Stealing And Scraping Blog Content - Protect Yours!

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Just last week I blogged about Stealing And Scrapping Blog Contents - Are You Aware?. 2 days later, another of my post, Malaysian Curry Fish Laksa, was again stolen…just within minutes after I published it!! That’s seriously frustrating and annoying. Many of you want to know how I found out. I will tell you in  a minute.

I thought it wouId be safer after I changed my full RSS feed to partial feed but still the photos, contents and all were stolen. Just how frustrating! I bet it will prevent many amateur thieves and scrapers but those professional ones will still know how to go about with it. I have left  a comment in the comment box like in the previous case, requesting it to be removed. The next day, my post was no longer there. Unlike the previous case, all the rest of the others are still there and lots of blog contents continued to be stolen each day. The stolen posts were published in such a way that it’s very difficult to find the real post authors. Everything you click ends up in that scraper’s blog!

There are thousands of stolen posts there. I have informed quite a number of food bloggers through their comment boxes but it’s too time consuming to inform all. Not only does it target food blogs but it also targets a lot of blogs that sell products.

The previous site has removed all the contents. I’m just afraid that it has moved all the contents to another new site. This most recent one is http://keep-it-healthy.com. I’m not putting this as a link because I do not want to link to such a terrible site. You can copy and paste this URL into your URL location above to find out.

Please check through if yours is stolen. But I must say, it’s very difficult to find as there is no search box. However, you can do a favour by contacting a few bloggers of their content being stolen by leaving a comment in their comment boxes. You may find it difficult to get to the original blogger’s site. One way to do is to copy and paste the title of the post into google and search. In that way, you will find the blogger’s website.

Please don’t say it’s ok even if your blog posts have been stolen because it is not. Google does not like duplicate contents and this will affect your page ranking. Remember that these thieves or scrappers use your contents to drive traffic away from your site to theirs to make money out of your blog contents. Think about that….do you like it? Some may even put your posts on their pornographic sites! Do you like that? Some may even scrape your posts and sell it to some professional bloggers who make more money out of them. Do you like that? These sites are real parasites! They’ll suck the life out of your blog for their own benefit. And if you don’t do something, more and more blogs are going to steal your contents!

Bibi mentioned in my comment box that she and a lot of other photo bloggers have their work being stolen by a site in Brazil. tasteofbeirut also had her photos stolen and published by  a free magazine in Lebanon. She found that out totally by chance. From the comments in my comment box on Stealing And Scrapping Blog Contents - Are You Aware?, it is obvious that many blogger’s work have been stolen. I think blog content thefts have reached epidemic levels. If you think no one has stolen your contents, I think it’s just because you have not found out!!

I’m not a computer geek but with the little that I know, I’ll share with you. I’m so grateful to everyone who has given me tips and helped along the way. Whatever little you have shared with me, I’m truly thankful and appreciate very much. I’ll elaborate here what I shared before.

Google Alert

Now I’ll tell you how I found that my post was stolen within minutes after it was published. It was through Google Alert. I find it amazing. Both of my 2 stolen blog posts were through Google Alert. The scrapper even copied the comments. Usually comments on my blog come in very quickly after I publish my post, very often within minutes. When the scraper scrapped my content, the first 2 comments were already there!!

It’s very easy to create one. Stop here and go and do it right now. It will only take you a minute or so. I have included many short phrases to be alerted when they are duplicated elsewhere. You can include your name, blog title, phrases from your posts etc. Google alert will send you an email listing the sites where a duplicate is found. I intend to put a unique phrase into every post and then create a google alert for it.

Linking

Linking to other bloggers or your old posts helps too. Not only is it good for your blog but in many cases these links appear together when it is stolen. They will appear as a back link, which means linked back to your site. If you are a WordPress user, you can install Akismet which is awesome in catching spammers and back links or trackbacks. You can view them first before approving to be published.

