The Price of Beauty in the Blogosphere

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    Key Points

    • People will steal from your blog NO MATTER WHAT.
    • It is never worth going after these people as someone will always be stealing from you.
    • Those who have to steal will not ever find success anyhow, so don't even waste your time dealing with them.
    • Stealing is the largest form of flattery.

    Summary

    Being good at what you do isn’t always easy. When you put a great amount of work into your blog and make it the absolute best you can, you will get fans. Write stellar content, put out a great design, what ever it is, people will like it. Some, a little too much, and those people may cause you some concern.

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by Alex

Being good at what you do isn’t always easy. When you put a great amount of work into your blog and make it the absolute best you can, you will get fans. Write stellar content, put out a great design, whatever it is, people will like it. Some, a little too much, and those people may cause you some concern.

Why might some of your biggest fans cause you some worry? For the plain and simple fact that they may steal your work. It hurts to see the great content you put out on your blog on someone else’s under their name. And it just kills you inside to see a custom design you have made for yourself sitting on somebody else’s blog.

I know, as I have had just about everything you see on Blogussion stolen from me. The content I spend hours writing, and even the design you see which is basically what defines my success online. All of that sitting on other people’s blogs. Isn’t it sickening?

Take a Minute and Think Back…
Have you ever gotten your content stolen? Has anyone ever stolen your work online, whether it be your blog content or something else? Try to remember how you reacted to it, and if you took any action. Be sure to share your response in the comments.

As much as it hurts you at first, getting your work stolen is not a big deal. I learned this lesson over the weekend when I received word from my followers on Twitter that a few people have taken the design you see on Blogussion for their own use.

Normally, when you hear that someone has stolen from you, you would want them to take it down. So you send emails, tweets or whatever asking them to take it down while making just about any threat you can.

Some people listen, and some people don’t. When you first start your blog, you only have to deal with a few content scrapers and thieves, so it’s not much to handle. But, once your beautiful blog starts getting older and the audience becomes much larger, dealing with thieves is a lot harder as there are so many more of them.

I asked my followers on Twitter what they do when they see that their content has been stolen, and I had a few good discussions and received some great answers from them. There were a couple that really stood out to me however (sorry, large image):

Twitter Responses

(Be sure to follow these geniuses on Twitter: @michaeldunlop, @robbsutton, @kingsidharth, imkevintan, @Aboundlessworld)

Just Let Them Be

It’s tough at first, believe me, to just let people walk away after have stolen for you. But, look at the bloggers who responded to my tweet. Two of them are six figure bloggers and have found just as much success as you can find online. There is no doubt they have been stolen from along the way, yet they turned out just fine.

And what do you think happened to those who stole from them? Nothing. They took what wasn’t theirs and in return achieved nothing. So, let them be. Keep doing your “thing” without worrying who might want to take it for their own use. Don’t waste your time trying to take down content, spend it putting more content up.

There’s Nothing to Worry About

I know one thing people are worried about when it comes to content thieves is the effect on SEO. Will Google penalize my site for having the same content as someone who stole it? I can’t be 100% sure, but I’m confident that Google is smart enough to know who the true author of the content is and penalize those who have stolen it.

But again, I am not 100% on this. There is some good discussion about this specific topic in my list of 5 things you need to stop worrying about now (#4 is content thieves).

Am I even worried that there is another blogger using the same design as Blogussion? Nope, because I know that blog will not go anywhere. I don’t even think the brand of this blog will be hurt at all, that’s how little I care.

The thieves made it very clear by stealing in the first place that they don’t know how to run a blog properly, so success will never find them.

I can’t stress how much time going after thieves wastes your time, so I’m putting this message in this nice yellow box and bolding it: Do not contact the thief, do not worry about what they are doing, just leave their blog and never go back to it again.

What do you think about this mess? Is it worth trying to take down all of those content thieves, or is it best to leave them be? Some of us are too proud of our work to just let them get away, but the sad truth is that people will always steal from you.

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Derek Jensen June 14, 2010 at 12:36 am

This just might be one of my shortest comments…

If you have great content and design people will copy. Just make sure they don’t become better than you (so just keep doing what you do best) and that is all that will matter.

