MLT Blog copies from The Main

Dumplings, we all love them as does MTL Blog. The only thing they seem to love more is stealing photos. This time it’s a lovely dumpling pic from The Main’s Battle Dumpling article.

the main original article

As you can see the main has a nice picture and thorough article on Dumplings in Montreal, published back in 2013.

But wait, what’s this, the same picture on MTL Blog with no citation mention done in a 2014 article.

mtl blog stolen dumplings from the main
Here’s what will likely happen. If the man has an issue they will contact MTL Blog. MTL Blog will blame some intern, then put a link after the fact. This is not the 1st time nor will it be the last. Feel free to read our last post regarding other bloggers who had their photos stolen MULTIPLE times.

Playing the blame the intern card or oops we got it from Google and didn’t know game is like a cheating partner saying they won’t do it again and then they go out and do it again, multiple times over.

Here’s a rule of thumb to help avoid this: ASK FOR PERMISSION BEFORE POSTING. Assume your picture does not belong to you and ask the content creator if you can use it. It’s just an email or tweet away, often they will say yes.

 

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MTL Blog – Stealing content month after month

Some bloggers have contacted MTL Blog in the past regarding  their photos being used without consent.  In some cases, all they want is recognition and a link pointing to the source. You know like when you write a paper and have to cite your work.

Well here’s a not so funny story of what happened to Montreal Food Pictures.

In regards to 2 photos being used without permission, Montreal Food Pictures got through to MTL Blog and asked to credit the photos and link back to the source.

In an email from Montreal Food Photos, they said, “The first time, the editor excused himself saying that the intern was clueless and didn’t know that she has to put credit. The second time, the editor did not apologize…”

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MTL BLOG STOLEN PIC
MTL BLOG STOLEN PIC

The first incident was in April, the 2nd incident in May and the most recent one in June (see below).

 

MTL Blog post with stolen picture dated 2014/06
MTL Blog post with stolen picture dated 2014/06

 

Montreal Food Pics Original Post dated 2013/08
Montreal Food Pics Original Post dated 2013/08

As you can see there is no source mention on the above picture.  If you look at the incidents you will notice that we have 1 every month and the excuse offered by MTL Blog staff of the intern was clueless and didn’t know that she has to put credit is a lie to make it seem like they didn’t do anything bad. Pleading ignorance or that it was a simple mistake only works once, not multiple times, like in this case where the norm seems to be taking the photo without asking for it and the consolation prize is adding a citation and a link.

It’s important to note that MTL Blog makes money of off pictures because their text based content is so short. In fact, the pickle post is only 57 words, compared to the 372 words in the original post by Montreal Food Picture.  I mean, only 57 words, I’ve seen txt messages longer than that.

I think a comment made by Montreal Food Pictures best summarizes the frustration by those who have their photos stolen.

 “You can’t imagine how much effort I put in to take pictures and put some finishing touches. I have been learning food photography for over 5 years, trying to improve myself every day in taking better pictures. It sucks for a person who takes my pic without crediting, without being considerate how much effort that has been put into this work.”

 

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

Friends don’t let friends like MTL Blog.

Fake News MTL Blog style

Click baiting is the annoying practice of having a splashy photo or engaging headline that bait people into clicking on the link. You likely see a dozen of these items in your Facebook feed. Items like top 25 way to lose weight, or you won’t believe what person x did and survived.  Years ago we called these tabloid headlines, although in an age where people have an attention span of 140 characters or less, this is all the more prevalent.

One of the ways MTL Blog builds its base of viewers is through Facebook. As we discussed in a previous post, MTL Blog get lots of Facebook traffic.  In fact, 46% of it comes from Facebook while 7.3% from Google. Because Facebook relies heavily on user generated content, a like or share makes a page more popular / visible.
So when MTL Blogs runs a story with headlines like “Old $2 Bills Are Now Worth $20, 000” – “If you held on to them you may now be rich. ” People automatically believe that old $2 bills are now worth $20,000. They think it’s possible because MTL Blog seems like it’s a newspaper.

