This is a quick follow on from my previous post on beating the feed scrapers. The comments on that post made it clear that a lot of people simply don’t have access to the plugins that make adding copyright and links back to your site to your post feed really easy. But there is a simple way to make sure every post you write, and therefore every post feed, contains a copyright statement and a link back to your site. It will work whatever blogging platform you use, too, and I feel daft for not having thought of it before. Rosie@leaves’nbloom already did, though I am suggesting a slight tweak to make it look nicer but still be reasonably effective. I know that this is teaching Grandmother to suck eggs for many of you, but if it is helpful to just one or two it is worth putting it out there.
It means creating a piece of code that you will then save in either a draft post or a text editor so that you can easily cut and paste it into the bottom of every new post you write. The code will contain a simple copyright statement and a link back to your own site. Because it is in the post it will also be in the feed. It also makes it easy to set up a google alert to check for when that chunk of text appears elsewhere, indicating a possible scraping incident. That last phrase conjures up images of scraped knees…
People able to use the plugins mentioned in my previous post don’t need to do this – they will handle it all automatically. All you need to do is set up the google alert.
Just cut and paste the code from the box above, remove the line breaks so that it is all one line, and replace the generic stuff with your own details. For instance, mine would look like this:
Which in normal “visual” mode (“compose” in Blogger), and in the final published post, looks like this:
The idea is that you will copy this relatively unobtrusive line in to the bottom of each post you write, which shouldn’t put any legitimate person off but will perhaps offer some meagre pay-back if you get scraped – at least anyone reading the post on another site will see the copyright and statement about where it was written for. Just remember to copy the code version and to make sure you are in “HTML” or “Edit HTML” mode when you do this.
Its now easy to set up a google alert so that every time google finds a new result for your alert content you get an email. Hopefully this will just be one, each time you publish a new post with the copyright text. If you see alerts for sites other than your own, which you have not authorised, you can follow up – if you want to.
Go to the google alert page and type the text from your copyright notice into the search terms box within quotes – you are looking for exact matches. Copy the “visual” version not the code. Mine would look like this:
“©Copyright 2011 Janet Bruten. All rights reserved. Content created by Janet Bruten for Plantaliscious”
Select how often you want to receive results and where you want them sent to – it doesn’t have to be your google email address – and press “Create Alert”. Job done. Sit back and hope that the results DON’T come rolling in…
Hope that helps, sorry the previous post was so wordpress.org focused. Now I am going to turn my attention back to the gardening. There are seedlings to prick out, new growth to monitor, unfurling buds to record…