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The Weekly Personal Finance Digest – 5/19/2013

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  I know that ours has been a little chaotic, but good none-the-less.  Before I break down some quality articles that are present in the personal finance blog-o-sphere this week, I wanted to talk about something that has got under my skin.

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There has been a rash of new websites being built that are stealing content from other sites.  My site has been feeling much of this because my content has been stolen by multiple sites.  I am getting sick and tired of this.  I have tried contacting owners, sending requests to hosting providers, and even sending DMCA takedown requests.  None of them have done anything.  Nothing!

I don’t get why it is so difficult to get other sites to take down my content?  This should be something that should be relatively easy.  Since this process is not truly easy, hosting providers are allowing their customers to work a little in order to build large websites.  It is ridiculous.  I already work hard enough and I don’t want to have to work more in order to keep my content secure.

If you are one of the websites stealing my content, then I want to make you very aware of how I work online.  I make sure to take care of those that take care of me.  If you feel it necessary to steal my content, then watch yourself.  I may seem like a nice guy, but you push me, then there is a side that you don’t to see.  Consider this your final warning and ask yourself this one simple question: Do you feel lucky, punk?  Well, do ya?

Alright, this is the last time I talk about this, so onto the weekly personal finance article digest.  I hope you enjoy!

Top 12 10 Personal Finance Articles

These articles are in no particular order, but I like each of these equally.  I hope you enjoy reading.

  1. Family Happiness or Financial Security on Money Bulldog – If you read my post this week about shutting down my business, then you know which one I choose.
  2. Gee, Can I Please Walk Over a Bed of Hot Burning Coals? on The Frugal Farmer – Laurie is having people question her method to debt reduction, but I think she is doing what she needs to do in order to break the debt cycle.  Keep it up Laurie!
  3. The Craziest Home Repair Ever on Luke1428 – Brian talks about how he was part of the craziest home repair, but then asks what has been yours?  I give my dog credit for our craziest home repair (twice)!
  4. When All the Bubble Trouble Started on Critical Financial – Jim does the real estate rewind and breaks down how the real estate bubble happened.  Very enlightening.
  5. Talk Me Out of Getting More Car Than I Need on Well Heeled Blog – The question has asked to help decide what car should be purchased.  Read through and come up with your own decision.
  6. Frugal Ways to Reward Yourself Along Your Debt Payoff Journey on ReadyForZero Blog – I always tell people that they should reward themselves as they payoff debt.  Don’t spend a lot of money doing it though.  That would be counter-productive.
  7. Credit is Not the Enemy, You Are! on DollarVersity – This article is very true.  Credit is not the enemy, it is how you are using it.
  8. Dear Parents, Charge Your Kids Rent on Broke Millennial – Should parents charge their kids rent if they move back in after college?  There are some good comments on this article.
  9. Habits You Need to Be Building (but likely aren’t) on Studenomics – There are always things we should be doing, but why don’t we?
  10. Billing Errors Causing Temporary Insanity on Club Thrifty – Holly hates billing errors and who can blame her?  Enjoy her rant and voice your opinion.

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About Grayson Bell

I am an average Joe, who built up over $50,000 worth of credit card debt and had to learn how to break it back down. It took 4 years of learning budgets, secrets, and many other personal finance tricks in order to cut the debt to $0. Now, I push to teach others not only how to get out of debt, but how to use credit wisely and how to start growing their wealth. You can view my other site, Sprout Wealth for ways to grow your money. I am also a freelance personal finance writer who provides staff writing and ghost writing services.

18 comments

  1. My absolute fave Clint line, Grayson. Ironically, I found this post first on a scraping site link that showed up in my comments – go get ‘em, Grayson! Losers………. Thanks for the mention – I’m glad you liked the post. Enjoy your Sunday with your family. :-)
    Laurie @thefrugalfarmer recently posted..Happy Syttende Mai and Some Link LoveMy Profile

    • Yeah, I have been getting emails about the pingbacks. The only thing I can ask is don’t approve that pingback and just delete it. I don’t want to give this person any links that he doesn’t deserve.

  2. Thanks for the mention Grayson! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted..VIP Club: Best Week Ever EditionMy Profile

  3. Could not agree more with your thoughts Grayson. I have someone new scraping my site. They started mid last week and now anyone I’ve linked to (like in my Friday posts) are all getting spammy pingbacks. It just makes no sense why the hosters allow this stuff to go on when it makes sense to take it down.
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Shout Out Saturday #18My Profile

    • Sorry to hear about the new scraper John. It is really irritating and there is no reason why it should be this hard to get it cleared up. I don’t want to have to resort to some under the table stuff, but I will if they won’t do it for me.

  4. Take 10 (inside joke)- Hey Mate! Sorry to hear you are still having problems sorting out the problems with the scrapping of your site. There must be more rules put in place to take action against these people and to make sure that they understand that they just can’t take content without permission. I hope it works out for you mate.

    • Thanks for the help Mr. CBB! I wish there were more rules, but easier processes to handle these types of issues. I know scraping is very rampant, so it is not just me.

  5. Probably a dumb question, but how do you find out when your content is being stolen and posted elsewhere? I had one site taking my content, but ironically it was a site that I used to own (it got hacked so I never renewed the domain and when the new owner bought the domain apparently he thought he owned my content wth). I e-mailed him and let him know the next e-mail he got from me would actually be from my attorney if he didn’t take down the content. I think he knew I wasn’t playing because my posts came down immediately.
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..Oh Baby Baby-Baby Shower Gifts on the CheapMy Profile

    • I have two ways to find out. One, I usually receive pingbacks for the links back to my site, so I can see who is linking to me. The other tool I use is called Mention.net. It is like Google Alerts, but much better. I get an email everyday with the mentions that I am receiving. I use their free plan, which is good enough for me. I might have to get an attorney involved, just to scare this person.

  6. Thanks for the links. Hope you guys had an amazing weekend.
    KC @ genxfinance recently posted..Credit Karma ReviewMy Profile

  7. That is an absolute shame. It’s as if the attribution, the links, and most importantly, the thanks, that should come along with this are such a hardship for these other places. Anyhow, good post and hope you start to get some satisfaction from your attempts to get this stuff cleared up; let me know if I can help at all.
    Debt Blag recently posted..Just one money thought as I graduate this weekMy Profile

  8. Thanks for including my post, Grayson! It did generate a lot of really great comments.
    BrokeMillennial recently posted..Frugal Find Friday: Extreme Couponing, The Online EditionMy Profile

  9. Hey Grayson,

    The content being stolen sucks for sure. I did think Google was getting smarter though in indexing the duplicate content and knew who the original was. So since yours was the original, you’ll be the one showing up in their index, not the scrapers. Still sucks but might be some small consolation.
    thepotatohead recently posted..Automotive Care : Tips to Reduce Vehicle Wear and TearMy Profile

    • I tend to agree with you, but this person is taking my content a few minutes after I publish it. If Google hits that site first, then it could confuse their algorithm. I know that they should be able to figure it out, but you never know.

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