I was exploring new blogs via the WordPress Reader when I discovered some very bad news.
What was the nature of this bad news?
By the way, they stole a lot of my blog posts too (From the looks of things, Tygpress has been helping themselves to all of my blog posts).
The blog administrator of I Do Run was the one who brought this to my attention with their blog post, Please Read — Your Blog May Have Been Harvested!.
There was no way that I was going to let Tygpress get away with their transgression. So, I filed a DMCA takedown request on Digital Ocean’s Report Abuse section of their website (Digital Ocean is the hosting provider for the unscrupulous blogger that wilfully stole a lot of people’s content).
Why Is It That Some People Harvest Other People’s Blogs?
Some people harvest the blogs of others because:
- They are too lazy to put their own blog posts together.
- They intend to monetize those stolen blog posts.
- They intend on receiving huge incoming traffic to their website with the help of your stolen blog posts.
- They believe that no one would ever find out that they are stealing other people’s blog posts.
- They are devoid of a moral compass.
Now, the most that anyone can do is to file a DMCA takedown notice and hope for the best.
If you are unable to wrap your mind around the concept of filing a DMCA takedown notice, Claire Broadley’s article, DMCA Notices: Here’s Everything You Need To Know In 2019, will simplify the steps for you.
Tygpress Deserves To Be Shamed Publicly
There are a lot of WordPress bloggers who are angry at what the website administrator of Tygpress did.
One WordPress blogger went as far as abandoning her blog. She stated that WordPress does nothing to stop harvesters and that she needed to remind people that her posts are copyrighted.
As far as I am concerned, no one should have the cause to abandon their blog because their blog posts were harvested by a scraper site.
For a brief moment, I was unable to think clearly (Tygpress had placed my figurative scales out of balance).
And, someone else from around the world probably screamed aloud when they discovered that a number of their blog posts were harvested by Tygpress.
The blogosphere can be alerted of Tygpress’s wrongdoings via:
- Blog posts from highly reputable bloggers.
- Podcasts from people who are actually bloggers themselves.
- Vlogs from those who are strongly against those using other people’s work without their consent.
I would not be surprised if Tygpress gets pulled down by the authorities.
Tygpress Could Have Handled Things Differently
If Tygpress’s website administrator had no intentions of posting his or her content, they could have:
- Hired writers.
- Asked guest bloggers to contribute articles.
- Gotten an additional website administrator to help out in the area of publishing original content.
But no. Tygpress took the extremely easy way out by stealing other people’s blog posts.
Tygpress’s website administrator should be ashamed of their self for committing such an atrocity.
Who Is The Person Behind Tygpress?
The only people who would know the identification of the person running Tygpress would be the folks over at Digital Ocean, intelligence agencies and a handful of private investigators.
If you have ever visited that scaper site, you would have noticed that it does not have an “About” page or a “Contact” page (Now, that makes a lot of sense because most people who deal in nefarious activities enjoy remaining anonymous and have no intentions of being contacted by anyone).
One thing that I know for sure, is that people who break the law will eventually suffer the negative consequences of their misdeeds.
The Person Behind Tygpress Never Claimed That The Articles Were Their Own
If you have ever been on Tygpress, you would have noticed that a functional link to the original source of the post was provided with each article on their site (Now, that is still unjust because those bloggers did not give their permission to have their articles posted on Tygpress).
However, it could have been worse; someone else’s name could have been attached to those articles (But that did not happen; so no one has taken all of the credit for other people’s hard work).
What the person behind Tygpress needs to know is that what they have done falls into the category of copyright infringement.
Also, it is quite apparent, that they are using some type of sophisticated bot to steal other people’s content (And, bots do not have a care in the world about copyright infringement).
It Is Possible For You To Find Out Who Is Stealing Your Content
Yes, my friend, it is possible for you to actually find out who is stealing your content.
Blogging and marketing guru, Neil Patel, explains it all in his article, Content Scrapers — How to Find Who is Stealing Your Content & What to Do About It.
The funny thing is that most of us would never believe that our blog posts would be stolen by scraper sites; therefore, it would be wise of us to find out who those perpetrators are.
Have you checked lately to see which scraper sites are using your blog posts without your consent?
Was It Possible To Prevent All Of Those WordPress Blogs From Being Harvested?
Now, I cannot put the blame on WordPress for all of the WordPress blogs that got harvested.
However, they could have alerted us via email about our blog posts being stolen by an outside entity.
I find it very hard to believe that Automattic — WordPress’s parent company, was unaware that Tygpress was having a field day with the blog posts of countless WordPress users.
Matt Mullenweg should conduct an internal investigation.
Bloggers Are Fighting Back With Full Force
In addition to doing DMCA takedown requests, some bloggers have been spreading the news of Tygpress’s wrongdoings via their blogs (Thanks to the WordPress Reader, they were easy to come by).
What amazes me, is that the image is all over Tygpress; I found it when I typed in “Fandango” into Tygpress’s search bar (I am sure that other people have seen it too).
My friend, Fandango, is the type of person who will continue to embarrass Tygpress until they remove all of his blog posts from their scaper site.
Nicely done, Fandango!
Personally, I would like to see Tygpress crash and burn.
However, whenever a scraper site goes down, another one takes its place.
Also, Tygpress is not the only scraper site on the world wide web (There are numerous ones out there).
At the moment, it is almost impossible to prevent your blog from being copied by a scraper site.
From a technological point of view, there are plugins that prevent a person’s blog from being harvested (They are available for WordPress.org users and they are not one hundred percent foolproof).
WordPress.com, on the other hand, will need to come up with innovative methods to protect the blogs that are hosted on their network from content thieves.