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Introducing a Shoddy Blogger

Posted By Darren Rowse 9th of September 2005 Pro Blogging News 0 Comments

Want to see a slimey blog? A blog that tries to pass off content of other people as it’s own?

Have a look at Blogger Tips (no follow tag used) – a blog that is filled with either posts that are ‘free articles’ or other people’s content. In both types of posts there is no credit given to the original author.

I’ve got nothing against using free articles (I don’t think its the smartest way to build a blog) – but this blog isn’t even crediting them. Free articles are able to be freely posted on your blog – but you’re obligated to include a signature with a link to the author.

Do a Google search for the title of virtually every post on the blog and you’ll find it somewhere else.

For example compare:

What is Business Blog (no follow tag used)


What is a business blog?

They couldn’t even get the title right.

Why am I posting this? Well I’m getting sick of this type of blogging. In addition to that they don’t have any way of contacting them – they moderate their comments so one can’t protest that way and they’ve stolen a friend of mine’s content and are bringing the ‘ProBlogging’ segment of the wider blogging community into disrepute with this approach (and plus I haven’t had a rant for a little while).

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. […] Why? I already had bad experience due to my lack of knowledge in blogging when i started blogging 3 months ago. On September 9th 2005, my name was all over the prominent blogs such as Problogger and Blog Herald, i was labelled as content theft. Darren also labelled me as shoddy blogger.Please read the lesson i learnt and my tips in crediting authors in my blog here. […]

  2. mattiethetravellingman says: 04/13/2006 at 7:35 pm

    David (comment no 47).

    Let’s look at an entry of your other blog (http://www.livingroom.org.au/photolog/).

    Trusted Reviews has a review of the Olympus µ [mju] Digital 800 (also known as the Olympus Stylus 800) and writes – ‘It may be questionable whether anyone really needs an 8MP compact, but there’s no denying that the Olympus mju 800 is an extremely good camera. Build quality, ease of use and performance are as good as ever. The Bright Capture technology makes low-light photography much easier, and the image quality in SHQ mode is superb. If you simply must have A3-size holiday snaps then it’s ideal.’

    And you call that a blog. The whole site is nothing but copy-and-paste contents from other review sites so that you can earn some Adsense dollars, and you call yourself a blogging guru teaching your followers to blog for profits.

    Shame on you.

    Have a look, people, and judge for yourself.

    I’m with you David.
    Some people just know blaming other people, but they also do the same thing. Make blog with copy othet blog reviews, made thousands from adsense and at the same time make setup a blog like this Problogger and teach people “Original content is a king”. What a loser.

  3. ‘mattiethetravellingman’ – thanks for the comment. My response is #48 above.

  4. Oh crap. I hope that’s not what I’m doing. I just read this and was like “oh no” ’cause I have two or three things linking to other articles. I’ve written everything else myself though and use blockquotes both to highlight stuff and to obviously quote something.

    I bought your book, btw. Have read it several times and I’m always on this site.

  5. I read similar article also named ducing a Shoddy Blogger, and it was completely different. Personally, I agree with you more, because this article makes a little bit more sense for me

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