Steal This Blog! SEO 2.0 Goes Creative Commons

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someone

Creative Commons*

Over the years I admired the Creative Commons movement. I have not only been a big fan of it I also used a lot of Creative Commons licensed images here on my blog as metaphorical illustrations of my articles.

I always wanted to share my knowledge on blogging, social media and search engine optimization under a Creative Commons license as well but I couldn’t.

Why? Google doesn’t allow you to duplicate your content. In case you do publish the same content on more than one URL you get penalized and only one instance of it will rank if you’re lucky. I had to comply with Google’s selfish and arbitrary guidelines.

One day Google decided to penalize me anyway. During one of the numerous so called Panda updates they decided that my blog is low quality and stopped sending me traffic for most of the relevant search queries I was ranking before.

From then one mostly worthless or downright harmful traffic has been coming via Google. Predominantly people wanting to steal my images were arriving by the way of Google search.

I decided to quit Google then and banned it altogether on my blog. You probably know that by now. Now I am free to do whatever I want on blog again and nobody can forbid me to spread my articles all over the Web.

I have disappeared by now from Google results and I don’t want to go back. Still I want to spread my know-how and share my insights with as big an audience as possible. So going Creative Commons is the logical path now.

From now on you can legally copy and distribute my articles in their entirety.

Reproducing your articles is the best way to preserve them for the future. Your block cab get hacked, your database backup may fail if you have one or you may decide that the hosting costs and hours spend on blogging are not worth it and all of your work vanishes in an instant from the Web. It happens all the time.

Any person who ever has checked their broken links will notice how many blogs disappear for manifold reasons. Even WordPress security professionals get hacked in retaliation by malicious hackers. This has happened to a  of mine recently.

I decided to use the Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND license. It means that you can

copy, share, redistribute my blog articles on your blog, site or publication but without changing them. Some scrapers for example remove my links and instead link to themselves.

Please copy every article in its entirety including the images.

I don’t want people to think I have written a version that has been changed afterwards. In case you want to use parts of postings or remix them please contact me.


Please provide a link to the source, that is the specific article you have taken in the following way:

Steal This Blog! SEO 2.0 Goes Creative Commons is an Creative Commons licensed article by Tad Chef of SEO 2.0

The actual headline gets linked. You can show the license below the actual text but of course I would be delighted to see it above.

Do you have used my work? Please show where! I may even add the links to the copy in the original articles so that my readers can reach a mirror in case my site is not available.


* Creative Commons image by Kristina Alexanderson