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…
WhatÂ 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?
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.Â 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.