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How Olga Gabdulkhakova stole one-year old content from my blog – A story about plagiarism on Search Engine Land

Olga Gabdulkhakova Plagiarism

It’s been a very long time since I updated this blog; and for a reason. I changed jobs and do not working with Russian SEO any longer. Even though the idea of writing a blog in English about Russian SEO was unique and rather successful, I decided to stop writing, as I had nothing much to share. I did not want to become one of those bloggers, who re-writes and recycles other people’s content as I have no respect for those and they are just polluting the Internet with their shameless plagiarism.

So, I was happily working with my non-Russian SEO tasks and half a year later I saw a neat summary of my blog on Search Engine Land. Great?! Nope! The article was signed by Olga Gabdulkhakova. Wow, I thought! That hurt! And do you think the shameless Olga Gabdulkhakova linked to me as a source? Nope! That hurt even more.

The worst part of it is that some of my old Twitter friends actually commented on the article, writing that Olga Gabdulkhakova stole the content. First, Olga Gabdulkhakova called my blog “a small piece” of her research; then some rep of Search Engine Land said that Olga Gabdulkhakova did not steal anything and closed the comment field.

This incident made me very upset; and not because Olga Gabdulkhakova recycled my year old content. That just made her look stupid, as the info in her post was outdated and the post was full of crap. What really is sad, that Search Engine Land, one of the most respected portals in the industry a) does not verify what their trusted bloggers write and b) that thousands of people learn their SEO and PPC from a source like this.

I myself read Search Engine Land on a regular basis to stay updated about the new development in the industry, but now I am not sure I will, because if more blog posts are scam like the ones from Olga Gabdulkhakova, I shall not waste my time on them.

Olga Gabdulkhakova’s plagiarism bit by bit

Being a fair and honest person as I am, I cannot just accuse Olga Gabdulkhakova without a proof. See the parts of Olga Gabdulkhakova’s post and corresponding posts on my blog and see for yourself.

Yandex Ranking Factors: the into paragraph about Snezhinsk, the search algorithm of Yandex, is taken from here . The funny part is that Snezhinsk algorithm was replaced by a new one, called Obninsk, in September last year, which was announced on Yandex Webmaster blog. But Olga Gabdulkhakova chose my old post over official Yandex media! :-)

The bit about Quotation Index is taken from here. Quotation index is my own frivolous translation. It is mainly known as citation index.

Geo-targeting bit is taken from here and here, and so is the How To Check Your Site’s Region In Yandex part.

What If Your Site Was Assigned The Wrong Region?, What If You Don’t Want To Be Associated With Any Region? is a complete rip-off of this one (even the screenshots are the same).

The last part about Yandex PPC Olga Gabdulkhakova actually found somewhere else, but funny enough, it was wrong info as well (see the comments under Olga Gabdulkhakova).

It is really a sad that Olga Gabdulkhakova neither verified the facts in my posts nor linked to me as a source of information.

Shame on you Olga Gabdulkhakova for stealing and shame on you Search Engine Land for covering her crime!

If you, who is reading this post, ever experienced something like that, please help me to spread the word.

Sincerely,
Verona of RussianSearchTips.com

Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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3 Responses to “How Olga Gabdulkhakova stole one-year old content from my blog – A story about plagiarism on Search Engine Land”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jochen Koedijk and Verona M, Verona M. Verona M said: Stolen content published on Search Engine Land – http://bit.ly/g1cg9h […]

  2. oskar says:

    Unbelievable. As an avid reader of your blog in the past (I wondered why you were not writing any longer) I feel this is outrageous as I used (and credited) your info about Yandex in my previous role as SEO in a big travel site It is not the first time though. I remember a former client of mine rehashing all the info about multilingual seo I gave him as a matter of consultancy when I was his account manager and using it in a post in searchenginewatch. I wish you the best in your new endeavours. Are you still in the online marketing industry?

  3. Verona says:

    Hey Oskar! Yeah it’s very annoying! I was furious when I saw this Olga’s post. To answer your question, I am still working with online marketing, but not towards Russia anymore. I am thinking however to start writing this blog again. Yandex is filing for IPO and hence the interest to the company is as hot as ever.