Read Between The Lines: Not All Health and Fitness Blogs Are Real

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It may look like a blog.  It may seem like a blog.  But it’s not.

There’s a big problem going on.  Not sure if you realize.

This is happening to a lot of bloggers, but it just burns me up.  My blog posts are regularly picked up by “spam” websites.  These are sites that get all their content from other sources — literally scraping blog posts and putting it up on their own site (which solely exists to sell advertising and promote external links).  Sure, sometimes there’s a small credit line back to the author, but it’s primarily positioned as written by someone from the site.

For example, two of these websites recently lifted my blog post about FDA’s proposed label changes.  See for yourself.

Health and Fitness Lifestyles


Running USA

Do you think they went on CNN to talk about the label changes like I mentioned in my original post?  Don’t think so.

Do you think they actually cooked spaghetti squash or freekeh?  Those were two of my recent blog posts that were scraped without my permission. It happens virtually every time I post.

You look through either of these sites and all the content belongs to someone else.  It’s harder than you think to shut this down.  But we must.

Here’s an excellent article about content scrapers — how to find them and what to do about it.

In the meantime, be sure you’re not following these two blogs.  If you’re a blogger, see if they’re stealing your content.  Don’t like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.  Don’t give them any more credibility.

Let’s see if they steal this post!

 

 

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