Welcome Thailand Bloggers – Quit Ripping Off My Shi*

I’ve only been blogging now about 3 years. I’ve learned everything I could during that time but there’s still a lot to learn…

What  I do know is that 98% of all bloggers out there that are trying to make something of themselves online are taking the easy route and just copying others’ work. It’s RIFE, and not only just here in Thailand – it stretches far across the board.

I could spend an hour or so today and find a list of 30 posts by different bloggers that either copied directly from this ThaiPulse blog or were inspired by articles or ebooks I wrote.

How do I know? It’s so blatantly obvious that it turns my stomach. Titles are nearly the SAME on their posts… that’s the chief way I even find them. If you’re going to copy an entire idea – at least change the title.

I stopped writing a lot of content months back. A year? It just got worse than ridiculous… criminal even, and I had too much going on to fight it.

Did I alert Google that my posts were being copied word for word, and at times outranking me in the Google index?

Yep. Did some of you suffer for it? Yep, I watched the rank fall.

Am I keeping a list?

Yep.

If you’re copying my posts and I find them the first thing I do is alert Google. Google looks at the publishing date of my post, compares it to yours and you lose with a Google penalty.

If you’re going to write – can you find your own subjects for god’s sakes? If you have nothing you’re passionate about sharing with world – what the hell are you writing for? Go back to sitting on the bar stool or teaching.

If you’re not giving credit back to me or whomever you’re ripping off – what kind of person are you?

Just start an aggregation site where you pull RSS feeds off people that are trying their ass off to do something – something original. Something that will help others…

Just pull a paragraph or two from the top blogs in Thailand and make everyone think it’s yours since you can’t think of anything to write yourself – and you can’t put the time into brainstorm something.

Now, to be fair – many bloggers that start out only have 4 fingers free to start with and aren’t interested in finding out acceptable use policies for grabbing others content.  Some aren’t smart enough to do so… to those – forgiveness… change the thumb up your ass though, that right one is getting wrinkly.

Other bloggers realize there is something they’re doing wrong – and don’t give two shakes.

To you, a size 12 foot up your arse for ripping other people off.

There are a small handful of bloggers in Thailand that are trying on their own and consistently put out nothing but original content. I could name them but then the rest of you would feel like I’m associating you with the idiots. It’s very easy to identify an original blogger because you haven’t read it here or on another popular blog already.

Cheers to those of you that write original posts, with original ideas, and aren’t taking the easy way out and ripping off people that just wrote something good.

Cheers to you and Beerlao all around…

:) This rant was moderated by an all-pervasive and overwhelming bliss of having a baby recently.

Hope it doesn’t wear off anytime soon.

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at ThailandeBooks.com. There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.

3 thoughts on “Welcome Thailand Bloggers – Quit Ripping Off My Shi*”

  1. Wow man what got under your skin? I’m guessing you must be seeing some pretty aggressive scaping of your site?

    Quite a rant there, but justified I suppose. I’ve seen the same thing, but assume it is just part and parcel on the internet. There’s always gonna be scrapers out there taking your content, but I’ve found in most cases the original gets the ranking.

    I don’t have the time to follow up on this like you do, although maybe I should? Maybe start by doing some searches on my titles and see what comes back.

    1. A couple of sites I found recently that I raged about – it’s just sick what people do… It takes a long time to create new, unique content, and to have people spinning my stuff and copying it outright is outrageous to me. There are a whole lot of talentless bloggers out there my friend!

      I had a guy write me to ask if he could my ThaiPulse articles for his travel book yesterday.

      I had a guy write me to ask if i was interested in translating my ebooks to Swedish. He politely remindeded me he could have ripped them right off if he wasn’t such a nice guy and asked.

      I was in contact with the guy that developed “60 minutes to learning the Thai Alphabet” who told me the thai podcast guy ripped off his entire concept of learning the Thai alphabet easily – and then insisted he came up with exactly the same pictures to represent the Thai alphabet – and remind people what the letters meant!

      Sick, talentless, and stupid people are all over this country… and I’m talking about the visitors and expats. The Thais are the sane ones.

      I’ve had enough… I’m taking a bat to the next one…

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