How To Protect Your Posts From Thieves

Tired of other sites publishing your posts in full?

Don’t feel a link back to you is enough?

Sick of seeing other sites rank in the search engine results above you for your post?

Shocked as hell when you google your post title and find someone else has claimed google authorship of your post?

Concerned that your search engine ranking is going to take a nose dive due to Google’s duplicate content policy?

Well then friend, this post is for you.

We’re going to go over:

  • why you should protect your content.
  • how to protect your content.
  • how to deal with slimy content thieves.
  • a word about creative commons
  • more about DMCA.com

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Why you should protect your content.

Besides the obvious fact that someone else is claiming authorship of your post (your hard work), if you’re concerned about your search engine ranking, here’s what google says about duplicate content:

In the rare cases in which Google perceives that duplicate content may be shown with intent to manipulate our rankings and deceive our users, we’ll also make appropriate adjustments in the indexing and ranking of the sites involved.

How to protect your content.

1. Claim your Google Authorship

2. Add a copyright notification to your footer or sidebar. Here’s mine so you can copy and modify it:  All Content on thestrategicmama.com is © Copyright Vanita Cyril – All rights reserved.

3. Apply at DMCA.com for a free or paid account. (there is a WordPress plugin but it hasn’t been updated to compatibility with WordPress 3.7 yet) Be sure to read all fine print. (I haven’t found anything wrong with it, but the fine print is still your obligation)

4. Add a DMCA badge to your footer or sidebar.

New web pages with the DMCA Protection Badge are detected as traffic browses the pages and will appear in the DMCA.com secure Portal Protected pages listing within 48 hours after placing the badge on your website. -DMCA website

5. Watermark your images.

How to deal with slimy content thieves.

1. Email the offender and request they remove your content from their website. Let them know they are violating your copyright located on your site. Site the quote above from Google.

Content thieves are trying to increase the size of their digital footprint, they do not care about building your exposure, they’re not doing you a favor. Some are smart enough to claim their own authorship and then look for sites without a copyright listed. In doing so they’re claiming authorship of your content first. Some are following old school black hat seo tactics. Either way, it’s your content.

2. If there’s no response after 48 hours, initiate a DMCA takedown.

DMCA stands for Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

By initiating a DMCA Takedown, you’re giving the offender notice that under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act they must remove your content from their site.

If the offender aka slimy SOB who’s stealing your content is giving you the brush off, a DMCA takedown will require their hosting provider to get involved.

According to DMCA.com, this is a list of takedown conditions:

  • when copyright infringing content is removed or “taken down” from a website, by the website owner, upon receipt of a DMCA Takedown Notice from their ISP / Hosting company. This notice is generated by the, or on behalf of, the illegally published content owner, distributor, publisher etc.
  • when copyright infringing content is removed or “taken down” from a website by the website owner upon receipt of a DMCA Takedown Notice from the, or on behalf of, the content owner,distributor, publisher etc.
  • when copyright infringing content is removed or “taken down” from a website by the by the ISP or Hosting company of the website that is publishing the infringing content. This occurs because the website owner has not voluntarily complied with a DMCA Notice and the ISP or Hosting company must comply with the Takedown notice.
  • when an infringing website is taken down or “offline” by it’s ISP or Hosting company. This occurs because the website owner does not voluntarily comply with a Takedown notice as described above.

Some may say 48 hours is not enough time to expect a response from the offender. Here’s my response, ignorance is no excuse for stealing. If you did not create the content but still publish it without permission, you’re stealing. Plain and simple. When I catch you, you comply immediately.

A word about creative commons

Creative Commons allows others to copy your content Period

(many do not read the fine print. i didn’t the first time i used it when following the advice of another blogger)

More about DMCA.com

DMCA’s Free Account offers:

  • 1 FREE DMCA Takedown per year if your content is stolen.
  • 10% OFF all Professional Takedown services.
  • Protected page tracking through DMCA .com’s secure Portal.

DMCA’s Pro Account offers (this is the account I have):

  • Up to 10 free takedowns per year. (
    $10 per month Protection Pro – 1 Free takedown per year
    $100 per year Protection Pro – 10 Free takedowns per year)
  • Find copies of your website content online.
  • Generate professional DMCA Takedown notices.
  • Save money by doing DMCA Takedowns yourself.
  • Easily find out who is stealing your content and where it is hosted.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments section. Please be sure to read my disclaimer in the sidebar.

