How to Protect Content on My Blog

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Hello everyone,

How can i protect articles on my blog? I put in great time in writing and editing my content and it hurts that someone could just snitch them without even the courtesy of a linkback or quoting the source.

I saw some plugins but the general review was that they are not a good idea. Any tips?

Thanks
#blog #content #protect
  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    Hey Whistler,

    Unfortunately, it's the nature of the beast.

    Content locking or a subscription model would be a way to semi-protect the content, but it could still be shared after the fact. You can use right click etc. blocking plugins --> they won't stop all of the piracy, but they can limit it to some degree.

    These are a couple of the popular choices, one of them was recently updated.

    WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click

    WP Content Copy Protection

    The practice of boldly branding your content *may* slow a few pirates down, and/or give your brand exposure when it is pilfered.

    If you put it on the net, chances are, someone is gonna get it.

    Cheers

    -don
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  • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
    Sadly, there's nothing you can do to 100% protect yourself. I always like to give the example of JK Rowling who, for a long time, refused to publish Harry Potter as ebooks because she was so afraid of piracy. The irony is that within days of a new book release (in hardcover), the entire novel would be online in ebook form because people were scanning the pages.

    One of the easiest ways to see if someone is using your content is to copy/paste a snippet of your blog post into google. The results will show every web page that your content is on. My professors in college did this to catch cheaters and it worked surprisingly well.

    Like ForumGuru said, this is just the nature of the beast.
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  • Profile picture of the author gooroo
    Some sites(wattpad for exmaple) have a "feature" that disables both "right click" and the ability to select the text on any page. There could be plugins or scripts that allow you to do that. People could still rewrite the whole text if they wanted but that would take a lot of time.
    Other method could be a membership site.
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    • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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      Originally Posted by gooroo View Post

      Some sites(wattpad for exmaple) have a "feature" that disables both "right click" and the ability to select the text on any page. There could be plugins or scripts that allow you to do that. People could still rewrite the whole text if they wanted but that would take a lot of time.
      Other method could be a membership site.
      LMAO, gooroo ---> I guess you missed post #2 on the thread.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...##post10706582

      Forum Tip #1: Reading at least a few posts on a thread before you reply can be quite beneficial for all involved.

      IMO, not reading post #2 on a 3 post thread prior to submitting a reply *could* or *should* be a bannable offense depending on your other contributions here. Stiffening things up around here for a while, to set an example for those that follow, would not be a bad thing.

      Cheers

      -don
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      • Profile picture of the author gooroo
        Originally Posted by ForumGuru View Post

        LMAO, gooroo ---> I guess you missed post #2 on the thread.

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...##post10706582

        Forum Tip #1: Reading at least a few posts on a thread before you reply can be quite beneficial for all involved.

        IMO, not reading post #2 on a 3 post the thread prior to submitting a reply *could* or *should* be a bannable offense depending on your other contributions here. Stiffening things up around here for a while, to set an example for those that follow, would not be a bad thing.

        Cheers

        -don
        Most of the time I do read previous posts before responding, this was one of the times when I didn't(was in a rush), my bad It doesn't happen too often to me so I wouldn't be worried, I'd be more worried about people not even reading the original post and answering copy-paste texts depending on keywords in the title, that is a bigger problem and happens a lot.

        But I do get your point, it's good that you're aiming to increase the overall quality of the threads/posts on this forum

        Cheers!
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        • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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          Originally Posted by gooroo View Post

          I'd be more worried about people not even reading the original post and answering copy-paste texts depending on keywords in the title, that is a bigger problem and happens a lot.
          Please click the little red report triangle when you see an instance of that sot of spam (or any spam) on the threads.

          Cheers

          -don
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by MrWhistler View Post

    Hello everyone,

    How can i protect articles on my blog? I put in great time in writing and editing my content and it hurts that someone could just snitch them without even the courtesy of a linkback or quoting the source.

    I saw some plugins but the general review was that they are not a good idea. Any tips?

    Thanks
    There is no real way to fully do it.
    I strongly recommend to put the effort in pumping out more and more content opposed to worry about protecting everything
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
    In general you have to put yourself out there in order to be seen. This means that sometimes someone might nick your posts and your ideas. As painful as this might be, in the broad sense of things, you are probably better served creating more content and posting it in more places so that your branding is what people see.

    I certainly do not condone anyone stealing your ideas; that is wrong, it is only a matter of where your time is better spent.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrWhistler
    Thanks guys. Sadly, i think i just have to resign to it then. Makes me sad though. I try to attach links but i understand that the wordpress editor strips these links when you copy/paste content. Thanks again. I just have to keep writing.
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    • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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      Originally Posted by MrWhistler View Post

      I try to attach links but i understand that the wordpress editor strips these links when you copy/paste content. Thanks again. I just have to keep writing.
      This can be circumvented like most things, but....

      You can get links to stick on copy and pastes with some code.

      With the technique below, you are creating a wordpress plugin that you upload to your site.

