How To Prevent Copy Paste Bloggers & Auto Bloggers From Stealing Your Blog Post Content
With every post I publish, I do my best to provide you a well researched, actionable blog post that’s useful and has a fresh perspective. Often, I spend about 2-3 hours on each post I publish at Better Blogging Ways. So it’s really frustrating, annoying and heart breaking to notice that some bloggers directly scrape off my blog content and publish in their own blog without any due credit!
I know “bigger” blogs tend to be the much sort after victims of blog content plagiarism. I guess to a certain extent it’s comforting to know that I have content worth stealing!
Either way, I still think it’s unfair and unethical that someone can use various “mechanisms” and run a niche blog without any effort, on their part!
Has this ever happened to you?
Have you observed that your original blog content has a less ranking than the scraped content? !!
Naturally, I was “motivated” to learn more about how people scrape content and ways to prevent it. I hope this post will be an “eye-opener” and useful post for those of you who are in a similar predicament.
Online content plagiarism is really board topic and I don’t intent to cover everything in this post. For the scope of this post, I will focus on how we can prevent or reduce content theft. Also most tools recommended here are WordPress specific.
Understanding HOW blog post content can be stolen
Having things stolen is not limited to online content. Some of you (I hope not!) could have painful experiences where your valuables got stolen from your apartment. To get their hands on the valuables, they first need to “get into” your premises. How did the thief enter? Was it by breaking in through the front door, window? Did someone forget to lock the door? etc Did they use a hair pin to pick the lock? Use a tool to break the window glass?
Well, the same underlying “process” applies to online content as well. To prevent your content from being stolen, you NEED to be aware of HOW it can be stolen in the first place. Then, see what can be done to safe guard those “entry points”.
1. How to prevent Copy Paste Bloggers from stealing your content
Blog post content can be stolen by directly copy/pasting your blog content.
1.1 Disable Copy/Paste within your blog
If you can prevent copying text from your blog, then this method of content stealing can be reduced. The idea here is that you try to make it near impossible for others to manually select and copy your blog post content by disabling right click and copying.
For WordPress blogs, there are several plugins that can be used. Here’s a video of how I use a plugin to stop content being copying.
Effectiveness : Around 90%. While this might reduce and discourage, the really determined and “technically skilled” Copy Paste Blogger might be able to find alternative ways to by-pass this.
Impact on YOUR audience : Low. I don’t think your blog audience will care too much if you disable right click. Why would they want to right click anyway? What are your thoughts?
Time to implement : About 5 minutes
1.2 Auto insert “due credit” to your blog post
If they don’t add a link back to your blog, you make sure whenever your blog content is published elsewhere it’s automatically linked to your blog.
WordPress blogs can easily use WordPress INK. It will automatically add a link to your post every time someone tries to copy past your content.
Effectiveness : Will guarantee a link back, provided the no one “manually” removes the link from their post.
Impact on YOUR audience : none
Time to implement : About 5 minutes
2. How To Prevent Auto Bloggers From Stealing Your Content
Auto blogging is simple way to automatically republish (someone else’s)content using RSS. There are plenty of auto blogging plugins and other software that can tap into your RSS. So we know the “source” is RSS and need to see what can be done about it.
2.1 Don’t publish a RSS feed for the blog!
Effectiveness :As far as I know if there is no RSS, there is no way to auto blog (leave a comment if there are other ways you are aware of)
Impact on YOUR audience : Very high. Could be unacceptable my most. I don’t recommend removing your RSS feed, just for the sake of avoid content stealing.
2.2 Publish partial RSS feed for the blog
Effectiveness : Only summary or excerpt of your blog post will be published.
Impact on YOUR audience : High. Most RSS subscribers prefer full content. At least I do! The whole purpose I subscribe to someone else blog is because I can easily read the entire content via my RSS feed reader without having to visit the blog.
2.3 Add copyright message and link back to your RSS footer
WordPress blogs can use a RSS footer plugin to insert a short by line which will link back to your blog.
Effectiveness: You won’t prevent your content being re-published but you can get due credit by inserting a link back to your blog.
Impact on YOUR audience : None. Your RSS subscribers will see a copyright notice or a link to your blog. It shouldn’t be that concerning.
Time to implement : about 5-10 minutes
2.4 Delay the RSS feed update
By default, RSS feed update is instantaneous. So when auto bloggers use your content, there is a possibility that their content can be index first in Google. However, if you publish the RSS feed may be about 1 or 2 days, then you can be sure that your original content will be index first.
Effectiveness : none, with regards to content theft.
Impact on YOUR audience :High – the RSS subscribers will get feeds late
Time to implement : about 5 minutes
3 How To Prevent Yahoo Pipes Users From Stealing Your Content
Yahoo pipes can also be used to rip off your blog content. See how to block yahoo pipes.
Effectiveness : 100% By blocking yahoo pipes, there is no way others can extract your content via yahoo pipes
Impact on YOUR audience : none
Time to implement : about 15-20 minutes.
Now that you’ve read all this, it’s time for you to take action.
If you have a WordPress blog
- Take about 5-15 minutes to implement the plugins mentioned above.
- Read up on what can be done with your blogging platform to prevent others stealing blog content from you.
If you don’t have WordPress blog
Final Words…Even with the best of alarms and security, thieves still manage to find their way to the valuable in “real life”! Sadly it’s not that different in the online world either.
You should be aware and protect your blog post content. At the same time, try not to reduce the user experience for you blog audience.
At the end of the day, your blogging audience trusts in you and what you have to offer. We have got to continue doing what we love to do without being afraid of blog post content theft.
Having written all this I must say that I am not security “expert”. This post is based on my research as well as a few things I’ve tried out on my blogs to prevent my blog post content from being ripped off! Please feel free to leave a comment with more ideas and helpful tips.