If you have an established blog with original content posted on a regular basis you too may be a victim of the lame and lazy. There may be many other ways to stop content theft from WordPress blogs, but I have found the easiest for me is to add little something to each new post.
If you are a regular reader here at wparena, you may have noticed the small copyright disclaimer on the top of all new posts now. Something that I’ll admit looks terrible but has stopped several lazy content thieves from using my posts on their spam blogs. What I have started doing is adding a copyright disclaimer to the very beginning of each new post and in the excerpt. But I only keep it there as long as the post is the latest. As I make new posts, which hasn’t been very often lately, I take the copyright disclaimer off the last post and put it on the newest one.
Since I use excerpts when making new posts I also put the copyright disclaimer in it as well. Again, remembering to remove it when making a new post. I guess you could keep the copyright notice in all posts but in my experience, the lame, lazy content scraper thieves only take the latest post. I know its a bit of a pain to remember to remove the disclaimer from the last post when making a new one but I do so for the look and SEO of the blog. Here is the copyright disclaimer I used:
Copyright © 2017
This content feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. The use of this content feed on other websites breaches copyright. If this content is not in your news reader, or on any other site than wparena.com it makes the page you are viewing an infringement of the copyright and the owner of the site a thief.
Once I started using the copyright disclaimer the content scrapers stopped immediately. Now that I scared them off I think I will test the next post without the copyright disclaimer and see if they are gone for good.
If anyone has any other method to stop content thieves please share them with the readers.