Bloggers: you getting copied? Sentinel is your solutions

Tony Moura, chief visionary officer at Blogwerx is sitting here telling me about Blogwerx Sentinel, which helps you track splogs and other sites that are copying your content (which could have sizeable detrimental results because if too many people copy your content Google will penalize you for too many copies — their algorithms use that to sense whether link farms are being built to game Google).

He tells me one guy created more than 600,000 sites without writing a single word of content and made a ton of money off of Google ads. If bloggers had signed up for Sentinel they could have pulled that guy down before he made a lot of revenue.

Comments

  1. It looks great, but I just registered and I’m running it now. I basically can’t make the interface do anything–none of the buttons or tabs seem to work, and there’s no error messages. Even the Help link doesn’t work. I tried two different browsers, and the results were the same.

    So, a big -1 for Blogwerx Sentinel from me.

  2. It looks great, but I just registered and I’m running it now. I basically can’t make the interface do anything–none of the buttons or tabs seem to work, and there’s no error messages. Even the Help link doesn’t work. I tried two different browsers, and the results were the same.

    So, a big -1 for Blogwerx Sentinel from me.

  3. How do you plan to go about bringing them down though? There are a number of people copying my content but what do you do about it? I seem to recall you complaining about splogs copying your content in the past as well but didn’t have an answer to it.

    As a side note, it can be hard to tell the difference between splogs and full text link blogs these days. They both copy content and add nothing except extra links around the content. I’m actually not sure how I’d define the difference.

  4. How do you plan to go about bringing them down though? There are a number of people copying my content but what do you do about it? I seem to recall you complaining about splogs copying your content in the past as well but didn’t have an answer to it.

    As a side note, it can be hard to tell the difference between splogs and full text link blogs these days. They both copy content and add nothing except extra links around the content. I’m actually not sure how I’d define the difference.

  5. Hi. I’m new. I did notice that I am getting “ping-backs” and when I click on them, it is a site that copied my material. Is this what you mean?

    How worried should I be about this type of thing if I am just starting? Does this service cost money?? Cause, I don’t really have any.

    Let me know what I should do. Thanks.

  6. Hi. I’m new. I did notice that I am getting “ping-backs” and when I click on them, it is a site that copied my material. Is this what you mean?

    How worried should I be about this type of thing if I am just starting? Does this service cost money?? Cause, I don’t really have any.

    Let me know what I should do. Thanks.

  7. I see it tracks plagiarism, but their claim that “… tell Sentinel who’s allowed to have your content and who isn’t. Add trusted sites to the white list, others to the black list.” sounds a bit far fetched. How do you suggest the community ‘pull a site down’?

    Also, there are a million sites out there stealing content from Wikipedia, and I don’t see the Wikipedia search results being penalized in Google, to the contrary.

    Nice idea though.

  8. I see it tracks plagiarism, but their claim that “… tell Sentinel who’s allowed to have your content and who isn’t. Add trusted sites to the white list, others to the black list.” sounds a bit far fetched. How do you suggest the community ‘pull a site down’?

    Also, there are a million sites out there stealing content from Wikipedia, and I don’t see the Wikipedia search results being penalized in Google, to the contrary.

    Nice idea though.

  9. Blogger Wisdom

    He has an detailed breakdown of the different revenue channels used by him. He used a combination of Direct Ad Sales, Text Links Ads, Affiliate Sales, Google AdSense, Vibrant IntelliTXT, TTZ Media, FeedBurner Ads, ReviewMe. cobleizer points out a gr…

  10. Robert – interesting. I just registered my blog – but there was no confirmation at all that I was the owner of my blog. Perhaps I could sign up and take over ownership of Scobleizer?

    Really though – they should do something like Analytics or MyBlogLog does – give you code to put in a post or in the root of your web site to verify you are who you say you are.

    Rob

  11. Robert – interesting. I just registered my blog – but there was no confirmation at all that I was the owner of my blog. Perhaps I could sign up and take over ownership of Scobleizer?

    Really though – they should do something like Analytics or MyBlogLog does – give you code to put in a post or in the root of your web site to verify you are who you say you are.

    Rob

  12. Robert – are you sure you weren’t being scammed here (and then getting us scammed?). Nearly every link on this site points back to the index page. No big hope of anything coming from getting right back to a page that does nothing!?!?