Just in case you are still not sure what a link is, it is all those words that are coloured red on my blog here. Clicking on them will take you to another place. My computer knowledge is so bad and it took me a long time to understand what linking out and linking back is when I started blogging. So, you are not alone if you think you are.

RSS

I have changed my full RSS to a summary but my post was still stolen! But don’t let this put you off. This will deter most thieves. For those professional ones, they will still come out with ways to scrap your contents and use them as their own. If you are not sure how to change like me (have finally learned), don’t panic. I went to my settings, then reading and there you are. Just untick the full feed and tick the summary feed. I suppose its the same for those who use Blogger. Doing this will limit the ability of autoblogs scraping your whole content.

Arnold mentioned about a plugin, http://yoast.com/wordpress/rss-footer/, which he has just installed. I have been looking into it and will install it too. Everything helps I believe.

Watermark

I notice that many bloggers do not put watermark on their pictures. If you read what Bibi said above, I hope you will do something. My watermark is still not at its best position. I use PicMarkr which is free to use. I think I have to learn photoshop to place a faint watermark in the centre. This will prevent scrapers from cropping your pictures and using them as their own. If you have written a simple tutorial how to put a faint watermark in the middle of a picture, please add your link in the comment box below. I’m sure that will help many bloggers including me. Would really appreciate that. I can also refer to it should someone ask in future.

There are many ways of protecting your photos. I am still learning. For those who are good in html, I think you can do more to protect your photos from being stolen. You can share with us in the comment box below if you know how.

I think it’s more difficult to protect our photos from being stolen. You can use http://www.tineye.com/ to check if your photos are stolen but that’s a lot of hard work to check through one by one. Professional thieves can even change the titles of our pictures which will make it difficult for us to find them.

(Update: There’s a simple tutorial on how to create watermark on your pictures using Picnik written by Amy)

Google Search

You can also search for duplicate of your content through Google Search. Just pick a phrase or paragraph of your popular post or any post. Copy and paste it into the google box. But open and close with inverted commas before you hit ’search’.

Copyright

Copyright is very good and should be applied. But sadly in many countries, there is no such thing as copyright. You can just copy freely! But then it will deter many thieves from doing so, especially in places where copyright is practiced.

I hope what I have shared here helps. We can all help one another to look out for each other and learn from one other. There are lots of wonderful, helpful bloggers around. Just give a shout. I remember writing to Natasha and Arnold for some help and they were amazingly helpful. They really warmed my heart!

Food Blog Forum is also an awesome place to hang around to learn or ask. Join if you haven’t.

If you have more ways of dealing with content thefts/scraping please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Note: The photo above is taken by my good friend, William. He loves photography.

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74 Comments

Priya  on June 4th, 2010

Very informative and will definitely helpful for many of us, thanks for sharing Mary..

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Cheah  on June 4th, 2010

Wow, that’s really a lot of info to digest and for me, I need to read again and again before I can grasp it. So kind of you, Mary. Thanks for sharing!

somewhere in singapore  on June 4th, 2010

Thanks for sharing…

Sophie  on June 4th, 2010

That’s too bad!! I hate it when it happens!!
Shame on those people!! How dare they!!

When I first started my blog, my husband searched & created a good watermark , a see through but still a good watermark. You can see it on all my pictures on my blog. It really works!! Thank god for other helpful fellow bloggers!

anncoo  on June 4th, 2010

Thanks Mary for this info. I already had the Google Alert the minute I saw your post the other day. I’m still not sure about this RSS, will check further.

