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Is there a market for this type of site? Can it make money? Could I be sued?

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by buzzcore, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. buzzcore

    buzzcore Junior Member

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    Hi, for my last little project I built an advanced php application that could pull content from various sources. The script doesn't just use the usual xml scraping that most autobloggers use but it parses the DOM of each page and uses preset profiles to pull content from sites. This makes all the content look really smart.

    So I built it into a theme and set it away scraping and posting content, it also auto posts content to facebook. It has only been running for a few hours but already the site looks great and has loads of engaging content that could easily go viral and bring in money.

    The only problem is that this content is parsed from large lifestyle and entertainment sites and I'm worried about the consequences it could have. If these large websites caught wind would they get their lawyers to send me a strongly worded letter?

    Also, is it possible to flip a site like this, or would the content put people off?

    The site in question is. LINK REMOVED


    If you guys have any advice for me I would be grateful, i'm thinking of just taking it down and chalking it up as a failed project.

    EDIT: Mods if this is the wrong thread please move it :)
     
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  2. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    The site looks OK, but you should remove the URL and also invest in WHOIS privacy protection.
     
  3. buzzcore

    buzzcore Junior Member

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    Remove the URL from the thread? Or do you mean remove the URL from the posts on the site?
     
  4. Pornguy

    Pornguy Regular Member

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    Just give credit to the original site, most sites would love smaller sites to share their posts or stories.
     
  5. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    From the thread. You don't want it attracting the wrong kind of attention. PM it to anybody that wants to see it.
     
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    Buddy, viralnova has been doing this forever. You're just automating it. If you can add a "Source" link to each post & create a DMCA page you should be alright.
    If you get approached than do as they say - if you begin profiting from this I highly suggest making it short term. Don't risk lawsuits.
     
  7. neutralkreep

    neutralkreep Newbie

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    Firstly I would suggest you remove the link.
    The site looks good, lots of content from what I seen. I don't think any large websites can do anything except possibly send you a letter or message and you can just go from there.
    I doubt they would be able to sue although I don't have much knowledge on this sort of thing.
    Goodluck with your website buzz, looks promising.
     
  8. buzzcore

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    See this is what I thought. But there are so many copyright infringes in just copy/pasting an article that if a site decided to sue me for damages then surely I would not stand a chance?
     
  9. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Also OP, if you created the script yourself then you should think about making it available for sale.
     
  10. buzzcore

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    hmm, it's a possibility although there would be a lot more work to do to get it user friendly enough for others to install.
     
  11. EpicSEO

    EpicSEO BANNED BANNED

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    Hmm, I have a few technical questions and suggestions that you might be able to benefit from. Mind if I send you a PM?
     
  12. EpicSEO

    EpicSEO BANNED BANNED

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    No large site would bother, it would take months, possibly a year for the courts to sort the trial, the expensive lawsuit would not be worth it and they would lose money - because you wouldn't be able to pay millions. Much more simple to just DMCA you.
     
  13. buzzcore

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    Yeah sure, just heading to bed now but I will reply in the morning.
     
  14. meathead1234

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    I doubt there would be much of a market for this. People buying turnkey sites want something easy to run (usually with a common CMS like Wordpress). No-one is going to want to buy a site built on your own custom code that you admit isn't easy to use. I would imagine there are already tons of WP plugins out there that cover most of the functionality you have.

    Your best bet is keeping the site yourself and trying to get it viral. Once you have a precedent of a site that is successful then it's going to be more sellable.

    Legal wise, IANAL, but if you link to the original source and have an accessible DMCA page, you're unlikely to have any major issues.
     
  15. buzzcore

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    Hi Meathead, thanks for taking the time to reply. It is built upon the Wordpress CMS and once my script is setup there is no maintenance required you just sit back and let it do it's thing.

    You would think so, but every plugin I found would just pull the rss feed, mine has the ability to get the featured image, resize the featured image to fit with your theme. It can skip articles that have a certain markup, it can use different css for different sites, it generates its own wordpress tags using the most popular words in an article.

    This is what I originally intended for the site, until I became worried about the legal side of things.

    I think this is the general consensus, I may make it so that it only gives a summary of the article and the user will have to navigate to the source to read the full thing.

    Thanks again for your input!