    Did you vet this company at all before you linked to it? No being mean – just curious – since it’s very odd you link to a site that seems to offer nothing beyond collecting my email address…

    Rob

  13. Robert – are you sure you weren’t being scammed here (and then getting us scammed?). Nearly every link on this site points back to the index page. No big hope of anything coming from getting right back to a page that does nothing!?!?

    Did you vet this company at all before you linked to it? No being mean – just curious – since it’s very odd you link to a site that seems to offer nothing beyond collecting my email address…

    Rob

  14. Actually, Tony announced this tool about… oh… three or four months ago on another comment thread on Scoble’s blog.

    I had my doubts about it, since there’s no great way of fighting spam just as Bayesian filters fail these days. But Blogwerx was pretty adamant about their “new algorithm” working back then. I’m not saying that their product doesn’t work, but I’m one of the cynical ones that isn’t impressed currently with the “beta” interface that doesn’t work currently.

  15. Actually, Tony announced this tool about… oh… three or four months ago on another comment thread on Scoble’s blog.

    I had my doubts about it, since there’s no great way of fighting spam just as Bayesian filters fail these days. But Blogwerx was pretty adamant about their “new algorithm” working back then. I’m not saying that their product doesn’t work, but I’m one of the cynical ones that isn’t impressed currently with the “beta” interface that doesn’t work currently.

  16. Darmoon – not surprised that it’s not fully functional – but nothing appears to function. And it it’s been four months since you first heard of the, and nothing funtions yet, I’m curious why. And even more curious why Robert links to a site that really isn’t offering anything right now – unless I am just missing the secret hidded link that brings m some functionality? Not trying to be an ass (comes naturally) – but “where’s the beef”?

    Rob

  17. Darmoon – not surprised that it’s not fully functional – but nothing appears to function. And it it’s been four months since you first heard of the, and nothing funtions yet, I’m curious why. And even more curious why Robert links to a site that really isn’t offering anything right now – unless I am just missing the secret hidded link that brings m some functionality? Not trying to be an ass (comes naturally) – but “where’s the beef”?

    Rob

  18. Scoble,

    On the one hand, this service could be handy, must like Akismet and so on.

    On the other hand, you are wrong on so many levels :
    - you said “Any site that copies your stuff in an automated way should be shut down.” : if you believe in this just a second, then don’t post a RSS feed, and make it hard to scrap your web page
    - you also said “one guy created more than 600,000 sites without writing a single word of content” : tell me how your GR shared items fit into that too. Are not you republishing content from others? Sure, the way you view it as, by sharing items, you are intentionally voting for something that may be of interest to your readers. But in REALITY, that would hold true if you were just linking, not republishing their content under Google’s umbrella. Whether you want it or not, you are siding the evil side here too…

    Let me know what you think.

    I too started using GR to share items, but I find it too easy and certainly a lack of respect for the authors behind the posts.

  19. Scoble,

    On the one hand, this service could be handy, must like Akismet and so on.

    On the other hand, you are wrong on so many levels :
    - you said “Any site that copies your stuff in an automated way should be shut down.” : if you believe in this just a second, then don’t post a RSS feed, and make it hard to scrap your web page
    - you also said “one guy created more than 600,000 sites without writing a single word of content” : tell me how your GR shared items fit into that too. Are not you republishing content from others? Sure, the way you view it as, by sharing items, you are intentionally voting for something that may be of interest to your readers. But in REALITY, that would hold true if you were just linking, not republishing their content under Google’s umbrella. Whether you want it or not, you are siding the evil side here too…

    Let me know what you think.

    I too started using GR to share items, but I find it too easy and certainly a lack of respect for the authors behind the posts.

  20. Scoble,

    On the one hand, this service could be handy, much like Akismet and so on.

    On the other hand, you are wrong on so many levels :
    - you said “Any site that copies your stuff in an automated way should be shut down.” : if you believe in this just a second, then don’t post a RSS feed, and make it hard to scrap your web page
    - you also said “one guy created more than 600,000 sites without writing a single word of content” : tell me how your GR shared items fit into that too. Are not you republishing content from others? Sure, the way you view it as, by sharing items, you are intentionally voting for something that may be of interest to your readers. But in REALITY, that would hold true if you were just linking, not republishing their content under Google’s umbrella. Whether you want it or not, you are siding the evil side here too…

    Let me know what you think.

    I too started using GR to share items, but I find it too easy and certainly a lack of respect for the authors behind the posts.

  21. Scoble,

    On the one hand, this service could be handy, much like Akismet and so on.

