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Screw the Blog Hustlers: Introducing The Blog Parasite Hall of Shame

Today I was reading a post by Justin Tadlock who is a Wordpress theme developer. The post title was “Screw the premium theme market” where he criticises blog designers who charge for their so-called “premium“ themes.

I couldn’t help but think of the similarity between his views and the struggles that I’m also having with my own blog niche. This is what he says:

WordPress was built from a community of people willing to share freely. Yes, even themes. What? Yes, themes were free at one point. Good Great themes were free at one point.

I’m not going to beat around the bush here — stop releasing pay-for-use themes…

This was my comment:

“Hi Justin. You are breath of fresh air amongst all of the hucksters out there. I’m in complete agreement with you and kudos to you for standing by your principles.

I’m having the same problem with my niche that I created. There are so many hustlers out there trying make a fast buck out the pockets of the gullible that it just sickens me.

The blogosphere was built on the principle of sharing and helpfulness towards our fellow bloggers. Wordpress was born out of that conviction.

But today we find everything from the corner racketeer to mega corporations trying to exploit our beloved blogosphere. Stick to your convictions and keep setting a good example.”

Wordpress is free and a labour of love just like the vast majority of bloggers’ work out there. So consider the irony that many of these hustlers are choosing to exploit Wordpress as their blog splog platform.

Did I say irony? It’s more like an insult.

You know what I’m talking about. Those low-life’s who have no compunction to plagiarizing content (paraphrasing other people’s work) and whose only purpose for blogging is to exploit it. They give little or nothing back except for maybe a thank you for bolstering their bank accounts.

In my opinion these jerks are anti-blogosphere. So as of today I’m calling for a boycott of these parasites. I’m unsubscribing from the newsfeed of anyone who fits this profile.

You know who they are. I’m recommending that you also do the same.

Introducing The Blog Parasite Hall of Shame:

I’ve already written a lot on the subject of money and blog ethics so I was thinking it might be helpful to name names. It would serve them right don’t you think. So do you have a parasite blogger in mind who you think might fit the profile? Or perhaps you might have something to add to the profile that I haven’t yet thought of?

If you do then I’m all ears…

Written June 7th, 2008 by | 169 Comments | Filed under: Blog Ethics, Blog Tips, Make Money Tips, Opinion , ,

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169 Responses to “Screw the Blog Hustlers: Introducing The Blog Parasite Hall of Shame”

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    Jaffer Says:

    You can find a lot of these guys on BlogCatalog, begging others to visit their websites and clicking on their ads.

    Gotta get back to watching EuroCup its minute 24:00 between Swiss and Czech, both at 0-0

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    Susan Says:

    I think premium themes can be great, but I usually leaned towards customizing a “free” theme and if the site is successful, then I will hire out a wordpress designer (like ewebscapes) to take it to the next level. Some premium themes, shouldn’t be premium at all….

    Susan’s last blog post..Blue Min

  3. 3
    Blog Bloke Says:

    This blog could be considered a “premium” theme. I took a free template and just jazzed it up a bit and it didn’t cost me a dime. I did it at my own leisure and made it the way I wanted it.

    Someone called me about tweaking this site but I could do it myself with just a rudimentary knowledge of CSS, HTML, PHP and some great plugins. So can you and that goes for all of us too if we just take a little time to learn some skills.

    Thanks for dropping by Susan.

  4. 4
    Blog Bloke Says:

    Yeah, BlogCatalog and other SNs are now choked with the hustlers just like I predicted — including some a-list types. So what’s the score now Jaffer?

  5. 5
    Jaffer Says:

    The Czechs won the game scoring 1 goal.
    We just finished watching Portugal vs. Turkey. Portugal 2, Turkey 0.
    I’ve been streaming live game updates on my Twitter :)
    Jaffer’s last blog post..Football Fever 2008 !

  6. 6
    Blog Bloke Says:

    That’s a cool trick changing you avatar on the fly.

  7. 7
    Jaffer Says:

    That was no trick bloke … I didn’t even notice ! I have no idea how that happened.

    Now let me see: Will it be Gravatar or MyBloglog this time ?

    Oh ! This is so much like playing Roulette !

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    Dennis Edell Says:

    Oh what a let-down! Where are the names?!?!?!?! LOL

    Hey, for some reason I can’t even get my avatar to show on 99% of the blogs…grrr

    Dennis Edell’s last blog post..New Category - FREE Marketing Membership Sites

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    Blog Bloke Says:


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    Blog Bloke Says:

    Ok, I’ll start the ball rolling with names. Besides my ongoing brooha with Darren Rowse over plagiarism, I recently found this guy from Malaysia who has copied at least a dozen or more of my posts without my permission or acknowledging me as the author.


    This guy blatantly breaks international copyright laws by stealing my content (and probably others) and has refused to remove my content despite my repeated requests.


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