I found your original site quite by accident, bookmarked it and link to it directly. No cheap imitations for me! You keep on keepin' on, Sarah, and I'll keep on visiting you every day!

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  115. I hate that people do this! A friend of mine emailed me a photo of my children from someone else's blog. That's when I deleted my family blog. It's such a violation. I guess they have no life so they have to try to take someone else's. It's ashame.



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  116. No worries here. I always click over to thempostsmi want to read anyway. I would love ifnyoumcould send me those sights some could take a peek. Thanks!

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  117. Is there no end the amount of scumbags in the world? Ugh - so sorry to hear that this is happening to you and other bloggers on a frequent basis - that is so frustrating. Just another reason to watermark every photo (something I don't do near enough.) Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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  118. I read a lot of my blogs through Google and always click over to get to the full blog. I like to do that so I don't miss anything!
    It sux that there are people out there doing this and for you have to go through all this trouble...
    Hope you work out a solution to the problem.
    Debbie :)

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  119. Wow! This is so upsetting to hear. Thanks so much for letting us all know about it. I guess there is no action that we can take to stop them that won't cost an arm and a leg so the best we can do is to look out for our fellow bloggers.
    Thanks a bunch!!

    www.homesweetabode.blogspot.com

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  120. As my dad would say "This is the sh***!" What purpose does stealing blog materials serve for these internet pirates! Damn them to the murky waters of cyberspace!!!

    I will continue to read your blog no matter how I need to do it. :-)

    I wish you, and all fellow bloggers, the best of luck in trying to keep our content away from thieves. As I'm working on getting a rather large overdue account paid up from a client, I too have had to look into legal options. Most of us just do not have the resources to hire lawyers. And these internet thieves know that!So they'll keep doing their dirty deeds until some government entity or Google or someone gets on board to begin to fix it.

    In the meantime, if any of us see content we know has been stolen, let's just keep contacting the bad guys as much as possible. Maybe in force we can affect change.

    Power to the legit bloggers! :-)

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  121. I just read something the other day from another blogger that I follow that she's having to truncate her posts as well. So frustrating for the blogger having content stolen, but I love the stuff that you post so I don't mind clicking over to read at all :) It's terrible that some people have zero morals and don't care about stealing someone else's hard work to profit from it.

    Steph

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  122. Hi! Your blog is awesome and a few extra clicks is totally worth it. :) I blog over at Enjoyer of Grace {http://enjoyerofgrace.blogspot.com/| and don't know if this is something I need to be careful of too =/ I've been trying to find instructions on how to do so... do you have any links you can refer me to? Thanks so much again for all your hard work.

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  123. This is the fifth or sixth of the daily blogs I read that have had to post on this terrible practice of having their posts "scraped", in just a couple of days. I certainly think you all have to do what you can to not only protect yourselves, but make it as hard as possible for these thieves. I also think it's crazy that an extra click or two is so bothersome to some people. You don't have to worry about this reader...I'm sticking with you and the others that have to make this change. With this problem so common now, I don't know why every blogger wouldn't do this.

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  124. I am fairly new and didn't know of this....I think I'm not big enough to be stolen??
    So how does limiting the reader feed help? I sure don't understand all of this yet....
    And I read in a reader and it will not stop me :) I love your blog!! :)

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  125. Hey Sarah, I've read your blog for years and started using google reader about a year ago. I follow many blogs and a couple of them truncate although I never knew why. I REALLY appreciate your willingness to be transparent and explain your reasoning. I also respect your work and will happily click over. I hope it stops the content stealing.
    Best,
    Gen

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  126. Sorry this is happening to the folks that do such a great job with their blogs. I read several, including yours, each day and find them to be most informative. To those who are stealing this content, it is sad they cannot come up with their own blogs and must take that of others. Good luck with your format, I will continue to follow.

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  127. As a Google docs reader, it is annoying to do the extra click. (Honestly, I wish it wasn't, but it is.) Keep your content great, just like it is today, and I'll keep clicking!

    Don't fret!

