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What aggregate sites are all about

If you have ever done a Google search for one of your videos, or blog posts, and found it also listed and displayed on some type of strange page, sometimes with just some nonsense type, or even a foreign language, and a bunch of ads, you have found an aggregate site.

Aggregate sites are just automatically-generated pages that go out and steal content and videos. Their goal is to get people to visit their site, which earns them Adsense money, by using your content. Here is how it works:

Let's say that you write a blog post on *how to plant petunias in Peoria with pretzels*. Your original content is then indexed by Google, and people who do a search for that will find your blog. It can also be a video that you created, or even a website page. An aggregate site takes advantage of your content by creating a *phantom page* about petunias, which has your content, your photos, and your videos. When the Google bots index that page, people who are searching for *how to plant petunias in Peoria with pretzels* go to this aggregate page, instead of your page. The goal of the aggregate pages is to get people to visit them, not you. And all they care about is getting hits on the page. And if that's all you care about, too, you may be in trouble.

But if your blog, website, or video does more than just accumulate hits for Adsense, you really don't have to worry too much about this. In fact, if you are, like me, looking for exposure, these sites are out there all the time spreading your name, your content, and your links around. The Google bots really aren't that dumb, and your original content will be indexed and displayed before the aggregate sites. The best thing to do is to continue to produce original content, like I am doing here, and check your spelling (because once they copy it, you can't go back and fix it!), and promote yourself.

Just thought you would like to know.