I’m not an SEO specialist. I have a vague idea of some of the internal workings, but make no mistake about it, what I know is about 3 drops in a 5 gallon bucket. Now I’m facing a problem that I never considered. There is a website out there using several of my articles without giving me credit. Meaning no anchor text links, nothing at all back to my site.
I don’t claim to be an angel, I’m not. One thing for sure is that we, meaning both of my wonderful sisters and I were raised to be honest. The parental units did a great job by and large, considering parenting me was like controlling perpetual motion. My sisters are both good people. My wife is the most honest straight shooter ever, she no lie, ever. That is one reason I love her. Even if she is too honest with me sometimes. So sometimes when I complain about something like this very issue, she will say “you are too naive, people do that stuff all the time”. It always shocks me because I see good in everyone, (almost everyone) and can’t believe it when someone lies or steals, except George W. Bush. My old lady is more realistic about it.
This is not about guitars. It is about the gall and audacity of stealing hard working writers’ articles and taking credit. No one deserves more credit than the dedicated untiring authors of legitimate blogs. We writers work endlessly creating good content so that we can entertain our readers and get recognized, perhaps even make a living at this someday. We don’t make a darn thing monetarily for writing these articles, we just do it for self expression and a stab at recognition.
Anyway, I have received six pingbacks from this site, which is using six of my posts, all on the same day. One article they posted out of the six, has the proper anchor text links in it. The other five would appear to other readers as if the articles were produced by that site. I don’t know how I can get a pingback when there is not a visible way anywhere on the stolen articles that I wrote them and that they were generated by Guitar Players Center.
I have received some solid advise from one of my colleagues in the blogging world with a good deal of SEO experience. He suggests contacting Goggle, since there are Google Adds on the thief’s site. I expect that to do it, but I will accept any other honest ways to deal with it. Please leave them in the comment box. Guitar Players Center hopes this does not happen to you. It really sucks. Do us a favor, share this article. Lets stop this type of theft of our posts. Thanks for listening. I look forward to your input.
I will share with you the out come of this as a soon as I have one.