Life is truly a journey, in all things that you do. There is no smooth journey but keep smiling as you learn and trudge along life’s journey. When the going is easy…enjoy it. When the going is tough and challenging, keep smiling and keep going. This is my friend, Cole. He loves challenges in life. Nothing can deter him. He is always excited about life, happy and smiling. He is a real inspiration.
Blogging is a journey. It is a very challenging hobby, or work for some. It is hard work. I know of many who spend a lot of time on their blog, working on it like a full time job. But like all other journeys, there are challenges and setback on the way. But like any other journey, it is important to enjoy it and keep smiling as we keep learning. One of the greatest challenges is to face up to content thieves who go round stealing and using it as their own for their own benefits.
I just wonder how many bloggers are still not aware of your blog contents being stolen or scraped. Stealing and scraping blog contents is real and happens everyday to thousands of blogs. It can be committed by humans or by spam bots. I realised in the early days of my blogging journey that this would happen. It’s just a matter of time.
Just a few days ago, I caught one. The blogger stole my full contents on my post, Sweet Potato Carrot Cake, picture and all, including my signature. He must have just scraped it from my RSS feed. Upset? Of course I was! I checked through and found that the blog was just started this month but there were already more than 400 posts! I informed a few food bloggers but it’s not possible to inform all.
The first thing I did was to leave a message in the comment box to say that the blog content belongs to me and I want it to be removed within 2 days. The next day I checked, it was still there. But it was gone the next day, with all the 400+ blog posts!
A few things that I did helped to prevent my content being stolen or scraped. If you know more, please add here in the comment box to help me and many other bloggers who have been working very hard on their contents. I would appreciate very much. This is what I did.
Photos may not look as nice but it doesn’t matter. I’m not selling photos. I even include my blog address at the bottom of my pictures. It’s the best I know how to do. I have seen many food bloggers do it very beautifully but whatever way you watermark your photos, I believe it helps. I was able to inform another food blogger in the incident above through the blog address on his/her pictures.
Link to your blog posts
In the incident above, I was not able to inform bloggers who do not have links to their posts. But with links to their other posts, I was able to click on them and visit their blog and leave a comment in the comment box. In a recent incident, a food blogger mentioned about me in her post and I found it in my spam box. When I clicked on it to check, it was not her blog. Obviously her blog post was stolen. I informed her of the incident and she dealt with it. So, whichever way you link, it helps.
Google Alert is simple to use. You can add words or paragraph and google will alert you if someone uses those words or paragraphs.
CopyGator or CopyScape
This will help to check if someone stole your blog contents. It’s easy to check it out.
Some form of copyright placed on your blog will help. I’m still not good in this area and would like to learn more. I use ‘myfreecopyright’ which is free.
I learned that using partial, instead of full RSS feed will prevent content thefts. Many people use partial feed to prevent contents being scraped. That would be a good idea. Mine is still a full feed. I’m considering changing it.
Have your content ever been stolen? What steps do you take to prevent such thefts happening to your blog? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Quote of the day……
“Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest.”