How to Counter a Menace called Site Scraping

What are Scrapper Sites?

Scrapper Sites resort to scrupulous means for stealing content from other sites. These websites are known for resorting to web scrapping which is also sometimes referred to as web harvesting and web data extraction. Web Scrapping could be done either manually by using copy paste activity or even using software which can steal information from other websites. Unstructured data are collected in structured format like CSV or XML format and are later used for content publishing. This is nevertheless a spamming activity and is detrimentally impacting the overall traffic on the web. Google has recently provided an option to report such sites that are outranking you by stealing your content, which is a positive step forward.
What is the Purpose of Creating these Vile Sites?

Scrapper sites are created mainly for trapping and baiting huge number of visitors which enable them to make money using advertisement based money making programs like Google AdSense. Duplication could many a time infringe upon the copyrights of other sites by directly producing copyrighted contents on their websites. Such violations can result in strict legal actions and penalties. Copyrighted materials are intellectual properties and the time is nearing when such negative ploys get dismantled. To add to the agony of honest bloggers, many of them do even get outranked by the duplicators. The baiters generally do not normally publish their contacts on their blogs as they would not like to be intimated or requested to withhold web harvesting.

Is Scrapping Still Considered a Grey Area?

For many years, scrapping has probably not been dealt with the severe of iron hand that it ideally reserves. Scrapping tools are openly available over the internet and the community which subscribes to these is actively using them. Recent attempt by Google is worth appreciating as it has opened a new conduit for the reporting of mischievous websites that might been outranking you using your very own content. Such reporting could not only have a direct repercussion and put a check on miscreants but might also support Google in designing their algorithm for sorting out this web based hazard. This might still not be the last nail on the coffin of this malpractice but might somehow go a long way towards discouraging it. Many baiters live under the false impression that they such duplication tasks hardly fall in the grey area and that it is worth taking risk for the sake of a few bucks.

How should it be tackled?

There are various voices and opinions recommending web data extraction should be dealt with. One of the views suggest bloggers to follow the use a few internal links on their posts. This can be a sensible way to make sure that in case your content is being web harvested, there will be trackbacks onto your blog. This seems to be a canny technique of getting a well deserved traffic back to your blog. The other way could of informing the hosting company and requesting them to take down the copied content. However, getting over-possessed and boggled with intent to counter scrapping can often distract the bloggers from their routine life. Hence, the other school of thought advises not to bother much about it and keep doing your regular task of posting original content. After all, content is king and sooner or later Google will figure out the golden rule and the required algorithms for tackling such issues. We might soon be seeing the days wherein the web harvesters and rogue websites will no longer dream of outranking the authentic ones. The sooner we see those days, the better it will be for the vast community of bloggers as this might be a tenable counter to one of the chief reasons which is resulting in unprecedented spamming and infringement to intellectual properties of the original content owners. Instead of using such controversial techniques, an honest blogger can invest some genuine efforts and try to become a profession in blogging who can earn both money and respect.

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