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  128. I totally get it girl, and am with you 100%! I don't read via readers anyway. I LOVE visiting the blogs direct!

    Donna

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  129. I'm another Google Reader, and while I'm disappointed you need to truncate, I completely understand. If I were in your shoes, I'd likely do the same. All I request is that you please, please, make sure the short summary we Google Readers will see gives a clear idea of the content...some days are just so busy, I don't have time for all the blogs I follow, and I like to know if the content if relevant for me before I click thru.

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  130. I'd love some more information about the sites stealing feed. How do you figure it out? I'm looking into truncating as well and am happy to click over to read what I love!

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  131. I completely understand that seeing your content stolen is a terrible thing, but unfortunately truncating your feeds will NOT prevent content theft by these scraper sites. These spammers now use scripts called Full-Text Expanders that can scrape your full content by automatically following the 'Click More' link and parsing the HTML of your blog entry. It's not really any more technically challenging for them to steal truncated feeds than it is to steal the non-truncated ones.

    Readers who prefer full-text feeds aren't just lazy - there are many factors. First, truncated feeds provide a very poor experience on mobile devices such as iPads. Its very jarring to go from feed content optimized for mobile viewing to a blog that is usually not. Truncated feeds also significantly increase reading time when reading hundreds of different blogs. Some readers also like to consume blog posts during lunch at work, where specific blog sites are usually blocked, but feed readers aren't.

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  132. Some of my other favorite bloggers are doing this too. The problem is that I can't read blogs at work unless they're in Google Reader (I only read on break and lunch!)and even then, IT blocks all photo's. I have to tag them in reader to go back later...and with half my blogs doing this, I simply don't have enough time at night before bed to keep up. Please know that I LOVE your blog and completely understand why you have to do this, but it looks my blog reading is going to decrease...so sad :(

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  133. :( Sad face. I'm so sorry this is happening. I love your blog!

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  134. Aw, I'm sorry you have to deal with that. I love reading your blog, though, and will definitely click through. :-)

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  135. Kirsten, the research I have done says that truncating does help. As I mentioned it doesnt eliminate it, but it does take more time and effort to steal content that is truncated. I use Reader on my computer, phone and iPad and prefer to click to the blogs from Reader anyway, so although I follow a ton I blogs, I don't mind clicking over. It all comes down to personal preference and I get that. And believe me, I wouldn't make this change if I didn't think it would help! :)

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  136. Well I clicked over today, hehe. For some strange reason, I do have a preference in click overs, where the end of the visible content has a link to the original post as oppose to scrolling back up to "show original item" Plus if you include your own link, you might be able to get more reader to follow. Something like "to keep reading" Just an idea

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  137. Stupid blogger thieves, I will continue to click away to see what I like.
    Good Luck

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  138. I read through google reader & I LIKE to click over. It fills the page with the blog & makes everything bigger.

    Is there any kind of watchdog site out there? You know arrests are listed in the local paper? Is there anywhere that lists sites that steal content so we know who not to follow, who to stay away from?

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  139. I think whenever this happens, you should post it on your blog, along with who is doing it. We can all go to the site, and call them out in the comments sections. At least their readers will know they're thieves and liars. Maybe if enough of them are shamed, word will get around, and they'll stop doing it.

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  140. If that is what I need to do to access your blog and keep the scrapers from your work, I have no problem. This is really a shame this is happening and getting away with it. You do what you have to do and I think you will be surprised how many of your readers chose to click over. Take Care!

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  141. Um, I don't use google reader. I read your blog every few days and I type "thrifty decor chick" to get to your site. (I really should bookmark it at least). It takes me less than 3 seconds. So no, I'll still be coming around. :-) Not sure why an extra click would be so inconvenient.

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  142. I've just heard about this from another blogger. I don't have a blog, and I already subscribe to quite a few that have this click to continue reading, read further, etc. It's not a problem for me.

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  143. I support you, and will make the few extra clicks to read "YOUR" words.

    Thanks for taking a stand and bringing this issue to our attention :)

    Sandra from simpleispretty.com

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  144. I absolutely LOVE your blog, I'm sorry there are stupid dishonest people out there, so lame.

