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What to Do When Someone Steals Your Content — 8 Comments

  1. I owned an ERP blog and people were stealing my content all the time. I found reporting sometimes would work but at the end of the day it wasn’t worth my efforts so I just left it as is. I e-mailed a few people asking them to remove my feed from syndicating the entire article and they did. This is some good info you shared here however!

    • There are some simple steps you can take to protect your feed from unauthorized use. 1. Only include excerpts in your feed, and 2, installing Antileech. Doing either of these steps will make your content much less attractive to scalpers.

  2. when someone scraps my content without leaving me credit.. i first contact the blogger and politely talk to him, if no response i raise issue with google to remove that site from SERP.. not into further steps as of now…

  3. You could go through all the efforts of finding people who are stealing your content, but think about how many pages you’d have to go through… Think about how many paragraphs from each page you’d have to check… And then once you find people stealing your content, think about the process of getting these people removed… Now think about doing that over and over again… Think about if there were 50 people stealing your content. Let’s say it took you a week to find all of these people. Let’s say you’ve through the whole process of getting them to take your content down, only to find that there are now 50 more people who have stolen your content… Do you see the pattern? What’s more important: chasing content thieves? Or writing content? At the end of the day, if Google rewards this behavior, I’d say it’s safe to assume we’re in the wrong business. Solution? Don’t chase thieves. Focus on business. Plagiarizers/content thieves are doomed by there very thought process. They’ve already failed the moment they copied you.

    • Focusing solely on creating outstanding content without thinking about how to protect it from thieves is a lot like building a beautiful multimillion dollar home and then not installing locks on the doors…. figuring, people are going to steal anyway, so might as well just accept that and focus on making money to replace what they take.

      You can treat your content like you would that nice home you worked so hard for: install some protective devices (anit-leech), put up a notice that the place is protected (copyright notice), and scan periodically to items that might have been stolen (google alerts). Then, if you discover that your content has been stolen, at that time, you can decide if it is worth your time to pursue the thieves, based on what they took, how valuable it is to you, and what they are doing with it.

      I recently discovered some of my client’s PDF documents on a file sharing site. This wasn’t a huge theft, but represented a breach in security since these documents were part of a paid program and not readily available on her site. I installed security measures to prevent this kind of thing from happening again and as a result of those measures, the offending site was no longer able to link to the documents. I never had to contact them to take the material down.

      Make it difficult for people to steal from you and they will find easier pickings elsewhere. Then, you’ll never have to worry about spending time dealing with the thieves at all.

  4. Thank you for posting this article. I’ve been having issues with this. Today I found one of my posts copied word for words including images, on another site. There was no link back at all. Sooo frustrating!

    This info is a big help to me,

    Dave

  5. Hi Lesa,
    Do you still recommend the copyright pluggin even though it hasn’t been updated in 2 years?
    I’m learning so much from your site and your insights!
    Thank you!
    Paige

    • The Copyright plugin is fairly simple code, so even without updates, there shouldn’t be any real issues with it. If you are concerned, you can accomplish the same thing with the Add Post URL plugin, which allows you to add any text to the bottom of your posts.

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