So you are happily blogging away and now you are finding your content is all over the internet. “Content scraping” can be problematic because:
- Others are benefiting from publishing after all your hard work
- You may experience fewer visits to your site, particularly if the scraped content ranks higher than your own
- Your brand may be diluted because there is no attribution back to you
What You Can Do If Your Content is Stolen
- Contact the website owner/scraper and ask them to take your content down. If the scraper ignores you or refuses to take down your stolen content, you can file a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) complaint.
- Consider syndicating your RSS feeds as summaries and not the full posts. Check your WordPress configuration by going to
Settings > Reading.
- Check out this resource to prevent hotlinking of images.
- Use Copyscape, which is a free plagiarism checker to find copies of your content online
- Set up Google Alerts to further track your content in the wild.
Have you had your content stolen? What other techniques did you use to stop the scraping?
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