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Fighting back against the scrapers

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I’ve caught one or two blogs scraping BloggingTips in the last week or so. Unfortunately, it’s something that is becoming more and more common. Truth be told, there is no foolproof way to stop someone taking your content, if someone is completely committed to ripping you off they will! However, scrapers are by their very nature very lazy people who would rather plagiarize someone elses work than get off their ass and write their own content.

Therefore, by implementing a few deterrents you can discourage the scrapers from ripping off your blog.

Use a partial feed

Only providing a summary of your blog posts in your feed will not please your readers but it will discourage scrapers from using your
content. Probably not the best solution but it’s certainly an option.

Place a copyright in your feed footer

By placing a copyright notice in the footer of your RSS feeder you are letting everyone know that if they are not reading the content through their newsreader, the content has been ripped off from your blog.

For example, I recently added Angsuman’s Feed Copyrighter for wordpress. Here’s an example of the copyright notice it adds to the end of your feed.

Copyright © 2007 Blogging Tips. This Feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, the site you are looking at is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact legal at bloggingtips.com so we can take legal action immediately.

The copyright notice just uses basic HTML so it would also be very easy to place an image in the copyright footer too if you wanted.

Link to your blog posts

Not only is linking internally a great way to distribute Pagerank and promote older posts, it will also hurt scrapers as there are more links back to the authors blog. It would be very timeconsuming for them to remove all references to your blog so most wouldn’t bother. If they leave the links in then at least you will get some traffic in return ie. it’s pretty obvious to readers they are reading a scraper blog if they see tons of references to the same site so they will be more likely to visit your blog instead of browsing through posts in the scrapers website.

Delete their pingbacks

One of the most common ways to find out someone is scraping your blog is through pingbacks. When they publish your post on their blog you will get a pingback to the original post. To be able to catch them using this method you need to make sure you are getting pingback updates via email and you need to make sure you are linking internally in your posts so that a pingback will generate.

When the pingback is generated they get a link to their blog from yours. Don’t let them get any traffic from you, spam (delete) their pingback so that their copycat blog gets nothing from you.

Stop people hotlinking images from your site

Hotlinking is when a webmaster links to images on someone elses website without their permission. This can be a big problem for some websites because it can take up so much bandwidth. Thankfully there are ways to reduce hotlinking and these methods can be used to discourage the scrapers from stealing your content.

To stop hotlinking you need to edit your htaccess file. You can stop every other site on the web using your images or you can specify what sites are not allowed to hotlink. You can also use an image to let everyone know the other person is hotlinking. For example, I could link to your blogs logo from here using the img tag. If you did not like me doing this you could edit your htaccess file to show a warning image instead of your logo.

This is very useful against scrapers because any images you use in your posts will automatically be copied to the scrapers blog. You can have some fun and make all your images appear as donkeys on their blog!!

Here are some hotlinking tutorials which will help you stop blog scrapers 🙂

Stop Hotlinking with htaccess
How To Stop Hotlinking and Bandwidth Leeching
Hot Link Checker

Respond Legally

From my experience scraper blogs don’t last too long. The blogs I caught scraping me two months ago are no longer doing so, I suspect that most scrapers get bored and move onto something else.

However, if you have one or two people scraping your blog on a consistent basis, it might be worthwhile going down the legal route. Legally, hosting companies need to remove websites from their server which have illegal or copied content.

Check out the 3 steps of a legal response by Advanced Business Blogging.

  1. Legal response 1.0: email and letter to offending party
  2. Legal response 2.0: direct your complaint to the offenders host/ISP
  3. Legal response 3.0: consult with a lawyer

You can read the complete guide for the above steps here.

Video blog more often

The Gypsy Bandito thinks the best way to stop scrapers is to do video blogs instead of writing posts.

Overview

Having your blog scraped can be really frustrating but a few easy steps can discourage content stealers from trying to rip off your blog.

I hope that blogging platforms will start to include features will stop or reduce blog scraping but until then, we will have to deal with these idiots ourselves.

