Elliott C. Back: Internet & Technology

WP Autoblog: A Syndication Plugin

Posted in Blogging,Code,Computers & Technology,Law,My Blog,Plugins,SEO,Spam by Elliott Back on June 6th, 2006.

This plugin was intended so I could aggregate some of my and my family members blogs together on my front page using an all-Wordpress solution. However, it seemed to attract spammers who abused it, which is even worse for me, because it puts “Post by XXXXX and software by me” on the bottom of every import, leading some people to believe that I am a spammer.

This software is PERMANTLY ON HOLD. Go use Feedwordpress, you vile spammers, or the recently announced WP o’ Matic. I will not provide this plugin, or anything like it, because the potential for abuse is way too high.

I am not, and I encourage you to go after anyone abusing this with a DMCA notice. You can follow these instructions, which should get the offending site removed in short order. I’ve had my own sites ripped off by people abusing this plugin, and filed dozens of DMCA notices against spammers. In the web 2.0 world, information is money, and there are far too many people–often located outside of the US–who want to rip off your work, rather than writing for themselves.

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64 Responses to “WP Autoblog: A Syndication Plugin

  1. Jeff says:

    What’s funny is you think pixels on a screen are property.

    If you don’t want it “stolen”, don’t put it online where anyone can see and take it.

    Duh.

  2. chris says:

    I’m using multipress lite since yours is no longer available, so far so good, does what I need. Do you think you could yours back for download?

  3. maine seo says:

    Has this plugin gotten loose in the wild? I do see it pop up quite often.

  4. James says:

    There are many such plugins available now, including ones listed on wordpress.org: wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multipress-content/

  5. shannon says:

    that’s a real shame.. I’ve been looking for something like this. for a very legitimate purpose:

    I have a podcast that i do that is hosted with podbean, and I want to create a brand new website for my podcast and pull all my old podcast episodes over to my new site.

    Seems that a plugin of this nature is real hard to come by. There are a few free ones (that Elliot has listed above) that unfortunately import everything but the MP3 file..

    any that can import MP3 or media over seem to be commercial plugins. Well, I guess I’ll keep searching..

  6. Naeem says:

    feed wordpress is good but i hate when it creats 5 6 copies of same post

  7. dingdelaotou says:

    i want to use that one,but i don’t know if someone will think i am stealing their posts…

  8. ganool says:

    i’ll try it

  9. the_guv says:

    I am UTTERLY DISGUSTED, er, by something or other.

    Funny comments .. cheers Elliot

  10. Its too bad another good project sent to trash because of scammers.

  11. dtoker says:

    aaww.. sad to see it’s gone before i could get my hands on it. :(

    will this baby still return?

  12. Lodgemeister says:

    Had the same problems myself with a load of articles I wrote for my own sites/blogs, so am glad you’ve pulled the plug on this!

  13. Fred says:

    Way to stick to your principles.

    Now you have forgone the opportunity to develop a useful program for the biggest web development community on the planet.

  14. The best way to prevent content theft is to not syndicate the entire article. Just put your excerpts in the feed. Then if other people post your post it actually helps you by driving traffic to your site and increasing your backlinks.

    • Ted says:

      Agreed! Why build fences when you can create paths? I hope you get past it Eliot, don’t let the spammers win. If you’re clever enough to create the autoblog extension, I’m guessing you can find a way to turn the tables on them spammers.

      Hey CWD, any where near Clark & Foster? Hi neighbor! =)

  15. Tony says:

    Elliott,

    Thank you for making life harder for thieves and spammers! And I'm really sorry you were labeled as a spammer.

    Here's an excellent article by Lorelle VanFossen (aka Lorelle on WordPress), “What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content”:

    lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

    All the best,

    Tony.

  16. Gniewny says:

    how to use it? i have problem with

    This is not a feed or the data is no good, sorry!
    *** bad url *** wiadomosci.onet.pl *** bad url ***

    give me some example of RSS

  17. ahasasia says:

    dear linda, i agree with you, may you send a copy of this script to my email order@ahasasia.com thank you b4

  18. I am so sorry, this was my favorite of all the plugins of this type. I use it to consolidate my 13 blogs on the splash page of my main site. I wish you the best, I know the code we write often has unintended consequences. Best of luck in future projects.

  19. angelo says:

    I wanted to applaud the plugin that I find very useful for personal use.

    I can send the plugin? Many thanks.
    I would like to create an area with news and applications that use:

    joomla.org
    milw0rm.com
    drupal.org
    wordpress.org
    google news
    etc. ..

