If you have a blog, chances are you work really hard on the content OR you spend money buying it from a writer. If this is the case, I highly doubt you want other people stealing your hard work and putting it on their website. Yet, this happens all the time sadly. It’s such an easy task. You find a site you like that is relevant to yours. You copy the text, paste it into a document and put it on your website. It’s a shame really that stealing content is so easy for people. If you don’t want your content stolen that you worked so hard on or if you have had this happen to you before (which is very disheartening) then there are a few things you can do to try to stop it. I say “try” because you cannot 100% make people stop stealing content. You can try blocking it, you can try a few precautions, you can even copyright the work, but there are still going to be jerky people out there looking for the easy way out.
Yea, try saying that 3 times fast! This tool which might have an odd name, is pretty easy. It’s a great tool to use as a precaution. Basically it allows you to claim ownership over a specific piece of content that is original. Of course you can also have content that is not original but proof that it is indeed yours. What’s even cooler about Pubsubhubbub is that they also have a plugin that you can install and upload on WordPress and use it right from your blogging platform. It sort of shows people that your content is all original and whatever content you wrote on the site was yours first before anyone else “stole” it.
Internal Link Practices
Chances are if you are doing SEO on your blog, you are probably doing internal linking anyway, but did you also know this is a great safe guard to keep people from stealing your content? Ultimately internal linking is linking on one blog to another blog such as “look at this blog I wrote last week” it’s not really a failsafe but it could keep thieves at bay because they will need to delete all of this stuff out if they intend on stealing it. Thieves tend to be pretty lazy, hence why they still content!
Watermark your images! If you have images you place on your blog, I sure hope you are watermarking them. I don’t mean some little logo in the bottom corner either. Make it so no one, even someone that clips the picture, can steal it without at least giving you credit.
Register For a Copyright
Yes, when you write content, it’s already copy written, but if you want to take it a step further and have legal grounds, you can visit your local copyright office or visit it online and buy a copyright for your work. It’s not exactly cheap, but it will keep the thieves at bay. If they do steal your content and you have proof you wrote it first – even a time stamp on the blog, you can sue them over the stolen content or get them to take it down.
No Right Click!
Another one that is not 100% fail proof, but it can work if people are novice thieves. You have a few options, you can add a code to your website or if you have WordPress you can install a plugin. Again, not 100% fail safe, but it can keep a lot of thieves at bay that are trying to steal your content. Here is the code you can use:
Make sure that is at the HEAD of your website code. For Plugins on WordPress check out:
Disable Right Click: Product description: Master Blogster Disable right click plugin prevents right click on your WordPress website and blog which avoids copying website content and source code up to some extent. Disable right click restricts users or hackers from viewing your source code with right click and disables people from copying content.