Steal Content From Download Squad to get links!

Download squad often has some high quality articles, but sometimes I wonder whether the writers really understand what they are writing about, or are compiling their content whilst referring to multiple sources.

Today they have written a little about content theft, it isn’t a great article, and doesn’t really go into many of the problems, or link through to any authority sources.

I don’t worry about content theft, I license all my content under GPL, and I gain lots of low quality backlinks, or sometimes great backlinks from authority sites that syndicate my content.

I often include lots of internal linking in every post to maximise the benefit, and it helps to establish ownership of the original article (Google might have fixed some of my previous link attribution worries)

Don’t Link To The People You Are Crying About

The biggest blunder from the article on Download Squad however is they linked through to the offending sites and articles, with a real SE followable link.

Nofollow Has A Purpose

I strongly advocate not using nofollow in comments on actively moderated blogs, but it is the easiest way to tell search engines that you don’t vouch for the content on a site.

Giving a good link to the search engines from the same domain as content has been stolen from is just idiotic. It makes the content more authentic, and if you are worried about someone stealing your SERPs, the worst thing you can do is give the stolen content credibility.

Note to DownloadSquad: Add rel=”nofollow” if you link to people syndicating your content

Nofollow can also be used in many ways to optimize your internal linking structure.

Note to DownloadSquad Part2: Damn the links you use to other people are terrible. Please make my blog linking mistakes article required reading for all your writers.

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  1. says

    I read that article earlier but never checked to see if they nofollowed the links. I guess I should have. That’s head-smackingly dumb. I make it my policy to nofollow any link that has or may have infringing material on it specifically to discourage content theft while being free to talk about it and link to it.

    I hope it was just an honest mistake and not one out of ignorance. It seems likely enough, everyone forgets…

    Thank you for pointing this out!

  2. says

    Great write-up Andy. DownloadSquad is certainly a well known and well respected site, but it just goes to show that not everyone’s up on the basics (I’m sure I’m guilty of it too, but hell I’m still learnning).

    Once again, one of the best posts I’ve read in a while.

  3. says

    nofollow as a minimum when linking to theft. I’d go so far as to say redirector page and javascript too if possible. But at least nofollow.

    Actually I’m to lazy and just give the URL unlinked.

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  5. says

    Hey Andy, thanks for the tip. In fact, Download Squad was launched a couple of years ago, and at the time splogs weren’t much of an issue for us. Please understand that our bloggers don’t code our backend. In fact, Weblogs is now a completely different division of AOL from Blogsmith, and even before the acquisition our developers rarely blogged. In any event, you make a great point that I will follow up on immediately.

    I think you’d be surprised at the credentials our bloggers bring to the table, and the rigor we employ before bringing them aboard. It’s pretty easy to slam people you’ve never met, but please be aware they don’t create nor can they modify the CMS directly.


    • says

      Victor you can really tell Jason Calacanis isn’t running the show any more.

      If I mention Jason on my blog or Mahalo, either Jason or one of his employees will be checking me out within 24 hours.

      I linked through to Download Squad 6 weeks ago, and no reaction, and no correction.

      You can’t honestly tell me that the Blogsmith platform doesn’t allow you to edit the HTML of a post. That is all that is required to add rel=”nofollow”

      Your claim that this is a limitation of the blogging platform doesn’t really make your statement about credentials… credible.

      • says

        Hey Andy, I see what you mean. You’re right, we should have added nofollow to those links. Instead, we’re using lawyers to shut the sploggers down.

        As far as stroking your ego in a timely manner, we’ve got better things to do.

        Blaring Pay-per-post ads on your page do little for your own credibility.

        (huh, 3rd time I’ve tried to respond to you comment)

  6. says

    Ah, I see what you mean. We should have added nofollow to the links that went to the splogs. Yeah, good point. However, you may know that we have a few lawyers at AOL, and they do a pretty good job of shutting these guys down (note to self: shut those guys down tomorrow). As for the comment side, the CMS doesn’t allow us to add the tag to each comment, so when we get a spammy link in a comment, we just delete. But you’re right, we can indeed edit the HTML in a post. Sorry about the confusion there. That’s not to say we won’t use the tag in the future, but I can count the number of splogs we link to in our posts on one hand.

    And believe it or not, but most of our bloggers have better things to do than stroke your ego. Sorry we didn’t catch you giving us advice sooner, but, y’know, we might have seen all the Pay-Per-Post crap on your pages and just filed you under “SPAM BLOG” and moved on.

  7. says

    Hey Andy, I see what you mean. You’re right, we should have added nofollow to those links. Instead, we’re using lawyers to shut the sploggers down.

    As far as stroking your ego in a timely manner, we’ve got better things to do.

    Blaring Pay-per-post ads on your page do little for your own credibility.


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