February 15, 2011

New restriction on non-original articles

Filed under: Uncategorized — rcondron @ 2:10 am

Over the years we have been seeing a steady increase of blogs that re-post other websites articles (we refer to it as canned content). We over looked this for a long time, but have finally decided that will no longer circulate these so called blogs.

Is my blog at risk of being blocked?
If you write your posts yourself then no. We will be verifying original articles by running web searches for the same content. If your content repeatedly shows up from several different sources then your blog will be blocked.

What if my blog posts are just pictures and not actual articles?
We are only looking at actual text articles.

Will one article re-post get my blog blocked?
No we will run multiple searches on multiple posts before blocking any URL.

Will I be notified if my blog is blocked?
No, you know if you are not writing your own content and can just assume you are already blocked 🙂

How do I report other so called blogs that are posting canned content?
You can report these blogs by clicking the “Block this URL” icon just to the right of the “Currently Reading” text box.


As usual if you have any questions, please feel free to either leave a comment or email us at support [at]


  1. Excellent idea. There are several “blogs” I see in the cycle that are nothing but video postings. While they sometimes provide interesting content – which fosters ideas – they require little effort on the blog owner’s part.

    Comment by Daniel James Wood — February 15, 2011 @ 2:14 am

  2. I think that is awesome!

    Comment by mynakedbokkie — February 15, 2011 @ 5:20 am

  3. I think that is awesome!

    Comment by mynakedbokkie — February 15, 2011 @ 5:20 am

  4. As always, you are completely on top of things. Excellent work!

    Comment by Norman — February 15, 2011 @ 9:44 am

  5. I video blog and trust me its more work than writing.

    Comment by Poppi — February 15, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    • I think Dan is referring to blogs that just post youtube videos (i.e. other people’s content). I can imagine true video blogging can be incredibly time consuming.

      Comment by rcondron — February 15, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

      • That is correct. Those who create their own videos do put a lot of effort into it. I was indeed referring to the youtube regurgitations that permeate the web. Those are usually banned by many traffic exchanges.

        Comment by Daniel James Wood — February 15, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

  6. I am facing a problem with certain blogs that ‘pushes’ me out of the queue at Blogsurfer.

    I mean, the Blogsurfer url have been replaced by the blog’s url and I have to key in blogsurfer all over again.

    Am I the only one facing this?

    Comment by DC — February 23, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    • I haven’t experienced that particular issue but I am seeing a significant increase in the number of “spam” comments.

      Comment by David (1MereMortal) — February 23, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    • We do our best to find and block these blogs, unfortunately they do slip by every once in a while… you can always email us the URL if you come across one.

      support [at]

      Comment by rcondron — February 24, 2011 @ 5:39 am

  7. What if you are quoting another article? Will you be blocked? Sometimes I base my blogs on one that I read as a response or opinion and add quotes from the original article.

    Comment by Nicole Sattler — March 2, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    • That’s fine 🙂 since we are checking reported blogs manually at this point we will be able to see the original content. Every once in a while a blog will get blocked in error. If this happens simply email us the URL and we will promptly recheck/unblock the blog.

      Comment by rcondron — March 3, 2011 @ 6:46 am

  8. What if it is the same person posting their same original content on this site and on another site as well?

    Comment by lesser angel — March 4, 2011 @ 1:59 am

    • That to would be fine, since the content would probably only show up in a couple places when searched for. Most non-original content blogs copy content from main stream sources or article distribution sites. This means their content is typically found on dozens of sites making them easy to identify.

      Comment by rcondron — March 4, 2011 @ 6:10 am

  9. What if it is the same person posting from local online newspapper their same original content on this site and on another site as well and give credit to the original author and also backlink.
    new to blog

    Comment by TESLAMARIn V1.0 — March 12, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    • We typically check multiple posts and find that the site owner has copied articles from all over the web… typically not from the same source. That being said, if your blog ever does get blocked and you believe that it shouldn’t be, simply email us and we can check it out. support [at]

      We try to thoroughly check each blog that gets reported and very few of those reported actually get blocked. We do our best to offer timely personable support so feel free to email us any time with your questions, comments, or concerns.

      Take care,


      Comment by rcondron — March 14, 2011 @ 8:28 am

      • That is something else. What if you are the author of syndicated content and you want to use that on your own blog? Or what if you are a prolific blogger who sometimes posts the same original content on message boards (like Topix) and perhaps multiple blogs they host? Sometimes articles run cross-genre and are acceptable in multiple places.

        Comment by Purple Girl — April 9, 2011 @ 3:19 am

  10. Google blogspot has the most generous options for allowing bloggers to post a small portion of the most current article from other blogs.

    So even though a blog may look like it is copying material from other blogs, all it is doing is providing a short excerpt and if someone clicks on that excerpt it goes to the actual blog.