2 dollar bill mtl blog

Now read that carefully, what does it say? It says that Old $2 Bills Are Now Worth $20, 000. So that $2 bill you have stuck in between the old Encyclopedia Britannica in your parents basement is going to make you rich.

What the headline doesn’t say is that only a certain amount of bills are valuable. This practice just tricks people into sharing the page and liking it. And since few people ever un-like Facebook pages, the payoff is enormous.

Things got so out of hand even Huff Post had to chime in and set the record straight by using this little thing known as research and journalism.

huffpost

Some people may ask why is this a bad thing? Well if you are ok with the deceptive practice of link baiting, then maybe the fact that MTL Blog tries to pass itself off as news doesn’t bother you. Now a real journalist would laugh at that statement but ask yourself, what does their Facebook page say? Wait let me add some red arrows to it… Yup NEWSPAPER!!!!!

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Now that we are done laughing, think about it. Some people think that MTL Blog is legitimate news. Well if you look at how often they put out content then you would think it’s a news outlet, and they do write about what’s going on and you see it everywhere thanks to the fact they have over 50,000 Facebook fans.

So when you see articles on a tornado heading to Montreal people may believe it. Oh and in case you think I’m sarcastic about a tornado touching down, please check out our post regarding this.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

Friends don’t let friends like MTL Blog.

 

Stolen pics part III

 

For those who missed our articles showcasing how MTL Blog stole photos from 2 local bloggers, here’s another.

Local blogger Montreal Breakfast Review had their image used by MTL Blog and was able to get it down thanks to a tweet shaming MTL Blog. The MTL Blog stolen pic is no longer up but the previous screen grab shows the image in question.  You can see the back and forth on twitter.

mtl blog steals brunch

 

This was taken from a 2009 blog post found  here.  This is the 2nd stolen picture on the same post from MTL Blog. The 1st being from La Pantry and the write up can be seen here.

mtlbrunch

Thanks to the a tweet calling out MTL Blog, the image was removed. You can see the back and forth on twitter.

 A similar approach was used by Will Travel for Food regarding their image being stolen. Turns out that when you publicly call out MTL Blog they take down the stolen image. So if anyone has content stolen by them, please let us know and do use social media to call them out on it.

Be heard

Believe it or not, one particular post on MTL Blog is worse than the rest.  It’s the one with the snappy tittle of “British Girl Blows 24 Spanish Bros For Free Drink” and the tag line of “She was really thirsty.”

top half

This is wrong on many levels and one of the reasons we started this site. Aside from the fact this is incredibly misogynistic and is degrading to women, the tag line “She was really thirsty” is even more disrespectful since they are making a joke out of it.” You can even see the comments from a MTL Blog contributor laughing about people who have issue with this post and their practices.

not funny cencored

Another issue is this has nothing to do with Montreal. This is simply filler junk content, there is no rhyme or reason why it is there. There doesn’t even seem to be an SEO benefit for this, so why have it?

It hasn’t been removed from the site even though other people are complaining about it.  So let’s take this opportunity to turn a negative into a positive and hit them where it hurts, their pockets.

Sites like this only exist to make money and rely on advertisers.

As of today, we found 4 advertisers on their site (2 seem to be private ads other are from google ad network.)

moog

Piknicelectronik @ Piknic web site here in association with Moog @moogaudio web site here. I included the advertising tracking code for Piknic so it’s clear that their ad is on this site. In case the picture isn’t enough proof.

mtl blog advertisers

Zoofest also has a large banner ad above that you can reach the via twitter  @zoofest or on their web site. They likely spent a chunk of change on the multi sided ad.  Zoofest is a local Montreal Festival and although I’m sure they love publicity like any advertiser, we doubt they want to be associated with content like this.

zoofest

Feel free to link to this exact page so they can see their ad. If the post comes down, that is a victory to all.  If the post stays but the ads disappear then it is a step closer, either way this doesn’t work without multiple people taking to Twitter, Facebook and any other social media. Take the 10 seconds to send that tweet.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

 

 

Stolen pic part II – MTL Blog steals from La Pantry

Mtl Blog is consistent, I’ll give them that.  But it’s not a compliment.  Once again, they have failed to ask for consent to post other peoples picture. We have a repeat offense very similar to our last post on the picture from a local blogger.