P.S. I should give them a good critique…haha ;)

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I just don’t know if a content thief could ever become better than you but maybe that’s just me. But I’m sure the risk is always there.

Lol, I’d totally tear them up if I critiqued them.

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King Sidharth June 14, 2010 at 1:35 am

Wow, you made it into a post overnight. I love how fast you do things – have to learn that from you.

As far as the stealing your stuff is concerned, I must confese, I’ve done that to you many times. A footer here, a 1px bar there and you know that I have done so much of that. (You can tell me to stop).
But my sole purpose was to learn. (I think you know that)

And rip-off-ers are just few steps ahead, a lot lazy, and unwise. They do this at their own peril.

Your content is published on your site before they publish it. (If you ping Google, it’d know) and anyways your PR is higher – Google tursts you more. (Yea, that’s where Google uses PR not in sepr).

Thanks for mentioning the tweet and calling me a genius :P I am blushin.

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Well it’s not like you actually stole my exact code, so there’s no hard feelings(right?;))

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King Sidharth June 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

Nah, I don’t think so. So we are good, right?

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Max Orelus June 14, 2010 at 2:26 am

This is a tough one. I agree with the post, but at the same time I disagree. I agree with the post when it comes to content. It’s ridiculous to have some one steal your word for word content and post it on their blog as their own. Those type of people will never get ahead of the game, because well…

Your always coming in 2nd. PERIOD.

I do beleive in some one getting inspired from your post and rewriting it in their own way which they perceive it. Because at the end of the day, everyone learns from everyone, its a matter of how you take that information and use it though.

Okay, on to Design. BTW, your layout is one of the most appealing layouts I’ve see on the web. Design theft is a tricky one. If someone copies your design identically, but just changes the logos, then that’s dumb. Nobody should copy an entire layout.

BUT…

I think if a certain element of someone’s website appeals to you It’s okay to learn what they did or (even copy) that element (for instance a menubar). People need to realize that everyone has copied some one at one point in time even themselves. The difference is where does you draw your moral line in the sand.

…copy idea…copy content…copy code…copy everything.

I hope nobody copies my comment :)

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I got inspired by a post David Risely wrote over on ProBlogger. What I basically did was take an idea he talked about and just added my own opinions and thoughts to it, and there’s nothing wrong with it. I even mentioned I took inspiration from his ideas, so I totally agree with you that when there’s a great piece of work, it’s easy to get inspired.

But of course, there’s a huge difference between inspiration and flatout stealing.

I even will agree with you about the design portion, I mean if you want to look through it and learn how I did some things, go for it. But FFS, do you have to steal it exactly as it is and not even try to make it your own? You don’t learn anything like that.

But it’s “whatever.”

And don’t worry man, your comment is safe and sound. ;)

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Kimi June 14, 2010 at 3:38 am

I guess it’s a common thing that happened to internet blogging life. One post a good stuff, the other day, others will do the same, especially since article spinner softwares are everywhere. Thanks for copyscape, but there have been autoblogging thing too, can increase SERP though and thank god google knows this is not duplicating content.

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

It would be pretty bad if Google couldn’t determine the original author wouldn’t it?! You’re right, thank god for Google’s smartness haha.

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Nabeel | Create Your First Website June 14, 2010 at 4:32 am

I would agree with the tweets that you mentioned.

If they can’t innovate, do you think they will ever succeed by copying?

Your time will be wasted if you go after them, which otherwise could be utilized to make great, innovative content that gives value.

Copycats are everywhere. You can even see in OFFline examples, people copy Adidas products and sell them.

Kindest,
Nabeel

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm

They just think they’re getting somewhere I think. It’s a shame, but they’ll learn…

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Gautam Hans @ Blog Godown June 14, 2010 at 5:30 am

I have dealt with some content scrapers, but the best thing to do is to let them be.

About SEO, you can try simple techniques that will help your seo even if they are scraping your content.

Firstly, these people usually copy the whole content either manually or by automated means by feeds to auto post.

