Last September I blogged about Bitacle and how they were stealing people’s blog content and making money from it. The “fix” I recommended was to stop publishing full-posts in your feed and just publish the first few sentences.
I was wrong, and here’s why
I do all my blog reading in a feed reader. When I come to a post that only shows me the first little bit of it, I almost NEVER click over to the web site to see the rest. This means that unless your first sentence is the most compelling thing I have EVER read, I will never see what you’re writing.
I figure I can’t be the only one who feels this way, and I write in the public so that others will read what I write. If I didn’t want anyone to read this, I’d just toil away on the longest Word document in history and save it to my hard drive.
To get readers, give them something to read
You may ask how I deal with the sites that steal my content, stick ads on it, don’t give me credit or money, and get away with it? Well, I don’t. I just don’t worry about it. There will always be assholes out there, and there’s nothing I can do about it.
And I value my readers time more than I hate sploggers.