      Using Copy and Paste for SEO Purposes with Wordpress | CodeinWP Blog

      I know someone has a decent plugin available that does this, unfortunately I don't seem to have the link handy.

      Anyway, peeps can always strip it out later, but at least it creates a bit more work for them...and a few pirates may not care.

      I'm not sure if that particular code is still perfectly valid, but I see this being done by many major sites all over the net. A little time spent at wordpress.org or on Google should point you to other similar options.

      Cheers

      -don
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  • The best way to protect content on your blog to make them copyright and you can also put some security or lock it i.e by password or by any other techniques.You can also protect them by adding the clear re usage of information in your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Whisonant
    Don't trust the plugins that claim they disable right click etc... All a person has to do is disable javascript and the right click works again. Also they can still grab the article by saving the page or using Evernote Clipper.

    All these plugins do is give you a false sense of security.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Nikolic
    You can never be 100% like several people has said here, but two things I do are:

    1. Make sure your canonical tags are set properly to cover yourself from scrapers

    2. Add the following css to prevent manual copying of your texts:

    p {
    -webkit-user-select: none;
    -khtml-user-select: none;
    -moz-user-select: none;
    user-select: none;
    }

    If you already did this, then I'm afraid I can't help you
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  • Profile picture of the author rochelle23
    Honestly you could install plugins all day long, any hacker for that matter can right click on your page source, lol and grab your content.

    Early on I used to worry about this. Back in 2012 and below you could type in a search and multiple duplicate pages would show up, I'm not shore if you guys remember.

    But google has cracked down on that and continuously works hard to de-index and ban domains that engage in black hat tactics. I.E content spinning, content scraping.

    Google records who pings their content first to their search engine as it leaves a digital footprint. Once done google compares your content to billions of records online and serves up the copy of the original source.

    If you are that paranoid my advice once you make your content is to submit/ping your article or blog post to google then have google re-index your content through google webmaster tools.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
    This is just the mere opinion of a lowly human, but here goes:

    Don't worry about it. Don't overthink it.

    By the time your content is online and someone else republishes it, Google will have already acknowledged your version as the original.

    If someone tries to sell it as PLR or whatever else, what are the chances he'll succeed? This person is too lazy to perform real work and real marketing. I highly doubt he'll be able to move any copies for a penny.

    Just keep writing away and be proud that someone thinks so highly of your work, even in a misguided way.
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    • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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      Originally Posted by Epic Passive Income View Post


      Just keep writing away and be proud that someone thinks so highly of your work, even in a misguided way.
      Proud barely makes me a plug nickle when it comes to thievery.

      Hey Epic,

      I deal in images....when someone pirates an image of mine it devalues the image, it can eventually costs me google image search results, and if I brand the image then more pirates know exactly where the pirate ship is ported.

      After being pirated many, many, many tens of thousands of times over the past 14 years I am so proud I could whup some damn pirate a$$.

      I first heard the proud BS back in early 2000s...I didn't buy it then, and I don't buy it now.

      Sure, I may get a legit call on a pirated image somewhere that is (still) branded, but to be honest...the places people post pirated images are usually filled with people that love pirating images.

      Piracy sucks...I am never proud to see my hard work and artistic skill posted somewhere that it's not supposed to be posted. A legit fair use I am fine with...almost everything else is nothing but thievery.

      Sure I go after a few violators here and there, but trying to stalk \ every violator for a fee or a license is not feasible, and it's impossible...

      Cheers

      -don
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  • Profile picture of the author rubelgazi1980
    Originally Posted by MrWhistler View Post

    Hello everyone,

    How can i protect articles on my blog? I put in great time in writing and editing my content and it hurts that someone could just snitch them without even the courtesy of a linkback or quoting the source.

    I saw some plugins but the general review was that they are not a good idea. Any tips?

    Thanks
    Very important issue. You can stop the copying facilities on your article. By which the scammer will not be able to make copy & paste. Thanks for writing about the important issue.
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    • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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      Originally Posted by Pacific Lifestyle Homes View Post

      The best way to protect content on your blog to make them copyright and you can also put some security or lock it i.e by password or by any other techniques.You can also protect them by adding the clear re usage of information in your blog.
      Originally Posted by rubelgazi1980 View Post

      Very important issue. You can stop the copying facilities on your article. By which the scammer will not be able to make copy & paste. Thanks for writing about the important issue.
      Apparently, you peeps must not have read past the first post of the thread.

      Forum Tip #1: Read more of the thread than just the opening post prior to adding your reply..

      Your information is repeat information, it's incomplete, and it's not all that helpful. It's best to add information to a thread, repeating what others have already stated is not adding much value here.

      Once you start reading entire threads prior to posting --> you may actually learn a few things yourselves.

      Cheers

      -don
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Pearl
    Prominently you can create the clear copyright notices and
    Set up Google Search Authorship to prevent from the content stolen.

    Use some script code to disallow the text selection to avoid the direct copying of your contents.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketingworlds
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    VERY Easy to do.. there is a PLUGIN for that .
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