Not too long ago I found out that an article from this site had been fully copied and republished in another site, right after being published in mine. And it wasn’t too difficult to discover. True as it is that we bloggers love being read, I don’t usually fuss too much about my search engine ranking or how quickly each of my new entries gets indexed. So what actually happened was that a couple of days after having published my entry, I just Googled some few related keywords. And what I saw wasn’t really nice:
My article was ranking in the first position, but published on a different site; whereas the one published on mine was ranking third with exactly the same content. Of course, I entered the plagiarist’s site straight away and had the chance of seeing each and every of my words fully reproduced from top to bottom. I must admit anyway that I was far from being the only one who had had the honour of being entirely copied. Together with my article, there were dozens of others which had been written all over the world in different languages.
One remarkable feature of this shitty site was that it didn’t make the slightest reference to the real authors or the original location of the content. Quite the contrary, the site owner shamelessly attributed authorship to himself. Other than that, every entry in his messy blog displayed lots of associated tags with keywords, and there was Adsense code pasted all around.
The address of the site was: xavl.com, with header: “Sharing articles relevant to you”. The funny bastard…
A quick research about this site gave the following:
Domain owner: Khushwant Singh (please, do not mistake him for the Indian writer and journalist)
Address: 2371 Robert Gabriel Dr
Tracy, California 95377
Domain Registrar: Godaddy
Hosting Provider: OneAndOne
I wouldn’t be surprised though if any of his “whois” details were false, so that this guy would be infringing even more laws.
Apart from the above, it seems that this poor parasite also owns a small company called “Ellite Group Inc”, located in Tracy (California). Be as it may, further investigation seems to reveal that the “professional activities” of Mr. Singh basically consist in stealing Internet content, getting Google Adsense income and speculating with domains.
Or, to be more specific: He usually owns several different domains, for which he regularly creates and erases different sites whose content is stolen from elsewhere. That content is copied from blogs and dynamic sites through software that allows him to get those entries indexed in his site before the original ones. The automated criterion he uses as for what content to steal is determined through a combination of business related keywords, according to which he aims at maximizing his Adsense income.
The result of this is that he is earning money thanks to other people’s work, whereas the creators of the original content are severely penalized by that sinister organisation called Google, on the grounds of “duplicated content”. But if all that weren’t enough, it happens that Mr. Khushwant Singh’s procedures, combined with Google’s policies, are boosting the value of his different domains, which are permanently for sale. The sole precaution he usually needs to take is to periodically delete the content of his sites, just to start all over again shortly after.
So once I gathered sufficient data about this bastard, I decided to take my own measures, one of which was to send him an email ordering him to immediately erase my content from his crappy site and warning him about the eventual consequences of his “professional activities”. And the thing is that he replied to me straight away. Here goes what he wrote:
“Bullshit. I’m not causing you any harm. I was just doing few tests with WordPress. I just needed some content in order to do tests. You wouldn’t even find out if I hadn’t pinged you. Anyways deleted. Not just your article but whole site. I think you’ve been funny enough. Bookmark my site in case I harm you in future”.
This is a wonderful proof indeed that you can get some wonderful Google Adsense income despite being a criminal bastard with a lower-intermediate IQ.
But anyway, maybe I am being too hard on Mr. Khushwant Singh. Shouldn’t I rather complain about Google? In the end, this corporation is not only rewarding people like him, but also punishing my site in an outrageous manner. But Google is quite right, because why the fuck should they care that I was the one who wrote the article and published it in the first place? What really matters is who Google indexes first. And, who would possibly question that infallible technology which has reputed this corporation as the world’s most efficient and perverse censor?
In any case, as regards Mr. Khushwant Singh, I rather feel a hint of compassion for him: Just a pathetic fool trying to find his place as a tiny parasite within the Google parallel universe. The only thing he doesn’t know yet is how funny I can get to be in certain circumstances… And, my word, I can be extremely funny.