    It's funny because I've always just bookmarked my favorite blogs (including yours), it seems slightly silly in our world of lightning fast technology that one extra click could cause such turmoil #firstworldproblems

    If anything I'll be clicking on your blog MORE, just because :)

    ~Amber

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  145. I've just started following blogs through my Blogger dashboard. Clicking through to yours won't be any different than what I've already been doing. I have one suggestion for you. I noticed your most recent post has your website at the very bottom of your photos. As much as you might hate to do it, I suggest you add a watermark across the photo with the name of your site. That way if someone decides to steal your photos they've got a nice little reminder of where it came from. Good luck with all of this.

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  146. You need to do whatever is necessary to protect your content. I, for one,will make the extra effort to follow you.

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  147. Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear you're being ripped off like that! I'm a feed reader who will quite happily click over. I hope truncating really sticks it to those blasted scrapers!

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  148. I visit your site everyday from my blogs I love page on my blog therefore I will still be clicking to your site everyday! Love your blog and would continue to click over even if I was reading on google reader. My email is leahbutterfly1978@yahoo.com I would love to see if I have been scraped. Although my blog is so small that I doubt they would take the time. I just added watermarking so hopefully that might help. :)

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  149. Okay, I don't understand. What is the point of someone taking your words and posting them as their own? Or taking someone's family pics and posting them as their own???

    I think when one comes upon a site like that, they should call them out in the comment section in ALL CAPS so it calls attention.

    I just found your site last week and enjoy it. Great-looking chair now!

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  150. Sarah, I'm an SEO and have a few thoughts for you... First, if you were hosted on your own domain and not a Blogger subdomain, you would probably have a lot more control over blocking scraper bots using their IP addresses. Second, I recommend adding links to your site using the title attribute on images, and maybe one at the end of each post to itself. That way, every time a post is scraped and reposted, it links back to your site. Probably not the most quality links, but still... It's nearly impossible to stop scrapers, but you can try to leverage it to your benefit; it's (sort of) someone doing link development for you.

    Another thing you might look into is being serious about the DMCA requests through Google Webmaster Tools. Google announced a few weeks ago that it was going to start taking those a lot more seriously, and sites with lots of complaints would be banned from the index. The article was on Search Engine Land (Google it). Something about piracy. If all you DIY bloggers are banding together, you should consider adding this as a tactic. Good luck!

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  151. Knitting blogs got hit by these scrapers a couple years ago, so lots of them (which is what I mostly read) have truncated feeds. That extra click is no big deal and frequently there are other things to see at the blog site anyway.

    Good luck!

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  152. I understand the problems that you and other bloggers are having with scrapes, but I ask you to reconsider the new format with the RSS feeds. I very much enjoy your blog, but will be unable to read it if I must click over to your site every time that I want to read it. Please consider using some of the strategies mentioned here http://blog.kissmetrics.com/content-scrapers/ so I, and fellow readers, can continue enjoying your blog.

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  153. I'm so sorry for what's happened to you and other bloggers I've read tonight. This is criminal in one word. I get your blog thru my email address that will be changing tomorrow but will find you again. I enjoy your blog much too much to give you up.
    I've been with Century Link for over 6 yrs and have had nothing but headaches, days without internet, constantly being kicked out of internet explorer and never being reimbursed for days lost and that's just a little of what's been happening. I'm just plain sick of their "crap". excuse the word but that's how I feel.
    If I'm sick of what's going on I can only imagine how frustrating your problem is. Wish I could help in some way. Good luck in your search for a solution.

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  154. I got up this morning to my email and sure enough, your posts are not coming through in the email either. I actually deleted the email but later found this http://www.scanmyessay.com/ I do not know if it will help you or any of us who want to find the sites that plagiarize but thought I would throw it out. I have not tried it yet. I hate to miss things, but just do not have time to follow through all the emails and click through. I know I miss a lot but when I like so many blogs and learn from them it is way better to be able to read in email.

