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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.

Do You Feel  Lucky Punk?Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?

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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Grayson Bell

Grayson Bell

I'm a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $50,000 in debt. I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a blog management company, along with another blog. It is Empowered Shopper, which helps people get information about products they want to buy. You can also check out Eyes on the Dollar, which is a great blog that I co-own.


  1. May 19, 2013 at 10:38 am — Reply

    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. :-)

    • Grayson
      May 20, 2013 at 9:53 am — Reply

      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. May 19, 2013 at 10:54 am — Reply

    Thanks for the mention Grayson! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

    • Grayson
      May 20, 2013 at 9:53 am — Reply

      You are most welcome Holly. I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.

  3. May 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    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.

    • Grayson
      May 20, 2013 at 9:54 am — Reply

      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. May 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm — Reply

    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.

    • Grayson
      May 20, 2013 at 9:55 am — Reply

      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. May 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    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.

    • Grayson
      May 20, 2013 at 9:59 am — Reply

      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 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. May 20, 2013 at 6:25 am — Reply

    Thanks for the links. Hope you guys had an amazing weekend.

    • Grayson
      May 20, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

      You are most welcome. I hope you had a great weekend yourself.

  7. May 20, 2013 at 8:55 am — Reply

    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.

    • Grayson
      May 20, 2013 at 10:08 am — Reply

      I agree with you. These people know what they are doing, but then don’t care whose website they mess up when they are doing it.

  8. May 20, 2013 at 10:38 am — Reply

    Thanks for including my post, Grayson! It did generate a lot of really great comments.

    • Grayson
      May 20, 2013 at 11:02 am — Reply

      You are most welcome. Nice work!

  9. thepotatohead
    May 21, 2013 at 12:18 am — Reply

    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.

    • Grayson
      May 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm — Reply

      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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