I was not going to post until the new year but unfortunately, for me, and a few others, that has had to change.
Man, I can see why the last thing you would ever want to do is to have a blog about making money on the Internet, and try to help people out.
Bottom line is this. I offer advice about how to lay out sites, how to get good conversions, and I have even offered a few ideas for themes to people. All good. But it seems that a number of readers have taken it a bit too far. Maybe in their naivety, or maybe out of laziness, I am in no position to say. But what has happened is that just recently I have had a number of emails from people where other readers have blatantly ripped off their sites.
Not only have they followed the site layouts I recommend but when they have seen a similar layout in their niche, which is obviously following my recommendations, they have basically written the exact same posts.
They have used the same keywords in the post titles, the exact same images in the posts, even in the same position, the same headers (word perfect), and simply re-written the same articles changing around the words.
This is lazy, cheap, and will not make you any friends.
I delved in to someone yesterday who I had a complaint about. They ripped off a site using the same layout I recommend but also what I have just described, and blamed it on me for recommending the layout. You probably are reading this. The problem is that you are not being creative, and making a cloned site is going to get you in to a lot of hot water.
Look, I found 86 of your sites with adsense on, all on the same account, I saw your BANS stores, I saw your doll sites, antiques and Mexican sites, weird Japanese stuff and I saw a lot else besides. If I can do you think others can’t?
The last thing you should do in this game is piss of other webmasters. They could click bomb you, they could send massive x-rumer blasts to your sites (which may or may not hold you back?), and frankly, if they really wanted to, they could take you out. It is not easy but I have seen a few examples of how to successfully get sites gone from the serps.
Be nice and be creative.
Don’t just clone other peoples sites, you are certainly not going to make any friends. Let’s all get on and do our own thing. But if readers are going to steal other readers sites just because they come across them and they have the layouts I recommend then I simply won’t give out any more such tips and will keep it to myself. This site is to help you out and have a laugh.
I don’t want, or need, the stress of emails from the readers moaning about each other. If I can’t talk about this stuff without everyone still putting their own spin on things then I simply won’t.
Sheesh, talk about influencing the Web.
Who would have thunk it?
But as a nice happy ending the person who I looked at yesterday has changed their site to look original and put their own spin on things, so that is cool, and it’s nice they responded and did what was asked.
So, let’s not get in to a slagging match in the comments, I am trying to feel all Christmas like. But just bear in mind that if a total tech idiot (me) can follow you around the Web then think what those with some know how can do. I am not really too concerned with others finding niches, as I know that trails can be followed. But nicking layouts and content style is simply not cricket old bean.