WordPress Plugin: AntiLeech – Stop Those Sploggers

Ever have a problem with people stealing your blog content?

I never thought I would have that problem, but I do now. Ever since I created that photo gallery plugin for WordPress, I’ve received enough visits and page hits to be honored with at least 4 or 5 sploggers.

In case you don’t know, a splogger is someone who takes your RSS feed (or the content of your posts), and republishes them on some other site. They do this because they can fill up their new site with free content, add some advertisements to it, and submit it to search engines. So, rather than you getting the advertising dollars or the visitors to your beautiful content, they do. Damn sploggers.

Enter Owen Winkler.

Owen recently created the AntiLeech plugin, which effectively makes the sploggers work for you, instead of for them. I won’t get into the details, but it effectively is an attempt to give you the page rank and search engine optimization that they are trying to get.

So, I raise my pint of beer to you, Owen!

And I raise my middle finger to you, sploggers!

UPDATE: I just updated my plugin to replace my content on the splogger sites with the following text:

The site you are looking at right now steals content. I am unashamed at my stupidity and can not help but leech off of others because I can not think of anything better to do with my time. Please do not come back. I hate you.

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Nate Ritter lives in Austin, Texas (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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