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Some great tips and approperiate actions to take if you catch someone trying to steal your content.
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from tentonjim 1661 Days ago #
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Good post - I have found that Googling unique snippets from your site to be the most revealing... Copyscape is good too though.

~ Jim



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from annie7 1661 Days ago #
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That pirate graphic rocks :) We used to have great time chasing after the thieves, remember?



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from zebida 1661 Days ago #
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Thanks, I really like the tips on this post, specialy the one about changing the hotlinks of images!



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from adlite 1661 Days ago #
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I also use Google alerts.  I've found several article stealers with these alerts, but using unique snippets from your site or your articles is a great way as well.



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from webconnoisseur 1661 Days ago #
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And use absolute URLs for your links in the article so the scraper will end up linking to your site (relative URLs, which are often the default, won't work).



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from username1 removed by request 1661 Days ago #
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@Ann,

Yes I remember that was hilarious!

@Zebida,

Yes the hotlinked images can be a lot of fun.

@Adlite,

Good point I have Google alert setup for certain relevant keywords but I could see how it could be useful for detection plagiarism as well.

@Webconnoisser,

Yes using the absolute rul often results in a trackback when someone copies a post. This has been the way I have caught onto many people taking my posts.





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from hbyrne 1660 Days ago #
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Some good tips here, and while I use Google Alerts, hadn't tried some of the others.



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from IncrediBILL 1660 Days ago #
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That's all fine and good if you want to waste your time chasing stolen content.

Whitelist robots.txt and .htaccess, been discussed many times before, and it narrowly restricts only allowed search engines and real browsers to access the site stops most of the scraping before it starts.

If you don't do business in several countries responsible for most of the scraping and spam you block their whole country at the firewall and get a 2 for 1 special with less scraping and less spam.

Then block a handful of the worst offending data centers around and VOILA!

No scraping, no wasting time or money chasing copyright offenders.

Sure I still get the odd one-off scrape, mostly manual scrapers, but it's not the wholesale problem it was 4 years ago, it's almost non-existant with a good proactive anti-scraper setup.

Spend the time to protect your site on the front end and it'll more than pay for itself in the end run.



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from xpose 1660 Days ago #
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These aren't actual ways to stop content theft, more like ways to find out that it's already been done.

I was hoping it would delve a little deeper like to detect user agents of people using cURL and things like that.

The truth is that you can't stop content theft from a technical side unless you ban their IP.

http://simplehtmldom.sourceforge.net/ is a powerful tool to scrape content.



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from Treepodia 1657 Days ago #
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I recently ran into a cool little plugin provided by http://www.tynt.com that notifies you every time someone copies your content and adds your appropriate URL every time someone clicks on your content. I've installed it on a few Wordpress blogs I run (check it here - http://blog.treepodia.com) and must say I'm very pleased with the reports they send.

Hope this is useful..

Cheers,

Mike@treepodia




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