A couple of days ago, I was doing a quick Google search to see whether any mainstream media had picked up my story on Senator Clayton Hee’s misleading financial disclosures. The answer, at that time, was “no.”
But I was interested in one listing, where the headline from my blog was found on something called fwix.com.
Click on the link, and you see my original entry in a frame on the fwix.com site.
So is this stealing my content or just expanding its reach?
I was unfamiliar with fwix. Here’s how they describe themselves.
Founded in October 2008 by Darian Shirazi, Fwix was originally designed to filter news and information on the Internet by local area. Since then, the team at Fwix has built technology to geotag the Web and find the best local information on news sites, blogs, and social media sites.
I’m trying to decide what to think about this. Maybe other bloggers out there can help me.
The problem is that blog ranks are now dependent on a lot of factors I don’t fully understand or track. But Fwix doesn’t appear to provide a direct link to my site. Instead, it’s through an intermediate link that, as I look at it, will credit their site with each click rather than giving the credit to the original source.
If that’s the way it works, I feel like I’m being ripped off.
But I don’t know that I understand the system enough to feel safe making that kind of judgement.
Help! If you have a clearer understanding of how all this works, please leave a comment!