Web Design and Development
It takes a lot of money, time, and effort to develop a website, both in terms of creating the design and gathering or writing the content. However, it only takes a few minutes for a thief to steal your content and reproduce it on another website!
And while having your content stolen is bad enough, there could be other potential problems. The thief, for example, could manage to rank more highly than you in search engines. Or in the worst of cases, your website could be penalized by search engines as serving duplicate content, even though you would be the originator!
This leads us to the question: Can you prevent your content from being stolen?
There are many ways to steal content from a website.
Another easy method for stealing content is by copying an entire webpage. Thieves can simply use the save option in a browser’s toolbar. In addition, there are various pieces of software, including web page editing software, which facilitate the downloading of content from live websites.
Finally, for the high tech thief, a ‘spider’ — similar to what search engines may use to index your web pages — can be used to gather content.
Clearly, it is very difficult, almost impossible, to protect content from theft. But there are some methods to accomplish it. These include:
Unfortunately, the three methods listed above do have several drawbacks. First, they aren’t search-engine-friendly, and second, they will increase the time it takes for your pages to load. So we suggest using an alternative approach.
If thieves want to steal your content, there really is nothing to stop them, short of the threat of legal action. However, there are a few things that can be done to dissuade theves. Some of these include:
Yet, some unethical webmasters and content thieves will still take your content. So, what can you do?
Stay tuned for our next article. We’ll discuss how you can find stolen content, and what action you should take in response.Tags: content, copyrights, load time, watermarking