My PDF Book being uploaded to FREE Sites.. What to Do?

by fcf360
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I want to create product, a PDF report of over 100 pages on a topic that I'm particularly passionate about. And then create a sales page and sell it. But, one thing I'm worried about is that someone could just download the PDF and upload it to some file sharing services online and anyone in the future with a quick search can get my PDF without buying it from me. Is there a possible way to protect against this?

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  • Profile picture of the author retsced
    Not something I've ever worried about before. The Internet is a very big place with a lot of people. Most of them who search for pirated versions of your PDF weren't gonna buy it in the first place. Just put links in the header and footer pointing back to your website. Put your picture and signature inside the document too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by fcf360 View Post

    I want to create product, a PDF report of over 100 pages on a topic that I'm particularly passionate about. And then create a sales page and sell it. But, one thing I'm worried about is that someone could just download the PDF and upload it to some file sharing services online and anyone in the future with a quick search can get my PDF without buying it from me. Is there a possible way to protect against this?

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    Yes, convert your PDF report into a membership website; that way you can control access. You won't stop pirating 100%, but that will certainly slow it down.

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    • Profile picture of the author AffiliateWaves
      Many of use read pirated books because original books are so costly and we don't think to spend penny on them.

      The straight answer to your question is NO .You cannot prevent people from uploading and downloading your books .

      There are some ideas that you can use to minimize

      1) Use Watermarks containing your website or firm name .At Least peoples reading your book will know about your website /firm and it can increase your traffic.

      2) Use affiliate links : You can monetize your unauthorized readers by implementing affiliate links in your book.

      3) Membership Site Access(Already to by one member): It is somewhat costly but can minimize unauthorized use.

      Hope it helps
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    Originally Posted by fcf360 View Post

    I want to create product, a PDF report of over 100 pages on a topic that I'm particularly passionate about. And then create a sales page and sell it. But, one thing I'm worried about is that someone could just download the PDF and upload it to some file sharing services online and anyone in the future with a quick search can get my PDF without buying it from me. Is there a possible way to protect against this?

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    You can sign up with a DMCA Takedown service, which will help find and eliminate those pages from search engines and get the content removed from the sites that are sharing it illegally, but that still won't stop the sharing. If you put it in a PDF, people will copy and distribute it. If you take measures to prevent it (like having a membership site), they'll still just copy and paste the information and share that, only in that case it ends up being worse because they'll remove the author credit instead of sharing the whole thing entirely.

    There are some server-based solutions like Adobe Content Server, or paid services like EditionGuard ($49 per month) that can seriously reduce the copying, but even then all it takes is for one person to pay for it and strip out the DRM and start distributing their hacked version of the file. And of course there's always the option of not distributing a PDF at all and forcing the users into Nook or Kindle. Even if they don't have a Nook or a Kindle device, the Nook & Kindle apps are free for all phones and PC's.

    What you might try and do instead is simply embrace it... develop your strategy around the book knowing that people will copy it, and use the book as part of a funnel to another purchase.
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    • Profile picture of the author AlexGeorge
      Originally Posted by ronrule View Post

      What you might try and do instead is simply embrace it... develop your strategy around the book knowing that people will copy it, and use the book as part of a funnel to another purchase.
      Great tip here, you can include affiliate links and recommend products within the ebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    You should concentrate on finishing your "report".
    Hopefully you will make some sales and then you can worry about thieves...
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    • Profile picture of the author TheFury
      don't even worry about it .. if you are affiliate marketing it and have a good product and it becomes successful, affiliates will take care of a lot of the pirating for you by taking up all the "ebook free pdf" searches...
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  • Profile picture of the author bertosio
    I always create my pdf's that i want them to be shared. Even if it is a paid product i will make sure there are links back to my site and affiliate links so the more people who see them are the better
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  • Profile picture of the author fallison
    I agree with the other posters. If you make something of value available on the internet, some people will find ways to get it for free. Look at it as a compliment. Someone found your information valuable enough to go to the trouble of providing a way for others to get it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ddev
    DLGuard it's good before it's freely "distributed". ShareFense, once you see it everywhere (you'll use it frequently but only takes 1 click to mass report).
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