Steve Rubel, master blogger (www.micropersuasion.com), cites a great article on 16 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog, by John Percy. Since Denise and I wrote an article by the same name, I checked it out. Well, it was our great article, the very same as appears on page 103 of our ebook, Build a Better Blog.
Checking further, the blog where Steve found the post turns out to be a "splog", a blog that reprints copy on the web in hopes of generating key word traffic, supposedly for spam purposes. That blog doesn’t allow comments, so my investigation hit a dead end.
So I left a comment to Steve. He is an ethical sort who writes one of the best blogs around and would never misrepresent or misquote, at least not intentionally. I found other comments indicating that the so-called author John Percy has nothing to do with the blog that printed the article.
This is the first time I’ve heard about a ‘splog’ and I’m only guessing at the definition.
In any case, John Percy, wherever you are, I hope you’ll speak up and let Steve and his huge readership know that proper credit to this article belong to The Blog Squad, yours truly and Denise Wakeman.
Plagarism is up there with imitation as a form of flattery. My guess is that the Blogosphere will cry ‘foul’ and sort this out in a matter of a few days. Blogs and bloggers like to set the records straight and are able to do so fast, fast, fast.
What about you, dear readers? Have you been ‘splogged’ yet?