    On the other hand, you are wrong on so many levels :
    - you said “Any site that copies your stuff in an automated way should be shut down.” : if you believe in this just a second, then don’t post a RSS feed, and make it hard to scrap your web page
    - you also said “one guy created more than 600,000 sites without writing a single word of content” : tell me how your GR shared items fit into that too. Are not you republishing content from others? Sure, the way you view it as, by sharing items, you are intentionally voting for something that may be of interest to your readers. But in REALITY, that would hold true if you were just linking, not republishing their content under Google’s umbrella. Whether you want it or not, you are siding the evil side here too…

    Let me know what you think.

    I too started using GR to share items, but I find it too easy and certainly a lack of respect for the authors behind the posts.

  22. But knowing who steels my content is not everything – and definitely it is not enough to shut down the websites. Example: I know who is steeling our content, I went to the website with lots of Amazon ads and no contacts, I was looking for the owner everywhere and finally had to go to his provider. But that did not help, either. They still steel our posts – even interviews and such (very personal things, I mean).
    So now that I know even earlier – will it actually help me?

  23. But knowing who steels my content is not everything – and definitely it is not enough to shut down the websites. Example: I know who is steeling our content, I went to the website with lots of Amazon ads and no contacts, I was looking for the owner everywhere and finally had to go to his provider. But that did not help, either. They still steel our posts – even interviews and such (very personal things, I mean).
    So now that I know even earlier – will it actually help me?

  24. A first look at Sentinel

    Sentinel is a product of Blogwerx. The point is basically to monitor blog feeds and then takes that content and looks at other feeds on the web. If duplication is found, then Sentinel will send DMCA notices and e-mails…

  25. Rob: I haven’t used it yet, so don’t know how good the service is. I just was reporting the pitch as told to me in the hallway at Demo.

    Svetlana: he claims that Sentinel will help you do a report to the ISP via abuse@ and help get these sites taken down. That’s why this tool was interesting to me.

  26. Rob: I haven’t used it yet, so don’t know how good the service is. I just was reporting the pitch as told to me in the hallway at Demo.

    Svetlana: he claims that Sentinel will help you do a report to the ISP via abuse@ and help get these sites taken down. That’s why this tool was interesting to me.

  27. It’s difficult, isn’t it – we had a run in with a site that published my wife’s poetry (without permission) a year or so back.

    In the end we gave up the fight because they tried to make us jump through 50 hoops to prove the work was hers.

  28. It’s difficult, isn’t it – we had a run in with a site that published my wife’s poetry (without permission) a year or so back.

    In the end we gave up the fight because they tried to make us jump through 50 hoops to prove the work was hers.

  29. >Are not you republishing content from others?

    Not in an automated way. I’m manually picking posts by hand and I don’t repost every post from ANY blog.

    If you are just republishing someone else’s content you should be shut down. That’s like stealing someone else’s homework in high school.

    RSS enables new kinds of services, like TechMeme and RSS readers like Google Reader. Those services add value and don’t just copy a single blogger’s entire content to a new URL and slap Google ads on it.

  30. >Are not you republishing content from others?

    Not in an automated way. I’m manually picking posts by hand and I don’t repost every post from ANY blog.

    If you are just republishing someone else’s content you should be shut down. That’s like stealing someone else’s homework in high school.

    RSS enables new kinds of services, like TechMeme and RSS readers like Google Reader. Those services add value and don’t just copy a single blogger’s entire content to a new URL and slap Google ads on it.

  31. #25: It’s pretty clear that I was “sitting with” and thought it was important to pass along to my audience. Did I say anything about “I use this?” No. Did I say anything about “this has been tested out and vetted?” No. It’s a guy who sat down, gave me a pitch, and I reported it.

    Where’s your blog so I can learn how to do this right?

  32. #25: It’s pretty clear that I was “sitting with” and thought it was important to pass along to my audience. Did I say anything about “I use this?” No. Did I say anything about “this has been tested out and vetted?” No. It’s a guy who sat down, gave me a pitch, and I reported it.

    Where’s your blog so I can learn how to do this right?

  33. “If you are just republishing someone else’s content you should be shut down.”

    Scoble huh? What are GoogleReader shared items if not a way to republish someone else’s content?

    Please tell me you see the difference between this and a simple link.

  34. “If you are just republishing someone else’s content you should be shut down.”

    Scoble huh? What are GoogleReader shared items if not a way to republish someone else’s content?