Angie  on June 4th, 2010

Thanks for all the information, Mary. The annoying thing is that most of us would be okay with having our blog posts on another site, as long as there was a link back, and we were being correctly credited as the author.
I now use google alert, and picnik for adding a copyright logo, and website link to my photos. As you point it, that can be cropped out, so I try and actually put it on the dish itself, without ruining the photo.

sushma mallya  on June 4th, 2010

Its really frustrating when someone does it…and thanks for the info mary…

Mary  on June 4th, 2010

@Priya - You are most welcome, Priya! :D

@Cheah - Cheah, it took me a long long time over the months to get to here…..hard work cos I’m so bad in computer. So, you are not alone. Learn it one step at a time and ask if you are not sure. We are all here to help one another. There are lots of wonderful, helpful bloggers around who are most happy to help :D

@somewhere in singapore - You are most welcome, Sharon! :D

@Sophie - Sadly, these people are very thick skinned! How correct to say, ‘Money is the root of all evils!’ I just wonder whether your hubby would do a very simple tutorial on putting a good watermark. That would help many people, someone like me! :D

@anncoo - I’m really glad you did, Ann! :D Hope you get your rss sorted out soon, too.

@Angie - Yes, you are very right. But sadly these thieves don’t :( They published them as if these posts were their own. Many would even change the titles, remove the links or even the photos! Thanks very much for sharing, Angie! I will have to look into ‘picnik’ that you mentioned for adding a copyright logo.

@sushma mallya - You are most welcome, Sushma! :D

Belinda @zomppa  on June 4th, 2010

This is so shameful! Thank you for sharing this GREAT information. Will pass along…we’re guilty of not watermarking our photos…I’m so sorry you have had to deal with this!

penny aka jeroxie  on June 4th, 2010

Great post and good way to alerting other bloggers to be aware. We all need to look out for each other.

shirley@køkken69  on June 4th, 2010

Wow Mary, these people are shameless! I am going to install Googel Alert. Thanks for sharing this.

Drick  on June 4th, 2010

thank you so much for sharing this - it so full of useful information for all of us

Happy Cook  on June 4th, 2010

I think it is really horrible for ppl to cheat like this. WHy should they grab other ppls hard work,. Really shamefull isn’t it.

Treat and Trick  on June 4th, 2010

Thanks Mary for alerting us about this matter. Def will use Google Alert and http://www.tineye.com to check…

divya  on June 4th, 2010

Very informative and will definitely helpful for many of us,

Jess @ Bakericious  on June 4th, 2010

thanks Mary for ur detail sharing

lequan@luvtoeat  on June 4th, 2010

Thank you so much for all this helpful info Mary! Scrappers like that definitely take the fun out of blogging for all of us. Reminds us of what a scary place the Internet can be. Your tips were extremely helpful to me! Thank you again for passing on this knowledge.

Cristina @ TeenieCakes  on June 4th, 2010

Mary: Thank you once again for sharing your experiences and information with us. After your last post about scrappers, I immediately set up Google Alerts and it’s amazing how quickly the alerts are sent.

the lacquer spoon  on June 4th, 2010

Sorry to hear that happened to you again, and thanks for the further useful info. We can’t tolerate such an abuse!

The Little Teochew  on June 4th, 2010

Dear Mary, I applaud you for doing this. Thank YOU. It’s unbelievable how people can rob in broad daylight and think it’s OK. Hugs to you for sharing all these useful protective measures with everyone.

Mary  on June 4th, 2010

@Belinda @zomppa - We are all in it together. Together we are stronger and we can have better protection for our blogs :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Yes, we can all help one another :D

@shirley@køkken69 - Google Alert is amazing. I’m so grateful that it works so well :D Hope you start using is as soon as possible.

@Drick - You are most welcome. Let’s hope that together we can catch more blog content thieves and make the blogosphere a better place for us bloggers :D

@Happy Cook - Their main reason is to make money out of no effort…just still and post it as their own! That’s just so sickening but it happens. Let’s not sit and do nothing. We can do something to protect our blogs. Thankful that it’s easy and simple :D

@Treat and Trick - You are most welcome! Great that you are taking actions! :D

@divya - That’s very good to know that it’s helpful to you :D

@Jess @ Bakericious - You are most welcome! :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Yes, it’s very annoying but let’s not be affected by it. We need to tell ourselves that we have to enjoy blogging no matter what. Just have to keep smiling! :D

@Cristina @ TeenieCakes - I’m glad to know that you have set up Google Alert and find it useful. have fun blogging :D

@the lacquer spoon - Yes, we must not tolerate this abuse. We can all work together for a better blogosphere and enjoy our blogging :D

@The Little Teochew - You are most welcome, Ju! You are just so sweet and so encouraging! :D Those thieves don’t have conscience that’s why they do such things. I really hope that less bloggers will fall victim each day.