  20. Steam says:

    I just started up a month ago and finaly installed a plugin to check my page hits and things, then I found someone useing your plugin to harvesting my site I dont have much on it lol. anyway haveing trouble tracking them down 900 sites hosted on there servers, and I get more than one hit ip so its confuseing I just blocked the whole lot and added the copywrite plugin.

    Good plugin next time try selling it so spammers at least have to pay mega bucks lol Joke :P

  21. Ryo says:

    Well, I think it’s not fair, calling everyone who want to use this a spammer. Ever thought about upcoming lifestream-feed, like Friendfeed or Twitter. 90% of the quick blog-posts of the users there, are already on friendfeed. Why not having your friendfeed-posts published automatically in your blog?

    You said, you stopped it, because it can be used as a tool for spam. Well a kitchen knife can be use to murder someone. Do you want to forbid the sale of kitchen knifes?

  22. Gimp says:

    “often located outside of the US”

    OMFG, dem thar foreigners gone and took ahr jobs.

    DEM TOOK AHR JOBS !

  23. trustseo says:

    dude you put give author credit link in the software……
    and it linked to your site!!
    if the software gave credit to the original rss poster maybe no problem
    or if you just made a link saying software developer not poster,
    (but still may have been a problem because of spammers!)

    I needed to download it and it was gone.
    I have a totally legit use for it (not spam!) and would still like it
    you have my email in this post email me and I will explain and maybe you could send me a copy instead of me trying to learn some new software.
    thanks

  24. [...] For a while now we have been using BDP RSS at UMW Blogs for aggregated course blogs, but with that plugin out of development for a while now, it is time to explore some other aggregating options. The heirs to the spam aggregating plugin WP-Autoblog (long defunct) are WP-O-Matic and FeedWordPress. Given the elegance and simplicity of FeedWordPress it is the republishing aggregator of choice at UMW Blogs these days. What does it do?  Well, quite simply it republishes a post (or several posts) from one blog into another, and provides a series of option to customize the republishing of a feed. [...]

  25. Lesso says:

    I just want to download and see this message. So sorry :( It was good plug-in :(

  26. Fadli says:

    are you selling the auto blog post here?

  27. Jaro says:

    So who is spamer?

  28. dtarmee says:

    richtige Entscheidung ! no way for spammers !

  29. Marcus says:

    LMFAO you got owned!

    “In the web 2.0 world, information is money”

    Information has always been money, or more to the point, power.

    “often located outside of the US”

    And yet you recommend people send a DMCA to them.
    DMCA = American, You = Joke.

    Your naivety and childish tantrum as a reaction to a problem YOU created has provided me with 10 minutes of lulz.

    marcus

  30. Binh Nguyen says:

    Unfortunately for you, someone else might have been using your plugin for profit. I found it at wpautoblog.com. Not only stilling your work, but using your plugin name as their domain name.

    Try to take control of the plugin. Maybe it’s too late though, because someone else already make new.

  31. Elliott this software is still available. All people have to do is do a search for a free download of wp-autoblog and BAM!. Instead of distancing yourself from what you created you need to improve upon it. You are still responsible regardless of your denial. I for one love the software. My blog needs this capability and I am not spammer. I write, use PLR, employ guest authors and more. I want to provide content so that people will visit my site. Your plugin allows the post to point to the original post so what is the problem? Let google handle the spammers and the duplicate content, not you. Get off your high horse and fix this because if you don’t, someone will take your code and improve upon it and someone else will make the spam problem worse, Because You Won’t Take Responsibility! Finally, if you don’t want to labeled as a spammer, you need to tell those who still use your plugin how to easily remove your name link script from the plugin.

  32. Steve says:

    Hiya Elliott, Is this software still avaliable from you would you be kind enough to email me it?

    Thanks for your time

    Regards
    Steve

  33. Chris says:

    I think that you’re taking the wrong approach here. Yes, software can often be used for good or evil. Email is a great example of this. Should we shut down our mail servers because spammers have taken advantage of that medium to do a great deal of evil? Should we stop providing rss feeds, because they’re one way that splogs steal our content?

    Splogs were around well before you provided this plugin, and they’ll be around long after you shut it down. If you have the opportunity to make people’s lives better through this software’s legitimate uses, then it’s worth providing.

  34. Do you have plans to re-launch this product?

  35. [...] WP-Autoblog has been around for single-installations of WordPress for a while now, and does a nice job of aggreagating content into blog posts from various feeds around the web, much like WP-o-Matic -which I talk about here. I like WP-o-Matic a lot because it uses SimplePie parsing that does an excellent job with images and other objects, while being relatively feed agnostic -unfortunately it is not compatible with WPMu just yet. However, WP-Autoblog has been made to play nice with WPMu (get the plugin here), and it is a really dead simple interface that allows for an easy cut and paste approach to including feeds. So, I got to thinking a couple of things: [...]

