Just Another WordPress Blog…

You may have seen these blogs. Their tagline says, “Just another WordPress Blog…”, their unoriginal content comes from everywhere else, and it looks lonely as no author appears identified in the blog. Some of these blogs have RSS, XML, and robots doing much of the work.
These blogs often don’t have ads, so why bother? Why put energy into setting it up? What’s the catch? Drive up the search results — but why?
Many other blogs of a similar nature with inappropriate titles and tags do the same thing. These sites show up in your list of sites linking to you even though the articles and blog entries you write have nothing to do with X-rated topics.
What do the creators of these sites think they’ll get out of connecting to irrelevant articles? If someone searches for “writing” and ends up at one of these places, then these sites think they’ll hook a new reader. But what are the chances of that? It wastes bandwidth and they’re unlikely to have good results for non-X-rated keywords with so many high quality sites out there creating original content.

3 thoughts on “Just Another WordPress Blog…”

  1. After I posted this, I received my weekly Publicity tips newsletter that addresses this very same topic! Here’s an excerpt:

    What to do?

    Ignore it. That’s what all the article experts I’ve contacted are doing.

    Rebecca Morgan, editor of SpeakerNetNews, the excellent ezine for speakers at http://www.SpeakerNetNews.com, gives the best explanation I’ve seen:

    “Stopping this would be a full-time job. There is no way to contact the owner from the site, so you have to look them up in Whois.com. They are often located in Eastern European countries or Asia. Emailing them gets no response. Contacting their ISP to take down the site will just mean they’ll be live from another site the next day.”

    Eric Gruber of http://www.ArticleMarketingExperts.com agrees.

    “I’ve been getting a lot of questions like that lately. And I tell them that if their articles are on About.com and
    MarketingProfs.com, what are they worried about? These other sites do not generate traffic from their prospects.”

    Good point. Besides, what are the chances a prospect would email you and point out to you that your article appeared on a yucky site where they were lurking? If they did read your article and click through to your website and maybe even buy something, their money is as good as anybody else’s.

    Reprinted from “The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week,” an ezine featuring tips, tricks and tools for generating free publicity. Subscribe at http://www.publicityhound.com/ and receive by email the handy list “89 Reasons to Send a News Release.”

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  2. And then on the other hand are “splogs” (I think the term is) that only feature Google adsense and nothing else, aside from a blog title consisting of keywords or made up of popular search engine terms!

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