You can try these fixes:
1. Use in-linking – this ensures that you are getting link juice if someone is copying your content
2. Add links to original article in the feed. Even if the content scraper copied your content, your original page will more authority than any of it’s copies.

Bottomline, don’t worry, just make sure you get seo juice from scraping

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Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella June 14, 2010 at 9:31 am

I agree with you completely. Using linking in and adding the original links in your feed, are both excellent ways to ensure you get the credit and the link juice you deserve.

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Interlinking is definitely a great way to fight back, but I know sometimes people who steal content manually remove them. Still, at leas you’re getting something from the automated ones!

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Gautam Hans @ Blog Godown June 15, 2010 at 2:00 am

Alex,
If they copy manually removing links, then you can add scripts which prevents copying or try other things such as copyscape.

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Alex June 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Eh…too much effort, but it sounds like a cool idea.

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Dean Saliba June 14, 2010 at 6:52 am

While I have never had anything from my blog stolen I did once have my popular professional wrestling column stolen for a couple of months. The weirdest thing when the guy insisting that I had stolen the articles from him.

It wasn’t hard for me to prove him wrong and no web site would touch him after he was exposed.

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

That’s too funny haha! Can’t imagine how that conversation must have went..

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Your Internet Marketing Secrets June 14, 2010 at 7:53 am

Well, I think If you have a good content people will love it. They will make your content better and use it or copy it entirely. The internet is so vast that we cannot controls what is being stolen and used. It is very difficul to have our copyright kept but anyway it is the internet :)

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm

You can’t control it, and it’s not worth trying to. I mean, I’ve yelled at a few people for it before. But now, it’s not really an issue to me anymore.

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Bill June 14, 2010 at 9:14 am

Big marketers push free, most people like free, those who give lots of free stuff away are the top leaders in their niche. Free is where it’s at.

Because many things are free on the internet people are slowly changing their value system with a “everyone is doing it, so it must be okay” attitude.

You have nothing to worry about Alex. Your Blogussion Theme for Thesis is a master piece and we all know who designed it. Your content is exceptional and I’d place it in the Copyblogger category if I were comparing the best website content on the internet.

Continue focusing on the positive and forget the negative. A few thieves won’t affect your work or reputation at all.

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Yeah, I’m hoping that people just know by the looks of these thieves blogs that it’s ripped….and I hope they close out of the blog immediately!

I’m still trying to get a post up on Copyblogger, so maybe one day. :p But really appreciate it man, the content there is so amazing. To even be compared to what goes up there makes me feel proud. :D

Thanks for dropping by Bill. :D

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Jean Sarauer June 14, 2010 at 11:01 am

I’m not worried in the least. People have already stolen my stuff, and I think they’re doing me a favor. I have a strong voice and create a lot of my own terms, so people are starting to recognize my content no matter where it appears. I’m probably going to uncopyright things like Leo Babauta does and just be happy when others spread it. If they make money from my stuff, so be it. Meanwhile, I’ll keep writing more original content.

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 11:07 pm

That’s awfully…nice of you Jean. :p Glad to know I could make money with your content. ;)

But I always thought Leo’s uncopyrighted policy was really interesting, I think you should try it out. But I don’t know if I could do it myself!

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Robb Sutton June 14, 2010 at 11:28 am

Sounds like a lot of us are thinking the same thing lately. ;)

Imitation (or completely copying in this case) can be the biggest form of flattery…but at the same time…it is annoying. Luckily, those kind of bloggers typically don’t make it very long because they are not original. Better off to just ignore and keep doing your thing.

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Yeah man, like I was sent two emails over the weekend from readers telling me that there were sites using the Blogussion.com theme on their blog. I just had to write something about it, and the responses I got on Twitter were just really inspiring!

It’s a lot of things…frustrating, flattering, annoying, you name it. But I guess it’s humorous as well, to see the thieves fail.

But definitely never let them get the best of you, I agree man. Thanks for stopping by. :D

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Adie June 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I can fully understand why people would get annoyed with others copying their work, however personally I find it quite flattering. I have to say that I’m not quite sure I’d feel the same way if someone completely copied my theme though.

