Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Being a 349th tier blogger has its advantages. I’m sitting on the sidelines for the big blogger beatdown of cut-and-paste thieves. I’m basically ignorant of the profit-making aspects of websites, banner ads, affiliates, and all those other interwebby thingies, so my interest is purely voyeuristic. Well, some of it is educational… Like I said, I’m still learning how clicking on someone’s banner ad earns them $.000001 or how click-thrus work. Anyway, to show how 20th century I am, I only recently started using SharpReader as a blog aggregator (is that what it’s called?), mainly so I can read blogs at work without having splashy artwork plastered on my “work” computer whenever my boss might decide to visit my cubicle.

I get pissed off at work when I finish a project and someone else takes credit for the idea and effort without giving me some credit. So I know I’d be irritated if someone was profiting from my words and thoughts without my permission. But are they actually profiting? I mean, it’ll take a shitload of clicks before they make their first dollar for their effort, won’t it? And don’t most bloggers/readers use aggregators, or at worst, follow someone else’s blogroll? I can’t imagine that pokerplagiarists.com (or whatever they’re called) gets a significant amount of random traffic or even search engine traffic… Is it the principle or the money? Or both?

I guess poker bloggers are beyond the stage where “any attention is good attention”. Now, poker bloggers (I hesitate to say “we”, lest I include myself in a much bigger phenomenon) are a big enough target to start attracting the parasites who like to profit from the latest greatest crazes and fads. These content-thieves probably also squat on domains, sell Amway and phone cards to foreigners, and have scrapbooking parties; anything to make a buck, quickly and with minimal labor. They are the high-tech equivalent to the Antiques Roadshow garage sale scrounges, trying to find someone’s else junk, buy it for nothing, and sell it for a profit. And they don’t even have to leave their mom’s basement to do it.


At 3:37 PM, Blogger TenMile said...

Some of those clicks are chain linked; where one clicks, posts a link to his site the original gets credit for both at prime and secondary.

Ah. I remembered -- Multi Tiered Marketing.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger Scott Chaffin said...

A) It's the principle of stomping all bugs you can, when you can.

B) Don't be so modest...it's unbecoming.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Scott said...

Not what I was searching for, but none the less and interesting blog here. Thanks for putting it up. I've enjoyed reading alot of the text here. I got you bookmarked for the future, I'll be back.

My site is a bit different, some think it's odd. I guess it's a matter how you look at it. I have a close to my heart scrapbooking related site. Most of the articles are on close to my heart scrapbooking.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Smallman said...

Hey, I was searching blogs, and came onto yours, and I like it. I kinda landed here on accident while searching for something esle, but nice blog.. I got you bookmarked.

If you got time , go visit my site, it´s about scrapbooking template. It pretty much covers scrapbooking template and other similar topics available.

At 4:06 AM, Blogger The Gambler said...

You have an interesting blog here. Some of the things people put are kind of strange...

Anyway, I like your blog and will proably be back.

Take care.

P.S. Another cool site I like is a affiliate marketing marketing online site that is about information marketing and a little other stuff.


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