Once you’ve published a really awesome post it’s just a matter of time till it appears somewhere else. In most cases people will contact you and ask for your permission to republish the post referring to the original source or either publish just a part of it and then link to a full version on your website.
But Tweet this! quite often the posts are being “stolen” without any permission, and you’re lucky if there’s a link to the original source.
My Post Was Stolen
Today quite an interesting pingback landed into my inbox – someone was linking to my recent post about Steve Jobs: 50+ Amazing Steve Jobs Tribute Artworks (Huge Collection!).
The post itself is doing quite well on StumbleUpon at the moment (the SU counter shows 3028 views) and it felt totally natural that someone was linking to it. So I clicked the link to see where was that pingback from.
Tweet this! I landed on a blog post with the collection of “Steve Jobs tribute artworks” which was 100% identical to mine! I was pissed off as the blog owner did not ask for my permission as to copying the full collection. And besides, I would not let him do this anyway, as this could potentially split the traffic from StubmleUpon into two parts.
I was pissed even more when I’ve discovered that this guy was using the original pictures from bloggerjet.com instead of reuploading all of them to his own website. This way he was “stealing bandwidth” from me, as every time the post was opened on his website – all the images were pulled from BloggerJET.
A Kick In The Balls
I’ve already been into situations like this one and I know for sure that there’s no point of wasting your time to contact a blog owner and politely ask him to remove the post, so I decided to deal with it in a “non-diplomatic way”.
I was actually quite lucky that this little thief was using the pictures that were on my server. Since I am in control of all the pictures that his post is displaying I could easily remove any of them and replace it with some other picture of my choice. And that is exactly what I’ve decided to do!
I’ve chosen the very first picture as my target and decided to replace it with something REALLY DISGUSTING:
I don’t think I have to go into details explaining you how to replace one picture on your server with another, as this is kinda “baby stuff”. Just don’t forget that this will replace the picture in your own post as well! So don’t forget to open your post in the editor and restore the original picture, but with a new filename this time.
This is basically how I gave this pilferer a good lesson and I sincerely hope that after seeing this disgusting thing on his website, this guy will never steal any other post again: