How to stop people ripping off your blog content.

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They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery but when you've put your heart and soul into a blog only to have someone copy and paste it and claim it as their own, well that's just heartbreaking!

To be fair, once your content has been published online, it is ripe for the picking. It is completely frowned upon of course, but you do lose your legal rights the second you click share.

That being said, there are some online tools that can be used to make sure you can put every deterrent in place to make sure your blog remains original and unique and your property only.

Copyscape: Copyscape comes highly recommended as a plagiarism checker. As a premium subscriber, you can add the details of your blog site to your account, and they will notify you if your content appears anywhere else online. While this doesn't stop the content from being taken, it does tell you exactly where to contact the blog-owner and ask them to take it down. That's normally enough of a deterrent. While Copyscape can't stop the content from being taken, it can tell you where to find it. They also provide a 'protected by Copyscape' tag which may also be a good deterrent.

Tynt:
Tynt gives you a code to add to your website so that every time it's copied and pasted, Tynt will link that text back to your website.

Google Alerts: Google Alerts send an email each time something is published online, and you've asked for a notification. Send them a specific phrase or sentence from your blog and each time it's published, Google will alert you and tell you where to find it.

Wordpress SEO: Wordpress do provide a plugin which lets you add code to your blog feed, this means that if someone tries to use your content elsewhere, a link will be put into their text directing back to your blog site.
If you're closing the stable door after the horse has already bolted and your blog content is already being used elsewhere, there are a few things you can do to get it back, if you think it's worth it.

Firstly, send a nice email to the website owner advising them that you're the owner of the content and could they please remove it, or reference you in it at least. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't.

If it doesn't, and you want to pursue it further, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) gives the hosting company rights to remove content that is an infringement of someone else's work. Find out who is hosting the blog through WhoIsHostignThis.com and contact the host advising of the situation.

Having your blog content stolen is a tricky one, while it's insulting and upsetting to know that someone has no qualms about copying and pasting something you've spent hours creating; apart from that, is there any real harm if it's not damaging your brand or reputation? These are all personal factors that you need to consider, what do you think? Have you ever had a blog ripped off, and if so what did you do??
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    Good tips. Although the truth is once it's out there it's usually not worth the hassle.

    Better to include branded keywords within it so unless it's edited after its scraped it will still help.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by jazbo View Post

      Good tips. Although the truth is once it's out there it's usually not worth the hassle.

      Better to include branded keywords within it so unless it's edited after its scraped it will still help.
      I have to agree with you there - if I was to go on a personal crusade to combat this it would be a full time job!
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  • Profile picture of the author GetPLRhere
    There's no hardened way to prevent people to copy anything on the internet. Though people might not copy word for word, they will paraphrase or spin your content. I don't think copyscape or other plagerize checker can detect spun content with high proficiency.

    What you can do is make it more difficult for the leechers by disabling right click using JavaScript, and you can also force people to register on your blog to view your content.

    Instead of 100% text, try breaking your content into text, video and podcasts. Video and podcast messages can be watermarked or branded. The more complicated you make it for leechers, the better chance they will move on to the next target.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
    There was a time when I was doing some research through Google, I found an article been published on 2 authority sites, can't remember if they were Inc.com or Entrepreneur.com, both sites published the same exact content.

    Won't get penalized by Google?

    Any SEO expert mind to share more on this? Big authority sites share the same content.
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    • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
      Originally Posted by ShawnLim View Post

      There was a time when I was doing some research through Google, I found an article been published on 2 authority sites, can't remember if they were Inc.com or Entrepreneur.com, both sites published the same exact content.

      Won't get penalized by Google?

      Any SEO expert mind to share more on this? Big authority sites share the same content.
      Per Google:

      Duplicate content on a site is not grounds for action on that site unless it appears that the intent of the duplicate content is to be deceptive and manipulate search engine results.
      https://support.google.com/webmaster...er/66359?hl=en

      Also, a lot of the large authority news websites syndicate their articles, so it's not unusual to see the article on multiple sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Your worring about the wrong thing. If some lazy wannabe marketer wants to rip off my content then I say what ever and best of luck to that person because they will need it.
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  • Profile picture of the author 199domain
    It is very hard to get rid of copycats. The best is try to maintain your blog for more than 4 years. This is because most of the copycats content website might disappear forever after 1 or 2 years. Hence, post more content on your website year by year. You will surely win the battle at the end.

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Originally Posted by gingerninjas View Post

    To be fair, once your content has been published online, it is ripe for the picking. It is completely frowned upon of course, but you do lose your legal rights the second you click share.
    Can you elaborate on this? Which legal rights do we lose the second we click share?

    Copyright survives the act of putting something online, you know.

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Originally Posted by gingerninjas View Post

    Tynt: Tynt gives you a code to add to your website so that every time it’s copied and pasted, Tynt will link that text back to your website.

    Wordpress SEO: Wordpress do provide a plugin which lets you add code to your blog feed, this means that if someone tries to use your content elsewhere, a link will be put into their text directing back to your blog site.
    I do not get these 2 items. If I copy someones content then paste into notepad then copy and paste from notepad to their Wordpress editor then how will these 2 items insert code into their site?

    The bottom line is no matter how hard you try you will not stop people that steal content.

    What about the people that use your content as PLR, they just copy and re-write it in their own words?

    When it comes to people stealing your content it is better to just keep creating new content and stop worrying about things you are not going to stop no matter how hard you try.

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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    I used to have people copying entire websites from me. My agency website was copied word for word quite a few times, and I had about 150 pages, not including blog content.

    Now, with my blog, I don't even worry about it.

    I think this used to be a bigger problem a few years ago, but nowadays, Google is pretty quick with indexing. Hopefully you have your social media properties that you share your posts/content to immediately, that helps a bit.

    Overall, not much you can really do about it. If your content is that good people just want to take it... well, your blog will be around probably longer than theirs, especially if they can't be bothered to write their own content.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

      I used to have people copying entire websites from me. My agency website was copied word for word quite a few times, and I had about 150 pages, not including blog content.

      Now, with my blog, I don't even worry about it.

      I think this used to be a bigger problem a few years ago, but nowadays, Google is pretty quick with indexing. Hopefully you have your social media properties that you share your posts/content to immediately, that helps a bit.

      Overall, not much you can really do about it. If your content is that good people just want to take it... well, your blog will be around probably longer than theirs, especially if they can't be bothered to write their own content.
      Yep, it just frustrates me. Geez, 150 pages - that's crazy.
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  • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
    Stick around this forum long enough and people will post about blatantly stealing content, pictures, graphics, etc without even thinking twice.
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  • Profile picture of the author ferdaus
    What Wordpress plugin can be use..can name some of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author desley
      Originally Posted by ferdaus View Post

      What Wordpress plugin can be use..can name some of it.
      Yes, there is a WP Plugin - paid though - Covert Copy Traffic.

      Basically install this plugin, activate and do the settings.

      If people copy your copy, the plugin will include a text area with a link back either to your website/blog or to the specific article that is being copied (depending on what setting you choose.)

      Hope this assists.
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  • Profile picture of the author Reddevil007
    Good tips but also sometimes what I have noticed is that the site that copies your content tends to rank higher than yours. This is what makes me go angry. I think this has to do with the site authority.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sagar arora
    I know how it feels when you see your own content on someone's site. Btw great tips I use grammarly for checking whether the content I am writing is not plagiarized.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Yep, I use Grammarly too as well as Copyscape
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      • Profile picture of the author celente
        Originally Posted by gingerninjas View Post

        Yep, I use Grammarly too as well as Copyscape
        i think these two will do fine, however i think what people do not realise and what is the most obvious is that you cannot stop people all the time ripping your stuff off.

        Its going to happen from time to time. I guess there are always solutions, but the perfect one is never there.

        Sorry to be a sour puss or to wreck the party....lol. These things just need to be bought to the surface.
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  • Profile picture of the author kazimuhith
    Copycats have always been there and will be there. Just continue blogging. Don't get immersed in the fear of being ripped off. Keep adding valuable contents.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by kazimuhith View Post

      Copycats have always been there and will be there. Just continue blogging. Don't get immersed in the fear of being ripped off. Keep adding valuable contents.
      Too true. I completely agree with you there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sitestomp
    You can't stop people from stealing your content.

    If you have deep pockets, you can make them take it down via legal threats, but in most cases it's not worth your time, money, or effort. A lot of these spam sites stealing content for quick profit are short lived. Then, the person just does it again on a fresh domain. A lot of times these sites are registered with fake information anyway.

    As far as I know, as long as your content was indexed by google first, then they won't count it as a dupe penalty towards you. The site that republished your already indexed content will be the one that gets slapped with a dupe penalty.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by Sitestomp View Post

      You can't stop people from stealing your content.

      If you have deep pockets, you can make them take it down via legal threats, but in most cases it's not worth your time, money, or effort. A lot of these spam sites stealing content for quick profit are short lived. Then, the person just does it again on a fresh domain. A lot of times these sites are registered with fake information anyway.

      As far as I know, as long as your content was indexed by google first, then they won't count it as a dupe penalty towards you. The site that republished your already indexed content will be the one that gets slapped with a dupe penalty.
      Yep, it's a bit of a losing battle, frustrating none the less
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  • Profile picture of the author Mattj84
    I totally agree! People are lazy and try to take advantage of other peoples hard work all the time But when you use the right tools, you can prevent that stuff from happening!

    Great post and keep them coming
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by Mattj84 View Post

      I totally agree! People are lazy and try to take advantage of other peoples hard work all the time But when you use the right tools, you can prevent that stuff from happening!

      Great post and keep them coming
      Thanks Matt, I appreciate your comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    You simply do not prevent copiers to copy your content. However you can take some preventive steps to overcome with this. For Example you can disable right click option on your blog/website. Water mark your images. Put a DMCA badge on your blog. This will help you somehow to protect your content.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by vishwa View Post

      You simply do not prevent copiers to copy your content. However you can take some preventive steps to overcome with this. For Example you can disable right click option on your blog/website. Water mark your images. Put a DMCA badge on your blog. This will help you somehow to protect your content.
      All very true, watermarks and badges are a good idea
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  • Profile picture of the author lhlouiscom
    Definitely great tips...

    But if there is a good piece of content I could produce... I wouldn't mind let people copy it because it's actually help changing other people life.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by lhlouiscom View Post

      Definitely great tips...

      But if there is a good piece of content I could produce... I wouldn't mind let people copy it because it's actually help changing other people life.
      Yep, I know what you mean. If I ever use other information I always reference it and share the source. I'm talking more about people copying and blindly acting as if they created the content in the first place. I know it is a battle I am never going to win but it's annoying none the less. Thanks for your comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickTaylor1
    First, you do NOT lose copyright by posting on the Internet (unless the forum you are posting takes it from you...read the TOS).

    Second, there is very little you can do to stop people from stealing...but you COULD create a small cottage industry suing people who steal and create a nice side business.

    Of course, you would have to prove actual damages to receive BIG settlements.

    And that brings us to this point:

    99% of those who are stealing your content are not going to be successful making money with it.

    If you're worrying about making money online with your writing, put your effort into marketing, not chasing down cheaters.

    In fact, get the cheaters ON YOUR SIDE by making them affiliates!!! Pay them to get your message out there. Share the wealth and they'll be less likely to steal your work.

    Just one guy's opinion.

    All the best,

    Pat
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by PatrickTaylor1 View Post

      First, you do NOT lose copyright by posting on the Internet (unless the forum you are posting takes it from you...read the TOS).

      Second, there is very little you can do to stop people from stealing...but you COULD create a small cottage industry suing people who steal and create a nice side business.

      Of course, you would have to prove actual damages to receive BIG settlements.

      And that brings us to this point:

      99% of those who are stealing your content are not going to be successful making money with it.

      If you're worrying about making money online with your writing, put your effort into marketing, not chasing down cheaters.

      In fact, get the cheaters ON YOUR SIDE by making them affiliates!!! Pay them to get your message out there. Share the wealth and they'll be less likely to steal your work.

      Just one guy's opinion.

      All the best,

      Pat
      Thanks Pat, that's a really interesting point. I wouldn't personally have the time to spend chasing down the cheaters, it would be a full-time job I would assume for some people.

      Fair use is always in the back of my mind, and it has been brought up in this thread as well.

      I guess it would be refreshing if more people considered the following before using the content of others:

      - The purpose of the user - commercial vs. non for profit or education
      - Amount of the portion used in relation to the whole work
      - Nature of the work

      There are plenty of guides re fair use - one here for Oz. https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications.../what-fair-use

      It's interesting to hear everyone's comments and experiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author CShark
    Tynt is a great option. For people making money with adsense may not have the luxury of brand names, Tynt makes all the difference.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by CShark View Post

      Tynt is a great option. For people making money with adsense may not have the luxury of brand names, Tynt makes all the difference.
      Ok, thanks CShark - I will be looking into this - I have done a quick search and it has taken me to this site - 33Across: Publisher Traffic and Monetization Platform - has Tynt changed hands lately? I'm confused.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    There are hundreds of WF threads on this exact topic. They all come to pretty much the same conclusions:

    1- Ripping off your content is going to happen and there's nothing you can do to stop dishonest stealers.

    2- There are a few precautions you can take to slightly lessen the will of a dishonest person, but there are no "absolute" ways to stop plagiarism.

    3- The more precautions you take, often the harder it is on giving a good user experience to the honest folks.

    4- No one likes to take the time, expense, or effort to shutdown thieves; it is just not worth the hassle.

    5- Stop wasting time on prevention and seeking justice and get back to marketing - it is a much more productive use of your time.

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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    I don't bother with polite emails or trying to recruit thieves as affiliates. I start (and end) with the DMCA notice to the offender, their host and their domain registrar. If they're using Adsense or some other ad network, the 'abuse' email for the network gets a copy. Ditto if they're using my stuff for an affiliate site like Amazon. It won't stop a determined thief, any more than a locked car door, but it may make them look for easier pickings.

    I don't go hunting for thieves, but when I find them, I take my swat at them.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post


      I don't go hunting for thieves, but when I find them, I take my swat at them.
      I like your style. Don't beat around the bush
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  • Profile picture of the author cmm2333
    I've tried to figure out how to stop people from doing this for the last 4 years that my blog has been live. I have come to the conclusion, that it is impossible to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author prowebmaster
    I use DMCA and I think it is good enough
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