    Please tell me you see the difference between this and a simple link.

  35. Oh I get it. You say the excuse is that you don’t republish all posts, just some that you pick.

    Yet, you still someone’s audience, since anyone subcribed to your shared items will unlikely click the actual blogger’s post. Hence no chance of ad impressions, no chance of anything. I stand by this, you are stealing.

    I am doing that too, since I also share GoogleReader-based items. But I am reconsidering it because that’s theft.

  36. Oh I get it. You say the excuse is that you don’t republish all posts, just some that you pick.

    Yet, you still someone’s audience, since anyone subcribed to your shared items will unlikely click the actual blogger’s post. Hence no chance of ad impressions, no chance of anything. I stand by this, you are stealing.

    I am doing that too, since I also share GoogleReader-based items. But I am reconsidering it because that’s theft.

  37. Stephane: Are you trying to say “steal” instead of “still?”

    In US copyright law there’s “fair use” which lets you use 10% of someone else’s content. There’s also laws that let Google republish parts of my content on its search engines.

    Also, if anyone who gets on my link blog views it as stealing, they can request I stop doing that and I’ll unsubscribe and not put their stuff on that list.

    Why hasn’t anyone requested that yet? Because everytime I link to something there they get 100 to 2,000 new visitors. Which invalidates your point above.

  38. Stephane: Are you trying to say “steal” instead of “still?”

    In US copyright law there’s “fair use” which lets you use 10% of someone else’s content. There’s also laws that let Google republish parts of my content on its search engines.

    Also, if anyone who gets on my link blog views it as stealing, they can request I stop doing that and I’ll unsubscribe and not put their stuff on that list.

    Why hasn’t anyone requested that yet? Because everytime I link to something there they get 100 to 2,000 new visitors. Which invalidates your point above.

  39. FYI. From http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-fairuse.html

    How much of someone else’s work can I use without getting permission?

    Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. There are no legal rules permitting the use of a specific number of words, a certain number of musical notes, or percentage of a work. Whether a particular use qualifies as fair use depends on all the circumstances. See FL 102, Fair Use, and Circular 21, Reproductions of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians.

  40. FYI. From http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-fairuse.html

    How much of someone else’s work can I use without getting permission?

    Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. There are no legal rules permitting the use of a specific number of words, a certain number of musical notes, or percentage of a work. Whether a particular use qualifies as fair use depends on all the circumstances. See FL 102, Fair Use, and Circular 21, Reproductions of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians.

  41. Steve: yup, and I’ll admit I’m probably on the other side of the line legally. But, again, if people don’t want to be on my link blog, I’ll pull them off.

    And, out of 31,000 items in the past 30 days that have come through my reader I’ve shared about 1,800 of them. So, I’m only using one out of every 10 posts at best.

  42. Steve: yup, and I’ll admit I’m probably on the other side of the line legally. But, again, if people don’t want to be on my link blog, I’ll pull them off.

    And, out of 31,000 items in the past 30 days that have come through my reader I’ve shared about 1,800 of them. So, I’m only using one out of every 10 posts at best.

  43. Robert.. Have you ever tried to go after somebody for copying your content?

    I once had somebody copy an entire site of mine – right down to leaving my email address on the contact page.

    I got his ISP to pull it, and thats when the trouble started.

    The guy filed a police case against me for “harassment” (dropped due to no evidence)

    He then signed my site up for automated click programs trying to get me banned from adsense (and it almost worked had I not emailed Google and told them what was going on)

    He then DDOSed my site, and I was down for an entire week.

    If you ask me, it would have been better to let him copy. How do you fight back against that?

  44. Robert.. Have you ever tried to go after somebody for copying your content?

    I once had somebody copy an entire site of mine – right down to leaving my email address on the contact page.

    I got his ISP to pull it, and thats when the trouble started.

    The guy filed a police case against me for “harassment” (dropped due to no evidence)

    He then signed my site up for automated click programs trying to get me banned from adsense (and it almost worked had I not emailed Google and told them what was going on)

    He then DDOSed my site, and I was down for an entire week.

    If you ask me, it would have been better to let him copy. How do you fight back against that?

  45. Ryan: I don’t have an answer to that.

    One way is to publicly embarrass the guy. But that probably won’t work either.

    I shut down one copier and then six more sites popped right up too.

  46. Ryan: I don’t have an answer to that.

    One way is to publicly embarrass the guy. But that probably won’t work either.

