Wellsphere scandal & blog network scam- Request a GOOGLE PENALTY
Wellsphere is a business. One whose lawyers did a good job of writing CYA language to avoid possible lawsuits for stealing other people’s content. How to fire back? Hit em’ where it hurts, in the Google SERP (search engine results pages).
I suggest that all bloggers who feel screwed by Wellsphere petition Google to consider penalizing the business for its shady practices. Google can override the official “lawfulness” of pulling RSS feeds and claiming property rights on the content … and operate from an ethical point of view.
Wellsphere’s hidden print is what the internet IS NOT about…and Google has the power to make the content that they’ve stolen worthless in terms of search engine ranking. That might be our best hope.
GOOGLE PETITION TEXT – report Wellsphere here
Wellsphere has accessed my blog’s RSS feed. Hidden in the fine print of their TOS is consent to publish the entire blog feed on the Wellsphere website. Users then transfer INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS to Wellsphere, which is distinguished by lawyer-talk and has confused hundreds of bloggers.
feel that this business practice (however lawful) is unethical and deserves to be penalized. I request that Google look into Wellsphere’s business model and consider penalized the SERP for all blogs, under the premise that Wellsphere has duped many people unwillingly into not simply publishing blog content on their site, but them claiming to OWN what they publish.
Many thanks for your help.
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