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Someone out there likes me! Well, enough to scrape my content. Beware of mdw-ntr.com

This post doesn’t have much to do with Egyptian Hieroglyphs, but it makes for an interesting story.

On a whim, I decided to check out Google’s Webmaster Tools. I don’t use the tools as often as I should, but I was interested in seeing who was linking to the site. One page stood out.

 

Content Scrape 1 List of the pages from my site that this site linked to.

 

This website linked to each of my lessons. Nothing particularly strange about that, but I decided to investigate.

I clicked the link to check out the site, but I found the page unavailable. A slight annoyance, but nothing big. I just had to use Google’s cached version. After opening the cached version, I found that the site copied a significant portion of my website. Not just a sentence here, a phrase there, but blatant, word-for-word copying. Here are a couple of screenshots from the cached version of the site:

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The Top 5 Reasons Why I Made EgyptianHieroglyphs.net

Alec excavating in EgyptThe site has been up and running for about a week now. I’m surprised at seeing this amount of traffic so early, but it’s nice.

So I thought, rather than writing about something related to ancient Egypt, I’d share a little bit about myself and why I began this project.

Background

In the middle of my undergrad, I transferred to a school that offered courses in Middle Egyptian, Late Egyptian, Demotic, and Coptic in order to pursue a degree in Egyptology. I felt the current track I was on wasn’t leading the direction I wanted, so I decided to make the leap.

It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

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