I’ve had quite a few instances where people have actually asked if they can use some of my work on their own sites, and I’ve always been more than happy to let them as they had the politeness of asking.

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Yeah, like content doesn’t bother me so much, it’s the design. I’m not going to go after these people who take my design, but it still hurts a lot inside to know that some asshole is just using it on his blog and changing only a few things around..

I’ve been asked as well, but not lately. Like, would you let someone who asks to put your content up on their site but translate it to a different language? I’ve had a few of those requests before.

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Dev | Technshare June 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Really Great Post Alex ;) .

I’m not worried, if people stole my content. Copying will only hurt those people, if they are creating there blog base by copying other content, then they can’t be successful.
Btw. Last week i saw the same design of Blogussion on a Vietnam blog :D .

Thanks for this great Post Alex.

~Dev

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Yeah, both of the blogs that stole this design are Vietnamese. Maybe they just have something for my work? lol

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Dev | Technshare June 15, 2010 at 4:15 am

lol.. :D I though you have give theme..

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Thomas June 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I always send one nice email, and if that never works, I just leave it be. You’ve given good advice in light of the recent events that have taken place with your blog design and content! I hate it that someone stole from you, but it’s hard to get anything done about it apart from getting messy I suppose. The worst thing to do would be to get all bent out of joint and depressed about it. But it seems you are on the right track – use it to your advantage to keep those creative juices flowing to produce even better content and design.

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I always found it hard to be nice to these people, like I had to try and stop myself from cussing them out. But being nice is really the smartest way to go about it if you have to do it, like you said.

Thanks for stopping by man. :D

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CJ June 14, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I’m not going to lie, haha. I’d be really annoyed if I found out that someone copied one of my blog posts, but I’ve seen it happen a few times now, and all you can do is get over it. It’s actually kind of funny though. Haha

CJ

CJ’s last blog .. 10 Hot Blogs To Guest Post On and Get LOTS of traffic… For Free

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm

It’s annoying, but once it happens a certain amount of times you just don’t really care that much anymore lol.

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Danny Brown June 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm

It sucks for sure.

But as far as the design question goes, didn’t you make the Blogussion theme available as a premium Skin for folks to buy? So not sure where the issue is there?

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Alex June 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Well, I mean the design you see on Blogussion.com is what’s been stolen. What I’m selling is just an inspired version, not the actual theme you see here. So it’s kind of frustrating lol.

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Nick Tart June 15, 2010 at 2:38 am

Here’s my take, Alex: People who take content, images or code from your site are downright stealing. There’s no doubt. But in a lot of cases, it’s not cut-and-dry.

I’ll admit, when I first found Blogussion and started making my own site, I looked through every knick and cranny of Blogussion to try and figure out how you were doing the things you were doing. Still do, occasionally. But I’ve never taken any content, images or coding from here (except for a few of your tutorials). Is it stealing to look at the ideas behind your code? Probably a little…

But you have a blog that teaches people how to blog. There are so many gems of advice beyond the words that you write. I’ve received more inspiration and knowledge from Blogussion than any other blog in the world partly because I have spent a little time peaking at your code. In return, I’m a Blogussion fan for life, dude. I tell so many people about this site and Blogussion is a big part of my entrepreneurial journey.

You should look at the people who’ve stolen your craft and be happy that you’ve created something worth stealing. Seriously, Alex! It’s remarkable that you’ve created something that people want so badly their willing to break the law.

I do, I feel a little guilty for looking at your code, but it’s made me a bigger Blogussion fan.

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Alex June 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm

There’s nothing wrong with that at all. Want to know a secret? I looked how some other sites did things when I first created the original Blogussion skin. But, I never stole a single line of code, it’s simple observation.

But really, I don’t care if people go through the source code here. It bugs me a little bit for them to steal things exactly as they are, but I do feel happy all the way to know that people are learning from my code…as sloppy as it gets sometimes lol.

But as long as I have you on board here, go through the code all you want. Look, but don’t touch. ;)

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Nick Tart June 16, 2010 at 3:44 am

Good to know, Alex! Thanks for replying.