    I shut down one copier and then six more sites popped right up too.

  47. There is such a thing as productive repurposing. It all really depends on what an individual blogger wants done with his content. I’d say Scoble’s link blog falls under productive repurposing.

  48. There is such a thing as productive repurposing. It all really depends on what an individual blogger wants done with his content. I’d say Scoble’s link blog falls under productive repurposing.

  49. I’m Tony Moura, the person that came up with the concept of Sentinel. To answer a few questions that have come up.

    Does Sentinel work as stated Yes. Right now you are registering for the free base version of Sentinel and I should have made the clear. My mistake and this will be corrected. The turn around time for the free solution is 2 weeks. Some feel this is long, but once again it’s a start. So, if you log right back in, there wont be anything there. The shortest amount of time that we have developed into Sentinel for paid tier when we make them available is 24 hours.

    The reason that some buttons don’t work is that being in the free version, and us not being ready to roll out the paid tiers yet. They are visible but not data will be attached to some of them.

    Sentinel is a work in progress. We want feedback, good and bad and will weigh them out and see what we can do.

    When Sentinel was first being developed, the idea that to make it as simple as possible for bloggers to use. Having you cut and paste code to authenticate you as the original blogger placed into each blog post would work, but over time and in some cases when your in a hurry etc., would be that one extra step that would fall by the waste side.

    As far as the black lists and white lists. The concept of their use was developed to be simple as well and offer SOME effectiveness over having nothing . Launching at Demo has already given us some user feedback that is extremely valuable. We can hear what you as the community of bloggers is looking for in such a tool and make it happen if possible and it makes sense.

    I will be the first to admit that Sentinel is not perfect by any means. Yet, it’s a more effective start to combating the problem.

    If there is anything I missed or have not fully address please, post it here or feel free to email me personally tony(at)iwerx.com

    As far as using CVO. When I thought about it. Thats what I basically am and have done. I had the vision for Sentinel, who would need to use it and what I think they needed. I then spoke to a good friend to code it for me. Looking at code gives me a headache. So, a guy with a vision needs to surround himself with people that believe in that vision and are willing to put in a huge number of hours to pull it off.

    Thank You
    Tony Moura – CVO / head bottle washer
    Iwerx

  50. I’m Tony Moura, the person that came up with the concept of Sentinel. To answer a few questions that have come up.

    Does Sentinel work as stated Yes. Right now you are registering for the free base version of Sentinel and I should have made the clear. My mistake and this will be corrected. The turn around time for the free solution is 2 weeks. Some feel this is long, but once again it’s a start. So, if you log right back in, there wont be anything there. The shortest amount of time that we have developed into Sentinel for paid tier when we make them available is 24 hours.

    The reason that some buttons don’t work is that being in the free version, and us not being ready to roll out the paid tiers yet. They are visible but not data will be attached to some of them.

    Sentinel is a work in progress. We want feedback, good and bad and will weigh them out and see what we can do.

    When Sentinel was first being developed, the idea that to make it as simple as possible for bloggers to use. Having you cut and paste code to authenticate you as the original blogger placed into each blog post would work, but over time and in some cases when your in a hurry etc., would be that one extra step that would fall by the waste side.

    As far as the black lists and white lists. The concept of their use was developed to be simple as well and offer SOME effectiveness over having nothing . Launching at Demo has already given us some user feedback that is extremely valuable. We can hear what you as the community of bloggers is looking for in such a tool and make it happen if possible and it makes sense.

    I will be the first to admit that Sentinel is not perfect by any means. Yet, it’s a more effective start to combating the problem.

    If there is anything I missed or have not fully address please, post it here or feel free to email me personally tony(at)iwerx.com

    As far as using CVO. When I thought about it. Thats what I basically am and have done. I had the vision for Sentinel, who would need to use it and what I think they needed. I then spoke to a good friend to code it for me. Looking at code gives me a headache. So, a guy with a vision needs to surround himself with people that believe in that vision and are willing to put in a huge number of hours to pull it off.

    Thank You
    Tony Moura – CVO / head bottle washer
    Iwerx

  51. After reading each one of your comments allow me to explain. I did happen to catch Robert and mention that I had called him very quickly just to get his feedback on the concept. As he’s busy I didn’t want to take up to much of his time.

    I happen to catch Robert in the hall at Demo and was looking for feedback and to let him know that we had launched.

