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“India’s Largest Blog” needs to learn about NOT copying content

By on Jun 1, 2009 in Food For Thought, Personal | 29 comments

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indias-largest-blogRachit started a new blog recently (yet another one!) which supposedly is the one with which he’s going to stick to; he’s even consolidated his other blog attempts in the past to this one blog. So far, he has – for a grand total of ONE month(s). Within this time he’s put up some brilliant content – like the one on Times Now reporting that this year’s budget will be declared on June 31st. I hope you see this link first as it will help you understand what I’m talking about next.

Some people want to take shortcuts to (blogging) success. One such person would be this guy who goes by the name of Anki Tits Me on Twitter. His Twitter timeline is not worth reading since it has nothing but Magpie ads so you needn’t bother clicking on that Twitter account link. He runs a blog called Zindagi Live which is supposedly the India’s largest blog – according to the publicity material on his Twitter account. Recently, he made a post which copied Rachit’s Breaking News post word-by-word (NSFW! I mean it.) Including the images used in post. Rachit hosts his blog on my hosting account, so that friktard was using up my bandwidth. After informing Rach to rename the files used in his post, I replaced the original images with…something else. As you can see now, “India’s largest blog” is serving porn.

This isn’t the first time this guy has done such a thing either. Previously, he’s ripped of a post made by Naman exactly as it appeared on his blog. In fact, there isn’t a single post which is original on Zindagi Live. Each and every one of them is copy-pasted directly from somewhere else. What makes this even more pathetic is that fact that this scraper site isn’t automated. This loser has copied over a thousand posts from different blogs manually. Think about that for a second. Copying thousands of posts – by hand.

The are a few lessons to learn here. If you’re resorting to a life of crime, i.e., copying content from others, then do it properly, will you? For crying out loud don’t send trackbacks to the original site or use content such as images which can be controlled by others. It can lead to disastrous consequences for you. Copying popular content is not going to help YOU in any way. Both Rachit and Naman license their content under Creative Commons (I do too), so if you come across something nice and want to use it in your own work, then follow the things which you are allowed to do under the license itself; otherwise it’s copyright infringement. And I mention this not in a “I’ll sue you” kinda way, but in a “If I’m using someone else’s content and they’ve asked me to credit them for it, then I should” way. Copying content without adding anything substantial will not make a blog popular anywhere.

Learn to respect how other people want their content to be used. Stop trying to MAKE MONEY FAST by copying popular content. No advertiser will come to you down that path. Produce high quality content first, then think about monetizing it.

PS – Link to the blog post on Zindagi Live has NSFW images now that I changed them on my server. Don’t go there if you aren’t interested in such content. Nothing too hardcore as such, but still.

PPS – That blog has been deleted now.

PPPS – The blog is back, with zero content. I mean literally zero content pages, and not just in the sense of ‘zero original content’.



29 Comments

  1. Jugaadu

    June 1, 2009

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    Thanks for the info Ankur.
    As i also have blogger hosted blog, i reported it to Google blogspot, and the result is that now this blogs entire content is deleted.

    Please help us informing with such offenses.

    I have a newly started blog.
    http://jugaadworld.blogspot.com
    as now you are expert in the field of blogging, please help me by providing some instructions etc. so that it may gain more publicity.

    With regards , JUGAADU

    • Ankur

      June 1, 2009

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      Your blog looks nice, and more importantly you’ve put up good, well-written content over there. :) What you need now is perseverance. Don’t expect a huge amount of traffic overnight – that takes time to build. I’ve seen so many people start blogging and then drop out of it after a few months because they lose interest. Don’t do so! Maybe you can reduce post frequency during the early months and then increase it later when dividends start coming in. Oh, and never copy content from other blogs. It might provide momentary fame but it never builds up serious traffic.

  2. this post, now, turns out to be a fun read :P
    poor anki tits me’s blog has been deleted by google..

    to think of it.. india’s biggest blog doesnt even have a domain, but is redirecting to blogspot thru a free and spammy .tk

    unfortunatel, scraping cannot be totally avoided.. there is no fool proof way to secure your content.. but to trust in people and always staying alert :(

  3. Anupum

    June 1, 2009

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    hey 1 question:
    If I read something on suppose lifehacker.com(myfav blg). Then after some days I write a post completely in my words but regarding the same thing(may be a new good software). will this be counted as content copying? like my

    • Ankur

      June 1, 2009

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      No, that’s not content copying. You’re free to give your own take on a subject matter of course. But the guy over here was copy-pasting word-for-word – now that’s definitely content copying.

  4. jugaadu

    June 1, 2009

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    Thanks for the info ankur.
    i want a kind of help from you.
    i want to display a html/javascript code(without its execution).
    i am unable to do so.
    please help with some kind of widget or a code, with which i will be able to display, the html code on my blog.

    thanks
    Please and keep commenting
    http://jugaadworld.blogspot.com/

    • Ankur

      June 1, 2009

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      On Blogger.com? Complete the whole post – except for the bit where you need to put in any code. Then switch to HTML view and paste the code where you want it to appear. Do NOT switch back to normal view after that, just hit the publish button.

      • jugaadu

        June 2, 2009

        @ ankur, the method, you suggested didn’t worked,i tried it twice.

      • jugaadu

        June 2, 2009

        however anupum yours worked well for me, a special thanks.

      • Ankur

        June 2, 2009

        Hmm. That’s odd. It used to work when I was on Blogger.com. Javascript seems to have been disallowed now for security reasons, but other custom HTML should work. What code is it exactly that you’re trying to embed?

      • Naman Bagga

        June 2, 2009

        He just wanted to display the code and not execute it.

      • Ankur

        June 2, 2009

        Oh. For that, HTML characters need to be encoded…what Anupam pointed out is what you need. Sorry, I misunderstood the question.

    • Anupum

      June 1, 2009

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      That guy also followed naman’s, I still can’t believe that this was India’s best blog. Never had a chance to see before it got deleted.

      • Ankur

        June 1, 2009

        It wasn’t. That guy just claimed it “India’s Largest Blog”.

      • Sathya

        June 5, 2009

        Wanted to see what “India’s best (copied) blog” looked like, but its been deleted. Wayback machine, perhaps ?

      • Sathya

        June 6, 2009

        Saw few of the posts. ’nuff said. Best copied blog, indeed.

      • Ankur Banerjee

        June 6, 2009

        The silly part is that the posts were copied manually.

      • jugaadu

        June 2, 2009

        it is the visual widget in blogger.com , to follow some one’s blog.

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