Good luck 🙂

Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog and provides support to bloggers at Rise Forums. He can also be found on Twitter @KevinMuldoon and .

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Should You Use AdSense on Your Blog?

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I admit it. I have waffled on this topic a few times. Back in the day I used to call it Ad Cents. But going forward I do see benefits in adding Google AdSense as a low ticket income stream on your blog. Even for newbies. I know, I know. This seems surprising to you.

Think Abundantly

 Think abundance guys. Why not add a few cents here and there to boost your income stream? Please don’t use AdSense as your prime means of income as a new blogger or if you are struggling as a blogging veteran. Cents do not make up a full-time income, as your sole income stream. But if you create courses, coach, and add Google AdSense as an income stream for driving a few bucks each month in the beginning, you are well on your way to seeing steady profits are the channel.

Detachment

 The key is to think detachment. New bloggers in many developing nations see Google AdSense as the Holy Grail of monetizing. Why? Mostly, because it seems easy to make money through a channel involving no creation or human interaction on your part. Think about it. All you do is post the ad and create content. Money should flow to you easily, right? The ultimate wake up call is experiencing one, two, or three cent AdSense months. Then you realize big earnings flow through blogs with a huge amount of targeted, hyper-focused traffic. This is why you need to detach from Google AdSense as your prime income stream. Big bucks flow through the channel after years of generous, patient, persistent effort on your part.

Take the Cents with AdSense

 As a newbie, pennies will flow through your AdSense profits for your first few months. In most cases. But take the cents because cents add up to dollars. Dollars add up to hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars add up to thousands of dollars. Think like an abundant blogger. Keep adding small ticket and big ticket income streams to boost your overall blogging income.

Everything Adds Up

 I wrote a post recently discussing why wealthy bloggers take the time and effort to add affiliate links even if they earn pennies on the link. Between their ever-expanding presence and abundance mindset, the pennies add up to thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars over the long haul. Think this way with AdSense. Everything adds up. Again, just don’t make Google AdSense your prime income stream because as the pennies add up you’re better off earning more money through channels like coaching, consulting, freelancing, writing and selling eBooks or creating and publishing courses.

Remember This

Ultimately, successful blogging is creating and connecting generously. Never believe that an income stream makes money. Income streams are passive, completely subject to your command, and pretty much worthless on their own. An income stream cannot do anything, including make money. You make the money with your generous effort. Practice writing, create helpful content and build meaningful connections with top blogger generously every single day over the course of years. No matter the income streams you open, your blogging profits will increase over time if you stick to the fundamentals.

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Why Do People Still Sleep on Blog Commenting?

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Chapters 2 and 3 of my eBook:

How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting

dissect both my commenting success stories and why to comment on blogs from your niche. I lead in with a clear primer prepping you for the blogging journey, commenting-wise.

Why do bloggers still ignore the immense power of commenting? A few reasons reveal themselves but at the core, bloggers fear nobody will read their blog comments. Seriously; do you genuinely believe folks read all blog comments? Of course not because folks sometimes skip over comments. But a percentage of bloggers and readers do scan comments or take apart comments word by word, getting to know fellow bloggers. At the core though, fear rings strong, guys. Bloggers fear wasting time. I get it. I too have to catch myself, to remind myself of these sweet blog commenting benefits.

Benefits of Blog Commenting

Ready guys:

  1. bond with top bloggers through an underused vehicle, often ignored, but totally free of gatekeepers, unlike trying to reach someone through email or phone
  2. anybody can comment on a blog; new blogger, struggling veteran blogger, etc
  3. anybody can impress with comments at any stage of your career; any human being can share their thoughts in genuine fashion
  4. blog comments are forever; evergreen content
  5. blog comments serve as branding and bonding vehicles
  6. blog commenting is a free method for connecting with bloggers
  7. blog commenting on blogs with raving communities ejects you into the blogger’s tribe
  8. people who buy your stuff often need to see you are legit, active and social online; enter blog commenting

Those are but a few reasons why you want to comment on top blogs from your niche. Do your best to dwell on these reasons if you want to mail it in, skipping on blog commenting because you feel like commenting on a top blog wastes your time.

