How to stop people from copying your content?
Running a successful website takes time, effort and often a lot of money. Having the content you produced stolen by internet users can be disappointing and even lead to a penalty by Google, as Google fines for duplicate content and plagiarism. Fortunately, thanks to tools like CopyScape, which has the ability to track links that are pointing to your website through Google’s own Webmaster Toolkit, detecting copycats have become an easier task to master. After finding a source that is copying content from you, you can file a complaint against them and ask the webmaster to remove the content before you take legal steps. Even though the process has been streamlined to a relatively simple step-by-step procedure, you are still faced with one big disadvantage if your website’s content gets stolen – Google will notice this and might consider the content on your website to be duplicate and plagiarized.
Preventing Content Plagiarism Should Be Your Primary Concern
You do not want to wait until someone has actually copied content from your website and published it somewhere else before you take action against plagiarizers. This is bad for your online reputation and ranking in Google, as well as in other major search engines. Fortunately, there are many preventative measures that you can take to at least minimize the risk of your content being plagiarized. Let’s analyze some of the methods that can be implemented to help prevent content from being copied from your site to another site without permission.
One of the most common implementations of a basic preventative measure is a copyright notice in the footer of your website. This disclaimer tells the visitor that the website and any content they find on the website is your property and cannot be used elsewhere on the internet – at least not with prior authorization from you. Your copyright notice should include the word “Copyright” or the copyright symbol (some like to use both), the year that you are currently in (you can also use a date range, for example “2008 – 2017”) and then your website or company’s name.
Kiss Metrics explain that an excellent way to avoid your images from being stolen is to add a watermark to them. Adding a watermark is not difficult and can be done by even someone with no experience as a graphic designer. There are many online tools and apps that allow you to add a watermark, such as Marksta, iWatermark and Photomarkr. Whenever someone copies images from your website, the watermark will remain on the image, which means you will gain credit for the work that is being plagiarized.
Disable On-Page Copy Functionality
While several methods exist for filing a complaint against a website that has copied content from your website, once content has been plagiarized it could be harmful to your own online presence. Prevention is the key factor to managing plagiarism on the internet. By utilizing the tools and techniques we have discussed in this post, you will be able to have better control over your online content and will significantly reduce the risk of being attacked by plagiarizers.