We pride ourselves on original content and work hard to bring you unique posts daily. That’s why it saddened and angered us to find Avid Running, Running-USA.com, and Running Addicts stealing our content — with no mention of WalkJogRun and no links back (they even removed all the hyperlinks). Their blog content automatically aggregates to their Twitter feed (which makes us curious if this post will appear)* and since our most recent post had a hashtag (#winterrungear) we were able to easily spot this nonsense.
Here are some screenshots from the sites — we’re purposely not linking to the sites directly because we don’t want to drive more traffic (and money) their way.
We’re sharing this information to let our readers be aware of what’s going on — and, because yes, we’re angry. Hopefully we can get this taken care of quickly so we can turn our attention back to producing content, growing our app, and running!
*UPDATE: It did. And it’s hilarious:
Update 1/31/2014 12:24 PM ET – it’s still up and a big thanks to Jim Romenesko for sharing our story on his blog!
Update 2/4/2014 3:47 PM ET – just wanted to clarify that Running USA wasn’t the organization that was stealing content but rather a content farm owning a domain name running-usa.com operating under the brand equity of Running USA whose website is runningusa.org. This obviously makes the story all the more sad because the non-profit charged with growing running is having it’s brand name diluted by these spammers. We wrote this article knowing the difference but with hindsight we didn’t make that clear in the original edit hence the updates.