How to Avoid Getting your Blog Posts Copied

How Does it feel when your hours of work researching, writing and proof-reading gets leeched without any token of appreciation like link back to your blog or an acknowledgment.

There are hundreds of thousands of auto blogs which fuel on RSS feed aggregation and pure plagiarism. I wouldn’t bother if my blog has considerably huge authority. I evidenced few of my articles from my relatively new blogs without much backlink background getting scraped and the leechers outranking my blog.

Avoid getting copied by scrappers
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Thanks to the Google’s new DMCA Policy, It has taken DMCA claims into consideration for Search Engine Rankings. But it is virtually impossible to file DMCA complaints against every autoblogs leeching your content. So the best way is to avoid getting  scrapped and create a system using third party services and following tips to make most out of scrapped content from your blog.

Tips to Avoid Getting Copied by scrapers

There are many things you can do like disable click on your blog, avoid offering complete feed, implement services like TYNT, WordPress INK to get free link back and we will discus that in here.

RSS Post Excerpts: 

RSS post excerpts
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RSS is the only platform autoblogs and scrapers are powered with. Since each time your blog is updated with fresh content, the RSS Dynamically gets updated and notifies the scraper. It is advisable to generate only the article summary and social qualifiers like Read More, linking back to your site.

Disable Right-Click: 

Disabling Right Click would make copy pasting almost impossible. Although it can still be copy pasted through Page Source. But Disabling Right Click discourages content leechers and it helped me drop the count four fold There are numerous plugins for WordPress and Javascript snippets for HTML to disable Right Click and can be implemented in couple of minutes. If your blog deals with programming, designing e.t.c,It is never advised to disable right-click because right-click is involved while copying codes

Though I’m leaving it up to your sole discretion to decide if you wish to disable it or not, as it may lead to bad user experience.

Scheduling Newsletters and Feed: 

If your leecher is implementing RSS aggregation, your content can be scraped instantly after getting published on your blog. There is a fair change of the latter getting indexed first and outranking the original article. So it is suggested to schedule the newsletters and Feed to update few hours or days after post getting published (Depending on your blog’s age). Most of the blogs including ShoutMeLoud follow this technique.

You can use Feedpauser plugin to delay feed publishing.

Add Backlinks Automatically: 

Most of the leechers tend not to acknowledge or provide a link back to the original source, this nullifies the benefit of Article Syndication.

Whenever a line is copied from your article and pasted in another form, it includes a custom acknowledgement and a link back (E.G: Read More at SomeURL, Format).

Build Authority:

This is the best solution to stay out of all this hassle. Building authority or good Off-Page SEO can boost your index rate. My Blog posts get indexed within seconds. Once you’ve managed to gain authority and a fair index rate, you no longer need to worry about plagiarism.

Gaining authority is not easy and but with a proper promotion plan for your blog, you can easily get it in no time. From my experience, it’s easy to gain authority with a niche site and high-quality articles.

Flash Warnings: 

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Flashing a DMCA Protected Badge on my homepage might scare away the leechers. Mention that your content may not be copied or reproduced without your consent. Get your Website DMCA Protected now. DMCA TakeDown services are the last thing you can resort to, if you fed up with your content getting copied.

These are just few of the ways which you can do to save your content from being copied. But, scrappers are getting smart and they are finding ways like converting partial feed into full feed, and with other auto-blogging tools, they can still copy your content.

In such cases, we can use plagiarism checker sites to find copied content and use ShoutMeLoud guide on, how to report copied content to Google, to file a DMCA compliant.

So for now, I can think of only following tips which can help every blogger, but if you have another trick to share, do let me know via comments. If you find this article useful, then do share it on Facebook and Twitter.

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Priya Works as a project manager in TCS, India. She Blogs and Designs at Courier Tracking Blog in her free time

10 thoughts on “How to Avoid Getting your Blog Posts Copied”

  1. One of my mistake here could be offering full feeds. The reason why I offered full feed instead of partial feed is because I don’t want my readers to navigate here and there just to get my article content. I didn’t know that by offering such convenience is actually leading me to the potential of having my contents copied. Thanks for notifying early there.

    1. I too made the same mistake many years ago. Actually there are many ways to circumvent risk of content stealing via full RSS feed publishing. Just embed your website URL to the footer of the full feed.
      There is one good advantage in regards to using full RSS feed in the sense that it is more convenient to the user. Moreover, if you decide to go with partial feed, you have to ensure the summary or the excerpts contains enough information for the user to decide if it is worth to pull the full post for reading.

  2. Adding backlinks using TYNT is an awesome way but i have a easy working script that you can install and get your backlink automatically on each copy a person makes, well thanks for all the points Priya.

  3. My website content’s titles are listed in an anonymous website and that are link to my site. I think it is good to my site traffic. What think about it?

  4. Well yes, generating only the article summary with read more linking back to the blog/site and scheduling the newsletters/feed to update later after publishing are really good strategies to implement. And yes, having a DMCA protected badge on homepage as a warning also helps. Thanks Priya for the Feedpauser plugin and for this informative post 🙂

  5. That’s the post I was searching for. But Tynt is not very suitable for web design blog or code sharing site. Cause it can add some extra words when sharing the codes.

    1. @Jewel
      you are right..It’s not recommended for Websites which offers codes..For other text based sites..It’s very useful…

  6. thanks my new blog has been a victim of this auto-blogging stuffs. I have done everything i could but its not working. I disable right click and i believe the leecher still finds it way. but i will try the area of rss stuff now. thanks

  7. I tried all these methods to stop contents being copied . But nothing works. Even filed DCMA. But I think it is just a waste of time. look like the content copier is using my source code of website to copy blog post as it is . So in google search you will find my content and the same content on other site. I don’t know what to do. They copied almost all content from my site. How I can stop someone from viewing and copying my blogpost source code

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