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Stealing Landing Pages is a Crappy Thing to Do

Ok, I took down my previous post because I was incredibly pissed off when I wrote it.  The guy who grabbed my LP is just a noob, and noobs make mistakes.  That being said, I guess I’ll get off his back about it.

You know what I found the most disappointing about that whole thing though?  It wasn’t the theft of my landing page, it was the people who leapt in to justify it.

“Everybody steals landing pages.”

It’s just 1s and 0s, right?  Victimless crime, right?  Well, what about the people who make their living off of web page design?  They’re losing business.

“It’s ok because he’s a newbie.  He doesn’t have money to spend on landing pages.”

You know what?  I’m new at this too.  The guy who stole my LP actually spent more on his campaign than I did.  Why is it that he deserves a free LP when I had to pay for mine?

“It’s just part of the business.”

That’s incredibly disheartening, and it really destroys any incentive for me to try to be original.  Why put forth any effort to be creative/unique?  Just find what works and steal it.

Oh well

That campaign is over, so I guess there’s no point in worrying about it.  It’s a shame though:  Three more leads and I would have gotten my first $1,000+ check.

BIG F’N EDIT: My affiliate manager contacted me and let me know that I had 3 uncredited leads, which were just added.  In other words, last month I made over $1,000 with Advaliant.  First $1k+ month ever.

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6 Responses to “Stealing Landing Pages is a Crappy Thing to Do”

  1. Blog For Money Says:

    Dude. I don’t think you over-reacted at all. I’m just as new as the both of you guys at PPC and I payed for my own LP (from the same designer) just like you.

    If the guy REALLY felt bad he would have done as you asked and made a specific post about stealing and saying sorry. Then I’d be fine with it too.

  2. Rajaie AlKorani Says:

    No slack, kill them all! Just kidding, but I’m sorry to hear you didn’t reach $1,000 :(

  3. alexa7 Says:

    That’s cool you made the $1000.00. Was the overhead high to make it?

  4. Some guy in Japan Says:

    So you just made $1k? Nice job, sir. Nice job.

  5. Geoff Says:

    @Adam
    I wish I could say it was all profit. Sorry, Japan is still a long way off for me.

  6. Jared Stenzel Says:

    Honestly, sorry to say, it is something you will get used to eventually. It sucks, I know. I had some freelance articles that made $100 a piece being copied onto hundreds of blogs word for word. It made me mad. At first I’d go around to this bloggers and tell them it was my content ect ect. As it happened more and more, I just got fed up and stopped contacting them.

    Heard about the $250 worth of facebook advertising coupons? Leave me a comment somewhere on my blog if you want me to send you an email with the coupon codes.

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