  36. [...] Originally Posted by itto WP Autoblog can automatically replace content in the syndicated posts.. like you can replace e.g. "hot chicks" with like "nifty hotties" or something. this one? WP Autoblog: A Syndication Plugin by Elliott C. Back no more for download but im sure i can find it but i dont see anyhting about chaning the text of rss feeds. [...]

  37. [...] dan akhirnya nemuin yang namany WP-Autoblog tapi ternyata sudah discontinued dengan alasan “because the potential for abuse is way too high.” kata si empunya. Tp gw temukan juga source aslinya disini. Dengan interface yang simple daripada feedwordpress dan BDP RSS Aggregator tapi ternyata bisa jalan dengan baek walaupun harus menyesuaikan format feed yang bisa dimasukin… [...]

  38. [...] The plugin WP Autoblog parses a list of RSS feeds and reposts their contents to a blog. However, the version run on adoption23.info was modified to use a variety of feed aggregates offered by services like Technorati. [...]

  39. Banki says:

    I like WP-o-Matic a lot because it uses SimplePie parsing that does an excellent job with images and other objects, while being relatively feed agnostic.
    :)

  40. I was able to use your plugin for a good purpose commoditywealth.com was able to collect information about all kinds of commodity trading news, charts and opinions scattered over the web and put them in one place. I am sorry to hear that your plugin caused you so much trouble.

  41. me says:

    god this guy has gone completely bonkers

  42. Doz says:

    1 question: is it possible to modify your plguin in order to avoid the automatic cretion of categories?
    ps: respect for your choice!

  43. Meissner says:

    Great work, thanks.

    @daniel: solution founded ?

  44. [...] WP-Autoblog has been around for single-installations of WordPress for a while now which does a nice job of aggregating content into blog posts from various feeds around the web -much like WP-o-Matic discussed here. I like WP-o-Matic a lot because it uses SimplePie parsing that does an excellent job with images and other objects, while being relatively feed agnostic. Unfortunately, WP-o-Matic is not compatible with WPMu just yet. WP-Autoblog, on the other hand, has been made to play nice with WPMu (get the WPMu version of this plugin here) and it is a really dead simple interface that allows for an easy cut and paste approach to including feeds. So, I got to thinking a couple of things: [...]

  45. [...] link: WP Autoblog: A Syndication Plugin by Elliott Back [...]

  46. Flibber says:

    To bad those spammers show us their ugly faces every day :( I would have loved to use this plugin. I will try one of your linktips (WP´oMatic) maybe those are still online.

    Greetings from germany – Flibber

    BTW: my son really is named Phoenix (!!)

  47. [...] Nur weil ein Beitrag mit iPhone (oder ähnlichem) getagt ist, heißt das nicht, dass er einfach so geklaut werden darf. Meine Inhalte gehören mir und stehen unter keiner CC-Lizenz oder ähnlichem. Wenn die Contentklau-Software das nicht erkennen kann, wäre es klüger sie abzuschalten, als auf eine Abmahnung der Urheber der geklauten Inhalte zu warten. Die Software klaut sogar diesen Beitrag. Ich habe ihm eine Frist bis morgen 12 Uhr gesetzt, die Inhalte von mir zu löschen und die rechtlichen Schritte für den Fall, dass er die Frist verstreichen lässt, angekündigt. Das Plugin, welches für den Diebstahl verwendet wird heißt WP Autoblog und wird wegen der Missbrauchsgefahr auch nicht mehr weiterentwickelt. 06.12.2007, 13:20 Uhr · Martin Hiegl [...]

  48. [...] Eliott Back, criador do plugin, explicou em seu blog que sua intencao ao criar o plugin era apenas agregar seus diversos blogs pessoais e de familia num unico. E depois de perceber o quanto seu plugin favorecia o abuso de spammers ou “sploggers”, retirou o plugin de circulacao em 06/06/2006, mas obviamente algumas copias ficaram por ai, e podem ser rodadas nas versoes antigas do WordPress. [...]

  49. [...] WP-Autoblog has been around for single-installations of WordPress for a while now which does a nice job of aggregating content into blog posts from various feeds around the web -much like WP-o-Matic discussed here. I like WP-o-Matic a lot because it uses SimplePie parsing that does an excellent job with images and other objects, while being relatively feed agnostic. Unfortunately, WP-o-Matic is not compatible with WPMu just yet. WP-Autoblog, on the other hand, has been made to play nice with WPMu (get the WPMu version of this plugin here) and it is a really dead simple interface that allows for an easy cut and paste approach to including feeds. So, I got to thinking a couple of things: [...]