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Salman Aslam June 15, 2010 at 6:01 am

Haha True just let them be

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Alex June 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Really appreciate the super insightful comment there man….

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bjorn @ iCan't Internet June 15, 2010 at 8:23 am

Being copied means you are doing well… Nobody copies bad articles, ugly designs…
Take it as a compliment ;-)

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Alex June 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Have you ever been stolen from?

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Onibalusi Bamidele June 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

Funny Alex, but i don’t even know if someone is copying my content because i don’t care.

If i will use 5 hours to resolve a copied content issue, i will better use it to write 5 guest posts and get 5 more authority backlinks for my blog.

Your blog will never suffer, if you are doing what is right.

Thanks a lot,
-Onibalusi

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Alex June 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I completely agree, just spend your time making more content rather than trying to get older content taken down.

Thanks for the comment dude.

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Buddy Hannon June 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hi,
A company that I work for has purchased you Theme and we’ve been trying to get some responses to some issues that we’re having. So far no one has heard back from you. Are you supporting your theme? There are a few features that don’t appear to be working and we’d really like to get them resolved or hear about any work arounds that you might have. Please contact me at the email address provided.
Thanks

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Konsti June 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

Hi Alex,

I confess publicly! I am one of those thieves. I am guilty!

I’m willing to share my story so you can better understand what’s going on in the mind of one of those silly guys (me) and most important, to clear my mind and my heart from that feeling of guiltiness.

A few months ago I decided to start a blog, because of the many advantages it offers. At that time I was working only with landing pages and PPC.

I wanted an amazing blog with amazing content and amazing design. Content has always been my strength, but I am/was a total noob regarding design.

So I started surfing and Googling, found a lot of good info and came across some great designs. I found Thesis and after having read the great testimonials I bought it…

My journey began. CSS, hooks, php, plugins, widgets and midgets…

“Holy crap! That stuff is not that easy… I want a great blog, but with my lack of skills (in coding AND design) it will take me forever to build something decent. I have a business to run. I have no time to learn all that stuff…”

So I abandoned the idea of having a great design. I tweaked my Thesis blog and kept it “minimalistic”. It wasn’t “minimalistic”. It was AWFUL!

As I wasn’t satisfied with the result, I kept looking for something better.

And BAM!!!!! I found Blogussion! Man-o-man I was literally blown away!

During that period of surfing and Googling I came across a lot of beautiful blogs, but I had never ever seen something as beautiful as Blogussion! And untill now I still haven’t!

“Holy s**t! This can’t be true! This isn’t human anymore! This is PURE ART! I never could have imagined that a website (blog) could look that beautiful! The guy IS a f***ing GENIUS! WHAT?????? He’s only 16 years old? He IS DEFINETELY A f***ing GENIUS! I want that! I want that NOW! I want this dude to design my blog. I want that theme. I’m freaking out!”

“HURRAY! He’s selling a Blogussion based theme!”

So I bought the Blogussion theme immediately, without hesitation!

BUT :

(The next comments are meant as constructive critique, not as an attack. Please consider them as valuable “inside the customer’s mind” marketing information.)

- However the Blogussion based theme is also very beautiful, it is IMO not as beautiful as your own Blogussion blog.

- My brand colors are red, black and grey. The Blogussion based theme doesn’t have a red variant. Only orange, blue, grey and green.

- I’ve contacted you to ask for some help. I did not get any reply. However Rob from Robswebtips did answer my questions. Thanks Rob!

- I checked out the Blogussion forum and I posted there once or twice, but the answers were very short. From your answers I got the signal (which is of course my own interpretation, so don’t shoot my if I’m wrong) : “1. He doesn’t want to get too involved in customer support. He prefers being more active on his blog, than on his forum. OR 2. His assumption of the “coding level” of his customers is not accurate. He’s overestimating his customers’ skills.” As a comparison, in the thesis forum you get very quickly very detailed answers. Which of course is great help for a newbie. And as you know the big majority of the members on the Thesis forum are newbies. And I suppose the majority of the members on the Blogussion support forum are also newbies. So the short answers discouraged me to ask for more help.