Shirley  on June 4th, 2010

I was wondering if it would help if we all comment at that site. But I guess they would just move on to another site, right?

5 Star Foodie  on June 4th, 2010

Your research will sure be helpful to many bloggers. Thank you!

Angie's Recipes  on June 4th, 2010

A very helpful entry, mary :-) Thanks.

Roti n Rice  on June 4th, 2010

Thanks once again Mary for sharing your experience with us. I will have to set up more alerts on Google.

Janice  on June 4th, 2010

Thanks for all the information and advice Mary, I’ve set up my Google Alerts.

pigpigscorner  on June 4th, 2010

This is really helpful Mary! Thanks for sharing!

Alesia  on June 4th, 2010

Mary,
Thanks so much for sharing this with us! It’s really a very useful tips especially for new bloggers like myself who knows nothing about protecting our blogs. So far I’ve only WM my pics and that’s about it.

Pepy @Indonesia Eats  on June 4th, 2010

I guess it happens everywhere.

Three days ago, I just found somebody used my roti maryam pic for her online food store. I accidentally found because she tagged that picture to my friend on Facebook. Right away, I recognized the pic.

After I told her that I can report her to facebook, she took down mine and changed with another pic which I recognized again own by my foodie friend.

momgateway  on June 4th, 2010

So sorry to hear about your bad experience with thieves stealing and scraping your beautiful blog posts. The info you placed her is enlightening…I don’t use Wordpress, is there a way to protect yourself with Blogger? I need to set up my Google alert too. Take care and keep on smiling.

Bo  on June 4th, 2010

Thanks for the info…I actually found one of my post on another site just last night….there were no photos…only the text from my blog.

kristy  on June 4th, 2010

Mary, sometime it’s hard to prevent photos stealing cause all the photo we published in our blog are in the google images bank. People can anytime search from there then copy & paste to their blog. I’m not a computer worm as well. It takes time to understand everything but I’m a very patient blogger. haha…. Even the link also I learned from Divina. Oh yes, she helps me alot in that! Hope she’s well now, still haven’t had a chance to write to her. Have been busy! Oh yes, regarding that watermark. Angie also used that before but she stopped using it already. Frankly, I feel very dizzy when looking at those watermark photos. I find that it is very distracting! So, I’m not planning to do that. I’ve always wanted to register into ‘No Copywrite’ but have no idea where to go to! Blur…blur…. Mary, pls write to me to inform me the info! Thanks alot for your help. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.
Cheers, Kristy

Shawnee  on June 4th, 2010

Thank you again for providing this information. I need to schedule a time to take this preventative action!

Mary  on June 5th, 2010

@Shirley - I think I would not cos some of such ppl can be very nasty. But you can ask for your blog post to be removed if you find any of your posts stolen just like what I did. In the mean time, enjoy blogging :D

@5 Star Foodie - You are most welcome. I really hope it helps. We can all help each other to be happy bloggers :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@Roti n Rice - You are most welcome! Have fun blogging :D

@Janice - You are most welcome. I’m very glad you did :D

@pigpigscorner - You are most welcome, Ann! :D

@Alesia - You are most welcome, Alesia! It’s not too late to do more. Have fn blogging :D

@Pepy @Indonesia Eats - Oh yes, it really happens all over and increasing by the day. I’m so sorry it happens to yours too :( Hope you watermark your pictures.

@momgateway - It works the same way. Give a try. Let me know if it doesn’t work and I’ll try to introduce you to friends who use Blogger. Have fun blogging :D

@Bo - I’m so sorry it happens to you too :( But I’m so glad you found out :D Thanks very much for sharing.

