Protecting Your Blog Content From Digital Theft

In today’s online world it is not uncommon for us to post some content on our blog and then have someone come right behind us and steal that content.  It is a problem that most blog owners find themselves in.  The digital area has everyone jumping through hoops to come up with unique content that will go viral.  Now let’s say that you do find that post which is being spread like a wildfire.  Sure you will have instant traffic but out of that traffic there will always be that shady visitor that thinks “Wow this is great let me copy & paste it for me!” Ladies and gentlemen this type of digital theft is always going to be a problem.  So how do you stop it?

First you must understand what kind of digital theft is out there.  Keep reading to see if this matches you.

Types Of Digital Theft

Copy & Paste Digital Theft

This is the first method to digital theft which I will be talking about.  I believe that this is the most common and widely used among the internet community.  Copy & paste is just that.  A visitor comes to your site and reads your textual content.  (S)He then decides that your content would be fantastic to get traffic to their site.  So what they do is hold down the left mouse button and then scroll over the text that they would like to use.  After they have highlighted the selection which they are planning on using, the next step is to right click on that and select the copy option.  Once copied it sends that selection to a clipboard where it can be used simply by opening up a blank document and pasting it.  Below you will see an example of copy & paste, the only difference is that I will be crediting the post that I have taken this from.  That is more than most people will do.

Except taken from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peg-fitzpatrick/how-to-protect-your-blog-_b_3716781.html

“Every time we publish on the web, it’s a leap of faith. Of course, our first thought is “boy, I hope someone reads this” and not “wow, I hope someone doesn’t steal this.” But there is plenty of content theft occurring on the internet. Bloggers need to learn the steps that they can take to make sure their content doesn’t get boosted and what to do if it does.”

The reason why I have selected this is because it is an except talking about content theft and I found it ironic that a company such as the Huffington Post has not taken basic measurements to ensure that their content is their content. This is just basic digital theft and can be taken precautions about.

Hot Linking Digital Theft

Hot Linking is another form of digital theft amongst online users.  This method is used by those who are looking for an easier way to use images they like (most commonly used for images and videos) and do not want to use their bandwidth to display on their site.  The process is fairly simple.  Let’s say that you are composing a new post on your blog and you want to use an image from another site that is getting more traffic then you.  What happens is you position your mouse over the image and then right click on the image.  Next the typical user will select the option called copy address.

Once that is done it is saved in their clipboard and then they can just insert the image onto the place that they want the image to appear.  If they were doing this .html style then the syntax would be something like <img src=”copied url address”>  and if they wanted to link their affiliate link to that image all they would have to do is this:

<a href=”their affiliate link url”><img src=”copied image address”></a>

What they have done is now created a viral image link without having to use the bandwith resources from the copied image.

View Page Source Digital Theft

This is something in which not that many basic users will use, but it is good to know anyways.  This method is done by going to the web page of your choice and then right clicking on the page.  When your options come up they will click on view page source.  After the selection has been made then the source code for that page will appear making it easier for those to just copy and paste the entire web page into a blank .html document to make up their own.

Solutions To Protect Yourself Against Digital Theft

There are many ways to protect your content against theft.  All of them are going to require some kind of expense whether that is monetary or your valuable time.  In fact if you go back to that Huffington Post post that I copied earlier and read that article you will find some solutions there as well.  At the minimal you will have to spend time occasionally checking all of the links on your site at least on a monthly basis if not weekly.

My purpose for this post was to inform you that there are many ways that your content is not safe.  At least do some research on how you can protect it on a basic level.  If you try to do any of the above mentioned methods on my site or this post that you are reading now, you will see that the right click option has been nullified, and you can’t left click and highlight any of the text that you are reading right now.  Not only that but you will not be able to hot link to any of the images used or links shown as well.

You may be asking yourself how is that possible?  Well to be straight forward with you if you have a WordPress site that is hosted by you and that you own, then I can do the same for you.  If you are interested just click on the image below and check out my fivrr service.  Then feel free to ask me any question you would like, either through my fivrr gig or through my support center.

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