    I will be the first to admit and not shy away from, that there is still additional work that needs to be accomplished with Sentinel. Its core is currently active and running.

    The issue with “What can I copy and what I cant?” Sentinel will show anything it finds to the originating author, its then up to them to figure it out. At the same time just since Demo alone, I have come to realize that a way of placing filters to an extent is needed.

    Most authors / bloggers dont mind if you re-use their content as long as they get the credit as I’m sure most of you would agree.

    Once again, Sentinel is not a fixed solution but will evolve and grow as the blogging community needs it to and it makes sense.

    Tony Moura
    Iwerx

  52. After reading each one of your comments allow me to explain. I did happen to catch Robert and mention that I had called him very quickly just to get his feedback on the concept. As he’s busy I didn’t want to take up to much of his time.

    I happen to catch Robert in the hall at Demo and was looking for feedback and to let him know that we had launched.

    I will be the first to admit and not shy away from, that there is still additional work that needs to be accomplished with Sentinel. Its core is currently active and running.

    The issue with “What can I copy and what I cant?” Sentinel will show anything it finds to the originating author, its then up to them to figure it out. At the same time just since Demo alone, I have come to realize that a way of placing filters to an extent is needed.

    Most authors / bloggers dont mind if you re-use their content as long as they get the credit as I’m sure most of you would agree.

    Once again, Sentinel is not a fixed solution but will evolve and grow as the blogging community needs it to and it makes sense.

    Tony Moura
    Iwerx

  53. Have you tried FeedBurner? They do something called “uncommon uses” that does this already. Why use another product when you can go and check your feed stats and get this there?

  54. Have you tried FeedBurner? They do something called “uncommon uses” that does this already. Why use another product when you can go and check your feed stats and get this there?

  55. Quick thing to note since Tony is taking all of this in stride. Whenever you roll out a product, don’t launch it without the free version working. The guys behind Basecamp teach that in their book which is actually very true.

    You’re committing corporate suicide if you have a paid tiers and your free one has buttons that doesn’t work. Doesn’t instill faith in a product.

    In this sense, if Sentinel was my product, I probably would not have rolled it out. Take the leave, go show it off at DEMO and come back and turn it on when it’s ready. When it’s shown to Scoble, that’s when I was ready to take a look. I’m hoping to see something a bit more mature in the next round from a business perspective.

    Also, the next time for a product launch, get some real beta testers. The reason I say this is because if your beta testers actually “tested”, they would have caught some of these pretty simple issues as explained above. This would have been warning flags for a delayed launch date. Also, some communication on your blog would have been nice if there were some of these issues.

    Regards.

  56. Quick thing to note since Tony is taking all of this in stride. Whenever you roll out a product, don’t launch it without the free version working. The guys behind Basecamp teach that in their book which is actually very true.

    You’re committing corporate suicide if you have a paid tiers and your free one has buttons that doesn’t work. Doesn’t instill faith in a product.

    In this sense, if Sentinel was my product, I probably would not have rolled it out. Take the leave, go show it off at DEMO and come back and turn it on when it’s ready. When it’s shown to Scoble, that’s when I was ready to take a look. I’m hoping to see something a bit more mature in the next round from a business perspective.

    Also, the next time for a product launch, get some real beta testers. The reason I say this is because if your beta testers actually “tested”, they would have caught some of these pretty simple issues as explained above. This would have been warning flags for a delayed launch date. Also, some communication on your blog would have been nice if there were some of these issues.

    Regards.

  57. I think that this is a good idea, but I’m not sure I understand how this will actually work. I have had content stolen from me, verbatim. And the blog did have ads everywhere. This was from one of my high traffic posts, and needless to say, I was not very pleased. However, it does not seem to have affected my page rank on the topic which happens to be #1 on Google.

    I think actually, it was the entire contents of a particular tag I use, which obviously has a feed on wordpress.com

    I like the idea of busting someone who steals content. This is plagiarism and should never be tolerated, even if it doesn’t generate ad money. The principle of it is just as significant, so I can see where you are coming from, Scoble. This practice is illegal for one thing. Any writer knows that not only is this unethical, but it will shame you forever in the world of intelligentsia.

    I am just curious though how this will actually get anyone shut down from a blacklist.

    Nevertheless, this was a good post, if at least for the sake of concept and/or theory. Perhaps Automatic ought to look into offering something like this.