@kristy - It’s true that our pictures are in google images but then with the watermark, most thieves will not be interested. Of course depending on the position of the watermark. Like mine, it’s very easy to crop off the watermark at the bottom and use it some where else. A faint water mark through the middle is still the best. I will try to do that. I’m so sorry if it makes you dizzy but it’s just a few seconds only…haha. Will write to you.

@Shawnee - You are most welcome, Shawnee! It’s very simple and easy. Just do one at a time and you’ll be used to it. Have fun blogging :D

Jeannie  on June 5th, 2010

Goodness, this is getting even more serious! So sorry to hear about this Mary… I am also very ignorant when it comes to computer knowledge. This is going to be very tedious for me! Thanks for all the informations.

SathyaSridhar  on June 5th, 2010

Thanks for the information Mary,,sure it will be helpful to many bloggers dear..

noobcook  on June 5th, 2010

I’m sorry that this kept happening to you. Thanks for sharing the tips!

Joanne  on June 5th, 2010

I really hate that people do this! I google search my content periodically but of course that isn’t the best method for keeping the hackers on their toes. Thanks for sharing this informative post!

lisaiscooking  on June 5th, 2010

Great tips! Best of luck with stopping the thieves of your content.

theUngourmet  on June 5th, 2010

I just stinks that some people are so dishonest. Thanks for this information.

Mary  on June 5th, 2010

@Jeannie - Take one action step at a time. You’ll soon find it easy and a routine :D It’s worth the time and effort spent.

@SathyaSridhar - You are most welcome, Sathya. I’ll be very happy if it benefits anyone.

@noobcook - I knew it will happen but I must know who is the thief and what steps I have to take. Hope you do take some preventive action. Have fun blogging :D

@Joanne - You are most welcome. I’m still learning. There’s just too much to learn…..just one step at a time. I’m very happy each time I learn new things about blogging :D

@lisaiscooking - Thanks very much, Lisa! :D

@theUngourmet - You are very right….stink is the right word! We really have to protect our blogs so that we can enjoy blogging more. Have fun blogging :D

Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective  on June 5th, 2010

wow–thanks for all the info! I’ll start checking right away!

jen cheung  on June 5th, 2010

sorry to hear this mary! Hope your feeling all better lah. these thefts out there can’t write there own, gotta steal yours! thanks for all the info though! keeps me alert! Please smile and be happy!! no need to be mad at these stupid people ma! take care lah :)

jen

Simply Life  on June 6th, 2010

wow! this is crazy! I never knew about this - so how did you find out again? I’m not sure what to do to see if my content has been stolen?

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on June 6th, 2010

Mary, a very good, informative post.
It’s so upsetting when you find out someone who scrape away all your hard work.
I dealt with a numbers of bloggers, forums and websites that scraped away many, many posts and photos from my blogs. Although it’s time consuming, we, as food bloggers have to deal with this because copied contents will hurt your blogs’ search engine ranking.

If a blogger blog steal your original contents, you can report via this online form:

http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/request.py?contact_type=blogger_dmca_infringment#infringement

If other websites infringe your contents, leave a comment or write an email and ask them to remove the copied contents. Many would respond immediately.

But sometimes, unfortunately, you’ll come across some websites that don’t provide any contact email address, or fake ones. Just like I came across before. You can search their hosting company on http://whois.domaintools.com/
and then report the abuse to their hosting company.

Hope that more and more bloggers would be aware of the importance of protecting their original contents.

Here’s an excellent article written by Elise (Simply Recipes),sharing how to deal with copyright theft:

http://foodblogalliance.com/2008/08/how-to-deal-with-copyright-theft.php

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog  on June 6th, 2010

Sorry to hear again about the problem…the sites mentioned by you keep-it-healthy & tasteofbeirut …are hyperlinked you should change them.
Thanks for sharing this helpful information!

Have a good weekend,

Gera

pierre  on June 6th, 2010

hi mary
I am sorry for all that ; I even do not know if someone steals me !!
Pierre

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on June 6th, 2010

Thanks so much, Mary. It’s sad that we have to worry about such things and well worth the time that taking a few precautions takes. Some of my photos have been taken.