So…

Because of those factors:

1. I was so inspired and motivated by the Blogussion theme.
2. The original Blogussion being more beautiful than the one you sell (again, it’s my subjective, personal opinion).
3. Lack of communication and better support in the Thesis forum (just check the #messages/#members ratio of the Thesis forum vs. the Blogussion forum, which is a good indication).

I decided to give it another shot. I wanted to get rid of my awful minimalistic blog. I wanted to develop my skills (design, css and hooks)!

Fast forward… Two months later (after much suffering and staying many nights awake with good jazz music, coffee, cigarettes, W3Schools, Blogussion and the Thesis forum) I have an AMAZING blog, which I’m very very proud of. Even if it’s a copy of Blogussion, I’m still very proud, because I’ve developed tremendously (from zero to average is a great leap forward for me) my skills in CSS, hooks and photoshop. And I’ve started to cultivate a sense for aesthetics and design.

And all this THANKS TO YOU, ALEX! You as a 16 year old, have motivated and inspired a 32 year old guy to invest 2 months full time in developing himself and his website! And I am so grateful for that, there are no words strong enough to express that feeling of joy and appreciation accurately.

So again, however weak it may sound: “Thank you, Alex! You are and you will remain for a looooooong time my mentor and my source of inspiration for my website!”

And I’d like to finish with two things :

1. my mental strategies I use to get some mental relief from that sense of shame and guilt of copying you.
2. some tips for further improving Blogussion

1. My mental strategies:

- I bought the Blogussion based theme, so in a way it makes my actions a little less a “crime”.

- Credit is given where credit is due. I placed a dofollow link in my footer to the the salespage of the Blogussion based theme. I even don’t want to become an affiliate. If a dude buys your theme from my website (if that ever happens), I want you to get all the money from it. Inspiring and motivating me to develop my site and myself is a gift to me that no amount of affiliate commission could ever compensate…

- When someone sees my blog and they see and click the link in the footer, they’ll know that you’re the brain behind that design and not me. So in a way I am a Blogussion ambassador advertising for Blogussion.

2. some tips for further improving Blogussion:

- Give more attention to your customer support in the Blogussion forum. As I said, just compare the messages/members ratio of Thesis and Blogussion. Thesis: 142,315 posts/26,913 members = 5,3 messages/member
Blogussion: 1,306 posts/11,236 member = 0,1 messages/member

Now if you ask me, you’re not using your forum to it’s fullest potential! It could be a great (additional) tool to build relationships and to advertise on for affiliate products or for your own (new) products. A forum with 11,236 members (if they’re all real humans and not spam bot subscriptions) is like having a mailinglist, a facebook fanpage or a twitter account with 11,236 members/followers. On top of your right column you have a yellow box with 1744 rss subscribers and 4299 twitter followers… But 11,236 forum members (it’s YOUR forum, on YOUR domain and not on an external service like Twitter or facebook) is a much more powerful “in your face social proof punch”.

- Pimp your Blogussion based theme so it becomes as beautiful as your own Blogussion blog and sell it eventually for a few bucks more. In that way you’ll reduce the amount of stealing, you’ll (hopefully) increase your revenue and you’ll build an even stronger brand image. Imagine what would happen when you combine a pimped Blogussion based theme with a forum operating at it’s fullest potential…

- I’ve noticed the filesizes of your images are quite big. Sometimes up to 150kb. Maybe you’re using a plugin or something that reduces the filesize, I don’t know. But I’ve experimented with photoshop and you could reduce the filesize of your images dramatically (sometimes up to 3X: 150kb -> 50kb) without any significant loss of quality. Again, I’m not sure if you’re using a plugin or something that does that filesize reduction automatically…

Ok… That’s it…

Alex, I would like to thank you again! You are my inspiration and role model regarding blogging and design! I bow respectfully, on my knees, for you!

If you want to punish me, slap me or facepalm me for my actions, I’ll accept it and bow again respectfully and on my knees… But please take in considerations the fact that I’ve dealt with a lot of inner conflicts (shame and guilt) for copying your blog and that you’ve inspired me and helped me tremendously! Whatever you decide to do, I am and will remain one of your biggest fans!