    Other than that issue, I think it is great that others are cracking down on copiers who don’t provide links back to the originating material.

    Comment by SWARM the BANKS — March 19, 2011 @ 6:54 am

  11. The only problem is that certain types of genres make use of recycled content. What about joke and humor blogs? While some who host such blogs have talent, most blogs of that genre are spin-offs and recompilations of existing content.

    And single purpose blogs might run into this too. If my idea is to pull together as much related content as possible in a genre where there isn’t much, and I don’t want the pages to be bare, then I may embed the most relevant YouTube videos.

    So we have to distinguish between garbage blogs (word salad – often machine generated, illegible, fake search engines, hosting pages, 404 pages, spam), blatant plagiarism blogs, and interesting compilations that outsource the content. I think there is a place for the latter, even if not here.

    I do think maybe blogs which allow rampant content spam should be disallowed. If they let the spammers take over, then they aren’t updating or taking care of the blog either. AWOL bloggers could get hacked (particularly if they host the blogging software on their own rented space), and never know about it. This is bad enough of a problem on commercial news sites, where most of the comments “about the stories” are about where to get impotence pills, diet pills, handbags, shoes, counterfeit merchandise, and phony degrees.

    Comment by Purple Girl — April 9, 2011 @ 3:16 am

  12. I’m so glad you brought this to the forefront as it reduces time spent on reviewing blogs. I also appreciate the comments here by fellow bloggers as they answer many questions I have. With that said, I’d like to add something that I find spammers are doing to blogs…they are posting what looks like legitimate comments on posts, but in reality, they are just promoting their own products/site with links to their company sites. I have seen some on my blog and will not publish these comments because of it. Thank you for hosting our blogs so professionally. It’s where one can go to get a wealth of great information on a vast array of topics in one place. Thank you!!!

    Comment by QueenBee — April 9, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    • I agree with you. People will post saying they agree, and they include their link. It is something that has been happening for so long. Online groups, Yahoo! Answers, news stories, etc. It is all the same story, posting fake content that looks real or false agreement and attaching their URL.

      In moderated forums, they pretend to be former members, pretend to love the topic, etc.

      Comment by Donna Reiser — April 20, 2011 @ 7:28 am

  13. So true. Totally agree with you.

    Comment by SidharthRaja — April 11, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

  14. What happens if you have a couple different blogs on different websites but it is indeed your very own stuff?

    Comment by laylady — April 14, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    • Since all of our checks are currently manual, we can typically tell if you pull your content from a mainstream site or if you wrote it yourself.

      Comment by rcondron — April 21, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

  15. what’s the best way to give full credit to an author? I put the authors name and the link to the article. Is that cool enough?

    Comment by Chris Camp — April 29, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    • Good enough for us… you may want to check with the original author before posting his material at length though.

      Comment by rcondron — June 29, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

  16. In addition to my own blog content I include ticker content from a newspaper, and from my own twitter account (which means that it’s actually my own content), as well as posting my own youtube videos – but my blog keeps getting blocked. Might it be that the reporting system is being abused?

    Comment by coffeepercolator — May 3, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    • Hey there,

      We have noticed some miss-use of the reporting system, but we are very active in monitoring which blogs get blocked. That being said we are still human and do miss some blogs that shouldn’t have been blocked. If this is the case for you please simply email us your blog URL for review: support [at]

      Nothing fancy required 🙂 “Please review: … ” will suffice. We will be sure to get back to you ASAP and unblock your blog if warranted.

      thanks for contacting us, and I apologize the delayed response.

      Comment by rcondron — June 29, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

  17. It looks to me that you are saying you do not have a problem with “read here” or “link” embedded within my own discussion of a topic if I want my readers to have the source of my ideas available?

    Comment by Carl — May 20, 2011 @ 12:14 am

    • Hey Carl,

      We definitely have no problem with you linking / quoting (even extensively) non-original content.

      The main thing we are trying to crack down on is fake blogs that pull articles from other websites in an attempt to steal ad revenue with their blog.

      Please email us if you have any further questions.

      Comment by rcondron — June 29, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

  18. You just made Blog Surfer far more relevant. This may be the single best thing you can do to help stop the spam/clutter. Thank you.

    Comment by ttoes — August 11, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

  19. HI, I am concerned that I have submitted my blog twice in error and this has put my blog on a spam list because I am getting no visits to my site at all and I got plenty until recently. How can I check if this is so?

    Comment by edenbray — January 23, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    • Hi there,

      Our system actually automatically removes duplicate entries and moves your blog to the top of the blogroll each time you post it. A good way to keep a consistent flow of traffic is to periodically re-submit your blog to the blogroll, or simply click your “move-me-up” widget.

      Hope this helps!

      Comment by rcondron — January 25, 2012 @ 3:41 am

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