When someone takes your content, it’s called “scraping.” You usually don’t know it has happened until your search engine strategies start to flounder, or someone brings the theft to your attention.
My Experience with Scraping
Ten years ago, I operated a website where I sold subliminal cassette tapes and CDs. I made a great deal of money and built a wonderful list of customers who continued to return to buy my products.
During this time, someone in Europe copied my entire website and displayed it on what I can only assume was their personal website. Luckily, I had my information removed by sending a cease letter to his hosting company.
Having your information removed from someone’s website doesn’t always go as smooth as it did for me, so how can you prevent your hard work from being stolen in the first place?
Keep reading to discover several of the most effective practices to protect your blog content.
Protecting Your Content
If someone sets out to steal from you, the best protection is prevention. Here are some tips on how to safeguard your content.
1. Use a Copyright Notice
While this doesn’t secure your content from being stolen, it does give you ammunition to use if someone does steal your images or written content.
According to WordPress, your copyright notice should be shown from your sidebar. I have taken the original notice and slightly changed it to be grammatically correct from what the WordPress website suggested.
© [Full Name], [Blog Name], [Current Year].
Unauthorized use or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the blog author is not allowed. If you wish to use excerpts or links, please provide credit to [Your Name] and [Blog Name] with a specific and active link to the original content.
Years ago, I used to add a copyright notice at the beginning of every blog post. I’m not sure why I stopped adding one, other than sheer laziness, but I might start adding it back again. 🙂
2. Use Summaries with Your RSS Feed
Common sense dictates that if you don’t post the entire blog post within your RSS area, then scrapers cannot steal your content by way of your RSS feed. You can easily change how your RSS feed works from inside your WordPress dashboard.
Go to Settings >> Readings and click the box to change each article listing to display a summary instead of the entire blog post. Remember to click the “Save Changes” button to update your new settings.
3. Add Watermarks to Your Images
You can easily various watermarks, and position them anywhere on your image, using different fonts and colors. The watermark tells others where the image comes from should it be taken and used without your permission.
You don’t need a plugin to add a watermark to your images, even though several may be available. You can add the watermark with a graphics editor such as Photoshop, Gimp or PicMonkey.com.
Preventing theft is vital to keep your content safe. The last thing you want to do is allow someone else to benefit from all of your hard work. Obviously, if you can protect your assets, then you should!
I was devastated when someone stole my entire website. Fortunately, there are a vast number of technical advantages since that time that can keep you from suffering the same fate. Your can use plugins to protect your assets from Internet thieves or implement the methods I shared above.
If you have other methods to protect your assets, please feel free to share them with me and members of the community using the discussion options offered below.
How are you protecting your content? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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