Konsti

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Buddy Hannon June 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Konsti,
But all I was asking is where is the support that Alex offered when we purchased, not stole, his Blogussion Theme that is build over the ‘Thesis’ Theme? From what I understand, the amount of support that my client has received from Alex has amount to nothing. Granted, Alex is only 16 years old, but a business is built on credibility, not just how many comments you receive or amount of friends on Facebook. Alex didn’t build ‘Blogussion’ He just made it on top of other peoples hard work, so, ‘WTF’, he sold it, my client brought it and Alex doesn’t seem to care that his customer have questions.

That’s why this topic is so much bull crap, Alex took someone else’s work, built on top of it, sold it, but doesn’t seen to interested in supporting what he did.
Nice work, but shame on you Alex.

I’ve re-themed themes, but never sold them, but I do support the sites that I’ve built on them. What about you?

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Alex June 18, 2010 at 7:38 pm

There is a support forum, and if your client has posted on the forum then I more than likely have responded to it. If not, I’m sorry and I would kindly like to ask you send me the URL to his support question.

I’m not sure what you mean when you say I didn’t build Blogussion or that I copied off of others’ work…and I can’t say I appreciate it either as I have put many, many long hours into everything I’ve made here.

Unless you’re referring to me using the Thesis Framework…which even then, I’m unsure of the point you’re trying to make.

But again, send me the link to the thread on the forum your client created and I’ll be happy to answer/re-answer.

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Buddy Hannon June 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Alex,
I’ll find out if they made a support forum post.
I was told that they tried to make contact with you a few times and never heard back from you. At which point they brought me on board to help. Now that I’m feeling a little bit of egg on my face, I will find out and let you know. So I guess that I’m not sure what point I was trying to make.

I can tell that you put many long hours into what you present here. I know what goes into such work.

If I cast any dispersions, except my apologies. Perhaps there’s a way for me to ask you something privately?
Thanks

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Febap Liew@Making Money Online June 21, 2010 at 6:14 am

Exactly what i need to read about content thieves.
but at times, it can be quite a nuisance as there have been a few agendas where my process of making money online was set backed by these thieves.
Article marketing has always been the best marketing strategy for me to work with. I have written my self written articles and one of my major article directories is EzineArticles.
You know how it goes with all this big hot shots directories. They catch you ( for a good reason of course ) for anything that they feel you may be violating.
At one point, my account was suspended due to one pending article that apparently a thief has abruptedly copied it without adhering to the republishing policy and posted onto his site/blog. ( well i submitted similar article to a few article directories. he must have stolen it from the rest of the directories ).. so there it goes. My major article directory would not approve my article until the matter is solve.
Unsatisfied and well, angry of course, i contacted the blog owner and insist that he stripped it down before any legal action is taken. well, thank goodness he was smart enough to do so and my account was in full operation again.
well it was quite nuisance and trouble having to deal with it. it was quite unpleasant too having to encounter such circumstances. Therefore, i have decided to post every new written articles in ezine and once its approve will i continue to post it into the rest.

it figures it is always better to find solution to troubles better than letting happen again and find solution for it.
i still continue to see many duplicate copies of my article without adhering to policies but as you mentioned, it is better to just let them be. =)
cheers for this wonderful post

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Nikon S210 June 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Good content and design must be protected, or it’ll be stolen by someone. But, it’s in the past, now they will get some penalty by Google for stealing content. But, be sure that your original theme is protected!

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Dustin Stevens-Baier July 3, 2010 at 12:49 am

Like some of the people mentioned above, I have to admit that I have looked at the way people have made certain things work. However, the overall idea and definitely the content are my own. In some cases I have liked designs enough to purchase them for use on some of my sites. Sometimes its just easier to buy a nice design if it doesn’t need to be unique.

Sorry to hear about your experience. Good luck keeping them at bay.

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seospidy@Seo Services Company August 12, 2010 at 6:25 am

Unique catchy post with creative design works perfect for my blog I used copyscape it works perfectly Thanks great Post.

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