This time it is La Pantry who had their photo stolen. As you can see the original photo below is from December 2011.

le pantry original

 

While the stolen pic is used in a December 2013 article (seen below).

mtl blog stolen pic from le pantry

 

Normally when people want something they ask for it. When people just take it that’s called theft. Le Pantry spent money, time and effort on that post, and to have another site use that image without permission is simply wrong. What makes things worse is we have confirmation from La Pantry that they requested that the image be removed repeatedly and nothing happened.

We had success thanks to our last article when a single tweet got the content taken down. It seems that public shaming is the only way to get stolen content taken down.
twitter

 

It’s unfortunate that hard working people have to find their work on someones for profit site without their consent.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

Friends don’t let friends like MTL Blog.

How to steal other peoples photos 101

MTL Blog has a nasty habit of taking other peoples content without asking their permission. Case and point, this bring your own wine article where they use a picture that belongs to a local blogger Will Travel for food.

You can see their displeasure by the comment on the stolen photo in this screen grab. The text reads “It would be nice of you to give credit and place a link back when you take a photo without the author’s permission (even nicer if you ask!), as in the photo of Raza you stole from me since I don’t remember you asking if you could use it. ”

comment raza

The original post, from 2011, can be see here.

raza will travel

 

The stolen photo is still up and can be seen below.

 

raza review

 

Not only is the photo is still up, the post/complaint from June 2nd has not yet been acknowledged. People may not think that this is a bad thing since we all use photos from the internet. However the problem with this is that this blogger worked hard on the post, the photo and they paid for that meal. So one can assume that photo alone cost around $20-$40. To take the intellectual property of someone who created that content without permission is not okay. Simply put, you the hard work of someone else and making profit off of it. Remember, there are ads on the site so content = ad revenue. Keep in mind the post has more space given to the photo than the actual text so clearly they value it but not enough to ask for permission.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

 

Friends don’t let friends like MTL Blog.

 

 

Tornado in Montreal??? Link Baiting MTL Blog style

Sometimes MTL Blog must drink on the job or be really busy huffing paint because this so called “article,” lovingly  titled “Tornado Warning Issued For MontrealHold on to your dicks because things are about to get stormy: ” is classic link baiting and 100% false. You can read some of the comments at the bottom of the post.

tornado

Some of my favourites are:

“Why is there no other source for this warning? literally no other source on the internet.”

“This is a DANGEROUS post in many ways, There is NOTHING in any of the weather charts or official sources to say that Tornadoes will occur, Warnings from Environment Canada are issued when threatening weather IS occurring not if it might.
There are people who are scared of thunderstorms and this post does NOTHING to ease that fear, posts like this are also why people DO NOT listen to official warnings when they are issued.
Being a qualified weather observer and someone who knows a lot about Meteorology, I suggest you think before scaring people for no reason.”

“mtlblog seems to be the only “source” predicting Tornadoes in Montreal. MétéoMédia on the other hand says that there will be 20-30mm of rain over a 16 hour period, with possibly storms in the afternoon and evening with 15km/h winds. If, however a tornado does pass through Montreal tomorrow, I will eat my words and apologize publicly, and award this site the meteorologist of the year.”

