To my readers who don’t have food blogs, I apologize that this post will be mostly aimed at those who do have them, but it is for an important reason. Have you all heard about Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes having her recipes and content stolen and sold illegally as an ebook on Amazon? As a fellow food blogger creating my own content,
this was really very scary and sad to me. Any of you who create original recipes (or even adapted recipes) know that a ton of work goes into the process. Recipe development, recipe testing, photography, and writing, it all takes hours for each individual post. Elise put it well when she said it’s not so much about the compensation, but rather, knowing that there are copies of her recipes with someone else’s name on it. When you spend so much time creating something, that is pretty hurtful.
While reading about all of this, I came across some articles that I think could be helpful for some of you to read. But I want to quickly note that one of the articles urged me to look at spam comments to see if there were pingbacks. Doing this led me to discover that 10 of the 40 spam comments in there were real comments from food bloggers I know! And these were spam comments just from this month…who knows how many were made before this. If you have a blog, make sure to look through your spam on occasion. Here are the articles:
- How to Get Stolen Content Removed
- How to Deal with Copyright Theft
- Content Scrapers-How to Find Out Who is Stealing Your Content & What to Do About It
See you tomorrow for a recipe!