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CYBERSPACE LABS, 27 June — No one knows less about content scraping than me, so hopefully someone out there can explain what I’m looking at. As you know, we’re all excited about Kathleen Cool joining the “salon” (author team) here at iRez. She made her first post on Monday, I left a comment on it on Tuesday, and today a curious website “DAILY SERPS: Your Daily Dose of SEO” has scraped the comment and used it as text with a cheesecakey lingerie babe photo.
I get it when Facebook “scrapes” your data to sell to marketers. I get it when “Girls Around Me” mashes up Facebook & Foursquare data to make an app. Recently someone scraped my whole Thomas Kinkade obituary, photos and all, which made some sense, ok, free article. I get Comment Spam too, where robots or humans like Mechanical Turkers leave nonsensical comments in an effort to get “free” linksback to whatever site they’re trying to drive up in search ratings (Miso gets “Asian Sex Slaves,” I get Louis Vuitton bags) Luckily our Akismet spam blocker seems to be 100% effective: I’ve never seen a false positive or a false negative in the 2 years we’ve had this blog. Which is a good thing since the spam comments outnumber the real ones by 10 to 1.
I assume the “SERPS” of Daily Serps means “Search Engine Results Page” and Your Daily Dose of SEO references “Search Engine Optimization,” but it’s just kinda weird / funny to see a random comment stuck with a random photo on some weird blog page that may or may not be around in a short while. There’s actually a fair bit of content on the site, seemingly random and presumably all scraped from different places. I can sort of “see” the shell game, I just don’t know what the “point” is.
Anybody know about this stuff?