If you are a Blogger, or use RSS Feeds to bring your website content to your visitors, you might have seen these feed scraper sites that use your content.
Building Feed scraper sites
No, I am not going to tell you how to create those sites.
But I know of at least one that just feeds on Blogs about Joomla, just to bring visitors to their site which is filled with Google adsense adverts (not a bad thing…) and affiliate links (can work as well).
But the main problem I have with this site is that is has no original content!
And it is not set up as a RSS Feed directory where you as a blogger can place your feeds yourself.
No it automatically harvests Blog content.
However this site still gives a link back to the original Blog poster.
Today I came across a site that does the same scrapping, but does not even give a link to the original content….
The Good thing of Showing Feeds on you site
These sites are sometimes build with Joomla and the RSS Feed technology that is in the core application, or build with WordPress and a special Plugin.
These options can also be used on your website, but use them in a good way.
That means that you limit the number of Feeds you bring into your pages and keep them focused on the content of your site…. and keep the link to the original.
That way you give back some quality inbound links to the originator of the post and you, your visitors and the Blog you feed off will win in the long run.
P.s. I think these sites will get less attention once Google, Yahoo and Live are able to see these sites for what the are really are…. the evil site of RSS Feeders.
Just to give the post a nice ending…
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