  58. I think that this is a good idea, but I’m not sure I understand how this will actually work. I have had content stolen from me, verbatim. And the blog did have ads everywhere. This was from one of my high traffic posts, and needless to say, I was not very pleased. However, it does not seem to have affected my page rank on the topic which happens to be #1 on Google.

    I think actually, it was the entire contents of a particular tag I use, which obviously has a feed on wordpress.com

    I like the idea of busting someone who steals content. This is plagiarism and should never be tolerated, even if it doesn’t generate ad money. The principle of it is just as significant, so I can see where you are coming from, Scoble. This practice is illegal for one thing. Any writer knows that not only is this unethical, but it will shame you forever in the world of intelligentsia.

    I am just curious though how this will actually get anyone shut down from a blacklist.

    Nevertheless, this was a good post, if at least for the sake of concept and/or theory. Perhaps Automatic ought to look into offering something like this.

  59. Scoble said “everytime I link to something there they get 100 to 2,000 new visitors. Which invalidates your point above.”

    Ah ah! I have to laugh my ass off. And how many visitors did you get on your “link” blog for that? 100,000?

    I can tell you the kind of visits you bring, since you linked (that was a simple link) to my blog months ago when I wondered what was going on when googling your name. I can give you the results : that day I got 500 new visits. And next day they were all gone, despite the fact that I had posted a number of follow-ups (including answers to Matt Cutts who took the time to send a comment).

    In other words, your reasoning does not fly.

    You are taking the lion’s share of it all.

    Stealer.

    What an hypocrit. You are the one complaining that others steal your content…

    Ah ah!!!

  60. Scoble said “everytime I link to something there they get 100 to 2,000 new visitors. Which invalidates your point above.”

    Ah ah! I have to laugh my ass off. And how many visitors did you get on your “link” blog for that? 100,000?

    I can tell you the kind of visits you bring, since you linked (that was a simple link) to my blog months ago when I wondered what was going on when googling your name. I can give you the results : that day I got 500 new visits. And next day they were all gone, despite the fact that I had posted a number of follow-ups (including answers to Matt Cutts who took the time to send a comment).

    In other words, your reasoning does not fly.

    You are taking the lion’s share of it all.

    Stealer.

    What an hypocrit. You are the one complaining that others steal your content…

    Ah ah!!!

  61. By no means am I taking any of this in stride. My stomach has been in a pretzel since Demo.

    I will be the first to admit that there are some things on the interface that should function but don’t as of yet.

    I just brought on another developer to help address these issues as quickly as we can get to them.

    Although you cant see it, the underlying core of Sentinel is in operation.

    We’ll address the issues that have come up and hopefully some of the concerns that go along with them.

  62. By no means am I taking any of this in stride. My stomach has been in a pretzel since Demo.

    I will be the first to admit that there are some things on the interface that should function but don’t as of yet.

    I just brought on another developer to help address these issues as quickly as we can get to them.

    Although you cant see it, the underlying core of Sentinel is in operation.

    We’ll address the issues that have come up and hopefully some of the concerns that go along with them.

  63. Can Blogwerx Stop Splogs Stealing Your Content?

    I’m amazed sometimes by how many sites are out there who have copied my content. Occasionally I even see some of my better articles re-appear on sites like digg.com. I’d love to be able to stop this and hopefully Blogwerx is a step in the…

  64. I didn’t see that anyone else picked up on this…you referred to your relative your “mom’s sister” a couple times. I thought we called those our ‘aunts.’ Not sure why that jumped out at me, I guess I just like aunt because it sounds more endearing.

    Ahoy!

  65. I didn’t see that anyone else picked up on this…you referred to your relative your “mom’s sister” a couple times. I thought we called those our ‘aunts.’ Not sure why that jumped out at me, I guess I just like aunt because it sounds more endearing.

    Ahoy!

  66. Is this working yet? I see “Currently parsing 19835 sources” when I log in, up from the 200-300 a day or two ago. The blog has an entry saying “sorry, not quite there yet,” and my blog hasn’t been parsed yet (submitted just over 14x24hrs ago).

    Anyone seeing results yet? I was kind of excited (and a bit disappointed to have to wait two weeks in the first place!)

  67. Is this working yet? I see “Currently parsing 19835 sources” when I log in, up from the 200-300 a day or two ago. The blog has an entry saying “sorry, not quite there yet,” and my blog hasn’t been parsed yet (submitted just over 14x24hrs ago).

    Anyone seeing results yet? I was kind of excited (and a bit disappointed to have to wait two weeks in the first place!)