This is a test to see how Google indexes posts from my site v. crap sites like which copies posts from my RSS feed and provides no attribution back to my site.  I have no idea if the Sam Schwartz Company sucks or not, but based on what they do with my content, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do.  Here’s hoping this post ranks #1 or 2 for their brand 🙂

Update: Looks like I fixed it.  But Sam still sucks 🙂

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  • Andrew Shotland  June 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

    BTW for those reading from my RSS feed, you may have noticed that I turned off the full-feed to see if that has any effect as well. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Alan Bleiweiss  June 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I fully support the Sam Schwartz Company as far as tests go related to Sam Schwartz and content he or his company pilfered from your site. 🙂

  • Andrew Shotland  June 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Agreed! I also support Alan Bleiweiss consulting, Alan Bleiweiss blog and Alan Bleiweiss twitter 🙂

  • Kane Jamison  June 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Have you added the RSS Footer plugin to wordpress? It allows you to add footer links that only show up in the RSS feed, so automated scrapers will automatically link to you unless they manually remove it. Solves 90% of scraping issues I’ve encountered, at least as far as attribution is concerned.

    The other 10% is when the site is more authoritative than you are…

  • Andrew Shotland  June 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Wait – there’s a more authoritative site out there?

  • Todd Mintz  June 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Andrew turns into SamSchwartz after the bath salts start taking affect… :.)

  • Mike  July 8, 2012 at 3:11 am

    They even write FAKE comments for the stolen posts!!!!

    It is a shame!!!

    If they would do this to my website i could remove in 24 hours all entries from their website, if they do not remove the hosting provider should stop to provide service to them. that is it.

  • Jeff  July 11, 2012 at 1:13 am

    The funniest part is the second Google Result for this query.

  • Bob  July 23, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I looked at his about page. He’s been designing websites since 1985.

    That’s quite impressive, as it means he beat Tim Berners-Lee by over five years.

  • Travis Van Slooten  July 23, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Wow…this guy is unbelievable. His entire site is basically your content and a few others. I have to admit, however, I loved watching the videos on his testimonial page. It’s great humor. I should buy some of those on Fiverr too for my website:)

    Travis Van Slooten

  • Fionn Downhill  August 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I had a blog in the treatment industry which got taken out because of scrapers in penguin. It has taken months to clean it up and get traffic back. I have removed all RSS feeds off our blogs. The scrapers will have to do a bit more work now if they want to copy me. I still have issues with some strong sites ranking above the blog like Digg for example. The site was downgraded in Penguin so still months later a link on a strong site still beats that content. Never did any linking building.

  • Linda  November 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I’d hate to see what you would say if a client upset you. Look at you! You’re supposed to be an “adult” and a “professional company,” yet here on your company website you are lambasting a competitor in such a negative way with childish language.

    “Oh look, somebody has my content on their website, let’s tell everyone they ‘suck’ because I am not grown up enough to think of a more professional thing to say.”

    Even in the worst advertising moments I have never seen a professional company go so low. You aren’t professional at all!

    If you have a problem with him, then you should email him and tell him yourself, instead of hiding behind a blog post he will probably never see.

    By the way, I came to your site to purchase services from you. Now I am just disgusted.

    I made a phone call to Sam today, after finding you lambasting him in your post.
    (He’s got all his contact information in his website, which was super convenient.) Not only did he send me links to over 20 sites he has in first position on Google right now, but he also set me up with several of his packages and business coaching. I’m now spending $2500 a month in reoccurring packages that could have been yours… Had your business blog been more professional.

    P.S. – perhaps you should hire a copywriter to write your About Me section for you. There are a lot of grammatical errors.

    • Andrew Shotland  November 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks for your comment Linda. It’s amazing how it doesn’t sound like you are shilling for Sam at all. Looks like we have found our nominee for next month

      BTW, Sam, er I mean Linda, check your inbox from around the date of the post and I believe you’ll find a polite note from me requesting you, er I mean Sam, take down the scraped posts.

      And on the subject of me “hiding behind a blog post he will never see”, when then I guess you/Sam never read your own scraper blog as this post and all of my others have been on it for a long time.

      So I guess calling out sites like these works because it looks like you, I mean Sam, have finally taken my posts down. Muchas gracias.

      BTW, if the real Sam Schwartz would like me to take this down, how about just sending me a note via my contact form?