  50. Adas says:

    Is great plugin, very usefull. Thanks for you work.

  51. [...] WP-Autoblog has been around for single-installations of WordPress for a while now which does a nice job of aggregating content into blog posts from various feeds around the web -much like WP-o-Matic discussed here. I like WP-o-Matic a lot because it uses SimplePie parsing that does an excellent job with images and other objects, while being relatively feed agnostic. Unfortunately, WP-o-Matic is not compatible with WPMu just yet. WP-Autoblog, on the other hand, has been made to play nice with WPMu (get the WPMu version of this plugin here) and it is a really dead simple interface that allows for an easy cut and paste approach to including feeds. So, I got to thinking a couple of things: [...]

  52. Malta says:

    Good choice mate. :)

  53. Does somebody was brainstorming why Google have bought Feedburner? Do you really think Google does not know which post is original and which is stolen? Real nursery…

    Chris, is the right way to steal is to write where it was stolen? And do you really think spamdexers are located in the rest of your small world more often than otherwise? You forgot U.S. is the country of spam origin.

  54. Chris says:

    I hate people that have to ruin things for everyone else. I too am looking to incorporate content from multiple sites that are in my network, and want to do it the right way with links, credits etc. to original posts…oh well…all those other version out there cater to the:

    “and there are far too many people–often located outside of the US–who want to rip off your work, rather than writing for themselves”

  55. [...] Automated RSS postings If you’ve ever looked around webmaster marketplaces and found an "auto-updated blog" for sale, it’s probably just running the infamous WP Autoblog syndication plugin by Elliot Back. However, if you check the link, you’ll find the twonk has gone and provided free advertising to other potential spam tools: FeedWordpress WP o Matic RSS Aggregator Thanks Elliot. Actually, the RSS Aggregator may be especially good for a couple of projects I’m developing – not for blackhat content theft, but instead to consolidate feeds from a blog network onto a central site. So there you go. __________________ Search Engine Optimisation consultant Need search engine traffic? I can help: Britecorp SEO services [...]

  56. Joern says:

    After someone copied my feed and it looked like his post, I started using a plugin called: ©Feed, Plugin URI: bueltge.de/wp-feed-plugin/204/
    It can attach a report of copyright, a digital fingerprint and the IP of the feed reader to your WordPress feed (each entry)
    Works great for me, just as a tip for people trying to find out how to stop content theft…

  57. [...] RSS Aggregator plugin for Wordpress Mo implementasi RSS Aggregator plugin buat wodpress untuk pandawa5 koq susahnya minta ampun ya, udah nyoba beberapa plugin mulai dari feedwordpress, BDP RSS Aggregator, dll ternyata masalahnya sama… gak bisa dapetin feed dari wordpress.com duh… dan akhirnya nemuin yang namany WP-Autoblog tapi ternyata sudah discontinued dengan alasan “because the potential for abuse is way too high.” kata si empunya. Tp gw temukan juga source aslinya disini. Dengan interface yang simple daripada feedwordpress dan BDP RSS Aggregator tapi ternyata bisa jalan dengan baek walaupun harus menyesuaikan format feed yang bisa dimasukin… Satu contoh, feed dari blognya friendster adalah RDF, setelah diconvert pake feedburner gk berhasil, akhirnya pake feedblender baru berhasil, but make me happy [...]

  58. Daniel says:

    exists some solution to avoid that they copy my contents?

  59. Manele says:

    i love it :) thank you

  60. So is the any solution to prevent WP-AutoBlog plugin getting or download my rss feed? Please help

  61. [...] I found a couple of plugins that would do this by taking an RSS feed and converting the ’s into WordPress entries. The first one I came across was WP-Autoblog by Elliot Back however that assigned categories to syndicated posts based on the categories assigned to them in the original feed. Since the feed’s I was using didn’t assign categories to the entries, this wasn’t really a viable option. [...]

  62. [...] TeaQuality.com is up and running; however, the rss feed mechanism to incorporate news from yahoo and google news with keyword search function of “tea” is not working. So I went back and did some more research and apparently there are two popular wordpress rss feeders which is feedwordpress and AutoBlog, yet autoblog is not available due to the author’s fear of abuse of the code. This creates problems for me. I think it might be the CDATA tags in the yahoo news feeds that are creating problems with feedwordpress, but that mean I will have to spend time going threw the rss.php code file to figure out how the parser works… sigh and who knows how long that is going to take. [...]

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