So if by tornado they mean rain, then yes, it did rain. It also rained many times since and apparently it snows in the winter too.  I wonder what kind of meteorological condition they will come up with in winter? I also included a video since MTL Blog apparently doesn’t read or check its facts.  I should warn you, it is 2:50 so if you work at or read MTL Blog this may be 2:45 too long and full of those annoying things called facts.

I also want to take the time to highlight the problem with posts like this by MTL Blog. People may think they are an actual news site.  Ask any journalist, read any of their posts and you will see that they are not real news, they are more gossip and page fillers with the intent to sell banner ads.

Remember only you can help stop MTL Blog by getting people to Un-follow them on Facebook. You can use our handy “Help! My friends are douchebags guide” as well as our “Help! My friends accidentaly liked MTL Blog” guides to Un-Following MTL Blog.

 

Friends don’t let friends like MTL Blog.

 

 

Help! My friends liked MTLblog – and they keep sharing their stuff – (They Don’t know Any Better – Version)

Ok so your friends like MTL Blog, they share those posts on Facebook and it drives you nuts.

 

The poor quality writing like this:  “The dating profiles of every Montreal Man” or in this case white hipsters (So much for Ethnic diversity in Montreal)

mtl blog whit ppl only

 

Or the Sexist and offensive posts like this recent one

mtl blog no class

 

The only problem is that unlike MTL Blog and their douchetastic content your friends are not douchebags  and using our handy douchebag MTL Blog guide will just offend them and start a Facebook fight.

So here are some tips.

  1. Use this link to identify all your friends who like MTL Blog https://www.facebook.com/browse/friended_fans_of/?page_id=254768477928383 .
  2. Don’t judge them. We all clicked on a link we didn’t want to, or liked something on Facebook by accident.
  3. Contact them directly and tell them that sexist trash like this post by Max Joseph / Max Bledstein ( or whatever he calls himself)   is one of the many reasons they should not like and share MTL Blog content on Facebook “British Girl Blows 24 Spanish Bros For Free Drink

Here is some logic as to why we ask people to UN-follow MTL Blog. MTL Blog is ranked site #256 in Canada as per Alexa.  This is bad because it means people are reading this trash. In fact they spend 2:53 minutes on average on this site.  The majority of their traffic, 46% comes from Facebook and their second highest source is Google at a lowly 7.3%. This means that almost all of their traffic comes from Facebook. So if people un-follow MTL Blog on Facebook they will starve and get less traffic. Less traffic means less advertising money. Do the math. Spread the word, Stop MTL Blog.

 

 

Help! My friends liked MTLblog – and they keep sharing their stuff – (Douchebag Version)

Ok so your friends like Mtl Blog and keep sharing their rather UN-original and offensive posts, such  as this sexist and awful GEM

mtl blog no class
Or this UN-original post on dating Montreal men or in this case white hipsters (I could have sworn Montreal had some ethnic diversity)

 

mtl blog whit ppl only

 

So it’s clear your friends are douchebags. Douchebags aren’t real people so you can rip into them for being douchebags. Some of them don’t even like being referred to as douchebags so there is a chance they may snap out of it and become normal people.  Meanwhile, while they are still in their douche bag period here is a helpful link that will show you all your friends on Facebook that follow MTL Blog and you can post it as well as this link asking people to un-follow MTL Blog.  If you use the word douchebag in the post maybe your friends will feel ashamed as well and change their ways and you will have done your good deed for the month. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/browse/friended_fans_of/?page_id=254768477928383

Here is some logic as to why we ask people to UN-follow MTL Blog. MTL Blog is ranked site #256 in Canada as per Alexa.  This is bad because it means people are reading this trash. In fact they spend 2:53 minutes on average on this site.  The majority of their traffic, 46% comes from Facebook and their second highest source is Google at a lowly 7.3%. This means that almost all of their traffic comes from Facebook. So if people un-follow MTL Blog on Facebook they will starve and get less traffic. Less traffic means less advertising money. Do the math. Spread the word, Stop MTL Blog.

 

 

 

Only you can stop this trash