Tygpress Scraped The Living Daylights Out Of WordPress

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I was exploring new blogs via the WordPress Reader when I discovered some very bad news.

What was the nature of this bad news?

Tygpress — a scraper site, published a huge quantity of blog posts from many WordPress bloggers (It was done without their consent).

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).

My friend, Fandango even went as far as distributing an image on his site that embarrasses the hell of out Tygpress; that blog post of his is simply named, Feel Free to Use this Badge.

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!

Final Thoughts

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.

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172 thoughts on “Tygpress Scraped The Living Daylights Out Of WordPress

  1. Thanks for making us aware Renard and great that you are fighting back. I am a firm believer that raising your voie always helps. It might not have an immediate effect, but something will always happen, even if it takes some time.

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  2. Did you the latest? Here is what is shown on their site today.

    Tygpress.com is temporarily out of service due to technical issues. will be back soon…
    Tygpress.com was created with an intention to create a blog search site , but due to some techical issues, full contents of respective sites were being displayed instead of just excerpts as intended. We thank the complainants for bringing this issue to our notice and We are extremely sorry to the content owners.

    Thought you might be interested.

    Plus, they harvest our posts using a google index. Yesterday, I released a post from Firefox and it did not appear on Tygpress.

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  3. I saw this noted on another blogger’s site earlier. Yikes! It’s a bit unnerving even going on the site to check, just in case just accessing it is dodgy. But curiosity will get the better of me in a minute.. A random Google search doesn’t pick much up, but I can see people have enquired with WP about this site back in February, so clearly nothing’s been done about it. Absolutely awful to steal content like this, so thanks for sharing the post to give everyone a heads up!
    Caz x

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  4. Renard, this is a really good thing you did. Thanks for bringing attention to Tygpress and their nefarious practice. Poor devils, they may have been shut down for copying some of my posts, even WordPress is ashamed of my material! But, seriously, they di need to be shut down. Good job. ‘O)

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  5. Renard-I’m probably speaking for a lot of bloggers when saying this, but I am incredibly thankful for what you did. Your post clearly caught fire, and I can’t help but think that your post played a major role in shutting them down, whether it’s temporary or permanent.

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  6. “Hard to believe that WordPress was unaware.”

    As you noticed “Source” link, I saw “Read More” link too, which means, not full post, but partial was shown. This is a concept of “excerpts” and “backlink”.

    (1) Backlinks drive more traffic to source, in this case, WordPress site.
    Why would source stop that ?

    (2) Excerpts are like partially quoting Nelson Mandela instead of simply saying The Mandela Effect, yet not citing/copying his complete speech. Do we need permission for such ?

    These questions have been bothering me for I don’t see these answers anywhere, unless these are incorrect.

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  7. Very interesting situation there…

    I’ve seen archival and search sites set up this kind of thing before. Google does the same thing with everything that crosses it’s path also. I agree it’s bad form but I’m not 100% sure it’s as heinous as some people think if they’re presenting it as a “reblog” of others’ work vs their own original content.

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      1. Not saying I like it at all, just that it may not be as sinister as some think if their goal was to preserve content vs steal it. They still should have asked or sent some notice of intent.

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  8. Hi, Renard. Thanks for another great article. I checked Copyscape and it appears that a facebook user has scraped and harvested my posts. Scary!! Will post image on my site soon. Have re-blogged this article. Have a great day. Goff.

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  9. Okay, not to appear too stupid…how do you know for sure when your blog posts have been stolen? Thanks for posting this info. by the way.

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    1. 🙂 In one of the subsections of this blog post that is called: “It Is Possible For You To Find Out Who Is Stealing Your Content” there is a link entitled: “Content Scrapers — How to Find Who is Stealing Your Content & What to Do About It” Click on it and it would tell you everything that you need to know.

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  10. Is this Scraper Site still going? I removed all my poetry and flash fiction cause of that? It’s kind of annoying. Has anyone had any luck with getting them to take their stuff off? Maybe this is the way the internet is now. :-/

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    1. 🙂 You would be pleased to know that Tygpress is still down (From the looks of things, I do not think that they will be up anytime soon).

      I am sorry to learn that you were also affected by this scrapping incident.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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