How to protect content from 
copying and stealing?

Basic Guide, about 8 min of reading

Each website owner, sooner or later, raises the question of how to protect his website content from thefts. After all, filling the web pages with high-quality text is pretty expensive. At the same time, it is not very nice to see the content you created on other websites.
 
Content protection can be relevant, especially in cases where the "website-thief" is indexed by search engines much faster than yours. This can lead to the fact that its pages will be recognized as a primary source, and you will be caught copying and even “punished” by downgrading your website’s rating.

 

To prevent such troubles from happening, you need to know how to protect your website content from thefts and secure copyright.
Protecting the uniqueness of website content
To some, this may seem unrealistic. Indeed, protecting website content is not an easy task to do. No method guarantees 100% protection of your content. Even if direct copying of the text is not possible, you can always copy the text manually.
 
Anyway, don't worry too much. In most cases, to protect the text type of content of your website from easy copying, you will need to learn four tips which are working.
Option #1. Content protection software or by coding
I’m sure you quite often have seen websites on which copying text is impossible. Website content protection in such a way that when you highlight the text and try to request the menu, but nothing happens.
 
Therefore, there is no way to select "Copy" in it. The familiar combination Ctrl + C also does not work in such cases. 
 
You can also protect content from theft in a similar way. Such a request should be announced to your website developer. For an experienced professional to preserve the content of the site in this way is pretty straightforward.
Option #2. Adding the copyright link
An experienced website developer can arrange another option on how to protect content from copying. He needs to make sure that when “borrowing text” from the pages of your website at the end, the script will add the address of the page from which it is taken and a couple of words indicating this.
 
In most cases, the person who steals the content does not notice such addition and publishes the text on his website.
 
As a result of such protection of the uniqueness of the content will give you a free external link, and visitors to the thief website will know where the information came from and maybe even follow the link at the end of the text, which will give you an additional source of traffic.
Option #3. Backlinks
Using backlinks will not protect the content of your website in general. Just along with the text, the content thief is likely to publish those links on his website. Thus, you slightly increase the number of your external backlinks completely free of charge. 
Option #4. Use the address of your website in the text

 

This tip also will not only help protect the text content but will indicate the primary source. Use the name of your company, the name of the author or the address of your website in your texts so that it fits into the meaning and makes it clear to whom the text belongs. In most cases, the copied text is placed without careful reading, so the links to your website are likely to remain.
What else can be done?
It so happens that protecting the uniqueness of content is not efficient enough, so thieves regularly steal text and place them on more popular websites. As a result, you may need to rewrite your articles so that they become unique again.
 
To avoid this, you can apply some easy tricks. It would help if you sped up the indexing of new pages of your website. This will not be able to protect the content from theft, but it will let the search engines understand who is the author and who is the thief.
 
Here are some tips on how to speed up indexing:
1. Add the URL of the new webpage to the sitemap.xml file;
2. Use social networks. Post to Facebook or Instagram with a link to your new webpage;
3. Configure internal linking on your website. For example, a link from the main page can speed up indexing for a new page.
Summary:
Decidedly, you can protect content from copying or thieves, but this does not always work efficiently.
Do not forget that the probability of content stealing from your website is not so high in general if your website is not on the first page by Search Engines. Therefore, calm down and focus on promoting your website to the TOP.
 
Do not hesitate to share this article! Maybe website content protection is highly appealing to one of your friends!

Glossary:

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HTTPS - Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).  It is used for secure communication over a  computer network, and is widely used on the internet. In HTTPS, the communication protocol is encrypted using Transport Layer Security (TLS) or, formerly, its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). The protocol is therefore also often referred to as HTTP over TLS, or HTTP over SSL.

 

HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol is an application protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypermedia information systems. HTTP is the foundation of data communication for the World Wide Web, where hypertext documents include hyperlinks to other resources that the user can easily access, for example by a mouse click or by tapping the screen in a web browser. 
 
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