How to Prevent Website content theft

How to Prevent content theft

How to Prevent Website content theft

With a huge number of auto-blogs and spam blogs the internet is the most vulnerable space for quality unique content.  As per random statistics it’s estimated that more than 180,000 new blogs are created every day and don’t even bother to think how many could be genuine content driven quality blogs.

Webmasters and bloggers like us on the web spent countless hours of manual typing, researching, testing and developing to bring out quality posts and content that could be found on another blog in a matter of few minutes. This is how quick content theft or spam blogging (Splogging) has spread.

Remember: Splogging has no life and sploggers are living the moment – there are 2 reasons.

  • They would always come after the original post in search due to link age.
  • They would eventually be screwed by content owner or banned by search engines.

Below are the best 15 methods on how to stop content theft

1. Usage of CopyScape: Browse to it’s a web based tool or portal that allows you to find duplicate contents of your website or URL on the web hence helping you to identify who stole your content.

2. Usage of Google itself: Google is the best tool to identify if your content has been copied. Simply copy random part of your article and search in Google, in case more than one occurrence appear apart from your website – Caught you!

3. Mahalo’s Tool: Mahalo’s tool this is an applet that could be added to your browser’s tool bar and on selection of the content from the browser and a click it would show you the duplicate of the content elsewhere.

4.  Preserve the evidence: There are lot of web based tools or websites that allow you to archive your website snapshots or pages at any point of time and hence this proves as evidence of your ownership and this helps you to claim that referring back to the archive. Few websites on the same line are: WebCite , Furl, Internet Archive

5. Contact the person or his webhost who copied: Another method that often works and that needs to be tried first is send a warning email or notice to the person who copied the content also send a copy to the webhosting company requesting to remove the content copied. Include the evidence if required and also state hosting copyrighted content is against the cyber laws. Always have a standard template to send to Datacenter host or the copy cat himself.

6. Smart Article writing techniques: Another very effective method to get rid of or keep the copy cats away is to write the articles in a smart way. Use a image words, simple java scripts, graphics, interlink old articles and mainly write articles as continuation or in parts. These methods discourage the sploggers to an extent.

7. Disable Copy, Paste or Right click: It’s often seen that experienced webmasters and Bloggers do not waste time in copying, its less skilled or experienced spammers who are involved in the act of copying. So basic set up using java or wordpress plugins could disable copy, paste or right click. The only options they are left with are view source and save page. For wordpress blogs  – use this Disable right click wordpress plugin to give an alert on right clicks for copy.

8. Leave a bait link or contextual link: Make it a habit to plant a link to your site or a specific identifiable page in between all articles. Usually the people copying hardly read the content they copy. So once you find a link back to that bait page from any website, you could identify easily who has copied it.

9. Use .htaccess mod_rewrite: A mod rewrite in the .htaccess file is sometimes used by webmasters to keep spammers away. Once spams IPs are identified – they add a redirect to an error page when a hit from that IP is received. You can read how to do it here

10. Be Crisp and Display your copyright policy: Make sure you make it clear that your content on the website is copyrighted and is not for re-distribution. In this way you send out a clear signal to potential copy cats.

11. Create a fear: Creating a fear to spammers or people who copy also does work at times. Use a “protected by copyscape” logo or a Do not copy banner. This would send the signal that you are on your toes and would not tolerate content theft. Find more do not copy badges here and CopyScape banners here

12. Don’t leave your feeds open: Generally scrappers look out to autoblogs or copy from RSS feeds or feed urls rather than direct copy paste. Hence make sure that the feeds that is sent from your feed URL is not complete and has a read more link. This can be set from your feed URL settings.

13. Have your stamp on your feeds: Make sure your copyright link and blog link are on the feeds page as well so that feeds are not directly fed to auto-blogging tools. wordpress RSS footer plugin is a plugin that could be used to achieve this on wordpress blogs.

14. Use “Embedanything” to force scrappers to link back: Register with and once this is integrated for free with your blog or website. Each time someone copies more than 10 words it forces them to copy along with a link back. In addition you can also see the report of copied items on the embedanything website as well. (smart right)

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