If you've ever run a website or blog of your own, chances are good you've had some of your content stolen. This can be an especially frustrating situation if you find that the thief took not only one of your articles, but the entire contents of your website or blog through scraping.
I'm currently working on a guest post for Kathryn Aragon about why shutting down content thieves matters now more than ever, how you can identify the more anonymous thieves, and how you can make them pay (if you're the vengeful type).
While I hope you'll check that out when it's up on her blog, in the meantime I wanted to share some additional background reading that might be of interest if you've discovered someone stealing your content. Enjoy!
- How to Stop Content Scraping (Or At Least Slow It Down) - By Kathryn Aragon at KathrynAragon.com
- 10 Tools to Help Protect Your Blog From Content Theft - By Adam Connell at ProBlogger.net
- How to Prevent Content Theft - By Heidi Nyline at SocialMediaToday.com
- 6 Steps to Fight Content Theft - By Christopher Haddad at HubSpot
- How to Protect Your Blog From Content Theft - By Morgan Johnes at ShoutingBlogger.com
- Do DMCA Notices Work Outside the U.S.? - At WhoIsHostingThis.com
- The DMCA Takedown Notice Demystified - By Ken Liu at SFWA.org
- Sample DMCA Take Down Letter - By Gene Quinn at IPWatchdog.com
Have you ever had to deal with content scrapers? Are you worried about the implications of bad links from these theft-driven sites? When you find out your content has been stolen, what do you do about it, if anything?
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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media -- a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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