Tasty Trix  on June 6th, 2010

This is such important information. THANK YOU for taking the time to post all of this info. I had it happen too, and told them to take it down.

Faith  on June 6th, 2010

Mary, thank you so much for this information. Stealing blog content is such a horrible thing — it’s good to know how to protect ourselves! Thanks again, Mary!

Velva  on June 6th, 2010

Thank you for sharing this information with us. It is a good reminder about what can happen. I need to pay attention to my own blog posts. Thanks again.

Carolyn Jung  on June 6th, 2010

Thanks for the insightful information that we should all take to heart. With all the great minds out there in the tech world, wish one would come up with a way where any stolen content would result in the person’s computer blowing up. Now, that would make anyone think twice about pilfering.

Mary  on June 6th, 2010

@Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective - I’m glad to hear that :D

@jen cheung - Awwww…so sweet of you..am smiling! :D Yes, I won’t let this rob me of the joy of blogging.

@Simply Life - It does sound crazy and total madness but it happens! I found it through Google Alert. I hope you create yours. It’s amazing. Well, if you happen to know that your content has been stolen, just shout, “Caught You!” :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Oh wow…yours is even worse…my goodness! But thanks so much, Christine, for sharing with me such useful information how to deal with it. It is really helpful to me and definitely to anyone that needs help. Thanks very much for all the links! I’m learning more…and smiling more of course :D

@Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog - Thanks very much for sharing about the hyperlink. I’ll have to check out more on that with you. I’m so glad I’m learning something new :D

@pierre - Pierre, please take some action steps to protect your awesome blog. I’m so glad I did mine :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - Oh no, so sorry to hear that some of your photos have been taken. I’m so glad to know that you caught the thieves. Have fun blogging :D

@Tasty Trix - You are most welcome! It’s obvious that it’s happening all over the place. Well, it’s important we continue to enjoy blogging :D

@Faith - You are most welcome, Faith! We can all learn together and help one another so that we can can continue to enjoy blogging :D

@Velva - You are most welcome, Velva! have fun blogging :D

@Carolyn Jung - Haha…I really love your creative solution to content thefts!! :D

tasteofbeirut  on June 6th, 2010

Mary
Thanks so much for all this very important information; I have bookmarked it so I can reread it later and apply some of the good advice you have given.

Sook  on June 6th, 2010

Thanks for this post, Mary! I was thinking about making it so that no one can copy any of my contents, no right click, no text copying, etc. I think I might do that. Thanks and sorry about your stolen articles.. That really is frustrating.

Blackswan  on June 6th, 2010

Thks Mary, I’ve installed Google Alert tho’ unsure if I’ve done it correctly! I just copied one of my post title & pasted there to track. Is that it?? Seems a lot of work if you’ve to paste phrases, name & so on for every post. Correct me if I’m wrong. Really appreciate the above info. Never know such stuff exists. LOL!

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on June 6th, 2010

Mary - thank you for putting this together. It’s totally annoying to see someone ride off the hard work you put into a post. This was a helpful list of tips.

TasteHongKong  on June 6th, 2010

Thanks again Mary,

For the watermark, before getting familiar with the photoshop, you may consider downloading here for free as an interim measure. Hope it helps.
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/20/the-ultimate-collection-of-useful-photoshop-actions/

Blackswan  on June 7th, 2010

Just posted a recipe & used Microsoft “Paint” shop to “watermark” my pix. If you’d noticed, my blogname was in pink & inserted at the bottom of my pix in previous posts.

After reading your article, I’ve shifted to the middle & used grey colour instead. It’s not exactly translucent like watermark but has a slight resemblence.

http://luxuryhaven.blogspot.com/2010/06/losing-appetite-this-this-uplifting.html

Any comments from bloggers are highly appreciated. You may wanna try it out, using “Paint”.

Mary, you’re absolutely right. People can crop pix if names at the bottom. Thks again, for the heads-up!