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  155. Thanks JMCD! I do have my own domain, www.thriftydecorchick.com. About 90 percent of the blogs I know who are scraped are on WP with their own domain as well. I add links to pretty much every post, but my goal is not necessarily to have someone find me from a scraper site, it's to stop the stealing of my content altogether, or at least make it harder, you know? I'm not sure I'm adding them exactly the way you suggested so I will check on that. I will look into the DMCA stuff for sure! Thanks for the info, I will Google it and pass it on!

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  156. Wow, that is crazy! I would love it if you would let me know what these sites are -- my email is linked to my blogger account so you can reply to this comment and it should come to me.

    And I'll still be clicking over to read what you've posted :)

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  157. I cannot believe people have the guts to steal other people's post. Don't these idiots have a brain to use to come up with their own ideas? I love your blog, so I would still read it no matter what. It does make me wonder if they only do this to bloggers as big as you, or if they steal stuff from the little guys as well? Should I start taking pictures of my projects with me in them ;).

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  158. I just got my reader yesterday and I am not about to give up reading your blog! I'll find you!! :-) Paula B.

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  159. I hate truncated posts and having to click through... I usually avoid blogs that make you do that. However, I love your blog and your stuff and your funniness and ideas and everything and will be loyally clicking through to keep you around - I'm sure those of us thrifties who love you will do the same. Thanks for explaining, and I'm so sorry you're having to deal with unscrupulous folks stealing your content!

    Signed,

    Clicking through in Kansas! :-)

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  160. I love reading your blog and have been a faithful reader for a long time. Thanks for your honesty about all your projects and great ideas. Keep up the good work!

    Holly

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  161. I agree with Amber Elizabeth about the first world problem of clicking over -- really?? An extra click in a world where we OWN super-fast computers and smart phones? Somebody call the waaaaaah-mbulance. ;) I love your site, and I would think any of your readers would be happy to make an extra click to keep your content safe. :)

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  162. I'm a feed reader as well - My crotchety old MacBook is slower than molasses these days, so I rarely click over as most blogs have so much extra stuff on the page that it takes ages to load (and I'm a bit lazy too. :) )

    Have you tried contacting the sites' web host and reporting them for copyright infringement? You can easily find that out by doing a whois search on the domain.

    I've had a few instances where people have used the free theme I have available in the WordPress repository for scraper sites, and the only link on there is mine as the designer, so I get a lot of angry letters when there's nothing I can do about it, and that's usually where I point people.

    Though, stealers suck. :(

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  163. Hey Sarah,

    Thanks for responding :) There's more to the things I was recommending (domain, linking, etc) than I think you might be aware of. If you'd like, we can swap a few emails about it (free, of course, just being friendly); there's a lot you can do that wouldn't stop the scraping but would render it irrelevant because you'd be consistently outranking the scraper sites. I know it's frustrating, but if you can get over the principle of it and beat them, then who cares? Not sure if you can see my email address...if you can't, say so here and I'll contact you.

    Joanna

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  164. A lot of the blogs in my reader have gone to the "preview" format, so this must be happening a lot. It's so unfortunate, because if I have 200 blogs in my reader, you're really going to have to wow me in those first couple of lines that show up in the preview! Love your blog, thieves suck, and I hope everything works out for you!

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  165. Look, I clicked over and I am leaving my first comment ever on your blog! I read about 50 blogs through g-reader. My question -how is the dining room project coming? I have my handy man husband on hold cause I told I liked what you were going to do. I know you ave been completely wrapped up in your basement project (yep -no basement here. Totally jealous). Loving that wall!

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  166. I really enjoy your blog but have to say I won't be visiting much now that I have to click over. I read so many blogs in google reader and it's the most efficient/quickest way for me to read blogs and don't have time to click and view each post. It's a bummer because I do enjoy your blog. I am confused though how requiring readers to actually view your blog makes it more difficult for people to copy your work...?

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  167. Jenny that's too bad. I explain how they steal content in my post -- it's done very easily through a full RSS feed.

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  168. Unknown, I will be updating on that this week! It's looking amazing!! :)

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