How To Stop Content Pirates From Stealing Your Hard Work – Part 1

Building a successful online business is time consuming. Especially if you take the time to create your own original content complete with blog posts, tutorials, screenshots, articles, taglines, graphics, and logos.

Nothing is more frustrating than finding your original content copied onto somebody else’s website without your permission and with them taking credit for your work. What you produce is your intellectual property and you need to protect it quickly and aggressively.

I got ripped off again this week and was alerted by one of my readers (thank you!) who called me about the theft. This is not the first time I’ve had my content stolen and it will likely not be the last time either.

Plagiarism and online content theft, including copyright and trademark infringements, are common so don’t be surprised when it happens to you too.  

What Does Content Theft Look Like?

As you can see from my screenshot above this lazy, plundering, son-of-a-bitch didn’t even try to cover his or her tracks. They basically just scraped some of my content including my home page design, layout, and copyright-protected logo without even so much as a color change. Content theft can be an entire screen grab like this or something as simple as posting an article of yours without permission and without your author attribution.

I apologize for my profanity but this shit pisses me right off. I work hard every single day to make this site the best that it can be and to have somebody so blatantly rip it off without a second thought is infuriating. Trust me, if this happens to you you’re going to feel the same way. But that’s OK since I’m going to show you not only how to find these scoundrels but how to stop them in their tracks too.  

How To Find Content Thieves

1. Google Alerts

Hopefully you’re already using Google Alerts to help you stay up-to-the-minute on what’s going on in your niche or market. But you can also use Google Alerts to help detect content thieves that target your website. 

Instead of plugging a keyword or phrase into Google Alerts website, insert a snippet of your article and then choose what types of websites should be searched so Google can let you know if they detect a match. DO NOT use the title of your article or post since most thieves will change it anyways. Instead use a paragraph or phrase between 8-15 words that has statistically improbable qualities that are unique to your personal writing. For example a phrase or buzzword that only you (or few people) use and is easily identifiable

2. Use A Plagiarism Detection Tool

While Google Alerts is a great tool it has its limitations as well. For example it cannot detect content everywhere on the internet including social media sites or private chats and message boards. There are specific software detection tools that will allow you to scour these locations as well. There are several of these to choose from so I have listed two below. 

Unplag

Copyscape

3. Check Your Backlinks In Google Webmaster Tools

You can also check your links in the free Google Webmaster Tools to see if anyone who has linked to your website has also copied your content. This will take a little work but is worth the time if you catch a crook.

 

In part 2 I’ll Show You How To Blast These Swashbucklers Out Of The Water For Good

 

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