Ananda  on June 7th, 2010

Very Informative Thanks Mary!

shaz  on June 7th, 2010

Thanks for the tips Mary, I always assuemd no one would bother with my little blog, but I’m going to sign up for Google alert right now! And hopefully implement your other tips asap.

Thanks again.

Devaki  on June 7th, 2010

Dear Mary - It breaks my heart that people would do such a thing….Ugh!

Having said that THANK YOU for educating the rest of us of this epidemic and I will have to keep my eyes open.

Ciao, Devaki@weavethousandflavors

Mary  on June 7th, 2010

@tasteofbeirut - You are most welcome, Joumana! Taking some action steps will make our blogging more enjoyable :D

@Sook - I also think of making it no right click but still weighing out the pros and cons. I’m very bad in html so I may not even know how to do it. See how it goes when you’ve done yours. I still have to keep learning and keep smiling :D

@Blackswan - Glad to know that you have started using Google Alert. No, you don’t have to do it all the time unless you want to create new words or phrases. But it’s very easy to create once you get used of it. Hope this helps. Have fun blogging! :D

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - I hope this helps any bloggers who are still not aware of content thefts and scrapers. It helps me to keep learning :D

@TasteHongKong - Awww…thanks so much for the link! :D That would be so helpful. I’ll look into it.

@Blackswan - Wow…you are very fast :D I have not tried PaintShop yet. Must be so fun to play around. It’s definitely better than at the bottom. But I think I would prefer a translucent one so that it’s not so obvious, or maybe descriptive words, to be part of the picture.

@Ananda - You are most welcome, Ananda! :D

@shaz - I think all those content thieves out there are interested in anything that they can use for free to make money, irregardless of small or big blogs. So, it’s important that we take some precautions. Have fun blogging :D

@Devaki - Yes, it’s annoying when it happens but we can all learn and work together so that our blogging can be more enjoyable. I’m very happy if it helps anyone :D

Kitchen Butterfly  on June 7th, 2010

MaryMoh, superb warning to us all. Thank you and I will settle down and implement some of your suggestions. Sorry it happened….feels awful when you know how much energy you’ve put into a post!

Mimi  on June 7th, 2010

Thanks Mary. Great information.
Mimi

Mary  on June 7th, 2010

@Kitchen Butterfly - You are most welcome! Together we can fight this awful crime :D

@Mimi - You are most welcome, Mimi! Have fn blogging :D

Viviane @ Taste-Buds  on June 8th, 2010

Try copyscape, it will look for pages similar to yours when you enter the address in the box.

Mary  on June 9th, 2010

@Viviane @ Taste-Buds - Yes, I have tried. Copygator works similarly. Thanks very much, Viviane! :D

jo  on June 9th, 2010

Hi Mary, these people suck big time! Why can’t they do their own original stuff instead of stealing from others. I’ve never really given much thought about “copy-writing” my own stuff but I guess this gives me food for thought. Thanks for the helpful hints and hope these suckers get a taste of their own medicine soon.

Alesia  on June 9th, 2010

After reading your post, I started to look for ways to protect my blogs and I found this. It doesn’t allow one to right click hence they won’t able to copy or steal your photos and contents. Of course it’s exactly the best way but it works for me right now.

http://bettereducation.com.au/it/yaf_postst410_Java-scripts–disable-copy-save-text-selection-and-right-click-in-a-web-page.aspx

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on June 12th, 2010

Incredibly comprehensive post Mary, I have google alerts set up for my own name and blog title and now and again these weird sites come through that don’t actually scrape my content but quote titles of my posts. I’ve tried clicking on them but they never go anywhere. I find it very odd. I will try utilising some of your other suggestions, I’ve been nagging my husband to show me how to do watermarks for ages.

Thanks for all the super tips even if I’m sorry you had to experience this to end up writing it all down.

Debbie  on June 14th, 2010

Wow thanks for all this info, I was just thinking about adding a copyright, now I know why!

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