March 4, 2011

4 Ways to Help Prevent Content Scraping from Happening on your Blog!

I hear so many horror stories about people stealing content from other blogs and websites often known as content scraping. The majority of this process often happens without the credibility of the original creator. This stuff scares the living hell out of me and so I decided to find out just what you can do to prevent people stealing content from your blog, and here are some of the suggestions I’ve come up with.

Hyper linking & Title Mentions!

I’m not too sure how much of an impact this might have but I always cross reference other blog posts within this blog and often mention the name of this blog when I do. For example I’d write something like;

‘If you read our recent post on regarding email marketing…’

If you’re using WordPress you are often notified when other WordPress sites are using your content in any way or form through pingbacks.

Tynt it!

Tynt Publisher Tools has partnered with and allows you to monitor what content is being copied from your website or blog, placing a link back to the original content with every paste that takes place. It’s free to signup and use.

Watermarking Images

One of the best ways to ensure that your images don’t go astray from your blog or website is to watermark the ones that solely belong to you. You can do this by placing your logo in the centre of your images or at the bottom.

Creative Commons

Display the creative commons licence on your blog to make others aware that if they should feel the need to use your content in any way or form they can do so providing that they provide attribution to the originator.

Tell your story…

Have you recently been hijacked by content thefts without your consent? How do you deal with content scraping? Share you stories, suggestions and tips in the comments below. I would love to hear them.

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About Samantha Wright

Samantha Wright is an exclusive guest writer for Magnet4Marketing. She was awarded 2007 MasterCard Business Woman of the Year and loves to share her insight into the world of online business marketing. Samantha is also a keen surf photographer and on the weekends can be found at her local beach break photographing surfers of all abilities. You can follow Samantha on Facebook.

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