Best Ways to Prevent Content Scraping From your Blog

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If you have been writing unique contents on your own blog, you might be facing content scraping issues which are undoubtedly harmful for a new blog.

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Not only new blogs are getting penalties, but many old blogs with less domain authority are becoming the victim of Google Panda for publishing same content.

It does not matter if you are writing unique content which is not have published anywhere before this time, content scrapers use your RSS feed to steal your content, publish it on their own blogs and submit it on Google before your blog appears in SERPs.

Whenever you publish a new post on your blog, it appears on your RSS feed as well.
Content scraping takes place when their bot copy your content from your RSS feed, after that quickly publish it somewhere else and they immediately go on their Google search console account to index it on Google.

If they successfully index it in Google before your blog, then Google will consider your blog as a web scraper instead of that person.

If you ever faced any penalty through content scraping, then today you will learn to fix that kind of issues with some practical implementations on your own blog.

Why web scrapers atack on your blog?

This is a frequently asked question that despite of having alot of other blogs, why web scraper selected your blog for content scraping?

Well the answer is that you are efficient and good writer, If your content is more helpful and cleanly written then everyone else, then web scrapers will attack on your blog because they need best content too.

Since they don’t write anything by their self, so they only prefer to steal the content of any efficient writer so they can put it on their website without any modifications.

If you are facing content scraping on your blog, then feel lucky that at least some clever people are considering your blog is an ultimate source to learn about a specific area according to your niche.

How to prevent content scraping?

Now it’s time to prevent web scrapers to steal your content by using some sharp techniques on your blog’s feeds and articles.

Remember, this guide will provide you a complete solution to deal with content scrapers so you will firstly try to prevent them from stealing your posts, after that if they still find some holes then i will be going to provide you some tips which will help you to take benefits from each of those web scraper who steal your text.

Did you know? you can invite web scrapers to steal your content and they will unknowingly provide you benefit by stealing your content.

If you can implement some techniques to deal with content scraping, You will ultimately force their traffic to come on your blog for reading the original blog post.

Secure your RSS feed

Since content scraping takes place with the help of your RSS feed, so you can customize it for displaying some alerts and custom messages along with your blog’s URL.

1.
Disclaimer in feeds.

First of all, you can display a short disclaimer along with all the items of your RSS feeds.

Whenever you will publish a new post, your rss feed will show that text just below the each article.

You can provide your blog URL which will tell that this post was first published on your blog and whenever a web scraper will steal your content, they will put that message in their blog too.

If you are using WordPress and Yoast SEO plugin for the management of your blog’s SEO, then you can easily write a message for RSS feed.

Just open your administration panel of wordpress, navigate to yoast seo plugin and click on advanced.

After that, you have to click on RSS feed and there you will see a default message, You can change it according to your own wish and that’s it.

2.
Displaying summary.

You can set a limit on each of your blog post for displaying in RSS feed.

If you have loyal readers on your blog then it does not matter if you display them a full post in RSS feed or a summary of each article.

If you are facing a big penalty just because of content scraping, then you can show a summary of blog posts in your RSS feeds.

It will prevent a web scraper to steal your content because they will find it incomplete and finally they will leave your blog.

You can show a summary of blog posts in feeds by going into reading settings of wordpress site.

3.
Display custom messages.

There are many wordpress plugins which allows you to add a special content in your blog posts which will not be available while writing a post in your blog but your RSS readers will see that messages.

By adding a custom message in your feed, you can force a web scraper to provide you a full credet of post by telling that you are the original writer of this blog post.

Since content scrapers don’t edit your blog posts and publish all the posts on their blogs, so you can get a backlink from their blogs as well.

Just include your link with a clear anchor text and make it a part of your rss feed, now whenever a scraper will steal your content, he or she will provide you a backlink and people will know that you are the actual owner of this post.

4.
Delay RSS feed.

The most recommended method to prevent web scraping from your blog is that you should delay your RSS feed.

Delaying means that whenever you publish a new blog post, it will not appear in your RSS feed before a specified time.

If you will delay rss feed, you will have an opportunity to test your post, fetch it on Google and tell search engines that you have just published this post for the very first time.

After fetching it on Google, you will save your post for copyright issues.

Now it won’t be harmful for you if someone steal your post from RSS feed and publish it on their blogs.

Whenever a content scraper copy your post, publish it on their blog and submit it on Google then Google will understand that this is a stolen post from your blog.

In order to delay your RSS feed, copy and paste the following code in your function.php file.

//print_r(td_global::$all_theme_panels_list);
function publish_later_on_feed($where) {    global $wpdb;    if ( is_feed() ) {
// timestamp in WP-format
$now = gmdate(‘Y-m-d H:i:s’);        // value for wait; + device
$wait = ’60’; // integer        // http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/date-and-time-functions.html#function_timestampdiff
$device = ‘MINUTE’; //MINUTE, HOUR, DAY, WEEK, MONTH, YEAR        // add SQL-sytax to default $where
$where .= ” AND TIMESTAMPDIFF($device, $wpdb->posts.post_date_gmt, ‘$now’) > $wait “;
}
return $where;
}
add_filter(‘posts_where’, ‘publish_later_on_feed’);

Optimize your articles

As you have already learnt to prevent web scraping with the optimization of your RSS feed, now it’s time to stop web scrapers by optimizing your blog’s articles.

1.
Proper interlinking.

As we have already discussed in detail about the interlinking your old articles and you know how beneficial it can be for your blog.

Now you will learn that how interlinking can provide you a benefit when it comes to deal with content scraping.

Scrapers don’t edit your blog posts and they publish all the material they have coppied from your RSS feed, so if you have set your RSS feed to display full blog post, then your interlinking will work in RSS feed too.

Whenever a web scraper will steal your content, he or she will publish it on another blog then you will automatically get a lot of backlink from their blogs.

On the other hand, if someone would click on an interlinked article then he or she will automatically be redirected on the original source page on your blog.

You have successfully cracked the traffic of their blogs and when a visitor will see your blog, he or she will surely find it good than scraper’s blog or website.

2.
Use your name.

One of the very basic method to tell about the real owner to everyone is that you can Use your name or your blog’s name while writing your article.

This is a trickey but very effective method to tell everyone that who have actually written this blog post.

Don’t go crazy, always find a strong reason to write your name at the beginning, middle or end of your post.

This method of safety would not directly prevent web scraping but this is a beneficial method to crack the traffic of scrapers.

Once people will read your name, they will surely become aware that this blog has stolen the content of someone and they would surely prefer to meet with the actual author.

Conclusion

Although it’s difficult to block web scrapers from accessing your content, but with the help of above menssioned things, you can prevent web scraping or force the traffic of fake bloggers to visit a real author’s blog.

Remember, there are not people, but web scraper tools who are working to steal content of some popular bloggers, so you don’t need to worry about the loss of your hard work.

You can always cheat such web scraper tools to make the stealer’s website messy and a durty place.


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