This article here is really just a small hint for the bloggers under you. Be pretty careful if you reblog content from other blogs, especially if you don´t know the person who published the content. I tell you this as I have noticed something now several times…
On WordPress.com you can find content thieves (No generalization… please read further). The thing is that you might reblog content from a person who has stolen the full text content from a well established bigger blog or magazine. And you don´t really want to reblog the stolen content and it is no good idea to make business with those thieves as Google can punish you if you link back to such crappy blogs which are filled with stolen content.
My tip is the following… there is nothing bad with reblogging but you really should copy and paste some sentences of the article you want to reblog, to Google. I know this will cost you a minute more but it is worthwhile as you can find out pretty fast if the content you want to reblog is clean and not stolen.
It´s not only that Google could punish your blog if you reblog stolen content. The thing is that the original right holder could try that too. I think that is not so likely as they rather would fill out the DMCA against the thief, but I think it must be mentioned anyway. But it is more likely that Google will punish you. Do you want your site to be unranked and maybe de-indexed and so? That´s the point I mean. There is really a risk if you reblog stolen content even if you are not aware of it. That´s why I post this friendly advice.
If you find a blog author who has stolen content on the blog, I also want to mention that it is possible to fight copyright infringement. Sure it will cost you some minutes, but it will make WordPress.com a better community. Indeed, WordPress is already a very good community full of creative and friendly people. But there are also some black sheep’s. Always fight them! As said this will help us all, who publish on the fair way!
I just mention all this in the light of the recent events. Today I found again a content thief on WordPress. I reblogged content of another blog and found out that the article was original from another magazine and not from the author I reblogged. I had to delete the reblog as I do not want to be punished by Google for linking to bad blogs.
This happened to me now several times in the past, which is why I always proof today with Google, if the content I want to reblog is stolen. And that´s why you read my advice. Be careful.