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Poppy November 7, 2013, 12:57 pm

I never realized this was such a problem until recently. Great advice as always Vanita, I will check them out!
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Vanita Cyril November 9, 2013, 8:39 pm

iz my pleazure madam. and it’s been a problem for as long as man has been lazy and cheap yet entertaining dreams of striking it rich on the interwebz.
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PramgaticMom November 7, 2013, 2:33 pm

Yikes! Good advice. Not sure if I am doing all of it though!!
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Vanita Cyril November 9, 2013, 8:38 pm

you definitely should have the badge in your footer Mia. sign up for the free account.
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Elle November 7, 2013, 2:55 pm

You are a star Vanita. I have first hand knowledge of these little content stealers and I’m so happy you’re putting this info out there for everyone’s benefit. As I say, you’re a star.
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Vanita Cyril November 9, 2013, 8:37 pm

thank you thank you and for my next trick i shall make spammers disappear!
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Jessica November 7, 2013, 6:50 pm

Awesome advice! I realized that about the creative commons license when I read the fine print. Was surprised it’s so popular among bloggers, particularly mommy bloggers! I will work on getting a dmca now!
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Vanita Cyril November 9, 2013, 8:37 pm

yes! i blindly put it on my blog once due to another blogger’s post. i mean the guy knows his stuff. and then after putting it up i decided to click on the badge. man i was surprised. took it down right away.
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Jane November 7, 2013, 8:10 pm

Content thieves are everywhere! Some leave a link back saying “The original post appears at…..”. Some don’t even bother to acknowledge with a link back. And it is hard for me, the author, to notice at the first glance that it is my content. So that will surely make Google speculate. I’ve had a few content lifters removing the content upon the first notice. So I haven’t gone up to DMCA yet. But I will take note of this.

And oh, ya I always watermark my images!
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Vanita Cyril November 9, 2013, 8:35 pm

i’ve noticed that since placing the dmca in my footer, i’m not finding my content anywhere else anymore. grabbed the badge Jane, it’s free. protect yourself. the badge may help. such a waste of time us having to do this, no?
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Maureen November 7, 2013, 9:44 pm

Off to register on DMCA thanks for this info, mama!
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Vanita Cyril November 9, 2013, 8:34 pm

my pleasure sugar. always glad to do my part.
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Jeanette Nyberg November 7, 2013, 11:09 pm

I feel like I always just leave a “thanks” comment on your posts, but I really mean it- you give us solid info. I’ve seen so much of this horrific content-stealing lately, and most of us who are innocently going about our business can’t even fathom people doing this- much less how to deal with them if it happens to us. So THANKS!
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Vanita Cyril November 9, 2013, 8:33 pm

glad i can help mama. and i only thought to write about this because i helped a good friend get her posts removed from a site and then i realized all my blogging peeps should know.
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Tammy November 8, 2013, 10:31 pm

So far I haven’t seen anyone who’s stolen my content. But I’m wondering how much blissful ignorance I’m living in. Great post as usual!
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Vanita Cyril November 9, 2013, 8:31 pm

im truly surprised no one would steal your posts mama.
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Chris Bird November 8, 2013, 11:10 pm

How is it that you find the content thieves? You just happen upon them, or you have to search each article that you post on your own site? I have hundreds that I would have to go through. Not that anyone would want any of my foul mouthed content.
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Vanita Cyril November 9, 2013, 8:31 pm

Hey Chris! Welcome. DMCA.com offers pro account holders the ability to scan the web for content matching yours. all you do is plug your website url in and they do the rest. Some people turn on trackbacks and receive notification that way, but trackbacks can hurt your blog too. I rather do without them. some people google their post title. and some receive emails from friends saying, hey! i saw your post here…

hope that helps.
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Tammy Graham November 9, 2013, 9:08 pm

My first thought is Really, are there bloggers that are that desperate? and now after reading it I have to say that I there must be bloggers that are. I just don’t get it, nor do I understand. There have been so many days that I didn’t have things to post, so I didn’t. Thanks for sharing this information, it is definitely some great things to know.
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Vanita Cyril November 13, 2013, 2:07 am

from what i’ve seen, it’s not really bloggers, as in bloggers like you and i. it’s more people pretending to be bloggers to build their site so they can sell something.
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Rae Buchanan November 10, 2013, 11:26 am

Hey girl, I love your new post! Very, very interesting. Can’t believe people feel okay about doing this to others. When I am done with my trade shows, I will ask you if I should move on the DMCA, sounds very cool. Of course, I don’t have tons of posts yet so maybe it isn’t an issue. Talk to you soon V.
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Vanita Cyril November 13, 2013, 2:08 am

we will definitely place a dmca in your footer mama. you may not have lots of posts but they’re really good and all your hard work.
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