24 October 2005

CnP Blogging Finally Seen as a Threat - Google Adsense

The blogsphere is very well verse with the term CnP (Cut n Paste) blogger. To most of us this phenomenais further enchanced by the presence of Google Adsense plus the birth of a numbers of "PROBLOGGERS". This of coz leading to the birth of many many more "gadgets blogs" that mushroomED for the sole purpose of capturing adsense income.

Lately, I received an email studying this whole matter in depth. Very interesting findings so I thot i mau share with everyone lar! So this post got nothing funny wan so dont even look for the punch line ok ? lol!

they are saying something like CnP for adsense is actually a fraud or something lidat ... goan read for yourself la !

Splogs +
Scraping + AdSense = Fraud

By Jim Hedger (c) 2005, StepForth News Editor,
StepForth Placement Inc.

The other day, an article appeared in Search Engine Journal suggesting webmasters monetize their sites using Google AdSense. While the article neglected to mention an alternative webmaster advertising program offered by Yahoo Search Marketing, the idea of using one's website as a commercial medium (if possible or practical) makes good sense and can provide a minor side-income. Such minor side-incomes are often the first ingredients in making the gravy craved by all small business owners.

Since the advent of Google's AdWords grassroots distribution program, AdSense, several webmasters have built businesses out of taking content off of other people's websites and using that content to build pages designed specifically to attract ad-clicks. As the average commission earned by sites running AdSense generated advertising is approximately $20/month, webmasters working this type of scheme need to create hundreds, if not thousands of pages to make a living. In order to create those pages and attract ad-clicking visitors, content must be created, begged, borrowed, or most commonly, simply stolen. Known as Splogs, these sites only exist to game Google in one way or another, mostly for monëy but also for increased search rankings or as a means of manipulating search spiders.

Splogs most often get their content by scraping, the process of sending an electronic copying bot to take everything it sees, recreating it on an unlimïted number of instänt documents. By running advertising generated through the AdSense program, the owners of the splogs make monëy when visitors clïck on the ads. In other words, literally millïons of instänt sites have sprung up over the past twelve months, most of which are free-hosted. Blogs, containing content scraped out from the original sites.

Before continuing, I would like to make it clear that there are several publications that request permission to reprint content. That's ok. Chances are, this article is being read in one of those publications. Online business runs on such agreements.

Splogs are bad business and the practice is finally getting the notice it deserves. Several search heavyweights have weighed in on Splogs over the past two weeks and a flame-war (the virtual equivalent of fisticuffs) broke out between members of two well-known SEO/SEM forums. As a result, the practice of producing AdSense revenues from stolen content on spammy sites got a little bit harder, starting today.

Matt Cutts, Google's sp@m fighter and quality assurance czar, has taken an obvious and positive interest in Splogs. In the SEO/SEM community, Cutts' name is as widely known as Page, Brin, and even Gates' names are. Cutts is "the man" when it comes to explaining the state of Google's various indexes and how they work. He is referred to as the Chief Sp@m Fighter at Google. In a posting to his Gadgets, Google, and SEO blog last week, Cutts invites Google users to report Splogs displaying AdSense driven advertising.

"You see a low-quality site that is running AdSense
If you run across a site that you consider spammy and it has AdSense on it, clïck on the "Ads by Goooooogle" link and clïck "Send Google your thoughts on the ads you just saw". Enter the words spamreport and jagger1 in the comments field."

The name, "Jagger1" is the reference name given the Google algorithm update that is currently causing the present shuffling of Google's search results.

Splog fraud is a big problem for Google and a growing concern for the other major search advertising providers such as Yahoo Search Marketing, and MSN. It is also a problem for others working on the Internet. The way content is taken from one site and replicated to dozens of others can cause no end to technical and financial issues for honest webmasters. Content, incidentally, is not always limited to what the viewer sees on the screen. Stolen content often includes source-code and as anyone familiar with code can tell you, there's a lot of domain and document specific information embedded in source-code.

Over at Search Engine Journal, a funny posting shows how one poorly executed scrape made an honest webmaster afraid of being branded a click-fraud artist by Google. After scraping the site, the splog-artist apparently forgot to remove the AdSense code from the stolen content. That's how the honest webmaster found out he had been stolen from. He was moved to contact Google before his AdSense account status was affected. If the webmaster hadn't been paying attention, he might have been badly branded by Google, burned by someone else's scam.

That's not the only way that scrappers could adversely affect honest webmasters however. The content webmasters create, or have created for them, is the attraction that prompts visitors to their sites. Attracting lots of site visitors is a pretty important step to making monëy from AdSense or the Yahoo Publishing Network. If someone is stealing that content, they are also stealing potential visitors. For the webmaster, that content represents investmënt. For the content creator, it represents product. Either way, the scraping of content is theft.

The stolen product is then used to create what is essentially duplicate content on another site. Duplication of content can have an adverse effect on the search engine placement of all documents containing the similar items. Imagine losing your placements because someone else took the material you laboured over. Fortunately, Google's historic record of documents is fairly good at weeding through which source first displayed specific content.

Search engines have several other reasons to be concerned about splogs. As many of them are created using the free-blog software offered and hosted by most of the major search engines, the proliferation of so many splogs consumes a lot of resources. They also gum up search results with sites not actually relevant to search engine users. Lastly, they devalue the legitïmate uses of blogs as communications and marketing tools, which might lead future blog readers or users away from the growing blogosphere. Citizen's publishing is seen as a major revenue source for both Google and Yahoo. Having invested so much time, energy and monëy into the establishment of blogs, the major search engines would be loath to let their investments go the way of the dodos without a fight.

Nöw that the web development community is talking about the issue in earnest, some forms of protections might evolve. As it stands currently, there is little a webmaster can do to protect his or her content from being stolen for profït. You can use Copyscape to see if your material has been nabbed but after doing that, there is little one can do except write angry letters to the thief and a lawyer.

Google is inviting users and webmasters to report splogs running AdSense whenever they are seen. In a just universe, not only would the AdSense accounts of those scrappers be closed, their bank accounts would be emptied after Google sues them for fraud.

About The Author
Jim Hedger is a writer, speaker and search engine marketing expert based in Victoria BC. Jim writes and edits full-time for StepForth and is also an editor for the Internet Search Engine Database. He has worked as an SEO for over 5 years and welcomes the opportunïty to share his experience through interviews, articles and speaking engagements. He can be reached at jimhedger@stepforth.com.


  1. Now this is a good example of CnP ... *running awayyyyyy*

  2. Wah lau, what a long post. Guess U hate CnP bloggers a lot. Hahha...

  3. inevitable : i didnt make any money from it what ???!!! nyeh nyeh nyeh!!

    frostier : its bout what ??

    bryan : i hate CnP bloggers ? where did that comes from ? I just wanna tip them off so they know how to avoid being banned by Google :P


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