Still?

I just find it weird that years into me discussing blog commenting as a viable means to bond and grow business, bloggers scoff at it. I do have an idea why, though. Bloggers focus on things over people. Bloggers want links and do not put in the time and energy to develop connections with other human beings. Put in the time, and you will be golden. But if you want to deal with things to manipulate people you will have a terrible time getting traction online because business may flow through things, but business originates in humans. Think that one through for just a moment.

Comment Genuinely

Commenting works if you comment genuinely on blogs from your niche. Nobody likes someone who wants to publish a link, and to leave. We call these guys comment drive-bys. Stick around. Write a few sentences. Be genuine. Be helpful. Be warm. The more you give to blog commenting, the more you get from blog commenting. Do you see how it works? The process is quite simple but you need to be onboard, fully, to be a generous, genuine blog commentor.

Be present. Imagine yourself speaking to another human being, in person. How should that feel? Good, methinks. Bask in that feeling as you publish a few sentences or paragraphs via a blog comment. Feel the fun in connecting with humans. Blogging is 100% in the connections. Never forget that.

Clients, customers, business and traffic find you through genuine, generous, frequent comments. I am living proof. Peep my example if you want to comment but believe commenting will be a waste of your time. Trust me; it won’t.

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4 Ways to Respond to Blogging Critics

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Critics.

We all have ’em.

Or, if new to blogging, critics will pay you a visit eventually. Being seen online means being criticized sometimes. Part of your successful blogging tax.

Fools waste precious time and energy engaging critics in some way, shape or form. Avoid doing this. Paying, loyal, loving fans deserve your energy. Go to where you are loved.

Follow these 4 tips to respond to blogging critics effectively.

1: Ignore Critics Completely

If I come across a nasty 1 star review of my eBooks, I ignore the barb completely because miserable, angry, unhappy people cannot think clearly and tell the truth. Why trust a raging, mindless, idiotic bull? Ignore these people. Buy my critics eBook too to begin spotting these fools.

2: Listen for a Shred of Stinging Truth

OK guys; following this step feels uncomfortable but you need take the step to become a successful blogger. Listen closely to critic feedback. How does it feel to you? Upsetting? Embarrassing? Does a critic anger you or annoy you? Do you want to debate or debunk those morons? If any negative emotion feels triggered by receiving criticism you believe some or all of their critical feedback. I did tell you; this step/tip feels unpleasant. But how could you ever sell a bunch of eBooks and help people and make money if you genuinely do NOT believe in the value of your eBooks? How can you become a pro blogger if you believe you will always be amateur hour?

Critics trigger false beliefs you need face, feel and release to reach the next stage of your blogging growth. I never had powerful break throughs until a critic tossed some nasty barb my way, triggering some fear I needed to release to gain enough clarity and confidence to reach the next stage of my growth.

3: Psyche Homework

Critics see you as a mirror. What criticism seems doled out to you, on to you, is a critic speaking of themselves. We are connected; all of us. Critics never seem to see this and choose to speak of self via their criticism of you. Do your mindset homework. See how criticism serves as a projection of individual onto you? Relax. Prep yourself for future criticism. Consider writing blog posts discussing problems critics see in self if this topic applies to your blogging niche. Turn criticism into help and profits, too.

4: Never Gang Up

Ganging up on critics with your friends only shows your weakness. Critics fear. Critics are in pain. Imagine taking time to rile the troops and kick a wounded dog? This is what it’s like to get your tribe rounded up to gang up on and belittle critics. Plus, try getting featured on world famous blogs by building a bully image these days. I dare you.

Relax. Critics have issues. Ignore these folks outright. Leave them be, and you will be happier, healthier and wealthier, too. Never waste your time fighting critics; especially with friends. Do something uplifting and enriching with your time, energy and efforts.

Help people. Do not try to hurt, hurt people. Give your attention and energy to love, generosity, abundance and service to experience the greatest blogging success.

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