Are you finding your feeds being mashed up by sploggers(Content thieves)? There are millions of blogs around and the ratio of splogs to original articles are pretty high in the blogosphere.(Is it so high that it should be called splogosphere?)
There is nothing wrong in any two bloggers writing on the same topic.For example, if I write about an interesting tool,it doesn’t mean that another blogger who writes about it is a splogger, as long as he writes it in his own words and expresses his own opinion in the article.But if the other blogger copies the same content or mashes up my feed content on his blog, then he is a splogger.
Blogs that syndicate full RSS feeds, seem to be main content source for these sploggers.They either mashup or misuse such fully syndicated content.But fully syndicated RSS feeds and subscription numbers are very vital promotional tools for bloggers.Many prefer to syndicate RSS feed in full, as this definitely increases the number of genuine subscribers.
Many sploggers create their mashups using yahoo pipes.Though sploggers cannot be fully prevented from stealing content,there is a way to prevent such sploggers from mashing up your blog’s feeds using yahoo pipes.
- Logon to your feed burner account
- Go to Publicize tab of your blog’s fleed
- Click “No Index service listed at the bottom of “Services” list on the left pane.
- Check “Indicate that your feed should not be used by Yahoo Pipes” option
Google now owns Feedburner and they give this option to control your feeds.But for some reason this option is available only against Yahoo Pipes.But mashing up content is still achievable with Google’s own google Reader.